Lush Empties

As you may know if you've read this blog before, I like Lush products, a lot. I have reviewed and tried many products and in doing so have required enough empty packets and pots. I go through a lot of the same products and many bath bombs, many of which are still Christmas ones may I add. I thought I would share my empty products as I have loved them all to the bottom of the pot and last fizz.



My first empty I'm going to share is the Let the Good Times Roll cleanser, of which I have acquired three empty pots, ooops. This is obviously one of my favourite products containing popcorn pieces and smelling like a festival. It cleanses your skin and leaves a sweet scent and soft feeling. You can read my full review here. Honestly give it a sniff in store. 

The next is Cup O'Coffee, which I have loved before, but I don't love it so much anymore. It's a face mask that contains coffee beans, which is surprisingly good for your skin. I find that it takes too long to dry and I don't use face masks as much as I used to, also the liquid starts to separate from the product after some amount of time which makes it hard to use after a period. My previous review can be found here.

The last pot that I have used up is Ocean Salt, which I have also reviewed here. This face scrub contains elements of the ocean and contains sea salt for exfoliating your skin. The scent is so fresh and I feel like it's definitely a summer face product, and would be good after a long day in the sun, I think I need to repurchase it soon. 


The Tea Tree Toner water is something I've been loving for the past few months. Tea tree is known for being good for your skin and I find that it left my skin looking much clearer, and smells really fresh. I normally use it before bed and in the morning to cleanse my skin before and after make up, it drys into the skin very quickly.

I thought I'd add some of the bath bombs I've recently used in this too since none of the bath bombs I have at home are available in store anymore as they are Christmas stock.

     

The first bath bomb is the Northern Lights bath bomb that is yellow on one end and blue on the other in a purple cylinder. When placed in the bath it spins and mingles colours leaving a pretty coloured pattern. It smells like jasmine and I love the idea of the Aurora Borealis in the bath. 


The Shoot for the Stars bath bomb, is also very pretty and looks on the outside and inside like the night sky. It's both shimmery and fruity and I think it looks almost like Van Gogh's Starry Night Iconic image at certain points, well just reminds me of it even.



I hope you enjoyed looking at all the products I've enjoyed using recently, they're all products I'd recommend, like every Lush product.
Has anyone tried these products before?

Kiko Bits and Pieces

 I've never tried any Kiko products as they've none in Ireland (that I've found before anyway), so I picked up a few bits in the London store to try them out, as I've heard that they're quite good and affordable. I needed these eye shadow shades and a contour kit so that's what I picked up.


The two eye shadows that I picked up were from the Smart Colour Eyeshadows, the pink shade in number 15 Pearly Azalea and the yellow number 25 Pearly Yellow. I got these two shades as they are colours that I didn't have before and wanted. Pearly Azalea is a bright and vibrant pink which is soft and pigmented and really brightening and gentle on the eyes. I find it goes really nice on the crease of your eye with brown shades, and it even goes with the yellow quite well, my two favourite colours. The shade Pearly Yellow is a pale and pretty yellow and it looks really nice on the inner corners of your eyes, yet the shade itself is not very pigmented and takes a few layers and a lot of product to show on your eyes. 


The contour palette is the Smart Contour Palette, the bronzer side comes out very dark and well on the skin and leaves a really matte and soft finish, yet it's easily blend-able. I think I may have gotten a shade too dark for me but I like to buffer it out and bronze my whole face too so it's not so bad. The highlight part is disappointing and doesn't have great highlighting qualities, unless you like a subtle highlight. For me, highlight always has to be a little dramatic and shimmery and this just doesn't do the job, it's nice for a natural look, but just not the type for me, it's too gentle.

The swatches are eyeshadow 15 Pearly Azalea, 25 Pearly Yellow, Smart contouring palette contour and highlight.

Overall, I really like the products and would definitely try some more, especially some more single eyeshadows which are really good value.
Has anyone tried any Kiko products before and have a favourite?

Vegetarianism | What I've Learned & Tips

I've been a vegetarian for almost a year now so I thought I'd be able to share tips and things that I've learned so I can help anyone who wants to try vegetarianism and wants to know the basics, and there's also a few things I wish I knew when I first started. I'm currently only vegetarian, which means I don't eat meat but I still have dairy and eggs, I do want to become vegan at some stage but for now this is where I'm at.

The meal above is a 100% vegan burger and wrap from Brighton.

