Friday, 13 January 2017

Lush Northern Lights | Review

lush northern lights review
Hi Flamingos 
I know its passed Christmas now but I still have lots of unused Lush Christmas themed items to go through yet. The most recent one I used was this one 'Northern Lights Bath Bomb' which my sister kindly got me for Christmas. This is a very colourful with bright purple, blue and yellow with a lovely floral smell too it too, the bath bomb is a quite a bit bigger than the usual bath bombs that are in lush too. I honestly knew what I got from here for Christmas because I could smell it through the wrapping paper haha.

I honestly look forward to the festive range at Lush every year and they have never disappointed me yet. Every boxing day without fail I have made it to the Lush boxing day sale to see what Lush bargains I can find and I usually some lovely products that I have been wanting to try.
lush northern lights bath bomb
lush northern lights bath bomb review
First Impressions
Has anyone ever played the game 'Dr Mario'? If you have this honestly reminds me of the capsules in that game which is quite quirky and fun I think. I love its unusual shape rather than the original lush round shape and I also like the how bright and bold this looks too.

Fragrance
As I said above I could smell this was a lush product before I even opened the present and I could defiantly tell it was a floral scent too. On the label it says it has the floral scents of 'Jasmine and Ylang Ylang'. I had super high expectations for how strong the floral scent it would be in the bath since it's so strong you can smell it through its packaging. 

Display
Once I finally got my boiler to work ( don't ask I have been having problems with it over the past week and it ruined a previous lush bath experience 😂) I filled my bath up with warm water and once my bath  was full I put 'Northern Lights' in gently and as soon as I let go of it you could smell the aroma of 'Jasmine and Ylang Ylang' burst and honestly it was just lovely. 

Northern Lights rolled around a lot and every turn it realised more of its bright colours, each end had bright colours and the purple combined with them to make an almost northern lights display. It has one of the nicest displays. 

Once the whole of the northern light dissolved in the water it went into a dark lavender colour and I think it has sparkles in it too so it looked like the night sky.

Other favourite Lush displays 

lush northern lights
Final Thoughts 
Northern Lights defiantly did impress me and I am so glad my sister bought me it for Christmas, she knows me very well haha. I loved everything about northern lights apart from the fact if you hold it while its in the water it leaves a little bit of a purple stain on your hands for about 10 minutes but apart from that its fab.

The smell is perfect for anyone who likes floral scents, I really liked the smell of this but to be honest it's not exactly not christmasy smell but to honest I don't mind that. 

Now I am super excited to try the Valentines day lush range 💘


Have you bought anything in Lush lately?


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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Blowdrying Hair with Tangle Teezer

tangle teezer blowdrying hairbrush review
 Hi Flamingos
I am sure quite a lot of us have heard of the original 'Tangle Teezer'. I remember when I went to the hairdressers a couple of years back and my hairdresser brushed my hair and I felt no tugging or anything and thats when she told me all about the original tangle teezer  brush, it was after that I decided to get one for myself and I bought one the next day and I have been using it ever since, its still working well after all that time too which is fab.

This brush is a new brush from 'Tangle Teezer' and its designed to reduce blowdrying time and it also says they are no need for straightening irons. This brush is the full size one and is best suited for people with medium and long hair lengths.
tangle teezer for blowdrying
tangle teezer blowdrying hairbrush
First Impressions
When I first got it, I was very impressed with how well made the brush is. Its packaged very nicely in a transparent through sturdy box with all the information you need about the brush on it.

Its nice big brush which is quite different from other blowdrying brushes as it has a lot of bristles and they are quite hard too. Not only is it a big brush its very lightweight too.

tangle teezer uk
My Thoughts
As with anything new I was a bit dubious about using this for the first time, I know it sounds daft but the shape is a little different from a usual blowdrying brush and I was a bit unsure how to use it at first but with a little looking around on the web I seen how to use it and gave it a whirl.

