Friday, 26 February 2016

Lush Don't Look At Me Fresh Face Mask


Hi Lovelies
I would like to start this post with saying.. from all my Lush hauls I have had over the years, I am super surprised at myself for not ever of bought a lush face mask... well that is until recently that is! I have been looking for don't look at me fresh mask for ages and after looking in all the wrong places in Lush I eventually found this near the skincare section stored on the ice with other fresh face masks.

I have used many different face masks over the years from many brands such as nip + fab and Superdrug but trying this one from Lush is totally a new product for me and I was so keen to try it. Lush is the perfect choice for me as we all know lush is cruelty free and also another added bonus is that this product is also vegan. Another great thing I have to mention about Lush face masks is that if you use 5 pots of fresh face mask and clean them out and bring them back you get a free face mask of your choice! what's not to love?

Don't look at me fresh face mask is packed with zingy lemon to tone complexion, ground brown rice which gives this face mask its grainy texture and nourishing murumuru oil also tunisan neroli to brighten and silken tofu to soften the skin in a positive way. This face mask has a grainy but soothing feel and is a nice turquoise colour.
Lush Fresh Face Mask 75g - £6.75
When I talked to the lady at Lush she said this was her favourite face mask and that this pot has seven uses! I found that fab and couldn't wait to put what she said to the test. Another thing she told me about this product is that it was only made 2 days before me buying it so its a fresh product and is best stored in the fridge to keep it fresh (mine is currently in my fridge next to my yogurts)
I usually use face masks once or twice a week depending on my mood and how much my skin needs a treat and a bit of a boost. I first used don't look at me a couple of days ago with my partner (yes that's him pictured :D) It was quite different applying a fresh face mask to the skin straight out the fridge because its so cool but at the same time its very soothing. It applied just like a cream but seeing as its a bit grainy I did it as delicately at possible.

I left this on our skin for 15 minutes ( the pot says between 10-15 minutes). After the 15 minutes I washed this off while having a lush bath, yes I was in pure lush heaven! It was very easy to remove with water and non greasy too. When I got out the bath and dried my face they was a nice difference to  my skin, it did feel softer and I felt very refreshed, not just my skin but the smell of this product was divine.

Final thoughts
Me and my partner loved this product and we are looking forward to using it again soon as the smell combined to how soft our skin felt afterwards makes us want to use it that extra bit more. We have had two uses out of this pot already and they is plenty more to go so its very good value for money as usually you see one use face masks sell for about £1.

Have you tried Lush fresh mask before?
What is your favourite face mask?

Melissa x

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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Another Lush Haul

lush hair haul
Hi Lovelies
I seem to have a small problem when I go to town for some retail therapy I always seem to divert and treat myself to something from lush. With that being said I am not complaining, as I have been using lush products for over three years now and have never been truly disappointed by any of their products yet thankfully. The thing that draws me into the shop in the first place is the unmistakable smell of lush products and I think no matter where in the country your lush is the smell is very prominent from at least three to four shops away.
 
Right onto to what I bought in my latest haul then? well I went to different Lush this time from the usual one I usually go to in Braehead, Glasgow. The one I went in this time was from my hometown in Carlisle seeing as I was visiting my mum at the time I decided to take her with me and she ended up treating herself too. With all the times I have went in Lush I have barely bought any hair products just the usual bath products but I fancied a change this time and got myself a new shampoo and conditioner with a couple of extra bits too like the face mask and bath bomb.
 
lush bag
What I bought ...
 
 
Don't look at me Fresh Face Mask £6.75 - I have been looking out for this face mask for ages but I was looking in all the wrong places because I didn't realise this face mask was a fresh product and was stored on ice along with other fresh face masks. This face mask is something I have been wanting to try for ages because I have tried many face masks before but never one from lush so this would be a first time to try it. This face mask has organic lemon juice, murumuru oil, tofu and grapefruit oil and it smells so refreshing and the colour looks amazing. This face mask is vegan and needs to be kept in the fringe to keep it fresh and trust me it feels so much nicer on the skin when its cold, especially fresh out the fridge its the perfect treat. They is also a scheme in place at lush if you use five face masks and clean them and bring them back you get one for free.
 
