Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Sally Hansen No More Mistakes Manicure Clean-Up Pen

Even after years of practice I can still be pretty useless at painting my nails neatly so when I saw this Sally Hansen Manicure Clean Up Pen I thought it would be perfect for me. It works by just erasing the polish where ever you rub it and comes with two extra tips. So, after I have painted my nails I grabbed it to clean them up and.. Nothing. Id did absolutely nothing because it was completely dried out. The package was sealed and the pen was shut so I have no idea what happened. I even tried dipping the tips into nail polish remover but it didn't work.

I thought I would make this post so that if you were thinking of buying this, to tell you to be aware that it might be dried out like mine was. It's a huge shame because I feel like if this worked, it could have been a very useful tool to have to help painting my nails easier.

What do you use to clean up yours nails? If you use a brush I would love to know which one you use because I can't seem to find one that I like to use for this purpose!

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Scrub Series: Soap and Glory's Breakfast Scrub

Hey you lovely lot! Today's Scrub is yet another Soap and Glory one (I just love them) in the form of Breakfast Scrub. If you've used this before or even if you've just taken a sniff of it in store then you know it's maple scent smells amazing. Really amazing. Like you want to eat it amazing. 

It's a nice gritty scrub that doesn't dissolve and disappear in the water quickly because it's so super thick. It leaves your skin nicely buffed and feeling smooth. I know it's way too think to come in a tube but I still wish it did - I'm just not a fan of scrubs that come in a tub like this.

At £8 it's at the same price point as most of Soap and Glory's Scrubs which to me always feels like a bit of a splurge but for the most part, they are nearly always worth it (this one included) and I will repurchase them over and over again!

Have you used Breakfast Scrub? Did you like it as much as I do?
Some previous scrubs:
Boots Mango Sugar Scrub
Soap and Glory Pulp Friction

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Saturday, 17 January 2015

Lush Valentine's Day Haul

I couldn't resist but pop into Lush and pick up a few of the products from their Valentine's Day collection that was released last week.

Lonely Heart Bubblebar / Unicorn Horn Bubblebar / Floating Flower Bathbomb / Heart Throb Bubblebar

To be honest bubblebars aren't my favourite thing that Lush sell, so I was a bit disappointed that it seemed like this release had more bubblebars than anything else but as you can see, that didn't stop me from getting a few of them to try.

The only thing that I have used so far is the Prince Charming shower gel. To me it smells like Turkish Delight (the sweet, not the Lush body lotion), so I expected to see rose in the scent description but it isn't. The scent is described as grapefruit, sandalwood and geranium oils. Hmm. The shower gel itself is a lovely thick consistency that lathers up really nicely and you only need a tiny amount. I'm just not sure how much I like the smell..

Have you bought anything from the Valentine's Day collection?

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Friday, 9 January 2015

Friday Favourites!

Hey guys! Just super quick favourties from me this week since I haven't done one in while! 
First up is the Rimmel Stay Matte powder. I've been using this powder for years (around twelve to be exact!) and have never felt the need to switch or even try anything else. It's light, it sets my foundation well and it's affordable. This one is always a favourite.

Linking nicely from the powder is the Real Techniques Powder Brush - this brush is around £12.99, so not the cheapest but it picks the powder up well and I find it's the perfect size to apply the powder to my face.

Next is the Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub. If I'm honest, I bought this because the scent reminded me of Snow Fairy but it sat in my drawer for ages and ages without me using it. I recently dug it out again and I've been using it frequently. Does it do anything? Who knows really but it smells amazing and does feel good on the lips, so I can call it a favourite, right? ;)

 Lastly is the Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange perfume - I got mine from America but I have seen the odd one sitting in random places in Tesco, although I've never actually seen a spot for them on the shelves. Anyway, when first applied this has an odd scent but once it's had a few minutes to sit on your skin it has a beautiful citrus-y/sweet scent which isn't something I would typically go for but I really like this. I just which it wasn't in a roller-ball form because I find that a paint to apply. 

What have been your favourites recently? 

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Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Fanny's Treehouse

I had heard about the 'treehouse' at Fanny's Farm Shop (where you can enjoy cream teas) quite some time ago and we tried to make a booking last year for my birthday but it's a popular place and only takes 4 bookings per day, so needless to say it was fully booked. Towards the end of last year we decided to try again and managed to get a booking for two weeks later (3rd of Jan). Before visiting I had read on Trip Advisor about how rude both Fanny and her daughter are to customers, so to be honest I was a little apprehensive but was looking forward to cream teas in the treehouse.

