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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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Lush Boxing Day Haul

lush boxing day sale haul
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Every year for the past few years I have had a routine of going to Lush on Boxing day to find some half price goodies. Last year was really busy and was very hectic that I didn't get a chance to find what I wanted and I was a bit nervous going this year incase it was super busy. Thankfully when I did go at roughly midday it was very quite, I think they were only about 4 other customers in the shop at the time and lots of half price goodies left. As a big Lush fan I filled my basket of products I haven't tried before and also products that I have loved for years.

Lush to me have always had brilliant seasonal products and the Christmas range is hands down the best one off the year ( closely followed by Easter and Halloween.) I know Lush is super busy during its sale because they only have the one day sale online and till the product sells out in the shop, so I feel more thankful I found these when I did.
lush boxing day sale
Boxing Day Lush Haul 
So White Bath Bomb £3.75 reduced to £1.87
This is something I haven't tried before but it smells amazing and looks quite nice too with it's little green leaf on top. 

Never Mind The Ballistics £4.25 reduced to £2.12
I have not tried this one either which I am quite surprised by because it looks fantastic with its combination of yellow and red. It has a nice array of circus scent and banana. It  has a combo of a butter red top and a normal bath bomb on the bottom. 

Father Christmas Bath Bomb £3.75 reduced to £1.87 
I have seen this a few times over the years but I never actually bought it till now, so I am looking forward to giving this a try. It has a sweet smell and kinda reminds me of snow fairy.

Snow Fairy Shower Gel £9.95 reduced to £4.97
I just love this shower gel and it has been a favourite product of mine for a while now, this is a lovely pink with a blue shimmer and has a nice sweet smell to it.

Pip Gift 2016 £11.95 reduced to £5.97 
This gift set includes butterball, lush luxury lush pud and also a penguin wrap. I have tried all the products in this but I loved them all so got this gift set. I know it's a gift set but I am reluctant to actually use it because it looks like a penguin and it is so adorable.

Satsuma Knot-Wrap 2016 £7.95 reduced to £3.97
In this gift set it includes the satsuma bath bomb and also a bright orange knot wrap. I haven't tried either before so I am looking forward to trying both in the very near future. 

Total Saving = £24.78 

Did you get anything in the Lush boxing day sale?

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Saturday, 24 December 2016

My Goals For 2017

Hi Lovelies 
Honestly I can't be the only one who thinks that 2016 was really fast! One minute it was new year, the next the summer holidays and now it is nearly  the blooming new year AGAIN. I can't say 2016 has been my all time favourite year because they have been  a fair few hiccups in it but apart from that its been fine. I can't say I did particularly well with last years goals because I unmotivated myself because of some of the hiccups that happened during the year and not only that I recently discovered I have PCOS, so yes an eventful year but hopefully it will lead onto a brilliant and easier 2017.

My Goals
  1. Control my PCOS: This year has been a bit all over the place because of my hormones and some days have been rubbish with it but I am planning on controlling it better with eating better and also with a bit of luck and motivation loose some weight too ( I have put on 4 stone in 2 years) 
  2. Loose weight: This is following on from the above. I am hoping to keep myself motivated to get myself fitter and stronger for 2017 and honestly motivation is the biggest key for me so hopefully I will find it and keep it always.
  3. Read more books: This year I have read a few books including Harry potter and the philosophers stone, Jackie Collins Thrill and I've also started to read game of thrones and the next harry potter book, I would like to continue reading books because it is so relaxing.
  4. Complete Veganuary and stay vegan: I have been vegan before for around 8 months back in 2014 and since then I have mostly eaten vegan foods but sometimes I have eaten vegetarian foods too. Motivation again is key and also finding places that sell vegan foods and also trying more vegan recipes 

Blog Relatad Goals
  1. Schedule more: At the moment my blog posts are mostly posted at random times, I really only post when I have a spare couple of hours. I hope to get more posts done and make sure they are shared on all my social media to help grow my blog more
  2. Get 500 youtube subscribers: I have 101 at the moment which I am very happy with but hopefully this time next year I get to my goal of 500. Its kinda a thing to show that my youtube is worth doing. 
  3. Have 3000 Instagram followers: At one stage I honestly thought I wouldn't get past 1000 followers but now I have well over 2,500! I think I have pretty well and to be honest I just love my Instagram feed, I love sharing on it.
  4. Keep going: I have been blogging for nearly 3 years now and I love it as much now as I did then. I will continue to do it because I just love it.


