Thursday, 18 December 2014

Selfridges Enchanted Spells Beauty Advent Calendar - Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Mascara

If you've been following my Instagram this month then you will know all about the Selfridges Enchanted Spells Beauty Advent Calendar that I have been opening each day so far. It's been jam-packed full of lots of beauty treats for me to get myself immersed in and some of them have been huge favourites already. This Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Mascara is definitely one of them.

I know I've raved recently about how there really isn't a need for spending loads of money on high end mascara when high street is just as good. But there's something about this product that really makes my lashes stand out. One guy friend of mine actually asked if I'd bought a new mascara because my lashes looked nice. If that doesn't tell you that this mascara is amazing, I don't know what will.

I think the combination of a perfectly curved wand which grabs every lash from root to tip, and the thickening yet lengthening qualities of the formula make this mascara a winning combination. However, one thing I have noticed is that it's perhaps not the easiest product to continuously work with when it comes to coats. Don't get me wrong - I think this product looks incredible with just one coat. But when I have gone back in a few times to separate the lashes from minor clumping, this has become a little tricky. On the other hand this hasn't really been an issue as the product pretty much nails the perfect look first time every time.

Plus, there's something about the formula which helps to hold a curl. My lashes look long and fluttering for the whole day which is something I absolutely love and always look for in a star mascara.

If I was pushed to find this product's weakness, I would have to note that I've seen minor flaking after a long day wearing Hypnôse Drama. But in reality, it's nothing I would write home about.

Over all I'm in love with this product. While I still stand by the fact that you can get perfectly good  mascaras on the high street, if you were to treat yourself, this would be the one to go for.

Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Mascara - £22 from Selfridges

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Rituals Brilliant Bliss Indian Rose and Shikakai Nourishing Ultra-Shine Shampoo


I was gifted this shampoo in a Rituals set for my birthday around a week ago. I've always been a massive fan of Rituals ever since I tried their Yogi Flow Foaming Shower Gel and fell in love years ago. So my friend was completely spot on when she picked this set out for me. I've loved everything so far. 

Recently my hair has really been in need of some TLC. It's been looking a little worn out and lifeless. However when I used the Birchbox Beauty Protector Protect and Treat Treatment Mask a little while ago, my locks perked up no end. A similar sort of thing has happened with this shampoo. Suddenly my hair felt full of life again and had its bounce back. Rituals certainly weren't lying when they said it makes hair ultra shiny either. The feel and look of my locks was improved so much that after one use I started to contemplate buying the full-sized product.

A little goes a long way with this product, as the shampoo really does lather up well. It feels really luxurious to use which gives it that added spa-like quality that I always feel I get from any Rituals product. It smells really similar to the Yogi Flow Shower Gel mentioned previously. However when you leave the bathroom, there isn't really a lingering scent left like you get with the body care products. The only result given is hair that feels light as a feather, squeaky clean and looking healthy - which I'm more than satisfied with.

Over all I'm excited to try the other products included in set which consist of a body cream and bath salts. If they're anything as good as these two products have been, I can imagine that Rituals will appear on many wish lists to come.

Rituals Brilliant Bliss Indian Rose and Shikakai Nourishing Ultra-Shine Shampoo - £9.50 from Amazon

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Elizabeth Arden Double Density Maximum Volume Mascara

I feel like it has been forever since I have tried a new mascara. There was a huge surge of new products around the beginning of Autumn time and then the makeup scene teetered off ready for the gift sets at Christmas.

However I got the chance to try this Elizabeth Arden mascara which has been on the market for a while now. It's always interesting to see how high end compares to high street. Normally I'm a loyal high street girl and a L'Oreal lover at that when it comes to mascara, but having never tried EA before, I believed mascara was as good of a place as any to start.. (apart from their  best selling Eight Hour Cream I suppose.. Nice to think outside the box though).

This mascara has a 'lash-enhancing formula which dramatically thickens lashes as it separates and defines'. All of this sang to me. The thicker and fuller the lashes, the better. It further claims to be easy to remove and last all day with a smudge-proof finish. Some of this I couldn't agree with more but other statements depend on personal choice.

