Saturday, 3 December 2016

Flamingo Candles Wax Melts | Review

flamingo candles wax melts review
Hi Lovelies
I hope everyone has had a lovely weekend! Its now December and that can only mean one thing.. it is almost Christmas, how exciting is that? During the Autumn/Winter months I tend to use candles a lot more than I usually do because for me personally it helps warms the house up and the fragrances can be very relaxing and warming too. 

Flamingo Candles is a relatively new brand that came out in 2013, they offer candles, wax melts and monthly subscription boxes. I have always wanted to try the brand because I just love the name and obviously I love flamingos hence my blog name Fruity Flamingo. They make their candles out of soy wax which is 100% natural and they are hand poured in south whales and have a cotton wick and come in many different divine fragrances. 

flamingo candles wax melts
Online and in certain shops 
Cruelty Free
Soy Wax
Vegan 

First Impressions 
I have tried Yankee Candle wax melts before and I just loved them so I had a high exceptions from the start with these. I love the flamingo design on these and also the names on them too, they come in brightly wrapped tissue paper and each melt can come in various shades.

As soon as I got them I could smell them and wow first impressions of them was good because the smells are so different from other candles I have tried before. These wax melts were in fragrances of alcoholic beverages. 


My Thoughts 
I have my old wax Yankee Candle wax burner for these, I put a tea light underneath this and put the wax melt on top of it. It took about 20 minutes for the whole wax melt to actually melt, it melted rather quickly and the fragrance of each melt came of beautifully and wasn't over the top but more delicate but even though the smells coming out was delicate the scents are just lush. 

Each candle has very natural scents and don't smell fake or anything like that. They last for ages too, on flamingo candles it says 20 hours and I couldn't agree more with that, so if you think about it, its very good value for money per wax melt.

Kir Royale Cocktail 
This wax melt is wrapped in coral red wrapper and the wax melt is on off light yellow. The melts are a little bit bigger than Yankee Candle wax tarts and come in a plain design, they fill the whole bottom of the wax burner.

This smells like a gorgeous fruity cocktail and reminds me of the festive season. The smell doesn't smell like alcohol or anything like that just more like mocktail. 

This is a fruity wax melt with creme de cassis with notes sparkly wine.

Lemon and Lime Mojito 
This wax melt is wrapped in a lime green tissue paper and the wax melt was a pale green colour. The melt was a very zesty smell and was my favourite of the two. This one smelt exactly like a lemon and lime mojito and I am very tempted to buy this one again because I love the smell of the lime. 

The wax melt has citrus top notes of lemon, lime and grapefruit leading onto peppermint and musk.

flamingo candles wax melt
flamingo candles wax melt review
Pros
  • Long lasting 20 hours
  • Fun fragrances 
  • Melts quickly
  • Made of natural soy wax
  • Cruelty free
  • 100% Natural soybean oil




Cons 
  • None


What are your favourite candle brands? Have you tried Flamingo Candles before?

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Friday, 2 December 2016

Lush Mistletoe | Review

Lush mistletoe review
Hi Lovelies
It is officially December and that can only mean one thing... Christmas!! I love this time of year because no matter where you go you are reminded of Christmas; from the shop display windows, festive songs playing and Christmas trees decorated beautifully. As for Lush they deliver as usual with their products and this year has been my favourite yet with their products. I recently used 'Mistletoe' from my recent Christmas Haul

If you love Christmas and Lush than this time of year in the shop is defiantly for you! They are many themed products with product names matching products too including this one. I am actually so excited for the Lush boxing day sales, I will be getting a large haul fingers crossed.

lush mistletoe christmas
Lush mistletoe review
Cruelty Free
Vegan

First Impressions 
Even though this isn't the brightest and sparkliest looking thing in the  Christmas Lush collection it still stood out to me because is a lovely pink shade with a lovely light green with a mistletoe design. I just love that lush has such an amazing amount of Christmas products this year, they all look different with so many more designs this year.

As soon as I picked it up I could smell a very strong but beautiful floral scent from it. I am very happy that it has a floral scent because the first thing you think of when you hear mistletoe you think of flowers and also a little bit of romance. 

