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I picked up this lipstick months ago in duty free. It was only around £6 and I fell in love with the colour instantly. I'd been after a light pink lipstick for a while and this little beauty ticked all the boxes. I'd never tried any of the Colour Sensational lipsticks before so I didn't really know what to expect but for just over a fiver I was willing to give it a go. 

The colour is actually a pinky brown shade, similar to Velvet Teddy but not quite as nude and its not a matte lipstick. Although its not matte, it isn't very glossy which I love as I don't like super shiny lips, but it does apply really smoothly. 

Although I really like it I don't think the staying power is amazing and I do need to reapply every few hours but it does last a lot longer than some of my cheaper lipsticks. Its doesn't having anything on the staying power of my Mac lipsticks but I'm still pretty happy with it as I don't mind reapplying every now and then.

This has been one of my favorite lipsticks over the last few months as I love the colour and the texture and I think the shade really suits my skin tone. This was the lipstick I chose to wear in my 'Get ready with me' video may back in July. Although I love it, I do think its more of a spring/ summer colour so I'll probably be retiring for now.

Overall I've really enjoyed wearing it as I think its a very versatile shade that I've worn day or night. For the price I paid I couldn't be happier and I'll probably be investing in some more lipsticks from the Colour Sensational range as I'm quite impressed so far.

Have you tried this shade or others similar? What did you think?

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xxx

Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick In Iced Caramel


Just a really quick post today about a product I'm absolutely loving right now! Way back in August when I was treated to a gorgeous hotel room for my birthday, I may have stolen a load of mini toiletries. Okay so I did definitely steal them, but it was well worth it.

I picked up a load of mini Arran Aromatics Lavender & Tea Tree Shower Gels because I enjoyed bathing with it so much in our hotel. I know you can buy full sized versions of these on their website so I though they were worth writing about in case anyone was thinking of purchasing them.

So I'm going to start with their scent. You all probably know by now just how much I love pretty smelling products. If I use it chances are it smells amazing and that's exactly the case with these little beautys. They smell incredible and even more so when pored into a steaming hot bath. For anyone whos into strong floral scents these are definitely a must have.

Another good point is how much they bubble up. For such a small products you do get a lot of bubbles out of it, although I always use about 2 minis per bath as I want a boat load of bubbles when I'm relaxing. 

The last thing I want to mention is that they seem to be pretty good with sensitive skin. I suffer quite badly with eczema on various parts of my body and some bubble baths and shower gels can make this flair up. Well I've used these several times now and so far I haven't had any problems with it so that's always a good sign.

I'm still working my way through my miniatures but I'm sure when I run out of those I'll be popping the full sized version on my Christmas list!

Have you tried any of the Arran Aromatics range out?

Thanks for reading!

xxx

Arran Aromatics Lavender & Tea Tree Bath & Shower Gel

   
A few weeks ago I was sent a sample of a new lip balm to test out, Dr PawPaw. I'd never heard of the brand before but I was intrigued as it claimed to be a multipurpose product acting as a moisturizer, hair product, and a cuticle and nail cream. 

Dr PawPaw lip balm is a British made product that uses mostly natural ingredients and doesn't test on animals. The balm has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and includes ingredients that help repair skin, help retain moisture and have anti-inflammatory properties.




So what do I think of it? I've been using Dr PawPaw for a couple of weeks now and I've really taken a shine to it. Its a handy little product that is very easy to use and leaves my lips feeling soft and moisturized. Unlike other lip balms I have been using lately, Dr PawPaw comes in a tube not a tin so application is easy as I don't have to apply it with my fingers. I also feel that this makes the product more hygienic than lip balms in tins. Over the last few weeks I've barely left home without this lip balm as its such a good quality and I love using it on the go.

As Dr PawPaw is a multipurpose product I decided to try it out on the very ends of my hair. On the tube it claims to moisturize hair, lips, hands and heels so I thought I would put it to the test. I applied a small amount to the tips of my hair and I was very surprised just how quickly it sank in and it left my hair looking shiny, but not greasy. Although it made my hair look healthier I feel like this is more of a quick fix and there are many other products on the market that would give you better results. 
I also used this product as a hand cream and I was quite pleased with the temporary results however I wouldn't use it as a long term solution as there are more effective products available. 