With regards to the packaging, everything is lovely. It's quite simple and plain but has a classically chic edge. I like the gold-door detailing on the top of the cap which is signature to EA and the fine gold writing on the tube gives the product an elegant touch. The wand itself was pretty standard which meant that over all it was easy to use and was perfect for a fuss free makeup routine in the morning. Separating the lashes couldn't have been more hassle-free. A quick wiggle of the wand at the base of the lashes was all that was required.

But unfortunately I didn't find this mascara to be terribly thickening. There certainly was a little bit of volume added but it was all very natural looking. I wouldn't say that this product gave the bold and dramatic look that I was certainly looking and hoping for. The formulation seemed rather thin and in relation my lashes looked quite thin as well.

I can't say that the product helped to hold a curl in my lashes either. Within an hour they were definitely starting to droop. This was a shame as I had hoped that with such a light consistency, the lashes might have been able to hold a curl for longer.

Having said all this, the claims that this mascara is smudge proof and easy to remove are completely true. I never had any issues with flaking at all and when it came to removal, no scrubbing was needed. A small amount of my Taaj cleanser worked wonders without any effort whatsoever.

Over all I am again not convinced by high end mascaras. Trust me girls - save your money and buy high street. If you want to splurge, skincare is definitely the way to go.

Elizabeth Arden Double Density Maximum Volume Mascara* - £7.99 from Direct Cosmetics

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Birchbox Review - Beauty Protector Protect and Treat Treatment Mask

Beauty Protector is fast becoming a favourite discovery of mine through the Birchbox beauty subscription service. I've had 3 or 4 product from them now and tend to love every single one for similar reasons. The products smell great, they make my hair feel nice and ultimately look nice at the end of washing or styling. This little wonder is no exception. Designed by professional hair stylists, this masks is a marvel for my locks and ends.

The treatment mask came in two small shot-like pots - a single use in each one. Once I opened the lid I saw a pink paste. It was quite thick and creamy which I often look for in nourishing masks. Plus there was a lot of product to go around. Since I have reasonably thick hair, I wanted a product that would cover every inch and not leave my locks asking for more. Made with a mixture of Argan Oil, Honey, Amber and Crushed Pearls amongst other ingredients, it sings with positivity and is cruelty free.

I smothered the treatment onto the lengths and ends of my hair generously after shampooing and left it on for around 10 minutes. The mask recommended 20 minutes but realistically who has time for that? I'm certainly not going to stand around in the shower for that long, waiting for the mask to do it's magic. And frankly it worked perfectly well in the time I had.

When I washed it out I was feeling a bit dubious. The mask seemed to cling to my hair and make it feel quite thick. I felt like there was just no budging it so I ended up using a 10 pence-piece of my normal conditioner to rinse out the remaining product. This didn't really make too much of a difference so in the end I decided to just go with the flow.

Well, I'm happy I did, because my hair hasn't felt this healthy in months! All of the life and volume has come back into it. It's feeling thick and full again. The shine is fabulous and my hair feels silky smooth. I can't really sense much of a scent from the mask anymore which is unusual as Beauty Protector products tend to leave back a strong candy essence behind. But I'm not disheartened by that. The effects of the mask itself are enough of a reward.

Over all I'm absolutely smitten with this mask and will certainly be adding it to my haircare routine whenever my locks need a little pick-me-up.

Beauty Protector Protect and Treat Treatment Mask - £16 from Birchbox

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

NOTD - Nicole by OPI in The Gold Shoulder

Apologies for the picture quality here. I had one of those moments where I remembered I'd taken a picture of the polish and then moved on to other things, then came back and remembered the picture wasn't that great. In the meantime I'd painted my nails a different shade and had no time to go back and repaint them, so unfortunately this is what I'm stuck with. Hopefully it gives you a good enough idea of what the polish looks like on. It definitely gets across one of my key points about this colour - that it's more silver than gold.

In the bottle before I first painted it, it looked a mixture of the two. There was definitely a strong silver element about it. However this was broken up by the gold and bronze shimmer running through it. It genuinely looked like a perfect combination of the two and perfect for Christmas - it's all about the metallics and reds.

Other than the fact that it turned out to be slightly more silver, I did really enjoy wearing it. As you will know by my post earlier this week on Girl Talk, Nicole by OPI polishes have a fantastic formula, as you would expect from any OPI polish. It's hard wearing and doesn't chip so long as you apply two-three coats and apply a topcoat to lock everything in.