My Thoughts 
After putting this into my lovely warm bath it started to melt slowly, the first two colours that showed was a  bright pink and a gorgeous purple colour until they both combined with each other like a match made in heaven to make a gorgeous purple shade. The whole thing crumbled within minutes without any unmelted bits left.

Me and my partner loved the smell of the bath; the scent of this bath was jasmine absolute, ylang ylang oil and vertivet oil. The bath is based on romance; like mistletoe. I can totally agree with that because it was very relaxing for us both in the bath. 

It was nice relaxing bath and as soon as I came out the bath I put on snow fairy body conditioner and the combination of both of the smells is gorgeous! I could smell them both even after the next day.


lush mistletoe review
Would I recommend
If you like lush products that give you a nice display in the bath then this is a big yes!! also I would recommend to anyone who like floral scents because this is a lot stronger than any other floral products I have tried in Lush yet.

Pros
Lovely floral scent
Nice display in bath 
Vegan 
Cruelty Free 

Cons
None 

Have you tried anything in the Christmas range?


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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Steak Cattle and Roll | Glasgow

steak cattle and roll glasgow review
Hi Lovelies
I must admit I just love a good *Veggie* Burger and usually it can be a right pain to actually find a restaurant that actually sells vegan/vegetarian options. Most veggie burgers I have tried before in the past didn't have dairy free cheese or nice sauces and as you can all kinda guess it makes a burger pretty darn dry if you don't have those things. I went out my way to actually find a restaurant that sold a decent variety of vegan/vegetarian burgers and thats where I found Steak Cattle and Roll. 

Steak Cattle and Roll is very near to Glasgow central on Sauchiehall Street. It offers a variety of different food from burgers, salads and delicious dairy free milkshakes. Its not 100% vegan/vegetarian but it offers a lot of different vegan options on the menu, I for one for spoiled for choice on what to actually order because everything looks so darn yummy.

steak cattle and roll menu glasgow
Where
321 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow
G2 3HW

The Restaurant 
It really reminds me of a 50s style diner with a modern twist. They are lots of seats too choose from including booths, classic chairs and a bar area, so lots too chose from if visiting by yourself, going with your friend/partner or group.  The decor is pleasant and the music isn't too loud either so its a great backing sound for when your'e eating and talking with company.


The restaurant can be reached fairly easily its on a main road so it be reached by car, walking or getting the bus. Its on the main road of sauichiehall street lots to other restaurants/bars and nightclubs. 

 The Food
You really are spoiled for choice here as the restaurant has lots of hearty comfort food to choose from the food isn't going to win you in points for being the healthiest food in the world but it is great food to have as a treat or for when going out.

The menu has everything marked out simply so you know what you  are buying and its suitable for vegan or vegetarians. Its also marked clearly with the price. They have two menus; one for food and the other is for desserts and drinks. 

Food choices *veggie options*
  • Burgers
  • Wraps
  • Salad
  • Fries & Sides
  • Nachos
Drinks & Desserts
  • Soda
  • Alcohol including wine
  • Hot drinks
  • Shakes including alcohol versions 
  • Selection of cakes including a vegan option

steak cattle and roll Glasgow
What I ordered
The Classic Vegan Burger
This burger has a vegan burger topped with vegan mozzarella, served with salsa, rocket and red slaw with pan fried onion and bun. 

The burger itself tasted divine, each bite was heavenly but as much as I loved eating this burger I could not pick it up to eat, I had to cut it into quarters so I could eat it. Even after all that it made a little bit of a mess so I would recommend getting a napkin or two. The burger is very filling and I ended up taking the rest of it home and having it later on in the evening, they put the rest of the burger in a  box neatly which is great if you can't finish it all. 

Even though I loved the salad in this burger I think it was a touch OTT but you know its each to their own really. I loved this burger and the combination of the slaw, salsa and vegan mozzarella made this burger absolutely divine with its sweet/savoury elements. 

Seasoned chips
HEAVEN IN A BASKET; no seriously if you love chips then you will love these chips. They are chips with skin left on so they have a bit of crunch and lots of flavour.

