Review: Lush Rose Jam Bubbleroon

Friday, 31 January 2014
Hello everyone. If you read Monday's blog post you'll know I recently bought a few things from Lush. One of the things that I couldn't resist from popping in my basket was the Rose Jam Bubbleroon. I tried the Yuzu & Cocoa Bubbleroon a few months ago and I absolutely loved it. There's three in the range. I also wanted to try Green Bubbleroon but they looked very washed out and not strong in colour so I'm going to wait until they get a new shipment of them in. Anyway, the Rose Jam Bubbleroon is kind of like a bubble bar that you're supposed to break in half and use over two baths. I split my bubble bars in half anyway to save myself a bit of money so it was really nice to see that Lush are dissecting them for you, breaking them in half sometimes makes such a waste and you lose a lot of crumbs.

Lush Rose Jam bubbleroon

As for the smell I don't think it needs much of a description. It smells just like roses. It's a really nice, natural scent. Lush are quite well known for their very sweet and sugary scents whilst this is a lot more subtle. I think scents like this are great because it appeals to an even wider amount of people. I think some people avoid Lush because they don't like the strong scent of the shop but this is perfect. Don't get me wrong, I love myself some strong Lush scents but now and again I want something that's more relaxing than exciting. Now that I think about it, I had similar thoughts about the scent of Yuzu and Cocoa. maybe it's the marketing idea behind the Bubbleroon range. I also love the word bubbleroon and it's spot on because they look like little macaroons. I never used to get the whole macaroon but then I tried one and I totally understand the whole hype, they're delicious.

Like all Lush bubble bars this gave off more than enough bubbles to keep me satisfied. It also turned the water a lovely pink colour, nice but not too strong. Sorry for the awful second photo. The bathroom in my new house doesn't have a window(who designs a bathroom with no window?!) so the lightening isn't great.

Overall I'm really happy with this. It's not something that I'd rush out again to buy because it didn't exaclty wow me, but it was just what I needed after a long day. At £3.50 I think these are reasonably priced based on the amount of uses that you can get out of one. I'd recommend!

Lush Rose Jam bubbleroon



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Recipe: Lemon and Coconut Thumbprint Cookies

Tuesday, 28 January 2014
 Hello everyone. Today I'm sharing with you a recipe for these cookies that I recently made. I was really happy with how they turned out, even if I didn't really get great photos. I don't know about you but I just LOVE lemon curd. These cookies are normally made with jam but when I found a jar of it in the fridge I knew I'd have to experiment. They were super tasty.


Ingredients:
3 1/2 oz of butter
3 1/2 oz of sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla essence,
4oz of plain flour
1oz of dessicated coconut
1 jar of lemon curd

Method:
1. Preheat oven to gas mark 4.
2. Cream together your butter and sugar.
3. Add your egg and vanilla essence and mix.
4. Slowly mix in your flour bit by bit and then add your coconut.
5. You should have a dough that is still quite wet.
6. Doll your dough into little balls and evenly space on a greased/lined baking tray.
7. Flatten the balls with your hand and then make a little indentation onto the centre of the cookie with your thumb.
8. Bake your cookies for about 10 until they've started to cook.
9. Remove them from the oven and then spoon a little bit of the lemon curd into the indentation.
10. Cook the cookies for another 10 minutes until golden brown.

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Week In Photos #59

Sunday, 26 January 2014

"It wasn't me" / Chinese food / Christmas cookie
Birthday cacti / Amazing book / New pocket mirror
Throwback Thursday / Awesome new baking toys / OOTD

Hello everyone! It feels like absolutely ages since I've properly sat down and written a post like this. I've been gone for quite a while. I moved house on the 10th on January and all of the posts between then and Thursday had been scheduled. There was a lot of hassle as the ceiling in my bedroom needed replacing and some walls had to be knocked down etc so I stayed at my gran's house for a week. I'm quite glad though because I think I missed out on a lot of stress! I got into my new room last Saturday and since then have just been working on trying to get myself settled in. I'm planning on doing a room tour blog post eventually but there are still a few boxes I need to find(are they in the garage? Who knows?) and a few things I need to buy.