 
Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb £3.95 - One thing is for certain when I go to lush when shopping for a bath bomb I never ever smell it I always just grab one I have never tried before. Once I opened this once I got home I found out it was part of the mothers day collection and it had a very powerful fresh floral scent, so nice that I don't want to use it yet and its in my bedroom acting like an air freshener. This has rose absolute, geranium oil, Sicilian lemon oil and of course rose oil. This is vegan  and has nice pink and blue colours on a rose design.
 
American Cream Conditioner from £4.75 -  I have had this conditioner on my wish list for far too long now that I just decided to take the plunge and treat myself, and treat myself I did and I bought the biggest bottle for the number one reason it would last me longer. I checked so many reviews on this product it was only fair for me to try it out. American cream has the scent of honey water, vanilla pods, fresh strawberries and benzoin resinoid. I hope this works wonders on my frizzy damaged hair. This product is vegetarian product and the tops of the shampoos and conditioners can be recycled in store.
 
Rehab Shampoo from £5.75 - My hair has been through a lot over the past few years so I defiantly think its time for this product and the reason being is that product is that this product helps refresh the scalp and detox the hair with its ingredients which include papaya, kiwi, mango and extra virgin olive oil. This product is vegan and I really hope it helps keep my locks soft and fresh.
 
 
What are favourites from Lush lately?
Melissa x
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Friday, 19 February 2016

ASDA Wonky Veg Box Review

ASDA Wonky Veg Box
Hi Lovelies
I have seen so much about ASDA'S Wonky Veg Box in the media and I was just hoping and  wondering when it would be available in my local ASDA. I was lucky because thankfully I looked online on where they would be selling the box and my local store would be selling it and I bought mine at the start of the week. The wonky veg box is not just in my local store in Glasgow it is also available in another  250 stores across the UK and that is just at the moment the number of stores will rise to 550 stores during March.

So what is the wonky veg box you say? well its a 5kg box of the seasons vegetables and this box included carrots, parsnips, peppers, cabbage, onions,cucumbers and potatoes. This box is retailed at just £3.50 and is apparently 30% to buy it like this then it is to pick them up of the shelves.

This box was created to reduce food waste and for farmers to able to sell more of their stock and to me that sounds brilliant because to be honest I don't mind the shape of a vegetable, all I care about is that they do good for mine and my family as they are healthy and help us all get to the goal of our 5 a day portions of fruit and veg.
ASDA Wonky Veg Box Review
so what did I get in my box you ask?
  • 9 onions
  • 2 leeks
  • 4 carrots
  • 3 parsnips
  • 7 potatoes
  • 4 peppers
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 cabbage
I was pleasantly surprised how many vegetables where in the box and as for the shapes of them make them more fun and more realistic for me as for me personally I grow tomatoes and cucumbers and I know to well they don't grow to the supermarket standard but that doesn't mean they don't taste any less delicious. The shapes are very varied like the cucumbers were a bit longer then thicker then the ones on the self and the potatoes had a couple of scuffs but nothing major and the others were just a bit misshapen from what is usually seen on the supermarket shelves.

I have used most of the vegetables already and my husband is eating more vegetables because for some reason he thinks they taste better, I personally think they taste the same but if it makes him eat more vegetables who am I to argue with him haha. So far I have used a pepper and a onion to make veggie meatballs sauce and I have used the carrots and cumbers for salad that we all usually eat during dinner and lunch times. I am planning to make a soup with the leeks, parsnips, carrots and potatoes soon and I will hopefully posting a recipe for it soon.

ASDA Wonky Veg Box Review
Final Thoughts
I really love this box and I will defiantly be getting it again as its a big saving for us but its not 100% of the veg we need I also bought my other veg favourites like broccoli but that is cheap enough anyways so no complaints from me. I would love if in the near future they had a fruit box as that would help save the pennies and to be honest fresh fruit and vegetables are amazing no matter what they look like.





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Monday, 15 February 2016

My Veggie travel Beauty Essentials

vegan travel beauty essentials
Hi Lovelies
Every now and again I travel to my mums house which happens to be a 100 miles from where I live so I always take my small beauty essentials bag to last me the the visit which is usually round a week (its a shame I can't take my makeup drawer but its just to heavy and bulky to take with me haha). Every time I have gone on travels I always seem to forget something but until recently that all changed when I found out what my favourite products were and of course writing them all down a list and ticking off what I have put in my suitcase and usually that helps me remember what to take with me.

