Thursday, 5 March 2015

Easter Lush Haul

Lush Easter Collection
 Easter at Lush 

I really love the themed items at Lush and I get so excited when the release date comes for new items and as usual I have to get whatever is in the new collection. For me I just love Lush as they are ethical and not afraid to stand out from the crowd by not testing on animals and also being mostly vegan but always vegetarian.

Lush are a very popular brand and can be found in most places in the UK and they are also sold online as well. Lush has all natural products and always list what is in each of their products and also have marked on their products if they are vegan or vegetarian.

lush packaging

So what did I buy this time?

My eyes watered when I first seen the price of these but I realised that its a bargain really as you get 3 bubble bars ( or 6 if you half them)  This is so sweet and my husband really thought they were real carrots at first haha, he said ' Lush sell carrots now?' bless him. The scent is Sicilian lemon oil, Bergamot oil and Buchu Oil which is very refreshing mix.

As soon as I seen this in store I was drawn to it because of its beautiful colours, the price did not bother me as its quite a big bubble bar and I would break this into 4 bubble bars so I would use this 4 times to get the most out of this product. The scent of this product is a blend of Violet leaf absolute, Jasmine absolute, Rosewood oil and Ylang Ylang Oil which is a gorgeous blend that smells exactly like the sweets parma violets.

How cute is this bunny! just love the design and its perfect just in time for Easter. The scent is beautiful with a blend of Lime oil, Violet Leaf Absolute and lavender absolute which all go beautifully together. This has an added surprise of popping candy too.

Have you bought anything in Lush lately?

Melissa x 

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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Asda Home Haul #1


I am such a fan of the 50s and pinup style and fashion so as soon as I heard that Asda were doing another pinup bedding setting I just had to have it and I can honestly say I went to Asda the same day and bought this bedding set because I just love the style and it all fits in well with my home as my home reflects me and that is retro. 

I just love Asda home as everything I have bought from them in the past has been very high quality but for a fraction of the price of other shops such as next and debehams but their designs are second to none and can really make a house a home the affordable way 

I have never bought a cushion for my bed before as I have never seen the point so this is the first time a cushion will be going on my bed. I really thought this cushion goes so well with the set it would be perfect to buy them together to complete the look of this bedding. The cushion feels like very good quality and I am very surprised it is only £5 it feels so much more expensive then that so I feel like I got a bargain their from George.

I just loved the look of this duvet as it reminds me a bit of my favorite film 'Some Like It Hot' with the lovely Marilyn Monroe with its sailors theme. I have bought the previous pinup bedding from George home and I was very impressed with the quality of that and I still have it on my bed from time to time so I can't wait to see what this looks like.

*With an extra bonus .....*

Christmas Themed Pinups | Sale £6 (not in stock anymore :( )
 I bought this just after Christmas in the boxing day sales as I just love everything Christmas and look forward to it every year and the only reason I bought this is so that I can use it from November onward for the run up to Christmas 2015 and the New year so its now stored away for that occasion. For £6 its a bargain and is worth keeping for the next Christmas.

Have you bought anything from George Home?

Melissa x

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Monday, 2 March 2015

My Illamasqua Lipstick Collection

illamasqua lipsticks

*Lipstick Collection Alert*

Flipping heck I didn't realise how many lipsticks in my makeup drawer, its getting so much makeup now that I can barely even shut the drawer now. I have always been such a lipstick fan that its the most thing I have that is makeup related and I think I have over 50 now and I could honestly say I don't have a favorite as I have so many to say which is my favorite.

Illamasqua are one of my favorite makeup brands as they just stand out for me as being a bit Gothic and having shades that are out of the box and they aren't afraid to be different and I just love that and its the reason why I keep buying more and more from the brand.

illamasqua lipstick swatches

From top to bottom the lipsticks are as follows -

Immodest is a vivid pink in a matte finish which is simply stunning applied. The lipstick has great staying power and lasts a good few hours without needing reapplied. Even though this is a matte lipstick I did not find it drying at all and was smooth to apply.

Pinkie is a cool pink in a satin finish and is very smooth so its a dream to apply. This shade is very drastic but I do love it and can't wait to wear it in the Spring and Summer months. This lipstick doesn't last as long as a matte but still lasts a while with amazing pigmentation.

Naked is a nude shade in a satin finish. This is the most nude lipstick I have in my lipstick collection as I usually wear bright lipstick but this is perfect for natural makeup days. This lipstick is very smooth like pinkie and has good staying power.

