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March Favourites

So, somehow another month has passed by which means it’s time for another monthly favourites!
I was so busy in February that I completely forgot to do a favourites and when I did, it was already March.. so here’s a March Favourites instead!
I am going to save the blabbing this time and just get stuck right into it.

So let’s dive in..
My first favourite of the month of March certainly has to be Netflix. I have finally re-entered the fabulous world of Netflix and wowie, there are so many incredible shows for me to catch up on! There is nothing better than jumping into bed early to catch up on Netflix and munching on way too many Minstrels! I have written a post on What I’m Looking Forward to on Netflix 2017 (This might feature 13 Reasons Why – which is another monthly favourite for me! Hype hype!) for you all to check out, if you need some inspiration!

I was so fortunate to attend a Netflix Event in Cardiff last month, where there was a Netflix-filled apartment and we got shown all of the latest releases coming for 2017. Here is a link to that post, incase you want to give it a read: My Time at the Netflix Apartment.

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My first favourite of March has to be the Nyx Brow Gel in the shade ‘Chocolate’ (seen in the photo above). Seriously, it is pretty tough to rub these bad boys off whilst I have this brow gel on my eyebrows! I was looking for a product that doesn’t wipe away easily like pencil or sometimes powder (I also have psoriasis, so I tend to scratch pretty often) and this product works a treat.
I apply this brow gel with an angled eyebrow brush from Real Techniques, I try not to apply too much as they can go a little too bold and dark for my face but if I apply carefully, they go with my hair colour pretty well.

You can purchase this from select Boots stores, so here is a link to the website for you to browse. I will most probably do an eyebrow tutorial on my blog using this product for you all soon! Let me know what you think about that.

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My second favourite of the month has to be ‘Dear Amy’ by Helen Callaghan which I am currently reading. I haven’t finished it yet, but the storyline is so good and I got completely hooked on just the blurb which is just here:

“Would you risk your life to save a stranger? 
Discover what happens next in the Sunday Times bestselling psychological thriller, Dear Amy . . .

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A local schoolgirl has been missing for weeks when Margot Lewis, agony aunt of the ‘Dear Amy’ advice column, receives a letter:

Dear Amy,

I’ve been kidnapped by a strange man. 
I don’t know where I am. 

Please help me,
Bethan Avery

This must be a hoax. Because Bethan Avery is another young girl, who went missing twenty years ago.

As more letters arrive, Margot becomes consumed by finding the sender and – unlike the police – convinced that the girls’ disappearances are connected.

Solving this puzzle could save someone’s life – but could it also cost Margot her own?”

You can purchase this book from Amazon now!

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My third favourite is Bath and Body Works ‘Twisted Peppermint’ foaming hand wash which is a Christmas Fragrance. I absolutely adore Bath and Body Works and I am so, so, so sad that there isn’t one in the UK (although, if there was, it would probably be expensive..) so when I go to America I go a little crazy on the hand soaps and antibacterials! I cannot get enough of them!

I was super excited as I have heard about the Christmas Fragrances that come out obviously over the Christmas period, but I have never been in America late enough for them to be released, so this Christmas I found them and I was super excited!
Unfortunately, I really wanted the Body Mist of this as it was really gorgeous but it was sold out completely in the store I went to and could not get my hands on it! Damn!

Anyway, this foaming hand wash is incredible. It has such a strong and lost lasting scent that stays on your hands afterwards and the bottle lasts ages too! (I went a little crazy using this, although I knew I’d regret it when it’s all gone..)
I would highly recommend these products and if you haven’t heard of Bath and Body Works then definitely give them a browse – there’s no doubt that you won’t find something that you will fall in love with!

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I have also been loving The Library of Fragrance‘s scent in ‘Honeysuckle’. I purchased this from Boots for £10 (usually £15) with my Advantage Card points to treat myself and my, my, my.. this genuinely smells like actual flowers! Although, my boyfriend just comments ‘You smell like a bee’ (whatever a bee smells like.. but y’ano).
This company have so many different fragrances from Cinnamon, Marshmallow, Mint Ice Cream, Fresh Laundry and even Play-Doh.. that’s right, Play-Doh.. yummy?..

You can even mix and match scents, and they have a page that tells you which scents compliment each other whether you want to go warm, musky, bright and refreshing..

I’ll leave a link to their website here and also check out the Boots website as either one of the sites usually have an offer on!

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So, that is all I have for my March Favourites at the moment. I hope you enjoyed and I would love to know what you have been loving this month too! Let me know down below!