I used this after having a shower and towel drying my hair beforehand, I put my hair into section and started to brush it with the bristle facing outwards and the hairdryer focusing on my hair. It was pretty easy  to use and I did feel it took a lot less time to use and also a little less aching to my wrist as my hair is very thick and it can take ages to blow-dry my hair.

It took about 10 minutes to blow-dry all of my hair which is just below my shoulder length which I think is quite impressive compared to how I used to do it. It did say no need for hair straighteners after this and I can say it does make a difference and made it easier for me to style my hair as usual after drying my hair.

Available online in certain boots

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Monday, 9 January 2017

Jolly January: Updates and Plans

lindy bop dress
Hi Flamingos 
I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas and New Year! I sure did, I visited my mum and family who live 100 miles away so it was great to see everyone after not seeing them for a while. We had a couple of parties and my kids enjoyed seeing their grandparents and the rest of the family. I was super happy to see my mum too because she's like my best friend 💜

Anyway its normal routines for us all now, I'm now back home in Glasgow and the kids are back at school/nursery and my blogging routine is back to what it used to be. I am missing the Christmas holidays already. I feel they went far too quickly, don't you think?

I have a few goals for the year ahead but I also have some to do for this month too so you know I think its good to have little set goals for the month and its possible that I will update each post more than once as we all know months can change.

lindy bop dresslindy bop dress
Outift 
Lindy Bop Bottle Green Dress (past season) similar (Link)
River Island Bag (past season)
Tesco Thick Tights
T.U.K kitty heals (Link

Updates
  • My mum got a puppy and he's called 'Bertie' he is an Airedale Terrier and he is just adorable
  • I started drawing again, I love art so I bought myself some drawing supplies and started to doodle every now and again.



Things Happening this month
  • I am back at the gym after a couple of months of not going. I wasn't looking forward to it to begin with but I am starting to enjoy it more now.
  • It is my daughters 5th birthday, honestly I don't know where the time has gone!
  • My vintage dressing table is coming, I am so excited to show you it.
  • Myself and my partner are going for a belated anniversary meal (been together for 6 years now) we don't know where yet but we are looking.
  •  I will also be filming more youtube videos for my youtube channel, if you haven't subscribed yet its on the right hand sidebar


Till next month x
Melissa x
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Sunday, 8 January 2017

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Celebrity Skin | Review

jeffree star cosmetics celebrity skin review
Hi Flamingos
I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas break, I know I sure did. I have had a bit more time off my blog than what I would have liked but I'm back in business and expect to see more blog posts from now on. Anyway back onto todays post;  I have always wanted to try makeup from 'Jeffree Star Cosmetics' but it wasn't too easy to find in the UK and I wasn't keen ordering on the Jeffree star cosmetics website because I wasn't sure how much the customs charge would be, so I pretty happy waiting for it come to the UK(eventually). Thankfully they are much easy to find now because they are on one of my favourite makeup sites 'Beauty Bay. My mum bought me this for Christmas and it came within two days which I think is brilliant for free delivery. 

Jeffree Star Cosmetics was founded by the one and only 'Jeffree star'. I remember seeing Jeffree on my Myspace 10 years ago and also the music too. This cometic brand is relatively new and has a few different beauty products including; velour liquid lipsticks, highlighters, eyeshadow palettes and more. 
jeffree star lipstick box
jeffree star velour liquid lipstick review
 First Impressions
The packaging is very nice and it is packaged in a gorgeous hot pink box with the lipstick shade on top of the box and five jeffree star embossed rose gold stars on the front on the box. I love when things are packaged well especially then they cost so much more than a cheaper lipstick, because I like getting my moneys worth if you know what I mean.

The lipstick tube locks with a click too which is oddly quite satisfying and to be honest the reason is that so many lipsticks I have tried before have a top that easily comes off.

Fragrance
I had no idea what the scent was until I looked it up online and it said it was root beer scented like a few of the other jeffree star lipsticks. I actually like the smell its kinda sweet and is not overpowering at all.

