Saturday, 10 May 2014

My Week According to Instagram #1

Hello Beauties,
Here is my week according to Instagram;
Honey Bee Lush Bath Bomb. My Face of the Day. Cupcake and a Cuppa. another Face of the Day, Chicken Selfie, Want that Mug!, Reading and Starbucks, Billy the Dog, Mabel and Winnie the Chickens!

Hope you've had a great week.

Honey to the Bee

Hello Beauties,
Following my recent blog post all about my addiction to Lush Cosmetics which you can read here. I thought I'd follow up with reviews on each item and so I will begin with one of my all time favourite Lush bath bombs, the Honey Bee. Every time I visit Lush the Honey Bee bath bomb is the very first item I place in the cute wicker basket provided. I can not resist the sweet honey scent and amazing properties of this bath bomb.

Honey Bee bath bomb is described by Lush as 'Sweet, soothing and cleansing'. I totally agree with the statement made by Lush however I would also describe it as indulging and yummy! Honey Bee onced placed in the bath immediately fizzes up and creates a lemon yellow burst of colour and a white milky foam. The bath water becomes silky and creamy to touch.

Honey Bee is made up of 13 natural ingredients, the six stand out ingredients include;
Rhassould Mud - Cleanses and removes grease from the hair and body. It can be found in the mountains in Morocco and makes up the grey portion of the Honey Bee bath bomb.
Honey- Is a natural antiseptic and encourages the body to retain moisture, it also smells Delicious!
Aloe Vera Extract and Gel - Calms and soothes, whilst hydrating the skin.
Sweet Wild Orange Oil-   Smells absolutely mouthwatering and according to Lush it contains antiseptic and toning qualities and the scent can also lift your mood.
Bergamot Oil- Is uplifting and aromatic and it is believed that adding Bergamot oil to your washing and cleansing routine can treat disorders such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which I am a victim of come the rainy seasons!
Gardenia Oil- Lush use Gardenia Oil to colour their products naturally, however it is believed that Gardenia Oil to treat UTI's, headaches and tension.

Lush have listings on their website for every single ingredient used in their products, so if there is anything you are unsure of in any of their products, it is simple and easy to look them up. The information Lush provide is super informative and interesting. 

Honey Bee is honestly one of my favourite bath bombs from Lush and never fails to impress me, time and time again! You can purchase Honey Bee for £3.25 online at Lush Cosmetics or in your local Lush store!

Have you ever tried Honey Bee? I will have more Lush product reviews to follow!

Friday, 9 May 2014

Miss Selfridge. Print It. Top Picks

Hello Beauties,
I have recently been having a major sort out ready for when I move house later this week and I have realised that come Winter or Summer my wardrobe usually consists of black, white and grey attire, I do own the odd colourful clothing item however it is very rare that I add these to my daily outfits. I do often add the odd splash of colour through the use of handbags, my mint green converse or one of my many sparkly gemmed necklaces. As much as I am a sucker for anything in a grey marl fabric, to my surprise I am currently loving loudly printed items. After scouring many a clothing store online I came across an eclectic mix of printed clothing items on Miss Selfridge. Here are my top 8 printed items from Miss Selfridge, I can't wait to go out and purchase a few of these must haves!!

Miss Selfridge. Print It. Top Picks

You can shop the collection at Miss Selfridge Online or alternatively shop the links at Polyvore; 1. Kimono £25 / 2. Tropical Cami £20 / 3. Pink Halter Cami £20 / 4. Pastel Print Skirt £35 / 5. Pastel Print T-Shirt £35 / 6. Neon Print Scarf £9 / 7. Geo Print Skort £258. Powder Blue Playsuit £39

What prints have you been loving recently?

Hello, my name is Belle and I am a Lush Cosmetics addict....

Hello Beauties, 
I've got a sneaky feeling that I am now officially a Lush Cosmetics addict. I have of course secretly known this for quite some time now, however I have tried my best to not admit this, for my bank balance sake and my own! I often come up with excuses for my extreme shopping sprees at Lush. I can now admit that I do not need to justify the ludicrous amounts of my hard earned pennies that I spend on Lush products.
I shop there frequently and excessively, simply because Lush Cosmetics are the best brand for a beautifully hand made bath bomb, a dreamy bath melt or a sumptuous hair mask! Admitting to this has lifted a huge weight off my shoulders and I will never experience the feeling of guilt after a long and tricky day at Lush, deciding which of the 10 bath bombs in my basket that I actually really do need. 
On my most recent trip to Lush I spent £94.55 (I wasn't lying when I said it was excessive).
A few of the products I purchased I class as treats and a few are absolute essentials, I would even go as far as saying that they are a few of my holy grail items. I do not smoke and I very rarely drink, so spending this much money at Lush does not seem too much to me once every few months, there I go justifying myself again, oooops! 