Want to browse some more blog posts?

How I do Disney World on a Budget

My January Favourites

Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Review: The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

My Time at the Netflix Apartment

Bootlegger Cardiff Review

An Evening at Lush Spa Cardiff

That’s right, the day has finally come.. Today is the day that the Lush Spa Cardiff is opening and it is going to be wild!
If you aren’t too sure on what this is, then a little brief is that Lush is a skincare and cosmetics brand that love to use natural products that really aid your skin and are tailored to each individual skin type! The scents are just incredible, the longevity of the products and you will be wanting to come back for more and more each time and never become disappointed with what’s next!

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Lush sell products from Bath Bombs to Bubble Bars, Bath Melts, Skincare (Cleansers, Toners, Moisturisers..), Make Up, Fragrance, Haircare (Shampoos, Conditioners and Treatments) and just so much more! But now they have expanded the company even further by adding in a full spa with so many incredible treatments, which is so exciting!!

We fortunately received an invite to visit the Lush Spa Cardiff yesterday evening as a pre-opening for today and believe me, it did not disappoint!


Firstly, we got stuck right in and were able to make our very own face masks and bath bombs as two lovely employees from the Lush Factory in Poole, England came down to show us and hold a workshop which was so much fun!

Me and Laura (laura-simone.com) got to make our own Golden Slumbers Bath Bomb which has ‘Balancing and Calming lavender oil and calming and soothing Chamomile Blue Oil’ and believe me, it smells incredible and has gold glitter in it too! Also, they actually use these bath bombs in the spa treatments too so it goes to prove how soothing these are!

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Straight after creating our own products, we were able to try out so, so, so many different products around the store which left us smelling and feeling so incredible! We had the lovely Lowri showing us around the new store and giving us demos, she did such an amazing job and her memory is spot on!

I think that one of my favourite products from the night was definitely Plum Rain which is a shower gel which contains Osmanthus Absolute which is full of floral tones,Sicilian Mandarin Oil to brighten the skin and the best part, it is crammed with Fresh Plum Juice which smells so delicious! I cannot wait to use this in the shower and hope that my whole bathroom is filled with the scent for ages!

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We were then shown around more of the store (it is massive compared to their other Cardiff store!), getting to see the exclusive products they have and what they use within the spa treatments.
There was so much choice of products in this new store that I genuinely could not think straight when I started purchasing stuff. I was lusting after so many products, it was crazy!

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We then moved onto browsing and testing out the massage bars and seeing how they are used within the treatments that they have at the new spa. I have never personally had a spa experience and did not expect much from a simple hand and arm massage with a massage bar but boy, was I surprised! It felt so incredible and when I say incredible, I mean that I immediately purchased these products and decided to try the same out on my boyfriend when I got home! (He even said it was amazing!).

This sample of the treatment was all about putting pressure on certain parts of the arms and then instantly cooling them, to give off an Icelandic Spa feel (when people go into a sauna and then dash off into the snow straight after).

We had a good look through the Spa Treatment Brochure and I spotted two that I would absolutely adore! Firstly, I feel like I need to point out the fact that some treatments don’t even require you getting undressed to an extent. As I have never had a spa treatment, I have always been so nervous about going for one and undressing. It would be completely fine whilst I’m there, but the anxiety beforehand would freak me out! So I thought I would point out that at Lush Spa Cardiff, they actually do treatments where there’s very little undressing, some undressing or down to your underwear but beneath a cosy sheet.

The first treatment I spotted obviously involved chocolate..

‘The Comforter’
’60 Minutes of pure imagination, full of candyfloss, fantasy and bittersweet cacao kisses.’
A sweet experience to love you tender and cloud you in candy floss and the heavenly ministrations of massage. Then a bubbling rose serum, hot, rich and dripping on your skin, deliciously floral for your body to savour. You’re drunk on chocolate, fantasy and music, on the weird and wonderful chords which send you high up to Hushabye Mountain. Fireworks of thought conjure up fantastical, long-lost daydreams which scamper to greet you like childhood pets, layers of warmth and nostalgic rapture to wander in, free from responsibility.
Awake, tickled pink with velveteen skin and a reawakened sense of playfulness.

This sounds outstanding, right?!
This is essentially a hot chocolate body scrub and warm, nourishing rose body serum for 60 minutes.

The second treatment that really intrigued me was A Hard Day’s Night and I know you’re probably thinking ‘Isn’t that a Beatles song?’ Well, yes it is..