Our wifi got installed on Wednesday and it was so beautiful. 12 days without an internet connection is a hard thing for an internet obsessed beauty blogger, I'll tell you something. Since then I've been feeling really motivated to blog lots and lots. I have a whole page worth of ideas and have been taking lots and lots of photos so expect a lot from me over the next few weeks. I'm also going to a blogging event at a salon in Glasgow on Wednesday night. I'm super excited for it because it means I get to see some of my favourites(Charlotte, Louise and Morag) and hopefully meet lots of new blogging friends as well.

It was also my birthday! I had a great day and thank you to everyone that wished me a happy birthday. I really appreciate it.

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Review: Lush Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub

Monday, 20 January 2014
Hello everyone! It's my birthday! This post hasn't got anything to do with that but I thought you might like to know anyway. Today I'm reviewing the latest body scrub I've been trying: Rub Rub Rub from Lush. This is very well known for looking like a blue slushie! If I'm honest I really dislike this product so if you're not a massive fan of negative reviews then this might not be to post for you!


My main issue with this is that I don't actually find it exfoliating at all. To be honest, I'm using it and feeling like it's doing nothing at all! I understand that some body scrubs are designed for skin that will react badly to harsher exfoliants. But I also don't understand how this would even exfoliate the tiniest bit! It turns to liquid so quickly and I'm just rubbing it against my skin. It also leaves my hands feeling really weird, like kind of filmy. I need to wash my hands straight away with some sort of soap.

I'm a bit annoyed by it because I was really excited to try this. I love the scent, it's very refreshing and clean. I love the Soap & Glory body scrubs but the scents are all very sweet and not something I'm in the mood for all the time, so I was expecting this to be the perfect replacement. I feel a bit let down by Lush to be honest. They're one of my favourite companies and I always recommend them to people. The products that I've disliked from Lush before have always been products that even though I've disliked them I can see how other people would. But I can't with this! And for £8.25 I could have bought one of the Soap & Glory scrubs, which are amazing. It's a shame, but not this time Lush, sorry!


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Review: Lush Lord Of Misrule

Sunday, 19 January 2014
Hello everyone. You may have seen this little lurker hanging about in the Lush stores over the Christmas period. And you may have avoided it because it doesn't look as fun. AND YOU'VE MADE A TERRIBLE MISTAKE. This is my new all time favourite Lush bath bomb. That's right, I said it, THIS BEATS CINDERS. IT REQUIRES CAPITAL LETTERS.


I love Cinders, I really do. The scent is absolutely beautiful. But the colour it turns my water? Well it looks like pee. And there's no way of saying it nicely. And it sounds a bit weird and petty. But sitting in a bath of what looks like pee is pretty weird.

Lord Of Misrule has a very similar scent to Cinders. I'm not going to say they smell exactly the same because Lord Of Misrule is supposed to smell like mulled wine and spices, unlike Cinders, but to be honest. I really struggle to notice a difference. This one has a super secret core. Once all the green on the outside has fizzled away, you're left with a lovely pink centre. It turns to bath a lovely deepp pink/purple. Much nicer than Cinders, no pee in sight!

So that's why I've came to the conclusion that I like it even more than what used to be my all time favourite bath bomb. It smells pretty much exactly the same and has a much nicer colour. It's a wee bit more expensive at £3.30 but it's definitely a lot bigger. If you're one of those people who uses half a bath bomb(please teach me how to do this) then it could easily last you two goes. I was pretty sure that this was LE as part of the Christmas collection but it's still on the Lush Website and is probably still in stores as well. So buy one. Now.


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Recipe: Cinnamon Swirls

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Hello everyone. I'm sure you know I'm a big fan of cinnamon swirls, I talk about them a lot. I thought I'd actually blogged this recipe before but then when searching for it because I'd packed my recipe book, I discovered I hadn't. Do any other bloggers just refer to their own blogs to find their recipes?! So here it is! Sorry about the bad lighting, but this was a 9pm bake!


Ingredients:
1 packet puff pastry
100g of butter, melted
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Roughly 100g of sugar
1 egg, beaten

Method:

1. Preheat your oven to gas mark 4 and then roll out the pastry until it is about 4mm thick. Try and keep it as square as possible.
2. Mix the cinnamon and nutmeg into the melted butter. Then add sugar bit by bit until you get a thick consistency.
3. Then spread out the mixture onto the pastry.


