Beauty Review: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm!

This is the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm and boy, is that a unnecessarily long name! But it is a good product, so if it feels the need to have a nine word name then so be it.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm!This comes in a gorgeous plastic tub that reminds me a lot of the famed Rêve de Miel by Nuxe but nowhere near as heavy which is great if you want to travel with it or have it in your bag because even though it looks cute, it won’t weigh you down. I do feel like it doesn’t need to be so big for the amount of product in it but hey, we can’t have everything. It’s what is inside that counts.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm openSo inside it a quite soft balm that goes on easy and I have a thing where I can’t stand anything sticky or slimy on my lips at all- lipgloss, lipbalm, it all gives me the creeps. And this is definitely quite balmy on the lips. Not thick or tacky but you can feel it’s there, it doesn’t sink in very quickly. But this I can deal with because the results are worth it. Soft skin. Any dry, chapped, sore or irritated lips from the winter weather just smoothed away with one overnight application. It does also have a slight tingle to it because it has mint in it and a whole lot of other great ingredients. But if that is something that would bother you then steer clear.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm swatchI just thought I would add a swatch for good measure just because in the pot it does look orange/coral but that doesn’t translate on the lips. It just adds a nice glossy sheen. I do use it at night though because lipstick doesn’t go over it well, something lighter would be better.

The only other downside is the price. £20 for 10g is a little out of my budget personally but if you’ve tried drugstore and it just isn’t working for you then this might be a good option for you. You can get it here!

Have you tried the ‘Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm’? What is your night time lip balm?

*I received this at the Midsummer Meet in Manchester but this hasn’t altered my opinion and I am not obligated to write about it on my blog

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Fiction Friday: Books I Read in January

Hey! So since part of my 30 Before 30 is to review about 200 books in my Book Journal (post about this coming soon) I thought I would throw a couple thoughts up on the blog too. I read four books this month, and this is what I thought of them..

Heat Wave by ‘Richard Castle’ 
 I liked it! It had a lot of things in common with the show that it’s based on, ‘Castle’- some scenes were taken straight off of the screen and put on the page but it was nice, as a fan of the show, to be able to recognise certain parts. It was your typical detective novel but with a twist of the reporter Rook getting under everyone’s feet and trying to help out. It was basically the show in book form. The writing was good and I was not expecting who turned out to be the murderer! And even though it wasn’t as gripping as the other books I read this month, I definitely want to read the next one; Naked Heat. I’m dying to know who the writer is though as, obviously, Richard Castle is a fictional character. They said it was someone on the show but many authors have appeared in the 6 seasons so far- I hope they reveal it by the time the show ends!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Genius. Pure genius. I love these books. I wish I had written them. I hauled them on my old blog literally two years ago, read a couple pages on Christmas day and forgot about them. What an idiot. After watching the first movie on Netflix I dug these books out and devoured all three of them in under a week. I love a good strong female lead character which is annoyingly rare and I thought that having both the brutal games and the romance aspect was awesome. It doesn’t have to be one or the other and this book is proof of that in a nutshell. Urg. I just want to re-read them knowing what I know now but I’m going to hold off- still a lot more to read on my shelves!

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
The second in the trilogy took me a little longer to get into. I started reading straight after I finished the first and found it a little slow at the beginning after the action of the first. But it came into its own and introduced new characters to love/hate/whatever. The more political side of the story was developed from the first book and had me pulling a face at the injustice. I didn’t watch the movie till I finished the book on this one and was pleased that I waited, the books have a heck of a lot more detail. 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Oh it hurts! I’m a broken record by this point but these books are really good and the ending had me clutching the book and texting my friend in agony. But the good kind of agony that only really great fiction can do. I was actually a fan of the ending unlike the ending of Harry Potter- which I’m allowed to say because even JKR isn’t happy with the ending of Harry Potter- and the development from a girl surrendering herself to almost certain death to where this book ended up was serious literary genius.

You can friend me on Goodreads here if you want to see what I’m reading as I read it!
What did you read in January? Have you ever read any of these books?
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Fiction Friday: An Introduction

Hello everyone and welcome to my new series I’ve named ‘Fiction Friday’. A lot of my free time spent not blogging is spent in the land of fiction, be it a TV show, a film, a book, a comic book, a podcast or writing my own. And I wanted a little section of my blog where I could talk about these things. 

It seemed only right to include my two favourite pictures of me reading my favourite book in two separate summers

In relation to this I have got myself a Goodreads profile if anyone wants to be friends as I to try and fall in love with reading again. And this also links into my 30 before 30 list because #2 is to write a novel and #18 is to review about 200 books in my Book Journal. 

