Thursday, 18 January 2018

Favourite Beauty Products 2017

2017 was definitely a marmite year for me! It was a good and bad year for me at the same time. I accomplished so many things but then an upsetting thing happened which still sucks a little bit for me. Anyway, let's get back to the positive and get on with this exciting post. I tried so many more brands last year more than I ever expected and I have way more variety of favourites than the previous time I did this post. 

I have tried brands during 2017 that just exceeded my expectations and are now firm favourites of mine and one of those brands has to be Kat Von D makeup. This brand is fairly new to the UK as it came into Debenhams stores in Spring. I have tried a few products from the brand and I can just say wow! I can't wait to try more of her makeup brand. 

Anyways less of the chit-chat lets get onto which products I loved in 2017! 

Favourite beauty products 2017
My Favourite Beauty Products 2017

Urban Decay surprised us with the release of the Heat palette and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it. The palette has the most beautiful warm orange and red colours inside and seeing as autumn/winter was around the corner I knew it had to be mine and thankfully I got this for my birthday. It comes in a very nicely designed box which is very sturdy and the palette itself is very strong and beautifully designed and inside it has a mirror with 12 different shades.

Price: £39.50


Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation and Serum
I can give these both the credit they need, they work so perfectly together that they had to be my favourite foundation and primer for 2017...even now! I apply the foundation to my face just after I cleanse and tone my face. Once dry I apply around 2 pumps of the primer on my face and once that dries I apply the foundation by putting some on the back of my hand and dabbing my real techniques makeup sponge into it so I get the right amount each time.

It is a little on the heavier side of the foundation scale but I prefer a more full foundation and it works very well for me. Lock-it foundation easily lasts all day combined with the primer and a makeup setting spray such as the urban decay all nighter spray.

Prices from £24

Benecos Natural Beauty Bronzing Duo 
Prior to 2017 I never heard of the brand Benecos but I am so lucky to have been sent some of their makeup products to try and one of the products was this bronzing duo. This brand is very budget friendly especially for an eco product as we know some of the brands can be a little expensive. The bronzer comes in a nice and simple packaging but the bronzer and blusher just shocked me so much at how pigmented they are! They are the perfect combination to contour with and also a great way to add definition to cheeks.

Price: £6.95
kat von d liquid lipstick nosferatu
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Nosferatu 
Now I just love Jeffree Stars liquid lipsticks but for me, these have the edge! I bought this as a little pick me in September as a lot an of upsetting things were happening so yes the perfect way to add a smile to my face and expand my lipstick collection.  I love the applicator of this wand as it applies perfectly and adds the right amount of product each time. It is also very long lasting and even looks fab after hot drinks but I would suggest reapplication after eating as little comes off for me when I eat like most lipsticks do. They are 41 different shades to choose from and I can sure bet that I will be buying more of them in future.

Price: £17.00


3INA The Highlighter 201 
Now, 3INA is a new brand that I discovered in 2017 and wow it just went into one of my favourite brands just like that. The highlighter is just divine, it's highly pigmented and a lovely golden shade. I love to apply this pretty much everywhere including my inner eyes, the tip of my nose and also on my cheekbones!

Price: £10.95

Sleek Creme to Powder Blush in Amaryllis 
I got this gem way back in my October Glossy box and ever since then, I have been using it on and off. It is a very bold bright pink which is very buildable. Applying this was way easier than I thought as most creamy blushers I have used before have been a nightmare to use. The palette is purse-friendly and also has a mirror inside

Price: £5.99
urban decay heat palette
I just love this concealer as its buildable so you can use it on various occasions. It reduces fine lines under my eyes effortlessly and has a very nice smell too. I apply this after I apply my foundation and it works a treat for me. The applicator is very easy to use and it's also very soft too which is lovely because a  lot of the concealers I have tried before can be a little sharp if not careful. 

Price: £19

Bourjois Liner Pinceau Eyeliner
This eyeliner definitely took some getting used too but this has been my favourite eyeliner EVER! It gives you the right amount of product each time and cat eyes and retro liner just so easy with this. Check out how I put my eyeliner on my Instagram. I'm not bragging but I've been applying liner most days for well over 10 years LOL. 

Price:  £6.99

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara 
The name of this always makes me giggle a little bit because I am pretty sure they are almost right! This mascara is just perfect, it had an easy to use hour-glaas wand which applies mascara perfectly to every lash and if you want more definition well? continue to use it till its how you like it, thats what i sure do anyways haha. 