4. Roll the pastry up into a big roll.
5. Cut about 1/2 inch slices and place onto a greased baking tray. I'd recommend using greaseproof baking paper as the mixture gets very messy whilst cooking!
6. Brush the tops and sides with some egg. I actually forgot to do this oops. But this will give a nice golden and crispy edge.
7. Cook for around 20-25 minutes or until they look golden brown.
8. Let them cool for a bit, the sugar mixture will be very hot!









This batch made 16 cinnamon rolls because I froze the ones that didn't fit on the tray. If you're making them for a small amount of people then why not freeze some. Put one or two in some freezer bags for a nice breakfast treat.  Take them out of the oven the night before, leave on a tray in the oven overnight and then just turn the oven on in the morning. So easy!


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Wreck This Journal

Wednesday, 15 January 2014
Hello everyone. I bought a Wreck This Journal from Amazon several years ago and whilst I had lots of fun doing a few things then, the novelty wears off pretty quick. I found it again when I was moving and I was like 'I actually really want to do more things from this'. So to motivate myself I want to do little blog posts like this just showing you some of the pages I've completed.










Would you like to see more Wreck This Journal posts?

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5 Ways To Read More Books

Saturday, 11 January 2014
When I wrote my Top 13 Books Of 2013 post someone suggested in the comments that I write a post on how to read more books. I was kind of toying over the idea because I liked it but didn't want to come across as all 'oh look at me I read so much more than you'. But after speaking to a few blogging friends about it they all seemed to think it was a good idea! I have also noted in a lot of people's new year's resolutions posts that so many people want to read more books in 2014. So I've decided to write this post to share with you my tips for reading more books. Please don't take anything as too concrete, people read at their own paces and what works for some won't work for others.


1. Always bring a book with you. Always. There's a quote by Lemony Snicket that I really like. "Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." Whether it's carrying around a giant hard back or having your kindle books synced with your phone. When you always have a book on you you'll find so much more time where you can be reading. Maybe your bus is late, you finished a test earlier than you expected etc etc. It's these short reading bursts during the day that all add up.

2. Get excited about the books that you're reading. Have you heard of Booktube? Just like the online beauty community, there is an online book community. I love watching videos where people are talking about books. Their enthusiasm for their favourite books gets passed on to me and it's great for finding recommendations. I've created a playlist on YouTube with some of my favourites if you want to go check that out and maybe subscribe to a few of them.

3. Make yourself a GoodReads account and set yourself a 2014 reading challenge. I find having goals extremely motivating, so if you want to read more this year why not set yourself a goal? This year I've pledged to try and read 90 books because last year I read 85 books and I'm going to have a larger summer holiday than usual because I'm starting university. It doesn't have to be a large number, maybe one a week or one a month? Go at your own pace. Also whilst you're over there, add me as a friend here!

4. Read books that you want to read, not that you think you should read. This is something that I only realised this year. I hate classics. With very few exceptions I really struggle to read them and don't often enjoy them when I'm finished. But I still found myself reading them because I felt that I should when in reality, forcing myself to read these classics was not helping me appreciate them at all. So this year I'm not going to read anything that I don't want to. You read faster when you're reading things you enjoy.

5. Find a series that you really like and read all of the books in it. I find that when I'm reading books in a series I read them a lot faster because I am much more absorbed into the story and as they often end in cliffhangers, I can't wait to read the next part. Some series that I recommend are: The Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Divergent Trilogy, The Robert Langdon Series, The Lunar Chronicles and The Harry Potter series(duh).


I hope this helps you to read more and I hope that you really enjoy all the books that you read. If you would like some recommendations then check out my Top 13 Books of 2013 post for some of my favourites. Or similarly if you would like to recommend a book please leave a comment as I'm always looking for new books to read!

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Newton and the Apple Coasters

Friday, 10 January 2014
Hello everyone! I thought I'd do a little post to show you my awesome new coasters. I'm sure most of you already know that I'm a bit of a chemistry geek, I'm starting a chemistry degree in September. So when I saw these coasters on Not On The High Street I squirmed a little bit inside. They're made by Newton and the Apple, I'd never heard of them but I love their stuff now. If you're a science fan then you'll love their products. I've seen a few bloggers talking about Not On The High Street and it looks like a nice online store so I bookmarked them and kind of forgot about them.


