Saturday, 30 January 2016

Hurraw! Vanilla Bean Lip Balm Review

hurraw lip balms review
 Lipbalms are an absolute lip lifesaver as you could say for me no matter the time of year  because in the winter my lips become dry and cracked with the cold weather and the same thing happens in the warmer months, I always wear a lipbalm to combat this and this one is a new one from Hurraw I have been trying for over a month now and I'm so glad I got in in my latest Vegan Kind Beauty subscription box.

Hurraw Lip Balms come in 25 different flavours such as orange, almond and vanilla bean which is the one I got in my vegan kind beauty box. Hurraw! lip balms are made from  organic, vegan and raw ingredients. They are cruelty free and are also fairtrade.
hurraw lip balms review
 
For me finding a more natural lipstick can be a bit of an uphill struggle but funnily enough finding a natural lipbalm is even harder then that! But luckily enough Hurraw do a lovely natural selection of cruelty free and vegan lip balms in a variety of different scents such as vanilla, almond and many more.
 
Hurraw are made in the USA and they have a large selection premium organic and raw lipbalms. The vanilla bean is made from organic vanilla beans and they have tiny bits on vanilla seed in it too that you see in it every now and again, the lip balm has a nice delicate scent of vanilla.

 
I just love the design of this and its so simple to use. The smoothness on the lips is dreamy and I have used it on its own and before applying a lipstick and both ways have worked wonderfully. The balm is non sticky and non greasy and it has a very natural smell which is lovely. This balm is handbag friendly so its easy to take with you anywhere.


Price: $3.79 each
Loved: The natural smell and how smooth it left my lips.
Hated: nothing
Design: Loved the design! plain and simple but also effective
Available at: http://www.hurrawbalm.com/
 
 
What is everyone's favourite lip balm? 
 Melissa x
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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Review | Lush Cinders Bath Bomb

lush cinders bath bomb
Cinders is from latest from my latest  Lush Haul that I managed to get in the boxing day sales and luckily I managed to get in the shop not long after it opened which was 11.30am and got myself some wonderful things and I got myself £50 worth of lovely Christmas themed products for £25 which is fab and saves me a lot of money in the long run as I tend to buy a lot of lush for myself anyways because its one of my favourite shops as they have so many lovely products from bath to skincare products.
 
Cinders is a sweet orange oil and spicy cinnamon bath bomb with a little bit of popping candy as a nice little surprise. This also has added benefits of almond oil and vitamin E to help soften the skin. Cinders is a bit smaller then other bath bombs but it does have a fabulous colour combination of bright yellow and festive red. I love the smell of sweet and spicy  as its very uplifting during the winter months
 
Lush cinders bath bomb review
As soon as I popped this in the bath I could hear the popping candy and for such a small bath bomb it seemed to go on for ages the little pops! The smell of this was a mixture of cinnamon and the orange oil just made my whole bathroom smell gorgeous as soon as I put it into the water and I was surprised how strong and beautiful the smell was even though the product itself was so small compared to other bath bombs. The only slight problem I don't like about cinders is the colour it makes the water, don't get me wrong I like super bright yellow but the yellow that cinders makes isn't the nicest to be honest.
 
Apart from that I just loved Cinders and its just a shame that this was a Christmas lush product, I am really hoping they bring it back for Christmas 2016!
 
Did you get anything in the Lush sale?
Melissa x
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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Ameerahs Birthday

 
I am a proud mummy of three cheeky, but lovely children. A few days ago my second born Ameerah turned four years old! It doesn't seem like that long ago since I was pregnant and now she is four, wow! the time sure does fly and she has changed and learned so much.
 
For Ameerah's birthday I decided to make her a giant cupcake birthday cake and got all the ingredients and cupcake tin from ASDA all prepared for her birthday. I made her cake which was vanilla flavoured along with lots of party snacks likes crisps and sandwiches, she really loved the attention and all the party food we prepared for her. She was excited for her presents and of course the rest of the day.
 
