24/08/2013

An Adventure To Reading


I'm guessing this is my excited festival face? I really don't know.

Hello everyone! Just a short and boring post from me today, as whilst you're all reading this I'm actually going to be at Reading Festival! Hey, I'm blogging but I'm not! This scheduling posts thing is clever stuff! 
So easily amused.  

My brilliant festival wellies, still muddy from last year. Yummy.

Anyway, I've ventured off to Reading Fest, which is a rock, alternative and dance music festival here in the UK. It is literally one of my favourite places to be in the world. I've been for three years in a row and have no intention of ever not going! Apologies if my blog goes quiet for a few days, I'll just be recovering from an extremely mental weekend. 

Okay so I see I've reverted to waving the wellies around in the air like an idiot. They'll be on my feet by the time you read this, I promise.

This year's lineup includes Green Day, Biffy Clyro, Foals, Alt-J, Hadouken, Crystal Fighters AND Enter Shikari but to name a few, and I could not be more excited! A lot of people underestimate me and my music taste, and are usually very surprised when they find out I'm a rock/metal music girl. But alas, I love it!

Fitting a weekend's worth of stuff into ONE bag and keeping it light enough to carry proved a hard task.

I also apologise for the picture spam, I got really very excited pre-Reading travel and thought I'd like to share that excitement with you all! Reading is one of my most favourite places in the world to be, I look forward to it every year and it's probably the thing I get most excited about! The atmosphere there is always second to none and the live music is always incredible. 

I know this has been a rather short and pointless post but hey, something's better than nothing! Have you ever been to a music festival, or even Reading? Do you plan on going to one in the future? What music are you a fan of? Let me know and I shall see all of your lovely faces when I return, very muddy and tired! 

EXCITED FAAACE. Peace.

Zelda x



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22/08/2013

Collective Haul | Pt 1: Accessories & Beauty Bits



Hello everyone! Oh God, it's my face on the internet. Long story short, I couldn't be bothered to take everything out of the bags and arrange it all in an arty farty way to take pictures of, so I just took a photo of myself pulling a hamster face and holding the bags instead. Attractive. 

Today I went on a huge shopping trip, bought myself loads of goodies and thought I would share them with you all. I've decided to do this in two instalments because it would be too long of a post otherwise! The first part is made up of all the accessories and beauty things I picked up, and in the second part which I'll post soon, I'll show you all the clothes that I bought. 

So first of all I went into the Body Shop to pick up a new moisturizer and renew my loyalty card. Turns out that they had a 3 for 2 offer going on, I got 20% off of everything because of the loyalty card, AND I got a free gift for renewing. Snazzy.

 So, all in all I walked out of the Body Shop with: 
My staple Vitamin E moisturizer that I had previously ran out of, which cost me £8.33 with the loyalty discount.
An intensive moisturizer and an eye cream for my mum which made up the 3 for 2 offer.
My free gift which is the Japanese Cherry Blossom shower gel, worth £6.50. I had a choice of a few 'flavours' of shower gel but I chose this one because it smells really yummy and fresh, yet relaxing at the same time.

There are some brilliant deals going on in the Body Shop at the moment, my receipt tells me that I should have spent £43.50 in there, but because of the 3 for 2 AND the loyalty card discount, I saved £23.70, which I think is amazing! So if you have a Body Shop nearby, grab yourself a loyalty card and go find those bargains while it lasts! 

 Oh look, more Sleek! I'm so weak. 
I've been lusting after the Sleek contour kit for a while now, so I popped into Superdrug only to find that they didn't have it on their stall. Instead they had this contour and blush kit, which is pretty much the same as the original contour kit that I wanted, but with an added blush. I also wanted the Rose Gold blush, and thought the blush in this pallette looked verrry similar, but also looked quite similar to Chantilly (a colour in the Lace pallette). The name of the blush wasn't included on the back of the packaging, so after closely comparing it to both Rose Gold and Chantilly, I came to the conclusion that it was Rose Gold, and if it's not, it's identical to it! This cost me £9.99, meaning it ended up being a lot cheaper than if I were to buy the contour kit and blush seperately. 

