Beauty Purge, beauty stash, beauty collection, skincare, haircare, beauty cupboard

Beauty Purge – Journey to Minimalism

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As part of my mission to declutter my life I decided to have a beauty purge. My collection of beauty products is one that always feels cluttered and messy, and to be honest even after clearing out some of the items it’s still cluttered and I know I have way too many products. But I don’t just want to get rid of them for the sake of having minimal products sitting on my shelves. If they are still good and I still like them I want to use them up. But first I needed to clear out the stuff I knew I was just not interested in any longer.

My Beauty Purge

To start with I emptied everything off of my beauty shelves and onto the floor. As I pulled each item out I checked to see if it had gone bad (in which case I chucked it out), or if I knew I wasn’t going to use it (in which case I put it in a pile to be given to friends). I then began categorising everything into groups of similar products – all face masks together, all shampoo’s together etc. From there I could see if I had a lot of one particular category and start narrowing it down to just the products that I knew I liked and wanted to use up. Anything I was so-so about got donated to friends.

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I got rid of 10 products in this round. The Herbal Essences shampoo, Timothy conditioner and Talika moisturiser had all been sitting on my shelf unused for quite some time and I wasn’t fussed about finishing them up so in the bin they went. The Fibrology shampoo and conditioner, Rituals shampoo, Tommy Guns conditioner, KMS curling mousse, and Umberto Giannini backcomb in a bottle and (clean) Soap & Glory shower puff all got passed along to friends and family who would get much better use out of them than me.

The after might not look all that much different from before my beauty purge, but it’s a step in the right direction. Now I just have to remember to focus on using these products up instead of buying in new things to try…

If you want to see more decluttering you can watch my Makeup Declutter and Nail Polish Declutter videos, and read my Wardrobe Declutter post too. What area of my home would you like to see me declutter next?

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Finish 6 x Christmas – Project Pan

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If you follow my YouTube Channel then you’ll know I’ve taken to doing a few Project Pans this year. In case you haven’t been following along and don’t know what project pan is, basically it’s where you pick a certain number of items to try and finish up (or hit pan on). There are a variety of different ways you can go about doing a project pan, but the general idea is to try and use up your existing makeup before you go out and buy more. That way you get your money’s worth and the products don’t go bad before you really get some use out of them.

It’s not for everyone, I don’t believe I have ever completed a project pan in it’s entirety, but the beauty of it is that even if you don’t reach your goal you will have still got a decent amount of use out of your chosen products, perhaps rediscovered a past love and maybe even gotten creative and found new ways to use old favourites.

I am currently in the middle of doing Pan That Palette (where you focus on using up one palette for the year), if you want to see more on that you can catch my latest update here. I have also just finish a seasonal project pan challenge called Finish 5 by Fall – to see how I got on with that you can watch this video. Today, I’m going to be embarking on a new seasonal panning project called Finish 6 by Christmas – as the name suggests, I am going to be attempting to use up 6 items from my makeup collection by December 25th. These are my picks:

Rimmel BB Cream Matte in Light

I have maybe a quarter of this base product left and just want to move it out of my collection before it goes bad. I actually really like this BB cream but somewhere along the way must have been enticed by a new foundation product and this got pushed to the back of my drawer.

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in Light Matte

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Again, not a lot left on this either (you’ll notice a trend here..). This is quite light on my skin, which makes it a great contour in the winter months when I’m a bit paler so I’m hoping I can get it used up by layering it whilst I still have a bit of my honeymoon tan left.

ELF Blush in Candid Coral

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An oldie but a goodie. I have had this one for years and keep going back to it every so often as it looks so pretty and glowy. I have a couple of other blushes in similar shades so I want to finish this one up rather than let it go to waste and end up having to throw it out.

MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre

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Another product I’ve had for a while. These take ages to use up, so I guess that makes them good for the money, but cream products weren’t designed to that long, at least not without potentially causing irritation and/or infections. With this one I just want to hit pan on it, I am under no delusions that I can finish this up in 3 months!

