Monday, 27 October 2014

Urban Outfitters Haul

Urban Outfitters, what can I say? I can never enter this shop without leaving with at least two things. My personal favourite is the miscellaneous section, and the books. I don't usually buy clothes from there, though one of my favourite hats is from UO. I just can't resist all of the random quirky bits and bobs they sell, usually stuff I don't actually need but end up having a burning desire for... so here's what I got on my last visit to Urban Outfitters!

Ombre Hair Chalk Set - £12 / Urban Outfitters
Firstly, I must say I have seen this product in Urban Outfitters MILLIONS of times and never bought it. Why? Because I've usually already picked up 10 things and tell myself I don't need to spend any more money... but this time I decided it was time to put it in my basket.

Now most of you know I used to LOVE having coloured hair, bright red, purple, turquoise... but unfortunately I can't dye my hair anymore due to bleach damage. So why not try the next best thing? HAIR CHALK. The colours that come in this set are GORGEOUS. Purples, Pinks, Turquoise... and pastels. I won't lie, I was a bit sad to find them all broken when I opened up the box, but C'est le vie.

Now, I normally post really positive reviews on here, but I'm going to be super honest (not everything can please me unfortunately!) - I was quite disappointed with this product... I was hoping the chalk would actually show up (even on dark hair) but unfortunately it didn't. I tried it on dry/damp/wet hair (after definitely following the instructions) and didn't have much luck! Also it really dried my hair out. Now it's not a FULLY negative review for these, because I reckon these would work BRILLIANTLY on blonde hair. So I guess this isn't the solution for my hair colouring itch/brunettes! Nevermind! The next two products are FANTASTIC...

Holographic Nail Varnish | W.I.P - £12 / Urban Outfitters
I can not PRAISE this product enough. I thought I'd seen every nail varnish possible (my collection is getting out of hand) but NO. I saw this by the tills in UO, and I was BLOWN AWAY! This is by far one of the most beautiful and majestic nail varnishes I have ever purchased. It's HOLOGRAPHIC, which means it goes rainbow when the light hits it. I think Urban Outfitters do some of the best nail varnishes on the market, I have never been disappointed by their range. Granted, the price is more than the usual bog-standard nail varnish but I promise you it's worth it!

Queen of F*cking Everything Mug - £9 / Urban Outfitters
Well, I think this purchase is pretty self explanatory... haha! This was the first thing I saw when entering UO this time, and it made me literally laugh out loud. It's just so SASSY. If there is one mug I want to drink my morning coffee out of, it's this one - because I am the Queen of F*cking everything.

So what do you think about these products? I'd LOVE to hear in the comments if you've ever used the hair chalk from UO if you're brunette and if you had any luck with it? Let me know down below!


Friday, 17 October 2014


I've been wanting to write this blog post for quite a long time, but never found the right words, so here goes.

I've had anxiety for a few years now, to the point it's become a daily battle - and I found comfort in knowing I know that I'm not the only one. This year in particular has been a huge anxiety rollercoaster, why? I don't know. Anxiety isn't something that's easily explained, or understood. 

I'm going to try and explain it the best I can. The worst thing about suffering from anxiety is not always knowing why you're feeling it, and for me that's the most frustrating part. Most of the time I do know why though, and I do know most of my triggers. 

- Travelling alone - the fear of missing trains or getting lost. 
- The fear of failure.
- Doing things that are different / new territory / out of my comfort zone.
- The fear of getting emotionally hurt.

Feeling anxious can feel like you're suffocating, and for me it's a very overwhelming feeling. It's mainly feeling sick and extremely unsettled. A deep worry, sometimes over things that don't even need to be worried about. That's the funny part, I *know* I don't need to worry about certain things, so it's almost like your own body/mind is betraying you.

What helps get rid of anxiety? Well, that's a question I'm still trying to answer. I got advised by a doctor to buy some "Kalms" tablets, which are herbal and totally natural. I think they do work, but a part of me feels like it's just a placebo effect. I guess I'll never know.

