Spring Lust List 2017

Lust lists are just products that I want to try and would love to buy. They are mainly higher end beauty buys because I only ever buy it on very rare occasions. It’s like an ongoing shopping list basically, that just never seems to end. Here are my current top 5, but they do tend to change around regularly:

  • Too Faced Sweethearts Bronzer, £25: This is top of list for summer because I think it looks wonderful, apparently it smells of chocolate too! The pan is split between two shades of bronzer- a lighter and darker one. It is a shimmery bronzer but from what I’ve read it gives a natural glow- which is what I am looking for!
  • Benefit Rollerlash Mascara, £20.50: This sounds like such a lovely, natural and fluttery mascara. I just don’t know if I can ever justify spending £20 on a mascara because there are definitely ones that do a similar job on the highstreet, such as Maybelline’s Lash Sensational.
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion, £17: I won’t lie, the packaging is one of the main reasons I have for wanting this. It’s SO cute though. I would like the shade ‘Sin’ because I would probably use it on its own some days because of the glow it gives. This product is interchangeable on my Lush List with the Charlotte Tilbury Shadow sticks because I am just looking for a very simple eyeshadow look.
  • Kylie Jenner Cosmetics, Lip Kits and Highlighters: Unfortunately, I think that Kylie’s products will always be on my Lush List because of the custom fees that we have to pay in the UK, but a girl can dream. I love the Kardashians and these products looks so dreamy. The new Kylighters look gorgeous especially the shade ‘Strawberry Shortcake’ which is filled with pink sparkly gorgeousness. Then there are Kylie’s signature Lip Kits that seem like such a staple. There are so many options, I am not picky haha! The new Kim collaboration looks lovely but then the traditional shades like ‘Posie K’, ‘KoKo K’ and ‘Kristen’ have all caught my eye.
  • Too Faced Peach Palette, £39: I would just love a high end eyeshadow palette, I don’t really have any palettes! Shocking, I know. I am not very creative with my eye make-up but this palette looks so lovely. I would definitely consider the Urban Decay Naked palettes too, but I find it difficult to choose between them all!

Have you tried any of these products? What products are on your Lust Lists? My list is always changing depending on the seasons, my mood and new releases but these have been staples for a couple of months… Maybe I’ll have to treat myself post-exams!

Don’t forget to treat yourself too,

Amy💖

Spring Body Care

Recently, I have discovered a few new body care products that I wanted to write about. It’s never been something I was particularly interested in, apart from a good moisturising bubble bath obviously! However, since using these more regularly I can feel a difference within my skin, especially after the bitterness of winter. I have targeted my smoother skin down to these 3 key products, but am definitely still looking to develop my routine further. Here they are:

  • Soap and Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub, £8: This product I’ve been loving for around a year now, so I have definitely tried and tested it. I really love it, especially THE SMELL. It’s very sweet like maple syrup, definitely head into Boots just to give it a sniff. It is a sugary scrub that exfoliates your skin, perfect to prep for fake tanning!
  • The Body Shop Almond Milk and Honey Body Butter, £6: I got this for my birthday because I liked the idea of it being for sensitive skin. The smell is lovely and not overpowering, like some of the body butters. I mainly use this on my legs after I have shaved, this helps eradicate dryness and flakiness skin! I’d definitely look into purchasing the larger tub once I’ve made it through this one.
  • Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived Body Lotion, originally £7.79 but bought on sale for £3.89 from Boots: I have dabbled slightly into self-tanning before, but have ended up with patches and streaks ALL over. This is my favourite one by far, it is much less streaky because it applies simply as a moistriser and develops subtley. I use the shade Fair to Medium, which can go plenty dark enough on me especially because I am looking for a natural sunkissed glow. It makes your skin very soft and you can determine the pace you want it to build up. Really good for beginners like me, who are just entering the big wide world of fake tan.