Laura Mercier Long Lash Mascara

I got this in a beauty box a while back, and although I do like it, it’s a very subtle mascara. I prefer something a lot bolder day-to-day, but I thought I could finish this by using it as a bottom lash mascara as the wand is so small. So that’s my plan.

Seventeen Supreme Shine Lipstick in Barely Blush

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Those of you that have been following my panning journey will know how I have struggled to finish this lipstick!! I thought I was going to do it in my last challenge but alas no, it’s still going strong. It’s a creamy, easy to wear pink and can be doubled up as a cream blush, but I’m getting a bit bored with it now. Fingers crossed I can get this moved out by Christmas!

You’ll notice that most of these products I’ve already used quite a lot of, that is intentional. For this challenge I wanted to move out some things that have been sat around for a while almost used up. I don’t like to waste product, and in theory they should be fairly quick and easy to move out (she says glaring at the lipstick) so that I can get on with using other products without feeling guilty that these ones are being neglected. Feel free to join me on this seasonal project pan and let me know how you’re getting on in the comments, or tag me on Instagram. I’ll be posting monthly to update you all with my progress!

 

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Current Makeup Basket – July 2016

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Oh the good ole current makeup basket – it makes getting ready in the mornings a doddle. No rooting around in my collection trying to figure out what I want to use because I have a full face of makeup products sat on my dressing table ready and waiting for me. I used to do these posts weekly, but with doing my Finish 5 By Fall Project Pan and Pan That Palette I’ve been sticking to the same products for a while now. I also just enjoy using these products and like the look they give me. So without further ado, here is my current makeup basket:

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There’s a couple of products in that line up I wouldn’t necessarily wear on a day to day basis if I wasn’t trying to use them up, but this combination has been working pretty well for me. What’s in your current makeup basket?

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Summer Skincare ft Lush

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Every year I live in hope that we will actually get a decent summer, and most years I am left wanting, but I still keep dreaming! This year I was so hopeful for lovely, sunny weather that I picked up a few products from Lush that I thought would get my skin in tip top condition should the sun breakthrough the ever present clouds (and whaddya know, it’s actually ridiculously hot right now – the power of positive thinking!) And so, I present to you my Summer Skincare:

Oatifix Fresh Face Mask – £6.95

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I’ll start with the face. Oatifix is a fresh face mask that I hadn’t tried before as it’s aimed more towards those with drier skin types, but I decided to give it a go as my skin had been looking a little lack lustre. The oats provide a gentle exfoliation when you rinse off the mask, and the banana adds moisture. I was a little concerned that, being geared towards dry skin, it might make my already fairly oily face even oilier but I have experienced no such problem. It just left me with soft and smooth feeling, hydrated skin. It’s one that I would pick up again although, word of warning, it can be a little messy as the mask is surprisingly dry in consistency, so I’d recommend applying it either in the bath or over a sink.

Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner – £16.50

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I couldn’t not mention this as it’s my favourite thing from my haul. Ro’s Argan is a body conditioner, so after washing you apply this to damp skin and then rinse off, much like a hair conditioner. It leaves me with the most incredibly soft, moisturised skin that doesn’t feel sticky or make me feel claustrophobic in the heat. Other body lotions I have used post-shower seem to just sit on the skin for ages and are a bit too much in the summer. Ro’s Argan is the perfect balance of lightness and moisture. It does leave a slight residue on your skin, but like I said it’s not sticky, it just takes a little while to fully absorb in which leaves your skin feeling soft and supple for longer. And did I mention the scent? A mix of rose jam and argan, slightly floral, slightly sweet but not overpowering. 100% yummy and it lingers too! I cannot get enough of this stuff, although I’m trying to ration myself as it’s not the cheapest product and I’m starting to run out! I should really just go and repurchase…

Pumice Power Foot Soap – £3.25

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This is more of a scrub than a soap but it does lather up a little. Pumice Power has a gorgeous citrusy scent that just smells fresh and summery with a realistic orange kick. I usually use this on my feet, which is it’s intended purpose, but I have also used this on my arms when I’ve felt like I needed something a little stronger than a shower puff to exfoliate them. It is a harsher exfoliator, however the pumice is very fine – I would say if you have sensitive skin be careful when using this, otherwise you should be fine. Along with the exfoliating pumice and the soapiness, Pumice Power also contains rapeseed and coconut oils which soften and moisturise your feet beautifully, so it’s really an all-in-one product and I’ve loved using it.