They are so many chips in the basket they can be shared which is great if you are going out with friends/family. 


Things I loved 

  • Very friendly staff; We were welcomed very quickly when we got to the restaurant and we got to choose out of the chair which we would like and once we were seated we got menus and a decent amount of time to choose drinks and order food.
  • Comfortable seating; Honestly you will be surprised how many restaurants have uncofertable seating. This restaurant has very comfy seating especially the booth seating. 
  • Lots of vegan/vegetarian options; Usually going to a restaurant only has a few options but this place has so many options including food, desserts and drinks 


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Monday, 28 November 2016

Winter Inspired Bedding Wish List

winter inspired bedding wish list

Hi Lovelies
In the summer I really don't care to have a duvet on because its usually far to hot and clamy with it on so I usually just wear a blanket and cuddle up with my partner. As soon as Autumn/winter comes the weather changes which feels like happens over night, then its time to bring out the duvets again! In the autumn/winter  I like to bring out more season duvets such as neutral or autumn/winter shades such as red, grey and green. I also love Christmas themed bedding during the winter months because it is so festive and warming to have that in the colder months.

Not only do I like having winter duvets I like to have the matching bedding such as the sheets, pillow cases and also cushions. With them all matching I feel it makes a house more of a home and so much more cosier, I know it might sound daft but thats what it feels like to me.


What bedding I would like
Ted Baker Cotlin Duvet Cover  between £95-£115 I know this may seem a little bit on the expensive side but I just love the way Ted Baker products  look. They look very well made and very soft too since its made out of 50% cotton and 50% linen. I love the pastel pink shade of this and it would match my pink bedroom perfectly. This comes in sizes of double to super king. 

Julian Charles Kennedy Charcoal Grey Luxury Check Duvet Cover £28-£48  Now I just love anything in a check pattern, the design is simple yet classical, it would suit any home and would love gorgeous any season. This gorgeous bedding is in the Julian Charles bedding sale and is a bargain now with 60% off. The bedding comes with lots of matching products including curtains and comes in the sizes of single to super king. 

Marks and Spencer's Batik Print Bedding £39.50-£69 I just love Marks and Spencer's bedding products and have bought from them for years because I find the quality of the clothes and homeware to be a very high standard. I just love the design of this and I feel it has a Christmas vibe to it too. Another great thing about this I love is its made out of 100% sustainable cotton and comes in sizes of single to super king.

Dunelm Dorma Lomond Red Duvet Cover £29-£59 I just love checked and tartan bedding and to me its just the cherry on the ice-cream of winter bedding. The combination of bright red and dark green is the perfect mixture for the festive season. This bedding is made out of cotton and comes in sizes of single to super king.


What bedding do you like in the winter months?

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Saturday, 26 November 2016

The Body Shop Vanilla Chai Candle | Review

the body shoo vanilla chai candle review
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I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend so far, I have had a nice weekend so far visiting my mum and family. I came over a little earlier than usual because we wanted to see my mums dog who has been recently diagnosed with cancer, so we wanted to spend some quality time with him and take some nice family pictures together. Anyway onto todays post as you all might know I am a bit candle mad, I think I have near on 20 candles in my flat at the moment. I just love the way they look and also how nice then can smell too. 

I honestly didn't know that the body shop actually made candles until I went to a recent 'The body shop event in Glasgow' and thats where I got this one from. I also noticed they also do a few other candle scents as well including Green Tea and Lemon, Spiced Apple and Frosted berries. I was lucky enough to get this one in a goody bag when I went to the event. I have had it nearly a month now and I have used it a fair few times so I thought it was the right time to share my thoughts on this candle with you all. 
the body shop vanilla chai candle review
Online and In-store 
Paraffin free 
Cruelty Free*

First Impressions 
My first impressions with this were as follows; The box it was in is beautiful, it has a simple christmasy design which stands out so nicely. I was whole heartedly expecting the candle inside to have a similar design on it but no, it was just nothing at all. It was just a simple plain candle with no labels or nothing. I know I sound like I may be over reacting a bit but I have seen so many candles do so well with candle designs and I thought this would be quite similar since it costs £10 to buy.