I am sure I will be adding more goals thought out of 2017 but these are the ones I can think of right now, so keep a look out in future. 


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Thursday, 22 December 2016

PandaVita Baobab Powder | Review


pandavita baobab powder review
Hi Lovelies
For me personally this year I have struggled on eating properly and to be honest my body felt so blooming rubbish because of PCOS. I've been making small changes here and there to help me loose weight and not just that but to be healthier and stronger too. At the moment I mostly only eat wholewheat pasta/bread and also tried to include more fruits and vegatables.  

I was kindly sent this baobab powder a month ago to try and to be honest with you all I have never tried a product like this before. Baobab is a superfood fruit that is grown in upper east Ghana. The fruit contains six times more Vitamin C than oranges and more potassium than bananas. This fruit also has twice amount of calcium than milk and also has fibre, so I can see why its got its superfood label from! 

Uses 
Honestly this Baobab powder is so darn versatile! It can be drank with water, made into a smoothie or even put into a healthy recipes such as a flapjack or protein balls. I am looking forward to making recipes with this in the future so keep a look out for that in future. 

About the Baobob Powder 
  • Vegan/Vegetarian 
  • Organic 
  • Gluten Free
  • Kosher 
  • Halal 


My thoughts on it
I loved this powder because you could barely taste it in a strawberry, banana and almond milk smoothie! I love the fact it had give me more benefits than just the two fruits from only one teaspoon on the baobab powder. I personally was not keen on the baobab powder on its own as its quite a strong taste but its a great way to get natural energy. 

After trying it for a week I did feel my energy levels get better and I've been more fitness motivated as late. I look forward to keep having this in my fitness journey.

available online 

Have you tried Baobab Powder before?
Melissa x
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Monday, 19 December 2016

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask | Review

the body shop purifying glow mask review
When it comes to skincare I would say 2016 was a major learning curb for me knowing what works well for my skin. My skin can be a bit on the fussy side because its combination skin so its mixture of dry and also quite oily in parts too, so finding products that help my skin can be a challenge. I have a little skincare regime now that usually works wonders for me now and I will have a post about that in the very near future so keep a look out for it. On that skincare list is this glow mask and while I'm on the subject of Glow mask, il tell you more about this face mask.

The Body Shop have a range of 5 difference types of face mask including: Himalayan Charcoal purifying glow mask, Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask, Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Mask, Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask and British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask. They are priced at £15 each and come in a very glamorous and sturdy jar.

the body shop Himalayan charcoal mask review
First Impressions 
As soon as I seen this in The Body Shop I knew I had to have a glow mask! I wasn't sure which one to pick but the thing that brought me closer to it was the design of the jar, so whoever designed this, you have done a pretty amazing job; high five to you.

The thing that took the time for me choosing is that they are 5 different masks to choose from and I wanted to get the one that would go well with my skin type and also combat problem areas of my skin including; blackheads, large pores and dry patches. I ended up choosing the 'Himalayan Charcoal Glow Mask' this mask is made for skin that needs extra purification and also help give the skin a nice glow. 

Application
Its suggested to apply this with a brush that looks like a foundation brush, they sell them in the body shop but for me personally I just used of my many makeup brushes and the one I chose was my real techniques foundation brush.

I dabbed my foundation brush into the glow mask and started to apply to my skin gently, I think altogether this took about 10 minutes to cover my entire face and it hardly made a dent in the jar.

the body shop face masks review
My Thoughts
After about 3 minutes my face started to tingle a little bit and it made my skin feel quite tight, it wasn't painful or anything like that but it was defiantly a weird sensation that was quite enjoyable at the same time because with that feeling it kinda give me the vibes that this product was actually working.

After the 15 minutes elapsed I washed it off in the shower with circular motions with warm water. It took a couple of minutes to get the mask off but I could feel the difference with my skin even after removing it. It made my skin feel purified and after looking in the mirror my pores looked reduced and my blackheads looked a lot better then they did before I put the mask on.