Oh, and if you're wondering why I'm not holding a Superdrug bag in the title photo, they didn't actually give me one. :(

 Next I popped into New Look and picked up what I thought was a pack of 4 necklaces, but when I got home found out that it was one whole necklace, that I actually wasn't too keen on. I panicked, considering I'd just spent £12.99 mainly for the gold and rose gold necklaces, and instead ended up with a piece of jewellery I didn't really like. Then I had a lightbulb moment, and decided to seperate some links to make the one necklace into four different chains, that I can swap and change depending on what I'm wearing. Smart, huh? 

Also from New Look I found this really cute little floral hair scarf that cost me £3.99. I've been after one of these for ages and fell in love with the print and colours of this, so picked it up! I'm really looking forward to experimenting with different looks with this.

 Finally, I went into H&M on the hunt for socks. Yes, that's right, socks. The weather is deteriorating, summer is coming to an end, and autumn is edging ever closer, so I wanted some socks that I could wear with ankle boots for when the colder weather arrives. I picked up a pack of 5 'knitted' style socks for £5.99, and a pack of two thicker knitted socks for £6.99. I know these don't look like much, but the colours match some of the clothes that I bought really well, so it'll all make sense after the second part to this haul!

So that's everything for the accessories and beauty things I bought, I'm going to post a seperate review of the Sleek pallette once I've tried it out so keep your eyes peeled for that! Do you have the new contour kit, or any other products I've mentioned? What's your opinion? Let me know! 

I'm also considering doing the second part of this haul as a video, as it's much easier to show you clothes that way, but I want to know what you guys would prefer! Leave a comment below, let me know if you'd like to see a video or not and I will be back with the other half of this post very soon!

Zelda x







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19/08/2013

Lush | Pop In The Bath


Hello everyone! I only have a quick post for you tonight, as I've been rather busy squeezing in my last few work shifts before I wander off to Reading Festival this weekend! After arriving home from a long day at work, I decided it was high time to lay in a nice hot bath and relax for the first time in what felt like forever. So, that's what I did! As some of you may have read here, I bought this bubble bar from Lush last week, and decided tonight would be the perfect time to try it out! So, without further ado, here's how it fared in the bathtub...

I only needed to use just under half of this bubble bar to create a decent amount of bubbles, which impressed me quite a bit. I was under the impression that I'd need to use the whole bar as it's only a small one, but a little definitely goes a long way! The fresh, relaxing scent of this filled the bathroom instantly and it smelt SO GOOD, I couldn't wait to jump in. After a few failed attempts at getting into the bath (because the water was so hot, it almost burned my toes clean off), I settled down. The bath water felt very silky and soft, which really helped to relax me, and I also discovered that if I took a handful of bubbles and smelt them, they - surprise surprise - smelt like the bubble bar! Let's give a round of applause to Captain Obvious there. But the scented bubbles kept me occupied for ages. I'm very easily amused! 

Even now I've gotten out of the bath and into my pyjamas, my skin still smells like the bubble bar, fresh and lovely, and it's really soft too. My mum keeps walking past me and telling me that I smell good, so I'm guessing the scent is still quite strong on me, which to be honest, I quite like! I've not even bothered to moisturize (even though I know I should) because my skin just feels so soft from using this! 

I will definitely be repurchasing one of these, at £2.90something it's an absolute little gem for the bathroom AND my purse! Have you tried any Lush bubble bars? If so, which is your favourite? Leave a comment below, let me know and I will do a proper post very soon, I promise! 

Zelda x 

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18/08/2013

Glossybox Goodies! | July & August

So it turns out that Glossyboxes are my new favourite thing in the world! I know I'm very late to jump onto this bandwagon, but I'm finally earning enough money to be able to spare an extra £10 a month for one of these little beauties!