One thing I always seemed to forget  to take with me before either when it was on holiday or visting my mums was a handy travel size mirror, thats because the ones I had at my home were either to big to take with me or not practical to travel with, so thankfully I got this cute little travel mirror with a nice hot pink and design of a bunny with the word vegan on it from the vegan kind beauty box and since I have got this mirror I have took it everywhere with me as its handy and helps spread the vegan message positively when I am out and about. 

Other travel beauty essentials 

  • The Balm // Mary-Lou Manizer - This is so perfect to brighten up my complexion and helps achieve a simple contour look combined with my blusher or bronzer. Not only does it help with my cheekbones but it also helps define my brows so its a great product to take up the place of two products.
  • Human + Kind// 3-1 cream - Taking care of my skin is very important to me and that means my hands and feet too. I use this product on my hands and feet and it helps keep my tired feet soft and smelling lovely too.
  • My top 3 lipsticks of week - I usually choose 3 lipsticks to take with me when travel and at the moment I have with me is saturated colour, makeup revolution and barry m lipsticks all of which are in different shade, I would of brought more but I try not to bring to many incase any of the get lost.
  • Favourite foundation - At the moment I love my b. full coverage foundation from superdrug as its buildable and its very light on the skin at the same time, so its just perfect for travel.
  • My favourite blusher - At the very moment in time I just love my blushing hearts blusher from makeup revolution as it s the perfect pink for natural looks and as with my foundation its very buildable to create different makeup looks.
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush - The amount of times I have actually forgotten my toothbrush and toothpaste is beyond count so I make sure that these things are the first to go in my travel bag as its very important to have clean and fresh teeth.
  • My favourite mascara and eyeliner - my favourites at the moment has to be soap and glory supercat eyeliner as it last all day and barry lash vegas mascara as it keeps all day even when its raining.
  • Coconut Oil - This has to be my number one thing to take with me because it can be used for a lot of different things from hair care, skincare and it can be used in food too so its a perfect healthy choice.

What is everyones favourite travel beauty favourites?

Melissa x

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Sunday, 14 February 2016

Usha's Indian Street Food review

usha's street food glasgow
Hi Lovelies
On a rare occasions me and my husband love to go out on a meal together as a couple and the special occasion this time was our five year anniversary and we decided to go to a restaurant that we had been to before for my 24th birthday the previous year as we enjoyed the food and at that time as the place was 100% vegetarian and had lots of vegan choices and that restaurant is called Usha's Indian Street Food which can be found in the west end of Glasgow.

When we went this time nothing had changed since the last time we visited of the place it has a very  nice eastern twist with beautiful indian art and history on the walls which was nice to see, you can see they put the time and effort to make this restaurant look perfect. Inside may not of changed but it did change the its name from Ushas vegetarian to Ushas street food so it now its not just a vegetarian food restaurant but it now sells meat and fish too on the menu which was kinda a bit sad for me as vegan but in that said I was happy they still had the old menu for vegetarians with the great amount of vegan options.

usha's street food glasgow
I absolutely love the choices for vegans here and I was really spoilt for choice on what to eat! I ended getting the aubergine pakora as a starter which was lightly spiced aubergines that were dipped in gram flour and served with a side of salad on a decent sized plate. I shared them with my husband and they were gone in no time at all,as they where seriously delicious which a nice crunchy batter and they were spiced perfectly and the dipping sauce just made them taste even better.

For mains I got okra dopiaza with basmati pilau and chilli chips. I love the way they were served which is kinda like tapas style and for me the size of the portions was just right. I loved the okra and pilau combination and ate some chips cheeky every now and again. The okra was mildly spiced with lots of sliced onions in it which I just love and the pilau complimented this beautifully. The chips are a change on what I usually have as I wanted a spicier option for a change and boy they were  very spicy but very nice and enjoyable at the same time (I wanted seconds as my husband enjoyed eating them too hehe.)
usha's indian street food glasgow
Once we finished our meals we decided to share a smoothie together as a nice after meal treat and o my goodness we where so glad we did because strawberry delight was just divine as it was the perfect blend of strawberries, banana and apple juice! (yes maybe we should of got two of these :))

All in all I love this restaurant and would defiantly go again as they have a nice options of food and the environment is perfect for going with a partner, family & friends or even on your own as the staff make your time their a very welcome one. The food price is very fair and quite affordable compared to a lot of restaurants and I would defiantly recommend to anyone thinking on going here for food!