Overall, another great polish and another great price. Definitely recommend you checking these out.

The Gold Shoulder by Nicole by OPI* - £1.99 from Direct Cosmetics

Monday, 1 December 2014

Book Worm #22 - Blog Tour - Breaking Love by MJ Summers

If you were reading my blog about a week a go you will know all about MJ Summers. Her first novel in the Full Hearts series, Break in Two had me absolutely hooked and enraptured by her characters. Breaking Love is the second in that series and while the main characters are a spin off smaller characters from the first book, this novel has been no let down. 

At first I will certainly admit that it was a little hard to get into. I was craving more Claire and Cole from the first book and wasn't really in love with Luc, the main character in Breaking Love. But as the story progressed on, MJ Summers worked her magic yet again and left me hanging on for the third book which is being released April next year.

For now though, let me tell you some more about Luc.

Luc Chavellier is a rich business man who owns many clubs around the world. He's a typical ladies man and loves his lifestyle. At 41, he has no plans of ever settling down as he feels that isn't for him.

Megan is a single mum, living in Colorado, raising a little 6 year old called Elliot. She's band herself from ever falling in love again after her pro-baseballer ex-husband got hurt in an accident and became addicted to his pain medication.

But when Megan's friend Harper invites her on a business trip to Paris, Megan finally gets a taste of what it's like to have a man in her life again, as Luc wines and dines her in a night of passion. Little did Luc know that Megan would awaken feelings in him that were long dormant. Does Luc now want to change everything for this woman and live a life he's always avoided?

As I say, the beginning of the book took some getting into. Up until the point that Megan and Luc got serious, I didn't think this book could rival the first in this series. But after that I really started to get into it. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that Luc started to become a more loveable and relatable character, which made me more drawn to their story - hopeless romantic I know.

The relationship Megan has with her Mum Helen is one that I really liked as well. MJ introduced some really good humour here which made me laugh on quite a few occassions. I love that there still seems to be progression in her writing. Some novels I find really easy to read where others can be a hard slog but both of the Full Hearts series so far have been effortless. The description is really detailed and I can always imagine exactly what's happening in my mind. I reckon these books could definitely make really lovely films. It's been a while since a good romance has come out so we're definitely due one.

Over all I really couldn't recommend this series enough and can't wait for the next release next year.
If you've read any of MJ Summer's books, let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Breaking Love by MJ Summers* - £8.99 for Papberback and £2.99 for Kindle from Amazon

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Birchbox Review - Pixi Shea Butter Lip in Honey Nectar

I love me some lip balms. In fact I would probably go as far to say that lip balms are my personal favourites in the add-ons of the beauty world - not including the likes of foundation and concealer.

So having said that I am sure you can understand why I was thrilled to get a balm in last month's Birchbox and one I knew nothing about too.

Although I have heard of Pixi as a brand before and tried out their classic Glow Tonic when it went viral a few years back, I have never really tried any of their makeup products. Therefore I was excited to get the chance to experience this side of the brand first hand with a product I will really get use out of.

The name of the lip balm instantly made me think of moisture. Shea Butter tend to be quite nourishing so this product held promise from the start. Hydration is just what I need to save my lips from the cold harsh weather we have outside.

The colour was very appealing too - a my lips but better shade that I could definitely get on board with.

The packaging, although nice, frustrated me a little. The twist up mechanism isn't very tight and therefore the product kept winding itself back down every time I tried to apply it. I'm not sure if this is a fault of mine or if all of these lip balms have the same issue. Either way it certainly made application slightly more challenging, but nothing that would put me off using this!

Over all the formulation is very nice and one I really enjoy wearing. Although it isn't the most moisturising lip product I own, the sheer colour is beautiful and leaves your lips with a subtle and healthy sheen. It has become my go-to product for everyday wear without fail.

I would certainly recommend it to fellow lip balm lovers, although it is advised that reapplication is certainly needed to keep the hydration throughout the day.

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Honey Nectar - £7.04 from Beautybay

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Book Worm #21 Break In Two by MJ Summers

The Edge of Beauty is certainly looking more and more like a book review website at the moment. But I have just read MJ Summer's first book in the Full Hearts Series, Break in Two, and fell in love with it so much that I had to tell you about it.

