Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Lush's Luxury Lush Pud

Having tried 'Luxury Lush Pud' a few days ago, I thought a review of it was in order. Luxury Lush Pud is from the Lush Christmas Editions Collection and it is a vibrant pink compared to last years puple that reminds me of a flamingos version of a Christmas pudding with bright polka dots in the mix to make it more over the top but it still looks so beautiful.

Not only does it have a lovely design its scent is really nice too, as it shares the same scent as the year round favorite twilight, which contains calming lavender oil, tonka oil absolute and ylang ylang so its perfect just before bed time to help get a relaxing nights sleep, which is one of the reasons I bought it for and to be honest it worked wonders. Even though Lavender is not one of my favorite scents this was perfect as the combination of the other ingredients made it smell perfect and not so much like lavender at all.

When I put 'Luxury Lush Pud' in the bath so many beautiful colours went everywhere and reminded me a rainbow. The bath was so many colours which was wonderful and once it finished disolving it was a dark pink shade with sparkles. Out of all of lush's range I have tried this has to be one of the most beautiful and most entertaining to watch, I really wish I stocked up while they were on sale.

I really found this bath product very hydrating and made my skin feel super soft. The only small problem is that it made my skin a little bit pink but nothing major and it was easily rinsed off with water, so I would re buy.

Vegan? Yes
Rating - 9/10

Did you get anything in the Lush sale? 

Melissa x

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Monday, 29 December 2014

Goals For 2015

Instead of doing a New Years resolution post, I have decided to do a goals post instead as it seems more achievable then resolutions. Last year I have achieved so much but with the New year just around the corner I have some new goals for 2015. I can't believe how fast 2014 has just flown by but I am looking forward to achieving new goals for 2015.

This year has been brilliant but for 2015 we have many things planned and loads of things to do such as me and my husband finishing our courses, my husbands electrician course and my make up artistry course so hopefully it will be ok inshallah.


Scheduled posts - At the moment my posts are infrequent and I some posts were not planned, but a goal for the upcoming year is to improve on this but I am happy with what I have achieved so far with my blog.

Learn Arabic - I have read the Quran in English 3 times so far and I read it everyday but I hope to learn Arabic so I can read the Quran in Arabic, I already know the prayer in Arabic but learning the whole Quran is a goal I would love to achieve.

Complete my Makeup Artistry Course -  I have enjoyed my course so far and have learned so many different techniques and looks but my dream is to finish  it and finally get a job on a makeup counter somewhere in Glasgow. Its a job I have always dreamed about.

More Charity work - In Islam its important to help with charity as its one of the pillars of Islam, so its very close to my heart so I am always thinking of ways to raise money for charity. Over the last year I have entered the race for life, my husband did pedal for Scotland and raised over £300 for a Palestine hospital by cycling 47 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh. Next year we hope to help raise more money for charity and donate as much as we can too.

 Confidence boost- I have gained so much confidence over the years and blogging has been a great help for me. I am moving in the next few months to a new area so I hope to make some new friends hopefully.

Visit Dad's side of the Family -  I have 3 children and I would love for them to be able to meet my family in Essex one day. I have not been to see my family in Essex for nearly 5 years now as it is so expensive to travel and also to stay their as well is not very affordable for me at the moment. I hope I can work something out as so much time has traveled now I miss them.

Save Money -  I have never been someone who spends beyond their means but I just like finding bargains and savings.  Me and my husband are hoping to buy our own home one day instead of renting so saving seems the most sensible thing to do .

What are your goals for 2015?

Melissa x

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Saturday, 27 December 2014

Bourjois Haul

Bourjois makeup haul
Bourjois have to be one of my all time favorite affordable makeup brands that is amazing quality, I have used this brand for years and it works wonders, the healthy mix foundation is my favorite so far as it is like a premium quality foundation.After a long boxing day shopping I decided to get something different and treat myself so decided to get myself some things from the Bourjois.

While going boxing day shopping I remembered that I needed a primer as my last one had just ran out, so I thought why not spend my boots points and treat myself. Going to boots was just madness as the shop was so full because of the sales but I just avoided them and just went to the makeup section and headed right for the Bourjois. They had a 3 for 2 offer on, which I love but it makes it so much harder in what to decide, so after a long think and testing a few lipsticks and looking at the nail polishes I decided on the top 3 products even though I could of ended up buying half of what they had to offer.

