Thursday, 27 November 2014

The Body Shop Christmas Haul

To be honest, I rarely 'brave' The Body Shop. As you know if you watched this video, I LOVE TBS's body scrubs, they give me life and make me look less like the lizard in Spiderman and more like Gwen Stacey (if only!). 
Alas, I will never be Emma Stone, but, TBS's body scrubs are fab-u-lous! By 'brave' I mean the lady always trying to throw body butter on my hands when I get through the door scares me, really.
Also, spritzer girls. Terrifying. 

Aneh-whay I made a quick (it was meant to be quick, but turned into about an hour) trip to The Body Shop in Bluewater on Monday, there was ONE thing I wanted. But, as we all know, when it comes to body products I have the breaking strain of a KitKat. 

I went in intending to buy the Glazed Apple Body Polish. The Glazed Apple range was the one that immediately caught my eye online, it's bright green and smells like on of my favourite foods. So, yes. Low and behold when I arrived in the store, they only had two display bottles, no scrub for Steff! Then, I looked up, and right on the top shelf of the display was the last damn-ass bottle in Bluewater!!! 
It's big, it's green and it's sparkly (like if the Hulk was a fairy in a bottle). I will be doing a review of this so stay tuned! 

They had a deal of 2 body scrubs or body butters for £16 which is a decent deal as they are usually £10 each, so you get £2 off each one. Not bad. So I had to get another scrub (as I said earlier I do not like body butter, at freaking all! No sir), I'll admit I was at a cross-roads between the Vanilla Brûlée and the Frosted Cranberry scrub, but decided on Vanilla Brûlée. I don't know what it is, but for some reason I really LOVE the scent of Vanilla. 
I love it so much to the point that I have perfume with vanilla undertones, because I like the vanilla in it! You'll be seeing a review on this. 

I wanted to try something from their bath range, it's nowhere near as big as their shower range which is the opposite to LUSH, but they brought some new bits out for Christmas. This little pot intrigued me the most simply because there's a spoon! 
Yes, I would very much like to feel like Sabrina the Teenage Witch cooking up my bath water like a potion. Thank You. This is the Glazed Apple Bath Jelly, it's more emerald-coloured than the rest of the Glazed Apple collection and I can't wait to use it in a bath and review it for you guys! 

I then picked up a couple of basic bits, a Frosted Cranberry hand cream. No you won't be seeing a review of this, you'd know why if you followed me on Twitter! I decided on the Cranberry because I thought it'd be a more universal favourite than the Vanilla, and they don't make an Apple one. I have to say that I really love the packaging for their hand creams though! 

I also bought a couple of Glazed Apple lip balms, because trust me, once you smell this ish, you'll want to rub it all over your face like I do! 

And again, there's two...hmmm, I wonder why? I really like the new tin packaging that TBS seems to be using on their more recent lip balm releases. I feel like it looks a lot cleaner, although I do like the coordinating colours on the original lines, and feel like that packaging is a little more durable, less dentable. 

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed seeing all of the bits and pieces I decided to buy from The Body Shop so far this year! Is there anything you want from the Christmas collection? Have you got anything yet? 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

LUSH Review - Father Christmas Bath Bomb

I rarely buy bath bombs, and this became apparent at the unfortunate moment when I had my towel round my ankles ready to get into a bath of clear, clean water. Where was my scented, colourful, misty, soft water, waiting to accept me like some bath-bound mermaid? Needless to say it ("unfortunately") meant I needed (yet another) trip to LUSH, and whilst Mark Constantine remains to be one of my least favourite people, The Body Shop doesn't sell many bath products. But they have brought out a few bath-y things with their Christmas Collection, so y'all know I'm hitting that Monday at Bluewater! (PS. I'm vlogging my shopping trip!) 
Aneh-whay the issue remains, so I popped into my local LUSH store (I swear they are starting to recognise me there!) and picked up some goodies. 
One of the things I bought was the 'Father Christmas' bath bomb. I'm pretty sure that this has been out in previous years, I've just never bought it, and I will be going back to get another one. (AKA - Yes'm, I like this)
FC is about the same size as your average LUSH bath bomb, it's a pink bath bomb with white detailing to make FC's face. I really like this detail, I especially like that mine had a little white blob on his nose, Lifeguarding Santa (oh yeah). 
FC is £3.50, and has a beautiful, sweet scent. If you like Snow Fairy you're sure to like FC was well! You could easily crack this bath bomb in half for two baths, but as my baths are a one - two times per week treat, I used the whole thing! 
I had to share this picture, I thought the face parts looked so funny! I like that the white parts and the red parts fizz away at different moments, so you can get an effect like this! It makes his facial hair look so bushy. 
I found that my skin felt really nice and smooth after this bath, it must be that white stuff? I find that if a bath bomb has the white foam that sits on the water, it's a lot more likely to be moisturising. 
Inside FC is a gorgeous, rich Christmas Green. It's that perfect tree/garland/wreath green and smells delightful in the bath. I find that to me, a lot of bath bombs from LUSH can lose a lot of their scent, but even I noticed that I could actually smell this one during the bath! It smells lovely and sweet. The scent lingered on my skin nicely, and I got a couple of compliments. 
Look at those swirls! Da Vinci would be proud. 
Overall I give Father Christmas
To be honest, and this IS just me being picky, I would have preferred something sparklier inside, lots of gold lustre maybe? I feel like they could make it more special for Christmas, as it IS a Chrimbo bath bomb. But otherwise I liked the scent, my skin felt smooth and moisturised and I smelt really good afterwards! 