Once I got out the shower and gently dried my face with my towel I could see a vast difference in the quality of my skin. I would recommend to anyone who wants a bit extra from their face mask, this one is perfect for anyone who wants to draw out impurities, reduce appearance of pores and give their skin a glow. I can honestly say yes it does these things and even more so now that I have had it over a month now and have used it once a week since, it is the perfect skin pick me up.




Available online and in store
The Body Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask - £15 /each

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Saturday, 17 December 2016

My Christmas Wish List



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I honestly can't believe they is only ONE more week till Christmas, this year has been one of the fastest years ever, it has been far to quick thats for sure. This December was meant for me writing a few xmas inspired blog posts but I ended up being struck down with major tooth ache then we had the loss of my mums dog, so writing blog posts then was really at the back of my mind. I have only started blogging properly again a few days ago and thought it would be a brilliant idea to share with you all what I would love to get for Christmas, I know I won't get all this BUT nothing wrong with hoping to see some of these things. 

Spectrum brushes have a vast range of makeup brushes and honestly they are the most beautiful makeup brushes I have ever seen. I love all of their makeup brushes but this glam clam is just gorgeous with its clam cases to hold all the brushes and the mermaid themed brushes look so nice too.  
Spectrum sell makeup brushes, gift sets, makeup bags and also makeup brush cleaners. All of their products are cruelty free and vegan.

I have loved these boots for ages but they have been sold out every time I have wanted to get them, they are finally back in stock so hopefully in the near future, they will be on my feet. These are very vamp boots with a platform sole which I think would look amazing with any outfit.

Iron fist offer a range of alternative products such as clothes, shoes and handbags. All of their shoes are vegan.

I have wanted to try these but I didn't want to pay customs and the ones in the UK weren't the ones I was after so when beauty bay introduced them I got so excited, I still have yet to order anything from there but fingers crossed very soon. I love the liquid lipsticks but eventually I want to try the highlighters too because they come in so many shades.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics have a few different products including lipstick, eyeshadow palettes and  highlighters. They are cruelty free and vegan too. 

I have always loved retro fashion and one of the best places in the UK to get your retro fashion fix is Collectif. They have lots of retro inspired clothes and I have a few pieces in my wardrobe. This dress is just gorgeous and I think it matches the autumn/winter months perfectly with the red and green, its also fitting so would should amplify my curves perfectly. 

Collective have a wide range of the best retro clothes money can buy in my opinion, they have clothes accessories and dresses. 

I have heard so much about the naked palettes for years but I have still to get my hands on one for myself so yes this is a big one on my wish list. This palette has 12 neutral shades in a fun palette with a makeup brush. Its been far too long since I have had an urban decay palette.

They are 3 different urban decay naked palettes now, I want to try them all but I would like to try the first one to see how it is. Urban decay offer lots of different makeup from vibrant lipstick, palettes and makeup setting sprays. 

My phone case at the moment has had better days and I think now is a very good time to get a new phone case. I just love cows, I think they are just adorable so this phone case would be perfect for me and would love to get this for Christmas 

Skinny Dip have lots of different products including phone cases, bags and lots of different 
gift items too,

Have you got a Christmas wish list? if so leave a link below 
Melissa x 
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Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Lush Snow Fairy Body Conditioner | Review

Lush Snow Fairy Body Conditioner Review
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With Christmas just under two weeks away, I can't help but get excited for the big day! I am so looking forward to visiting my mums for the Christmas holidays with the kids, we have missed her loads. I have wanted to do more Christmas themed posts this month but I've been plagued with bad luck this month so hopefully the rest of the month with pan out more smoothly.

Lush has been tempting me for years with all of their themed items but with Christmas items its just that extra bit inviting especially as its one of my favourite holidays of the year. The product range is massive and they seems to be sparkles everywhere and I honestly can't resist buying sparkly things, they are just to good not to get and thats where this lovely 'Snow Fairy Body Conditioner' comes in.... it is so shimmery!
Lush Snow Fairy Body Conditioner Review
4 Key Ingredients 
💜Cherry Infusion
💜Mango Butter 
💜Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter
💜Avocado Butter

First Impressions 
I just love the little tubs for these, they are in the typical lush tubs that are very easy to open and close. I got the smaller tub because I wanted to try it first to see if I liked it before committing to buying a more expensive product. Even though I absolutely love the design for this, I think it would of been better if it had a similar bottle to the snow fairy shower gel.

