Mini Lush Haul

Ah, Lush. One of my absolute fave brands. Every season I wait with anticipation for their next range of products to be released. I think their latest releases have been their best selection yet. I visited my local store last week and had to refrain from buying everything, instead I asked a lovely member of staff which two products she recommended.

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I knew instantly I HAD to have Elsie the Giraffe just because, I have to have every giraffe thing I set my eyes on. She is a bubble bar which is perfect as my current one is so close to running out.

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Next, I was recommended the very vibrant “over and over” bath bomb. It has great cleansing properties, with half being cocoa butter and apparently turns your bath a very bright mixture of orange and yellow which I am very excited to experience.

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Probably the most Easter themed product there; Chick ‘N’ Mix instantly caught my eye – it is super cute. I was a bit stumped on the premium price tag, wondering why it was so expensive for what I thought was a single use bath bomb. However, it actually lasts 3 uses, each half of the egg and also there is a cute little “egg” inside!

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I will definitely be going back soon to purchase even more products – I particularly love the new egg designs!

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My First BirchBox & Review: Is It Worth It?

I have heard about all the various beauty boxes for sometime now and finally, caved in. I saw that BirchBox offered 50% off your first box for students hence finalising my thought process into which product to get. I purposefully only signed up for one month so I could see if it was really worth renewing before I committed. I love how they personalise each box based on a beauty quiz but, as it was my first box I received the standard products.

It arrived super quick and the box was really cute – bigger than I was expecting.

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The first thing I noticed was that it arrived in a really cute bag saying “best day ever”. It is a really nice size so I am sure it will become very useful at some point.

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I immediately saw a mini Batiste poking out – a perfect travel size of a dry shampoo I already use and love.

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I was super excited to see a Benefit lip product! I received the colour “Pink Thrills” and the unique teardrop shape (which my camera refused to focus on, hence the picture from the website!) combining a liner and lipstick created a unique, but smooth application. It is a long-lasting product, one which I am very impressed with.

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Really interested by this primer and can’t wait to see if it actually works! However I have heard of balanceme and know they are an established brand so was very exciting to receive a sample of one of their products!

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Ok honestly, I was a little disappointed by this – just a shower gel?! However, it smells glorious and is a perfect travel size so overall I am happy I received this.

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Finally – a Birchbox exclusive (ooo)! Yet again I am loving this purely for the travel size cuteness of it all as I have more than enough make-up remover. I am yet to try it but it does look like a really good product.

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So, is it worth it? I wasn’t massively impressed with this product but, I feel that is because I wasn’t able to experience a personalised box. I do feel like I will subscribe to this in a few months, however I am unsure whether I am ready to commit to a full year. It is great value for money and a perfect treat for all beauty lovers. It is also very handy to have a lot of travel sized items – which I have already been provided with a few essentials from just one box! For any other students I really recommend using the 50% off the first box offer with Unidays just so you can experience a selection of great products for an excellent price!

Are any of you subscribed to Birchbox or an alternative? I would love to hear more and be persuaded to sign up!

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Q&A #2: Beauty Edition

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  1. What part of your daily beauty regime do you usually spend the longest on?
    Definitely my eyes – I love trying out new eye-shadow looks, experimenting with sometimes whacky colours and therefore need to make sure it is blended to perfection. Also I am pretty used to the rest of my routine and never usually change it up so it doesn’t take very long to do my face, brows, etc.
  2. Do you remember your first make-up item?
    I am not actually 100% sure, but ignoring all the very luxurious make-up sets I’m sure we all has as kids, I think my first product might have been foundation – I wanna say matte mouse.
  3. What kind of coverage do you prefer from foundation?
    Definitely light – medium.
  4. At what age did you realise you were in to beauty products and wanted to blog about it?
    Probably when I started uni! I had gone through like 2 month phases of being into make-up since I was 12-ish but I never really became fully interested in doing it on a regular basis since I started uni in 2015.
  5. What is your most cherished beauty product?
    My beloved Naked palette.
  6. How often do you shop for make-up?
    Very frequently! I rarely do a big shop – I always rush to a Beauty section/shop when I’m out and tend to be persuaded into purchasing something. Because of this I never run out of products so there is never an urgency as such to shop.
  7. Favourite shop to get beauty/make-up products?
    Superdrug or Kiko! I also love The Body Shop.
  8. Favourite beauty and make-up brand?
    LUSH for beauty, Makeup Revolution for make-up.
  9. How long do you spend on your daily make-up routine?
    About 15 minutes.
  10. Favourite skincare product?
    Simple moisturiser or Superdrug Vitamin E Facial Scrub

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Tips for Decorating on a Student budget

 

The excitement of uni and being able to decorate your very own place from scratch can be quickly diminished by the thought of the little money you will actually have to make your ‘dream’ place. Here are some tips to still fulfil your decor needs without breaking the bank.