Atomic is a fuchsia violet shade in a matte finish. This lipstick is the perfect matte and is amazing with the retro look and is among my favorite retro matte lipsticks. This lipstick is a bit dry to apply but once applied it looks amazing and I would suggest using lip balm but saying that it has stunning staying power with a gorgeous shade.

Cherub is a warm coral shade in a satin finish. This lipstick is the one I usually choose when I want a more natural makeup look as it looks stunning and brightens up my look instantly. This lipstick is smooth to apply and looks fabulous for a couple hours before needing reapplying.

Vampette is a deep berry shade in a satin finish. I must admit this was my number one lipstick of 2014! such a beautiful shade that looks perfect with any look. This lipstick is smooth and lasts for a good few hours before a reapplication is needed.

Illamasqua lipsticks

Even though these lipsticks are on the expensive side at £18.50 each, I think the quality of the lipsticks speaks for themselves as they have one the best pigmentation I have seen in a lipstick and have many to choose from on their website I just want to buy more.

With my Illamasqua lipsticks I am more confident in an instant as I know the shades are beautiful and they are long lasting so I don't have the worry of them fading in a hurry. I really love my collection and would not change any of them as I am pleased with the selection I have chosen. After writing this post I am more tempted to add more Illamasqua lipsticks to my collection woops!! 

Have your tried Illamasqua Lipsticks before?

Melissa x

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Sunday, 1 March 2015

My Top 3 Eyeshadow Palettes


I must admit I am quite a fuss pot when it comes to eye shadows and always end up going back to these 3 palettes even though I have many more eye shadows to choose from. The main reason I go back to eye shadow palettes is the quality and most most of all how long they actually last, so this is why I decided to show you all my favorites in my collection and which I tend to use most weeks even though it can vary from time to time, check out my posts about them on my instagram Here!

Makeup Revolution - Girls On Film Palette
When I seen this palette I just thought of the 80s song from the popular band 'Duran Duran'I nearly sang it in my local superdrug when I seen this. This palette is the beautiful choice as its got 6 matte shades and 12 shimmers and all the shades are neutral so can easily be worn everyday whether its a day time look or a night time look and with the price of makeup revolution you can guarantee its a bargain at only £8 and most of all the quality is acceptable but so much better combined with a eye shadow primer.

Too Faced - Chocolate Bar Palette
 I won this a few months back and I am so thankful I did as this is now my all time favorite eye shadow palette of all time! The quality of  this palette is second to none with its gorgeous case and most of all the sheer quality of shadows themselves are amazing and so long lasting. This palette maybe quite neutral but so many makeup styles can be created with this effortlessly without putting so much on a eye shadow brush, an added bonus of this palette is it actually smells like chocolate!! how heavenly is that?

Makeup Revolution - Acid Brights Palette
Now this may not be an everyday palette but I still love it none the less as I just love bright shadows and its nice to stand out every now and again. I bought this palette as I really love the Urban Decay Electric palette but I can't afford that just yet so I thought I would look for an alternative so that's when this came in and I must admit it surprised me with how pigmented this is and how easily it blends with other shadows, a very happy purchase.

What are your favorite eye shadow palettes?

Melissa x

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Saturday, 28 February 2015

March Wishlist


To me this Winter has lasted far to long, I am really ready for the warmer weather now, go away cold weather I want some sunshine for a change please!! March is so close to Spring with all the daffodils and snowdrops its hard not to think of the warmer weather and what to wear and wish for in the spring months so I hope you enjoy my March wishlist.

I just love quirky items and you can't get anymore quirky then a banana purse! how cute does it look, people will think wow shes carrying bananas around she must be super healthy! but little would anyone know I would be carrying chocolate haha!!

I know the price of these are super steep but can we just take a second and admire how gorgeous these shoes actually are!! If I get a job in the next few weeks I really would love to buy these and add them to my collection of shoes but till then they can stay on my wishlist.

I have wanted this palette for months now but I haven't had the power to spend £38 on this just yet even though I am so tempted to buy this because its gorgeous, it will have to wait  till I eventually buy this which is hopefully soon because I think I would suit these vibrant shades.

I have a small addiction to candles but I mostly buy yankee candles to buying this candle would make a change for me. The name and design of the candle has tempted me very much to buy this as I just love flamingos!

I just love cats and I have 2 Salem and Kitty, so it would just be right to have a cat print pyjama set as I would say I am a cat lady. I love the design of these and I have never tried pyjamas from topshop before so this would be a first.