So to introduce Fiction Friday, here’s what I’m…
Reading: The last Hunger Games book! Urg I don’t want them to end, I started these books just under a week ago and they are glorious but oh I’m scared for the ending. I swear the stress of these books is what gives me blemishes.
Watching: Season 5 of Castle because it went on sale on iTunes and I had a gift card. I also watched Stephen Kings’ The Mist which made me want to rip my hair out.
Listening to: The Nerdist podcast! I skip about with this podcast and the one I listened to latest was the one with Daniel Radcliffe who is adorably hilarious.

So expect posts about what I’ve been reading, writing, watching and listening to. And if you blog about books ‘n’ stuff then leave me your link!
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Review: Lush’s French Kiss Bubble Bar.

I’m a big Lush fan but this French Kiss Bubble Bar, with it’s delightfully strong Lavender scent and gentle bubbles really blew it out of the park for me for three very good reasons. And only one unfortunate downside. 
First, the strength of the scent. I don’t know about you but I like to be able to really smell what I’ve put in my bath and this is where the French Kiss Bubble Bar excelled, I had been using one for around six months (I know, not the best) to make my teeshirts smell nice in my chest of drawers and when I finally used it, it smelled the same as the one I used the day I bought it.

Next, the bubbles. This left my bathwater a slightly muted purple/grey which sounds odd but is really soothing when covered with fluffy delicate white bubbles that stick around for a good hour and are soft to the touch because of…

The ingredients. With Coconut oil, Rosmary oil, Thyme oil and, of course, Lavender oil, this was a really nourishing bath for my dry skin without being obvious like the bath melts from Lush. The oil mixed with the water and just left me feeling silky smooth and smelling lovely.
And the negative? The price. For the size of this and the way it’s shaped, I can only get two baths out of it and considering it comes in at a rather unreasonable £4.25, I just wish it was bigger or the price was smaller. I understand the price a little because of the ingredients but I can only justify this on special occasions where I need a really good relaxing bath before bed. Like the day before exams.
If this sounds like your kind of bath product or you just want to give it a try for yourself, you can get it from Lush’s website here.
Have you ever tried French Kiss? What did you think?
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My 30 before 30 List!

I turned 20 today. The big 2-0. The second decade of my life. The end of the years ending in –teen. The beginning of the end. Too dramatic? Maybe a little. Anyway, since I did just turn twenty I thought I would do something today, other than watching 11 hours of Lord of the Rings as is tradition with me, and I thought with exactly ten years to finish it, that posting up my 30 before 30 list would be fun.

1. Complete Pokémon.
2. Write a Novel.
3. Earn at least a 2:1 in my degree.
4. Do a 365 photo a day challenge.
5. Copy the ‘Three Men in a Boat’ trip.
6. Take a plane on my own.
7. Spend a St Patrick’s day in Ireland.
8. Learn to drive.
9. Write a will.
10. Own The Walking Dead #1.
11. Host Christmas.
12. See my brother get married. Done! Hence the above picture!
13. Go to Vegas with my oldest friend.
14. Make a quilt.
15. Own a Hyundai Ix35.
16. Own a collection of mugs that all have meaning.
17. Start a small business.
18. Review about 200 books in my Book Journal.
19. Road trip the UK.
20. Go to SDCC.
21. Grow a bonsai tree and keep it alive.
22. Travel Europe on a train.
23. Cosplay.
24. Go to all the places Ashley wants to bring me to.

As you can see I’ve only got up to 24 because I couldn’t think of anything else, but I figure I can add to it. I have 10 years after all.
Do you have a 30 before 30 list or a bucket list?
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Review: Nail Rock’s Nail Glitter Manicure Glitter in ‘Red.’

Today we’re talking Nail Glitter. More specifically this ‘Nail Rock Nail Glitter Manicure Glitter’, which is quite a mouthful of a name. When my December Birchbox dropped through my front door I was immediately drawn to this, I love a good glittery nail and I wondered if this was going to eliminate the difficult and messy removal that glitter polishes have and convert me to dipping my nails in a pot of glitter. Looking back, that was a pretty foolish idea but we’ll get to that. 

It looked like a pretty colour from the packaging, I’ve talked about my favourite red glitter polish here and whereas I’m not a fan of plain red manicures I think a bit of glitter makes it suit my pale hands much better so I find myself gravitating towards them.
The set comes with a basic red polish that’s a little on the orange side, and big old pot of glitter. The instructions were pretty basic; ‘Paint your nails with two coats of the coordinating nail polish. Dip your nails into the pot of Nail Glitter and press firmly onto the coloured nails. Allow 15-20 minutes for nails to dry.’ And Birchbox even provide a gif version you can see here.

So I did. I painted on two coats, I dipped the wet polish into the glitter, and it looked promising!

