Thursday, 30 July 2015

July 2015 Favourites

Hi everyone!

July 2015 Favourites

It's time for my July 2015 Favourites.  To be honest, I've been so busy with work and volunteering that I've barely had time to wear makeup or really get stuck into my collection of lotions and potions. I still managed to pick out favourites though!

July 2015 Favourites

Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Crayon in Pack A Punch (review here)
I love everything about this product - the summery colour, fun texture and low price.  I haven't stopped reaching for it recently!

The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Shower Gel
Jade kindly got me this for my birthday at the start of June - it shows how large my shower gel collection is that I've only just cracked it open ;)  This limited edition range has an amazing minty lime scent that's so refreshing.  I find The Body Shop shower gels always have a gorgeous texture too - quite thick and luxurious with great lather.

This lightweight, silky cream smells incredible and works both on wet and dry hair to visibly smooth and soften.  It never weighs my hair down and leaves it smelling like I've just come out of the salon.  I was sent it from Boots Review Panel and I'm so glad because it's amazing!

This hair bow makes me happy.  I love the realistic cherries!  I've either been clipping it to the end of a side plait, or tying my hair up in a half ponytail and sticking it in the back.  Either way, it looks super cute :)

What have you been loving this month?

*Item sent for review

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Dolly Cool Jewels and Accessories - Review

Hi everyone!  I've mentioned my preference for buying jewellery from independent shops on the blog many times before.  Aside from the fact that you're supporting an individual rather than a faceless corporation, the designers often have a real sense of community between themselves that's lovely to see.  I often find new shops just by following people like Sugar and Vice or Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes on Instagram - this is how I stumbled across Dolly Cool!

Dolly Cool is run by Manchester based Clare - she designs rockabilly and tattoo inspired jewellery and accessories.  I couldn't resist making an order :)

Dolly Cool Jewels and Accessories Review

I ordered a mix of fun jewellery and hair accessories.  Of course, there's a fruity theme to my choices...

Dolly Cool Fruit Necklace and Cherry Bow with Heart Drop Earrings

First, I ordered the 40s/50s inspired Fruit Necklace with 3D watermelon and pineapple charms (£14.46).  Clare usually makes these necklaces with just one type of fruit charm, but I asked her to make me a combination of watermelons and pineapples as if I can add more fruit to something, I will ;) She did this at no extra cost and let me choose the fun red chain too.

I also ordered the Cherry Bow with Heart Drop Earrings (£5.92) which came in this cute leopard print and sugar skull decorated box.  The earrings are smaller than I was expecting, but that's my fault for not checking the dimensions.

Dolly Cool Fruit Necklace and Cherry Bow with Heart Drop Earrings

Here I am wearing the earrings and the necklace! The earrings are just adorable. I also love how the necklace sits quite high on my chest (longer chained necklaces tend to get lost in the abyss that is my cleavage...) and the bright colours.  Perfect!

Dolly Cool Watermelon Rockabilly Hair Tie Head Scarf and Cherry and Polkadot Hair Bow

I also ordered some hair accessories - the Watermelon Rockabilly Hair Tie Head Scarf (£6.24) and the Cherry and Polkadot Hair Bow (£6.57), which features some realistic looking plastic cherries.

Dolly Cool Watermelon Rockabilly Hair Tie Head Scarf and Cherry and Polkadot Hair Bow

Here I am wearing the head scarf and the bow, which fastens with a crocodile clip.  Both items pop against my red hair and I can't get enough of those realistic cherries!

I was really impressed with the service and speed at which Clare made and posted out my items. None of it was too expensive and they make a real statement.  Shipping cost just £1.43.  I've also found another independent shop I want to make a purchase from through following Clare on Instagram, so we'll see who I feature next! :P

What's your favourite item from Dolly Cool?

Lush Oxford Street 2015: Yoga Bomb

Hi everyone!  Today's Lush Oxford Street review features a bath bomb I didn't expect much from.  However, it turned out to be a surprise favourite :)

Lush Yoga Bomb Review

Let's talk about Yoga Bomb!

Lush Yoga Bomb Review

Yoga Bomb is a large, spherical orange bath bomb.  It doesn't look particularly exciting, which is why I didn't expect much from it!

