LUSH Christmas | Secret Santa & Santa's Lip Scrub

Sunday, 21 December 2014

LUSH Christmas Gift Sets, LUSH Christmas Gifts, Lush Secret Santa, LUSH Santa's Lip Scrub, LUSH Lip Scrub


Lush is a brand I've only become a fan of in recent months. In the past, I just didn't get the hype. I used to walk into the shop and be so overwhelmed by all the different bombs, bars and creams that I'd often have a browse for a couple of minutes then leave, often feeling a bit lightheaded from the overpowering scent of the store. However, in more recent months, I've become a big fan! The obsession began when I was very kindly sent one of their bath bombs from Ernest & Jones jewellers - it was a beautiful heart shapes bath bomb with little rose petals hidden inside it. After using it in my bath and loving the effect it gave the water, as well as the scent, I was hooked. Since then I've bought countless friends / relatives Lush gift sets for their birthdays and I just love how cute they are - they're so affordable and come wrapped beautifully.

With this being said, you can imagine how much I'm loving Lush and all their Christmas gift sets at the moment. They always pull out all the stops at this time of year and I can see why people go so mad for them - they're great value for money and make the perfect pampering treat for anyone whether its your mum, sister, friend or nan! If you have any last minute Christmas gifts to buy for the lady in your life or for a secret santa at work - one of these would be a fab choice!

LUSH Christmas Gift Sets, LUSH Christmas Gifts, Lush Secret Santa, LUSH Santa's Lip Scrub, LUSH Lip Scrub
LUSH Christmas Gift Sets, LUSH Christmas Gifts, Lush Secret Santa, LUSH Santa's Lip Scrub, LUSH Lip Scrub

I've got their 'Secret Santa' gift set to share with you all today, as we as their limited edition Christmas lip scrub, 'Santa's Lip Scrub'. Both of them are super cute and very affordable so if you want to buy someone an extra treat or don't have much money to spend, these are a great option. The Secret Santa gift set comes wrapped in fun green paper with a picture of Santa and the words 'Secret Santa' wrote on the side. Inside it contains a Father Christmas bath bomb which has the famous sweet 'Snow Fairy' scent and turns your bath from red to green and a 'Honey I Washed The Kids' soap which is another cult Lush product due to its sweet honey scent - it smells good enough to eat! I've been using it as a hand soap in my bathroom and I love it! For only £9.95, this is the perfect little gift.

LUSH Christmas Gift Sets, LUSH Christmas Gifts, Lush Secret Santa, LUSH Santa's Lip Scrub, LUSH Lip Scrub
LUSH Christmas Gift Sets, LUSH Christmas Gifts, Lush Secret Santa, LUSH Santa's Lip Scrub, LUSH Lip Scrub

The Lush lip scrubs are a big hit and I often hear people raving about how great they are. Its no surprise really - who doesn't want to scrub their lips with sugary goodness that tastes great? Santa's Lip Scrub is absolutely lovely - its has a yummy cola scent / flavour and the packaging and scrub itself are both red making it very fitting for this time of year. It contains lots of natural ingredients including caster sugar, extract of cherries and dates and extra virgin coconut oil. This means you can actually apply it to your lips and then lick off the excess without the need to worry about any nasty chemicals. Baby soft lips and a sugary treat - its a win win I say! For only £5.50, this would make the perfect Christmas stocking filler!

Are you hoping to find one of the Lush gift sets under your Christmas tree?

Lots of love,

A Game Changer | The Magnitone Lucid by Pixie Lott

Thursday, 18 December 2014

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I first heard about face cleansing brushes years ago when everyone went mad for the Clarasonic. However, due to its high price tag, it was something I never felt I needed or wanted to try. I have pretty sensitive skin and am lucky in the respect I don't suffer with many blemishes so I never thought this kind of tool would be beneficial to me personally. However, when I heard about Magnitone and its much more affordable price tag, I was pretty intrigued and figured it would be worth a try. Magnitone brand themselves with a '7 day promise' - the promise that your skin will look softer, brighter and clearer in only 7 days of use. As always, with any beauty product or tool that offers such big claims, I was skeptical. However, after receiving my Magnitone Lucid** recently, and giving it a go for the seven days, I have to say, I'm super duper impressed!

Before I get into what this product actually does for my skin and how it works, lets talk about the packaging. Firstly, I love that its Pink. Yes, call me a typical girl but it looks so pretty sat on my bathroom side. You even get a Pink headband included too which is handy as I find it rather annoying getting my hair all wet hair whilst washing my face! You've probably noticed the packaging features pop princess Pixie Lott too and that's because she recently became the face of the new Magnitone Lucid, a cheaper alternative to the original Magnitone. As a big fan of Pixie's, I was excited to hear about the partnership, especially as she's been so open about her battle with acne in the past.  

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Another thing I LOVE is how well designed this product is and how Magnitone have thought of everything to ensure the user experience is the best it can be. Its exceptionally lightweight, fits into the hand nicely and comes with a wireless travel charger so you can take your Magnitone away with you and charge it with ease. The wireless charger is magnetic and simply attaches to the bottom of the magnitone when you want to charge it - genius! However, if you'd rather charge it with the actual plug before going away, a full charge will last two weeks. I've only fully charged mine once since receiving it and two weeks later its still going strong. 

I also love that it has simple features because for someone like me who rubbish with technology, lots of different buttons and settings can be off-putting. With the Magnitone there's just one button which is used to turn the device on and off and change the settings. You simply press the button once for the Deep Clean mode or twice for the Sensitive mode so no matter what skin type you have, one of these setting will suit. I personally prefer using a mix of settings depending on which area of my face I'm working on. I find my forehead and chin can handle the deep clean but I have to use the sensitive setting on my cheeks as they're slightly more delicate.

