Saturday, 13 May 2017

Lush Over and Over Bath Bomb | Review

Hi Lovelies
Me and my partner literally just missed buying products from the Easter collection by a few days ( argh big regret) but we decided to go to lush anyway's because we love to share a bath as part of our things we do as a couple. When we got to lush we actually both realised that we have actually tried most of the bath bombs/melts apart from a small number of products and Over and Over bath bombs was one of the products we actually haven't tried before.

Over and Over cost me £4.25 and it is a combination of the average lush bath bomb and also the other half being like the lush bath melts. They are similar bath bombs to this one which is a combination product too and that is called Roller. Anyway's going back to Over and Over, it's a beautiful bath product which is a bright orange and yellow shade, from the first smell of this product it had a smell like nature which kinda reminded me of the forest breeze.
lush over and over bath bomb
First Impressions
As soon as my partner seen it in Lush he thought it looked like a Pokemon ball which made me laugh so much but to be honest he is right in a way it does look like one in a certain way. I like its in 2 sections as one side is covered the bath melt and the other side is the usual lush bath bomb design we all come to love. 

As I said above it has a very natural nature smell and I looked on the lush website and the for key ingredients are as follows; Fair trade organic cocoa butter, Lime oil, Fennel oil and Orris oil. So you can see by the ingredients they are very earthy.
lush over and over
sodium bicarbonate, Citric acid, fair trade organic cocoa butter, perfume, lime oil, fennel oil, cypress oil, orris oil, cream of tartar, sodium laureth sulfate, lauryl betaine, PEG-6 caprylic / capric glycerides & PEG-60 almond glycerides, butylphenyl methylpropional, citral, limonene, linalool, tangerine lustre colour 45410, colour 47005. 

Over and Over in the Bath
As with any bath product I tend to put them in running water ( usually makes products look so much better, especially if they are very colourful or have glitter). As soon  as this hit the water it started to froth all over the bath, honestly people it was moving round the bath like it had a mind of its own! It was frothing just yellow with little bits of orange oil for a while ( gotta admit I was disappointed for a moment) UNTIL the centre appeared which was a gorgeous bright pit and both of the colours started to fit round the bath and honestly it was a lovely surprise. I took a photo of it below and it did look better than this but we both couldn't wait to get in the bath.

The scent was just HEAVEN, one the over and over hit the water you could smell the fennel and lime mostly and they were just the perfect combination you could think of. Once we both got into the bath the whole bath eventually went into a bright orange shade and the aromas of over and over were very relaxing, we were both pleasantly surprised by the power and effect of this bath product; we both didn't want to get out of the bath because it was very relaxing and also very moisturising too. 
lush over and over bath bomb
My Thoughts
As you can tell by what I wrote above you can see me and my partner just loved this bath product and kinda wish it was an all year round product. Its quite different to other lush products I have tried with a very unique but very nice scent. 

For more info on over and over click below
Melissa x 
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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Ole Henriksen Blue/Blackberry Enzyme Mask | Review

Hi Lovelies 
Face masks are defiantly a THING right now, I have never seen so many different brands and types of face masks in my life but 2017 seems to be a year of choice and variety when it comes to what face masks they are available. This year so far I have tried at least 5 different types of face masks and each one of them have been great, I can honestly see why they are such a popular thing. 

Ole Henriksen is a very new brand to me but it has grown in popularity since it started out in the 70s. It was founded by Scandinavian skincare expert Ole Henriksen and the skincare products are made out of natural botanicals, powerful actives and essential fatty acids. The products are also cruelty free
ole henriksen mask review
The packaging is a very nice royal blue shade and the box is quite sturdy with clear information written on the box too. The container which holds the product is something I am not sure about because its made out of plastic and reminds me a lot of my grandads hair wax container. The masque itself is like a gel and is completely clear and has a very aromatic strong scent and I am unsure if I actually like the smell or not.

This mask contains a blend of blue/blackberry extract as they are very good at helping to help at cell renewal properties which helps the skins texture and it also has lavender which helps hydrate and nourish skin and as well as those amazing ingredients it also has vitamin b5 papaya enzyme which helps renew skin which makes this a perfect mask to hydrate and moisturise your face.
ole henriksen blue/blackberry enzyme mask review
I have tried this mask a few times now and so has my partner and his brother so I have a good idea of what we all think of this product so lets see how it went shall we?