Apart from that small disappointment it was a nice heavy jar and you can smell the vanilla chair scent straight away. It is a very nice sweet scent which isn't too powerful but nice and delicate. The scent matches the festive period so much because it is a very warming smell.

My Thoughts
Over the passed few weeks I have used this candle most days and I just love it and Il tell you all why I love it so much. Firstly its sturdy, I have had candles before and sometimes the glass feels very unsteady and it made me worry bit about breaking but this one feels strong and built to last. Secondly the scent it just gorgeous, it honestly gives Yankee Candle a run for its money. The smell has top nots of spicy chai which is cardamon and star anise and base notes which is a delicate vanilla scent which is vanilla extract from Madagascar.

It took about 20 minutes for the whole room to smell like this gorgeous candle and I could even smell it in my hallway too. The wick is thick and sometimes can be a right blooming pain to light but once its lit its fine and doesn't go out unless you want it too. The candle has very gentle glow and isn't to bright at all.
the body shop vanilla chai candle
Rating 4/5 

Pros 

  • Long lasting ( I still have over half after nearly a month using most days)
  •  Gentle light
  • Gorgeous smell of cardamon, star anise and vanilla 
  • Feels strong and worth the price
  • Paraffin Free 


Cons 
  • Plain candle ( I know some people may like this but the box has a nice design and was expecting something similar  on the candle)





Have you tried The Body Shop candles before? What is your favourite candle brand/scent ?


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Thursday, 24 November 2016

My Winter Skincare Favourites

winter skincare favourites
Hi Lovelies
I know it may only be autumn right now but it sure doesn't feel like it! Here in Glasgow we have minus temperatures already and wow can you feel it on your skin. With the ridiculously cold temperatures in mind I have drastically changed my skincare routine to combat the cold brisk weather we are having at the moment. The key areas I like to make sure are 100% with my skin are keeping pores unclogged from pollution and old makeup; so keeping them clear is a must have for me. Then keep the moisture in skin is another; my skin can get quite dry in places and its even worse in the winter if I am not careful, so with all that in mind I choose my products that I keep near at hand. 

The products I have chosen are different prices brackets so they are something for everyone. Anyway's all the products I have chosen are cruelty free and as I love to be totally honest with all of my lovely followers two of these products were gifted for me to try but never the less I love them regardless if they given or no.  
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Why Skincare is important to me
I must admit I was absolutely naff with using skincare products a few years ago, I don't think I used much at all apart from nivea and boy my skin didn't like that at all, I got a big reaction from one of their products and my face was sore for a few days after that.  I avoided anything for a while after that because I was worried about my skin reacting badly again to another skincare product. I think a big reason I didn't try more back then was also a lack of knowledge of different products and also the jobs different skincare products have. 

The main thing that started me wanting to take care of my skin more was my daily makeup routine; I hear you all say why that? Well the reason for that was because taking makeup off after a long day everyday was really taking its toll on my skin. Thats the reason I take care of my skin so much now, I don't want my skin to be like before, I like to take extra special care of my skin. I am so glad I do because my skin is a lot softer and it is actually easier to apply and remove makeup now. 