The product itself is quite aesthetically pleasing, its a cute bright colored tube that would be hard to loose in your handbag. Although it comes in a very vivid shade of yellow I don't feel like there is anything tacky looking about this lip balm and I actually think it has an up market feel about it. I also think its a great size product to just keep in your handbag and they do a giant sized version you can leave at home.

All in all I've come to love the Dr PawPaw lip balm. I wouldn't use it as a hand cream, hair product or general moisturizer but as lip balm it really does the job. I do think its a little pricey considering there are similar products on the market for less, but good quality products don't come cheap and I would consider repurchasing this again. Overall its a nice little beauty product and I would give it a 8/10

Have you ever tried any of the Dr PawPaw range? What did you think?

Thanks for reading!

xxx


*This product is a press sample however this is not a sponsered post and all opinions are my own

Dr PawPaw

So a few weeks ago I ran out of perfume. I wear perfume most days so I get through a lot of it and it doesn't come cheap. Usually I will have nice scents bought for me for Christmas or my Birthday so I usually just wait until then to get something new. As my birthday is just over a month away I decided to put off buying anything expensive and purchase some cheap body spray. 
After a little browse in boots I discovered Soap & Glory stock a nice selection of scents so I decided I wanted to test one out. I love Soap & Glory products, I use them all the time, especially their Hand Food moisturizer. After spraying a few of them I opted for 'Mist You Madly' in the 100ml size. This side retails at an amazing £4 which I think is an absolute bargain.
The body spray comes in a cute little pink bottle that just shouts 'I'm a Soap & Glory product!'. Its the perfect size for me as I can just pop it in my handbag and its 100ml so I would have no problems taking it in my hand luggage if I were to go on holiday. The scent itself is very sweet and not something I would usually go for but for some reason I was drawn to it. On the website the body mist is described as 'an opulent floral spray with a glamorous twist. The scent is almost sickly but fresh at the same time, like a flower shop full of exotic plants. The product contains a range of oils from Patchouli to Bergamot, as well as notes of Freesia and Magnolia. The body mist also contains Vanilla which surprised me I literally cant stand anything Vanilla scented, but I cant smell it at all in this product.Since I've bought it I haven't really left the spray at home, its always in my bag ready to be used. I love the mixture of sickly floral scents and I would not hesitate to repurchase this product. I would love to try out the other scents in this range as they are very affordable and just as strong as perfume. I think its a good sized product, although I would love to see them come out with a bigger version I could leave at home. I really enjoy using this product and I would easily give it a 9/10.
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Soap & Glory Mist You Madly



























I just want to start by saying I never thought I'd put a photo of myself without makeup on the internet, but there it is for everyone to see (Last picture) even if most of my face is covered in mud! Since starting my blog my confidence has only grown and that's because of you guys and the positive comments and tweets you send me!

Now onto the actual review...You might have seen this product featured in my May Favorites. Its become a strong staple product for me that I have been using at least once a week for the past for months. Even Sean uses it sometimes and I'm sure he would vouch for its magical powers. 


 I've used this product for years now, mom always used to buy me the boxes of one use packets which seemed to last forever. I thought it was time to just buy the full sized face mask as I knew I loved the product and I can just use exactly what I need. The 75ml product retails at £3 which is amazing considering the amount of product you get and how long it lasts. If you think about how much you pay for individual face mask packs you really are getting a lot for your money. I also really like the size of this product, its fairly small so it wouldn't take up a lot of room in your suitcase if you were going on holiday and if you really wanted you could put it in your hand luggage as its under 100ml.


One thing I want to mention is the scent of this product. As you all know I love good smelling products and this face mask smells so pretty. Its a sweet musky scent, very similar to shaving foam? Its hard to explain but I love the smell and it stays on your face for hours. I know not everyone likes scented products but I thought it was worth mentioning for those who do.

This face mask claims to absorb oils and minimize pores and it really does, my face always feels so clean and fresh after using this face mask. I feel like I've gotten such a good cleanse without scrubbing at my face with exfoliating wash. This mask also leaves my face feeling smooth and literally soft as a baby's bum, or so I'm told, I didn't fancy putting it to the test.





After using this product I feel as though my face has been thoroughly moisturized. Although it doesn't claim to be a moisturizing product I do think it helps but that could be down to the fact that it takes all the dirt and dead skin away. Saying that I would always use a good moisturizer even after using this product as its just a force of habit.

