This Is Halloween!

This Is Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Who doesn’t love a Lush haul?! If you haven’t already guessed, they are my favourite. They are even better when they include seasonal products. If you’re a Lord of Misrule fanatic, then it’s your lucky day!

Lush Halloween 2015

There’s been four releases this year with many Halloween treats being cooked up in the Lush Kitchen. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get my hands on any of them but I did treat myself to Sparkly Pumpkin, Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb and Lord of Misrule Shower Gel.

It might just be me but I am sure Sparkly Pumpkin has got ten times more glitter on than last year! The bubble bar has the same citrus scent as Sunnyside. The juniperberry, lime and grapefruit oils make the bath really uplifting and relaxing; perfect for a long soak in the bath on a cold winter night.

The ‘Lord of Misrule; is definitely one of my favourite Lush scents. The green coloured treats are full of patchouli and black pepper oil with added vanilla for that extra sweet scent. The shower creme has an added extra dose of Vitamin E to moisturise and nourish the skin while the bath bomb fizzes slowly to reveal a rich red wine coloured centre while the popping candy crackles away.

Last in the collection is the Nightwing Shower Jelly which I didn’t pick up. I am not really that found of the shower jellies but I did like the scent of this one in particular. Shaped in the form of a bat; this fruit pastille scented shower jelly is bound to lift your dark mood with uplifting lime juice and carrageenan for nourishing the skin.

Have you picked up any of the Halloween products this year? Which one is your favourite?

To Snap, Or Not To Snap: Four Reasons Why You Should

I’ll let you in on a secret. Snapchat is quickly becoming my favourite app, not just because I like a good morning selfie, but because it can be a powerful marketing tool. More companies are starting to use Snapchat to their advantage. Personally I think everyone should join the snapping phase too and here’s the reasons why.

For those of you who don’t know, Snapchat is a app that allow people to share instant photos and videos with their ‘friends’ however it disappears after 10 seconds of being viewed with an option to replay. Since starting they have created “Stories,” a collection of photos and videos that can be viewed for 24 hours. So how can this possibly help your brand?  (more…)

This Is Halloween!

Autumnal Lovin’

The July Journal Autumn

The July Journal Autumn

Autumn is definitely my favourite season, with Spring coming as a close second. This may come as a surprise to most people who know me in person as I am always complaining about how cold it is around this time of year. There’s just something satisfying when you come in from a frosty, cold day to wrap up warm in your favourite pyjamas, blast the central heating up high and treat yourself to a hot chocolate. Don’t forget the marshmallows! I thought I would share with you my reasons on why I love Autumn.

Pumpkin Spiced Hot Chocolates. They are probably the best creation ever! Add Coconut Milk and it’s divine. Although I do like a lovely homemade hot chocolate with added cinnamon and vegan friendly marshmallows.

Autumnal walks. We are talking the beauty of colourful leaves as they change from green to oranges and reds, the conkers and acorns falling from the trees.

Cosy nights/days snuggled in your duvet watching film after film or catching up on your favourite Netflix season.

Friendly people. Is it just me or does everyone seem to be a lot happier and more friendly towards you? I work in retail which can be challenging at times but everyone who I have served and helped has been so kind to me back. Maybe it’s cause Christmas is just around the corner!

The Autumn/Winter clothing is particularly my favourite. I like how I can wear my parka and one of my many scarves without being judged. I find jeans and cosy jumpers to be the most comfortable clothes ever too.

All the candles. Even the Summer ones are acceptable. Can I recommend the Winter candle from The White Company? It smells of Christmas in a candle!

All the festive gear displayed in the shops. We are talking Halloween and Christmas. THE BEST TIME OF YEAR!!

What’s your favourite things about Autumn?
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Lush Christmas Collection Haul

Lush Christmas 2015

I can’t believe that it has been three weeks since the Halloween and Christmas product launch in Lush and I haven’t blogged about it yet! Here are a couple of pieces I have picked up from their Christmas collection, some old and some new but all loved.

First up is the Candy Mountain Bubble Bar, with the same classic sweet scent as the oh-so-famous Snow Fairy Shower Gel, it will leave you relaxing in a warm blanket of pink water covered in glistening bubbles. Did you know that I hated the sweet scents from products like these a couple of years ago and now I am head over heals for them! I have already used two bubble bars and will continue stocking up until they run out. Next up is Cinders, the small bath bomb is the one to go for if your needing a pick me up, with cinnamon and orange oil for the uplifting and stimulating fragrance and popping candy to cheer you up. It’s the one I go for when I am needing a treat after a long week at University and work. Personally I think it goes really well with the Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar. New to my Christmas favourites is the So White Bath Bomb, probably due to how fresh the apple scent is but then how relaxing and peaceful the bath is with the blend of bergamot oil and rose absolute is.