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Saturday, 13 February 2016

Lush Santa Baby Lip Tint Review

lush santa baby lip tint review

lush santa baby lip tint review
Hi Lovelies
if they is one thing I will miss about winter most it will most defiantly be everything to do with christmas and thats including everything from the lush christmas collection which happens to be my favourite collection of the year at lush because for me it just brightens up the bitter cold of the winter with its bright colours and its gorgeous smells and variety of products and not forgetting the sparkles.
This lip tint 'Santa Baby' was from my last lush haul which was the lush boxing day sale, which seems like such a while ago now and I haven't been back since (whoops best try the lush valentines collection before its gone till next year) Anyways back to this lip tint, this is a product I wouldn't normally buy in lush as I am usually a person who buys all the skincare and bath products but trying this has been a nice change then usual.

lush santa baby lip tint review
Santa Baby lip tint is now unfortunately sold out but they do now offerhave something similar though called it started with a kiss)
Santa Baby is Cruelty free and Vegan 

My Thoughts on Santa baby lip tint
This lip tint is a lot more pigmented then I expected which was a nice pleasant surprise as I was expecting this to be similar to lip balm clear sort of see through red but no its a vibrant bright red as it looks like in the tube. The smell of this lip tint is very pleasant which smell is a bit like cherry cola but a little bit more sweeter. Application of this was a little bit on the tricky side to be honest as it was a  little bit drying so i would recommend using a lip balm before applying this to make sure it applies smoothly. The coverage is very good and it surprised me how well it looks after a long day of wearing it! I've had this lip tint on for 6 hours and it was still going strong which I found very impressive and I am pleased I added it to my lipstick collection even though its just regarded as a tint, its proved itself to me to work wonders.

The pros
-smells very nice like cola
-very rich red shade
-super long lasting

The Cons 
-quite drying to apply


Have you tried any lip products from lush before?
Melissa x
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Monday, 8 February 2016

Wax Lyrical Sweet Pea Tealights Review

wax lyrical tea lights review
Hi Lovelies :)
For me candles are a major part of my evenings, every night after I put my children to bed I put my candles on and settle down with my cup of tea and watch my favourite TV shows or write my latest blog posts and for me candles play a major part in it because the scents of them make me relax and I just love having my home smell like scented candles.

I usually always go for quite a lot of peoples and of course many bloggers favourites Yankee candle but while shopping in ASDA something else stood out and it was candles from wax lyrical  that caught my eye because the box just stood out to me with its cute design of sweet peas that looked like they where painted on delicately with water colours and the candles themselves were a nice bright pink and as soon as I picked them up the smell just hit me with its very natural sweet pea scent, it reminded me of gardening in my nanas garden in the summer, my nanas speciality was sweet peas so getting these was just a tribute to my nana and to bring back old memories of gardening with her.

I usually go for larger glass candles because they last longer then tea lights but they is something about tea lights I just love and I think its just the charm they have while in tea light holder, they make a drastic difference to my fireplace and I think it makes my living room more homely.

Wax Lyrical tea lights are very affordable at just £3 in ASDA or £5.50 for 9 on their website where they offer a wide range of candles in lots of different scents and sizes of candles and diffusers. Sweet pea is a very nice scent and I could smell it straight away when I lit it and I kid you not it made my whole flat smell like sweet peas which was very nice indeed, they maybe small but they are wonderful at making your home smell nice. The burn time of these candles is roughly about 6 hours and I would agree with that as I usually use them two evenings  in a row.


About Wax Lyrical
Wax lyrical are based in Cumbria (my home county *waves*) and made from paraffin wax which holds fragrance well and are very sturdy with vibrant colours that hold well. These candles are also vegan and cruelty free.

Available at
Asda
online and in some stores, available in a selection of scents
Wax lyrical
online: lots of different scents and products such as diffusers


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