Life’s A Beach Body Scrub Powder – £14.95

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I picked this up because the scent sounded amazing and the idea of a loose powder exfoliator intrigued me. It’s scented with tonka, gardenia and vanilla, with sea salt and sand as the exfoliators and it all smells just like a really clean beach. Although the sea salt and sand that have been used in this are fine, it’s still quite abrasive and I have to be careful not to rub my skin raw. However that does make it fantastic for if you’ve got any particularly dry patches (such as feet, elbows etc) or need to fix a fake tan accident, as it sloughs it all away. The only downside is that it comes in a cardboard box, which doesn’t really mix well with the wet environment of a shower. I feel like Lush didn’t think that one through too well. I’d suggest perhaps decanting some into a smaller, water resistant container instead of taking the box into the shower with you and being left with a soggy mess.

They are my go to’s I’m using for my summer skincare this year and they are keeping my skin soft, supple and smooth. If you’ve got any favourite products you like to pull out at this time of year, let me know in the comments!

LVL Lashes

LVL Lashes Experience

LVL Lashes

I’ve been wanting LVL Lashes for a while now, probably going on a year. With my wedding coming up next month I thought I would try them out with a view to if I liked them I would have them redone for the big day and (hopefully) honeymoon. I went to Laura Dossett in Norwich a couple of weeks ago so thought I’d do a little write up on my experience and let you know whether I would have the treatment done again. The appointment lasted about an hour from start to finish and the time went by quickly. Laura asked me to pop in ahead of my appointment so she could do a patch test and ensure I didn’t have any adverse reactions to the products she was going to be putting on my lashes. On the day, Laura had me fill out a form with my details, my doctors surgery and if I had any medical conditions, once that was out of the way the treatment started. I’d made sure to arrive at the salon sans makeup and Laura used a wipe to remove any excess products and oils around my eyes and lashes. A shield was placed on each closed eyelid and my lashes were brushed up onto it, ensuring they were all straight and pointing the the right direction. The lifting product was then applied to the base of my lashes and left on for around 10 minutes. After that, the solution was removed from my lashes with a tiny little tool – this is the only part that felt a little uncomfortable, but that was just down to me worrying Laura might poke me in the eye which, of course, she didn’t. None of the process was painful in the slightest though. Another solution was applied to my lashes and left on for around 5 minutes then removed before the tint was applied to both top and bottom lashes.

LVL lashes

My immediate thoughts upon seeing my new lashes was that they weren’t as dramatic as I was hoping they would be. For some reason I thought the treatment was going to stretch out my lashes to make them longer but really it just lifts and tints them, which makes them appear longer naturally. The lashes were clumped together a little bit as they were still wet and I was told once they dried they would fan out more so I left in the hopes that I would love them more the following day after I was allowed to wash them (you’re not supposed to get them wet or wear mascara for the first 24 hours, so along with washing my face before the appointment I also washed my hair the night before so I didn’t have to worry about water running over my face and lashes).

LVL lashes

The next morning it was nice waking up and actually looking more fresh faced and awake than normal thanks to the lashes, but applying mascara has bit made more difficult and messy. I think if I didn’t tend to wear mascara most days then I would maybe get LVL lashes again. My lashes are naturally relatively long and have a bit of a curl to them, and when I wear mascara I get a similar look to LVL but with a bit more volume and length. Going forward, I’d be interested to try just tinting them at home myself and going back to using Rapidlash to make them a little longer – I feel like that would work out a bit cheaper in the long run and perhaps give me more of the results I was hoping for, but I’ve heard bad things about lash tinting so I think I need to do a bit more research before I jump into that. Let me know if you’ve had any experience with that yourself and if you have any lash tinting products you can recommend I try out.

