Thursday, 20 November 2014

Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb Review...

This bath bomb is the KING of exciting bath bombs. 

Lush is famous for their bath bombs and so at my last visit I asked the SA to show me the most exciting & colourful one for toddlers, yes this is the ultimate toddler bath bomb.

I mean the images speak for itself, it's pink and white with multicoloured circles that all very slowly fizz away in the bath water and lasts about 5 minutes which is good as most are gone in 1 minute flat. The circles separate from the pink creating a marbleised finish that all blends into each other and eventually it all turns into one shade of pink. Esra had SO much fun watching the colours change and blend. She also decided to paint herself with it which was quite funny & exciting to watch as she was all PINK! The downside is it does stain the skin slightly but does wash off quite easily. I'm happy to say it didn't stain the bath like I feared, so it's a win win and by far the best bath bomb we have tried and we have tried plenty that have never been worth blogging about. And the scent?... AMAZING!

I would definitely recommend this for older toddlers, 3+ and young children or adults too if you need some cheering up! It would make a great stocking filler for Xmas, but it's only limited edition so stock up, I'm going to get a few more and keep them as special treats.

Price £3.50 Link!

What are your favourite bath bombs?

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

On Wednesdays we wear PINK....

H A P P Y  W E D N E S D A Y

Mornin' all! Ok, so I am not wearing any pink clothing items per se, that doesn't really happen. You will not catch me with a pink top, dress or bag. But, you will catch me with pink brushes, lipstick and nail polish. I LOVE my pink but in small doses and here is some pink lovin' for you today!

Beauty Blender
I love this to apply my foundation & concealer, it really does live up to the hype and your kit isn't complete without one particularly if you like a natural dewy look as the wet sponge just enhances and blends to a beautiful finish. (I purchased mine from Amazon)

Gel Eye Mask
This is perfect when kept in the fridge to place on your eyes in the mornings for a few minutes to wake you up or to apply over a face mask and relax. (£1 from Primark) 

Silicone Face Scrub
I had to try this as I have seen so many people use a similar contraption on YT and I had to give it a go, I have been using it for about 5 days and I love it. The bristles are so soft it's almost like giving your face a massage when used to cleanse your face with a cleanser. it's also very hygienic as everything washes off easily. I want to get one more for cleansing brushes! (approx £1.50 from Primark)

Snow Fairy
The best sweet scented shower gel EVER! Not much more to say... It needs no explanation :) (Lush)

I Love... Raspberry & Blackberry 
This is a gorgeous sweet scented body spritzer and I have been non stop applying and layering over the snow fairy. If pink was a scent, I smell like pink right now. (£2.50)

And finally PINK roses!

I am obsessed with pink roses I wish I had them in every corner of the room, all different shades of pink of course, anyway I am getting side tracked. The last pink roses I got were from Tescos for £4 and they have lasted me 11 days. How? I change the water every day, make sure no leaves are touching the water and snip the ends off every day too and voila good as new everyday.

What are your favourite pink items? I have lots more, one including my favourite curling tong that i need to do an updated post on!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Soap & Glory Makeup...

Hands up, this is the first time I have tried any type of makeup from the brand 'Soap & Glory' and I'm truly impressed. The two items I purchased are the 'Sexy Mother Pucker' lip plumping gloss & 'Kick Ass Concealer'. The product names are quite gimmicky and I'm fine with that as long as it lives up to what it's claiming to do. 

The packaging is nothing special, quite basic with some eye catching font.

The shade of lipgloss I got is 'Candy Gloss' which is a sheer peachy pink with gold shimmer, almost like a sheer liquid rose gold. It claims to have a natural plant oil with super fill technology which makes the lips swell in order to achieve that plumped pout. It has a doe foot applicator which is great because I can't handle those mini brushes which take forever to apply. The consistency is smooth but a little sticky and the scent is very chemical based as you would expect. The gloss applies quickly and evenly and just feels like a normal gloss but after a couple of minutes you get a pins and needles sensation on your lips and they tingle quite a bit for a few minutes which is essentially it working and plumping your lips.