Price: £19.00

What were your favourite beauty products in 2017?

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Goodnight Kitty

Hi Darlings 
I bloody hate doing these type of upsetting posts but for me, Kitty deserves her rightful place on my blog because she was more than a cat to me, she was part of our family. Kitty was tragically taken from us at the very young age of 7 years old, we all expected her to live a long life because she was like a mummy figure to everyone and was so loving. It has taken me 6 months to write this post because it is too painful to write. 

Kitty was my first pet that I got myself into adulthood at 19 years old. I saw her at a local pet shop and I couldn't resist and had to buy her, she was a tabby cat with the most adorable pink nose. She was a very playful kitten who loved jumping all over the place and trying to climb the curtains. As she got older she was a much more relaxed cat and liked to relax on blankets and on sunny days she loved going outside to sunbathe and honestly he face was so adorable when she was relaxing in the sunshine. 
As time went on me and my partner decided to get another cat and we called him Salem, yes he was named after the cat on Sabrina. Kitty was unsure of Salem at first because he was so small but he grew very quickly and eventually through time she got used to him. Salem actually had a lot of respect for her and always let her eat first and he used to sleep near her on blankers which were cute. One thing for sure though she was boss, whatever way she wanted Salem didn't hesitate aha, I am sure he looked up to her as a mummy figure as she was 4 years older than him.

Even though Kitty loved kids she would rather have her own space during the day and she would usually sleep on top of sofa or wardrobe. At night time when the kids went to bed she was a more lively cat, she would lie on your knee and want her tummy tickled or she would love to play with feathers or other cat toys, jeez I never knew this post would be this hard because its bringing tears to my eyes writing it because honestly I couldnt asked for a nicer natured cat, I feel like the time we had with her was far too short and she will be missed so much by me as she was good company for me when my partner worked the long night shifts and she also knew when I was upset and she would purr and want cuddles to cheer me up. Life can be so cruel sometimes :(
Kitty's illness came out of nowhere as she was a perky cat until 3 days before we lost her. She was living with my mum for a couple of weeks as she loved my mum too. She didn't want to eat and would struggle to drink and that's when my mum took her to the vets. The vet told her that she had kidney failure and they needed to do a test to see if she could be saved but unfortunately, her kidneys were very badly damaged and she was on dialysis. The vet told her that the best option was to put her down as she was in pain and honestly it was an awful day.

I came down from Glasgow to the vets and picked up kitty who had a bandage on her paw from the dialysis and she didn't look well at all, but she looked happy to see me. She wouldn't let anyone else pick her up but she let me and as soon as I picked her up she purred a little bit. I was heartbroken. She passed away in my arms and it was an awful experience.  

Thanks for reading.
Melissa x
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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Lush Sleepy Body Lotion | Review

I have seen many positive reviews on the Lush Sleepy Body Lotion all over my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for months now and I thought it was about time I joined the party to see what I think of this lotion which apparently helps you sleep. I decided to buy this on my last trip to Lush was actually during the January sales a couple of weeks back. I have used this product a fair few times since then so I have a fair review of this body lotion that's for sure. 

Lush have a nice variety of skincare products and I think they can be overlooked as a main game player in the skincare market. I have tried a fair few skincare products over the years and for the most of it, I have loved most of them. My top products ever though have to be the 'Don't Look at Me Face mask and "Snow fairy body conditioner".
Lush Sleepy Body Lotion
First Impressions
I just love the packaging for all of the skincare products in Lush, they look so good that I like to display them on my dressing table next to my perfumes. They are also very sturdy with a screw on lid that feels secure once closed so no worries of dropping it and getting a load of cream all over the carpet.

The lotion itself is just beautiful!!! It has the most beautiful silver shimmer ontop a lovely lilac lotion. It has to be one of the most beautiful skincare products I own and looks a little similar to the snow fair body lotion which is pink with lots of blue shimmers. ( All the shimmer makes me feel magic, how about you?)
Lush Sleepy Body Lotion Review
My Thoughts
I am just gonna say it first but I usually don't need help to sleep so I am no expert on knowing if this will help you sleep but one thing for sure it made going to sleep more easier as the smell of the lavender is very relaxing. 

The lotion is divinely thick with lots of silver shimmers inside of it. It is very cooling once put on the skin and honestly the smell it reminds a little bit of the Yankee Candle snowflake cookie, please comment below if you agree. The scent has to be one of the nicest smelling skincare products I have ever smelt before, it's just gorgeous, I honestly would love a bath bomb version of this.  

