Thursday, 19 November 2015

PLANNING A HOLIDAY PART 1, LOCATION AND BOOKING


In Summer 2016, me and a friend are taking the epic adventure to Orlando, which I haven't visited since I was 8, and my friend has never stepped foot in the USA. This is to celebrate my end of uni, and her start.

The first steps we took was to look at dates, we knew around the start of Summer would be a good idea as it's just before peak season when the prices start to increase. With this in mind, we headed down to the travel agents - an obvious step, but they can really help collate ideas.

With a date in mind, it was easy to search with an agent the best deals for a budget of around £700 in the International Drive area to allow access to all the theme parks and shopping without the necessity of driving or being bound to one area or Orlando itself.

Top Tip: Driving
If you're 21 and over you can drive in America, depending on the company. You may have to have been driving X amount of years, and a lot of tax is added p/day.
If you're 25 and over, you are not charged this tax. 


We looked around for the best deals and decided that Thomas Cook provided us with a friendly service, good deal, and familiarity. We booked into a 3 star hotel, flights, and they were totally helpful in booking our transfers as well, and with that, we placed our deposit!

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

COLLECTIVE LUSH HAUL

An amalgamation of my birthday, surprises and my recent splurge! 



The new toothy tabs within their new, and in my opinion better, packaging are now available in all stores! I picked up lime-light, after deliberating with a member of staff..
I was so excited for my boyfriend to pick up Snow Melt, an Oxford Street exclusive bath oil that's a lot larger than your normal bath oil, you're definitely getting your £2 worth here. 


A product I feel will be overlooked but is amazing this Christmas is Bar Humbug.. It's scent description may be daunting - and I personally don't like liqourice - but it is sweet without being overpowering. It has the same look as Blue Skies, The Comforter etc. 


The Magic of Christmas is also a new product for this year, and I'm super excited to use it. It encapsulates everything I associate with Christmas - spices and cinnamon. 


Peaking in the background is Salt and Peppermint Bark - I've gone craaaazy for mint this year, buying a tub of Christingle, using Dirty, and now extending to the scrub!




There is also a few other products previously only in the Oxford Street store to buy at all stores, such as Big Bang and a few of the bath oils.


Here are some classics that everyone knows and loves; Cinders, Lord of Misrule, and Holly Go Lightly.. There's also an appearance from Shimmy Shimmy, and a mysterious soap that my boyfriend got given!


I am super excited about milky bath.. I bought it on my first trip to Oxford Street, and it honestly replaces Butterball, hands down.. AND IT HAS BUBBLES. It's the combination of bath melt and bubble bar that does it for me.

Another returner is The Golden Wonder.

Products mentioned within this post:
The Golden Wonder | Eau Roma Water Toner | Milky Bath | Yog Nog | Salt and Peppermint Bark | Lord of Misrule | Shimmy Shimmy | Big Bang | Pumpkin | Holly Go Lightly | Cinders | Snow Melt Bath Oil | Magic of Christmas | Soap?? | Lime-light Toothy Tabs | D'Fluff | Bar Humbug | Beautiful Shower Gel | Salted Coconut
Not pictured:
Christingle | Snow Fairy | Dirty | Icing on the Cake Roulade | Intergalactic | Yog Nog Soap | Dragon's Egg

Saturday, 7 November 2015

THE SOFTEST SKIN EVER?!

On my recent trip to (and splurge at) Lush, I was guided around and felt absolutely pampered by the staff - and then who pops to say 'hi'? Jess!

Jess is a fellow blogger I met last year who became, as I remember, totally enthralled by the store! She took me round some of her favourite products, and it was lovely to be talked to by someone who understands bloggers going into Lush; we don't want to be totally overwhelmed, we know what we want, but we still need a lil' help!

After taking me round a few items, she sat me down for a bit of a pamper.. I was completely tense, my hand was closed up, but she made me relax - uni stress is taking it's toll at the moment.

We started with Salted Coconut, something I'd been sniffing but repulsed by previously.. But having no idea what Jess would bring back, I was slightly intimidated by the prospect of having this product on me.. I was wrong to be repulsed. On the skin it smells lovely, and isn't too abrasive! It will really look after my hands in the coming winter months - and yes, that does mean that I bought a pot! It can be used wet for a soft exfoliation, or on dry hands for a rougher experience.. *wink*. 
...This creamy coconut and sea salt exfoliator is the perfect way to keep your paws in tip top condition...
I personally think it makes a change from me using The Golden Handshake - a hot hand mask. Without the 'right' equipment it gets a bit messy, and I'm not perfect at getting the consistency right. It's a lot quicker as well, and I will be saving my Handshakes for the colder days when my fingers are about to fall off now!  

Following this, we used the Celebrate Christmas Body Lotion, which is so soothing and hydrating, whilst also including that bit of pep!
Give your skin cause for celebration by smoothing on this intoxicatingly citrusy body lotion with a splash of cognac..

Finally, absorb a bit of moisture, we used the First Snow dusting powder. I have been interested in dusting powders for a while, especially with being blessed with the larger of lady lumps! This adds a shine to the skin, and added the final touch to how soft my skin became. 
An uplifting blend of merry-making essential oils...orange, congac, and lime oils...

I've never found a regime as amazing as this! What are your thoughts? What's your Lush regime?