‘Hard Days Night’
‘Here’s a recipe for 75 minutes of delicious, undisturbed rest, steeped in sweet dreams and refreshment which lasts.’
Take an album of Beatles classics and sift vigorously. Add one pair of pyjamas, soft, oversized and stir the two into a reverie of massage, music and golden slumbers. Tip out, kneading away the knots of this complex dough with an unwinding massage of gentle, passive stretches which lengthen, strengthen and relax, aligning and fine-tuning from head to toe.
Add a dash of the weird and wonderful, the feeling of soaring skyward in a dream and bake with a splash of home comfort. A liberal sprinkle of Liverpool and leave to rise, starry-eyed, with the sun.

This sounds right up my street and I adore The Beatles, so this is perfect! Also you get to wear pyjamas – what could be better than that?! This treatment is 75 minutes with a 15 minute consultation beforehand.

There are so many more different treatments which are all on their website here, but these are just two that really stood out to me!

Screen Shot 2017-03-31 at 11.22.34Go check out these ladies’ twitter accounts and blogs here: katiedoesbeauty, wdaydreaming, paigehelenblog, ohbexhowells, lb_chelsea, pip_says, laurasimoneowen

I would like to thank Lush Spa Cardiff for having us at another of their events and they just keep getting better and better each time! We had an amazing time as always, as usual coming home covered in glitter (hell yes!) and smelling insane!
Feel free to follow their social media accounts here:
Twitter – @LushCardiff
Instagram – @LushSpaCardiff
Facebook – /LushSpaCardiff

Are you heading to Lush Spa Cardiff to check out the opening?
What is your all-time-favourite Lush product? I’d love to know!
xx

Want more posts to read? Check out:
Lush Cardiff Christmas Event
What’s On My Beauty Wishlist
January Favourites

What’s on my Beauty Wish List?

Hello again, somehow it looks like another month has flown by and I thought that I should really do a ‘Beauty Wish List’ as I am constantly skint being a university student all over again and it’s a good opportunity as I haven’t had the money to just go out and purchase these! Some good can come out of it, I guess..

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Let’s just get stuck right in, shall we?
MAC Prep + Prime Fix+
Number one is going to be MAC’s Prep + Prime Fix+ which is ‘A lightweight water mist that gently soothes and refreshes skin and finishes makeup.’ I have heard that this is very multifunctional and a really great all round product! Some people use it to get a dewy look after applying make up, to refreshen and moisturise the skin, to help make up cling on to the skin to last all day and finally, to enhance eyeshadow pay off (the main reason that I really want to try it!). There are plenty more uses for this product that you can find on many blogs and YouTube videos!

Here are a few that I found very helpful:

Musings of a Make Up Junkie – The many uses of Mac Fix+ Spray

Natalie Loves Beauty – Is it worth the hype?

Laura Taylor’s YouTube Review

Luministas – Make Up Tips: Eyeshadow Base & MAC Fix +

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Too Faced Peach Palette
Next up is the Too Faced Peach Palette – yup, that’s right you have most probably seen this palette absolutely everywhere on Social Media from instagram, to snapchat, to blogs, to twitter.. EVERYWHERE!
Obviously there is a reason for this as it is so god damn beautiful to look at and accordingly, it smells like peaches too!
In my spare time, mainly when I am skint I enjoy doing surveys to get vouchers and I always redeem mine at Debenhams so I am definitely saving up for this bad boy!
You can get this from the Debenhams website for £39.00

Here are a few incredible instagram photos of this palette in all it’s glory:

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Such a gorgeous look from sierrajayne_

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Lush Bathbombs
This is always on my wish list, mainly because:
I do. not. have. a. bathtub.
I know, it is a very sad time.. A bath would make such a difference to my stress levels recently and I am just too excited to move into a new apartment in the summer with my boyfriend (where we have made an agreement – the apartment needs a bathtub).

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The Library Of Fragrance
I have spotted these in Boots quite a few times (in the smaller express store) so I have only smelt a handful of scents but I am completely in love with them already! I have been eyeing up the Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream scent, until I went on their website and saw all of the other most incredible scents ever! (Apart from Play-Doh, I don’t think I will be too fond on that one to be honest haha)..
Go check out all of their scents here – I currently have £20 of Boots points on my card, so I might make a cheeky purchase tomorrow with them! These are usually £15, but a few select fragrances are £9.99 on their main website.