Bourjois Delice De Poudre Bronzing Powder & Highlighter - (£7.99)
I have tried the bronzing powder on its own before and I really did love it as it just give my cheeks a sun kissed look which was beautiful, so that is a reason why I was so tempted to try this as a combination of the bronzer and highlighter.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick - Hot Pepper (£.8.99)
I have about 40 lipsticks thanks to blogging but I can never have to many as they is so many shades and finsihs to choose from so my search for lipsticks will never be over. I tried most of the shades in the range but finally decided to settle for the hot pepper which is a bright red shade, I have a couple of red shades at home but none this bright so we will see how this on goes.

Bourjois New Paris Happy Light Matte Serum Primer - (£10.99)
This is the main thing I went to boots for and they was a choice of matte or satin primer, I decided to go for the matte as I prefer that affect for my combination skin. I have tried the mua primer before which was a cheaper but it did not work well for me so hopefully this will work for me.

What is your favorite affordable makeup brand?
Melissa x
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Friday, 26 December 2014

Lush Haul

Last year I missed out on the Lush Boxing day sale in store and online as I was not quick enough and it sold out so quickly unfortnatley. So I was adamant this year I would be going to my local lush store even if it meant a long wait in a queue and try my best to get a bargain. 

I was at my local Lush store as soon as it opened and it was extremely busy as soon as I set foot in the door but I was determined to get a few things. The store was so busy I could barely move but after a few excuse mes and moving around like tetris I managed to get a few amazing beauties. After I put everything in my basket I thought it would be plain sailing but the queue was so long but it was worth the wait as everything from the Christmas range was 50% off.

Luxury Lush Pud - £1.75 on sale
 I had this last year but this year it was a vibrant pink instead of purple. Luxury lush pud is perfect before bedtime as it contains lavender oils combined with ylang ylang and tonka to help make you relax after a long day, so I am looking forward to having this after a long day.

Lord Of The Misrule - Not available anymore :(
Another favorite that I had tried last year. Lord of the misrule is a blend of spices patchouli and black pepper oil which is perfect for the festive season leading up to the new year and whats more this has a surprise as it contains popping candy.

Shoot For The Stars - On sale at £1.75 
I think I just bought this because I just love the design that it has on it. Shoot for the stars has the same scent as the soap that is in shops/online all year round honey I washed the kids which is a combination of a honey and caramel scent. 

Candy Mountain Bubble Bar - Unavailable
My sister got me this for Christmas thankfully, just as well because when I went to the shop they were already sold old and I can see why. Candy Mountain is a cotton candy scent which is like the popular soap rock star which is one of my favorite Lush soaps.

Butterbear - Unavailable :(
This is from Lush's all year round favorite butterball which has been transformed into a teddy just for the holiday season which is fantastic. Butterbear has a generous amount of cocoa butter to help keep skin soft with its blend of vanilla and ylang ylang.

Dashing Santa - On sale £1.47
I could not resist to get this as its perfect for the festive season even though Christmas day has past it still keeps the holiday cheer until the new year. Dashing Santa is a blend of mandarin oil, bergamot oil and orange flower to help get the spring in your step.

Snow Fairy Shower Gel - Unavailable
These were literally flying off the shelves to its the first thing I put in my basket I was lucky as I got the last medium sized one  and it was not long before the rest were snapped up. Snow fairy is a blend of cotton candy. This is also available in the magic wand and the godmother soap.

Overall I am very pleased with my boxing day sale haul and got so much more then I expected to get but then again can you really have to much Lush in your life?

Did you get anything in the Lush sale?

Melissa x 

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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Simple Candy Cane Nail Tutorial

With Christmas just around the corner and not much time left to do the Christmas shopping I thought of a simple solution for myself and others to have Christmas themed nails in a simple and effective way with nail polishes that I own, all you need is a white, red nail polish and a top coat.

I am no professional when it comes to nail art but I always like to get a nice nail polish on with a simple design. I just love changing my nail shade every few days as I have so many to choose from its great to have a different look every other day, well in my case anyways, I am so used to it now anyways, my husband hasn't seen my plain nails in ages haha.

Step 1 - Apply a thin layer of base coat, I used barry M base coat.
Step 2 - When the top coat has dried apply 2 layers of white nail polish, making sure to wait between each layer so the nail polish has a chance to dry, I used models own snow white.
Step 3 - Once both layers have dried get a red polish and start from the bottom of the nail and drag diagonally up the nail, and do the same again to make another line.
Step 4 - Once every step is complete apply a top coat so that the nails look more glossy and the nail polish lasts that extra bit longer.