Final Impression
This smells exactly like the snow fairy shower gel, I actually prefer this one more because them smells is a bit stronger and lasts longer too. It has a nice blue shimmer to the moisturiser too but its not that noticeable on the skin, it gives a very nice delicate shimmer. I used about a walnut amount for full coverage and I still have lots of the product left and I bought it over a month ago, so its well worth the money in my opinion. I really wish I bought the bigger version, but then again Il probably pick it up in the boxing day Lush sale haha.

Have you tried anything from the Lush Christmas range?
Melissa x
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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Dr Botanicals | First Impressions

Dr Botanicals first impressions
Hi Lovelies 
With Christmas around the corner, skincare can be the last things on our minds, I know it can with me because all I am thinking about is last minute Christmas presents and also the preparation for Christmas too, it can all get a bit hectic. For me personally I like to have a little skincare regime; one for the morning and also one for last thing at night, that way it helps keep my skin soft and hydrated during the autumn and winter months more easily. 


Dr Botanicals is a premium brand I recently discovered online and it is a brand that was founded in London and sells lots of products such as; Serums, Moisturisers and Cleansers. They are a beauty company with a difference who make 100% natural skincare products out of the science of plants. The brand is also cruelty free and contain no harmful preservatives. 

dr botanicals first impressions
I just love using facial oils and serums and honestly using this one was heavenly for so many reasons! First reason is the smell is just divine, as soon as you can smell fresh oranges and honestly its just so refreshing once it goes onto your skin. It has a little top that you squeeze onto skin that just gives you drops at a time, so you can't get too much of this by accident just the right amount. I use about 4 or 5 drops with this to cover my face and neck just before I put a moisturiser on or my makeup

This oil is recommend for people with dry, damaged skin or just for wanting to pamper themselves, because at the end of the day we all deserved to be pampered. My skin is combination skin and this has worked perfectly for me. This oil has key ingredients of this are Rose Otto Oil which contains high levels of vitamin A and C. It also has Neroli oil and also Seabuckthorn fruit oil which is high in vitamins A, C and E also essential fatty acids.


Japanese Orange Vitamin C Repairing Night Moisturiser
Night creams can be so heavenly and this one is for sure. This cream is very thick and creamy, it applies to skin effortlessly and was non greasy too. As with the facial oil this smelled like zesty oranges too and was equally as refreshing. I put around 2 almond size amounts on my face for complete face and neck coverage. I put this moisturiser on just before I go to bed, it is a bit thicker than a day time moisturiser but it helps with skin hydration for the following morning.

This moisturiser is recommend for people with dry sensitive skin and you will guess what I am going to say next... if you want a pamper just go for it. The key ingredients in this are seabuckhorn fruit oil which helps promote skin hydration and calm sensitive skin. Another is coconut oil which help dry and sensitive skin and also  tiare flower which helps with hydration 


Pros
  • 100% Natural Ingredients 
  • Parben and harmful preservative free
  • Hydration
  • Works well on my combination skin, especially the dry patches


Cons 
  • None 

Have you tried any products from Dr Botanicals before?

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Monday, 12 December 2016

PCOS | My Story

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As some of you may remember I had a little bit of a problem with my hormones and I needed a few blood tests to work out what was wrong with me, well it turns out I finally know why my hormones are all over the place and also a reason I have put on so much weight gain over the past two years        (approx 4 stones 👀) I got a phone call off my doctor telling me my results of my blood test and she told me I have PCOS. I must admit I thought it might have been that to begin with but it was still a bit  of shock to actually found out I actually had it myself. 

Now I know everyone who has PCOS is different and symptoms vary for person to person.
I knew something wasn't right with my irregular periods, weight gain and hair loss. The irregular periods they started pretty much after I took out my implant birth control because I thought my body didn't agree with it, after months of waiting for my period to return to normal they never did and my  periods came between 45-55 days which for me was a bit scary and I must admit I took a handful of pregnancy tests all of which were negative. 

The weight gain was a big shock because I have usually always been a size 8 in my late teens/early twenties and as soon as I turned 23-24 the weight kept creeping on quite quickly. I am between size 16-18 now and as much as I love being curvy its quite a bit of weight to have added in a short space of time.

Now the hair loss was another worrying factor for me because all I have to do is put my hands through my hair and lots of my hair comes out in my hands or I could be in the shower and my hair blocks the plug hole, so you can imagine its quite a lot at times. 