Music. Music is the one thing I turn to when I feel anxious, it's a welcomed distraction. 
Breathing. Something about consciously becoming aware of my breathing makes me feel a lot calmer.

The one thing about dealing with anxiety, is knowing how to handle it. I'm no expert, but I do know that I can't let it control my life, and what I do. At least I try very hard not to let it. You could say I try to fight myself, which is why I called it a daily "battle".

My friend asked me the other day "How do you remain so positive and happy in your videos, even when you're having a bad day?" - honestly? I'm not sure, I guess it's my job so I sort of *have* to get into the zone of my internet persona. Don't get me wrong, I'm not unhappy/anxious all of the time, far from it (I'm a happy bubbly person most of the time) - but I guess my anxiety is a part of me I don't often share/show to the world. 

I guess I just wanted to write this for myself, and if it helps someone else knowing that they're not alone with anxiety, then I guess that'll make this worth it. 

Anxiety is a massive b*tch. If anxiety was a person I'd quite happily punch it in the face, repeatedly.
However it's not, it's a part of me. 

This is where I don't know what else to write, so I think I'm going to leave it there. Do you get anxiety? Leave a comment letting me know what makes it better for you. I'd love to read them!


Monday, 6 October 2014

Lush Haul 2014

Okay, so I know it's only October... I know - but I got too excited and didn't want to wait until November to share these beautiful things from Lush Cosmetics with you! You should know by now that I'm addicted to baths and bathbombs, so of course as soon as Lush released this years Christmas range I couldn't help but buy half of their store. So what's new?

Northern Lights Bathbomb - £3.50
So this bathbomb caught my eye because of it's unusual shape, and how pretty it looked! This is Lush's "Northern Lights" bathbomb. It smells like jasmine and ylang ylang (yeah I don't really know what that is either!) but I do know it smells FANTASTIC! I think the cute little stars are a lovely touch to this bathbomb. It turns your bath into a beautiful purple, blue and yellow swirly night sky. What's not to love?

So White Bathbomb - £3.50 / So White - Shower Gel - £4.50
These were probably the products that I was MOST EXCITED about. Last year I fell in love with the "So White" bathbombs from Lush, they smell so refreshing. It gives of a lot of fizz, and a subtle pink colour! The main scent I get from the So White range is Apple, which I just become addicted to! So to find out that this year they made it into a shower gel!? I was over the moon with happiness, and it certainly didn't disappoint me, it really does smell delicious!

Golden Wonder Bathbomb - £3.75 / Butterbear Bathbomb - £1.95
Another one of my all time Christmas favourites from Lush, the "Golden Wonder" bathbomb. I had to control my temptation to buy hundreds of these last year to last until this Christmas! This one claims to smell of Orange and Lime, but I'm not so sure, whatever it smells like - it's heavenly. This one is super fun to watch fizz away in your bubble kingdom! Beautiful blues, yellows, turquoises... and to top it off it leaves a lovely glitter sheen to your bath water (but not so glittery that you look like Edward Cullen when you get out of the tub!)

The next one I've never used before as it's a new addition to the Lush bathbomb family, which is the "Butterbear" bathbomb! It's an adorable little thing isn't it? This has a very sweet vanilla scent. Though I'll probably feel a little bit guilty melting him in hot water. Poor little bear!

Snow Fairy - Shower Gel 100g - £3.75 
The shower gel that everyone wishes wasn't just a Christmas Limited Edition, "Snow Fairy". I have to remind myself that this is soap when I smell it, because I literally want to eat it. I bought myself a large bottle of Snow Fairy last year, and enjoyed it so much - that I decided to get some more this year! Definitely recommend this shower gel if you like sweet candy scented things! And it's pink, that's always a bonus, right?