Here is a list of the products I purchased including links to each one;
Ro's Argan Body Conditioner £15.95, H'Suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment £9.50, Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie £16.50, Rehab Shampoo £10.75, Retread Hair Conditioner £10.25,Green Bubbleroon Bubble Bar £3.50, New Shampoo Bar £5.50, Think Pink Bath Bomb £2.50, Butterball Bath Bomb £2.50, Melting Marshmallow Moment Bath Melt £3.95, Yuzu and Cocoa Bubble Bar £3.25, May Day Bath Bomb £2.95, Honey Bee Bath Bomb £3.25

Even though I spent a total of £94.55 on 13 products, you can pop to your local Lush Store or shop Lush Online and pick up a treat for as little as £1.00, however I dare you to visit Lush and spend less than £10. With the deliciously tempting scents, the gorgeously displayed products lying around and the ever so helpful and charming staff members on hand ready to advise you, it's nearly impossible to leave empty handed!

I will be reviewing each product that I purchased in my next few posts, so stay tuned for them.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Love Affair. ZARA Home. Round 2.

Hello Beauties,
I warned you, it is officially a love affair that I am experiencing with ZARA Home. I can not get enough of their beautifully selected and eclectic mix of furniture and home accessories. I believe that there is an item on their website for every ones taste. I personally have become the ultimate ZARA Home hoarder since the ZARA Home website was launched. You can shop it all here online.
Here are my favourite cushion, blanket and home accessory pieces.
Have you purchased anything from ZARA Home, show me!?
 Love Affair. ZARA Home

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Nominated for a Liebster Award

Hello Beauties,
I was recently nominated by Chloe and Sarah from Berry Smiles ( be sure to check out both their blogs!) for the Liebster Award. I have seen the Liebster Award circling the blogsphere for quite some time so I am thrilled that these two beautiful ladies have taken the time to nominate me and my blog!
Thank you Chloe and Sarah for this nomination.

The Liebster Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers. The word liebster is German and it has a few meanings: dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, welcome, sweetheart

If you choose to accept this award here are the rules: 
1. Thank the blog that nominated you, and link their blog link on your blog.
2. Display the award (image) on your blog.
3. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Answer 11 questions about yourself, that is provided by the blog that nominated you.
5. Nominate 11 blogs that you feel deserve this award (Note: the blog does have to have under 200 followers)
6. Create a new list of questions for your nominated blogs to answer.
7. List all of these rules (you can copy and paste)
8. Inform the nominated blogs about this award, and also provide a link for them to your post, so then they can understand the rules (because they may not have even heard about it).

11 facts about myself:  

1. I have a large collection of yankee candles
2. My guilty pleasure is reality TV, I just can't get enough
3. I consume around 10 cups of tea a day
4. I have two cats and two chickens
5. I would like to live off sweet popcorn
6. I love ZARA
7. I have blue/green eyes
8. Paloma Faith is my favourite Singer
9. I own way to much Gilly Hicks underwear
10.II could not live without Mascara
11. Japonesque is my favourite makeup brand

11 Questions from Chloe -

1. What is your favourite beauty product? (Mascara, lipstick, etc.)
My favourite beauty product is my Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation, however I could not live without Mascara, I am currently using Japonesque lengthening mascara

2. What are your top 3 favourite songs?
Lapsley- Station
Paloma Faith- Just Be
James Blake - A Case of You

3. Do you play a musical instrument? if so what instrument?
I do not play a musical instrument

4. What is your favourite clothing piece?
My favourite piece of clothing has to be my beloved American Apparel disco pants.

5. What are you scared of?
Sharks and Sadness

6. Do you prefer sweet or savoury food?
Sweet all the way!

7. What is your favourite clothing pattern? (Floral, etc.)
I am a sucker for a Daisy print

8. What is your favourite holiday? (Christmas, etc.)
My favourite season is definitely Summer

9. What is your dream job?
My dream job would to be a buyer

10. What is your favourite colour?

11. Why did you start blogging?

I enjoyed reading many other blogs and found myself becoming addicted to the blogsphere and decided to create a little space on the Internet to share my thoughts and opinions.
My 11 Questions to my nominees:

1. Why did you decide to start blogging?
2. What has made you happy today?
3. If you could have dinner with a famous person (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
4. Where would you like to travel to?
5. What item could you never leave the house without?
6. Which actor would play you in the movie of your life?
7.  What advice would you give to new bloggers?
8. Can you Describe yourself in three words?
9. What are your top three favourite songs?
10. What are your top three favourite blogs?
11. What are your future ambitions?