What nail polish are you wearing for Christmas?
Melissa x
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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

My Night Skincare Routine

night skin care
Before blogging, I didn't really bother so much with skincare as I really didn't think it mattered at all. This all changed the longer I blogged and seeing so many fabulous skincare products all the different roles each skin care has. I ended up buying a few to try out and have ended up with these as my everyday night time regime and I just love them and they make such a difference to my skin and its so much easier applying makeup now and my skins so much more clearer now.

Since I was a late teenager my skin has been combination skin and has breakouts every now and again so I try my very best to combat to keep my skin as clear as possible. With the following steps and trying the same products for a month I can conclude that the following products are working well for me and I am happy with the results.

I start off by removing my makeup and then washing my face with water

Dr Jart+ V7 Cleansing Foam - I then apply thin layer of cleansing foam on my skin just before I go upstairs and leave it on my skin for 15 minutes and wash it of my skin in circular motions.

B. Pure Micellar Water - This is something that I never heard of before blogging but I am so glad I found it as it removes impurities and removes any makeup that has not been removed with the prior steps. The micellar water has no scent and does not effect my sensitive skin.

Benefit 'It's Potent' Eye Cream - I got this in a recent Birchbox and I know its a sample size but it has lasted such a long time and has made a difference to my dark circles I use this at night and also every morning, when this has finished I am defiantly re purchasing.

ESPA Optimal Skin ProSerum- This is a luxury that I won in a competition last year! Its got a heavenly scent and it makes me feel like a queen when I apply it. Its makes my skin very smooth and absorbs into the skin almost instantly. This is enriched with omega 3,6 and 9 and vitamins A & E which helps to even and brighten up the skin tone.

Superdrug Vitamin night cream - This cream is enriched with vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant and has a complex mix of other vitamins such as A,B,F and H with horse chestnut extract which helps care for dry skin. This is an affordable cream and in my own opinion works wonders and pampers my skin every evening.

White rabbit skincare Lip balm - A company that is available on etsy this lip balm is just lovely as its scent is coconuts and it is natural. I.I always apply this after all the other steps to keep my lips from getting dry or chapped in the colder weather and its worked so far this December.

I am open to trying other skincare in future but until I have used the following up I will keep using them as I am happy with how they keep  my skin mostly clear which is fabulous

What is your night skincare routine?

Melissa x

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Thursday, 11 December 2014

December Birchbox

December Birchbox
Wow how beautiful is Decembers Birchbox with its gorgeous design with jewels? When I opened the box I was pleasant surprised with what was in the box as the products in the box actually looked quite festive too that actually match the box.

Sophia Webster December Birchbox 2014
I can't believe its December so that means the last Birchbox of 2014 so this months box includes a purse designed by Sophia Webster, the box also compromises of 3 Birchbox exclusive products and 2 full size products 

December Birchbox
So whats in Decembers Birchbox?

Sophia Webster Purse
This purse is quite sweet with its mix of pale blue and leopard print. This purse is perfect to store cards, loose change and not forgetting the lipstick this is the right size for most handbags.
 This purse is exclusive to Birchbox and has been designed for them too.
 (RRP £25)

Electric Hair Hydrate Shampoo
I just love the name of this brand and it sounds quite promising, Electric hair is an indie brand and its  to help repair damaged hair and to improve shine with it moisture rich formula. The brand was founded by Mark Woolley whose approach to hairdressing is to help the client find their own personal 'look' and to make it work for their day to day life.
( RRP £17.50)

Models Own Velvet Goth In Absinthe
Models own have teamed with Birchbox before to bring us their amazing nail polishes. In this months box its Absinthe which is a exceptional green which is packed to max with glitter and adding a top coat will give it that extra shine, which is perfect for Christmas, New Year and parties.
Models Own is a cruelty free brand and all their nail polishes are vegan.
Full Size (RRP £5)

Eyeko Fat Eye Stick
This jumbo pencil is the key to a perfect smokey eye which is super pigmented, all you have to do is apply like a thick eyeliner and smudge to create a smokey eye effect just like the 60s. This can also be used to create the thicker eyeliner effect as with all makeup I would always suggest using a primer first to help keep the makeup in place for longer.
Eyeko are a cruelty free brand and they are also vegan which is fantastic.
Full Size ( £8)

Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil
Rosehip oil is loved for its effects on scars, stretchmarks, dehydration and ageing skin, Trilogy is 100% natural and just contains rose hip oil and nothing else. Rosehip oil is bursting with fatty acids.
This oil can be used on the face or body with 2 or 3 drops or as needed and just massage into the skin.
(RRP £16.50)

Ilsci Mask in Rose Petals
At the end of a long week I just love using a face mask to relax so I am happy to have got this in this months birchbox! This is a plant based treatment and uses natural actives with a gel formula to help rejuvenate the skin.
Apply directly on the skin and leave on for 15 minutes and rinse off 
(RRP £39.95)