I really love all 3 of these products but I am always on the look out for more! I think next on my radar will be a moisturising shower gel and I’d like to try some different shaving products too- like the D’fluff Shaving Soap from Lush. Have you tried any of these products? Are there any body care buys you would recommend- comment them below, I would definitely be interested in trying them!

Happy pampering,

Amy💖

April Favourites 2017

April is one of my favourite months of the year, I can’t believe how quickly it has gone! I wanted to share a couple of my current favourite things that I have either found or re-discovered throughout the month. I have added a couple of general favourites too including a Netflix find and a Easter baking favourite.  Here they are:

  • Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue, £27: I’ve been pondering about this product for a while because I don’t usually spend that much money on make-up AND I don’t wear foundation much. BUT, it was a birthday present to myself… which is totally fine, right?! Anyway, I think it looks the most natural on my skin compared with other foundations I have tried. Initially I used a brush but I definitely preferred the finish with my Real Technique Complexion Sponge. It covers my spots but still looks natural, which is exactly what I was looking for! I think I need to test it a few more times to fully recommend this, but so far so good.
  • Soap and Glory Archery 2-in-1, £8: I’ve found it difficult to find a good eyebrow product because there seems to be SO many options- pomade, powder or pencils?! I have no idea, but I remember hearing that Soap and Glory had some good ones to try. I went for one which is simply a pencil and a brush- I use the shade ‘Brownie Points’. My eyebrows are quite thick so I just needed something simple to fill any sparse areas and add some shape. I really like this because it is easy to use- for an eyebrow newbie- and it looks natural!
  • Barry M Gelly Nail Paint, in the shade Blueberry, £3.99: Barry M Nail Paints are some of my ALL TIME favourites, especially the Gelly range. They are super shiny, even without a top coat, and they can be long lasting. Blueberry is surprisingly a very wearable blue shade, that is perfect for spring but is not too pastel.
  • Netflix Series, Riverdale: I almost want to say that this is my FAVOURITE Netflix series… and PLL obviously! There are currently 11 episodes out from series one and new ones are released on Fridays. It is very PLL-esque, focusing around a teenage murder and the impact on the town as they search for the murderer. It stars Cole Spouse, Cody from Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody… if this doesn’t make you want to watch then I don’t know what will!
  • Easter Chocolate Bark: I love baking, especially during seasonal holidays! I tried a couple of different recipes this year- all from Jane’s Patisserie a lovely baking blog. My favourite one I tried was ‘Easter Chocolate Bark’ because it was easy but tasted delicious! You can completely make it your own, I decorated it using another favourite of mine- Cadbury’s Creme Eggs!

I hope you’ve had a lovely April, what have been your favourite products?

Amy💖

Blushing about… Lush

Hello,

Recently, I visited the Lush Oxford Street store and it re-ignited my love for EVERYTHING Lush. My favourite time for Lush is during Christmas but there are hidden treasures in their everyday collection too. I have tried to narrow it down to my top 5 Lush products of ALL time… Or at least just for now! Here they are:

  • The Comforter Bubble Bar, £4.95- This is probably one of the best value Lush products because you can get about 4 baths out of it. I love the bubblegum pink it leaves the water, as well as creating lots of bubbles. The smell is mainly blackcurrant fruit pastilles and is one of the few sweet scents in their permanent collection. It’s not my favourite scent ever, but it is pleasant and not as strong as the Comforter shower cream.
  • Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment Bath Melts, £2.25 – I LOVE the bath oils at Lush, but they don’t seem to get much hype online. This one is my favourite because of the smell, which is very sweet like Snow Fairy. It makes the bath more luxurious and moisturises your skin, as well as influencing the colour of the bath water. Other bath melts I would recommend are the ‘Floating Island’ one which is white chocolate scented; ‘Razzle Dazzle’ a raspberry, pink melt and an exclusive Oxford Street and LushKitchen one called ‘Monsieur Gustave’- a very pretty purple one.
  • Cupcake Face Mask, £7.25- I haven’t used this for a couple of months, since starting my new skincare routine, but I use to very regularly. It is specifically designed for spot-prone, oily, teenage skin- just like mine! The smell is very chocolatey and it can be messy washing it off BUT overall your skin does feel cleaner and fresher afterwards. The ‘Rosy Cheeks’ Lush face mask is nice too, but it was too gentle for my troublesome skin.
  • Popcorn Lip Scrub, £5.75- When I was younger I had the ‘Bubblegum’ one but mainly just liked it because it was BRIGHT pink, you could lick it off your lips and it was SO sweet. Also I’m sure it was a lot cheaper! Since then my sister gave me the Popcorn one, which I actually use rather than eat. I think it actually works to exfoliate your lips, obviously it isn’t an essential product but I enjoy using it and it does make my lips feel fresher
  • Snow Fairy Christmas collection– I couldn’t do my top favourites without mentioning these Christmas lovelies, that I look forward to using again every year. This range contains all my favourites including the ‘Candy Mountain’ bubble bar and the ‘Father Christmas’ bath bomb which carry the perfectly, sweet scent. Obviously the shower gel is a winner too, I’m one of those people that buys the big bottles to last me the next year! I just love it- always a winner every year.

I haven’t included a bath bomb in my top 5 because I prefer the Bath melts with the Bubble bars AND it was difficult to choose just one. I would probably choose ‘Intergalactic’ or ‘Roller’ (a new find!) both make the bath water very pretty.

There are SO many Lush products and I’m always looking to try new products. I’d love to try some of their haircare or body products, but there are so many options. Let me know your Lush products, I would love to try them!

Happy pampering,

Amy💖

Scrapbooking: Tips and Tricks

Hello, lovelies!

I see scrapbooking as a fun, creative way to record my favourite memories and wanted to share my love for it! I’ve been doing it since 2015 and aim to fill one every year, so am starting my third at the moment. I didn’t think I would stick to it, but I love reminiscing and it’s a good way to be creative whilst being productive. There are no ‘wrong’ ways to scrapbook because they are completely personal, but there are so many different approaches it can be overwhelming. This is my basic approach to scrapbooking, because lets face it I do not have beautifully swirly calligraphy or the money to invest in a full scrapbooking regime. So instead I have created my own little techniques and styles over the years and these are a couple of tips/ products to help you start or develop your scrapbooks:

1. Choosing the scrapbook! This is a big choice- what size? page colour? Do you wanna decorate your own cover? Or already have a patterned one? Do you want pockets and page dividers? Usually when you see the one, you just know. All of mine have been from Paperchase because I really like the designs and they regularly bring out new ones. Also consider what colour scheme you want on the inside and if you want them to match the cover… sounds obsessive I know BUT I got a really brightly covered one then realised I wanted a pastel colour scheme so I took it back! Ugh, the drama haha!

2. How to make it look pretty: Well once you’ve got the actual scrapbook you can look into how you want to decorate the pages. Firstly, I would recommend the ‘Cropping Block’ paper packs from Paperchase which are essentially just pages of coloured paper- they’re only £2.50! These can be used to layer under photos to give them a frame, to write captions on or even create little envelopes to keep trinkets safe. Washi tape is another option for framing- I usually use a mixture of both! I love Washi tape, its basically just pretty tape but it lifts the pages and makes it look more ‘put together’. Again you can get different designs at Paperchase, John Lewis, Hobbycraft and lots of places, especially cute independent craft stores!

3. Photos: I find the best way to get my photos printed is using the app ‘Free Prints’ because you get 45 free every month. There are lots of different sites though and many have voucher codes or offers online. Usually, I accumulate the photos until it is worth paying to print out them in bulk which makes it cheaper when you have to pay for postage and packaging.