Here's a before and after of me applying the gloss taken about 10 minutes apart and you can judge the effect for yourself. I think it's pretty good, it's not extreme obviously, it's a subtle plump which makes your lips fuller, you can see the bottom lip plumped and smoothed out quite a bit as it created a deeper shadow under my lip.

On to the concealer....

The 'Kick Ass Concealer' is most definitely kick ass!! It's one of the best concealers I have tried, it has AMAZING coverage, it's extremely pigmented, creamy and applies beautifully with great staying power even when it's not set with powder. The concealer comes with 2 shades in 1 pot plus a setting powder and powder puff, like seriously what more do you want. FYI I have the shade 'medium'. It definitely reminds me of the 'Bobbi Brown' concealers and has been a lifesaver for me in the mornings and has made me look more awake and more human. It's great for dark circles and it has two shades so you can highlight and conceal at the same time. I have used it to cover spots too and it's fantastic for that too. It also retails at £10 which is perfectamondo!! (This reminds me to eventually do an overview of my favourite concealers!)

The swatches are just one swipe and you can see how beautiful the texture is.

These two products have definitely made me want to try more from their range! A big thumbs up from me!

Have you tried and 'Soap & Glory' makeup products, if so what are your thoughts & favourites?

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Ombre Balayage...

Short hair, ombre balayage and volume, yes please!

I had my hair chopped off into a long bob 6 weeks ago and whilst I had been enjoying it short, it had been lacking something since it had grown out quite a bit. I called my friend Cheidem and she quickly popped over after we discussed the effect I wanted to achieve. She is the same person who did my micro bead hair extensions and a mobile hairdresser so we were able to nibble, or more like I nibbled on all of these super unhealthy snacks in the comfort of my own home.

I wanted a natural gradient ombre that seamlessly blended in with NO brassy tones and a lot of ash tones shining through. Cheidem has her own technique with backcombing and using foils for no harsh lines. She also used her own conduction to make a toner to cancel out any orange which luckily I didn't get much of anyway.

We had SO much fun and she even did some recordings, so if you follow her on Instagram or You Tube you can check for updates. There is even a recording of me applying makeup whilst she dries my hair!! All of these photos were taken in natural light and no flash so the colour is exactly as you see. The balayage itself was weaved and she avoided the parting area for a more natural sun kissed effect with NO stripes. It's considerably lighter but it feels subtle if that even makes sense.

And no hair post is complete without some before and afters...

Needless to say I love it, and the shade of blonde is exactly how I desired and I will definitely be enjoying my lighter hair for the winter months. This length of shoulder length hair in my opinion needed some sort of balayage for some oomph. I will of course be styling it straight too so I will update more as the days progress. But, it certainly still looks seamless and beautiful straight too which was extremely important for me as there is no way I am going to style my hair curly every single day.

For more info and price quotes contact Cheidem
Professional Hair & Beauty Stylist
07983 766 698

Are you loving balayage as much as I am? And what do you think of going for the chop?!

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Nars 'Virtual Domination' swatches...

Let the angels sing....

This limited edition 'Virtual Domination' cheek palette exclusive to Space NK is the mother of all cheek palettes, well for me anyway! It's a beautiful palette, and has an extremely pretty design to the actual palette different to the black rubber we are used to from Nars. It just makes the palette extra special.... And extra special it is.

It's considerably thicker than the normal palettes but still light and compact enough to travel with.

And breathe..... The palette features 3 blush shades, 2 of them being limited edition, a highlighter also limited edition and the amazing 'Laguna' bronzer everyone raves about including me!!


This palette is £45 and amazing value for money, the blushes are practically full size and the bronzer is much bigger. A standard blush is 0.16oz and a normal bronzer is 0.28oz and you get 0.35oz with this palette, it's a total steal if you are a Nars junkie or just a lover of cheek products. The product value on this works out about £117 so what more encouragement do you want. I didn't need much encouragement I was sold the moment I saw it! :)

Miss Liberty (LE)- Highlighter
Deep Throat - Blush
Sex Fantasy (LE) Blush
Final Cut (LE) Blush
Laguna - Bronzer

Final Cut - This is a matt peachy coral tone with a hint of orange, it actually reminds me of the darker side of Mac's 'Ripe Peach'. It's a lovely shade to brighten up for the colder season. It's highly pigmented and a little goes a long way.