The Basics
It seems like there are many people converting into vegetarianism and veganism these days, which is great. I'm quite a new vegetarian in the scheme of things, but I can never imagine myself eating meat again. I don't believe anyone when they tell me being a vegetarian is too hard for them and their lifestyle because generally speaking, the majority of products are vegetarian. Being vegetarian instead of vegan means you can still eat cheese and eggs, if you choose, and other dairy products, which isn't too limiting. It's just the changing of your mentality that needs to change if you wish to become vegetarian, you just need to be more aware of what you are putting into your body and it's not a bad thing, and in my opinion, made me more healthier and definitely more informed. I feel as if growing up I never thought about being able to actively choose what I'm eating, and being such an animal lover, the thought of killing an animal and eating it began to really upset me at every meal, which is why I turned vegetarian, I wish it hadn't taken me so long though. 

Meat Substitutes
If you think being vegetarian means you have to give up your favourite foods like chicken and beef, you're wrong. There are a lot of brands out there that do meat free substitutes to your favourite meats, which is perfect for transitioning into vegetarianism. At this stage there is a substitute for almost everything in your local supermarket. Good brands to try are Quorn and Linda McCartney, both of which have helpful websites with recipes, my favourites are the Linda McCartney 1/4lb Mozzarella Veggie burgers, Quorn hot dogs and chicken pieces. All of these products taste exactly like the meat they are substituting, but much better in my opinion, some people could find this off putting but for others this is a simple way to adding 'meat' into a vegetarian dish. Shops like M&S are my favourite because they have easy labels that say which of their dishes and products are vegetarian or not, which saves the time and stress of trying to figure out if things are vegetarian or not by the ingredients, having simple labels should be a requirement. 

Above is the Beanie burger, which is veggie and fries from Nandos.

Eating Out
Eating out is sometimes more difficult than cooking at home. Some places offer very little to no vegetarian options, which I find very odd in this day and age. Yet, the majority of restaurants do a good variety of vegetarian options. The best place for vegetarians to eat out is for Italian food, pizza and pasta are always a good option. The thing about eating out is even if there are no veggie options you can always ask for anything without the meat on it and then it will be okay. I know some people say being vegetarian is more expensive but it just depends what you order in my opinion. Most sides and starters are vegetarian and there is normally a veggie burger option on menus. Surprisingly, one of my favourite places for veggie burgers is Nandos, a chicken restaurant, ironic. Even fast food restaurants like McDonalds and Burger King do veggie burgers and wraps, which is perfect for food on the go, and still getting your fast food fix, I will also say that the veggie burger from McDonalds is one of my favourites. You can also get ready made sandwiches in shops which are vegetarian, places like Boots and M&S do really nice wraps for on the go. 

Foods and Ingredients to Avoid
The one thing I'd say I struggled with the most starting off was checking the ingredients of products which are not necessarily labelled as vegetarian. The products that are often hard to define as vegetarian are sweets and chocolate snack products. Some products are not vegetarian in the US but are vegetarian in the UK and Ireland, like smarties. Most products made of jelly contain gelatine, which is made from beef or pork by-products - which are clearly not vegetarian. Good vegetarian jellies are jelly tots and the veggie jellies from M&S. Another ingredient which people don't realise isn't vegetarian is Carmine/Cochineal - also known as E120 - used to make the shell like products like M&M's and often used for it's red food colouring - this is made from the Cochineal insect which produces a red colouring. You have to look into some deserts and yogurts also as I have found these ingredients in many things I had thought to be vegetarian before.  

Above is a margarita pizza and garlic dough balls from Dante's Pizza.

Make Up Products
Only recently, I've realised the difference between cruelty free and vegetarian products with regards to makeup, which in my opinion should be one in the same. I've realised, only recently that a lot of my makeup products contain carmine, as I have mentioned before, which is a red dye colouring made from Beatles, which I don't understand as being cruelty free. The majority of my lipsticks and eyeshadows contain this product and I don't have any palettes that don't contain it, I wish I had noticed sooner. There's a few brands like NYX and body shop which have vegetarian lipsticks, but it's another thing you need to be aware of. Even I've found that even though NYX are cruelty free their eyeshadows, well the single ones I own, are not veggie friendly. I would actually love if anyone could recommend any good vegetarian or vegan makeup brands it would be super helpful as I'm still trying to figure this part of vegetarianism out! 

Is anyone else vegan/vegetarian and have anyother tips you'd like to add?

Primark Matte Lip Kit | Review

Matte liquid lipsticks and matte lip kits have been a trend for the past year or so, especially with Kylie Cosmetics lip kits being so huge, even though I've sadly not tried Kylie products before. The lip kit matte collection from Primark (Penneys in Ireland) looks like a Kylie dupe, which was four euro, a price which I could not say no to, so I thought I'd test it out and see what it's like. 