My mum thought from the outside that the treehouse was a little dated (something a lot of people seem to think in their reviews too) but I thought it was cute and couldn't wait to get inside! 

By the time we got seated inside it was now dark out and the treehouse was lit with just candles and fairy lights which gave it a cosy & warm glow and it heated with a heater at the back. I'm not sure if this is how they always light the treehouse or if it was just decorated this way for Christmas and in the summer time I'm sure they don't use any lighting at all but this really added to the atmosphere of the place. 

It was a rainy day and all over the table were little pots catching the raindrops which were coming in through the roof and many areas of the floor were very wet. At first I thought it might get annoying, to be dripped on or have drips on your food but it again just seemed to add to the experience and the drips weren't really bothersome. 

I absolutely loved that they had left so many of the tree stumps jutting through the room and even through the table. Fanny's website suggest the treehouse can hold up to 10 people but given the size and the tree stumps, we don't really see how this would work (unless you can find a way to talk through the stumps). We were a party of 5 and felt you could really only fit 2 more people.

We ordered a couple of cream teas - 2 scones, jam, cream and a selection of fruit. Cheese scones - 2 cheese scones, cucumber, carrots, cream cheese and some kind of garlic butter & one mixed option which consisted of 1 scone and 1 piece of cake, of your choice, from the selection they had in the shop. All were served with a hot drink with the coffee option getting a free refill.

The scones and extras were all absolutely delicious and there were plenty to go around between the 5 of us. The only bad thing I can say about the food/drink was that our teas and coffee weren't hot enough.

There were extra candles, torches, cups and blankets set out ready for you to use if you needed them or were feeling a bit chilly and a note explaining to let a member of staff know if you needed anything extra via the pulley system just outside the door!

As for the shop, I wasn't that impressed but then it wasn't really anything I was interested in. If you have a taste for jams, chutneys or pickles though then it's worth a visit for that alone; they had every kind you could ever think of!

Overall, the whole experience was very unique and different to anything I have ever done before. The food was delicious and we didn't want to leave. We plan on going back in the summer to try it again during the day time and just for another a little treat!

A couple of other things to mention
- The treehouse is located within Fanny's Farm Shop in Merstham, Surrey
- Booking is required
- Adult to child ratio in the treehouse is 1:1, something they are pretty strict on for insurance purposes so keep that in mine if you're taking children
- You have to order which option you want before hand and prices range from £8-£16 (ours were £12 each)
- They offer a breakfast option with croissants during the morning booking slot and a ploughmans at lunch time
- No more than 10 people and everyone visiting must order from the menu
- They also have a 'Pudding Room' which is open for hire or you can have cream teas just in the little cafe area they have set up within the shop if you don't want to book the treehouse

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Thursday, 1 January 2015

Lush Fun

In theory, I really like the idea of Fun - the 4 in 1 product can be used as either a soap, bubble bar, body wash or just for fun to play with which makes it a great product for kids but in reality it just doesn't always work out..

My first use of Fun was the green citrus version which smells great but when I walked back into the bathroom after having used it a while before, I found it had completely melted and had just left a green streak running down my sink. I then couldn't resist the Snowman Fun, a cute and festive black, orange and white version of Fun which was part of Lush's Christmas collection. I went to use it a week or so after purchasing it to find that it had again melted into a soft, gooey mess in its wrapper. I emailed Lush and they offered to rectify the problems by sending me some other products of my choice but it seems like Fun just can't stand up to any kind of heat and melts way too easily which is a shame..

As you can see from the photo above, Snowman Fun is a pretty intense soap on your skin and turns your bathwater completely black. It left my hands a little stained but otherwise washed off fine although your bath/shower will definitely need a good rinsing out when you're done!

On a much better note, Fun is actually a really nice product to use (when you get to use the parts that haven't melted). It feels nice on your skin, they (Green and Snowman) both smell really good and it lathers up really nicely. It's also easier to use than your normal soaps as it moulds to your hands making you way less likely to drop it! If I wasn't worried about losing the £5 that Fun costs each time with it melting, I would definitely keep repurchase it over and over again...

Have you used Fun? Did you have any trouble with it melting?
Happy New Year!

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