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Maverick Does Christmas | Top Tips on Preparation

My friend Emma over on Anchors Away Beauty, recently did a post on her top tips for preparing for Christmas. It's a brilliant idea and I find that Christmas is all about preparation! 
So today I'm going to share with you my top tips on how to prepare for the Holiday Rush! 

1. Lists - (Emma's first point was the same! Just goes to show how important they are!)
Make Christmas Card lists, gifts for others lists, where you put things lists, as well as your own Christmas list! 
I find it really handy to have one notebook in which to write everything, that way everything is in that notebook. Or if you are accident prone (aka. you lose things all the damn time, like me) make your lists on the computer, (doubt you're gunna lose that!) and then print them off! It means you can still cross things off, but also that you don't have to try and read that hasty scrawl because you've got the advantage of Helvetica! Plus, if you lose the initial print-out, hey you wrote the list on your computer! Print it again! No list-losing stress! 
2. Organise your gift wrap - Organise it into one place, I LOVE using structured bags like this one from Clintons. 

You could also use a gift wrap organiser bag (yes, those are a real thing) to store your wrap. But, I like to have my bows, bags, ribbon, tags, post-its and wrap in the same place. You could organise it all into big boxes too! My bags are a quick, temporary solution as I ALWAYS manage to use up all of my gift-wrapping things, but if you like to save wrap, or find yourself having some execs products, big plastic boxes like these from Homebase, or these from Ikea are great for year-round storage. 

3. Retain anything you can use to wrap - Remember that Victoria's Secret bra that was wrapped in red tissue paper? Or that fragile china ornament you ordered online that came wrapped in bubble wrap? Save that stuff! It's an easy money-saving device, meaning your gifts will look beautiful, but, be protected at the same time. 
4. Keep those 'good' bags! - By good bags, I mean the nice structured ones that you get when you go shopping, sturdy bags not plastic ones. They are great for quick, good-looking organisation, and for people like me who don't want containers hanging around for a whole year. 
5. Separate gifts by person - I use the above bags to separate my gifts by people, I like to add a tag to each bag letting me know who the gifts are for. 

As I said earlier, you could totally use plastic containers for this, but as I'm on a budget at the moment these bags are cost-friendly. Why? Because they are free when you buy your gifts! Another quick tip, when in store, always ask if it's possible to get a bigger bag. You can fit more stuff in it when you get home, and if you go to another store and only get one or two things, you can pop it in the big bag you already have (saving the Earth here people!). 

6. Pre-Decorating - A new tip for me this year because I finally got a 'proper' tree! I'm so utterly chuffed with how amazing this UNDER £20 (!!!!) tree is! But I want to do a whole post on that! 
By pre-decorating, I mean figuring out how your ornaments look on your tree, checking if you need any more or if you need to take something back to the store. 
I have pre-dec'd my tree, I remember to keep all the price tags on all my baubles. I now know from pre-dec-ing that I need another chain of crystals, another feather boa (don't ask) and some more individual baubles. I also know that I need to give the gold baubles in my big set to my Mum for our downstairs trees, as the gold colour doesn't match my gold. I know that my shell and purple ones look great! Also remember to bring out your lights early and make sure they work! Because ain't no chance that you'll get any the week before Christmas! 

7. Watch Videos! - I know it sounds weird, "Steff why in fresh hell do I need to know how to dec-out my tree?", well my sweet and unassuming friend, this woman is why. She has great tips on how to decorate, fluff, place, and add general wickedness to Christmas. She also has videos on how to organise and put your stuff away after Christmas, so you can prep for that early on too! Also check out Organized Like Jen, as she always comes out with great Christmas organisation tips around this time of year! 

Have a wonderful Christmas, and I hope I helped you with my tips!!! 

Monday, 10 November 2014

Previously in my life...

I know, I forever feel like I'm writing these sorts of posts! But, I have been at my new job for just over a whole month now, and I'm still really enjoying it. I've never worked with such nice people, if you have questions or anything they'll all always take time out of their day to show you how to do something. Everyone's so nice! 
I also took a weekend short course at a Makeup Academy in London, it wasn't too great. I had an allergic reaction on the first day, my face stung so badly I couldn't go the second day, which sucked! 
I've been working on my YouTube channel A LOT! I'm trying to make a presence for myself there, and it's really, really, hard, but muck like here in the blogosphere I will keep persevering (I'm singing 'I will survive' right now in my head!).
I have a few posts planned, I want to do some more LUSH reviews for you guys, as I find those very helpful when deciding on what I want to buy myself or others (it's coming up to Christmas you know). 
I also want to do some Christmas organisation and planning posts and videos this year, I LOVE organising things, and it's becoming something I feel like I'm getting better at. I'm going to be posting a video on how I cut up and store my LUSH stuff soon so look out for that. 
I'm well aware that I haven't been here, and no matter how long my list of excuses is, I feel really, really bad for neglecting my blog. I want my blog and YouTube to co-exist alongside each other, whether that means changing themes or creating co-ordinating blog posts for my videos like Organized Like Jen does, I WANT to become more pro-active and organise my time to fit this little beauty in to my schedule. After all, it is through this blog that I've 'met' the internet! But I do want them to be a little more streamlined together, so whilst I sort that out please bare with me! 
I feel like I've gone through more blog designs in the past through months, than Kat Von D has tattoos on her body! 
Now I'm just going to share with you a few of my most recent videos, because why the hell not?!?! 

I hope y'all enjoyed that! Please stay tuned for actual stuff! 
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