This has to be one of the best romance books that I've read. I would go as far to say that this novel rivals the likes of Nicholas Sparks books and the best of the best in this genre. I couldn't get enough of all of the characters and expect you will feel the same after reading this.

Claire has just had her heart broken by her idiot ex, Antonio. Fleeing their house after he never came home lead Claire to Colorado and her new job at a ranch there as head chef.

Little did Claire know that one of the perks of the job was an insanely hot boss. When Claire is working and living in the same place, she knows how dangerous it can be to add play into the equation as well. But there's something about Cole that draws her in - she just can't keep away.

 When Cole reveals he feels the same, things get heated very quickly. Not knowing each other for very long, they suddenly get in very deep and have to deal with some real life-changers. Will their love last or will it be gone as quick as it came?

Cole was such a compelling character, as was Claire. They both share an incredible bond in the book which is emphasised by MJ's fantastic use of descriptive language. You are made to feel like you're part of their lives and living every day with them - not knowing what will happen next just like they don't. I definitely felt like the book had enough twists and turns to always keep you on your toes and wondering what would happen next, just like a good Nicholas Sparks book would have.

The magic of MJ's writing is really in her style. It flows so incredibly well, which makes reading the book even more enjoyable than it already was. She certainly gave the impossible-to-put-down factor with this book. I can't even remember the last time I finished a book and sincerely wanted there to be a second novel straight away.

Unfortunately with the way this book ended, there wasn't really a line up for a sequel Claire and Cole. However, another character called Luc has been carried on to create the second book in the Full Hearts Series called Breaking Love. I am currently reading that one and will review it very soon. But let's be honest, if it's anything near as good as Break in Two I am going to be singing MJ Summer's praises from the rooftop. I'm addicted to her books and can't wait to get going on the rest of this series.

Break in Two by MJ Summers* - £7.10 for Paperback/£2.99 for Kindle version from Amazon

Monday, 24 November 2014

NOTD - Girl Talk by Nicole by OPI

How beautiful is this shade? It's absolutely perfect for this time of year. I love burgundy all year round but especially at Christmas, or just before when the leaves are falling and everything feels autumnal.

I've never tried a Nicole by OPI shade before (Nicole being Nicole Scherzinger), but have plenty of experience with OPI and love their formulation. This polish is no different. I wore it for over a week before it started chipping which is incredible considering how hard on I am on my nails at times. It looked incredibly glossy which made the overall look a lot more professional. But that was further aided by a great shaped brush, meaning that the application was easy to do neatly and with precision.

I genuinely love this polish. It's sold for such a reasonable price too which always helps. I'll definitely be interested in getting some more of these polishes in the future.

Girl Talk by Nicole by OPI* - £1.99 from Direct Cosmetics

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Book Worm #20 - Blog Tour - Hard Time by Cara McKenna

I'm always interested to read a good romance novel so when I was approached with an opportunity to review Cara Mckenna's new book Hard Time, I jumped at the chance.

Unlike many other books of this genre, it offered the twist of a plot with an unlikely relationship and the journey it takes. This is initially what drew me in and kept me reading until the very end.

Annie Greenhouse moved to the new town of Darren, MI, to try and forget the troubles of an abusive relationship she left behind. Taking a job at a prison, love wasn't likely to be on the horizon any time soon. But she ends up learning that love can be found in unexpected places as she grows ever closer to Eric Collier - an inmate at Cousins Prison.

Suddenly she finds herself taking risks by smuggling love letters into work and living off the highs from the racy replies that Eric provides. But can a love like this exist in the real world? She's soon to find out. 

When Eric gets parol and is released from prison, Annie gets a reality check about how much she really knows about Eric and if she wants to get in deep with a bad boy all over again.

The complexity of their relationship is what really interested me and spurred me on to read the book. I got excited about seeing how their relationship would pan out and how she'd deal with suddenly being forced together.

But unfortunately it wasn't quite what I expected. Although the book was easy and enjoyable to read, I felt as though I almost missed the point. There was no beginning, middle and end for me. There wasn't a plot, as such, about what the characters had to overcome. It just felt like I was living their daily lives with them for a little while.