Application
It has a curved applicator which kinda looks cool and it goes quite well into the shape of your lips. Every time it has given me the right amount of product for each and every application with no need going back into to the tube for more product.

The liquid lipstick is true to the name 'liquid' it almost feels like liquid because of how light if feels on the lips. Once its on your lips you wait a few minutes until it dries into a matte finish which looks so frigging cool, I love it.

jeffree star celebrity skin label
jeffree star celebrity skin swatch
Shade
My mum took ages to choose a lipstick shade for me as she thinks I suit nude shades the best, she finally  chose 'Celebrity Skin' which is a pink toned brown shade which is a lovely nude shade. 

My thoughts 
I just love how intense and how opaque the lipstick is, as soon as its applied to the skin you can see how intense the colour is. I looked on Jeffrees Star social media and its suggested to use a lip scrub before applying this so I applied my Lush bubblegum lip scrub before I put this on and it is a good idea to actually do that beforehand since this is a matte lipstick, it helps reduce a matte lipstick being 
as dry. 

I have worn Celebrity skin a few times and I just love it and I will tell you all the reasons why I love this so much. The first reason it has a lovely effect on the lips, it isn't too drying like quite a lot of matte lipsticks. Another reason is it lasts along time, I've had it last nearly 6 hours before needing another application. Lastly is how opaque and how super lightweight this is with just one coat, it almost feels like you're not wearing anything on your lips at all.

I will be adding more liquid lipsticks to my makeup collection soon as I have sure been converted to them now haha.

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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Vegan Protein Flapjacks | Recipe

vegan protein flapjacks
Hi Lovelies 
With the New Year here a lot of us are looking for healthier option foods, I know I sure am. I have had way to many treats over the holiday period and I am looking to get myself fitter and stronger this year and of course the biggest thing I want is to control my PCOS. Snacks can be my biggest problem area because I always seem to grab the ones like chocolate and cakes rather then the healthier options so I decided to make some healthy flapjacks to curb my bad snacking habits.

I thought this would be a brilliant recipe for people taking part Veganuary at the moment so I've made a vegan version of one of my all time favourite snacks and its flapjacks. With some research online I found  you can make healthier versions of them so I decided to give it a whirl and thankfully I did because it turned out quite well if I don't say so myself.

vegan protein flapjacks recipe
What you need

  • Baking tray 
  • Grease proof paper
  • Mixing bowl 

Ingredients 
  • 200g Whole Oats
  • 100g softened dairy free butter 
  • 2 ripe banana 
  • small handful of raisins or mixed dried fruit 
  • 2 teaspoons of agave nectar 
  • 10g of Pulsin Pea Protein
vegan protein flapjacks recipe
Method 
  1. Preheat oven to gas mark 4
  2. In large bowl put oats, raisins and pulsin pea powder
  3. Mash ripe bananas in a separate bowl then add the agave nectar and the softened butter until they are combined 
  4. Put ingredients from the smaller bowl into the large bowl and mix together with hands until thick and its like cookie dough, if its too dry add a little bit of almond milk.
  5. Put the mixture onto grease proof paper on the oven tray. Flatten the mixture to get it into an oblong shape and then add to the oven. 
  6. Let it cook in the over for about 20-30 minutes (mine too 25 minutes)
  7. Once cooked put on the side and once cooled cut into 10-12 squares.

I hope you enjoy this recipe.
What should I make next time?

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Monday, 2 January 2017

The Body Shop French Lavender Massage Oil | Review

the body shop french lavender massage oil review
💜 Hi Lovelies 💜
I can't believer its 2017 already and this post is my first post of the year and that marks my blogs 3rd birthday which is in July! I love blogging as much now as I did then. In 2016 I loved using many different beauty products but none stood out to me as much as the body shop products including this massage oil. I am relatively new to massage oils so trying this was a totally new thing for me.