I subscribed to Glossybox whilst they had their August offer running, (which is now sold out, booo!) which included two boxes for £15. Essentially, I bought one and got the other half price. From what I'd seen and heard from other bloggers, I really liked the look of the July box, and luckily it was included in the offer, which made me very happy! So without further ado, I'm going to run you guys through everything that I received! 

July Box: Seaside Splash
 The July box had the theme 'Seaside Splash', and contained all sorts of goodies to apparently transform me into a beach babe. In my case I feel that I'd be more of a beached whale, but that's not the point. These are the products that I received! 

(P.S. These are only quick summaries, not detailed reviews. If there are certain products that particularly impress me, I may do a more detailed review of them later on. If there are any particular products that catch your eye that you'd like me to review, let me know in the comments and I shall do that for you!)

 First of all I'll mention this Anatomicals Facial Spritz, which I received a full size bottle of, woo! It's suitable for all skin types, and claims to rehydrate and calm the skin. Whether you can spray it on top of makeup or not without it all running down your face I don't know, but  I suppose I'll find out soon enough! 

 I was so pleased to receive this Bamboo Style Texture Mist, out of all the things I could have gotten I was hoping I'd get this! It's only a 25ml but it's enough to keep me going! I ran out of my Toni & Guy Salt Spray, so it'll be interesting to try this out and see which I prefer! 

 I'm not sure I was meant to get two of these Pout Paints by Sleek, but I did anyway... Shhhhh...
These are also full size, and I got the colours 157 Pin Up (left) and 163 Peek-a-bloo (right). My immediate thought when I saw the blue one was 'eeeeesh when am I ever going to find a use for this?', but apparently you can mix these with other lip products, so I may be able to combine it with something else! I've tried these out and they're so extremely pigmented, as all Sleek products are. Very impressive! 

 Another full size! This is the Ciate London Paint Pot in Speed Dial, and as soon as I saw it I fell in love. It's a bright, almost neon orange, and only one coat is needed for an opaque, brilliant orange colour. I love love love love this nail varnish, I'm so happy I received it.

Finally in the July box I received the Coola Organic Cucumber Moisturizer, which contains an SFP 30. I got a 7ml sample, and the full size 50ml comes in at a hefty £25.99, so I'm expecting great things from this! Naturally by the time I got this, the sun here shyed away completely, but I'll still use it as a moisturizer anyhow. As for the smell, it smells like you're sniffing an actual cucumber. Enough said. 

August Box: High Flyers
 Now for the more recent box that I'm sure most of you will be a bit more interested in, the August box came with the theme of 'High Flyers'. These samples are all under 100ml, perfect for taking travelling, and on top of that, each product comes from a different part of the world. Snazzy. It's a shame I haven't actually been travelling since I was 7 years old. Nevertheless, here come the travel products!

 First, from Brazil we have a full size Oceane Makeup Remover Pen. I'm very eager to try this out, seeing as I've developed a habit recently of sneezing EVERY TIME after applying my mascara. It reminds me a bit of the Simple eye corrector pen, but we'll see. This isn't available in the UK yet either, which makes me even more excited to take an exclusive first look at it! 

 Next, from my good old hometown of the UK, a Jelly Pong Pong Eyeliner/Shadow 2in1 Pencil. I have a full size pencil in black, which is lucky as I probably wouldn't have used any other colour! It's a simple concept, but I'm verrrry picky when it comes to eyeliner, it'll need to stay put all day without running down my face to really impress me!

 From Sweden, I received the Emite Lash Curlers which are worth a whopping £20! Apart from my beloved heated lash curlers that you can read about here, I have been on the hunt for a decent pair of 'normal' eyelash curlers, so receiving these has made me so super happy! I'm so SO excited to try these out, the excitement is beyond me. If I get any more excited, I think I might just wet myself. Too far? 

 Next is this Urban Veda Radiance Day Cream, founded on ancient Indian principles. Oooooh. It claims to even skintone and brighten the skin which is always a high point! I received a 10ml sample of this, it smells quite nice, very floral - it kind of reminds me of my nan's perfume a little bit. It's all organic and natural with no SLS, parabens or GM ingredients, so pretty impressive by the sound of it! 