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ColourPOP Lipstick

My last love is ColourPOP’s Lippie Stix which I have never tried. I saw one of Zoella’s YouTube videos  (I believe it was her Make Up Collection) where she mentions how incredible these products are and that they are super affordable!
I definitely want to give these a try, the only thing really stopping me is the delivery as it has to be International. Although I am sure there is probably somewhere else I can purchase them from in the UK..
Here is the ColourPOP website, incase you want to have a good look! The Lippie Stix are a whopping $5 each, which is incredible!

Hope you enjoyed my Beauty Wish List – I love to get new inspiration for products that I will love, so feel free to comment below what you are loving or are lusting for!

xx

If you want to check out a few more of my previous posts, then I’ll leave the links here:

MAC Eyeshadow Collection

MAC Lipstick Collection

My January Favourites

What's on my Beauty Wish List?

Hello again, somehow it looks like another month has flown by and I thought that I should really do a ‘Beauty Wish List’ as I am constantly skint being a university student all over again and it’s a good opportunity as I haven’t had the money to just go out and purchase these! Some good can come out of it, I guess..

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Let’s just get stuck right in, shall we?
MAC Prep + Prime Fix+
Number one is going to be MAC’s Prep + Prime Fix+ which is ‘A lightweight water mist that gently soothes and refreshes skin and finishes makeup.’ I have heard that this is very multifunctional and a really great all round product! Some people use it to get a dewy look after applying make up, to refreshen and moisturise the skin, to help make up cling on to the skin to last all day and finally, to enhance eyeshadow pay off (the main reason that I really want to try it!). There are plenty more uses for this product that you can find on many blogs and YouTube videos!

Here are a few that I found very helpful:

Musings of a Make Up Junkie – The many uses of Mac Fix+ Spray

Natalie Loves Beauty – Is it worth the hype?

Laura Taylor’s YouTube Review

Luministas – Make Up Tips: Eyeshadow Base & MAC Fix +

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Too Faced Peach Palette
Next up is the Too Faced Peach Palette – yup, that’s right you have most probably seen this palette absolutely everywhere on Social Media from instagram, to snapchat, to blogs, to twitter.. EVERYWHERE!
Obviously there is a reason for this as it is so god damn beautiful to look at and accordingly, it smells like peaches too!
In my spare time, mainly when I am skint I enjoy doing surveys to get vouchers and I always redeem mine at Debenhams so I am definitely saving up for this bad boy!
You can get this from the Debenhams website for £39.00

Here are a few incredible instagram photos of this palette in all it’s glory:

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from littlespooks.beauty
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Such a gorgeous look from sierrajayne_

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Lush Bathbombs
This is always on my wish list, mainly because:
I do. not. have. a. bathtub.
I know, it is a very sad time.. A bath would make such a difference to my stress levels recently and I am just too excited to move into a new apartment in the summer with my boyfriend (where we have made an agreement – the apartment needs a bathtub).

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The Library Of Fragrance
I have spotted these in Boots quite a few times (in the smaller express store) so I have only smelt a handful of scents but I am completely in love with them already! I have been eyeing up the Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream scent, until I went on their website and saw all of the other most incredible scents ever! (Apart from Play-Doh, I don’t think I will be too fond on that one to be honest haha)..
Go check out all of their scents here – I currently have £20 of Boots points on my card, so I might make a cheeky purchase tomorrow with them! These are usually £15, but a few select fragrances are £9.99 on their main website.

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ColourPOP Lipstick

My last love is ColourPOP’s Lippie Stix which I have never tried. I saw one of Zoella’s YouTube videos  (I believe it was her Make Up Collection) where she mentions how incredible these products are and that they are super affordable!
I definitely want to give these a try, the only thing really stopping me is the delivery as it has to be International. Although I am sure there is probably somewhere else I can purchase them from in the UK..
Here is the ColourPOP website, incase you want to have a good look! The Lippie Stix are a whopping $5 each, which is incredible!

Hope you enjoyed my Beauty Wish List – I love to get new inspiration for products that I will love, so feel free to comment below what you are loving or are lusting for!

xx

If you want to check out a few more of my previous posts, then I’ll leave the links here:

MAC Eyeshadow Collection

MAC Lipstick Collection

My January Favourites

Lush Cardiff Christmas Blogger Event

I was very lucky to get invited to Lush Cardiff‘s Christmas Blogger Event last week. I was so excited to have a nose at some of their previously amazing seasonal products and to see what’s new in store for this year!

