Wednesday, 11 December 2013

♡Lush Christmas♡

Lush is a company whose products are spoken about a lot by bloggers, everyone is in love with their products and why wouldn't you be?! Everything that they sell is amazing but I thought I would give you guys a little more of an understanding as to why they are such a great company to support.

Lush have said again and again that they don't support animal testing whatsoever and it's great to see a company practice what they preach:
Not only is LUSH passionate about the animal testing policy, our passion also extends to the commitment we have to sourcing ingredients from suppliers that are congruent with our ethics and standards”.
All of their products are vegan as well, which ensures that no form of animal derived products were used and no animals were harmed in any part of the production process. Their products are made from ethically sourced ingredients, handmade fresh locally, their products help reduce landfill and they support grassroots charities!

They have had a countless amount of campaigns that show that they aren't afraid to make an impression as each campaign has been very 'in your face' and actually make an impact. An example of this is a campaign that they did a few years ago where they hired a female actor and in the window of their busiest store in London had someone treat her as if she was an animal undergoing animal testing. This received many positive and negative responses BUT at the end of the day it brought more attention to the issue and had  a lot more people signing petitions. They don't only have campaigns about issues relating to the use of animals in the beauty world but also for topics like marriage equality and asylum seekers. 
I absolutely love Lush and I always look forward to their Christmas range. Here are some of their Christmas range products that I recommend.

Sandy Santa Scrub
This limited edition sugar scrub scrubs away dry skin and exfoliates to leave your skin silky-smooth and smelling gorgeous. This year Lush have added coconut oil and butters, such as murumuru and organic shea butter, which makes it more beneficial for you skin. It is scented with a combination of orange, rosewood, and sandalwood oils that not only give it it's beautiful scent but also hydrates the skin as you scrub. I have really dry skin so am careful when it comes to scented products and exfoliators but this actually works really well for my skin!

Father Christmas Bath Ballistic
This is an zesty smelling bath bomb has mandarin oil, bergamot oil and orange blossom absolute in it which, like all Lush products is really relaxing and beneficial for your body. When you drop him into your bathtub he turns the water from a brilliant red to a deep green and is great for the skin!

Star Light, Star Bright Bath Melt
This bath melt contains cocoa butter, extra virgin coconut oil, Chinese ginger oil, Persian lime oil, lavender oil and a fondant shea butter centre, meaning it is a super moisturising product that is really amazing on the skin and, of course, smells amazing too. 
 When the star slowly melts it leaves a silvery lustre across the water in a magical trail of starlight through turquoise coloured water. This is definitely one of my favourites because it's so much fun but isn't necessarily practical as the glitter stays on your skin!

Best Wishes Gift
The Best Wishes Gift was first created a few years ago and is deemed a "Christmas classic" as it includes some of Lush's most iconic Christmas products.
It contains a Luxury Lush Pud  which has the same fragrance as their Twilight bath bomb (which I love). It's made with lavender oil which is known to calm the mind and help with getting a good nights sleep.
It also includes the Golden Wonder Bath Bomb which smells of lime and sweet orange oils.
Lastly, it also has a Snowcake Soap bar which smells of marzipan, which is absolutely delicious and is always so tempting to eat!
All of these products are really moisturisng and cleansing for the skin.

Christmas Candy Box
This box is one of my absolute favourites!! All of the products in it are sweet and candy scented so it really does feel like you're using lollies in the bath and shower, if you or the person you're buying for isn't a fan of sweet scents then this isn't the gift box to buy.
It includes their Rockstar Soap which is really creamy and smells distinctly of vanilla, it's so lovely.
The Candy Mountain Bubble Bar is very fragrant with its matching vanilla scent and creates very fluffy  bubbles in the bath.
Their Popcorn Lip Scrub is sweet and salty and does a really good job at exfoliating lips and helps hydrate lips with the coconut and jojoba oils that it has in it.
Snow Fairy Shower Gel is extra fruity and sparkly with, yet again, a sweet vanilla scent that I find really comforting. You can wash both your body and your hair with it and is very moisturising.
Last, but not least, their Snowman Bath Bomb! It is infused with cocoa butter to make sure that  your skin stays soft and hydrated and the aroma is a 'blissful vanilla'.
I'm sensing a theme in this box...
What is your favourite Lush product or what is the next product on your list?

Monday, 9 December 2013

♡Christmas Presents for the Men in Your Life♡

Sometimes it can be extra hard buying gifts for the men in our lives, especially when they tell you that they don't want anything at all *eh hem dad this is directed at you*.
Here are just some ideas to get the creative juices flowing when it comes to present buying and of course these presents aren't gender specific. Good luck!