We all put a thick layer of the gel onto our faces after cleansing our faces beforehand and we all agree the smell is quite strong but something we all got used too after a few minutes. To get a thick layer on our faces didn't take too long and even after it has been used by us all and also by me a few extra times they is still loads left in the container which for me helps it become more better value since it is an eye watering £36 for 100 ml of product.

Its recommend to leave it on for 20 minutes so we left it on for the stated time and once it came to the time to wash it off the texture of it was kinda like jelly that it almost set if you know what I mean. I washed my face in warm water and it didn't take too long for it to completely wash off my face which is obviously a good thing because sometimes some face masks can be an absolute pain to get off even with warm water and a towel.

My face defiantly felt more hydrated after using this mask and it felt very smooth too and it felt softer for the next 48 hours which is pretty impressive.
ole henriksen face mask review
My Thoughts
As much as I want to love this product I can't say I do unfortunately, it has so many factors on why I won't be repurchasing this. First up I think the packaging isn't up to standards for a product that is so expensive and secondly I personally don't like the smell at all it is a little bit too strong in my opinion and the texture isn't my cup of tea either. It did leave my skin feeling nice and soft after I washed it off they is no denying that but for me the price is a little much and I think the body shop expert face masks are better and they are £16 for the same amount of product, you can see my full review on the body shops Himalayan charcoal purifying mask here.

I would defiantly try other products from the range though because another product might work wonders for me and you know something everyone? You may love this face mask! This is only one persons opinion out of so many.

Ole Henriksen is available in Debenhams online and in-store

Melissa x
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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Noughty To The Rescue | Review

Hi Lovelies 
With hair products I like to get as natural as possible and with this Noughty shampoos and conditioners they are both 97% natural which is fabulous😍. I love the fact they are very honest about that and having the extra 3% being preservatives to help keep the product for longer since they are natural products. I bought these as my hair is very dry and these are for people with dry, frizzy and damaged hair. It is meant to give a moisture boost to the hair so I had my fingers firmly crossed that these two products would work their magic on my hair. 

Noughty have a range of different products with a very affordable price bracket with each product costing under £10 each and thats not the only great thing about the brand the other great things about the brand is they are cruelty free and vegetarian and vegan friendly. The products are also free from petrochemicals, parabens, sulphates and silicones. 
noughty to the rescue review
 The Shampoo
This one has sweet almond and sunflower seeds which are meant to help hair transform by smoothing spilt ends, snaps and also frizz too.
The shampoo is thick and clear and I needed about a teabags amount to cover my hair and my hair is just passed my shoulders now.
Enriched with the ingredients; Jojoba oil, Blue mallow flower, Rosemary leaf oil, Coconut oil, Olive Oil, Shea butter and Patchouli Oil.
The Conditioner 
The conditioner has two completely different main ingredients to the shampoo and they are shea butter and olive oil and they also help with the above too.
The conditioner is also very thick and feels very smooth too, I needed to a little more of the conditioner to cover my hair because my hair is quite damaged because I like to change my hair so much.
Enriched with these ingredients; Sunflower seed extract, Wheat amino acid, Sweet almond, Olive oil, Coconut oil and Shea butter.
naughty to the rescue review
My Thoughts 
In all honesty I just love these both for so many reasons and I will tell you them all because they are all equally important in my books. First up is the smell! they both smell lovely and you tell that they smell very natural too, the fragrances remind me of the time when I use to use Aveda shampoos and conditioners. 

I loved how the shampoo cleansed my scalp gently without making my scalp sore as many brand can make my scalp feeling soft. It has a quite an impressive lather too so you can see and feel which parts of the hair are covered. 

The conditioner felt lovely and very silky in my hands, I put it on my hair in sections from a inch from my roots all the way down to the tips of my hair.  As I said above I needed a bit more of this since my hair is very thick and a little bit damaged.

I have used them both for a few weeks now and I love them both and defiantly buy them again. The thing I wish they would do is make larger bottles so they would last a bit longer, apart from that they are both brilliant products and recommend them to anyone.