For her Birthday, my mum bought her a baby Annabel doll which made her smile because she asked for that the last time we visited my mums house and was glad she remembered. She also got Magic Sand with lots of shapes. she loved that too and couldn't wait to make castles and princesses with the messy, but  great product. Another gift I got her was a baby Annabel pram and as soon as she opened it she said thank you mummy. She put the baby Annabel doll into the pram and started pushing it  around. She also got some money off other family member and we will be taking her shopping to see what she would like.
 
The biggest surprise of the afternoon was when her granddad came and said lets go to the funfair,  she was overjoyed and just couldn't wait to go. While she went to the funfair she went on the caterpillar rollercoaster, car carrousel and her favourites of the day, the bouncy castles.
 
 After the funfair for a good three hours all the kids where looking forward to going to bed which was a big change haha!!
 
only 3 weeks till my youngest third birthday!
 
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Sunday, 24 January 2016

The Balm - Mary-Lou Manizer

the balm - mary lou manizer
Two years ago highlighters were not apart of my makeup routine at all and I honestly didn't feel the need to add it to my routine but when I decided to try one for myself and ever since I first tried one its been in my routine most of the days I wear makeup.
I have only just recently discovered the brand the balm cosmetics and the reason I wanted to try them was they have the most quirky retro designs and products with cheeky names too! I just love them. They offer a range of products from cosmetics to skincare. They are also cruelty free and have quite a lot of vegan products including this one.
  
the balm mary lou manizer
 Mary-Lou from the balm has been a very much hyped about from many beauty bloggers and I really wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I have been looking for this product for a few months now in my local superdrug shop but its always been sold out until recently and I just jumped at the chance at trying this highlighter.
First things that gave me a very pleasant surprise about this product was how smooth and almost buttery to the touch this highlighter is! honestly its so dreamy and a very high quality product. Now we all know this product is a highlighter so the question on everyone's lips is does it actually work? If I could shout it from the rooftops I would because this is such a gorgeous highlighter and shows up in the most lovely sparkly honey shade.
the balm mary lou manizer swatch
 I have no problems with this highlighter and it has very much a part of my makeup routine as it can be used as a highlighter, eyeshadow and shimmer. I use this along my jaw line to define my cheek bones and it does an amazing job and creates a quick countered look (yes I cut corners in beauty sometimes, it saves me time seeing as I am busy mum of three children haha). The only slight issue I would say is that you only need small amount to get lots of product and too much would take a lot of product up for no reason really.
 Pros
-Can be used for a few variety of different things such as eyebrows to define the arch, cheekbones, cupids arrow on the lipstick and also as a body shimmer.
- Very pigmented You only need a small amount to get lots of the product and to give a lovely highlighted look.
-Big Pan - They is a lot of the product and can imagine it would last along time.
-Nice retro design - I find the nicer the design a product is, the more chance I would use it and that's true for this product because I really like the retro design of this.
-Goes well with a few products - This can be used with blusher, bronzer and even eyeshdows to give the product a nice sparkle.
Cons
-Not easy to find - I got mine in a superdrug store and it can be sold out quickly. Its sold on the superdrug website. I hope they will be my the balm counters soon.
 Final thought
I love this highlighter and I am super glad I have finally added it to my collection, I now have my eye on their eyeshadow palettes and I just wondering which one to choose now as they all look so nice, I am really spoiled for choice.
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Friday, 22 January 2016

15 things to do on a lazy weekend

 
15 things to do on a lazy weekend
Every now and again I just absolutely love quiet weekends in and after thinking back on all what I LOVE doing most on lazy weekends I thought I would share with you all my favourites things to do whenever a lazy weekend comes up. As much as I love a lazy weekend its not something I do every weekend its something maybe happens once or twice a month seeing as I am a full time mum of three beautiful children.
 
I know a lot of people like going out partying on a weekend or visiting a busy restaurant, but I much prefer a nice quiet weekend after a long week of taking the children to school, picking them up and other mummy and home duties.
 