Lush Christmas 2015

There’s a lot of new additions in the Christmas collection this year including the Cranberry Face Mask which is suitable for vegans. Cranberries are a really good antioxidant ingredient blended with the fennel seed which is an excellent cleanser, both work really well together. I have yet to try this product, although I’m rather excited, but I am hoping it will leave my skin feeling soft, moisturised and hydrated. I picked up two new bath bombs from the collection: Star Dust and Yog Nog. Star Dust is a rather uplifting bath bomb with rosewood and bergamot oil that I used to help lift your mood, a perfect one to use on a winter morning or as Lush suggests a little post-party recovery treat. However, Yog Nog is unlike anything I have had from Lush before. It reminds me off digestive biscuits when bathing in a rather moisturising bath. It has soya milk powder and shea butter to recreate a lovely, creamy bath that softens and moisturises the skin whilst the clove bud oil and ylang ylang oil releases contrasting spicy and sweet scents.

Lastly I picked up the Peeping Santa Bubble Bar. Like the Melting Snowman from last year, I found him adorable and I couldn’t wait to pick him up. His eyes are made from dairy free chocolate drops and the bar is formulated with shea butter for a lovely moisturising bath. The blended oils of bergamot, geranium and olibanum is aimed to relax your senses.

Next on my list are the Five Gold Rings and the Bûche de Noël Cleanser! What’s your favourite from the Christmas collection?

Log Out, Shut Down And Open Your Eyes

Are we really growing up in a world evolving around technology and more importantly, social media?! I believe we are. But should it revolve around technology and social media?

Many people these days love the internet. I know I am one of those people. The first thing I do when I wake up is check the likes of Twitter, Instagram, my emails and sometimes Facebook before I look out the window. A significant event happens in my life and I immediately want to grab my phone and capture it. Have you ever thought to just take in the moment for what it is? By that I mean using your own eyes instead of looking through a viewfinder whether that be on your phone, tablet or camera. As a society, we have taught ourselves this behaviour from following what everyone else does. A friend of mine showed me a video from The IT Crowd which I thought was quite interesting and explains exactly how one mention can attract you to following the trend.

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Just think of the trending topics on Twitter and Facebook. Thousands of people keep updated through the trending topics across social media platforms. What about how the social networks grew the active followers base? This was done by word of mouth between friends, family and colleagues. So what would life really be like without the internet. We could have an actual conversation with people around us. You never know, we may even be able to relax without being disturbed by tweets and other notifications. The other week I found myself getting distracted by the internet, maybe this was due to a five month break from University but I switched my phone to night mode and it was the best thing I have ever done! I could finally switch off from everything but more importantly I have control on when to talk on social media.

“The first tweet was sent on March 21, 2006 by Jack Dorsey, the creator of Twitter. It took over three years, until the end of May 2009, to reach the billionth tweet. Today, it takes less than two days for one billion tweets to be sent.” – Internet Live Stats

One of the topics I explored at university is UGC (User-Generated Content) and whether Journalism is dead. I came to the conclusion that it isn’t dead at all but Journalists must adapt to the world around them. They are using social media to their advantage, to assist in gathering and writing their stories but what would it be like if no one captured a significant event and it was up to the Journalist to find the story themselves. Essentially, it would be giving them their old job back and not having to rely on social media. It’s never going to be dead because people are always going to have the need for news.

Does that mean that a Journalist is just going to have to sit behind a computer browsing the social networking sites to gather news stories? No, it doesn’t mean that but how many times is a Journalist in the right place at the right time with a camera crew to capture breaking news. Then think how many times is there a random person with a smartphone present in order to capture what’s happening and publish it to social media. For example, information about the Boston bombings were speculated across social media platforms via smartphones before Journalists could get down there providing an opportunity for society to be aware of what was going on. There’s no competition between the journalist and social media, it’s just part of their job just like interviewing sources and communicating with PR’s is essential to their career too.

What I am trying to say is that the internet is an overwhelming place and I think it’s important that we all have a break from time to time. Of course, I love the internet. I think everyone does for different reasons but I don’t want to feel so wrapped up in it any more. Yes, I may have missed out on capturing some moments in my life but I will still remember them. They just won’t be shared on the internet with the rest of the world. Your emails and notifications will always be there for you at the end of the day but a possible life changing conversation with someone may not be. I don’t know about anyone else but I miss the days where my life didn’t revolve around phones, laptops and social media.

What are your thoughts? Do you think it’s important to have a break from the internet now and again? Let me know what you think.