BLOGMAS Day 7 // Winter & Christmas Lush Haul

Hey guys! As we all know that Lush have brought out their Christmas and Winter collections, featuring many old favourites, and some new exciting products, I thought today I’d take you through some of my favourite Winter and Christmas products from this year! This is the biggest Lush haul I have ever done, so let’s jump right into the products!

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Big Shampoo | This shampoo will transform your hair. During these colder months, I find that my hair tends to go rather limp, and it becomes very difficult to style. But this sea salt shampoo massages and invigorates your scalp when you use it, causing the root of the hair to lift and have more hold. I absolutely love it.

Big Bang Bubble Bar | With the scent of grapefruit oil, and added avocado butter to nourish and moisturise the skin (not to mention a space theme!) I love everything about this bubble bar. As always, just crumble as much of the product that you desire under running water, and enjoy your bubble bath! 

Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb | Brace yourselves, but this may just be my favourite Lush product of all time. (I still love you Karma & Rose Jam!) Again, it’s space themed so that’s a major plus for me, but this bath bomb holds within it something that I adore, the night sky. The tagline for this bath bomb is “Paint the night sky” and it really lives up to that, turning your bath into a gorgeous pool of lavender, blues and pinks.

Candy Mountain Bubble Bar | This bubble bar is adorable and comforting, so very often just what we could do with at the end of a very long working week. It’s also quite a safe bet to be a widely popular product, because it’s vanilla scented, so it’s not overly powerful or harsh to smell.

Magic Wand Bubble Bar | This magic wand really is magic. Just swirl it around in your bath, and it’ll create a gorgeous, cotton candy scented pink bubble bath! I’d also recommend these wands because they are incredibly long lasting. If like me, you all too often end up using a bubble bar in one bath, instead of breaking it into two or three baths, these wands really stand the test of time, because you’re not breaking it up, you’re just swirling it around.

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5 Gold Rings Bubble Bar | Just like the wands, I really like this bubble bar because it lasts much longer than an ordinary bubble bar, as it’s already split into five very handy sections. This bubble bar is also vanilla scented, so it’s also a perfect Christmas gift for anyone who loves bubble baths, but might find many Lush products a bit too strong scent-wise.

Peeping Santa Bubble Bar | His eyes are chocolate. Need I say more? Now I know you won’t be eating it, but there’s definitely something so extravagant and fabulous as knowing that you’re bathing in dairy free chocolate and hand-churned Shea butter, this bubble bar is not only extremely Christmassy and adorable, but the very definition of Treat. Yo. Self.

Snow Angel Bath Melt | This product is a little different. As it’s not a bath bomb or a bubble bar, you don’t have to crumble it up or pop it in your bath and watch the fizzing and swirling ensue. No, this is a bath melt, which means it assists in melting away all of your tension and stress, and that’s before you’re even in the bath! This bath melt quite literally floats atop the water, slowly melting and producing the most glistening and glimmering layer of snow on the surface of the water. It also contains cocoa butter, which is incredibly moisturising for the skin, with a scent of marzipan and rose. This bath melt is a Christmas miracle.

Father Christmas Bath Bomb | Once you’ve looked at this bath bomb, you might have pictured what you’d expect from it. Well all I can say is, throw those preconceptions away, because it’s almost 100% guaranteed that you are entirely wrong about it. This peach and white bath bomb, is actually, the deepest, most vibrant green you could ever imagine bathing in. I adore it when Lush surprise us with a bath bomb like this, because it’s like being let in on a little secret. Again, another very sweet candy floss scented bath bomb, this is definitely one of my Christmas favourites.

Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb | A magnificent burst of colour in an otherwise very dull and lifeless winter evening. This bath bomb is just what you need to lift your spirits, while relaxing you with a calming lavender scent at the same time. I think this bath bomb would actually make a great gift for a first time Lush user, as it’s fun and bright, but not strong or complicated, just pop it in the bath and you’re a Lush pro!

Magic Of Christmas Wand Bubble Bar | With cinnamon and almond scents, this bubble wand smells like the epitome of Christmas baking. Again, I’d recommend these bubble wands because they are so long lasting, and let’s be honest, super fun to use.


That’s it for my Winter & Christmas Lush Haul, let me know if you’ve got any recommendations of anything I haven’t mentioned in the comments. You can see my previous Lush haul HERE. As always, I have linked all of the products I’ve mentioned to Lush’s site, if you’d like to treat yourself to some of the goodies I have featured!

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November Favourites

Here we are once more, at the end of another two months, so that means I’m going to share with you guys what things I’ve been loving during this time.November Favourites (1)I don’t have a lot of products to talk about this time, because I’ve been loving lots of other cute little things too, so today’s favourites is a mix of everything I’ve been loving!