I use this lotion as soon as I towel dry myself after coming out of the shower or the bath and its a lovely treat for my skin. I apply this all over my torso, thighs and arms and the scent of the lavender oil just hits you with its lovely relaxing aroma. It is also very moisturising and soothing for the skin too and made mine softer. It also works well if you have an itchy back as it cools with its oatmeal infusion. 

Would I say its worth all the hype? Well, the short answer is yes I would! I love this lotion so much that it's now my favourite, it's honestly one of the nicest smelling products I have ever tried. I bought the smaller tub and wish I bought the larger now haha. 

Fragrances.
  • Lavender oil
  • Oatmeal Infusion
  • Ylang Ylang Oil
  • Tonka Absolute 


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Prices from £9.95 
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Friday, 12 January 2018

Favourite Skincare Products 2017

So 2018 is now well underway and my healthy eating resolution has already failed aha! But I can't complain I've had a great start to the year so far and hope the trend continues for the rest of the year. So far this year we had an amazing night in on new years day and just this past weekend we went to the Iron-Bru Carnival and OMG everyone! We all had so much fun. The rides were brilliant and the fresh warm doughnuts were just divine, I am actually want to make my own homemade doughnuts now because they taste so much nicer. 

Skincare in 2017 was a big game changer for me as I added more skincare products than ever into my routine and honestly using more variety of products has made such a difference to my skin. I remember a few years back when all the skincare products I had were Nivea skincare cream for my face (damn it stung too) and also my soap and glory hand cream ( I still love this even now)
favourite skincare products
I just love how multi-purpose this balm is! I use this on my lips to prevent my lips getting dry and cracked during winter and it's also perfect on my partner's hands who likes to go to the gym so his hands can get quite dry with callus when he does heavyweights.

Snow fairy has to be one of my favourite scents EVER! It has the sweetest scent and has lots of lovely sparkles in it too. I can have the scent all year round with this little pot of body conditioner. I love to use this on my body and arms, its just divine. 

I must admit prior to 2017 was very far and in-between and the usual face masks I ever used were ones you get in a packet. This face mask has to be one of my favourites as it cleanses my skin and unblocks my pore on my face and nose. My nose tends to get a lot of dry and clogged pores but this helps to clear my skin quickly. It is a little tingly though but it works.
I love this cream and I first got it as a sample in Lush and I loved it so much that I ended up buying the full size. I love to use this on my hands as prevents them getting dry and cracked during the winter and also from getting dry in the summer. The scent is just lovely too. 

Palmers Foot Magic
I like to walk most places as I cant drive so I like to give my feet a little extra TLC. This exfoliates the feet and once washed off it leaves feet feeling soft and has helped sort out my dry heals into lovely soft feet. 

I just love this cream as it smells delicious like almond and it works wonders on my skin. I use this on my arms chest and tummy as it helps to firm my skin and my goodness it does a fabulous job at it too.   This cream is to help with skins elasticity and stimulates cellular renewal. 

This has to be my favourite product of 2017! It smells beautiful like citrus and works wonderfully well on mine and my partner's skin. We put this on every night after we wash our faces and it feels so silky on the skin. It feels quite thick but eventually sinks into the skin and once you wake up in the morning our skin feels rejuvenated and glowing. 

What were your favourite skincare products of 2017?
Melissa x

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Friday, 5 January 2018

Lush Luxury Lush Pud | Review

I promise I do post more posts than just Lush but recently I fell back in-love with Lush products and it's mostly because I just love it when they have themed products and Christmas as we all know is the best for many things including bath bombs. I know I am a little late on the bandwagon posting about 'Lush Luxury Lush Pud' but you know I just love the photos of the product and the product itself is defiantly worth talking about so if you got it or bought it in the sales you are so lucky because I wish I got a couple more of these. 


Lush are fabulous when it comes to their seasonal products but this year I was a little disappointed that a few of my favourites from last year didn't come back such as "Mistletoe" "Yog Nog" and "Cinders" being a few of them. Not only that they seem to get rid of well-loved products that not only I like but others too such as Vanilla Puff Dusting Powder, Flying Fox Shower Gel and Space Girl Ballistic
Lush luxury lush pud review
 Lush Luxury Lush Pud £4.90 ( I think?)
(not sold anymore)
Vegan
Cruelty-Free

Fragrances
Lavender
Tonka Absolute
Ylang Ylang

First Impressions 
I have tried this bath bomb a few years back and thought it was well in order to try it again seeing as its been ages. I usually like to try different things from Lush but I remembered that I loved this and you should buy things you like right?