4. Using your phone: I find that my phone is one of the key things I need for my scrapbooking, and not just because I use it to take all my photos! I use the ‘Notes’ section to keep an ongoing list of the dates and activities I want to scrapbook so I don’t forget anything. Also creating an ongoing ‘scrapbooking’ photo album, so that you can just add a couple of photos on the way home from a day out, then when you come to print your photos you won’t have missed any. If you want to be super fancy you can edit pictures on your phone, I usually just use ‘Instagram’, even just to edit not just post, or the app VSCO. There are lots of options for editing, some more advanced than others, be careful not to over-do it though because you don’t want your images to become pixelated when printing!

5. Little extras: I use double-sided tape to stick in my photos because it gives the most seamless finish and secures them properly. Glue dots or Pritt Stick are good options too, the glue makes it a bit messier but is probably more cost effective. Also I like to invest in some pretty pens, usually metallic ones that fit my colour scheme! I tend not to write that much other than the title of each page (Date and Place) and maybe a caption or thought from the day. If you are more into the writing then maybe metallic isn’t the best option because it can be a bit smudgey/ difficult to read. Finally, the postcards from Paperchase really brighten pages and make it seem more ‘Pinterest’. They are about 70p and they have different phrases, jokes or pretty pictures on and they can help fill in gaps or are a cute way to illustrate holidays, like Christmas! Also postcards when you visit somewhere are lovely or little souvenirs such as parking tickets, food wrappers or leaflets add personal touches to your scrapbook!

Hopefully these have given you some ideas for your own scrapbook! One of the best things about scrapbooking is that it should never be a chore, it’s just a hobby and if I don’t feel like doing it then that’s okay too. Once you start though the sense of nostalgia when looking back is really rewarding. Also don’t compare your scrapbook to these ‘perfect’ ones you see on YouTube or Pinterest- which is so difficult! Mine is so far from perfect and there have been times when I’ve ripped out pages because I thought my handwriting looks childish or the pictures aren’t stuck in straight. These little quirks are what makes your scrapbook yours, the happiness within the photos, souvenirs and words are what makes it ‘perfect’. Let me know any of your scrapbooking tips, I’d love to develop mine for 2017.

Happy scrapbooking,

Amy💖

 

Blushing about… Skincare

Hello,

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to make my skincare game strong. I wanted to have proper steps in place, instead of just washing my face and using a facemask every so often. Being a teenager, my skin has got ISSUES. I won’t lie, my face is spotty and can get very rosy- hence the blushing. I’ve had this desire to fix it on and off throughout the years, but I had no idea what I was doing or what I needed.

Initially, I just watched skincare routines online to give me some advice on what products I needed to be looking for. My main aim with my skincare routine is to target the spots and redness, on a bit of a budget. I mean I didn’t want to go full blown everything on the cheap, because I’ve tried that before, but I DEFINITELY didn’t want to go for Sunday Riley… a girl can dream. Anyway, I eventually stumbled upon The Body Shop which I had never considered for anything other than their body butters.

I trawled through their website until I decided upon the Tea Tree range, there were other options too. This was ideally designed for spot-prone, oily skin- perfect! To determine what products I needed from the range to use I spoke to a skincare specialist on their website via a live chat. I asked all my questions and they recommended the products in order to kit out my new regime. These are the products I have used and some thoughts on them, bare in mind I have been using them since January so these are my views after 4months of using them:

1. Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash £6: This is one of the cleaner option available from this range and I’ve found it definitely works to clear the skin. However, it is not my favourite product because it doesn’t lather fully and is difficult to really work into the whole face- maybe I’m using it wrong? Or maybe I need to try the foaming cleaner from this range. If I have worn make-up that day then I cleanse before this step to focus on taking off the products, so I cannot say how this product does with that. To remove my make up I use the Soap and Glory Cleansing Milk which is much creamier and easy to apply.

2. Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner £6: This is probably my favourite product so far. I find it really refreshing and the next morning when you wake up you can see the skin tone evening out much more.