The lip kit comes with one lip liner and one matte liquid lipstick, of which I own the shade Cookie Dough. They have two matte shades and two metallic ones in the store I was at. First impressions I think that they look quite good, and for the price I wasn't expecting them to be great. On first application I found that the liquid lipstick packaging and applicator felt thin and cheap. The lip liner applied smoothly and was a lighter colour than the liquid lipstick, but by itself it is much better, I don't think it matches the liquid lipstick too much. The liquid lipstick felt cake-y applying it yet I was impressed with how long it stayed on my lips even after eating. It kind of cracks and creases in places so it doesn't look the best after being reapplied so I recommend only wearing it for short periods.  



The colour is quite dark in the tube but not as dark when applied, it's more brown and dark nude than a pink but still a nude shade. The formulation is flaky and I think wearing it for prolonged periods would dry out your lips. I can't imagine myself wearing it too much, I might use the lip liner more than the liquid lipstick.

(The swatches are the matte liquid lipstick and the lip liner)

Overall, I think for the price, it is good value, but I would much rather invest in something that is of better quality. It's not the worst but and in terms of dupes I think it's a pretty good lip kit dupe, if the quality was a little better I would highly rate it.

Has anyone else tried this before?

Wanderings and Outfits

As I have recently posted about my London visit, here, I thought I'd show some looks and outfits that I wore while I was there as I have not posted any outfit posts in a while and thought it'd be interesting to show some outfits with a tourist-y and iconic setting. 



Set at the beautiful Tower Bridge, I am wearing an outfit that I love. The weather over there was twenty seven degrees for the most part, which for me is hot, especially having not packed any weather appropriate clothing. My patterned halter neck crop top is from Wish, and was super cheap may I add. My jeans and pink denim jacket are from Bershka. I honestly love this jacket so much, it's so cute and also really light and pastel coloured for summer. I also stuck some fruit shaped pins on it, as you can see the lemon one, and they're from Primark.




As I had not packed any summer appropriate clothing, expecting the weather to be awful, I bought this shirt from Urban Outfitters over there. It has cut out sleeves and is super flowy, I love the colour, once again there's a pastel theme and the flowers on it are also cute. The jeggings are once again from Bershka, I can't get enough of their jeans and leg wear, is that a term? The view of the London Eye is so nice, I feel so tourist-y just taking photos at that spot but it's a great backdrop.

What do you think of my pastel themed outfits? Would you wear coloured denim?

London | Photo Diary

London is one of my favourite cities in the world, I literally cannot get enough of it. It's somewhere I can envision myself being a lot in the future and hopefully I can make that a reality. I made a video on my last trip which you can watch here, if you'd like. Yet if you'd rather take a look at a photo diary rather than a video, this is the post for you.

Westminster on an extremely sunny day.

      
Big Ben and Oxford Street at night.

Polaroids of Trafalgar Square while at Trafalgar Square, inception.

Beautiful Trafalgar Square soaking up some rays.

      
Ice Cream candy cloud - which is absolutely the best thing I've ever tasted is from the Milk Train Cafe (just look at their fab insta).
Tower of London and Tower Bridge, along the Thames, which both have amazing architecture and design.

It's one of those cities that just make me happy and always makes me want to come back for more. Covent Garden and all the plays and musicals in the West End are so inciting and I would see a new musical every week if I could. So jealous of anyone who lives near/in this wonderful place.

Anyone else love London city and exploring it?

Lush Angels on Bare Skin | Review

 As anyone who knows me may know I have a slight obsession with Lush, especially their skincare products. I am constantly using their toners, cleansers and face masks and I'm always running out. Every time I run out of one I go and try a different product, although there is a few I buy constantly. After running low on my trusty Let the Good Times Roll, I decided to try Angels on Bare Skin instead.



Angels on Bare Skin is a facial cleanser containing lavender, rose oils and almonds. It's completely vegan, which I love. It has pieces of lavender flowers in it, and lavender is my least favourite flower, not sure why I just find the scent really strong, but I do like the smell of this. It's soothing and I know lavenders meant to have soothing and calming qualities so I assume it has a great effect on your skin. I also know lavender is meant to be good before you go to sleep so using this before bed could be a really good skin care item to add to your routine. 

For anyone that doesn't know how to use facial cleansers, you take a small part of the product into your hands and moisten it with water until it's a paste then scrub your face with it. I find with this product a little definitely goes a long way, I've had it for a few weeks and it still looks like I've not used much. I also think my face feels much cleaner and softer after using it. I usually use it when I was my face in the morning and the evening. It's not as sweet smelling as other Lush cleansers and it's much more floral so if that's the kind of scent you like I'd recommend this cleanser over others.

   

Has anyone tried this product before or have a favourite Lush cleanser?

Current Favourites | June 2017

I love reading favourite posts yet I am the worst at writing them. I wanted to do monthly favourites but I never stick to it so I just do favourites when I can. I have a few things at the moment that I'd like to share so I thought now is a god time to write about them.