I know this wishlist is a bit of a mixture but I just love it that way, I never want a set subject every month it keeps changing all the time but these are just me in every way. I really hope I get a job soon but I have had some news on the job front and had a job interview the other day so you never know. so till next time bye lovelies!!

What is on your March wishlist?

Melissa x

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Thursday, 26 February 2015

MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick and Lipglass Swatch & Review

MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick and Lipglass
MAC cosmetics have a new viva glam spokesperson for their campaign and its the ever popular Miley Cyrus, she may not be everyone's cup of tea but shes the perfect person in my opinion to be this years viva glam spokesperson. 

Miley Cyrus has been a person who likes to show her own personality even though it might be over the top but I think that is why so many people like her like myself. Miley Cyrus Viva Glam Lipstick is a sexy hot pink with macs ionic lipstick formula and the lipglass is a hot pink with loads of shimmer with macs lipglass formula these can be worn together.

MAC viva glam miley cyrus lipstick and lipglass review
Summary of Viva Glam Miley Cyrus
  • Mac Viva Glam was first introduced way back in 1994 and the first spokesperson was the fabulous RuPaul.
  • Miley Cyrus is the spokesperson for Viva Glam for 2015
  • Viva Glam Miley Cyrus is a bright hot pink and the lipglass is a vibrant hot pink with loads of shimmer.
  • The lipstick and lipglass have the ionic Miley Cyrus signature on the bottles for an amazing design and shows off its viva glam.
  • All the money from the Miley Cyrus lipstick and lipglass goes to the MAC Aids Fund

(on left: MAC Miley Lipstick and on right: combined with the lipglass)

 The colour is a bright and sexy shade of hot pink that is perfect for the upcoming Spring and Summer months as it is super glossy and very highly pigmented, this means that it is very long lasting like the rest of the MAC lipsticks out their. This lipstick looks perfect on its own or combined with the Miley Cyrus lipglass for a glossy look, I could not resist but to buy both as they both look so wonderful and when I got them home I was so happy with the quality and look of them both, I have never stopped going on about them yet and wear them daily at the moment.
MAC miley cyrus lipstick and lipglass swatch
MAC viva glam Miley Cryus is a long lasting lipstick that it lasts 4 hours and after that even the stain looks beautiful without looking wrong. I am pleasantly surprised with this lipstick as I don't usually wear hot pink lipsticks as I am a red lipstick fan but this lipstick really changed my mind and I really wish I bought this combination sooner when it first came available on the MAC website.

Would I buy it again??
I feel like buying more of this lipstick as I really never want this lipstick and lipglass to run out as they look so beautiful on and look flawless most of the day. The pink is perfect for me as it looks perfect whether my style is casual or retro its a pink that would suit anyone. I am over the moon with this lipstick and lipglass they have to be my favorite purchases so far of 2015.

The MAC Miley Cyrus lipstick and lipglass are still avalible on the website which is amazing 

Have you ever tried MACs Viva Glam Lipsticks before?

Melissa x

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Illamasqua Eyebrow Cake

Illamasqua eyebrow cake
Illamasqua are a firm favorite with me and my collection keeps growing and growing since I started collecting the brand over a year ago. Illamasqua have a vast selection of makeup to choose from and not only that they bring out the most gorgeous collections every now and again which look absolutely stunning and its no wonder why my collection keeps growing.

  • 6 shades to choose from (I choose motto which is a warm taupe)
  • Can be used alone, with water or with illamasqua setting gel
  • Helps define the brows 
  • Can be used to natural to defined brows
  • Cruelty Free

Illamasqua eyebrow cake swatch
Finish and Lasting power 
I always use something on brows to define them and this seemed like the perfect choice for me, the application of this was very simple to get a natural look and more defined using water. I just love how it applies and looks very natural with only a small amount you get such an amazing brow. I use the real techniques eyebrow brush to get my brows looking perfect. Would I say its the best I have tried? well in my opinion yes because its so long lasting and the shade matches perfectly for me so worth every penny.

My verdict 
My verdict is that this is amazing and even though the price is steep at £15.50 its defiantly worth the price tag as its long lasting and looks beautiful all day long weather the look you want is natural or a more defined look. I would for sure buy this again in future and I am even thinking about getting this is more shades in the near future.

Have you tried Illamasqua eyebrow cake before?

Melissa x

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