This Book Loves You | Exactly what I needed this past month. Exactly what everyone needs in their life. How many times has a book told you it loved you? Never. Well that’s all about to change with this innovative book. Breaking all book-norms, this book will talk directly to your heart, and improve the rest of your life.

YSL Deluxe All-Over Face Compact | I really love this compact, because not only does it have a built in mirror (which quite frankly is a life saver sometimes!) but the bronzer is incredible, and I love the variety of blushes that it has. So you can slightly alter the shade of your blush, depending on what kind of look you’re going for.

Star Master | It’s no secret that I’m a major fan of the moon, or the sky, or galaxies/space in general, so when I discovered that I could project a night-time sky in my bedroom, I don’t think I’ve ever bought something that quickly.

Sparkle Shoes | As most of my friends know, I already own these shoes in a pink/gold combo, so this month I decided to pick up a black pair, so I always have a choice of fabulous-ness.November Favourites (2)Flutter Compact Mirror | This mirror is one of the cutest things I own, and it perfectly fits in my makeup bag. I’m obsessed with it.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder | This product does exactly what it sets out to do. Keeps your look matte for up to 12 hours, managing grease and products that don’t like to stay put.

Maybelline Colour Show Nail Varnish in #232 ‘Rose Chic’ | I’ve actually been looking for an accurate rose-gold nail varnish for quite some time now, so during a late night Tesco shopping trip, I couldn’t quite believe my eyes when I saw this shade there. It is the perfect rose-gold hue I’ve been wanting for so long!

Collection Eyeshadow Pencil in #3 ‘Vintage Blush’ | I’ve already mentioned this product before in my Travel Essentials, but I’m going to talk about it again because it really is incredible. This product is perfect for when you don’t have the time/effort to create a dramatic eye-look, you simply swipe this across your eyelids, and smudge out with your finger.

Rimmel London Lipstick in #700 ‘Naughty Nude’ | This is it. The nude colour I’ve been searching my entire life for. It’s a natural pink, with brown undertones so that it doesn’t look like you’re wearing a lipstick, rather that your lips are naturally flush with colour. This lipstick is also moisturising and long lasting, so I’d heartily recommend it for anyone still searching for that perfect nude colour.

Rimmel London Nail Varnish in #345 ‘Black Cherries’ | I love this colour for autumn/winter, because it’s a gorgeous deep, well, cherry colour. I think it’s perfect for a casual autumnal look, and suitable for Christmas!


 

SPEAKING OF CHRISTMAS, as it’s the 1st of December tomorrow, that means BLOGMAS STARTS HERE TOMORROW! Stay tuned for a brand new blog post every day for the next 25 days, and join me in my countdown to Christmas!

Makeup Brush 101

Hey guys, lately I’ve been finding myself looking for brushes that I don’t have, to add to my collection. So of course this meant that I had to learn the proper uses for each of my brushes, and what brushes I was in need of.

So today I thought I’d share my knowledge with you guys! I have listed below all of the basic brushes that I have, alongside their proper uses.ultimate beginners guide to makeup brushesultimate beginners guide to makeup brushes


Obviously there are many more brushes, and some of the ones I have listed above have multiple uses, but I wanted to keep this post quite simple and easy to understand. Let me know if this post was helpful to you in the comments! I’m also taking requests and recommendations for my upcoming Christmas posts, so please feel free to leave any particular posts or prompts that you’d like to see in the comments too.

(Thank you so much for reading, I love and appreciate you all.)

Autumn Beauty Essentials

Hey guys! Today I thought I’d take you through my autumn beauty essentials, from every plum berry and shimmer-based eyeshadow, without further adieu, here are some of the products that I recommend for any Fall/autumn look!Autumn Makeup Essentials (1)Lips

Obviously any deep red, plum or berry lipstick is what everyone flocks to, and recommends to everyone. I am no different, because I adore these shades too! But I also love nude colours for this time of year, as it can work beautifully with a statement or smokey eye look. Some of my lipstick favourites are Kate Moss for Rimmel in #107, Collection’s “Aubergine Kiss”, and Rimmel’s “Naughty Nude”. I would also recommend the corresponding lipliners with these lipsticks, as the almost double the lasting power, and ensure your lipstick stays put all day long, and doesn’t spread. I also love deep lipglosses such as Rimmel’s Vinyl gloss and Salvation lip lacquers.

Skin

While the sun may go into hiding for the autumn and winter months, your tan and contouring certainly doesn’t need to! A BB cream, or your regular foundation, a concealer and of course, bronzing is the ultimate essential for these autumnal/winter months, even if you don’t commit to any other A/W trends!Autumn Makeup Essentials (2)Eyes

Now is the perfect time to embrace gorgeously smokey eyes, shimmer and golds. I love the All About The Eyes palette, and the Heaven & Earth palette, because they include all of the necessary shades for just a shimmery gold eye, and a smokey eye! They are also both excellent stand-ins for many shades in the Naked 3 palette.