So bottom line, I’m glad I tried it out but I don’t think I’ll be having it redone. Maybe I’ll look into lash extensions next….

LVL lashes

Forever21 Wishlist Coachella inspired

Forever21 Wishlist

I’ve got a little bit of a wishlist going on over on Forever21’s site, loosely inspired by Coachella.. I was just having a browse whilst bored one Sunday afternoon, and what started with just one outfit I liked turned into several items being added to my wishlist, so I thought I’d share!

Here is my Forever21 Wishlist:

Forever21 Wishlist Coachella inspired

Forever21 Wishlist Coachella inspired

Forever21 Wishlist Coachella inspired

Forever21 Wishlist Coachella inspired

I love Forever21 for their on-trend fashion at affordable prices, great if you’re on a budget! Whenever I need to add pieces to my wardrobe for a season, it’s always one of the first websites I go to. What’s on your Forever21 wishlist?

Forever21 Wishlist Coachella inspired

 

Hangover beauty tips, makeup when you're sick, beauty tips

Hangover Beauty Tips

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I’ve not been well recently, and although I’m still not 100% just yet, it’s time for me to rejoin the land of the living. Although I don’t want to bother with a full face of makeup, I like to wear a little bit of it to help me look (and feel) a bit better. It occurred to me that this same approach can be used when dealing with a hangover, and with National Margarita Day approaching, I thought now would be the perfect time to share my simple beauty tips to get you through the day after, whether you’re suffering through a hangover, or have just been ill like me.

Hangover Beauty Tips…

6.30am: Shower. I always feel a bit better once I’m scrubbed and clean. Use an uplifting and invigorating scent like eucalyptus or lemon to wake up your mind whilst you’re in the steamy confines of your bathroom.

7.30am: Get Ready. If you’re anything like me, everything seems to take so much longer when you’re not at full strength, so the last thing I want to be doing is putting on a full face of makeup. On days like this I either skip foundation all together, or go for something light like a BB Cream, Garnier’s Original BB Cream is my go-to. A touch of concealer under the eyes to disguise those bags, and a dash of mascara makes you look awake. I like Bourjois’ Healthy Mix Concealer as it has apricot tones to cancel out under-eye bags, and Maybelline’s Waterproof Lash Sensational is a great smudge-proof mascara. Finally a little bit of a brighter lipstick to add some colour to my no doubt pale complexion. Lip stains like Revlon’s Balm Stains are my favourite as they’re so easy to apply, don’t dry out my lips and leave a little colour behind that lasts all day, even after the balm has worn off. I’m really not a hair person, so generally I’ll spritz my hair with some dry shampoo (Bastiste FTW!), and if it’s looking particularly bad I’ll chuck it up into a messy bun or ponytail.

10am: Water. Make sure to drink lots of water throughout the day. This helps whether you’re hungover or just plain ill. Your body is dehydrated and needs all the water it can get, so make sure to drink plenty of it all day long.

1pm: Lunchtime! This may not be the healthiest, but my secret hangover cure is a bowl of cheesy pasta. If you can, get outside for a little bit of fresh air. It will help wake up brain for the afternoon and make you feel a little less groggy.

3pm: Snack. Have some veggies or a piece of fruit, I like to eat an orange. The zingy scent will freshen things up and the vitamins and minerals will help with getting you back to your healthy self again.

10pm: Bedtime. It might make you feel like a grandma, but getting an early night will do wonders for you as the body repairs itself best whilst you sleep. Drinking alcohol or being ill can make your skin drier than usual, so I like to apply a moisture mask overnight, like this one from Avene, to help combat that. After an early night you’ll wake up the next morning feeling much more refreshed, and with softer and brighter skin too!

So they are my hangover beauty tips! For more hangover tips, check out this post from Casper or their Hangover Tips Pinterest Board to help you in more ways than just sleeping with their mattresses, and if you have any tricks for helping you through a hangover or getting over an illness, share them in the comments below!