I'm not really one for the Boxing Day sales apart from online. I was going through everything I'd bookmarked to see if anything had been reduced in price and what do you know, the coasters had 30% off! I also done a quick little Google search and found a 10% discount code. So I ended up paying £8.51 when they would have been £12.95(including shipping). It did bug me a bit that they had set element pairs to pick from. They all spell out something, this one is 'OMg' but there was also a 'TeA' and 'LaDy' for example. I would have preferred to be able to pick some of my favourite elements(seriously) and went for this one because one of my favourite elements is magnesium(seriously).

I'm moving house on Friday and I can't wait to have my new bedroom set up so that I can put these in it. They're very thick and quite sturdy. I think they'll look really pretty on my bedside table. Although they're not varnished so I'm a little bit worried how they'll look after having a few cold glasses put on them. Time will tell!

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Week In Photos #58

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Ear warmer / Unconditional for Edinburgh / Cinders / Christmas Eve breakfast


Infinity scarf / Christmas! / Christmas selfie / Christmas book haul


Nails / New coasters / Wax burner / Beanie

Oh wow, it's been far too long since I done a week in photos update! Just before Christmas I received two pieces of great news. An unconditional for both Glasgow University and Edinburgh University. Edinburgh was my first choice so I'm 90% sure that I'm going to accept that one, but I want to get all of my offers back before finalising anything. 

Then of course there was Christmas day. I was working Christmas Eve so I didn't really get into the Christmas spirit until the last minute. Despite that I still had a great time and was completely spoilt by all of my lovely friends and family. I'm especially loving my wax burner and new books. Christmas memories has became my new favourite Yankee Candle scent. Although I have no idea how to get the wax out of the burner when I'm done so if anyone has any tips please let me know in the comments! I've also set my 2013 reading challenge at 90 books and I'm already 2 books in. It feels great to be reading so much. If you would like to add me on GoodReads then please do so here.

I've also developed a bit of a love for crochet over the last few weeks. I'm planning to do a whole post about it but so far I've made an ear warmer, a scarf and a beanie all of which you can see above. I also had a great new years.

This next week is going to be pretty big as I'm moving house on Friday. I don't know if we're going to be getting wifi straight away so at the minute I'm so busy packing and scheduling blog posts.

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Review: Naked Detox 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner

Friday, 3 January 2014
I was so darn excited when I found out that Naked were releasing this product: the Detox 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner. I am such a slob when it comes to my hair. I only wash it twice a week. Yup. This might make you shudder horrifically if you're a 'once a day' hair washer but honestly, I hate washing my hair and I don't do it any more than I need to. I have long, thick curly hair and it's a nightmare. It takes me about half an hour to properly brush it out before I even get into the shower and then at least an hour to dry it once I get out. And once I'm in the shower? I get so bored and forgetful. I have to write on the shower door, 'shampoo 1, 2, condition' to remind myself what I've done. So when Naked offered to send me this bottle for review purposes I jumped on it. I've not used a 2 in 1 conditioner since I was a child so I was excited to see how this one would fair.

Naked Detox 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner

First off, this is supposed to be a clarifying shampoo and conditioner to really kick all the bad gunk and product build up whilst still moisturising. To stick with this it's got a peppermint & sorrel leaf scent. Peppermint? Great go for it. Sorrel leaf? Yuck. This doesn't smell the greatest. It doesn't stick to your hair too much but when in the shower it is very strong. I know I shouldn't complain as because Naked products are very natural(this being 97% natural) then I know there's not a load of crap in it to give it a scent. But surely there must be something natural that they could put into it to give it a better smell?

Moving on, this is actually one of the best hair products that I've used in a long long time. I was a bit sceptical. But now I'm in love! It totally busts through grease and product build up to leave your hair feeling really clean and fresh. So clean that I can still only wash my hair twice a week and get away with it(dry shampoo is your friend). And as it's part conditioner your hair isn't all dried out. I still use a little bit of leave in conditioner afterwards but that's more of a force of habit because I do that every time I wash my hair anyway. And the best part, it's so quick. It really reduces the time that I spend in the shower so it's great for when I'm in a rush.

The Naked Detox 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner is available instore and online at Boots. It costs £4.07 which I think is definitely worth the money and I will be repurchasing it when my bottle runs out. It's got my recommendation!

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