Sex Fantasy - This is a cool toned matte pink and reminds me of Mac's 'Well Dressed', this shade isn't as pigmented as the rest but I like that as it's perfect for a flush of colour and for everyday use. 

Deep Throat - This is a peachy pink with hints of finely milled gold glitter for a sheen finish, this is highly pigmented and available in the permanent collection. Luckily for me I didn't own this shade, and it looks like it will be a great staple.

Miss Liberty - This is a light golden champagne shade with extremely finely milled glitter, it's a beautiful shade and will sit perfectly on the cheekbone. It has a slight luminous feel when applied on the skin and I feel this will work great on the eyelids too.

Laguna - The amazing golden bronze shade. Enough said. Check my bronzer comparison review here!

I love every single one of these shades, my skin is like a NC35 in Mac terms and they all look like they would work perfectly on me, like with all Nars shades the products can be applied with a heavy or light hand depending on the effect you want to achieve so this palette will definitely suit an array of complexions.

Well done Nars & Space NK!
FYI: I ordered this on Wednesday evening and it arrived yesterday. 2 days is really good for free delivery.

Will you be picking up this palette?

Saturday, 25 October 2014

I'm still here...

So slight hiccup on the technology front, my laptop wouldn't switch on for AGES but miraculously hubby managed to fix it today so this evening deserved a quick catchup post.

I have been SO extremely busy, I now have a 3 year old, can u believe Esra is 3?! It only seems like yesterday I was posting pregnancy pictures. Also to top it off, she started nursery a few days after her birthday so I have been all over the place. It's taken a while for her to settle in as she's quite shy but she now happily waves goodbye knowing that I will come back for her. Also as a side note I am not prepared to answer any nursery/pre school related questions for privacy reasons so please don't ask.

What else? I chopped off all of my hair, if you follow me on Instagram you will already know this but I just wanted a refreshing change, it's something I have wanted to do for a couple of years now and I'm so glad I took the plunge as it's been 3 weeks and I still LOVE it.

How's the new place coming along I hear you ask.... Well it's been crazy, we obviously still haven't finished but things are a lot more settled and everything has a place. I have been on an organising decluttering mission and have donated so much stuff it's unbelievable. But, it's all positive and a clear tidy home means a clear tidy mind. I am loving the minimalist style at the moment and am minimising anything and everything I can.

For my dressing table in the bedroom I went for the Ikea 'Malm' table and 'Alex' drawer unit. I don't have all of the accessories and styling pieces I want so it's bare at the moment and I'm a bit stuck.

I have also decided to use it as my blogging spot and the only way I can get wifi in our bedroom is if I strategically place the laptop on an angle on the edge. I clearly need a wifi booster in my life. I have happily been browsing pinterest whilst I have my tea seeking inspiration for my makeup/blogging table. I am also thinking to remove the glass top from the table as I just don't like the shine it gives, bad idea or not?

I got the 'Kolja' mirror and the light bulb strips to go on either side, but I'm not so sure if I want it like that now. Luckily we haven't had a chance to hang anything up so I'm taking it as a sign that maybe I am destined for a different mirror. This idea is all because we got new grey bedding and I have visions of a rose gold antique but modern mirror hanging. Grey, Rose gold and white and maybe a few hints of peach sounds lovely, what do you think? Shall I use this boring square mirror or get something different?

My makeup is all stored in the drawer, and it's working out nicely. In the tall 'Alex' unit I keep skincare, nail care, body care, jewellery, magazines, travel bags, electricals, hair care and hair tools in that same order top to bottom. It's been a real lifesaver and I would own a few more if I could.

I still need a dressing table chair, I stole one of the dining room chairs for now but I need something nice, not the boring ones from ikea. I would also quite like to hang some shelves so I can place some photos and books. I also need a vase and some splashes of colour!!!

Need, need, need. Want, want, want..... It's never ending. 

What would you do with a space like this?