Lush Yoga Bomb Review

In the water, Yoga Bomb very quickly tints the water a sunny orange colour.  It also adds soft white foam to the surface of the bath.

Lush Yoga Bomb Review

The centre of the bomb contains a few other colours - blue, green and purple, which don't add much to the final colour of the water but add a pretty touch as they fizz away.  What I really enjoyed about Yoga Bomb was the delicious scent.  Cassie absolute, olibanum oil (frankincense), ho wood oil and sandalwood oil give it a sweet, warm and woody fragrance that I found really relaxing.

Lush Yoga Bomb Review

The water also went really sparkly, which always makes me happy!  There was glitter left on my skin afterwards but I don't mind this.  I was left smelling really sweet once I got out of this bath and it lasted for hours :)

When it comes to bath bombs, definitely don't judge a book by its cover.  Do you like the sound of Yoga Bomb?

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Crayon in Pack A Punch - Review & Swatches

Hi everyone!

Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Crayon in Pack A Punch Review

I was in an awful mood recently and I decided to rage shop.  I'm sure you've all been there.  Shopping when angry is never the wisest thing to do as I often end up buying things I don't really want or need... Luckily, on this occasion I ended up purchasing a gem of a product!

Let's talk about the Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Crayon in Pack A Punch :)

Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Crayon in Pack A Punch Review

Many, many brands have matte lip crayons on the market now, and the packaging of Barry M's offering isn't particularly groundbreaking.  It comes in a chunky crayon format with plastic colour coded to the shade.  I have the shade Pack A Punch here, which is the peach option, but there's also nude, pink, fuschia and red shades available.

Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Crayon in Pack A Punch Review

Of course, the pencil twists up from the bottom, and it has a pointed bullet for precise application.  There's a sort of sugar, candy fruity scent to it which appeals to my inner child and makes a change from the bog standard vanilla you usually get!

Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Crayon in Pack A Punch Review

Pack A Punch is a vibrant, almost neon pinky peachy coral - it's gorgeous and so summery.  As this is meant to be a matte lip crayon, it has a velvety yet balmy texture.  It's not a completely flat matte and leans more satin than anything, but I can definitely see why it has a matte label.  On the lips it is slightly sheer but can be built up and feels very comfortable on.  I love the pop of colour and the texture, plus it wears well too - around 4 hours without eating and drinking.

The matte lip offerings of many brands are now surprisingly balmy and comfortable, and Barry M have knocked it out of the park with this one.  For £4.99 you really can't go wrong and this has been my go to lip product of choice for the past couple of weeks.

Have you tried Barry M's Matte Me Up Lip Crayons?  What's your current favourite lipstick?

Monday, 27 July 2015

Mascara Monday: Collection No Clumps Mascara - Review

Hi everyone!  Today's mascara is one I picked up completely on a whim - I was actually picking up my medication from the pharmacy, which has a tiny little Collection stand.

Collection No Clumps Mascara Review

Collection No Clumps Mascara Review

The No Clumps mascara comes in a skinny red tube - it's not particularly exciting to look at, but the bright colour makes it easy to spot in my rather large makeup collection.  I believe this mascara comes in Black and Extra Black but I very much doubt there's much difference between the two shades!

Collection No Clumps Mascara brush

The brush on this is quite long and slender, with small rubber bristles that get shorter towards the tip.  This brush it designed to separate each lash and create defined, clump free lashes.  I really like this style of brush so we're off to a good start!

Collection No Clumps Mascara Review

Bare lashes

Collection No Clumps Mascara on lashes

With one coat of No Clumps.  This mascara ticks all of the boxes for me - it darkens and lengthens my lashes, plus adds definition and that 'flutter factor' I so enjoy!  It doesn't feel heavy or add a huge amount of volume, so if you like dramatic lashes this might not be the mascara for you.  However, this is just how I like my mascaras... it also costs just £2.99 so is an absolute steal!

I think Collection are one of the best budget beauty brands on the market - I've tried their glitter liquid eyeliner, blushers, face powder and lipsticks and really rate all of them.  I think I need to take another look at the Collection stand!

What mascara are you using at the moment?