1. ASOS Laptop Case with Straps for those whose main companion is their trusty laptop. Perfect for those men who take their laptops on coffee dates.

2. New Look Dragon Claw Slippers are great for those warmer months, not only are they practical but they're also really cute!... Or should I say really cool.

3. Do you have a  man in your life who thinks he knows everything? Surprise him with the Mensa Genius Test

4. Han Solo Frozen Iphone Case for any of those Star Wars lovers in your life.

5. The Endless Edges Brownie Pan is perhaps one of the greatest things ever invented. Whatever will people come up with next?! Seriously, the thought of a batch of brownies that all have delicious edges is exciting. I'm sure any man in your life will think the same thing.

6. The Viewable Root Garden is really cool, it's a unique way to display whatever produce someone chooses to grow - it's great for anyone out there with a green thumb!

7. Stereo Turntable with Built in Speakers - music lovers will love you for this one and will definitely be impressed. One of the best sounds is music playing from a record, you could possibly buy them a few records to go with it.

8. Does it take a lot of effort to get a man in your life up in the morning? The Defusable Bomb Alarm Clock makes that task a little more exciting.

Saturday, 7 December 2013

♡Bracelet Review/Christmas Present Idea!♡

I've been meaning to write this for a some time now but a little while ago I won a bracelet from Steph, who is a wonderful woman that I first came across through her tumblr, which I love, then her instagram and finally her etsy.

I am a massive fan of jewellery, I decorate myself as much as possible. A 'minimum jewellery day' for me is my 12 rings that I wear, earrings, my two necklaces that I never take off and the braided bracelets, or friendship bracelets, that I also never take off.

I was so excited to win a braided bracelet from Steph, it meant adding another to my collection. They're all so unique with cute little charms and gorgeous colours, I've got to say I am obsessed!

Steph is so lovely and even asked me what bracelet I wanted but in the end she sent me one that wasn't even stocked in her store, a bracelet with a lovely little elephant! I am in love with it as elephants are one of my favourite animals and remind me of my trips overseas. It also features some of my favourite colours, pink and purple. I have a tiny wrist but it ties up on my wrist perfectly and is really well made. It arrived in the mail really quickly, with a really sweet card and a business card that has Jimi Hendrix on it. Honestly, I could go on forever about how much I love it. I think I have a little bit of a girl crush developing.

I definitely think that a bracelet from Steph would be an amazing Christmas present for someone, they are so thoughtful and affordable as well! You should all definitely give her etsy a look, you won't be disappointed. Thanks Steph! xx
*I spilt a tiny bit of water on the card, my bad! Also, please ignore my terrible nails*

Thursday, 5 December 2013

♡Christmas Gifts Under $25♡

First things first, I just found out that I passed my first year of uni!! I was so worried that I was going to fail a subject or two so my brother ever so kindly read my email to tell me the news. I am so relieved!

Now onto the good stuff, Christmas gifts ideas from ASOS for those lovely women in your life!

1. What do you get the friend who has everything and a great sense of humour? The book Awkward Family Pet Photos. The title is pretty much self explanatory. ~ $22.85

2. I absolutely love tattoos, I find them incredibly interesting and beautiful when done correctly. Does a women in your life need inspiration? The Painted Lady Book is perfect for them. ~ $19.03

3. Lanterns are a fun way to decorate and the Paisley Park Paper Lampshade's are so lovely! So are the Pink Spot Lampshade's and the Blue Spot Lampshade's! ~ $9.52

4. Got a writer on your hands? Well here's a beautiful StudioSarah Medium Desktop Notebook for them to scribble away in. ~ $20.95

5. I absolutely love the colours on this Tender Love & Carry ASOS Exclusive Rainbow Cloud Make Up Bag! I'm sure a woman in your life would too. ~ $22.85

6. I am a bit obsessed with candles, I think smell is a very important part of creating a certain setting and a Patisserie De Bain Winter Wonderland Scented Candle would help do just that. The scent is even inspired by Christmas! Very festive.~ $22.85

7. Looking for something both cute and useful? How about a Metallic Owl Lip Balm Duo? They're perfect to slip in the handbag and every time your friend uses them they'll think of you. ~$13.33

8. If there's a traveller in your life how about helping them look a little bit more stylish with this ASOS Passport Holder In Crackle Metallic. What's even better about this gift is that it isn't real leather so no animals were hurt in its creation! ~ $15.24

9. Wanting to buy something to add to your friends collection of things for the kitchen? Then here's an incredibly adorable Baking Mould Heart Milk Chocolate. ~ $11.43

10. Last, but not least, a nourishing Pixi Icy Eye Palette for those little pixies in your life who love to experiment with their make up. ~ $20.95

Good luck Christmas present shopping!

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