This is what the damage was after I did one whole hand. They show you someone brushing off the glitter but don’t provide a brush so I ended up using that Real Techniques duo fibre eye brush that’s scratchy as hell but it did the job. If the job was getting all that glitter that was on my fingers onto my desk and all over me.

I was left with a bit of a mess!

Once I was finally finished I looked at my nails and realised it was a massive waste of time. There was no glitter round the edges even after I dunked my nails in the pot like they showed and it drank up all the topcoat I put on and was still rough to the touch. And today I realised something, this is exactly the colour of Barry M’s red glitter polish. Except that never made me have glitter everywhere, I like glitter, just not randomly on my face three days later. Removal was pretty unpleasant too, just like a normal glitter really except it spread out more and got all over my fingers. 

Normally I try and think of a situation where this would be a good product and I pondered if for a while but there just isn’t one. If you want a good pure red glitter in a clear base that gives amazing coverage buy the Barry M Red Glitter (#150).

If you did want to try this, you can get it from Birchbox for £6.99 here, and the Pink and Navy versions are on sale from Claire’s for £4 each. 

Have you tried Nail Rock’s Nail Glitter Manicure Glitter? What do you think?
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Under My Christmas Tree..

I know it’s January now but I thought I would show a few of the things I was lucky enough to receive this Christmas from family and friends, I’m still reading all the posts from Christmas on my Bloglovin’ feed so hopefully you don’t mind too much. As always, not bragging, just showing.

And in more detail..

If you saw my Under My Christmas Tree post from last year you’ll recognise the print of the make-up bag, now I have a matching set. This is great because the wash-bag I got last year was used a lot and is great quality for travelling with. I’m thinking that this’ll be great to separate things up a little when I go on trips.
And if you read my Christmas Wishlist you might recognise the duvet and pillowcase as the ones that you can write on and they wash it out. I haven’t tried them yet but I will report back! They feel nice and soft since they’re 100% cotton and both came with 10 double-sided pens.

Another thing off my wish list! I really love Frasier and I’m excited to finally see what happens past season 9. I recommend this show to anyone that likes an easy laugh and nice short 20 minute episodes.
My brother got my the new Animal Crossing game by Nintendo where you get to be Mayor rather than just a resident. I have to say I’ll be excited not to have Tom Nook’s loans to pay. Now to just pick a town name…

Books, glorious books. And a bit of a mixed bunch! I got the history of the company that came before Lush, Snooki’s second novel which I’m going to save for holiday reading I think, a book of P.G. Wodehouse stories and a history book about George VI who truly is one of our more fascinating kings in my opinion.
On the beauty side of things, another Liberty print item was dropped into my stocking- can you sense a pattern? It’s a lovely Andrea Garland lip balm in this really high quality pill box with a mirror. I have no idea what I’m going to do with it once the lip balm is gone but I feel I’ll find something because it’s beautiful! Any ideas?
I must’ve mentioned this cream in passing to my mum back in October when I saw it in this Lisa Eldridge video. I swear I had it years and years ago but of course, I had no idea what I was doing at the time, now I’m hoping it’ll be a good for my painfully dry winter skin.
On the nerdier front, this Worst-Case Scenario calendar has been giving me a lot of laughs/ unnerving information like how to make a bow and arrow and how to survive torture :’) I’ve been instagraming a couple of my favourites and I’ve had the book for years. Invaluable information for a writer.
My lovely friend Ashley sneaked in a couple Walking Dead related goodies into a delivery that she sorted out for me and I couldn’t be more grateful. The teeshirt is a perfect fit and the mug, shaped like a crossbow is brilliant for pretending to shoot walkers perfect for the soothing tea I’m going to need if they don’t stop killing people off!
Snooki Slippers. Enough said. They are literally like walking on clouds and keep my feet warm and comfy while I look slightly like a cartoon character with massive feet.
And lastly, chocolate. This doesn’t include what I’ve already eaten. Luckily I made no healthy eating New Years resolution. 
What did you get for Christmas? Leave me links!
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Hello 2014!

Goodbye 2013. Hello 2014. You are most welcome. This should have been up yesterday but my friend came over and we spent the first day of the new year playing The Walking Dead board game and video game which was a pretty fun way to start the new year.

In my Hello 2013 post on my old blog I vowed to; 
Finally finish that damn scarf! Check! I am the proud owner of a beautiful scarf which I’m sure will feature if I ever decide to do OOTDs.

Use up more products! The same as last year but I really enjoy scraping out the last of something and knowing I got my moneys worth! Not as much! Must try harder this year.
Start going to the gym three times a week! Check for most of the year but since I got my new trainer it’s only been twice a week.
Blog more regularly! Fail! I went on hiatus on my old blog for months but I’m back now!
Visit countries I’ve never been to! Check! I visited Morroco in Africa in 2013.
Start my creative writing course and do some more drama courses! Check to the creative writing, fail to the drama.
And read 20 books! Fail! I really didn’t read much last year.