 15 things to do on a lazy weekend
  1. Read a new book - I have never read the harry potter books so I am starting my journey with them now. I just loved the movies and my mum and sister recommended to me to read the books as they are so much better then the films, I can't wait to find out.
  2. Have a Lush Bath - This is probably one of my favourite things of mine to do! I love relaxing in a lush bath after a very long day, they make me feel amazing and they smell gorgeous too.
  3. Colour a colouring book- I used to always draw and colour in but I stopped doing a couple years back till until recently I discovered my love for it again. At the moment I colour in adult colouring books and they are very relaxing and make me feel accomplished once I am finished.
  4. Listen to your favourite music - I just listening to my favourite music on lazy weekends and my all time favourites have to be Michael Jackson, Queen and Enrique Iglesias.
  5. Paint your nails - The weekend is usually the time I change my nail paint and I find it very relaxing. I usually paint my toenails and finger nails at the same time and after I have painted and they have dried I usually apply a hand  cream.
  6. Moisturise - Even though I moisturise most days the weekend makes it so much more relaxing. I usually moisturise my body, my feet and hands.
  7. Use a face mask - After a long week they is nothing my skin loves more then a face mask to give it that uplift it needs. I usually use different types but my favourites are ones that cleanse the skin and improves its smoothness.
  8. Schedule blog posts -  For me this is the perfect time to plan the week/months ahead blogs posts and even take blog photos if its a nice sunny day.
  9. Watch a new series on Netflix - I recently bought Netflix and now I'm just addicted to it. At the moment I love watching Mr Selfridge and  would recommend it to anyone who wants to watch something new.
  10. Paint - This is an activity I love to do with my family and we manage to do it every weekend. We usually have a theme and they usually paint what they like, the last theme we had was flowers and they did some amazing painting, I loved joining in too.
  11. Bake  - I love baking and nothing beats home made cupcakes and cakes, the smell of fresh baking in the kitchen always uplifts my mood. I like baking cupcakes and my children like decorating them.
  12. Candles - Any day of the week I just love scented candles whether it be a Yankee candle or any brand its a mood up lifter in the evenings. My favourite candles at the moment are floral scents like sweet pea and roses.
  13. Phone family and friends - I know it sounds very obvious but its a great time to catch up with old friends and phone our loved ones. The weekends are usually the only times I have to have a good long conversation with friends and family.
  14.  Have Pizza - One thing I just love on a lazy weekend is Pizza! pizza is my favourite takeaway food and I can't resist eating it with wedges and garlic bread .... yum!
  15. Have a long walk or go to gym - I know its a silly suggestion for a lazy weekend but I really do think a bit of exercise to start the day makes a difference to the rest of the day. Once I come back from a long walk I feel refreshed and then I feel better with a lazy day.

I hope this list helps anyone planning a nice weekend in and its also a great list of things to do on a day off work when you just want to relax. I am planning a nice lazy weekend this weekend and I am looking forward to my lush bath followed by me reading Harry Potter with some chocolate and a packet of crisps.

 What do you do on a lazy weekend?

 Melissa x
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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Barry M Sugar Plum

Barry M Sugar Plum
Cruelty Free
Vegan//Vegetarian
I am a big fan of pink and purple nail polishes so I couldn't resist treating myself to this nail paint from my latest Superdrug trip in Silverburn shopping centre which is in Glasgow. I seem to always be treating myself to nail paints, since starting blogging two years ago, about two years ago.. I think I had about five nail paints now I have near seventy... wooops.
Barry M Sugar Plum
This nail polish is from Barry M and its called 'Sugar Plum' and its a new shade from the gelly hi shine range. I love how well the name of the polish matches the colour of this very well and almost reminds me of strawberry bonbons, I love how all of Barry m nail paints have quirky and fun names, I think its a reason I come back to them.
The formula of this is very thick so it can be a bit tricky to get the right amount onto a brush at first but once you master it, its as easy as pie to get an easy application to the name and a top tip from me would be not to put to much on the brush and a little bit goes a long way with this. I applied two coats of this to get a opaque finish and I waited about five minutes till my nails were completely dry and once its dry it amazed me at how glossy it looked! the shine is beautiful and does exactly what it says on the bottle which is wonderful.
Have you tried any of the Barry M Nail paints? what are your thoughts?
Melissa x
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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Makeup Revolution Mermaids Forever Review

makeup revolution mermaids forever
Its been a couple of years since makeup revolution was opened and ever since they opened they have had a massive array of makeup palettes that I have struggled to keep up with and eventually get too. I have been wanting to try Mermaids forever for couple of months now but it was only available online at that time but until recently I seen it in my local superdrug store, so that's when I picked this lovely palette up to try it for myself and trust me I had high expectations for it as I have tried so many of the makeup revolution palettes as you tell by my directory. 

makeup revolution mermaids forever
 Firstly.... how gorgeous is the packaging? I love the beautiful blue, its very shiny and very appealing to the eye and is probably one of the biggest reasons I wanted this palette in my life. Opening the packaging its a bit disappointing as its just a simple design but with a name like mermaids forever maybe I was expecting just a little bit more?