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Weekly Makeup Basket

Weekly Makeup Basket

Weekly Makeup Basket

If you guys have been following my blog or YouTube channel for a while, you might be aware that I do a weekly makeup basket. Basically, all that means is I go through my makeup collection and decide which products I want to use for that week and place them all in a little basket on my desk. This makes getting ready in the morning so much quicker and easier because I don’t have to hunt through my collection trying to decide what to wear each day. It’s also helpful if there are certain items that I’m trying to use up, like when I’m doing a Project Pan for example.

I always give myself a couple of options in one area, just so I don’t get too bored with using the exact same things every day. So one week I might give myself a couple of different lip colour options, the next I might include an eyeshadow palette so I can switch up my looks a bit throughout the week. This is great if, like me, you get overwhelmed with the size of your makeup collection and feel a little guilty for letting products get pushed to the back of the drawer and forgotten about. A weekly makeup basket enables you to focus on using a selection of products for a week before rotating them out for something else. One week you could be getting use out of a long-time favourite lipstick, and the next you could be trying out that new blush you got for your birthday. So without further ado, here is what is in my makeup basket this week:

Weekly Makeup Basket

Starting with base: I have my Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in shade 51, the Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer in shade 52, MAC’s Studio Finish Concealer in NC15 and the Maybelline Matte Maker face powder in Natural Beige. I love the Bourjois products and Studio Finish is the best high coverage concealer I have found for my face. Maybelline’s Matte Maker is okay, but nothing special to write home about – I would repurchase it in future but I’d happily use something else instead, it’s not holy grail for me.

Moving onto the cheeks: I’ve been using The Body Shop’s Honey Bronzer in Light for a while as it’s the perfect shade to give me a subtle and natural looking contour at this time of year. For colour I’m using MUA’s Blusher in Candyfloss for the 2nd week running and loving it. It’s such a pretty flush to the cheeks, easy to blend and just the right amount of pigmentation. I finish this off by sweeping Makeup Revolution’s Radiant Light powder in Breathe over the top and everything just looks dreamy and glowy.

The final steps, eyes: I have a couple of eyeshadow bases in here – MAC’s Paint Pot in Soft Ochre and My Little Beauty’s Eyeshadow Crayon if I want a bronzy base. If you saw my Pan That Palette challenge for 2016 you’ll know I’m trying to pan Urban Decay’s Sustainable Palette this year, so of course that is in the basket. Liner is either ELF’s Shimmering Eyeliner in a charcoal shade if I want something subtle, or Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner if I want to create a flick. I’m currently using the Volume Glamour Max Holidays mascara from Bourjois which I like, and to finish everything off I have Stila’s Stay All Day Brow Colour in Medium to fill in my brows, and Fresh’s Sugar Rose Lip Treatment as my lips have been really dry lately.

So that is what’s in my weekly makeup basket this week. I’d love to know if you do something similar to get use out of your products, and if so, what’s in your makeup basket this week – be sure to leave a comment below!

Weekly Makeup Basket

How I Use Coconut Oil

how i use coconut oil

I mentioned in a video a couple of months ago that I was having issues with certain products and wanted to head down a more natural route. This is going to be a very slow process for me because, let’s be honest, I can’t afford to get rid of all my current products and replace them with more natural versions all at once!

One of the first things I did was switch over to using coconut oil for my cleanser and I thought I would share with you how exactly I use it for that purpose as well as other ways I incorporate it into my life in case you were intrigued or were thinking of trying it out yourself.

How I Use Coconut Oil

Face Cleanser
I’ll start off with this as it’s what I use coconut oil for most often. Basically, to use it as a cleanser it’s a simple as massaging it over your face and using a damp, warm cloth to wipe it off. I take about a thumbnails worth of the solid oil, warm it up slightly with my fingers and massage it over my face and down my neck. I use this over my eye area too and it’s very effective at removing waterproof makeup, the only downside to this is if it gets into your eyes it can make them a little blurry but it doesn’t make them sting at all. Once I’ve spent a minute or so massaging the oil in, I then take a flannel, hold it under the hot tap (or shower head usually), and wring out the excess water. I place the flannel over my face for a few seconds before using it to wipe away the oil and makeup. I then repeat the process once more to ensure I’ve got all the makeup off my face and cleansed it. The oil works by breaking down the makeup and lifting the dirt and oil from your skin, which then gets wiped away with the cloth. My face is left completely clean with a little bit of residue from the coconut oil, which helps add moisture to my skin (an added bonus!). I do only use this at night because of that residue but I love this as my cleanser and haven’t had any breakouts since using it!