I'm going to start with perfume as my first favourite as I am the worst at describing and writing about it. The perfume is Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue. I am awful at describing scents but it's quite floral, musty and sandy. It stays on for a long time and it smells really fresh. I suggest reading online or smelling it yourself to get a better grasp of it then I can give.



My next favourite is a product that I use every summer, the Garnier Summer Body Moisturizing Lotion for a gradual sun-kissed tan. I'm the type of person who is awful at applying fake tan and can't keep up with it, I only use it for special occasions. But with the Garnier gradual tan you apply it gradually, obviously, but even if you forget to apply constantly you don't get patchy. It leaves a subtle sun-kissed glow, as it states, and it's perfect for getting rid of paleness but looking ever so natural. It isn't dark at all and makes your skin look so healthy and toned. It's perfect for people like me who are ridiculously pale, and also awful at applying instant fake tan.


My last beauty favourite is the NYX Lip Lingerie in Ruffle Trim 04. I am obsessed with the Lip Lingerie collection, I literally want every single one, and I'm slowly adding to the collection. They're so versatile and I wear them casually almost everyday. They're the smoothest and most moisturizing matte lipsticks I've ever tried. This shade is quite pink with brown undertones.

(Swatch above is of NYX Ruffle Trim)

In relation to my non beauty related favourites I've been loving the soundtrack to the musical Dear Evan Hansen, which is currently on Broadway. It's so upbeat and joyous I don't see how anyone could not enjoy it. My favourite songs are Waving Through a Window and Sincerely, Me. Check it out if you're into musicals and haven't heard this one yet, it's very modern with pop influences.
My current favourites to watch is Grimm, which is on Netflix, loosely based off the fairy tales of Grimm and mixed into a crime/detective series. It's sort of like criminal minds mixed with Supernatural, both shows in which I adore. I've only started season two but it's really interesting and makes me want to read the Grimm fairy tales.

What's everyone else been loving this month and recently?

Revolution Makeup Haul

 It's been a while since I've bought some new makeup products so a trip to Superdrug was needed. I had never tried Revolution makeup before my recent trip and all of their palettes and products look such high quality and so beautiful that I had to buy some.


  

The first thing I picked up is the Revolution Brow Pomade. I always use powders for my eyebrows and never tend to use the gel side of eyebrow kits, but this product really reminded my of the Anastasia dip brow pomade, which I haven't tried myself but have heard great things about it so I thought this might be some sort of dupe to try out. I actually really do love the product and I wasn't expecting to, I thought that it would make my brows look unnatural but it actually blends and suits my eyebrows perfectly. It's easily applied and easy to blend to make it look more natural. It also stays on really well and doesn't smudge when touched during the day. 

   


The next thing I picked up is the Revolution Pro Fix fixing spray, and before this I had not been much of a setting spray person, purely because of the fact I would forget to use them and buy them. Yet the first day I used this product I noticed a huge difference in the longevity of my makeup. On the day previous to my testing I had my makeup smudge and my eyeliner run due to my ridiculously watery eyes, yet the day after, using the same products and this, my makeup looked basically perfect by the end of the day. I would recommend this product to anyone and am really enjoying using it, when I remember to. 

   

The last thing I picked up is the Ultra Blush Palette Golden Sugar which is one of the prettiest blush palettes I've ever seen. It has marbled colours with shimmer and also two contour shades that are matte. I'm not really a blush person but all of these shades work well as a blush and or highlighter. I use it as both blush and highlighter and it really adds shimmer and sparkle to your face. They're really pigmented and a little goes a long way. I haven't used the contour shades too much as I'm awful at applying it but they're all really good quality.

Above swatches are the shades in the top row of the palette, (I can't seem to find any names of them).
The above swatches are of the second row of the palette.

Overall, I really love the quality of each product and I would repurchase any of them again, I will definitely be buying more Revolution products in the future. 

Has anyone tried any of these products before? What do you think?

Brighton Strolls | Photo Diary

I love Brighton so much and I can't get enough of it. It's been about a month since my trip there and I'm just obsessed with how pretty everything still is. I made a video on my trip if you'd like to check it out here, but for my blog I thought I'd do a short little photo diary showing all my favourite pictures from my trip. 

The iconic Brighton Pier sign, literally so pretty.

Regency Square, right behind the i360, where we stayed. The architecture and design is amazing!

The vegan dipping platter, praline milkshake and black coffee from Choccywoccydoodah. 

The West Pier.

Carousel and a view of the East Brighton Pier.

Breakfast at Bill's.

Brighton Beach.

Vegan lunch at VBites.

Sun setting over the West Pier and i360.

View from Brighton Pier at sunset.

I hope you enjoyed seeing little snippets from my trip and see why I love Brighton so much! Has anyone ever been before?