Friday, January 30, 2015

Lush Cosmetics haul!

Lush cosmetics is the only place I turn to for goodies for my bath. When Lush were posting Instagram teasers of their valentines range a few weeks ago I was beyond excited! I had a lush gift card for Christmas so I went a bit wild in store but tried to restrain myself from buying too much as it's nice to go in and treat myself to the odd bath bomb or two every now and then! I didn't just buy from their valentines range as bath ballistics are my favourite over bath melts so I picked up a little selection of some gorgeous smelling products...
Meanwhile in the Lush Plymouth store...
The nicest smelling bag in the world.
I picked up 5 gorgeous products, 3 being from their new valentines range...
This is without a doubt my favourite from the Valentines collection, not sure what it's relevance is to the big day itself, but unicorns seem to be the thing at the moment and this bubble bar looks amazing!! I can imagine it will make a beautiful multi coloured bath and it also smells of lavender which is the perfect smell to bathe in to relax and to help you sleep!
Heart Throb bubble bar £3.65 This cute little one looks like a little macaroon, but a heart shaped one with a glitter filling! This will make for a perfect red,valentines bath.
Love Locket bath bomb £6.95 I nearly had a heart attack at the price of this one... Almost £7 for one bath bomb!! However, there is a hidden shaped heart within it so I think I could get a few uses out of this bath bomb. It was definitely something I couldn't leave lush without.
Sex Bomb bath bomb £3.35  The next two bath bombs aren't part of the valentines range but they definitely could make the cut! This bath ballistic contains lots of different sensual oils which are great for de-stressing and relaxing, something I really am in need of right now!
Think Pink bath bomb £2.65  I just loved the look of this one, the mini flowers really remind me of spring, in the hope that the cold weather will fade soon! It also contains rice paper confetti of hearts which will make for the prettiest smelling bath, pretty much like all of their bath bombs!

I have a lot of bathing to do now I think!! I am in love with their whole valentines range and there are a still a few other bits that I want to pick up like the Kiss lip scrub , I absolutely adore their lip scrubs anyway but this one even contains real hundreds and thousands,amazing huh?!

I hope you all have a fab weekend! What do you think of the Lush Valentines collection? What have you been buying from there recently? What are your favourite Lush products?
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

OOTD | Brights


Jacket - Primark
Top - Primark
Jeans - Topshop
Shoes - Chockershoes
Bag - River Island
Necklace - River Island

Happy hump days guys! At the weekend I got to visit Cambridge for the first time which had some absolutely amazing shops, but it doesn't matter where I am I will always check out the Primark to see if they have any gems that my local one doesn't stock. I am loving their new SS15 collection, especially the Parisian styled clothing with the colours and stripes, so this little top instantly fell into my basket - if it's got stripes I'll take it! I love the added embellishment of the pleated fabric to the hem of this though which makes the buy justifiable as its different to my ten other striped tops! Primark also have a fab selection of jackets/duster style coats and I fell in love with this neon pink/salmon one which was reduced to £10 so it would have been rude not to take it home with me, it also looks amazing with the striped top. So thankful for the days I walk into Primark and find the nicest things for the smallest amount of money!

What do you think of this outfit? Do you like stripes? Have you seen the Primark SS15 collection in stores yet?

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Revisiting Tampere, Finland!