My 11 nominees:   
  1. Laura -
  2. Georgia - Black Latte 
  3. Shannon - 
  4. Angelika - 
  5.  Chloe -
  6. Mahak - 
  7. Emily - 
  8. Jodie - 
  9. Leigh - 
  10. Thea - 
  11. Gaby - 


Would you like to get to know me?

Hello Beauties, I was recently tagged by the lovely Paige from Little Miss Paige (be sure to check out her blog) to complete the 'Get To Know Me Tag'. I was really pleased that Paige tagged me as I have recently returned to blogging after quite a while away and think it is a perfect time for my wonderful followers to get to know me just a little better!

This is me :)

1.Do you have a middle name?
I do indeed have a middle name, it is a slightly embarrassing one: Margaret! haha.

2.What was your favourite subject in school?
I left school 5 years ago, my favourite subject was probably art and textiles.

3.What’s your favourite drink?
You can never beat a good ol' cuppa tea.

4.What’s your favourite song at the moment?
I am absolutely loving Lapsley at the moment, their song 'Station' is so beautiful.

5.What would you name your children?
This is a question I would prefer not to answer, it is personal to my boyfriend and I. If we had children we would probably keep the names a secret until the baby was born!

6.Do you participate in any sports?
I do not participate in any sports, apart from copious amounts of watching football, thanks to Mr.Blue! 

7.What’s your favourite book?
This is such a hard question, I have got so many favourites as I am a bit of a bookworm, however 'The Five People You Meet in Heaven' by a wonderful author named Mitch Albom most probably has changed my life forever. It is in no way a book about Christianity, just a fictional book about morals in life!
8.What’s your favourite colour?
I am a super girly girl, so not surprisingly it is pink!

9.What’s your favourite animal?
My favourite animal has to be a monkey. They are so fascinating.

10.What’s your favourite perfume?
Marc Jacobs - Daisy Eau So Fresh

11.What’s your favourite season?
Even though my birthday is in December, my favourite season is definitely summer. I am undoubtedly much more motivated and happy in the summer months. 

12.Have you graduated from school?
I am from the UK so we do not use the same term as the US and Canada when it comes to school etc, however I did leave school at the Age of 18 having done my GCSE's and A-Levels

13.Have you been out of the country?
I have been on many holiday,s however I have never been outside of Europe.

14.Do you speak any other languages?
My first language is Welsh, my second language is English.

15.Do you have any siblings?
I have two brothers and a sister.

16.What’s your favourite store?
I am an absolute lover of ZARA, I think their clothes are so clean cut and effortless!

17.What’s your favourite restaurant?
I love Bill's restaurant, their BBQ Ribs and Sweet Potato Fries are to die for.

18.Do you like school?
I did really enjoy school when I was there, sometimes I wish I could go back. Just for a day!

19.Who are some of your favourite YouTubers?
I am an absolute youtube addict. The very first youtuber I ever came across was Zoella. I can not believe how far she has come, it is amazing. She has literally changed the world of youtube and bloggers. She has basically helped a new generation of technology and social media become real.
I do not have a favourite as I like to have a variation of youtuber channels to suit my mood.
Here is my list of youtuber channels that I watch regularly: Lauren Curits, Niomi Smart, Hannah Maggs, Miranda Sings, Dolly Bow Bow, Sprinkle of Glitter, Thatcher Joe, Carli Bybel, Tanya Burr, Jim Chapman, Marcus Butler, Casper Lee, Pointless Blog, Katie Snooks, Helen Melonlady, Fleur DeForce and last but not least BeautyCrush.

20.What’s your favourite movie?
My favourite film is probably Goodwill Hunting. I love how young the cast looks and it is such a good film.

21.What are some of your favourite TV shows?
My one major guilty pleasure in life is reality TV, I un-ashamedly love Keeping up with the Kardashians. Other favourites include Eastenders and Hollyoaks!

22. Do you have a PC or a Mac?
I have a PC, it is a SAMSUNG laptop.

23. How tall are you?
I am a shorty, exactly 5ft.

24. Do you have any pets?
I have two chickens and two cats. (Small farm over here, hhaha!)  

I would like to tag my two favourite blogs at the moment Georgia - Black Latte and  Laura - The Beauty Tea Rooms.
I hope you feel like you've got to know me a little more!

Love Affair. ZARA Home

Hello Beauties,
I am currently experiencing a major love affair with ZARA Home. Their items are so beautiful and they have such an eclectic mix of patterns and textures. Their price range really varies from extremely affordable to a slightly pricey mark up, however it is so easy to pick up such a beautiful and interesting item from their stores or online here.
Here are my favourite mugs and cups from the ZARA Home Spring/Summer 2014 range. 

Follow the links to purchase or have a nose at the ZaRA Home website. I will be posting my favourite Cushions and Blankets for the bedroom and living room so pop by soon to check that out! Alternatively you can view my collections at POLYVORE.