Noughty is available online and in-store at Superdrug stores.

Melissa x
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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Barry M Crush | Review

Hi Lovelies 
It has been such a long time since I last did a blog post about a nail paints, which is a bit not like me because I have so many nail paints in my collection and it would be great to show you them all ( hopefully in the near future when I get the chance). Todays #NOTD is a matte nail paint from Barry M and is a beautiful autumn burgundy shade.

 I don't usually wear matte nail paints because somehow quite a lot of them don't work out well for me even if I use the right top coat and base coat. I had my fingers crossed this one would be much better then the ones I tried before. 
barry m crush review
 Barry M is a cruelty free company that sell lots of different nail paints and makeup alike. They also have a clear labelling system of whats vegan and things that are have this label on them like this one. Crush is vegan friendly.

Crush comes in a 10ml bottle and costs £3.99 on the Barry M website but if you like to save money like me they are usually on offer in Superdrug on a  3 for 2 offer every now and again.

As much as I want to love this nail paint, I can't say it was completely brilliant because it was probably one of my least favourite nail paints I have tried from Barry M. I put on a matte base coat and waited for that to dry then applied a layer of crush on it and it was VERY streaky and quite thick to apply too. It didn't get much better once I applied another coat, it still looked very streaky but another coat didn't look like it would of fixed it so I decided to put a glossy top coat on top of it instead and that helped it a lot and it looked so much better.

I didn't like the matte effect because it looked a little too streaky for me ( might work for others) but it did look better after the glossy coat I applied on top of it. I have worn it for a few days now and it looks pretty good with no chips on them so far.
barry m crush matte review

Barry M products are available in Boots, Superdrug and also on the Barry M website which a link is below ( for more info on product)

What is your favourite nail paint? 

Melissa x 
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Friday, 21 April 2017

Dr Botanicals Facial Oil | Review

Hi Lovelies 
When it comes to skincare I remind myself of the women in the film 'Death becomes her' the film about 2 women who are rivals who both take a immortality treatment. I rival none one like the film but I do take a lot of care when it comes to my skincare and the more natural the skincare product the better. I have tried so many Dr Botanicals products such as their advanced overnight masque which is so dreamy on my skin, its thick and leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturised every morning after I use it. 

This facial oil is cruelty free and also vegan certified and is made for  so many uses including; dry skin, fine lines and nourishing skin. It is also 100% natural and free from parabens and harmful preservative free. The oil has 3 active ingredients and they are blackcurrant seed oil which helps to nourish and strengthen the skin, wild plum which has some amazing skin properties to fight signs of ageing and also sea minerals which help improve vitality of skin cells. 
dr bonticals facial oil review
How to use it
With serums I like to put them on before I put my moisturisers on, sometimes I will put this on twice a day depending on how my skin feels. This serum is very thick but sinks into the skin quickly to give a nice radiant glow. 

Why use a serum?
Well it's totally up to you if you want to use one but for me its upped my skincare regime as it gives it that extra push with the extra nutiruents if you know what I mean. 

dr bonticals vegan
My Thoughts
Me and my mum actually tried this facial oil together followed by the advanced overnight masque, before applying these though I would recommend removing all makeup and cleansing your face as its best to use any skincare products on makeup free face.

My mum actually loved the combination of both of these products and its actually made her think more about skincare because she hasn't used skincare products for a long time because she doesn't like using unnatural ingredients products so these are just perfect for her.  She commented and said it made her skin feel more softer and more radiant.

The oil is thick and you only need between 3-4 drops to cover the entire face and neck, its best to wait a couple of minutes before applying a moisturiser so the serum has a chance to skin into the skin. It has a nice delicate scent which is quite refreshing especially combined with other Dr Bontaical products. 

If you want to treat yourself to this facial oil I have a MASSIVE discount for you guys and the code is FRUITYBLOG which reduces from £67.50 to only £19.99

Dr botanicals facial oil

Melissa x
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Monday, 17 April 2017

My Brothers Badge Collection #autismawareness

 Hi Lovlies 
I have decided to do a blog series called #autismdiaries and one of the biggest reasons I have decided to do this is to show you all my lovely brother who has autism. I grew up knowing my brother had a disability and with knowing I have always helped my mum and step dad look after him because it has been a challenge at times but mostly beneficial. To show more about my brother and autism, I will writing a few other posts in the near future about him growing up, my mum words raising him, depression and so many more topics. 