Last of all, from the good ol' USA, a Tresemme Keratin Smooth Hair Treatment Shot. Despite how small this is, it's actually a full size at only 15ml, so I'm guessing a little goes a long way! The ends of my hair are getting a bit shabby, so I'm definitely looking forward to trying this to see what wonders it will (hopefully) bring! 

So that's everything I received in my two Glossyboxes, and for only £15 I received a bunch of decent products, and their overall 'full size' value comes in at over £90, which doesn't include the products that aren't available in the UK either! By that, I am truly blown away.

Are you subscribed to Glossybox? Which products did you receieve? Or if not, has this persuaded you to go online and grab the August box while you still can? 
If you'd like me to do an in depth review of any of these products, be sure to leave a comment below and let me know! 

Zelda x
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17/08/2013

Review | Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub


Hello! I'm posting early today as I'll be on my way to work soon, sigh.
After writing a review on the Angels On Bare Skin cleanser from Lush, it seemed only fair to write one on the second product I purchased from Lush, the product that many bloggers know and love - the Lush lip scrub. 

This winter, around January/February, came a time where my lips were so dry, I could barely move them to talk without them splitting and bleeding. The perks of having an outside job, eh? All the Carmex/Blistex/Vaseline in the world simply could not heal my lips, and in short, it was a disaster. So, I decided to be prepared this year and not only invest in some decent lipbalms, but purchase something to tackle the dry skin before it even has the chance to get as hideously bad as it did before.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give to you, the Popcorn Lip Scrub, yaaaaay!

The little lifesaver looking all scrubby and brilliant. Yuuuum. 

When I went into the Lush store I wandered straight over to the lip scrubs of which there were 3 - Bubblegum, Popcorn, and the third one's name escapes me. I did try the bubblegum one, but to be honest, the smell of the popcorn one won me over in an instant, and wriggled it's way into my shopping bag. 

This scrub smells delicious and tastes exactly like popcorn. Well, the popcorn from my local cinema anyway. You get the salty but sweet taste and mmm, it's lovely. The concept is that you massage the scrub onto your lips and then lick it away, supposedly revealing soft, smooth lips. I give this a 10/10 so far for that. It tastes amazing, it smells amazing, and my lips feel amazing after using it. Obviously, it's the middle of summer so my lips aren't too bad, but I do tend to get quite dry lips anyway, so for me this is brilliant. At the moment I literally only need a dab of this to cover my lips fully, but this winter is when it really will be put to the test - expect me to be re-reviewing this in the winter months! I picked this up for £5.25, and I can definitely see it lasting me a long while so I call it a bargain!

I apply my 'None Of Your Beeswax' Lush lipbalm after using this scrub and I have never felt my lips so soft in my life. It's like that sensation after you've just shaved and moisturized your legs and then you rub them together and they feel extremely soft, but only it's not your legs, it's your lips. Am I the only one that does this and knows what I'm on about? I apologise for the strange comparison! 

Standing ovation for you, Lush Lip Scrub, you've done me proud.

Let me know if you've tried any of the Lush lip scrubs, what your favourite one is, or if you'll be purchasing one for the winter months to come! 

Zelda x

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16/08/2013

Review | Lush Angels On Bare Skin Facial Cleanser


In my previous post here, I wandered off into Lush and bought myself a new pot of their Angels On Bare Skin facial cleanser. I love this product so much, I decided to give it it's own seperate review.

The cleanser itself, looking all natural and cleanser-y.

I'll start off by saying that when I first bought this cleanser, I was a hormonal, spotty, blemishy thirteen year old who had pretty much tried every skincare remedy out there, without success. Apart from this little wonder. After wandering into the Lush store for the first time, I was recommended this product and within a week of cleansing my skin with it morning and night, I was already seeing drastic results. 

