Monday, 27 August 2012

Lush Karma Bubble Bar

A few days ago I posted about the Lush Haul that included the Karma Bubble Bar. This one was a new one to me as I had only ever stuck to the infamous "Comforter". 

How glad am I that I picked up this little beauty. Whilst its not as big as some of the other bubble bars, it certainly packs a punch. 

I broke this bubble bar in half and crumbled one half into the bath tub under hot running water, cue tons and tons of white fluffy bubbles filled the bath. The water was a beautiful orange colour that felt lovely and soothing right throughout my bath time. 

Karma smells lovely and fresh with hints of fruity fragrances that filled the whole bathroom for hours and hours even after the bath. It also gave my skin a similar scent that stayed all day and wasn't overpowering at all. 

If you like a soothing yet fun and vibrant bath, then this product is definitely for you :)

Witch Anti Blemish Primer

When I was in the skincare aisle of superdrug last week I noticed Cosmetics mixed in with all the skincare products. My initial thought was that someone had picked these up and then decided they didnt want them, and lazily put them back wherever they wanted (a massive pet hate of mine). No. Witch have now branched out into the cosmetic world!

I picked up the Anti Blemish Skin Perfecting Primer, because lets face it, anything that claims to clear up the skin whilst making you look your best is going to be a winner. 

The upright bottle and pump is a really handy product to use as it minimises mess and is easy to control how much product you use. I think its much better packaging than the standard squeezy tubes that primer normally comes in. It's also great for travel as it is so sturdy and practically break free. 

The actual product is a thick gel like consistency which should be approached with the less is more sort of attitude as a little really does go a a long way, but I suppose it is all down to personal preference. 
It's light on the skin and is extremely hydrating, which dries to a matte finish, creating a perfect base for your foundation or powder. 

I found this product to wear for around the 6-7 hour mark before any signs of oil crept up, but a little touch up of powder and all was fine. This primer kept my base looking fresh all day, as I didn't experience any patches.

Overall, I would recommend this primer to anyone with oily, combination, or blemish prone skin, as this really does work and is purse friendly.

Anti Blemish Primer 30ml is £6.99 but it is currently half price at £3.49 in Superdrug.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Pinspiration #1

Hello Lovelies,

I've become more and more obsessed with Pinterest lately, with all the lovely and wonderful thing on there, it's hard not to fall in love with it! 

Through all of the different categories on Pinterest, I've felt inspired by some of the pictures, quotes and DIY on there. So, this is the start of my "Pinspiration". Each week I will share what I have loved on there, and if I have tried any of the DIY's on there, I will share them with you too.

So here it goes...
♥DIY Garland..Simple Pillows..Decorative Pictures
♥Quotes that couldn't be more true
 There have been many other things on Pinterest that have stood out to me, but these above are just the ones that I thought were a great way to start this new series.

If you are on Pinterest, please send me your links, I love looking at all the different boards and pins, and let me know if you have had any "Pinspirations"

Friday, 24 August 2012

Lush Haul

Last week, as I waved goodbye to my teenage years, I was planning what to buy with my birthday money. Lush was definitely first on my list.

I normally go into Lush quite alot anyway, even it is just to have a good old sniff of some products (hello weirdo) but this time I knew that I would buy some of the faithful products that I've always loved, and then try some new ones along the way.

I will do individual reviews of these once I have used them, but for now I will just show you what I bought...

Karma Bubble Bar...
What Lush say: 
Expand your mind with a hippy trippy bath that envelops you in an orange haze of heady scentsA Karma bath is like a trip to a festival in a VW Camper Van; it will last all day and is full of smells, daydreams and anticipation of excitement to come. (Vegan Product)

The Comforter Bubble Bar:
What Lush say:
Berry yourself under a blanket of soft fruit foamThis isn’t called the Comforter for nothing. We threw everything we had at this one, to make it warming, comforting and reassuring. We wanted a bath that gave the same sense of safety and calm that your favourite teddy, your comfort blanket or a snuggly scarf gives.
(Vegan Product)

Sex Bomb Bath Bomb:
What Lush say:
Grab one of these for a wonderful sensual bath Grabbing a pair is even better!This ballistic is packed full of every sensual, relaxing oil we could find. Clary sage, jasmine and ylang ylang, blended into a classic musk base. We then packed it full of soya milk, so you can step out of the bath feeling like Cleopatra
(Vegan Product)

Fizzbanger Bath Bomb:
What Lush say:
The Big Friendly BallisticThere’s more than one way to make bubbles in your bath – and our way smells best.Release this fizzy dream of a bath and fall in Love with its sweet fragrance
(Vegan Product)

Dragons Egg Bath Bomb:
What Lush say:
Run yourself the perfect temperature bath and get in. Take a moment to let go of the world outside your bathroom before launching your ballistic into the water and watching it fizz away.
(Vegan Product)

Bubblegum Lip Scrub:
What Lush say:
My boy Lollipop You are as sweet as candy The pink all things girly, bubblegum flavour lip scrub.Clears dead skin and flakiness from lips, leaving them moisturised and smooth.
(Vegan Product)

I'm so excited to use all of these and will review them fully once I've used them properly :)

Whats your favourite Lush Product? Do you recommend any other Lush product?

**Descriptions from Lush website which can be found here** 

Monday, 20 August 2012

Two more to add to the collection...

This weekend my boyfriend treated me to two MAC Lipsticks, and in my head I was going through all the possibilities that I could get but just couldnt decide. 

I eventually settled on Fanfare and Lady Danger. These were the two that just stood out to me in the display although there were many others that I was lusting after. However, I thought these two would be a nice addition to my collection as I dont have anything quite like either of these.

