Lush Melting Snowman Review

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Melting Snowman was always a product that I avoided in the past. I don't know why, I'd never even picked it up to smell it. I guess there was just something about the way it looked that put me off and that I didn't imagine it smelling all that good. I was very very wrong. I read a few reviews of this and discovered that it actually smells spicy and Christmas-y. There's nothing I love more than warm spicy smells. At £1.95 a pop it's also one of the cheapest bath melts out there so I decided to give it a shot.

When I put this in the bath it sort of fizzed and began to 'melt'. This didn't really do much to the water, just make it sort of milky so I didn't really think it was worth taking a photo. When I bought this the guy that works in Lush said: "I love zis one but I like to mix eet een. I like zee bright colours."(I think he's French but I'm really bad at placing accents). He had a point. I think it would be cool if this had one of the hidden cores that some Lush products have. It does give off a great scent though. Very cinnamon-y with a hint of clove, perfect on a cold winter night.

One thing about this is that it's very moisturising. It contains cocoa butter(which I'm pretty is what the eyes are made of, at first I thought they were chocolate chips!) and various oils including patchouli oil and clove leaf oil. This would be great if you have dry skin and I found no need to moisturise after getting out the bath.

Overall I'm glad that I finally tried this as it's now one of my top Lush smells, I might go back and ask the sexy French guy what he likes to mix it in wish and see what sort of Lush cocktail I can make with it.

Side note: I also think that it's worth saying that Stuart and I have been dating a year today! 

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Recipe: Jaffa Cakes

Tuesday, 20 November 2012
Sorry for the crappy instagram photo
It's been far too long since I've shared a recipe with you all so I'm going to share a recipe for jaffacakes I found on Narcissism Is Necessary. These were so delicious so thank you to Kimerbly! I'm in no way trying to copy this recipe and claim it as my own, I just loved the recipe so much I wanted to share it.

Ingredients

Cakes

2 eggs
50g of Caster Sugar
50g of plain flour

Topping
1 packet of orange jelly
1 tablespoon of marmalade
Boiling water
200g of dark chocolate

Method

1. Mix up your jelly according to your instructions and then add a tablespoon of Dundee marmalade(my gran insists on this, she doesn't even like marmalade, it's a heritage thing). Mix until dissolved.
2. Get a large, shallow tray and pour your jelly mixture into it, you want it to be about half a cm thick. Leave to set.
3. Beat sugar and eggs in a bowl over some hot water until pale and fluffy. Them mix in the flour.
4. Pour into greased muffin tins or use muffin cases.
5. Bake at 180C for 10 minutes.
6. Remove the cakes from the tin or peel off the muffin cases.
7. Use a circular cookie cutter to cut out the jelly and place the jelly discs in the centre of the cakes.
9. Melt the chocolate over hot water and spoon onto the cakes. I'd recommend doing this twice as the heat melts the jelly and makes the chocolate slide off.
10. Enjoy.

I honestly can't explain how delicious these are. I made these to take to a gathering with people from my guitar class during the summer and they all agreed they were amazing. Not to blow my own trumpet or anything!

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Nestle? No way.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

I've got a bit of a different post for you all today. I think I've mentioned before that I boycott Nestle but I never really went into why and in this post I am.

People all over the world have been boycotting Nestle since the 70s because of the way that they advertise their baby milk formula in developing countries. I would just like to start off by saying that this is not a post slagging off mothers who choose not to breast feed, I myself was raised on formula milk. However the marketing that Nestle use in these parts greatly undermines breast feeding and is very misleading. Nestle are full in their right to sell their formula milk wherever they please but they also have a moral obligation to make sure that it's used in a way that will benefit the children it's designed for. Education isn't exactly great in developing countries so knowledge of the benefits of passive immunity from breast milk isn't common knowledge, I think that if Nestle are going to sell formula milk they also need to make sure women know the benefits of breast feeding as well.

There's nothing wrong with the formula milk itself but it does need to be mixed with water. And the truth is that in a third world country the water isn't likely to be clean enough that you would be comfortable with giving it to any child, never mind a new born baby. Also due to high illiteracy rates and the fact that the packaging is not always in their language, a lot of parents are unable to fully understand the sterilisation instructions that come with the formula. Many people also use less formula than necessary to make the formula last longer and this is very dangerous and will affect the development of the child.

Source


I found out about this during my first year of high school because an RE teacher was very into it and done a lesson on it to every class. I'm actually quite surprised that it's not a lot more well known because it's so important. I think that Nestle are exploiting the poor and the illiterate and that it's very disgusting. It gets me so riled up when profit is put before people, especially children.

It's been several years since I've consumed any Nestle products and honestly I didn't find it very hard to give up. I really expected to miss a lot of the candies(jelly tots!!!!) and chocolates(kit kats!!!) but at the end of the day I'm just not comfortable with giving money to a company that's so exploitive. It can be a real pain in the butt, especially when you have to explain it to people that don't seem to understand or when someone buys you chocolate that you can't eat. But at the end of the day I'm really happy that I'm a part of this movement and I don't regret passing up a single areo.