My favourite Winter skincare products
  • The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foam Cleanser ( £5.50) This is brilliant to use in the mornings as it feels very refreshing on the skin. It helps to cleanse blemished skin and also reduce oiliness and shine. 
  • Lush Snow Fairy Body Conditioner ( Between £7.95 for 100ml and £13.95 for 225g) Vegan Now this is just heaven for anyone who love snow fairy showgel, it has exactly the same scent and even has similar shimmer in it too. This is a lush moisturiser not only does it make you smell lovely it helps keep skin soft too. 
  • Dr Botanicals  Japenese orange superfood facial oil and night cream ( Under £20 each on sale) Vegan Out of all of the face moisturisers and oils I have tried this one smells the best, it has the most divine sweet orange scent. I use these both together at night time to give my skin the ultimate luxury. These are natural and are full of vitamins and essential fatty acids, its designed to combat dry skin and help skin look younger. 
  • The Body Shop Frosted Berries Lip Balm ( £4.00)  I must say I love lots of different lip balms at the moment but this one won out the choices because it smells like Christmas, I know that might sound daft but it does because it has a very festive berry smell. Wearing a lip balm helps keep lips soft and stops getting them so dry in cold weather. Its also great for wearing a matte or liquid lipstick.
  • Nip + Fab Kale Fix Moisturiser (£14.95) Vegan This smells very refreshing like cucumbers, its also very light weight and glides onto the skin effortlessly. It contains aloe vera and shea butter to help smooth and improve skins texture. 
  • Soap and Glory Hand Food ( £6.00) Vegan Honestly this is a heavenly smell of marshmallows and to me thats the perfect scent for winter as it reminds me of a hot chocolate. This hand cream features fennel and lotus flower extracts which helps to keep hands smooth. 
  • Soap and Glory Heal Genius ( £5.50) Vegan This cream is so thick that you need to put socks on after you apply it, even though that sounds like a right pain it is so worth it because it help smooth feet. Its works wonders on the hard skin on my feet.
  • The Body Shop Body Butters ( £14.00) I can't say which scent I like the most because they all smell wonderful and they all work very well. These creams are luxurious and thick, they last for 24 which I think is amazing. 
  • The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask ( £15.00) Vegan I just love having a face mask on and it usually doesn't matter which brand it is but I just love this one. This one is great at absorbing excess oil and purifies skin to give your skin a glow.



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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Lush Shoot for the Stars | Review

lush shoot for the stars bath bomb review
Hi Lovelies 
Christmas is my favourite time of the year, I just love the sparkles, decorations and seeing my family. This year Lush has the most beautiful Christmas themed products, I actually treated myself to a few of things in the range in my latest Lush Haul. I really love everything in the range because everything is sparkly and bright and is perfect to help get into the Christmas sprit. 

The Lush Christmas range has many things to choose from this year including bath products, soaps, gift sets and lip scrubs. I was also told that all the lush Christmas bath products are vegan, all of Lush products are also cruelty free.  I was spoiled for choice and I had no idea what to get because everything looks wonderful and the whole shops smells gorgeous. Eventually I chose this as part of my haul. I just love it has sparkly gold stars on it. 
First impressions 
This is the first thing I put in my basket during my lush haul. The reason I put it in first was because it has 3 beautiful sparkly stars and is set on a gorgeous bright blue. I looked the price and was in two minds whether to buy it but you all know me, I couldn't resist because of the sparkles and the lovely stars, its just gorgeous.

Picking it up I could smell it has a rather sweet zesty scent. The scent is refreshing and the sparkles go a little bit on your fingers too.

lush shoot for the stars
My thoughts
I made sure the bath was nice and warm before popping in this beauty, it was a slow and delicate melter and was spinning while doing so. Once it started to melt it started to show sparkly stars in the centre and they must have roughly about 7 stars in the centre. Each star was quite big and they were also slow melters too, they had golden sparkles on the back of each of them. When everything was completely melted the bath was a emerald green with golden sparkles in every inch of the water. The beautiful thing about the golden sparkles was they stuck together and raised to the top and burst like little fireworks on top of the water.

The smell was utterly divine and so zesty, it kinda reminded me of a cocktail. Its one of those scents that help you relax especially after a long day. They key 4 ingredients are as follows; Brazilian Orange Oil, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Bergamot Oil and Coconut Cream.

Me and my partner enjoyed this bath so much, it was just blissful. It was so nice relaxing together watching the sparkles in the emerald water. My partner is usually quite picky with lush products he likes but he just loved this one and so did I. We will defiantly be buying it again because I think it worth the money and looks stunning.

Because 'shoot for the stars' contains  coconut cream and some cocoa butter it was very soothing of the skin, the bath water almost felt silky. My skin felt moisturised even after I came out the bath. My skin felt so soft that I didn't actually bother putting extra moisturiser on.


Rating 4.5 / 5 


Pros
Big and takes its time to melt
Gorgeous display in bath
Lots of glitter


Cons
Glitter left on bath


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