I will give you all a little more information on my brother, he is 33 and was born in 1983. He loves music, making lots of friends sharing his talent of knowing what day it was if you tell him the month, day and year - he is like rain man if anyone has seen that film. Paul is also a keen collector and when he was a child he liked collecting penguins, then when he got older he liked collecting cars and old records then 10 years ago he started collecting Badges and thats were this blog post comes in.

I know not everyone is keen on collecting things and thats fine and some will wonder why my brother wants to have so many badges and the only answer I can give you all he doesn't need a reason because they make him HAPPY.

Paul, when did you start collecting badges? 
22nd July 2005 which was a Friday

Why did you start collecting them?
I found them interesting and a new thing to collect as a hobby

Where do you get your badges from?
Various places such as second hand shops, people also give me them who know me and they could be from anywhere such as holiday pins.

How many badges do you have in your collection? 
At the moment I have 9779, I have counted all of them

Do you have a favourite badge? 
The canadian mountain police badges are my favourite at the moment

Do you have any badges on your wish list?
They are quite a lot on my wish list such as Disney, German bowling and different cancer charity badges.

Where do you put your badges?
I put them on boards which are on my walls and some are in badge books.

I hope you all enjoyed my post because my brother had so much fun answering these questions, when he is on my blog he feels like a celebrity and he is because he is an amazing person and has been in the media before too. I will be posting more about autism awareness on my blog in the future.

For more info on autism check out these helpful sites

Melissa x
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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

How to Relax and Sleep Better at Night

my nighttime regime
Hi Lovelies 
I have said a few times my skincare routine but I have never explained to you all my routine for most evenings and how I usually get a good nights sleep every night and the best ways to unwind and relax. I have had a few times in the past when sleeping can be not the easiest, I would just lie in bed counting sheep hoping I would sleep but it usually took an hour or 2. I have changed my routine a bit over the last few months and I think they have worked a treat for the nights I need to sleep by a certain time.

My tips for relaxing in the evenings

Put on pyjamas 
For me as soon as its 6pm I like to put my pyjamas on as they are very comfortable and its like a big relief when I put them on every evening. I love pyjamas so much that I have more pyjamas more than clothes ( I think I need to an Pyjamas of the day post rather than the usual outfit of the day LOL). I like to prepare my pyjamas every morning, so they are ready for the evenings.

Face Masques
GA FBVÛı◊I honestly love wearing face masques from time to time as they take a good 20 minutes of the skin to work and they are usually very cooling and relaxing for the skin. When its time to wash they off the skin can feel more smoother and also more radiant too.

Set a bedtime 
I know we all have alarms for the mornings but do you know they can be very helpful for also reminding us what time to go to bed so you can get the recommended amount of sleep. For me 7 hours is enough. If you have an iPhone you set a bedtime alarm on the Health app which is on the main page.

Read a book 
I always read in the evenings as during the day they can be super busy since I am full time mum and with other chores such as looking after the home and blogging whenever I get the chance. I am currently reading Jackie Collins Thrill which is a brilliant read, once I have finished it I will share a review on it on my blog. 

Avoid too much Caffeine 
I know this one sounds super obvious but I am very partial to a cup of sweet coffee or/and chocolate, as we all know caffeine can keep us awake at night which can be very annoying especially if we have a busy day ahead or need to be up early. 

Reduce Lighting before bed 
I used to have a very bright light in my bedroom and it honestly hurt my eyes especially when tired! I was kindly sent this beautiful table light by litecraft and honestly it has been sat on my bedside table for over a month now and it looks lovely. It's not too bright and is bright enough for me to read a book too. 

I know they will be a few of other things that will help too but these are the ones that personally stick out for me. if you want to more about similar lighting then I recommend looking at beside lamps on litecraft, they have so many amazing affordable lights too choose from.

Do you have any tips or advice for relaxing at night?

Melissa x
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