Sure you got to see how Annie dealt with the release of her convict lover but this doesn't really seem enough to base a whole book on. There wasn't much meat to the book to get really wrapped up in and curious about - no climax and hence curiosity about what would happen next. Personally, I prefer to be kept on my toes by a book - always wondering what happens next. But this book almost flowed too much. It naturally lead from one thing to the next without any real highs or lows.

In the last couple of chapters my interest peaked the most, as it seemed all of the drama happened then. But this was one of those books where I looked at how many pages were left and wondered how anything significant enough could happen in so few pages to explain its aim.

What was nice was that Cara has bought a new character to the plate and in turn a different kind of romance. She's made the most unlikely of characters - a convict - into one to relate to and in turn that was really interesting. I just feel that the storyline needed that little extra twist or turn to give it the edge it was lacking.

Hard Time by Cara McKenna* - £7.20 for Paperback £3.99 for Kindle from Amazon

Monday, 27 October 2014

Herbal Essences Uplifting Volume Dry Shampoo

As soon as I saw that one of my favourite shampoo brands was releasing a dry shampoo, I couldn't have been happier. Although I don't tend to use dry shampoo on a regular basis, it can be a life saver for those times when my hair really needs an instant pick me up and I simply don't have the time to wash it. Alternatively it's great for adding a bit of texture and volume. I use it for both of these reasons and had high hopes that this product would live up to the high standards this brand had already set out.

However I turned out to be extremely disappointed with this product. It ended up making my hair feel even more dirty than when I first started out, completely defeating the object.

Once applied to my hair, I was initially pleased that it didn't leave the typical grey cast that general non-coloured dry shampoos leave. I really liked the gorgeous citrusy scent that the product had which seemed to linger for a while. But when I got to work massaging the product in, it genuinely just felt as if I was rubbing lard into my locks. The texture was so thick and heavy - not a pleasant experience at all.

I only paid £1.99 for this bottle as it was on offer for 1/3 off at boots. This helps to ease my mind as it wasn't terribly expensive. But I am still really surprised that I didn't get on with it at all as it's from such a respected brand.

I still enjoy using Herbal Essences products and will continue to buy their shampoos for the shower. However when it comes to styling outside of the bathroom, I think other brands like Lee Stafford are  better.

Does this product work better for thinner hair? If you have any experience with it then please let me know in the comments below.

Herbal Essences Uplifting Volume Dry Shampoo - £1.99 from Boots

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Birchbox Review - Benefit It's Potent Eye Cream

As usual Birchbox hit the nail on the head. I was just running out of my Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream which I received in a Birchbox previously when this arrived on my doorstep. Although it's lovely to receive products from unknown brands, it's always nice when you spot a bit of something you know and like already. Benefit is a hugely respected beauty brand and I knew I was going to love the product instantly. I've tried some of their makeup before but never really got around to testing their skincare as I tend to be a little picker when it comes to that. However, now I have I'm completely hooked and can't wait to try more from their skincare line. If it's as good as this eye cream, I'm sure it'll be to die for.

I was impressed with the sample size and really appreciated that it was nicely packaged. It's one of my favourite things when a brand takes the time to package the sample just as well as the product itself so that you feel you're getting the full experience each time you try something. The tiny glass pot is perfect for travelling so it came in handy on my recent holiday to Turkey.

The eye cream itself is more of a cream-lotion type of consistancy. It's got a bit of a gel feel to it too so I guess it's really a mixture of them all. When I first tested it out it felt pretty greasy under my eye but it was soon absorbed into the skin without any worries at all.

I must admit, I had a fair bit of scepticism when I read that this product could help with dark under eye circles and lines. I generally don't suffer from dark circles but recently I've been burning the candle at both ends and therefore needed a pick-me-up product that would help me look more awake. So you'll understand when I say I was really happy to discover this product did exactly what it claimed to do. It was great at de-puffing my eyes in the morning along with hydrating them and making me look more alive. High 5 to Benefit for that because it isn't an easy task to do.

After realising all the claims for the cream were true, my final test was to see how well it would sit under makeup. Well, brilliantly was the answer. By keeping the skin thoroughly hydrated throughout the day I didn't suffer with my makeup looking dry or cakey at all. Hallelujah!

