Saturday, 21 January 2017

Lush Valentine's 2017

It feels like only yesterday it was Christmas and we were all getting excited about the cinnamon, clove and orange scents from Lush. Now we're over Snow Fairy (or let's be honest, do we ever get over Snow Fairy?!) and it's time to welcome the Lush Valentine's range. 

Each year I look forward to this, more-so than Christmas actually as I prefer the floral and sweet scents over the warmer wintery ones. I also rather like Valentine's day.

So the Valentine's stock hit Lush's shelves last week and much like previous years I have a couple of bits on my wish list. There's  a few new items and a couple making an appearance again. These are a few of my favourites...

Lush Valentine's 2017

1. Returning for another year is the Lover Lamp bathbomb (£4.25). This 
leaves little red cocoa butter hearts floating in your bath. It's scented with vanilla and orange oil so this is full of ingredients bound to leaves your skin super soft

2. I might be wrong but I think the Rose Bombshell Bath bomb (£4.25)  was around last year but possibly not in the Valentine's collection. It's one I am ye to try so I'm glad it's available again. I'm loving anything with rose oil at the moment so this is right up my street. It leaves rose petals floating in the bath so it's an excellent choice for Valentine's. It's got a really uplifting scent with Sicilian lemon oil and geranium oil to perk you up. 

3. Another one making  a comeback is the infamous Unicorn Horn Bubble bar (£4.25). I absolutely love this and I fully intend to stock up while it's still around. Don't be fooled by it's bright and vibrant look, this scent is so calming and excellent for winding down after a long day. With relaxing lavender and ylang ylang don't be surprised if you start to drift off.

4. The Cupid Bubble Bar (£2.95) looks like it's going to be my favourite. With a scent similar to the Razzle Dazzle bath melt it bathes you in a sweet pink fizz filled with rose, lime, raspberry and bergamot. It looks really cute and is a great price too. 

5. Lastly the  Lovestruck Bubble Bar (£4.25) is perfect for any emoji lover. If you're anything like me then the heart eyes emoji is one of your most used (it used to be the sideways cat face before it was taken away from me - seriously that guy worked so well for 90% of my moods!). Sam has already treated me to this one. There's a Lush at his station on the way home from work so I can thank train delays for something! This one does look like a bath bomb but as a bubble bar you can break it up to use over two baths. It's quite a unique scent with lemon oil, geranium a more of a pick me up, you're left with citrusy bubbles that remind me of sherbet lemon sweets.

I'd love to know what you're planning on picking up from the Valentine's range. Let me know in the comments!


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Lovebook -the perfect personalised Valentine's gift

With Valentines Day coming up (it's less than a month away now guys!) I like to seek out some of the more unique gifts. Yea we can buy chocolates, flowers etc (which all go down a total treat by the way!) but something extra special will win some big brownie points -as will actual brownies but I digress...


I stumbled upon this lovely little idea from the people over at Lovebook. I made one myself and I wanted to share it with you guys. It's a great Valentine's gift idea.

The idea is you put together your own little book that is totally unique to you. Look at it like a high quality scrapbook-meets story book. 

You go through the website adding pages and editing everything so it's exactly how you like it.


The pictures are quite basic but you can make them as detailed as you like when you get the hang of things. It's all printed in black and white but I like that that gives you the option to go through yourself with pens and pencils to really add a handmade touch if you so choose.


You can get really creative with it. There's templates to work from or you can build your own pages from scratch. Just search the items you're after and pop them where you want on the page. There's no limit to how many pages you add either, you get unlimited amount of pages for a set price so you aren't restricted at all. I had a lot of fun going through the options, I got really into it!

Your book can be anything you like from individual pages that list why you like that person or little memories and quotes.


I decided to make the book about the story of how Sam and I got together. It was really nice looking back on our life so far while creating the book and it made me look forward to giving it to Sam even more. 

There's a selection of front covers to choose from so you can make it really personal to you. I named the book 'Power Cuts and Sky Scrapers -the story of Jenna and Sam' which references when sparks started to fly (excuse the pun) after there was a power cut at work and Sam proposed at the Shard 4 years later.


I had a lot of fun creating it and was really inspired with ideas for new pages to add. The great thing is that you don't have to do it all in one sitting, you can save your progress and really take your time.


I was really impressed with how quickly the book was delivered and it's well packaged too. 
My book is a hardback but you can go for a soft back version if you wish. I was really impressed with the quality. All books are professionally bound and made to last forever. 

It doesn't have to be for a romantic partner, you can create books for birthdays and other occasions just to say you appreciate someone. Cute.


If you want to order one in time for Valentines day go here to get started. 

You need to select economy delivery by 2nd  Feb to guarantee you get your book before Valentines day but there are faster options too where you pay a little more.


I really do think this is a brilliant gift, it's such a wonderful book for both of us to look back on and is really thoughtful. 

*this was kindly gifted to me but all thoughts are 100% my own.


Thursday, 12 January 2017

Mac Mariah Carey Lipstick Bit of Bubbly Review

As soon as I saw pictures of the Mariah Carey Mac collection I knew I was missing something in my life. I would not be complete until just one product graced my dressing table (or you know -desk, as I don't have a dressing table). The packing alone is just gorgeous and I loved the look of the range of products. I was so impressed with the wearable shades she'd come up with. All nudes, golds and shimmer -perfect to add a bit of sparkle to every day and of course for Christmas!


On Christmas day I was lucky enough to find one of the lipsticks under my tree 'From Mason'. He had actually mentioned to Sam that 'Mummy likes the sparkly lipstick' - top marks for being observant! I clearly bore him with my beauty talk too, poor kid.


I could have asked for all 23 items in the collection but I just knew I wouldn't actually use most of it. I'm trying to limit down the amount of eyeshadow palettes I buy, it has become slightly ridiculous how many just sit in my room. There is a gorgeous highlighter in the collection and although it would be beautiful in photos the colour looks like it would suit a darker skin tone to mine. Can you tell I've given myself a stern talking to?! I told Sam I would be happy with one of the nude lipsticks and that is exactly what he got me. I am thrilled with his choice!

Let's start with the blindingly obvious - the packaging. You couldn't get more 'Mariah' could you? The glitter and soft golden tones are stunning. The butterfly on the bullet is a gorgeous touch and a nod to Mariah's Butterfly album. 


I've seen a lot of people with a lipstick from this collection say that they are too pretty to use but I've been wearing this lots since I opened it. I'm sure I'll weep a little when it goes down so far that the pretty butterfly is ruined though. Mac's Creme D'Nude is one of my most repurchased lipsticks and this is really similar, it just has slightly more of a pink-tone to it. 


It has a cremesheen finish (my favourite of the Mac finishes). It's really soft and comfortable to wear. I think they colour payoff is really great too for a such a light shade. It has a warm peachy undertone and is great to pop on in the daytime but beautiful with a smokey eye on a night out.

I love the look of the other shades in this collection so if you picked up one of them  and have a post on it let me know so I can come and be nosey!


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