I'm not trying to force anyone into joining the boycott, I'm just trying to raise awareness for a cause that's very close to my heart. Now that you've read this it's up to you what you decide to do with the information I've shared with you. Lots more can be found on the internet but this is a site that I find particularly helpful. Also a list of Nestle products can be found here.

I would also really appreciate it if you could share this post if you agree with the boycott. Awareness is key!


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Week In Photos #30

Sunday, 11 November 2012
Corydora / Condom-esque Christmas decorations in the local centre / Old photo of my grandad
Throwing out all my old vampire books / Kiwi / Snickerdoodles
Friend's party pictures / A fish with more spinal problems with me
Dog at work / Finished my mum's scrap book / Repeat

This week's been a bit weird, one of those weeks that seems to take forever and then when you look back on it you can hardly remember it! I've been pretty busy trying to finish an essay on Heart Of Darkness(still not done) and finish my mum's scrapbook for her birthday(done). I also passed my maths and chemistry tests, only have an English NAB, a physics NAB and a physics test and them I'm done.

On Friday my friend Louise, middle photo, had some people round for her birthday and it was a really good night. I got to bake for it as well(why aren't snickerdoodles popular in the UK?) which is always a plus. I think instead of having a bring your own booze birthday party I'll have a bring your own baking party. Yes that sounds like a good plan to me. 

I had a super weird day at work yesterday. During the week someone brought in a collection of monster fish, there's a silver shark as big as my forearm. It's crazy! And then yesterday someone brought in a massive goldfish with one hell of a spinal curve. I also got bitten by an ant, have you ever been bitten by an ant?! IT HURTS. A lot!

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LUSH Caca Rouge Review With Before And After Pictures

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

I've always wanted to be a red head. Red headed ladies are the sexiest ladies, hands down, and if you don't agree with me then please have a look at this blog. However, my hair is naturally quite a dark brown and I didn't really fancy ruining it with bleach. I decided that I'd settle on a nice ginger tinge instead of full blown orange. These funny looking henna bricks have always caught my eye in Lush and I decided to go with the Caca Rouge one as it's designed to give off really vibrant red tones.

Before

To use these blocks you have to dissolve as much as you need, in my case half the block, in water and heat it until it's hot enough that it's very warm but not hot enough to burn your scalp. You then apply it like a normal hair dye. The first thing I have to say is that it smells pretty funky, very leafy and not entirely in a nice way. It also looks like green mud(I'm really annoyed I forgot to take a photo). You then have to wrap your red in cling film(this keeps the heat in allowing the henna to work better) but my mum's a hairdresser so I used one of her little plastic caps. That aside it's actually a really great product and the instructions were very easy to follow. It's a really messy process but the people in the store did actually offer to apply it for me. I'm not sure if this is at any extra cost or not but I think it's a really great service to offer.

After

After leaving it on for an hour, which is the minimum time but you can leave it on for as long as you want as henna is all natural, you then simply wash it out. I would recommend washing your hair a few times as there will be little grains of undissolved henna in it. I'm very pleased with the colour of my hair now. In the light it has such a nice glossy sheen especially at the roots where the 'virgin' hair is. A few people have complimented on the colour of my hair as well which has been a nice boost to the confidence. Also because henna is natural it's almost like a conditioning treatement! My hair felt so nice when I washed it out which is the complete opposite to normal box dyes which are chock a block full of chemicals.

The Lush henna bricks are £7.95 which is great value for money as you will probably get 2-3 uses out of each bar depending on the length and thickness of your hair. This bar is one of four, there is also an auburn, a brown and a black. You can purchase them in store or online. I really recommend these, especially if you have quite light hair or you're just looking to add some tones to your hair.

Have you ever tried Caca Rouge or any of the other hennas?

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Week In Photos #29

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Henna / New school tie / Halloween nails
Got my National Insurance number / Cupcakes
Lush bath / Scrapbooking / Halloween party

Hello everyone. My first week back in Scotland was... cold. But despite that it's been a good week! I had 3 tests and 2 NABS this week. I got 97% and 90% on the NABS, 64% and 76% on two of the tests and I'm still waiting on results for the third. I'm super please with that, I studied my ass off! 

It was also Halloween, my favourite time of the year. On Wednesday night I helped a friend out with her little sister's Halloween party which was a great laugh and I ate so many sweets I felt sick... oops. On Saturday my boyfriend and his family threw a Halloween party for their martial arts group and I went along despite the fact that their 'wee warriors' group could probably beat me up. It was a great night and we went as Harry and Hermione.

Hope you all had a good week :)

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Holiday Snaps

Saturday, 3 November 2012
I can't believe I've been back in Scotland for a week already, it feels like I've been home forever. A few of you said you'd like to see my photos from Lanzarote so here they are. We were staying in Playa Blanca which is at the south of the island. It's a really beautiful area that's not too quiet but not a notorious party area either.













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