Hair Treatment
This is a more common use that you’ve probably heard of. The molecules in coconut oil are small enough to get inside the hair shaft and nourish it from inside the strand (as opposed to some treatments/conditioners that just smooth down the outer surface). There’s a couple of ways I use it as a hair treatment – one is to apply it to my dry hair, prior to washing it, and leave it to sit for as long as possible (sometimes wrapped in a towel to keep the heat in). I’ll try to leave it on for at least an hour before shampooing and conditioning as normal. I do find I need to shampoo twice otherwise my fine hair ends up looking a bit limp and greasy.
Another way I use it is mixed in with my regular conditioner. This is great for those times when I feel like my hair needs a little extra TLC but I don’t have the time to do the above for whatever reason. All I’ll do is mix a little bit of coconut oil with my conditioner in the palm of my hand and apply as normal. I’ll try to leave that on my hair for a few minutes whilst I wash the rest of me and then rinse it out. My hair always feels so, so soft when I use coconut oil on it.

Body Treatment
I recently found coconut oil works great when mixed in with my body wash! I’m not sure if it would work the same with all types of body washes but I mixed a small amount of coconut oil with my shower gel, really mixed it well together in my hands before washing my body and it felt really luxurious. Whilst the shower gel was cleansing my body, the oil was stopping it from getting dried out and it seemed to work really well. You can also use a tiny bit of coconut oil as a moisturiser for any particularly dry patches once you’ve got out of the shower and that works well too.

Cooking
Of course, you can always use it with food, whether you want to add it to smoothies, bake with it, or use it to cook with. Ben and I love using coconut oil when cooking veggie stir fries, use can cook on high heat, it’s said to be a healthier oil to consume, plus it just adds a lovely taste to our food. There’s lots of ways you could experiment with adding coconut oil into your diet, a quick search on Pinterest will give you lots of inspiration.

how i use coconut oil

So that is how I use coconut oil in my day-to-day life. For reference, I use the Groovy Food Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Let me know if you have any other ways you recommend trying, and let me know if you try out using it in one of the ways I’ve mentioned!

Lush Cinders Review

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I couldn’t do a series of Lush reviews at this time of year and not include Cinders. For any of you that have seen any of my Lush holiday hauls you’ll know this is my all-time favourite Lush product. I’m sure some of you will think this is quite boring, or just plain don’t like it, but I love it and always have several (either bought myself – I’ve been known to have purchased 10 in one go in the past… – or gifted by lovely people who know how much I love it) at this time of year.

I’ll be honest, if you want a bath product that actually does something, this isn’t for you. It doesn’t leave your skin amazingly soft and moisturised or anything like that. I love this so much purely for the experience. Cinders is a bath bomb, so another one that you pop into your bath once it’s full and it fizzes up, changing the water into a cosy orange colour. This smells of cinnamon, clove and sweet orange oil, perfect for the festive season, and so warm and comforting on cold nights. Along with the warm colour of the bath and the yummy scent, this also has popping candy, which crackles and pops in the water, leaving you feeling like you’re wrapped up in a cocoon of cosiness.

Cinders Lush Review Bath Bomb thegirlinspired

That scent is to die for and I can never get enough of it. The past few years the scent has seemed a bit diluted, not as strong, and didn’t seem to crackle as much, but this year it is back to how I remember it being when I first discovered it – sweet, warm, and comforting with lots of crackles. This is the one thing I look for every year and hope Lush never discontinue it, I think I would cry if they did! It’s the perfect thing for a cold winters day and you’d better believe I’ll be grabbing more before they disappear for another year.

Available from Lush for £2.95