3. Tea Tree 3-in-1 Wash Scrub Mask £8.50: This is slightly more expensive but you only have to use it once to twice a week, so lasts a long time. It is an exfoliant and I use it best as a face mask which I massage into the skin and leave for around 20minutes before washing off. Honestly, I forget about this step a lot but I am trying to remember! It has a very strong tea tree scent (Duh!), just a warning though it makes my eyes really sting.

4. Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution £13: I got this in a set for Christmas, so it was the first product I tested. It was weird using an oily product to try and combat my excessively oily face but it seems to be working. This is the target serum that makes this routine aimed at fighting spots. So far it does keep away those large spots that seem to takeover my face, but hasn’t eliminated the smaller bumpier ones.

5. Tea Tree Mattifying Lotion £9.50: This is the day moisturiser that was suggested to me by the advisor on The Body Shop live chat feature. I do like it and it was a step I was fooled into avoiding previously- with a fear it would increase my oiliness. However, I think it makes a difference in hydrating my skin and making it appear plumper.

6. Tea Tree Night Lotion £10: Apparently your skin needs more moisture at night so this is like an advanced version of the day moisturiser. I like it, but it doesn’t really feel much different from the day one.

My final thoughts are that I love that all the steps are working towards the same aims and that they all create one routine. Whereas, in the past I used lots of different brands at once which all claimed to do different things at once. Since using it I would say that I have actually experienced some dryness on my face, which it a surprise! I think I might have to change some products, but they do have many different ranges so I could just try a different moisturiser. Overall though my skin has improved, it is clearer with a more even skin tone and I have had less ‘obvious’ breakouts. Also, the advice on their website is useful for complete newbies like me who really had no idea!

Hopefully, this has given you some tips if you’re looking to develop or change your own skincare routine. I think The Body Shop skincare can get overlooked, especially on the highstreet, with Boots selling such a wide range. This is just my experience so far, I think the main thing I have learnt is not to expect overnight miracles from these products- consistency is key.

Let me know what other products I should try and if you’ve tried anything from the The Body Shop skincare!

Amy💖

Spreading Kindness

Happy Monday!

I wanted to kickstart the week with a post on kindness. The concept of kindness can get lost in the business of everyday life, but it is such a positive characteristic to possess and share with others. Before this turns into the cheesiest post EVER, I have complied a list of cute random acts of kindness to try:

  1. Write letters: Taking the time to write someone a notecard is so simple. If you never have stamps (like me!) you could try apps like ‘Touch Note’ or going on Moonpig.com to send personalised messages directly from your phone! You could sent these to friends, family or sometimes there are special appeals, especially at Christmastime to send to ill children or various people who need support/ friendship. This is the perfect excuse to buy ALL the pretty and funny postcards,  notecards and letter writing sets from Paperchase!
  2. Reminding people you are thinking of them: This is so simple and it’s free- win win! Something as simple as tagging a friend in a meme on Facebook that reminds you of them or sending them a funny tweet to cheer them up can really make someones day. Simply texting someone and saying ‘Miss you’ can mean the world, trust me at uni these really make your day because sometimes it is so easy to feel forgotten! Another idea is sending uplifting tweets to people who are having a bad day or congratulating/ complimenting them on something and although it might seem weird to respond to a stranger you never know how much they might have needed it.
  3. Spontaneous presents: Clearly this could be an expensive suggestion, but it doesn’t need to be done regularly or with luxurious gifts! One example is when I visit my grandparents I sometimes pick them up Scones for £2 as I pass a shop on my way- this is cheap way to brighten their day, or better still bake them yourself! Also my sister, who lives far away, recently received a bad haircut (I know the pain!) so to cheer her up I sent a special Pancake mix from notonthehighstreet.com directly to her address with a gift receipt too- perfect!
  4. Give to charity: This doesn’t necessarily have to be financial giving but if you can then a direct debit is a good way of doing this, because otherwise it is so easy to forget! Also it can be very small amounts, even just a £1, would make a difference especially to local charities. Other ways to give include taking old clothes or toys to a charity shop, retweeting/ sharing charities posts help raise awareness of campaigns or looking for online ways to volunteer your time at various charities- some charities like Make A Wish have online volunteering schemes where you don’t even have to leave your sofa!
  5. Be kind to yourself: In some ways this should be top the list because if you are kind to yourself then you can help others. This really could be anything, but it is so easily forgotten! Let yourself watch an extra episode of your favourite TV show, eat ALL the chocolate, have a bath until your fingers go all shrivelled, laugh at your favourite film, sing at the top of your voice, lounge around in your pyjamas every once in a while and forget all your responsibilities! I understand this is easier said than done, but be happy, you deserve it.