I love using this product, especially as I'm winding down for the night. Its a relaxing treatment that leaves my skin soft, smooth and almost glowing. I think its a bargain at just £3 when much more expensive products give you virtually the same effect and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this product to anyone so for that reason I would give it a 9/10.


Have you tried any of the Avon face Masks?

Thanks for reading!

xxx

Planet Spa Perfectly Purifying Face Mask

So a few weeks ago I popped into Wilkos to pick up some new cheap beauty bits. As you all must know by now I'm forever trying out new Essence products as they as super affordable and usually really good quality. Its nice to be able to pick up several products for a couple of pounds each and know that they will work just as good as more pricey versions. Most Essence products I own are really good quality and I have repurchased many for that reason. Unfortunately on my last trip I picked up this little lipstick and I didn't get on with it at all.

I'll start with the pros as this product does have its good points. The first major pro is the price. Essence Cosmetics main selling point is their dirt cheap prices and this lippy is no different. Priced at just £2 is really is a bargain and even if you hated it, for £2 you wouldn't really mind.

Another thing I like about this product is the packaging. Its cute, girly and looks more expensive than it actually is. It makes a nice change from my usual black or dark coloured lipstick cases and it looks pretty in my lipstick holder. 
The last good point about this lipstick is how easily it applies. Its a really creamy smooth lippy that applies to the lips with ease. The consistency is really nice and one I wouldn't mind finding more in some of my more expensive products. Its also very moisturizing and I don't feel like I need to apply a coat of Vaseline after.

And that's about all the nice things I can really say about this product. As much as I hate to say it, I don't ever see my self wearing this lipstick which is such a shame as I thought I would really like how I looked with this glittering princess shade on my lips.

Unfortunately it doesn't really show up all that well. The colour is very faint and its hard to tell you are wearing lipstick at all. The glitter on the other hand is very visible and I feel like i'm wearing lipstick made for a 5 year old. I don't really know what I was expecting when I picked this up as I could clearly see that it had a lot of sparkle in but I guessed it wouldn't be that vivid?
One of the most important things for me when wearing lipstick is how long it lasts. Bar the colour this is one of the things that makes or breaks a new product for me but as I hated how it looked on my lips I didn't wear it long enough for it to wear off. If its anything like the other Essence Lipsticks I've used it will last ages, but the consistency is compleatly different to any of my others and I wouldn't have high expectations for it.

If you are going for the 12 year old 90s kid who has just bought her first Miss Sporty lippy look then this lipstick is for you. Although I imagine someone somewhere could pull this off, that person certainly isn't me and for that reason I would give this lipstick 3/10.

Have you tried this shade? What did you think?

Thanks for reading!

xxx

Essence Lipstick #02 Sparkling Romance


Today I'm going to be talking about Balance Me, a brand I haven't heard of until earlier this year when I picked up one of their products as a freebie in a magazine. Balance Me started in 2005 by two sisters who would make their products up in their kitchens before making it big. Their products mainly use natural ingredients and they are against animal testing which is always a bonus in skin care products. 

A few months ago I picked up a travel sized Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash in one of my magazines. I had never heard of the brand before so I was looking forward to testing the product out. The first thing I noticed when I opened the lid was the gorgeous smell. I love pretty smelling products and this face wash contains essential oils and and blended grapefruit so it has a really complex luxurious scent. I cant quite put my finger on the exact smell but its almost spicy, it reminds me of and old English herb garden. 


I also love the consistency of this product. Its not as gloopy as some of my other face washes and it feels really light on my skin. It foams up really quickly and leaves my skin feeling very smooth and soft. I will use this face wash with my face cleansing brush every week or so to get a really deep thorough cleanse. 

One thing I have noticed about using this product is that I really have to keep on top of moisturizing after using. Although it claims to be a hydrating cleanser I feel as though it does dry my skin out. This isn't really too much of a problem as I moisturize daily after cleansing with any product. 

One thing I love about this face wash is that as I mentioned earlier they use mostly natural ingredients, 98.8% natural to be exact. This product doesn't have any parabens or artificial fragrances or colours. I know it sounds silly as I'm only 20, but as i'm getting older my once bright teenage skin is starting to look very tired and i'm really looking to use more natural products to get my skin back into a nice condition.