  Love Affair. ZARA Home

Friday, 18 April 2014

Having a hair cut

Hello Beauties,
In the past month I have gone from having long light brown hair with highlights, to short blonde hair. 
At first I was absolutely terrified at the aspect of saying goodbye to my luscious locks. However to my dismay, looking closely at my long hair proved that it wasn't 'luscious' after all, but thoroughly damaged and quite simply in horrendous condition. And so a trip to the hairdressers was in order. 
I opted for a long bob with The Saturday's, Molly King in mind and came out surprisingly ecstatic with the result. My hair feels light and bouncy and a lot more healthy! 

Are you thinking of having your hair transformed? Share your healthy hair tips with me! 

Friday, 4 April 2014

Candle Mania

Hello Beauties,
Just like many other bloggers alike I am candle crazy. There isn't a room in my house that doesn't have a candle collection in, in my opinion they make any home nice and cosy. My go to candle is of course the trusted Yankee candle. I enjoy the seasonal scents such as Christmas and Easter. My favourites are Vanilla Cupcake, Honey and Spice and Vanilla Lime. 
I thought I would share with you my candle set up in my living room. 

The set of drawers is actually a coat rack with drawers that hangs on the wall, I bought this in Tkmaxx for £15, instead of hanging it on the wall I turned it upside down and have placed it on a white side cabinet from ikea.

The golden crackle tea light holder was £3 from Asda, the tea cup I found for 50p in a local charity shop and I use the saucer to put my rings on. The third tea light holder came in a set of four from tesco for £2. The wax tart melt is from my local Yankee candle store for £15, it is gold and black glass mosaic. The green metal holder is from Ikea and was £3 for two.

The large white metal pot was £5 from ikea, when not in use with candles I often use it as a vase by placing the flowers in a pint glass of water and placing these inside the metal pot. Putting candles inside creates a lovely light pattern across the room.


Monday, 24 March 2014

Breakfast in Bed, Lose Your Lingerie, White Hot Love

Hello Beauties,
No I am not going crazy, however the title to this blog post says otherwise! They are actually the names to the new nail polishes that Rita Ora has in her collection for Rimmel. I reviewed them in my last post, take a look if you get the chance. 
I thought I'd post a picture of how I painted my nails with the three nail polishes. 

Love, Belle

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Rita Ora for Rimmel

Hello Beauties,
On my most recent trip to Boots I intended to avoid the make up isles. They are way too alluring for me and terribly dangerous for my bank balance. However as per usual I was unable to resist! I walked past an end stand and three pastel nail polishes caught my eye. I marched straight up to the cash desk, paid and left. NO WILL POWER!

The three polishes that I picked up are by Rimmel and are part of Rita Ora's new collection. I own a few of the Rimmel 60 seconds nail polishes and quiet like them. The brushes are wide and short and great for one stroke coverage. 
The shades that I picked up were three beautiful pastel shades and bang on trend for spring.

203 Lose Your Lingerie is a baby pink with slight shimmer which does not transfer on to the nail. At first the shimmer slightly put me off however the shade is very opaque and has little to no shimmer which is a slight disappointment now I see it on the nail, a bit of shimmer wouldn't go a miss!

873 Breakfast in Bed is a mint green with a slight shimmer however just like Lose Your Lingerie the shimmer does not translate onto the nail once dry. It is a great shade, I just wouldn't quite consider it a pastel, it seems a shade slightly too dark for my liking to be classed as a pastel.


703 White Hot Love is a white polish with a slight shimmer which just like the other two shades does not translate onto the nail at all once dry. It is a great white polish that everyone needs in their collection.

What I will say about the "shimmer" that is visible very clearly when looking at the bottle, it is not so visible on the nail once dry at all, however it does give the overall look more of a glossier sheen than an average nail polish. For me the glossier my nails look, the better! 

Rita Ora's collection for Rimmel is now available at boots and at at £3.69 each and are currently in the 3 for 2 offer.

Let me know if you've used these before.
Love, Belle

Return to blogger

Hello my beauties,
It has been a year and five months since I have posted on blogger. I have of course kept up with all of my favourite blogs and am absolutely loving my weekly reads. I went through a phase of wondering if blogging was for me. I sort of had a lack in confidence about blogging and felt a bit conscious about it all. 
I often get asked about my blog and I dismiss the questions about why I don't blog anymore. I've missed the world of blogging and seem to be clogging up everybody's news feeds on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and therefore I decided that returning to my lovely blog would be a great idea.
I've missed all of the great feedback and support from you lovely beauties and I can not wait to get back into the wonderful world of blogger, blogging and all things beauty!
I hope you all decide to re-join my journey.
Love, Belle.x