So, you're probably wondering how the Magnitone actually works and how it benefits my skin? Well, the general idea behind it is to cleanse the skin way more efficiently than the hands alone. When using our hands, although we're removing makeup from our face, we're not cleaning deep into the pores and removing all the dirt from them which can then lead to blocked pores and blackheads or spots. However, due to the 10,000 pulsed oscillations (vibrations) offered per minute by the Magnitone, it provides a deep cleanse ensuring every ounce of dirt is removed from the skin and the pores are clear of any crap, to put it bluntly. It can still be used with your regular cleanser too, you don't have to buy any special cleansing solutions to use with it so that's another big plus point for me. 

The vibrating sensations also exfoliate the skin which is my favourite part of using it! It comes with a built in timer of one minute so when you turn it on it will do five 20 second bursts and then stop for a second or so to enable you to move on to a different area of your face. I must admit, I don't always follow this or use it as advised, I just use it for longer on the areas I feel I need it (i.e - my nose or chin). Its pretty self explanatory really and you know your skin better than anyone else so just do what works for you. However, if you do like to follow the rule book, having these 20 second intervals in place is really handy as you'll know when to move on to the next area. It really is foolproof! Its also 100% waterproof so its fine to use it in the shower or bath. I find this really useful and have been taking it into the shower with me most mornings.

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Okay, so I think we've got how it works pretty well covered. Now lets get on to the good stuff - the results. As I mentioned at the start of the post, I'm fairly lucky in the respect I've got pretty clear skin and don't get a great deal of breakouts. If I do get a break out, it tends to be around "that time of the month" and those horribly sore under the skin types - ergh! My skin type is combination so I can get dry patches on my cheek but also an oily t-zone - not ideal! I also have really sensitive skin and certain skincare can cause havoc and leave my skin feeling on fire. Again, not ideal. With this being said, I was concerned the Magnitone would be too harsh for me and I'm not going to lie, when I first used it I was a bit scared the vibrating sensation would damage my skin. However, I was clearly being silly as I was literally blown away but the results from the first use. 

I worked my cleanser (Elemis cream cleanser) into my face with my hands as normal at first and then did a once over with the Magnitone, concentrating on any areas I felt my pores were blocked. Not only did my skin feel 10x softer than usual after I washed the cleanser off (I'm talking silk like) but it looked brighter and glowing too. I also feel like my skin drank my moisturiser up like never before which is something Magnitone promised would happen - apparently using the Magnitone allows your skin to absorb skincare products more meaning they can work more efficiently. Win win! Another thing I noticed was how much nicer my base makeup applied - much like my moisturiser, my foundation smoothed onto my skin with no issues and looked pretty flawless, if I do say so myself. 

After seven days of continued use, both morning and night, the changes in my skin have been great. Its looking smoother, clearer and brighter, just as Magnitone promised. I feel like its one of those 'where have you been all my life' products as its literally revolutionized my skincare routine. I feel with continued use the results will only get better and I'll be well on my way to having the skin I've always wanted! Thank you Magnitone! You can get yours here for only £49.99 which is a massive bargain as it usually costs £69.99. I'd say its well worth the investment!


I do apologise for such a HUGE post but I really wanted to give you a total overview and a really in-depth review so you really see what its all about. Is the Magnitone something you'd like to try?

Lots of love,


HUGE Ladies Christmas Gift Guide

Monday, 15 December 2014


If you hadn't already noticed, my blog has been all about the Christmas gift guides recently. I'm completely obsessed with browsing my favourite websites and finding some lovely gifts to share with you all so today I'm here with the final of my gift guides and I've saved the best one till last. I've been collecting all the products featured in this post for the past couple of months now and I'm SO excited to share all these goodies with you as there's some total gems and products in there that every lady would love this Christmas. Whether they're a hair fanatic, beauty junkie or gym bunny - this gift guide has got you covered. 

Before I get into it, I just want to put a little disclaimer out there and say although I did buy or already own some of the products included, I was also sent a lot of them / gifted them at events for review consideration and for that I'm very thankful as I wouldn't have been able to put this post together without the help of all the amazing brands who have contributed. However, what I do want to say is that I've been collecting all of this stuff for a good while now in order to put a great gift guide together. I wouldn't feature something I wouldn't personally love to receive so you can take my word that these are all gorgeous gifts. With this being said, lets get into it! I've popped links to the products featured below each of the images so you can click on those and shop the post! I hope you enjoy and it gives you some last minute shopping inspiration ...

THE STOCKING FILLERS:

THE PAMPER / RELAXATION GIFTS:

THE NAIL GIFTS:


THE HAIR GIFTS:


THE PALETTES:


THE FRAGRANCES:

THE BEAUTY PRODUCTS:

THE NONE-BEAUTY GIFTS:

So there we have it - the ultime ladies Christmas gift guide! I'm pretty sure I've covered all bases here so if you're looking for some last minute shopping inspo for the lady in your life, or even if you fancy treating yourself to a lovely Christmas gift set or in the sales - I hope this post has left you feeling inspired! I apologise for not writing in depth descriptions about all the products but there's so much that I would have been here all day. I have linked to them all though so if you click on those, you'll be directed to websites that will give you more info and prices etc! Also, if you spot any products that you'd like to know more about, leave a comment below and I'll be sure to post an in-depth review! I've been absoloutely loving some of the beauty bits I've featured (those Rodial powders are exceptional) so I'm sure there will be lots of reviews coming your way very soon!

What's your favourite gift included in this gift guide? Is there anything here you'd love to receive on Christmas day? 

Lots of love,