The only thing I didn't like about this face wash was that it wasn't exfoliating. Although I do feel like I got a good cleanse with this product, I much prefer using exfoliating face washes as I love the feel of my skin after using them. I did use this product with my electronic face brush and the cleanse I got with that was great, but I don't like to use it every day as it can be quite harsh in my skin. Saying that I have enjoyed using this product daily as it is a very gentle soothing face wash.

After using this product for a few months I do think it helped balance my skin and stopped any possible break outs. It smells amazing and I feel very fresh after using it. I'm going to continue using this product until it runs out and after that I don't think I could bring my self to repurchase. Although its a very nice product, its more of a luxury than an essential and to me it just isn't worth £11 for a 50ml size. Overall I would give this face wash a 7/10 as it just wasn't perfect.

Have you tried any products from Balance Me?

Thanks for reading! 

xxx

Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash

As you probably know by now I am a huge Essence fan; I'm always picking up bits from the collection. I love trying out their range because it's very affordable and usually good quality too. A few weeks ago I popped into Wilkinsons to see what was new and I saw this gorgeous eyeshadow. It's a colour I've been after for a while, although this has a pink undertone. It retails at just £1.60 so I didn't hesitate to buy it and I tried it out for the first time that night.

I have to say I was initially quite disappointed. Although it looks like a good quality eyeshadow it's not very pigmented at all and you have to apply quite a lot of product to build up a decent colour. 
It also doesn't last very long once applied. Even when I used an eyeshadow primer before applying the product it was almost non existent after an hour or so. I've always had really good experiences with Essence products in the past and even though it was extremely cheap, I still had high hopes for it. 

One good thing about this product is how easy it is to apply. It's a very creamy eyeshadow which I love as it applies really smoothly and doesn't create a lot of fallout when applied.
I did also use this as a highlighter under my brow and along my checkbone. Although it didn't last very long I did love the glow it gave me and I will probably stick to using this a just a highlighter in future.

I have quite a few really good quality Essence products that I regularly use and although this product didn't live up to that standard, I still love essence as a brand and will continue to purchase their products. Although it's a pretty colour this eyeshadow just wasn't good enough in my eyes and I would only give it a 3/10.

Have you tried out this product or others from the Essence range? I'd love to hear what your favorites are!

Thanks for reading!
xxx

Essence Eyeshadow #09 Raindrops On Roses


Last week whilst having a little browse in Wilko's I came across their own range of bath products. Recently they have upped their game and now sell a nice little selection of bath bombs, shower gels and soaps which come in several different scents. The bath bombs retail at just 95p each and as I'm a huge lover of bath bombs I knew one of them was going to be coming home with me. I opted for the very pretty smelling Passion Fruit & Melon Explosion. I'd never tried any of the Wilkos own range before so I didn't really know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised.

I decided to try it out the next day as I wasn't working and had lots of time to take photos and enjoy lazing in the bath for an hour or so. When I bought the bath bomb I was worried that underneath all the pretty packaging there would be a boring plain white bath fizzer, but to my surprise it was a pretty violet colour. This is also when I really smelt the bath bomb for the first time. It was a very subtle fruity smell that unfortunately didn't stay around for too long after it was compleatly dissolved.
When I popped this little beauty in the bath it fizzed around for ages. I was really surprised at how long it took to fizz out, even some of my more pricey bath bombs didn't last half as long as this one. I love the whole experience of using bath products so this was a huge bonus for me and anyone else who loves watching their bath water slowly bubble up. 

I decided to really make a meal of this and popped a few Cherry Blossom flowers and petals in my bath to make it extra Instagramable! Although it was a fair bit of effort to pull apart all the flowers and very time consuming, I loved bathing in a bath of flowers and I think it would be an amazing way to relax after a hard day. Saying that I wouldn't buy an expensive bouquet for this, maybe just pick up a bunch of reduced flowers on their way out because there's not much you can do with them after this.

