I am so excited that my limited edition Christmas lip gloss, "Mistletoe Kisses", is out today! I think a glittery red lip gloss is the perfect way to add a festive touch to your regular makeup look and I can't wait to wear it to all the Christmas parties! There are a limited number available, only from Cloud10 Beauty online (Feel Unique & Superdrug should have stock soon!) - tweet me a photo if you manage to get your hands on one! I would love to see you guys looking all Christmassy wearing Mistletoe Kisses with your favourite party dress.
Leave me a comment letting me know if you have any exciting party plans this Christmas with work, friends or family! I have a really exciting work party coming up in December...just need to find something to wear! *runs to Topshop*
I am so excited to be launching two glitter nail polishes for Tanya Burr Cosmetics! These are part of the limited edition Christmas trios. I am a huge fan of anything sparkly and these glittery polishes are perfect for the party season. I feel festive just looking at them! I named the rose gold glitter "Fairytale" and the multicoloured glitter "Fireworks". Naming my products is one of my favourite elements of the whole process. I tend to wear the glitters on the tips of my nails or just on one feature nail, however, you could go all out and paint all your nails with them! I've also got a new nail polish in the classic glossy formula; it's a black called "Dark Magic". Other than these three polishes, all the colours in the trios are existing colours in the range. For now, these three new polishes are only available for the Christmas period as part of the trios. I hope you like them!
Left to Right: Dark Magic, Fairytale, Mini Marshmallows. Midnight Sparkles, Penguin Chick, Riding Hood. New York Night, Fireworks, Mischief Managed.
I absolutely love the initial lip gloss shades I did for Tanya Burr Cosmetics, however, I felt there were a few essential colours missing from the collection. I'm so excited to be adding 8 new colours to the range, so there are now 20 colours in total! This isn't an "Autumn/ Winter collection" or anything, I have been working on these colours since the last ones launched, so they are just part of the classic collection now - although I do have a limited edition Christmas lip gloss!
HERE ARE THE NEW COLOURS!
Left-Right: Enchanted Forest, Berry Picking, Chocolate Fondue, Lunch Date, Daydream, Sparkling Dewdrops, I Found Nemo, Aphrodite
I had so much fun naming the lip glosses and I love all the colours so much - I hope you guys do too!
I know some people may say it's too early to start getting excited for Christmas, but I think it goes so quickly that you've got to start early! (Also I need mince pies in my life for more than one month of the year). I'm sure you guys know from watching my daily vlogs how excited I get when I walk into a Lush store. Now, imagine that excitement (got it in your head?) now times that by a trillion and picture Lush full of their Christmassy products! I don't know whether it's the fact that it's limited edition, the glitter or that everything is either in the shape of a snowman, santa or some other Christmas character, but I get the most magical feeling when I see the Lush Christmas products for the first time each year. I picked up quite a few things, of course, so I thought I would do a little blog haul! I bought these when they first came out and have used most of them now so I can tell you what I think of them scent-wise and bubble-wise etc.
The Christmas Penguin: I had to pick this one up as I love penguins so much! The way they walk is just too cute! This one you crumble under your running water to get amazing bubbles. He smells like oranges, so good.
Magic Wand: I used this one in my bath last night, you just swirl it under your running water and it creates huge bubbles and smells like sweeties. Bit like the Snow Fairy scent.
The Melting Snowman: This little guy is a spice-scented bath melt, although he has a bit of a sweetness to his scent too as he contains cocoa butter to soften your skin. This was one of my favourites.
The Christmas Hedgehog: I didn't get to try this one as when Zoe was running a bath at mine Jim got a bit excited and threw the whole thing in! Haha. I think there is vlog footage of this somewhere on YouTube. What I do know is he is very bubbly and smells like Rose and Ylang Ylang essential oils.
Butterbear: This little bear is basically a bear-shaped Butterball (if you are familiar with that Lush product). It's one of my faves, it doesn't make your bath an exciting colour or very bubbly, but it just really moisturises your skin and smells like vanilla.
Holly Golightly: I am a huge Audrey Hepburn fan so was instantly drawn to the name of this product (Holly Golightly was the character Audrey played in Breakfast At Tiffany's incase you haven't read that book/watched the film). It is MEGA glittery and I haven't actually used this one in my bath yet, but I know it's a bubble bar and it smells like Christmas spices.
Dashing Santa: Santa is a bath bomb so he literally dashes around your bath tub. So much fun! He smells like oranges and makes your bath orange too.
Snow Fairy: This is a super sweet smelling, sparkly shower gel. I love using this when I am in the mood for a candy-sweet scent. It's also just a really nice quality shower gel.
That's everything I got on my first trip to Lush since the Christmas bits have been available! Bath-time is my favourite way to relax and unwind after a busy day and I love having a little collection of exciting things to use in my bath. Let me know in the comments what your favourite bath product is!
I am definitely not an advocator of fad diets, I try to live by the 80/20 rule (inspired by fellow blogger, Rose). 80% of the time I try to eat fresh healthy foods and not much sugar, the other 20% I eat cookies, cupcakes and cheesy pasta! I love food too much to be healthy ALL the time and the 80/20 thing seems to work for me. However, every now and then I will have a bad week (or two) where I end up eating far more than my 20% of the naughty stuff and I struggle to get back on track. That's when I like to do some sort of little detox. A detox is not a diet, it's purpose is not to lose weight, it's just to pump into you a ton of superfoods which contain incredible ingredients for your body and have a bit of a cleanse. Sometimes I'll just do a day of detoxing with lots of green juices and fresh veggies or sometimes I'll do three days. It always leaves me feeling refreshed, happy and good about my body, which gets me back in the zone with my 80/20 way of life! A couple of weeks ago I tried the Honestly Healthy detox. Tash (the founder of the company) emailed me and said I could try the 3 day fridge-fill if I liked (fridge-fill is where they deliver the food and juices to your door). I just want to make it clear that I am not being sponsored to do this blog post, I just was so impressed with the food and I took lots of pictures so I wanted to blog about it! I know that Honestly Healthy might not be in some of your budgets, so I thought if I took photos of what I ate/drank you could try and recreate this detox at home if you wanted :) I did three days and all three days were different and the food was delicious. Here's what I had on one of the days...
Breakfast: Raw Cacao & Hazelnut Granola with Vanilla Yoghurt & Blueberries
Morning Snack: Healthy Avocado Chocolate Cookie (this tasted amazing considering it contained no sugar and only natural ingredients!)
Lunch: Carrot Salad with Spinach, Lentils & Fresh Mango
Afternoon Juice: Berry & Beetroot Juice
Dinner: Veggie Burger, Beetroot Chips with Crushed Peas (apologies for my presentation here!!!)
I get asked all the time what I eat so I hope this post has answered some of your questions and maybe inspired you to try Honestly Healthy or just make these meals at home for a little detox!