Nails

And finally, and this is a lot coming from me: dark colours are in. Reds, purples, greens, oranges, any hue that is deep and dark is perfect for this time of year. I’ve also recently discovered the Maybelline Colour Show in #232 “Rose Chic”, and I’ve never fallen in love with a nail varnish quite so quickly. It’s like painting rose gold directly onto your nails, is there anything better? I think not.


That’s it for my autumn/fall beauty essentials post, I hope you guys enjoyed it, if you did, be sure to let me know in the comments and give it a lil ‘like’, also let me know in the comments what your Fall essentials are when it comes to makeup.

100 POSTS PAMPER NIGHT GIVEAWAY

Hey guys! As some of you may have noticed, my last blog post was my 100th one on this blog! I did not see this coming back when I started this blog at the beginning of the year, but I’m really glad that I’ve stuck with it, for so many reasons.

Getting to know so many amazing and diverse people, and being given an insane amount of opportunities, I can see myself now blogging well into my 1,000,000th post.

So, as a thanks to all of you lovely people who take time out of your day to read, like, comment and subscribe, I thought I’d give you an experience that I really endorse. A pamper night.

backgrounderThat’s right. I’m giving away the ultimate pamper night in for you guys! This treat includes:


Azure Vitamin E Woven Face Mask

Beautilicious Sugar Coated Candy Apple Foot Soak

M&S Coconut Body Scrub

Nivea Creme Moisturiser

Zoella Kissy Missy Lip Balm

Body Shop Rose Gift Set

Paperchase Fox Stickers

Roam Earrings

Aztec-Inspired Ring


 I chose to add some cute stickers, a ring and earrings just to really treat you to an additional few cutesy items.

If you are interested in entering this giveaway, you can do so by following me here, either through WordPress, Bloglovin’ or the email sign-up form.

You can also be entered by following me on Twitter or Instagram. You can also drop a comment on any blog post, including this one. Or you can tweet about this giveaway!

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I hope you guys are excited for this giveaway, be sure to drop me a comment if you are! If you’re not after a pamper giveaway like this, be sure to share or link it to someone else that might be!

Thank you all again so much for reading and following my blog. I’m insanely grateful to you all. ヽ(^。^)丿

20 Things I’ve Learned In 20 Years

Hey guys! I don’t know if you knew this, (jk we all know I put a countdown in my sidebar, we all knew it was happening) but on the 24th of October, it was my 20th birthday! So naturally, with all of my accumulated wisdom over these vast 20 years, I thought today I’d share with you guys 20 of my top things that I’ve learned in the past 20 years.20 Things I've Learned In 20 Years

  1. Say yes to opportunities as often as you can, you won’t believe how much it’ll change your life and general outlook.
  2. Wear clothes that make you feel amazing, regardless of what anyone thinks or what you think they’ll think. Your confidence will shine through.
  3. You need bad times. Withouth these, there would be no contrast to the upliftingly insane great times.
  4. Remember number 3 when it’s one of those days. Think how much better things now have the opportunity to get.
  5. Life really does speed up. My brother explained to me that this is because the ratio changes as we get older. For example, when you’re 20, that year is 1/20th of your life, but when you’re 10, it’s only 1/10th. This might make little sense, but seriously, life speeds up.
  6. Walk. Whenever you can.
  7. Ask questions. You’d rather feel nervous for a second, and then worry-free because you have your questions answered, than stressed because you don’t know what’s happening or expected of you.
  8. Forgive, forget, move on. It’s so much better for you mind, health and stress lines!
  9. Celebrate. Celebrate occasions, events, achievements, people. Just freaking celebrate everything.
  10. Say yes to yas. This really links into number 9, but I’ve found that you feel so much better in yourself if you say yas to other people. If someone is wearing something outrageously fabulous, say YAAAAAS GURL. If someone overcomes adversity, say YAAAAAS. Out loud, or in your head, it’ll give you a great mentality.
  11. Having a bath with a bubble bar, a body scrub, face mask, then skincare routine and a mani/pedi is at least a fortnightly thing.
  12. “We’re all fighting hard battles, so you’ve gotta be kind.” Remember that everyone has their own life, and you might only know what’s on the very surface. Be kind, and understanding.
  13. The world isn’t against you.  People are nice. Nothing is ever the end of the world.
  14. Don’t ever tell yourself no, or “I can’t”.
  15. Talk to your siblings. No one has a closer personal experience of your life than they do.
  16. Accept that there are things that you cannot control. Once you accept this, life will become so much simpler.
  17. Nothing is permanent. Not one thing. There is no one thing that is sacred, everything is subject to change and disappear. Appreciate the now.
  18. Love. Keep your heart open. Adopt, live, give, and just love.
  19. Heartache really is healed by the sea. Time and the sea, helps towards healing everything.
  20. Don’t allow people to change your own perspective. If you think you’re good at something, but someone else doesn’t, it doesn’t help you in any way to adopt what they think. As David Foster Wallace puts it, “You’ll worry less about what people think about you when you realize how seldom they do” Quite simply, we’re all so concerned with ourselves, and what other people think of us, that we are all too busy to actually think about other people.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Let me know if you did in the comments below, also feel free to drop any lessons you’ve learned there too, it’s always lovely to share experiences.