After the bath bomb was all fizzed out, I couldn't help but notice how similar it made my bath water look to the LUSH 'Sex Bomb' I used a few weeks back. Both bath bombs turned my bath water a gorgeous deep pink colour although the 'Sex Bomb' gave off a much more vivid pink. Although I cant really compare this bath bomb to the quality of a LUSH one, it would make a good alternative if you dont want to spend £3 or £4 on one product.
One thing I love about this product is that Wilkos sell a whole line of bath products with the same scent. If you like how this bath bomb smells, you can also buy shower gel, body scrub, bubble bath and hand wash in the same scent. They also stock a range of colour matching accessories such as mesh sponges and mini plastic bathtubs to keep all your bits and bobs in. I think this bath bomb and other products from this range would make lovely little gifts.

I don't really have anything bad to say about this product. Although I feel like the scent could be stronger and the colour it turns your bath could be more vivid, for 95p I was really quite impressed with it. If you are after a cheap colourful bath bomb I would definitely recommend picking one of these up. I really enjoyed using this product and I cant wait to try out some of the other scents. I wouldn't hesitate to repurchase this bath bomb and for that reason I would give it 8/10!

Have you tried any of the Wilkos own range?

Thanks for reading!
xxx

Wilkos Bargain Bath Bomb

A few nights ago me and Sean decided to go for a meal at the Brindley Place Handmade Burger Co. We've been to the ones in the Bullring and Solihull several times and it has become one of our favorite places to eat. We usually get very good service and our meals are always cooked to perfection, so when Sean suggested we go out for dinner, I decided to bring along my camera and review our first time eating at the Brindley Place restaurant.

Price - Handmade Burger isn't the cheapest place to eat out in Birmingham; many pubs do two meals for £10 or a beer and a burger for a fiver, but it's worth it. The burgers average out at about £9 or £10 each depending on what you order and the chips are set at £3.25 each. The drinks however are a very good deal, for £2.70 you can order a 'bottomless' drink that you can refill as many times as you like. I've never drank alcohol here but they only serve beer and wine which tends to be quite pricey. One thing we discovered, unfortunately after we had paid, was that they do a 15% student discount which is doubled to 30% on Mondays!
Service - When we arrived we were seated straight away, near the window as I requested so that we could look out over the canal and watch the boats. After ordering, our food took a little longer that usual to arrive, this could have been due to the burgers we ordered as they weren't made using the regular beef. Once we had finished we pilled all the plates into the middle but it took a very long time for them to be cleared away. This is very usual for Handmade Burger especially as we went on a Sunday night and there were only a handful of customers. Me and Sean both agreed that the staff in the Bullring and the Solihull restaurants are a lot more friendly.

Food/ Drink Quality - Overall the food and drink quality was amazing as usual. The ingredients are always fresh and cooked perfectly. Me and Sean decided to try a 'Jimmy's Farm' burger; the beef is from rare breed, free range beef that has been matured  for 3 weeks. This type of burger is priced at £9.95 and tastes amazing; the caramelized onion is a yummy added bonus. Our burgers were topped with smoked bacon and a gorgeous cheese, both of which only enhanced the overall taste. As usual we had a bowl of onion rings which are the best onion rings ever, the are so sweet and fluffy. I didn't think the chips were as nice as usual but Sean loved his.

Cleanliness - I couldn't fault the cleanliness of the restaurant. The tables, floor and drink area were spotless. I hate being seated in a restaurant to find that my table is still sticky but that wasn't the case here. Unfortunately a little trip to the ladies room ruined all of that. The bins hadn't been emptied and were overloading, as for the stalls, they were just a bit messy. Sean said the men's were perfectly fine.     
Location - Handmade Burger Brindley Place is very central, located just off Broad Street and virtually opposite the ICC. It s very easy to get to as there are many bus stops and taxi ranks near by, it's also about a 15 minute walk from the Bullring. It over looks one of Birmingham's busy canals, which I imagine would be lovely in the summer with the doors open. It is also surrounded by many other bars and restaurants as well as being virtually right next to Birmingham's famous Broad Street.

Overall I really enjoyed my meal and wouldn't hesitate to order one of their 'Jimmy's Farm' burgers again. I always love eating at Handmade Burger and although there were a few things that weren't perfect about that night, it didn't put me off dinning there again. I would rate the overall experience ☆1/2.

I hope your enjoyed reading this restaurant review, I want to start doing this sort of thing more regularly on the blog. I've love to know if you guys have ever eaten at a Handmade Burger Co. What did you think?


Thanks for reading!
xxx

Handmade Burger - Brindley Place Birmingham

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