As some of you may know last week I took myself on a trip back to Tampere in Finland, after living there for a year I often find myself dreaming of being back there in the snow, eating a vast array of sweet treats or hopping on a husky ride. Now that I'm no longer a student it's so hard to get time off to do anything, so when I booked a week off work I knew what I had to do...
Tampere, finland
It's always a no brainer to fly with Ryanair as they offer direct flights to Tampere and the return flights cost me £50 making my coach to the airport more, madness! Tampere is about 2 hours from Helsinki, I do love Helsinki and the shops but Tampere feels much more homely and there is so many places that I know of that you can explore. When we arrived there was about 3 inches thick of ice everywhere so it was basically a skating rink, the day before a lot of snow had melted and turned to slush which then freezed so as you can imagine it was sooo dangerous! Luckily the next day it snowed a lot...
Holiday-club-Tampere
Holiday-Club-Tampere
We stayed in a place called the Holiday Club Tampere where we had stayed before as it is only a minute walk from my old student accommodation. The views from the room are just spectacular and it was so nice waking up to this every morning.
Pyynikki-munkki
 On our first day we headed down to a place called Pyynikki, from where we were staying it probably took about an hour to walk down but the place is totally worth it and it is a huge attraction for the locals on a Sunday. Pyynikki has a tower which you can go to the top and drink in the breathtaking views that the city has to offer, unfortunately the very top was shut off probably due to the weather but I've done it so many times before so it was not a problem, however if there had been no munkkis left it would have been a different story! Above is a picture of a munkki which do look pretty similar to a normal English dougnut, its a specialty in Tampere and they are famous nationwide. These sweet sugared doughnuts are also flavoured with aniseed, they are basically known as a sweet bread in Finland. If you ever get a chance to visit, go get a munkii!
Pyynikki-Munkki
We ate our munkkis inside with the view of the falling snow, why cant every Sunday be this perfect?!
Pyynikki-Tampere
Pyynikki-Tampere
 It was time to walk our munkkis off through the forest and head down to the lake...
Tampere-Finland
Pyynikki-Tampere
Tampere is probably the only place I have ever visited which can offer you perfect tranquility, some places there may just only be yourself and you could probably drop a needle and hear the sound. It is the perfect place to go for some relaxation, the lakes were frozen when we visited but as there had not been much snow they were just a skating rink, I only ever walked on the lakes when there were other people on them too, I didn't much fancy falling into them!
Rauhaniemi-Tampere
 After a day of munkki eating, walking and shopping we headed down to lake Nasijarvi and to look at the Rauhaniemi sauna which was a few minutes walk from where we were staying. I went to the sauna and lake many times during the summer that I lived there, but there is no chance in hell I would contemplate doing this when its around -10! For the Finns it is a normal way of life and it's meant to be a great thing for your body to go from the two extremes. I don't want to get undressed in a warm room in this weather let alone getting into an ice cold lake brr. It always looks spectacular at this time of the year though, again it's so peaceful. When the sauna is closed anyway...
Rauhaniemi-Tampere
 Positively balmy...
 It was a total whiteout on the Monday, no sun and it pretty much snowed non stop.
Walking is one of the best things to do in Tampere as there are soo many scenic walks to do, you just need to know where you're going. This walk is just next to the lake and you follow it round the whole way, Monday mornings don't get better than this!
It was just like Narnia..
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In love with my beaut AmeliaJaneLondon bobble hat.
I never wanted to leave!
 We walked so far that we headed onto the cross country ski track, they make it look so easy but it definitely isn't after I demonstrated this in Lapland. I saw more of the floor than anything else!
 I wish I could say I made this snowman, but I didn't..
Alternative snowman, I cant work out if this is a dog or a moomin, who knows!
The cutest little house I ever did see, is it too much to want to live somewhere perfect and snowy like this?!
Kauppahalli-Tampere
 In the afternoon we headed to my favourite indoor food market.
 Finland is my kind of country, they have national days dedicated to a cake including this one! Amazing huh?!
Kauppahalli-Tampere
 No where does cakes like Finland..
In the evening we took ourselves off the beaten track and went to a truly Finnish little cafe set up in the cutest little hut...
A deliciously warm hot chocolate was needed to defrost!
 On our last morning we headed down to the lake again for one last look around, we even walked on the lake a bit but I was far too worried despite there being many ice fishers and a snowmobile on the ice. It was also -10 and my hands were in agony from taking my gloves off to take pictures oww!
 Snow much fun!
It was time to wave goodbye to my old student accommodation again, so many good memories in that place!
Yet another fab trip to my beautiful Tampere, it was nice to start the year of with a revisit. It's back to work for me now but I can look back on my great memories from last week and know it wont be long until I head back again!
Until next time Finland...

Would you like to visit Finland? Have you been to Finland before?
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