Victoria Secret-Inspired Halloween Makeup Tutorial

Hey guys! As it’s Halloween tomorrow, I thought it would be only fitting to squeeze one last Halloween themed makeup post in!

So I went for a look that I have been wanting to do for a long time now, a Victoria Secret Angel-inspired makeup look.Fotor0103019358Check out my video below to see how I achieved this look!


And that’s it for my Halloween themed posts for this year! I hope you guys enjoyed this series, let me know if you did in the comments, and if you’d like more themed series’ in the future. (For example, Blogmas anyone?)

Broken Doll Halloween Makeup Tutorial

As Halloween is quickly approaching, we are all suddenly wondering what outfit/costume we should wear, if we are doing anything on Halloween. So today I’m sharing with you guys a super creepy Halloween makeup look, that’s perfect for a last minute costume (that looks like you actually put a lot of thought and effort into it!)

Broken Doll Halloween Makeup Tutorial

As you can see, it’s a creepy broken doll makeup/costume look, check out my video below to see how I created this look.

All that’s left is to pair it with a super cute dress, a torn old dress, or even dungarees! The fun part it that it’s entirely up to you!


Let me know if you’re going to try this look out, or if I’ve inspired you to make it your own!

Guide To Halloween Decor

Hey guys! I’m back once again, with another Halloween-themed post! Today I thought since Halloween is fast approaching, I’d give you guys my ultimate guide to Halloween decor. Whether you only have a small area to decorate, or if you’d like to go all-out all over your house, I’ve got you covered!Guide To Halloween Decor  Just a touch of spidery spook | These webs really are quite cheap, and it can be all you need to bring a Halloween touch to a room!Guide To Halloween Decor Balloons | If you’re not really into spooky decor, then you can  opt for a much more cutesy decoration, like these balloons. They are in-keeping with the Halloween theme because they’re orange and black, but much more suitable for if you don’t like scary over the top decorations.Guide To Halloween Decor Guide To Halloween Decor Concentrated creep | This type of decoration is perfect if you don’t have a really large area to decorate, but you still want to get into the spirit of Halloween. Just add some fake spider webs to some existing decoration in the area, like I have here with the lanterns. Then add some Halloween-themed tea light candle holders, and a sign, maybe that says ‘Happy Halloween’ or something spooky.Guide To Halloween Decor Guide To Halloween Decor Guide To Halloween Decor Halloween Bunting | If you’ve got the room for it, I’d definitely recommend having Halloween-themed bunting up. This is because it brings the whole room together, and it can be one of the only pieces of decoration you have up, but it’s plenty to bring a Halloween vibe.

Eerie Balloon | I little trick I’ve picked up is, if you use double-sided tape and put it on the back of a balloon, you can stick it up anywhere, and it looks really creepy, as if it’s floating in mid air, on its own.Guide To Halloween Decor Pumpkins | If nothing else, you should at least have carved a pumpkin!Guide To Halloween Decor Fairy Lights | If you’re into super cute and reasonably girly things like I am, fairy lights are suitable for almost every holiday and event; trust me. These cute pumpkin ones were very cheap, and are so light, then can be put up anywhere, and they’ll last for the whole season!Guide To Halloween Decor


That’s it for my guide to Halloween decor, I hope I inspired you guys and you can take some ideas from this post, let me know in the comments if you’ve got any more tips for Halloween (or Christmas, let’s be real, it’s coming up!) decoration ideas that I haven’t mentioned!

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Competition

This past week, myself and my brother jumped right into the Halloween spirit by having a pumpkin carving competition!

I chose to carve Jack Skellington into my pumpkin, as he is immediately recognisable, and makes for a super cool pumpkin.DSCN2706 My brother actually went for quite a similar design, not Jack Skellington, it was simply a creepy pumpkin face.DSCN2707 DSCN2708 Once we had cleaned up our pumpkins and tidied up the edges, we were ready to put the candles in them, and fully appreciate them.DSCN2713


I hope that you guys enjoyed this post, don’t forget to share your pumpkins with me, I’d love to see them! You can tag me in them on Twitter or Instagram @corinnebygrave