Thanks so much to Birchbox for introducing me to this product and to Benefit for creating what's likely to become a holy grail item for me. I love it and I can't wait to use it more!

Benefit It's Potent Eye Cream - £25.50 from Birchbox

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Birchbox Review - Modelco Lip Lacquer in Viva

This month Birchbox gave subscribers the chance to pick one of their products before it came in the September box. The choice was between two shades of lip gloss and a mascara by ModelCo. Naturally I would go for the mascara as I love a good lash product but for some reason the lip gloss drew me in this time. Viva Lip Lacquer really caught my eye so I was happy to receive it and couldn't wait to test it out.

First impressions were that the sample was a decent size - perfect for handbag use and travelling. When I twisted off the cap, the product itself seemed a little gloopy but I wanted to give it a good trial before discounting anything.

Applied with a doe-foot applicator, this lip lacquer leans more towards a gloss than a lipstick or balm. The colour is sheer but has a beautiful peachy-pink punch to it. The gloss looks lovely as glosses generally do, but what puts me off them is how sticky they are and this one can be just that unfortunately. It's definitely a product where your hair will get stuck to your face when the wind blows. Having said that, if you're saying inside, this is the perfect pout product to use to give your face a fresh and flawless finish.

During the day it wears just like any other gloss would and needs reapplying. It does tend to wear quite comfortably but towards the end I do find myself chewing on my lips (ew, gross, i know) because I feel like something is laying on them that I want to get off. That's probably just me and with some reapplication I'm sure there wouldn't be an issue.

Over all, I'd say as glosses go this is a nice one. I'm not particularly a gloss girl for the sticky hair situation along with the after-feeling but I do like this and have worn it a few times now.

Modelco Lip Lacquer in Viva - £15 from Birchbox

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

September Mags - This Month's Best Bits!

Company - (October Issue) - Left
Top and Skirt / Shampoo / Eye Rollerball / Bag / Brow Gel / Perfume

Elle - (October Issue) - Right
Wand / Top / Nail Polish

Instyle - (October Issue) - Left
Coats / Lip Scrub / Moisturiser / Haircare

Cosmopolitan - (October Issue) - Right
Boots / Scrub

Glamour - (October Issue)
Face Tan / BB Cream / Lip Product / Foundation / Haircare / Treatment / Milk
Nail Polish / Scrub / Nail Polish / Book / Scrub

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

It's going to be a LUSH Christmas 2014

Apologies for all the festive coloured spots. I think I got a little bit carried away by the whole excitement of Christmas. Yes, my mind is set on Christmas already and apparently so is Lush! They've got a whole new range of gorgeous products coming out on October 4th this year and I simply can not wait to get my hands on them. There's everything from Bathbombs to Bubble Bars as well as scrumptious Soaps and more!

The newest Bathbombs are the Dashing Santa which fills your bath with citrus Christmas Satsuma and  Butterbear which contains sweet Cocoa Butter and Vanilla. Personally the Butterbear instantly appealed to me as that creamy and moisturising yet sweet and relaxing combination is exactly what I want all year round but especially at my favourite time of year - Christmas.

Having said that, if you're more of a Bubble Bar kind of person, you won't be disappointed. There are 3 new additions to their already fabulous line. First we have the Christmas Hedgehog with Shea, Cococa and Rose. Next there's Drummers Drumming which features a fresh Strawberry scent along with Bergamot, Geranium and Olibanum Oil and last but not least Holly Go Lightly which smells of Cinnamon (my favourite Christmas spice) along with Lime and Patchouli. Is your mind boggling with which one you want to try first? Mine certainly is. But that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to newness in store. The Soap selection is just as magical.

Yog Nog Soap, inspired by that famous Christmas drink Egg Nog, is completely vegan. It contains a creamy blend of Clove Bud Oil and Ylang Ylang to soften the skin whilst the Christmas fairy dusts it with some Nutmeg and Cocoa Powder to really get the festive feeling flowing. If you perhaps prefer something a little more fruity, the Reindeer Rock Soap might be the one for you. Whilst it's packed with Lush's best selling Comforter fragrance with Bergamot and Cypress Oil, it's decorated with a dusting of Crushed Raspberry Sparkle and Snowflake Lustre to make you feel like a pampered princess. Last but not least for the new Lush soaps is Baked Alaska. Perhaps the most exciting of all, this little soap contains hidden snowballs which create a fresh aroma of Organic Lemon Myrtle, Ylang Ylang and Grapefruit. Now that's the kind of sensory snowball I want thrown at me.

