Butterball bath bomb from Lush

Monday, October 28, 2019

It's been almost 3 years since my last Lush product review. They were an old favourite back when my blog was a wee bairn. 

I actually haven't used Lush products for a long time - I found myself spending a small fortune on bath bombs each month and I knew I had to slow down, but instead I just stopped completely. They weren't items I needed, and I began to enjoy simple baths more - a handful of epsom salts and some gentle zero fragrance bubble bath was (and still is) my go-to.

Over the years I've become more and more wary of what products I use in the bath and shower.  Some products can be irritating to intimate areas and I'd like to avoid that, and even though Lush products are completely safe to use around those areas (even their glitter is safe) I didn't want to dive straight back into something overly scented or overly shimmery. I went with an employee's advice and eased myself back into the Bath Bomb Club with a classic Butterball.

Butterball is one of my favourite bath bombs because it's fuss-free. It's colourless, shimmer-less, and has a wonderful relaxing scent that could send me straight to sleep. As it fizzes, it releases blobs of nourishing cocoa butter onto the surface of the water until it eventually melts onto your skin. Bliss.

If you have dry, sensitive or irritated skin, this is the bath bomb to replenish it. Once the cocoa butter pieces have melted, your skin will be coated by a light buttery film that smells good enough to eat. Ylang ylang is used in aromatherapy to treat stress and depression, as well as relaxing the nervous system, and relieves anger, panic and fear. X

Butterball will always be a firm favourite of mine. The smell is divine, the ingredients don't irritate me, and the feel of my skin afterwards makes me feel like a silky goddess.

Outfits inspired by interiors

Sunday, October 27, 2019

The thing I love the most about interior design and fashion is being able to have fun and experiment with different colour combinations, patterns and textures. I love expressing my style and tastes through the clothes I wear and the way my home looks. 

I found five amazing interior images from Pinterest that I felt would be great to base an outfit around. I went for interiors that had interesting colours, patterns or textures so I could showcase various different kinds of looks. I'm inspired by so many different fashion and interior styles and my tastes are very broad so I found selecting the pieces for each interior a lot of fun, and once you come across that one item that makes you go !!!!!, the outfit all falls into place like dominoes.

Hope you like the looks I've put together! Interior images are credited.

1. Blush & Black Velvet

2. Seafoam with Golden Accents

3. Art Deco with Pops of Colour

4. Plum & Sand

5. Vintage Tones with Checkered Details 

Beautiful moody kitchens

Saturday, October 19, 2019

I love dark kitchens, especially those that get a lot of natural daylight. There's something about that pale light hitting dark cabinetry and walls, highlighting the undertones and bringing out their richness, that brings me a lot of joy. Makes the interior design bit of my brain do a happy dance.

I adore natural stone flooring, brassy hardware, dark wood countertops, open shelving and grey wash walls that are prevalent in these kinds of kitchens. Those features make a space feel calming and relaxing, ideal for those who spend a lot of time in the kitchen with company and want to make their home feel welcoming. In the evenings, dark kitchens cry out for some candlelight or some dimmed down pendant lighting.

Kitchens are known as the heart of the home so it's important that they are functional and beautiful.

I've picked a few of my favourite kitchens I've come across on Pinterest and Tumblr that demonstrates this moody look best, including a lovely historic kitchen at the end.

New find: elf+ Coco Glow Cloud Highlighter

Friday, October 18, 2019

elf+ Coco Glow Cloud Highlighter in the shade Moonlight Glow - £7.50

You know when you buy a beauty product on a whim not having a clue how it performs but are willing to risk it and it ends up being one of the greatest products you've ever used? Yeah, this is that product.

I found this highlighter in TK Maxx and thought I'd pick it up because I was drawn to the cutesy packaging and the beautiful pearly-pinky-champagne shade. I am a bit of a highlighter freak and currently have 3 on the go, but I couldn't put this one down. The colour (and price at TK Maxx, £2.50!) drew me in.

I had no clue until I opened it in the car that it has quite a strong coconut scent - I love this, but it's strong so if anyone is funny with scents in make-up I'd give this one a miss. The formula itself is infused with coconut which gives it its soft, squishy, buttery texture that is so satisfying to touch. You can apply it with a brush or with your finger, but because it's quite a wet texture I think a finger applies it better.

I read some reviews on this and some people don't like the glitter in it, but I don't think it's bad. I have a glittery highlighter from Maybelline (Master Chrome Extreme in 200 Diamond Glow, very pretty but not CF) and the glitter in that goes everywhere, but the bits of glitter in this e.l.f. highlighter aren't very big at all so it doesn't look ridiculous. I just think that pearly sheen gives the most gorgeous wet look to the skin, and wet look highlighters are my fave because they look the most natural.

This highlighter comes in 3 shades. I have Moonlight Glow which suits me down to a tee because I'm so pale; the other 2 are Golden Glow and Taupe Glow.

I think this highlighter is gorgeous. I can't get over the squishy bouncy texture and the cute baby pink packaging, it gives me Glossier and Milk Makeup vibes (but for less money).

Shop e.l.f. here, and shop the elf+ Glow range here.

Autumn/winter wardrobe 2019

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

It's officially time to start digging out your jumpers and dusting off your coats because autumn has arrived and winter will soon be on its merry way.

I focused on shades of blue, green, burgundy, ochre, and brown with myriads of pattern and texture for this season's wardrobe - autumn/winter fashion doesn't have to be fifty shades of blah. As much as I love my classic greys and creams, I feel like this season's colour is definitely teal - cool, serene and subdued, it looks fantastic with black and burgundy in particular.

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