Luxury Lush Pud Bathbomb - £3.50
I'm fairly certain I saw this "Luxury Lush Pud" bathbomb last Christmas, but for some reason never tried it? No idea why as it's so colourful and festive looking! The little holly and the berries on the top just screams cuteness. This bathbomb is a rainbow explosion when you plop it into your bath, which I think is what makes this one so special. This one has a strong lavender scent, which is just PERFECT for a hot soak before bedtime! Nice and relaxing.

The Christmas Hedgehog - Bubble Bar - £3.25
Now, I'm definitely more of a bathbomb lover than a bubble bar lover - but it was just too cute not to buy? It's a little turquoise (my favourite colour, may I add!) hedgehog. Though I think this little fella got a little bit squashed on his adventure to my house. Never the less, it's still cute. This bubble bar smells like the ocean, or what you'd imagine the ocean to smell like had it turned into a nice scent. It's a very pleasant smell, but I find it hard to describe - you'll have to go and find a Lush shop and give it a sniff for yourself!

Dashing Santa Bathbomb - £2.95
I can't remember if these were around last year, or whether they're new - either way it's festive and what a "Dashing Santa" he is! Very happy with this scent, it's quite Orangey, which certainly makes me feel festive. 

Father Christmas Bathbomb - £3.50
The "Father Christmas" bathbomb is probably the one that I think of when people talk about the Christmas range at Lush. I guess that's because it's Santa.. I'd say he looks jolly, but I'm honestly not sure haha! Why do I love this one so much? Well it's got the same scent as Snow Fairy, and it turns your bath a lovely shade of Green... which wasn't what I expected when I first tried one of these! Either way, it's fun and smells utterly yummy.

So what are your favourite festive products from Lush? Let me know in a comment below, and share this post with your friends - you never know, they might take the hint and buy you some for Christmas! 


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Zoella Beauty

When I heard that Zoe was bringing out her own range of beauty products, well it's safe to say I knew I had to buy some of them! I've been watching Zoe's videos for years, and it's been a fun journey watching her grow and end up with her very own beauty range! (Even though it was a battle buying them online, these naughty little things kept selling out VERY quickly!) So I had been sitting by my letter box for a few days, and today they finally arrived! Hooray!

Zoella - Blissful Mistful Body Mist - £8.00
This was probably the product out of Zoe's range that I was most excited for, I love body mists and anything that will make me smell delightful! I don't usually buy fragrances that I haven't smelt before, but I trusted that Zoe had good taste in scents - and I certainly wasn't disappointed! One thing I love about this is that it's not too 'heavy' - it's a light scent. It's got some REALLY PRETTY high notes, almost floral/fruity at the same time. I'd describe it as quite a calming smell, which I really do like a lot! Yummy.
Zoella - Soak Opera Bath Soak / Shower Cream - £5.00
You all know I'm a huge bath lover, so of course I couldn't not get the bath soak. I just bloomin' love how cute and girly this range is, even the bubble bath is a cute pink colour! This product has quite a delicate scent, in my opinion it's a gentle floral scent. I now want to go and have a bubble bath...

Zoella - Creamy Madly Dreamy Body Lotion - £5.00

What nicer way to get out of a bubble bath than with a matching body lotion... (again can we just point out how cute the packaging is?!) I'm a huge moisturising girl, nothing is worse than feeling like your skin needs a good drink! This lovely body lotion is filled with Vitamin E, Aloe and Shea Butter (my skin likes the sound of that!)... I'd say this product from Zoe has the most subtle scent of  them all. It definitely makes my skin feel soft... lovely!

Now, I only tried 3 products from the Zoella Beauty range (I really wanted the candle/fizzbar but they seem to be the most popular! Damn.) but I can safely say I love these products, Zoe must be really proud of herself. She's managed to create a range that's just so charming, and very Zoe. I can't wait to get my hands on everything else! 

If you want to get some Zoella Beauty products for yourself, click HERE!