The body shop is a favourite shop of mine over the past year, I have tried so many products this year I have lost count and I have yet to write about them on my blog. I would have wrote about them sooner but it has been a busy past few months but I promise they will be on my blog soon. The french lavender massage oil is one of a few different massage oils available in the body shop, this oil is part of the spa range.
the body shop french lavender massage oil review
First Impressions 
I just love the packaging of this massage oil and I really wish I took a picture of the box too because I firmly believe quite a lot of the time we buy with our eyes first and the box for this looks very elegant and quite high end.

The bottle looks very nice too and you could actually imagine it fitting in nicely in a spa environment.      Its quite strong and you can tell its made well and fit for the job. It has a nice cooper label on it with all the information you need on it. It also has a simple and easy to use top so you can get as much or little massage oil as you need.

The french lavender itself is actually from the south of France and the story of lavender being used is in the 14th century by King Charles VI of France, he wanted his pillows filled with lavender to help him sleep.

Application 
Now I am no expert with this product by any means but me and my partner have been using this by putting the desired amount on our backs and massaging into the skin until its absorbed. It can also be used with massage tools that are also available on the body shop website but for me personally I like using it the way I do and to be honest it has been working a charm for both of us and we have been using it for a while like that now and we not interested in the way we change using it now seeing as we are both happy.

french lavender massage oil
My Thoughts 
The smell on with this Lavender massage oil is just heavenly, it smells 100% like French lavender which is just lovely. Lavender has many benefits including helping to relax and getting a good nights sleep and thats what this massage oil is for; relaxing body and mind. With all those benefits in mind thats why me and my partner bought this because we have a busy schedule and relaxing time is a very special time for us both.

I am not the biggest fan in the world of the lavender scent but in this massage oil it was a nice relaxing smell and it was nice to world with too as it wasn't overly oily and it absorbed in the skin without any problems. While massaging my partners back he gets so relaxed with this he almost falls asleep because the smell is that soothing.

The price is £14 and may sound a little bit on the expensive side but honestly to me its worth every penny because it smells gorgeous and it has helped me and my partner relax and eventually actually get a good nights sleep which is brilliant  because we have busy schedule. 

What are your favourite products from  the body shop at the moment?

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Thursday, 29 December 2016

NYX Brow Pomade | Review

NYX brow pomade review
Hi Lovelies
With my makeup routine in the past my brows were the last thing on my mind, all I really cared about was getting my eyeliner on point but within this past year I have focused getting my brows on point too because I feel like the whole look looks like nice. I have never been sure which brow products to use because they are so many different products out there I had no idea what to choose. I recently got this brow pomade because I have always wanted to try the ABH brow pomade but the £15 is kinda putting me off so I went this budget alternative instead to see how it went.

NYX is a brand that is pretty well know now in the UK and is available online and in quite a lot of boots stores up and down the UK. I have tried many beauty products before including lipsticks and foundation and I have thought they were excellent so I had very high hopes for the brow pomade. 
NYX brow pomade review
First Impressions 
When I seen it in Boots I just knew I had to have it because I have wanted to try a brow pomade for ages and the price was very purse friendly at £5.50. They also have 5 different shades to choose from and I went for brunette. The packaging looks ok and the pomade jar is very nicely designed too as it looks premium.

Application
I looked at a few different ways on YouTube to apply pomade and after being happy on how to do it I applied it using my real techniques eyebrow brush and it was a quite creamy texture so I put it on little by little to get my ideal brow shape. I actually love that defines the brow and also helps keep the brow in shape.

My Thoughts
I honestly loved this for the first two weeks I had it because t worked wonderfully well and it helped me get the brow shape I wanted effortlessly and also looked quite natural at the same time. Then unfortunately it went a little downhill from there unfortunately because it started to dry out after 2 weeks and it made it quite hard to use and it was far to dry to use, I have barely used much of it and its too dry to use which is a shame because I honestly  thought it was a brilliant dupe to ABH to begin with but unfortunately  not. I think Il still have the ABH makeup wish list from now on, so fingers crossed il get that soon. 


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