I just love the design of this bath bomb with the mistletoe and the bright pink with the colourful polka dots, it looks so fun don't you agree?
lush luxury lush pud
 My Thoughts
I just love the design of this bath bomb with its bright pink and mistletoe on-top of it. The scent is very much like Sleepy body lotion and the Twilight bath bomb which I have tried before but totally forgot to write about I don't know how I didn't haha.

As soon as I put this into the bath it just fizzled into an abyss of colour; the colours were so vibrant and kinda reminded me of a Christmas pudding in a way. The circles gave out spirals of colour and it blended into a hot pink colour. At the end of all that the mistletoe was left which felt a  little bit like jelly.

I really liked this bath bomb and wish I reviewed it sooner so I kinda hope you don't think I'm being annoying bringing back Christmas up haha. I love how soft this felt on my skin and I am sure I had a better nights sleep after this because of the lavender.

lush luxury lush pud review
Rating
5/5 

Pros
  • Contains lavender which can help you relax and maybe get a better nights sleep
  • Looks lovely in the bath 
  • Fun design which matches Christmas 
  • Soft on skin
  • Doesn't stain bath 
  • Cruelty-free 
Cons
  • Seasonal product 
Did you get anything in the Lush sales?



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Tuesday, 2 January 2018

What I Got For Christmas 2017

I've been debating whether or not to do a 'What I Got For Christmas' post because they can be a bit like marmite, you love em, or hate them. I happen to love them so I decided to post what I got this year and surprisingly enough it is the first time on my blog that I have done this kind of post so it is a nice change for me and my blog. 

Usually, we spend Christmas at my mum's house but this year it was different. We decided to spend Christmas at home for the first time ever so present giving was completely different this time. My partner and I don't tend to go crazy with buying presents as we usually buy more gifts during Eid and Birthdays but we wanted to have a little change this year as it was our first Christmas together with just us and our 3 kids. 

I was remarkably organised and got all my presents sorted for my family by the end of November so my stress levels were low for December. My partner, on the other hand, likes to keep what he's got close to his chest so I had no idea what he bought me this year which made waiting for Christmas that extra bit exciting. 
What I Got For Christmas
 After my kids opened their presents and we got all of their toys out of their boxes so they could play with their new toys I finally opened my presents along with my partner who opened his. I got partner a blue PlayStation controller, 2 PlayStation games including W2K 2018 and also so clothes. My partner was a diamond and bought me things that I have wanted for ages and he never forgot, he's honestly a lovely person to me. I also got a present of my partners family who I've got closer to this year which is amazing. 

So what did I get you ask?

Here is what I got for Christmas 2017!

Mugler Alien Eau De Toilette 30ml  
I have wanted this perfume for the entire 2017 and when I got it for Christmas I cried. I know it sounds daft but I was just so happy because I just love the design of the bottle and the fragrance is just beautiful. The perfume is described as refreshing, sparkly and feminine. It has radiant notes of mandarin essence for a zesty twist with cashmeran wood and white amber which give a hint of sensuality and Moroccan jasmine for luminosity.

Swarovski Crystaldust Cuff in Green
For many years I have loved products from Swarovski and this cuff has been on my wish-list for just over a year now. I just love the design and colour of this and can't wait to wear it out next time I got out to a party/dinner.
what i got for christmas 2017
Molton Brown Rosa Absolute Show Gel 
I have heard of Molton Brown products for years but I never actually got going round to going into their shops until the spring of 2017 and the thing that drew me into the shop was the advertising of the Russian leather scented products. While inside I was mesmerised by the scent of all the different products including the shower gels, candles and skincare. This shower gel smells delicious and is eerily like Lush Rose Jam. 

Lush Sleepy Body Lotion
My partner has known that I have wanted this for ages because he hears me talking about it all the time LOL! I have seen all the positive reviews about this product so I had my hopes set on this lotion and thankfully I got it. This lotion is supposed to help you sleep so hopefully, this will work for me, look out in the future for updates on this.

I hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I loved writing about it, I kinda wish I did more Christmas themed posts in 2017 but its something I am looking to do this year for sure. If you have a what I got for a Christmas post I would love to read it, post your link below so I can comment on it. 

What did you get for Christmas this year? 




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