Things I want to do more of in 2014:
Writing. As a attempting novelist I write everyday and I need to keep this up, possibly do even more but I’m not sure there are enough hours in the day…
Reading. I heard once that Winston Churchill read a book every night, even during the Blitz. He said it made him think better.”
Knitting. I really like making things and it’s great for making the time I’m watching TV feel a little more productive.
Blogging. Fairly certain this will be on every bloggers list but I love blogging and I’m excited to blog in 2014.
Travelling. Last year I visited somewhere new and revisited a lot of places I’d been before. This year I want to branch out- maybe to America.
Anything that makes me happy. 

To try and do this I’m going to attempt Don’t Break the Chain 2014 inspired by this video by Charlie McDonnell for my degree, writing, and blogging. 
Will you join me?
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My Blogmas Round Up!

Well it’s over! Blogmas and Christmas madness with the family fun, presents and food. Now we just wait for the Sherlock Special on the first of January! So I thought I would do a little round up of my Blogmas posts in case there’s any you missed.

Day 1: My Christmas Wishlist
Day 2: Best Harsh Winter Skincare
Day 3: By the End of 2013..
Day 4: A Festive Lush Haul!
Day 5: imPRESS Press-on Manicure Review!
Day 6: My Favourite Christmas Music!
Day 7: Review: MUA Pearl Eyeshadow in Shade 2
Day 8: The Decorating Begins..
Day 9: Review: Lush’s Star Light, Star Bright Bath Melt!
Day 10: Best Christmas TV Specials!
Day 11: Review: bigRuby Nail Tattoos!
Day 12: NOTD: China Glaze – ‘Ruby Pumps’
Day 13: The Tree
Day 14: Review: Lush’s Santa’s Lip Scrub!
Day 15: Bloggers Secret Santa!
Day 16: Review: Nails Inc Gel Effect Polish in ‘St James’
Day 17: Emergency Presents!
Day 18: A Winter Wedding!
Day 19: A Christmas Tag with my Cousins!
Day 20: Merry Christmas!

So I managed 20 Days which isn’t too shabby! Did you do Blogmas? 

My fellow #bigblogmasproject bloggers: ColeLydiaRebeccaDixxKirstyCelineKateHannahUggynogAmy LouHolly,  KelBexCharlotteSammySophieKelseyCharlotteBethanyJesslynLauraDaynaEloise and MaryRaeJessicaCourtneyTaraRowDanniAprilJordanShaunie-LeighLauraChloeGabyJessSiobhanAaliyahStephSophieAmeliaJulesRebeccaCerysOrla and Christine,  LoraStrawberryTaylorMarinaLianneNikkiKimMaria and PiniAlexLucyNaomiSarahNatalieElizabethRominaAqeelaCMWBAliHalliCharlotteKammiHannahKendalCailinShonaVictoriaLauraJessJoni,RodneyaBeccaAmbi and Beth.

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Blogmas Day 20: Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everybody! I hope you’re all having a great day! Personally I’m stuffed full of potatoes and sat on the sofa where I plan to stay for quite a while! But some people may not be having such a good day and so I, and some of my fellow Blogmas bloggers have put together a list of numbers you may want to call…

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 18002738255
Alcoholics Anonymous: 08457697555
Beat, for Eating Disorders: 08456341414
Refuge deals with domestic violence: 08082000247
Childline for children to call: 08001111
And for adults worried about a child: 08088005000
Narcotics Anonymous: 03009991212
Rape Crisis: 08088029999
Victims of Crime Support: 08453030900
OCD Action: 08453906232
No Panic for anxiety sufferers: 0800 138 8889
Contact a family for families with disables children: 0808 808 3555
Cry-sis: 08451228669
Disabled Parents Network: 0870 241 0450
Fatherhood Institute: 08456341328
Help To Heal: 08451203788
National Domestic Violence Helpline:
England: 08082000247
Northern Ireland: 02890331818
Wales: 08088010800
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 08088005000
Parents Advice Centre: 08088010722
Parentline Plus: 0808 800 2222
Prisoners’ Families Helpline: 0808 808 2003
Relate: 0845 456 1310
Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90
Solvent Abuse – Urban 75: 0808 800 2345
Talk to Frank: 0800 77 66 00
Womens Aid: 0808 2000 247
Working Families: 0800 013 0313
Youth2Youth: 020 8896 3675

If you’re feeling suicidal then please reach out and call 999 or 911.

If you’re just having a rough day, you burnt the turkey or just need someone to talk to then feel free to email me at

Merry Christmas Everybody, and thank you for reading. <3

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