I hope these inspire you to spread some kindness to others and yourself. There are also lots more ideas on Pinterest! Let me of know any other easy examples of random acts because it is always important to find new ways of spreading kindness.

Amy💖

Blushing about… Netflix

Hello!

I wanted to start a series called ‘Blushing about…’ where I discuss different products, things or places that I have been loving recently. To start it all off I wanted to go with one of my favourite things… NETFLIX! I did question whether I would have anything to offer on this topic because my suggestions might seem unoriginal but I think this proves what shows and films are really worth the hype. So grab some sweet treats and delve into one of these new worlds:

Pretty Little Liars (7 series, with 10 final episodes being released in April!)

This is my favourite series on Netflix at the moment, I love it and CANNOT wait for the final episodes. Most of the characters are really likeable and the PLL crew really are friendship goals, just check out their instagram’s for proof! Personally my favourite couple is Hanna and Caleb who’s relationship takes a surprising turn once the show moves five years into the future! Honestly, this is a must watch for any chick-flick/ thriller loving person because it had the perfect balance of tension and romance without being too scary.

The Crown (First series, with more coming soon)

I finished this in about 3 days and I have no regrets. If I had started it earlier on day one then I could have done it in 24hours, which really would have been an achievement. This, for me, makes it obvious that it is a great show because it was so gripping! I was sceptical about the series because people kept telling me to watch it but it sounded too historical/ educational for me. However, I was wrong. Whether you already love the Royals, know nothing about them or think  you know everything then you should watch it all the same. It follows the Queen from her marriage to Philip up until during her reign, and their relationship was one of the main reasons for this becoming a favourite of mine. Gotta watch if you love period dramas and just easy-going shows!

One Direction: This is Us

This is a controversial one I know! But as a firm lover of One Direction from the age of 12 I couldn’t ignore this one. Yes, I have it on DVD too and I know how sad/ embarrassing that is to admit… but I LOVE THEM. There, I said it. I won’t pretend like I love this for the cinematography or gripping storyline. I just love it for the boys, the music, the memories and the feel good feeling it leaves you with. Definitely one to watch if you’re feeling down and need a pick-me-up!

Let me know any suggestions for your favourite things to watch on Netflix, I’m always on the hunt for a new series! I am currently loving The Vampire Diaries but only on the first series so thought it was too early to class it as a ‘favourite’ just yet.

Enjoy,

Amy💖

 

First things first…

Hiya,

First things first (I’m the realest😂)… No really first I want to thank you for finding my blog! I wanted to start by introducing myself: I’m Amy, nice to meet you! So I’m 18 from Reading in England and currently at university studying Comparative Literature (fancy term for English!).

Starting my blog has been a long time coming but after settling into uni life I have found there is a lot of spare time, and what better way to fill it with than writing?! I’ve wanted to begin for a while but I had never quite built up the courage.

In real life I have tend to have very rosy cheeks and it generally doesn’t take much to make me blush- hence the name! Also I’ll be writing about things I love/ that make me blush (so creative, I know!). My posts will generally be about lifestyle bits and just anything I feel like chatting/ ranting about; I’ll be aiming to upload about twice a week at the beginning but I’m just going to see how it goes!

Feel free to comment your blog below, I’d love to read it!

Amy💖