Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Lush Haul | An Early Christmas Gift

Here is perhaps the largest amount of Lush items that I have owned at one time! This Christmas I have been lucky (AKA so spoilt!) enough to be gifted these gorgeous products from an absolutely lovely friend of mine, who also happened to let me open my pressie early, yay! I am so beyond happy with these products that I thought I'd make them their very own blog post :-)


How beautiful is this amazing gift box?! And not only is it really pretty but the products inside are the best I've ever had and I'm so excited to try each and every one out. It is the HELLO GORGEOUS gift set and it contains five of Lush's most popular indulgent products! 

Firstly, the lovely bath bomb SAKURA which I actually used in my bath tonight (video here on my Insta) and I loved it - it smelt amazing but not too over-powering, was super fun to watch fizz, and didn't leave a nasty greasy residue on my skin as others have done... I can still smell it on my skin now, mmm!

The second product is THE COMFORTER, a super-sized bubble bar (that pretty purple and white product you see above). This bubble bar lasts two whole baths, it only takes 1/2 a bar crumbled underneath a running tap to create lots of bubbles with a delicious blackcurrant fragrance. It contains cypress oil which makes it super calming and bergamot oil which also makes it lovely and uplifting.

Third product is the GORGEOUS facial moisturiser - I didn't even know that Lush did facial skin care! This is a very light moisturiser, filled with freshly-juiced fruits and cold-pressed and organic oils. It came in this cute little tin as it is only sold in very small batches to keep it fresh and minimize preservatives, which I think is fantastic. The fresh fruits aim to refine pores, matify skin, remove dead skin cells, soothe and moisturise. I'm very excited to test this out and if it works well with my skin I'll be sure to do a review!

Next up is the VANILLA DEE-LITE hand and body lotion. I am the biggest fan of anything vanilla scented and my hands are extremely dry at winter time so I was very chuffed when I found this at the bottom of the box. This lotion is packed full of fresh kiwis, cocoa butter, illipe butter, extra virgin coconut oil and tamanu oil with a Fair Trade vanilla scent. Mmmm! Sounds good enough to eat, right?

Last but not least is the RUB RUB RUB shower scrub, another item that I never knew existed. Unbelievably, this shower scrub is not only for the body... it can also be used to add shine and volume to the hair... yes, really! I don't know if I dare, but as it's packed full of mineral-rich sea salts (a natural antiseptic - who knew!?) and rejuvenating lemon juice, I might just have to give it a go. Oh and it smells incredible too, by the way.

Not only did I receive this generous gift box but also two separate products too... The BUBBLEGUM lip scrub (that I've lusted after for years) and the NONE OF YOUR BEESWAX lip balm, which I have been advised to use together, and it's a heavenly combination! First I buff away at my lips with this utterly scrumptious scented lip scrub that not only tastes yummy but really does leave my lips feeling super smooth and glowing, I then apply this hydrating lip balm to soothe my exfoliated lips, it contains extra virgin coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax to bring moisture and provide protection. 

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I love that most Lush products are so versatile and that one product can have so many uses, and the fact that they're all fresh, handmade and against animal-testing is even better. I think these Lush boxes are such a nice gift and a brilliant way to test out different products without committing to buying full size. It's a great way to try out new things you would never usually pick out yourself. 

All these products are still in store and luckily they're not seasonal so can be found all year round.
Have you ever used any of these products? Can you recommend me a favourite of yours?

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Merry Christmas!
(9 days to go... and certainly counting)

xoxo

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Christmas Gift-Guide: for Secret Santas (Under £15)

Are you a Secret Santa this year? I am! 
The school I work in always holds a Santa and I think it's quite possibly one of the hardest gifts to buy, especially if you happen to have picked out a colleague that you've not spoken to much - or if you haven't been working there for very long. Also the fact that the gifts usually have a price limit makes it even trickier! So if you are on a budget this Christmas, or are struggling to find a pressie for your Secret Santa or would just like some little gifts to fill a stocking then this is the blog post for you :-)

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Everyone loves a notebook, everyone loves to make lists and everyone loves the colour pink. And the fact that it's called the little book of 'awesome' with the cutest writing ever makes it the sweetest little notebook for a very organised friend! Happy Jackson actually have tons of different adorable designs that there's surely one to suit everyone.

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ORIGINS Christmas Bauble gift set
This cute little gift set (which happens to be exclusive to Selfridges) contains Origins minis of the five best-selling products, including an eye cream, a hydrating repair cream, a charcoal mask, an overnight mask and gentle dermabrasion! The perfect gift for a beauty-queen or for someone who likes to dabble in skin care and would like a tester of Origins! I'm even thinking of getting one for myself ;-) And how adorable is the little bauble too?!

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Instead of thoughtlessly gifting the usual bath bomb from Lush, why not purchase one of their gorgeous knot-wraps! This makes the gift so much more personal and not many people know about these stunning little scarves so it'd be a nice surprise, and what's better is that they have the delicious smell of all the bath lovelies. This knot-wrap is the 'Happy Holidays' print, but there are lots of different designs on the Lush website.

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A diary is a fantastic gift for any organised friend - if they're not already so super organised that they already have a 2015 diary (like me, eek!). These Noto diarys from Paperchase are fantastic, the layout inside is so minimal and the text and lines are a subtle grey so it's very easy on the eye. They come in three sizes and a few different colours too so there's something for everyone. I have used these particular diary's for the last 2 years now as I just haven't found anything that compares!

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There isn't a girl on this planet who doesn't like shiny things... And if they say they don't, they're lying! These cute little studs are perfect for adding some colour to any dull outfit or to finish off that Christmas day outfit. 