Fast forward almost 5 years and I found myself travelling to my nearest Lush store (which isn't actually very near to me at all), and repurchasing it. The first thing I noticed about this product was the smell, which at first I wasn't too keen on. It's all very natural and you can really smell the lavender in it, which took some time for me to get used to, but if you're a fan of the lavender scent then you'll be fine! The cleanser itself is made from clay, almonds, lavender and rose, and starts off as a crumbly mixture. You then massage it into your hands with water until it turns into a paste (or milk if you add extra water). 

I've heard mixed reviews on the consistency of this cleanser, but I find using this as a paste really works well for me, because it kind of doubles up as a scrub. I have combination skin, so the scrubby texture tends to tackle my dry bits whilst the milky, pasty texture nourishes and hydrates my skin, and the clay soaks up all the excess oils to take away shine. For best results I do remove my makeup beforehand with my L'Oreal Micellar Water, just to make sure it really cleanses my skin, and doesn't just remove the makeup on top. 


Angels On Bare Skin claims to even out skin tone, reduce redness, and give your skin a healthy glow. Even after 5 years, after using it for just one day my skin already looked a lot healthier, I definitely agree with every claim this makes! My dry patches are gone, my red blemishy patches have died down dramatically, some have even disappeared completely, and my skin is looking a LOT glowier - so much that I actually went out for the past 2 days without any foundation whatsoever because I didn't feel that I needed it. 

It retails at £6.25 I do believe, and I would seriously recommend this product to anyone! Leave a comment and let me know if you've ever tried it, your thoughts on it, or even if this post has inspired you to go and buy it!

Zelda x
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15/08/2013

Wish List | My 18th Birthday!

I finally turn 18 next month! It's been long awaited, and I can't wait for the 24th of September to come. So today in the run up to my birthday, I thought I'd share with you guys some of the things on my birthday wish list! 

1. The first major present on my wish list is a Michael Kors Rose Gold Watch, which as you all know is a very popular accessory at the moment. My parents asked me what I'd like as a sort of '18th birthday keepsake', my dad mentioned something like a watch and I knew exactly the watch to decide on. As mentioned in my Retail Therapy post, I went to a big jewellers a few days ago to try on this little beauty, and found out that I have extremely small wrists. Boo. So lots of links will have to be taken out if I am gifted this watch for my birthday!

2. I have wanted this ring for about 3 years now, it's by Thomas Sabo and not a day has gone by where I have not loved it. I fell in love with it in the first place because it's so different and quite edgy, but still quite cute at the same time. I also went to try this on and it's amazing how much it sparkles under the right light!

3. This ring is also by Thomas Sabo, I spotted it as part of their new range in the shop and suddenly my beloved snake ring had a bit of competition to fend off. When this ring is on it's really dainty and pretty and ever so lovely. It's also rose gold so, shock horror, it matches the MK watch! Eeeee!

4. This jumper from Topshop looks like one of THE comfiest jumpers I have ever seen before in my life. During the autumn and winter seasons I'm a sucker for slouchy comfy jumpers, and this jumper is right up my street! I love having something I can just throw on and snuggle up in when it's cold out, whilst still looking slightly fashion conscious and not so much like a walking duvet. I've also got my eye on the grey version of this.

5. This Ghost perfume is my holy grail most favourite scent in the world ever and I can't live without it. I've almost ran out of my current bottle, and am in need of a new one, so this earns itself a space on my wishlist! If they ever discontinued this perfume I would cry for the rest of my life. Everybody should own this perfume.

6. Last but not least, I'd love to receive a conformation of early bird 2014 Reading Festival tickets (Reading is an alternative/rock festival here in the UK). It'd be my 4th year in a row going to Reading Festival, I absolutely love it there, and it's one of my favourite places to be. The ordeal of getting my hands on general sale tickets every year stresses me out like you wouldn't believe, so to be told I've got early bird tickets for next year would really excite me.

So that's my 18th birthday wish list, I've linked all of the products apart from the tickets in case you wanted to take a closer look at them! What's your favourite product on the wish list? Or is there anything that you would add? Let me know in the comments!

Zelda x

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