  1. Firstly, pick a colour scheme/theme and stick to it. It can be hard to change your plans to fit the stuff you find but, sticking to specific colours can actually help you save money and stop temptation to purchase all the other great decor finds you may come across.
  2. Shop smart. Find the cheapest places for good, affordable decor; I’m talking Primark, ASDA, Sainsburys, Poundland, eBay. Starting this shop in early summer can give you as much time as possible to gather your supplies before term starts.
  3. Fairy lights are an essential for making a room feel homely and my top tip for this is; avoid battery powered like the plague. Especially if you’re in halls and electric bills are not a concern. Mains powered lights will surprisingly save a lot of money in the long run and, you can still get cheap and super nice lights this way.
  4. Get creative. It is amazing what can be done with bits of fabric and a Youtube tutorial. DIY to your hearts content; bunting, cushions, anything and everything you can think of will be made with  (hopefully) minimal effort at little expense!
  5. Print off a lot of pictures – sites such as Snap Fish offer great deals for first time buyers – often you only need to pay postage. The chances are you will have a notice board already in your room (if not I recommend getting one) and a pictures are a great way to instantly brighten up your space. Another idea which I’ve done is get some string and pegs (will be super cheap) and simply hang pictures up!
  6. If your uni has a poster sale, go. I managed to get some great posters at an absolute steal in my first few weeks of uni. They often have a wide selection too so there should be something for everyone!

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Review: Beauty and the Beast

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Regardless of the controversial reception I have read regarding this film, I was so excited to watch a live-action remake of the wonderful tale centring my favourite princess. Naturally, I had to watch this enchanting live-action the day it hit our screens.

I have never *hold your gasps* been a massive Emma Watson fan but, the moment her dulcet tones filled the room I knew the casting would have been hard to surpass. She possessed a flair that, combined with her sophisticated presence, caused me to feel nostalgic about the much-loved character she had encompassed.

There came both advantages and disadvantages from experiencing this remake of a film I hold so dear; I was excited to see a contemporary take but also apprehensive about the principles being retained.

The story was told with surprising brio; all the scenes were beautifully played out with the casting doing justice to the original characters. I have to say I hated the way Gaston was portrayed; the actor, the attitude, everything. There was a great injustice when it came to the “openly gay” LeFou – a hyped pivotal storyline that was largely ignored and mostly exclusive (only becoming obvious in the very last scene).

Overall? I was ashamed to love it. Browsing other critique, the majority seemed to hate it – but there will always be massive expectations when trying to make a Disney live action and in this case, I think it was executed brilliantly. I was touched by the fascinating screenplay, the beautiful songs and the live incarnation of my favourite childhood princess.

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The Product That Changed My Life

I am SO happy to be able to tell you all about an absolute amazing product that is taking social media by storm atm. Spoiler: I can confirm it receives all the praise it is getting because it has literally changed my life.

Admittedly, I am one to enthusiastically start an exercise fad and then all too hastily give up. The main reason for doing this? Boobs. Three sports bras later and, they still WILL NOT STAY PUT.

So when I came across Booband I was so keen to try out this new potentially revolutionary product. It arrived so quickly in the most beautiful pink packaging and as soon as it was delivered I put it to the test. I jumped, I ran, I did every exercise I could think of. And was astounded – there was no movement. It took a week or so to reach a balance between being too lose and mild suffocation but I am now three weeks into a regular exercise regime and will never look back.

You may think this sounds like a product exclusively for the bigger woman (I thought the same to start with), but the damage caused to our girls even by walking is insane. Their whole premise is to “hold it down” – this counteracts the harmful effects caused by movement that cause upwards movement, leading to sagging and other ligament issues: for a more detailed explanation read this.

At the moment they come in sizes small and medium but extra small and large are coming VERY soon! They also have a range of colours (I personally have the black and pink – soon to get the nude). The affordable price-tag means this is not one to miss.

So how do you actually wear it? That is the best part, it is SO simple! It is velcro fitted so you literally just wrap it around the top of your boobs and voila, you are ready to go.

Are you hooked? I have great news for you – you can get 10% off anything in the Booband shop (so two Boobands for only £31.50!) on thebooband.com using the code LFBB10

(I realise this sounded like a super cheesy ad but I really cannot express how much I love this product!)

Read more reviews:
https://highheelrunner.wordpress.com/2016/11/30/booband/
http://healthylivinglondon.com/london-health-fitness-reviews/tried-tested-booband-review/

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My current favourite lipsticks

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From left to right: Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate in 16, Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in 07, Mac Diva.

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate in 16: This beauty barbie pink shade is perfecf for spring and pairing with a super cute floral number. It is a cheap drugstore product so its consistency is not the best, but is very good for the price. I would definitely say it needs to used with a lipliner and lipgloss to allow the colour to reach its full potential.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in 07: A liquid lipstick that goes on very smoothly and leaves a satin finish. Unfortunately it is not very long lasting but due to its compact size and easy applicator it is super quick to top up. Definitely another very spring/summer shade and goes very nice with a copper/orange eye look.

Mac Diva: A gorgeous, gorgeous very deep shade. This colour probably suits me the most out of all my lipsticks and therefore I wear it at every opportunity despite it being a ‘winter shade’. It is very long lasting adds a touch of glamour to any outfit.

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