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Everyone loves to collect little memories, whether it be photographs, love letters, magazine scraps, wishlists... etc! This colourful 20 page scrap book from Tiger is super affordable and so pretty too! I think this is such an imaginative and thoughtful gift as it's one of those gifts that keeps giving.

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This cute little Christmas cracker contains the This Works 'Deep Sleep Body Therapy' spray that is a bloggers fave! I am still yet to try it (I really want to!) but it'd be the best gift for someone who finds it difficult to nod off, or just for those who love the smell of lavender and camomile! This little body spray is made up from a blend of deep sleep essential oils. designed to lull you into a "dreamy nights sleep"... Sounds dreamy ;-)

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And last but not least... A festive coloured nail polish! Ciate is one of my favourite nail brands, with fantastic formula and a great selection of colours. I think this 'Pom Pom' red is the perfect colour for the festive season and a brilliant gift for a lady who takes pride in her finger tips! These nail polishes are even better-looking when finished off with the Seche Vite top coat.

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And a little something extra...

I am lucky enough to be one of few to be a part of Access All ASOS! As an ASOS Insider, I get to be one of the first to know about new collections, events and I also get to be involved in exciting projects. This Christmas #accessallasos assigned us each a Secret Santa and gave us a £15 voucher to spend on our chosen receiver! Our job was to get the items delivered to us, wrap them up and send them off. All we were given was our receivers full name, address and blog/instagram accounts to get ideas as to what gifts we purchase - I absolutely loved doing this and I spent hours researching and flicking through the ASOS website! 
I'm very happy with the items I chose and although I'm not going to let you know who these items are for, I thought I'd show you them before I wrap them up and send them off to the lucky lady... Don't worry, she doesn't follow me on any platform so I know there's no chance she'll find out!


Wild stag wrapping paper is from Paperchase 
'Joy' cards are from TK Maxx

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xoxo



Friday, 5 December 2014

Christmas Gift-Guide: for a Healthy-Foodie!

I'm struggling so desperately with choosing out gifts for my friends and family this year... Anyone else with me on that!? So I thought it would be really handy for me to put together a series of gift-guides that I would personally really enjoy receiving myself, in the hope that it'll perhaps help you with your Xmas shopping! 

I will probably squeeze in about three gift-guides before Christmas creeps up upon us and the first is ideal for us 'health-freak's (I'm self-proclaimed, hehe). Anyone who's into that health/fitness lifestyle will really appreciate these gifts and it will get us all kick-started into diet-mode after our crazy binge-fest over the holidays ;-)... I know I'll be over-indulging... Stollen? Stuffing? Yorkshire puddings? FOOD? Ahhh! ...Luckily the healthy lifestyle has gotten extremely popular over the past year which is absolutely fantastic so there's plenty of stuff out their on the market to choose from. Here are my favourite bits and bobs...

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Anyone that appreciates food and all it's goodness will appreciate this book! It goes into great detail of every single healthy food, drink, herb, plant (you name it, it's in there) and how its good for you and what it does to the body. It even contains 130 recipes to guide you through healthy eating and also daily food plans that target specific areas of health. I have it and it's fantastic!

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If you haven't already tried a Nakd bar, where have you been!? These are super, super delicious and totally guilt-free... Only made from dried fruit, nuts and a hint of natural flavour. No sugar, no syrup, no preservatives! They're dairy free, gluten free, wheat free... Low in saturated fats... And they even count as 1 of your 5 a day. Plus, they taste so delicious, like an actual treat! These Christmas crackers can be found online and I've seen them for myself in Tesco. You get 8 delicious Nakd bars in a single cracker for only £5, and as each bar usually retails at between 70p - £1 it's such a great deal!

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Any foodie - healthy, or not! - will really appreciate this thoughtful little gift. Anyone who loves to create their own healthy dishes or gets creative making superfood desserts needs these cute little cards! They are so handy at noting down a successful recipe and also will look gorgeous pinned up on the refrigerator. You get 12 lovely fruit decorated (front and back) cards in a pack.

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Another gorgeous little find from Paperchase - isn't just the best stationary store ever!? I swear they do the best gifts ever, that seem to suit everyone! I love these gorgeous snack boxes that they sell in so many different designs, they're always bringing new ones out - I actually have some of my own and I'm always getting complimented on how adorable they are! Any healthy-foodie cannot live without food tubs for plenty of food-prep so these will be very well-used... You can never have too many. And even better in this lovely monochrome print.

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I know that giving granola for a Christmas present doesn't seem that exciting but it'd be perfect for a secret santa gift or even to fill up a stocking. Lizi's granola is absolutely delicious and it is among one of the healthiest out there. Granola is usually packed full of sugars and claim to be 'healthy' but Lizi's actually is and now she has brought out this new 'low sugar' version... Which even I am yet to try so I'm going to be making a purchase myself... Perhaps it'll even go on my wishlist ;-)
You could even be really cute and purchase a pretty bowl and spoon to go with it too!

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This is for the real fitness (and designer!) lover. Know anyone obsessed with pilates or yoga? This is the perfect treat for them. Who else can casually say that their yoga mat is Stella McCartney? Haha. Stella and Adidas teamed up together to create the ultimate yoga mat in this gorgeous salmon pink, and it also comes with a very useful handle. Beautiful!

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How could I create a healthy gift-guide without including the trusty spiralizer! Have you seen those fancy courgette/zucchini noodles AKA zoodles? Or those carrot noodles AKA coodles? Well this is all you need to make them. It comes with three different interchangeable blades that chops up your vegetables in all sorts of different ways. You can get really creative and even make sweet potato curly fries, mmm! There are so many recipe books on Amazon that are completely full of interesting ways to use it, too.

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So there it is. Seven items that any health addict would love to receive! I hope that this has helped or inspired you whilst shopping this Christmas :-)

Happy holidays <3
xoxo