Now I know its different for everyone but Il put a list on things that were and are the signs of my PCOS.  They may be more but I am not 100% on them so I will add them to future posts once I know 100%, so keep an eye for them.

My PCOS Symptoms 

  • Irregular periods: Not only are they irregular but once it finally decides to appear my period can be very heavy and only last about 4 days, those days are 3 heavy and 1 light. I usually get them between every 45-55 days at the moment. 
  • Weight Gain: Now this is a one I am struggling to manage at the moment and I know I have to make some changes to make sure I am healthier, it has defiantly been a challenge though so far this year. 
  • Thinning Hair: With my hair being very thick it isn't noticeable but I notice and its something that can be shocking sometimes especially when I brush my hair.
  • Unwanted Hair: This one isn't major for me but it is defiantly their. I have a little bit more hair on my upper lip are and also on my chin.
*Everyone is different with PCOS, these are my main symtoms only*

Things I am going to do to improve symptoms
  • Improve My Diet 
  • Keep a food diary 
  • Exercise More
  • Be positive about it 

This is the first of a series of posts I will be doing about PCOS, I know its not everyones cup of tea but its posts I want to do and I want to document my journey.

*I am not a doctor and these are things I have had and everyone is different, if you have any queries always ask your GP*
If you want to know more about PCOS check out these sites
NHS - PCOS


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Saturday, 10 December 2016

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquids | Review

the body shop matte lip liquid review
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I just LOVE shopping in The Body Shop but I must admit the things I usually buy when I am there are the skincare items or the perfume products and I have tended to finish buying before I even think about going to their beauty counter. For me personally I usually shop for makeup online or in boots so its something that has been missed more than a few times while shopping at the body shop or any other shop for that matter. I recently went to an event at The body Shop and it was all about their campaign on #junglebells and also a release of their new Christmas products. While at the event I had a chance to try a few of their products and I decided to start swatching some of the makeup products and I instantly fell in love!!! I just loved the eyeshadows, brushes and lipsticks and eventually after looking throughly at most of the makeup products I decided to try these lip liquids to give the body shop makeup a whirl.

The Body Shop offers a lot of different products including beauty, haircare and skincare products such as the body butters and hand creams. I will always love shopping here because it reminds me of shopping with my nana when I was about 12 years old.
the body shop matte lip liquid
Online and In-store
Matte Liquid Lip Liquid - £6.00 /each 


First Impressions
With so many liquid lipsticks available everywhere you turn I must admit these looked brilliant and could be a contender on how nice the bottle looks compared to brands such as lime crime and Jeffree star (fingers crossed I try both of these brands soon.The bottles are the same shade as the liquid lipstick inside which I think is a very nice feature to have. They also have floral names which is kinda of sweet too. 

The Applicators aren't the most impressive I've seen but still they have a nice curved shape to help get an even coat on every area of the lip. 


My Thoughts
Sydney Amaryllis 014 
This is a coral red shade and the good thing about this red is that it contains no carmine which is a great thing to see so with that being said its say it is vegetarian friendly. Applying this was easy enough and I need to put on 2 coats to make sure it was 100% opaque. It went on like velvet and had no scent at all which is a bonus because some products can have overpowering scents.

Even though its said to be long lasting I can't 100% agree with it, it lasts about 3-4 hours before needing another application especially if you have hot food or drinks. The good thing is though it comes off easily and doesn't look streaky. 

Tahiti Hibiscus 016
This one is more like a berry shade and applied pretty much the same way that 'Sydney Amaryllis did.  It had the same texture and no smell too it too. I tried putting two coats on with this one too but this was a lot streakier than the above so it kinda put me off this one a little bit which is a shame because I love the shade and it goes very well for the autumn/winter months.

This had about the same lasting time as the above but started to look a bit streakier and looked like it was coming off unlike the above. 
the body shop matte liquid lipsticks

Pros
  • Affordable 
  • 12 different shades to choose from
  • Vegetarian Friendly 
  • No Carmine
  • No Gluten 
  • Cruelty Free 
Cons
  • Can be a little streaky so make sure you apply a lip scrub beforehand

Do you like liquid lipsticks? What is your favourite at the moment?


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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 


Have you been to Steak Cattle and Roll before?

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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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