There were bloggers in christmas jumpers, lots of festive music, vegan food and drinks which were to die for and every single thing in there smelt incredible!

We had the lovely Lorna show us around the store, giving us demos of a huge range of seasonal products such as Yog Nog, Christingle, Bubbly, Santa’s Belly..

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*shown above: Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly – which contains nourishing Fresh Apple Juice, Star Anise Infusion which is Warming and spicy, Rose Absolute for the balancing and restorative element and Neroli Oil to uplift and tone.

Firstly, we got to try out all of the shower gels and cleansers and boy, are there some extremely amazing scents this year! I completely fell in love with a shower gel called Bubbly (which is a warm scent of grape, orange and lime) and Christingle which is a Body Conditioner that has an amazing minty scent to it (Believe me, I am so smooth, fresh smelling and tingly after using this in the shower!).

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*First image: Snow Fairy Shower Gel and Lord Of Misrule Shower Cream.
Lord of Misrule contains warming and clarifying Black Pepper Oil, Patchouli Oil which is exotic but earthy, Vanilla Absolute and Organic Wheatgerm Oil which is full of nutrients!

We then got shown a few lip scrubs and lip tints, before moving down to the soap and bath section where things got even more interesting (& more glitter-filled demonstrations!).

Everyone was so friendly and amazing to talk to at the event and they provided us with so much information about the background of the products, the ingredients, what the benefits of the ingredients are..

Unfortunately it’s another 2 months until Christmas, so I’ll just have to try keep my festive spirit in for at least another month yet! Go ahead and check out the christmas range at lush.com/products/christmas!

So, a huge thank you to the lovely ladies at Lush Cardiff for this amazing event and we cannot wait to see the new Lush Spa that’s going to be opening!
What are your favourite Lush products? What is the best festive Lush product in your opinion?
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NYX Cardiff Blogger Event

So I was fortunate enough to get an invite to attend the NYX Cardiff Blogger Event at Boots last week.

The Boots store at St Davids has had a brand spanking new NYX counter for a few months and it’s been so chaotic there, especially with people after the Lingerie Lip Colours.

At the event, we were shown so many amazing new products, how to use them and I was treated to a cheeky little eyebrow tutorial from Jade who did an incredible job!
I am forever struggling to keep up with my eyebrow pencils running out on me and them wiping off after loads of activity BUT BEHOLD, Jade has found me a holy grail product – NYX Eyebrow Gel in Chocolate.

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I cannot rave enough about this product, Jade claims that you can sleep with these on and they’ll still be there and my god, she is correct! I definitely put these to the test and was really pleased – also, the fact that you have to use the tiniest bit of gel to cover both eyebrows, it’s going to last me so much longer than my pencils!

The NYX Counter looks outstanding at St Davids and has such a huge range of different products always in stock. At the Blogger Event, there was also the chance to purchase a small number of eyeshadow palettes at a discounted rate which were incredible value for money!

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The ladies hosting the event were so generous too by giving us a select few taster products to try out ourselves from brands such as The Body Shop, L’Oreal, Lancome and Vichy..
I’m still waiting to find the perfect time to try out a few of these products, so bare with me and expect to see some posts on what I think.

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Obviously I couldn’t leave empty handed either, so I decided to pick up a few items so I went with the NYX Lingerie in ‘Push Up’ as I thought it would be work appropriate, NYX Stacked Mascara to give me some length to my lashes and also the Eyebrow Gel in ‘Chocolate’ which is out of this world! So look out for some reviews on these products – I’ll be posting them soon!

I want to say a huge thanks to the ladies at NYX Cardiff for all their hard effort and knowledge that went into the event. I had such an amazing time and cannot wait to see some future events from these ladies!
What is your favourite NYX product and why? I’d love to know!
Zoe
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MAC Burgundy Lip Liner

For this post, I solely wore MAC’s Burgundy Lip Liner and a smudge of lip balm.
I thought that I would opt for MAC Burgundy as it could go with my Diva lipstick, which likes to half come off after a long day so I thought that these two would pair together really well and they do! (I’ll do another post on this eventually).

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It is a really great coverage and stays on for quite a long time. It isn’t drying at all and I believe that I could blend this lip liner in with quite a few more of my MAC Lipsticks.
I am looking at Nightmoth liner too as that’s suppose to go well with Rebel, but we’ll see how we go! I need to replace my Rebel first, as it’s right at the bottom!

Have any of you tried out MAC Lip Liners? Which ones do you have and what combinations do you like using? I would love to know!
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