In the palette they is 32 shades which are all shimmery and they are all lovely shades which do remind me of the ocean so I can see why the palette is named so. They is blues, coppers, purples and many others so many looks can be created with this palette, which is fab seeing as this palette only cost a very affordable £8.

makeup revolution mermaids forever
Pros
-32 Shades
- Affordable for £8
-Easy to blend
-Versatile
-Very Large Mirror

Cons
-hard for colour to show up
-needs good eye shadow primer to show up
-simple palette compared to outside packaging.

 
 
Mermaids Forever is £8 on makeup revolutions website and in some superdrug shops in the UK.

What is your favourite Makeup Revolution palette?
Melissa x
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Monday, 18 January 2016

Lush Boxing Day Haul

 
Lush Boxing Day Haul
Hello everyone! I hope everyone has had an amazing Christmas holidays and you all got what you wanted and I have seen so many of your present and boxing day haul posts. I don't usually get anything for Christmas so I decided to treat myself on boxing day as its much more exciting for me as I love saving money especially on my favourite products such as Lush.

For me as a beauty addict I love shopping in Lush as everything is cruelty free and everything is vegetarian and quite a lot of their products are vegan too so its a win, win for a person who likes to buy cruelty free and is also a vegan.


Old Father Time // Soap 
 ( Sale Price - £1.75 per 100g)
I just love the name of this soap and the design is just fabulous too. Old Father Time has a fresh and earthy scent and really does have a scent that would nice all year round. I

Candy Mountain // Bubble Bar
Sold Out
I have bought this bubble bar so often because I love it so much as it smells like snow fairy and it creates so many bubbles but its out online but it may be sold out online but you could try and see if its available in your local lush store.

Cinders // Bath Bomb
( Sale Price - £1.48)
Cinders just reminds me of Cinderella! I really wanted to buy this for a while but  I managed to get it in the sale and luckily its still online too. Cinders has a nice surprise of popping candy and has a blend of almond and orange oil for a lovely festive scent.

Snow Fairy // Shower Gel
( Sale price - £1.98 for 100g)
This time last year this was sold out but luckily this is still online in some of the gift boxes and also in the 100g bottles . I managed to get two bottles to last me and hopefully they last me until February. Snow fairy is a very sweet smelling shower gel and smells like candy floss - just gorgeous.

 Fairy Dust // Dusting Powder
Sold Out
I just love Lush deodorant powders as they are more natural then the usual deodorants you find in store and of course this is cruelty free. This has a smell exactly like snow fairy and contains sprinkles! how gorgeous is that? This may be sold out online but it could be in store

Santa Baby // Lip Tint
Sold Out
I just love trying new products and have never tried lush lip tints before so I thought I would give this one a whirl. This smells very sweet like cherry cola and has a very nice red tint too.

Intergalactic // Bath Bomb
Sold Out
I have tried this before so just had to get another to treat myself with! I just love the peppermint smell this has and the lovely colourful effect in the bath.

Pepping Santa // Bubble Bar
Sold Out
I think what made me buy this mostly is I wanted to try it last year but it was sold out then so just had to have it this boxing day. This has a scent of cocoa butter.

I am very pleased with my haul I got in the Lush Boxing Day Sale but as you all know the shop can be very busy and looking for what you want maybe a challenge but it can also be a big help as I got stuff I wouldn't of normally tried but I am glad I did because I love the smell of them and the reviews online seem very positive! so all in all a very happy customer over here.

I know a lot on this list maybe sold out but it could be instore.

Did you buy anything in the Lush Sales?

Melissa x

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