Benefit Christmas Cracker | High Beam
I just loved this as it was in a pretty pink cracker me and my husband pulled this and I won yay! High beam is a liquid highlighter and can be used on the cheek bones and on the brow bone and all you have to do is blend for the perfected highlighted look.
I am looking forward to trying this as at the moment I have makeup revolutions highlight and that is amazing and makes such a difference.
(RRP £19.50)

I am very pleased with this months birchbox and its matched the month perfectly at looking very festive and sparkly. December Birchbox is still available on their website at £10 a month with a P&P of £2.95. Check out the Birchbox website here!

Do you have any beauty box subscriptions?

Melissa x

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Saturday, 6 December 2014

November Empties

November Empties
I know it sounds like I say this every month but were on earth did November go? It must of been the fastest month of the year yet for me  and I can't believe its actually December now and its not long to go now until Christmas and dare I say it 2015 a brand new year.

I have not had many empties posts this year as I end up throwing out most of the empty products out  before I even get a chance to take a picture haha but the lucky thing is this time I finished these 4 products at roughly the same time so it worked out well for making a November empties post.

Caudalie divine oil 50ml £17.50 (sample)
I got this a few months back in a birchbox and my husband mostly used it as he ran out of beard oil and he also used it on his hair, I used it too. Divine oil is blend of grape, hibiscus, seasame and argan oils blended together with antioxidants it can be used for hair, nails, skin and can be used in the bath or as a massage oil, so its a very vesratile oil. I personally liked this oil but I really could get along with the smell unfortunatley as its scent was a bit overpowering for myself and my husband too.
Buy again? No

Bleach London Split Fix Serum 50ml £6
Bleach London is a fairly new brand which has become available in boots, I was tempted to try something from the range and I ended up choosing the hair serum as my hair has been more colours then the rainbow over the years so I wanted something to help keep my hair smooth and washing and to use for pre styling. I really loved this and it worked wonders on my hair and would recommend it to anyone with split ends or has changed their hair colour a lot. The only small downfall with this product is that to much comes out the pump with just one pump.
Buy again? Yes 

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation 30ml £9.99
Finding a foundation that matches my skin tone can be a challenge for me sometimes but the healthy mix foundation has a decent selection to choose from and I chose light vanilla which is perfect for my complexion. The product claims to last and be radiant for 16 hours as it has a mixture of melon, apple and apricot which does give it a beautiful scent but not overpowering at all. The product claims about lasting 16 hours maybe a is bit exaggerated and I would say personally it lasted a good 10 and it did make my skin look more radiant so that is fantastic.
Buy again? Yes 

LOreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray for Colour Hair
I am always changing my hairstyles everyday for victory rolls to big hair don't care kinda look so I need a hairspray that will last all day and will hold my hairstyles with no flyways. unfortnatley this hair spray wasn't brilliant for me and had little to no holding power for me, I had to get an other hairspray, thankfully this was only the smaller bottle of hairspray.
Buy again? No 

What have you used up last November?

Melissa x

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Monday, 1 December 2014

Illamasqua Lipstick in Vampette

Illamasqua Lipstick vampette
Its December and that can only mean one thing not long now till its Christmas I am so excited!! and Illamasqua will be on my list for sure. I have bought so much Illamasqua over in past year ever since finding out about the brand when I first started blogging. the range just drew me in with the classic glamour style and the fabulous selection of makeup they have to offer, they are the perfect treat for any makeup fan or makeup artist.

I won 5 Illamasqua Glamour Lipsticks in a competition and vampette was one of the shades included in the selection. Vampette is a deep plum shade which is from their glamour collection and they are in a satin finish, the shade is a very dark purple that is almost fruity in appearance like a blackcurrant  kinda look in which I love and I would think it would go so well with any look, as myself I love to dress in a modern vintage style and this matches my style so well I would say it would suit everyone especially in the winter and its even in my top 5 winter lipsticks post.
illamasqua lipstick vampette

As you can tell by my picture even though this lipstick is a deep plum shade it matches my bright pink/blue outfit and of course my vibrant red hair perfectly! I have to say out of all my lipsticks in my collection this is my favorite for December and its in my handbag for everyday use.

I must say this lipstick is long lasting lipstick and lasted all day for me even with a warm coffee. This lipstick may be a bit pricey for £18.50 but I think its the perfect treat as its such a beautiful shade and its lasting too its the perfect addiction to any Illamasqua fan.

Have you tried Illamasqua yet?

Melissa x

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