Finally, we have a new Bath Melt to welcome. The pretty little Snow Angel adds a fizz to your evening routine. I can imagine this being the perfect product to use on Christmas Eve. Once the golden layer has melted away, you're left with skin that has a beautiful, radiant glow. Meanwhile the Fair Trade Cocoa Butter gets to work nourishing and pampering every last inch. This is all bought together by the relaxing fragrance of Rose - perfect for calming the night before excitement of Christmas Eve and helping you get the beauty sleep you need.

If all of that wasn't enough, you can count on Lush to bring out an amazing range of gift sets that will be perfect for treating the loved ones around you. Thanks to Lush, it looks like Christmas 2014 is going to be as shimmery and magical as ever.

So which products have caught your eye so far? Let me know in the comments below :)

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Birchbox Review - Number Four Super Comb Prep & Protect Leave In Conditioner

I was really excited when I noticed I had another N.4 product in my Birchbox last month. After discovering their Non-Aerosol Hairspray through Birchbox previously and loving it, I was really looking forward to trying something else from the brand. A leave-in conditioner is such a useful product to have that everyone can use, so I figured that it was a great product to progress onto. Plus trying this gave me the chance to test wet styling rather than dry styling instead.

The product was really simple to use. All it requires is to be sprayed into towel-dried hair and then blow-dried as normal. After use, hair should be stronger and less tangled.

But unfortunately this product just didn't seem to do what it says on the bottle. I found that my head was quite itchy for the days leading up to my next hair wash and ironically my locks had never been so knotty. I'd find huge knots in it throughout the day that I've never experienced before. Strands of hair broke just as easily and over all my hair didn't actually look like it's in better condition. If anything it looks slightly worse of wear.

Obviously I only used this a few times before putting it to one side as clearly it's not the product for me. It might work better on thinner hair but simply wasn't compatible with my thicker locks. Although this product hasn't worked out for me, I've not been put off trying other products from the brand as I loved their hairspray so much. I think I will stick to that product in the meantime.

Number Four Super Comb Prep & Protect Leave In Conditioner - £20 from Birchbox

Monday, 8 September 2014

Book Worm #19 - Book Tour - The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

I've certainly been getting my head down recently and doing some serious reading. You may have seen my Book Worm the other week about The Destroyer by Warren Murphy which I wasn't overly fond of. Well, this book couldn't have been a more polar opposite in terms of story line and enjoyment. It was completely up my street. I found it effortless and compelling to read.

I've read a few Nicholas Sparks books and they've all been incredible. The style of his writing is so smooth and easy to digest. Certain aspects of this book reminded me a lot of the plot behind one of his other books, Safe Haven. Though having said that, there were definitely some twists and turns, as there often are in Mr Sparks books, which keep you gripped and guessing until the very end. 

Dawson and Amanda fell in love when they were just teenagers. But coming from a small town where everyone knows everyone, their last names destined them to be apart forever. 

After going their separate ways all those years ago, life went on as usual until one phone call changed their lives forever. After the death of their dear friend, both Dawson and Amanda travelled back home to be reunited once again. Finding out that the spark was still there lead to difficult choices for them both. But could their love stand the test of time or would their chance to be together pass them by once more?

From all my past Book Worm posts you probably know that I'm a sucker for a romance and this novel delivers on every aspect. You get to know both of the main characters very well and it's very easy to relate to their struggles and hardships. 

I can't wait for the movie of this book to come out so I can compare it to the scenes acting out in my head as I read this book. One thing Nicolas certainly achieves is description which really lets your imagination run wild. 

With an unexpected twist at the end which keeps you hanging on until the last page, you are guaranteed to be entertained the whole way through. This is certainly worth picking up on your next Waterstones trip, or of course downloading from the Kindle book store as something to read on the train home from work.

The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks* - £5.49 for Kindle Edition from Amazon
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