Fanfare is a pinky nude colour in the tube but on my lips its a slighty deeper nude that almost rose coloured. I love this for everyday, and think that it makes my lips look really healthy. This colour would be lovely for all skin tones but would super lush on paler toned lovelies. Fanfare is a cremesheen formula so is really moisturising on the lips, but is still really pigmented.

Lady Danger is the complete opposite of Fanfare. This is the brightest red lipstick anyone could ever own. I have red lipsticks in my collection but nothing as beautiful as this. Imagine the red version of Morange and that image you have in your head, is Lady Danger. Again, like Fanfare, this is prefect for all skin tones. The formula of this is a matte one, so whilst its not drying on the lips like most other matte lipsticks, it does cling to the dry patches on the lips so a healthy pout is a must!

I'm in love with MAC lipsticks and will continue to buy them in the future. 

Do you have any of these lipsticks? Any recommendations? 

Instagram Diary #3

 Best Summer Drink Ever!!..Birthday present from the boyfriend..One Drink.. Which turned into this many Drinks!
 Poison Ivy makeup..Too obsessed with these!..Treated myself to a few bits and bobs from Lush..Hello Asos order..
The boyfriend chose so well..My friend and I have the same bag, confusing... The prettiest face powder ever!..The Boyfriend with the Premier League Trophy...

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

My Guide to starting University.

Its that time of year again, when the nerves begin to kick in as people await results and confirmation of their places at university...

Two years ago I was in that same position and I really sure how I was going to react if I got the grades or hadn't quite done as well as I had hoped. Needless to say I'm going into my final year of uni in September and I thought I would share with you the things that I have learnt along my journey.

Firstly, its important to know that you have definitely picked the right university and course. For me, going on open days or looking online at different universities was really, really fun!! It may seem like there are so many to choose from but the best place to look as I'm sure that you will be aware is UCAS. Once you have decided what sort of course you want to do you can see all of the universities that offer this course of a variation of that course. This is a lengthy process but the more research you do the better.

Visiting open days is extremely important because this is probably the first look that you will get of the place that you are going to spend the next three years of your life. It's important on the open day that you visit the campus in full, and if you get the chance have a look at the accommodation. Also, dont be afraid to ask questions to current students, lecturers, campus workers, any information is good information.

Once you have stared uni, organisation is key. Make a list of all the things you will need in halls, and only take what YOU need, dont buy more than necessary as they will go missing left, right and centre in Halls. Make sure that you have the necessary equipment for your lectures. It's not school, you can't put your hand up and say you've forgotten your pen or you have no paper. Everything is your responsibility.

Whether your in Halls or staying at home, keep things organised at home. Trust me, theres nothing worse than losing your lecture notes when you know you need them for some coursework. Make detailed notes in lectures and seminars because these will become essential for coursework and exam revision. Another big tip, it's not geeky to use the library! There are tons of resources in the library besides books, eg free internet, printers (although most unis do charge to print), journals, articles, seminar rooms, dvds and videos, projectors, the list goes on.

Another important tip that I learnt the hard way was manage your time correctly. When you get set a piece of coursework, you will be given the deadline date. The deadline day isnt the day it should be finished, it the day it should be handed in. Aim to have your work finished for atleast beforehand. This way you have time to proof read, add any extras, take items out, and just make any general amendments rather than rushing on the deadline day.

I'm going into my third and final year of my Tourism Management BA(Hons) Course at Manchester Metropolitan University and I honestly have had the best time of my life. At times it has been stressful, and there have been some days where I've wanted to pack the whole thing in. But I know that at the end of it I'm going to have a graduation day and have a degree to my name that I never thought I would have. The best part? I've made some real friends for life, and have proved to myself that I can do things if I just put my Mnd to it.

I hope this has helped anyone who is going to university in september, these are just lessons that I've learnt along the way and you will learn so much more from your own experiences. Sorry it's an extremely long post but I thought that it would be useful.

Good Luck,
Katie xx

Useful Links:
University League Tables 2013
What to take to halls
The First Day
Freshers Week
Student Beans
Voucher Codes

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

I'm now on Pinterest!

Just a quick post to let you know that I'm finally on Pinterest! How have I not needed this website any sooner. There are so many ideas and interesting things on there to try (or swoon over if your not the creative type). 

I also really like that its a different sort of atmosphere from blogging or YouTube as, although there are many of the well known gurus on there, its also an opportunity for everyone to share what they know without the needs for thousands and thousands of followers. 

If you fancy having a peek at some of the things ive been lusting over and pinning on there then you can find my profile here.

Are you on pinterest? Send me your links :)

Monday, 6 August 2012

Birthday Giveaway! CLOSED

Hello Lovelies :)

This is my very first giveaway!!! I decided to do this to celebrate my 20th birthday on the 12th August. I Love a good blog giveaway so could not wait to do my own. 

I guess everyone knows the rules by now so I wont bore everyone with the ins and outs, but you will be able to see all the entries that you can have in the giveaway box below. 
Oh and please don't try and ruin it for other people by making fake entries, because these will be monitored and void if necessary. 

The prizes are as follows : 
  • Stila Face Powder
  • Stila Tinted Moisturiser
  • Collection Skyscraper Mascara
  • Wet n Wild Trio Eyeshadow
  • Revlon Nail Polish in Sunshine Sparkle
** Sorry the facebook option isn't working on the giveaway below, this has been noted. For those of you who want to use this as an entry, leave me a comment below with your facebook name if you have liked my page (RetroLove17) and I will keep note of this :) sorry lovelies**

So all thats left to say is good luck to everyone who enters and I will contact the winner once that lucky person has been drawn :)

Katie xx