Lush Birthday Haul

Lush Birthday Haul

Hi guys! I’m back with my first post as a 30 year old!

Turning 30 wasn’t as painful as I thought it would be! I ended up getting 3 birthday cakes and it turns out cake really does make everything better!

Don’t get me wrong, I was a bit emotional leaving my 20s behind but I’ve made it. Maybe I’ll start acting my age…? Nah, don’t count on it!

My brother and sister-in-law very kindly gave me some lovely treats from Lush and they also gave me a gift card to pick out some bits and bobs too so I thought I would share the goodies I got with you!

Also, I didn’t know this option was available but you can order through the website, get it delivered as a gift but the recipient can get updates on when their order will be delivered if you pop in their mobile number which was super handy for me! And it doesn’t give away what your order is, only that it is from Lush. It was a nice surprise getting the text to say I was getting an order!

So first up I’ll show you what was picked for me:

Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask

I love a face mask! I think they are the easiest self care item around.

This is for cleansing and cooling the skin as well as for fighting breakouts so it’s definitely something I need in my life as my skin hates me just now!

It does smell a wee bit weird but it has garlic in it so I think that’s what I can smell – it’s definitely not too over powering and I know I could sit with it on my face for the 10 minutes it suggests!

Creamy Candy Bubble Bar

This is such a cute thing! And it looks almost good enough to eat!

This smells amazing! Just like candy floss! I can’t wait to have a bath with it! I could do with the perk up and my skin is in much need of a moisture boost!

Candy Bubble Brush

This smells just as amazing as the bubble bar and I’m really quite happy about the fact I can paint my bubbles in the bath! Clearly never too old for this stuff 🤣.

Sleepy Shower Bomb

This is one I plan to use for my next nighttime shower! It’s filled with essential oils to help put you into a sleepy state. My sleep has been suffering recently so really hope it works! 🤞

Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds Bath Bomb

This one I’ve used – or I cut it in half and used half of it anyway!

I had a lovely relaxing bath reading my book with this one. It made my bathroom smell amazing!

New + Marilyn Hot Oil Treatments

I got two hot oil treatments too. I’ve used one of these before and got so many uses out of it.

They don’t weigh my hair down like some products do and make my hair feel so soft!

And these are the products I picked up:

Seanik Shampoo Bar

I’ve never tried a shampoo bar before but really liked the idea of them. I picked this one because the seaweed, sea salt and lemon are supposed to give my hair shine and volume which it’s seriously lacking in at the moment!


Chirpy Chirpy Hop Hop

I couldn’t decide what else to get so I went with a gift set so I could get a little selection.

This comes in the cutest/creepiest double sided knot wrap! They aren’t something I would normally wear but I’ll probably find a use for it my making it into a dog bandana!

Inside, I got four products.

Carrot Cake Lip Scrub

I’ve used the Lush lip scrubs before and I love them. They really help to get rid of any dry skin and they taste good too!

This one is extra good because who doesn’t love the taste of carrot cake?!

Golden Egg Bath Bomb Melt

This has covered me, my phone, my table, even my dog in gold! And that is before I’ve put it anywhere near water 🤣.

I’m not looking forward to cleaning the bath after this one!

Cream Egg Bubbleroon

I love the colours of this one and it looks and smells like something I should be eating rather than putting in my bath! 🤤

Cocoa Sugar Scrub

How cute does this little bunny look? It’s a shame I’m going to have to break him up to use him! I love a good scrub! 💜

I’ll never forget my visit to Lush where the girl said “I love shaving my legs in the bath and using a scrub, it makes you so smooth you flop about like a dolphin!” 🤣

All the products I’ve mentioned are obviously cruelty free and most of them are vegan as well. Which is one of the reasons I love Lush products!

I’m really grateful for these (and for all my birthday pressies!) because they aren’t things I would normally buy myself. I tend to buy the same products because I’m a creature of habit so it gives me a way to try out new products and hopefully find some new favourites too!

I got a really good selection of products and I’m really excited to try them all out. If you’ve tried any here let me know what you thought or have I missed something that you think I need to try? Let me know in the comments below ⤵️.

As always, thanks so much for reading and we’ll speak soon!!

Claudia xxx

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30 Things I’ve Learned Before I Turned 30!

30 Things I’ve Learned Before I Turned 30!

Hi guys! It’s me again! I thought this post would be pretty fitting since my 30th birthday is tomorrow 🎂.

Not going to lie, I feel a bit scared by this one! I’m leaving my 20s behind and I’m led to believe my body clock is going to start ticking (haha! Not bloody likely! 🤣) I’m desperately trying to believe that age is just a number!

I’ve not expanded on any in my list just because some are parts of stories that I still want to tell and some just don’t need any explanation!

Now, these are in no particular order, just some things I’ve picked up during my 30 years on the planet.

  1. No job/paygrade is worth your sanity!🤪
  2. Friends are just the family we make for ourselves.
  3. Admitting you need help is not a sign of weakness.🆘
  4. Antidepressants don’t stop you being you.
  5. Hangovers do get worse as you get older!🍷
  6. Staying in can be just as fun as going out!
  7. Not wanting to have kids does not make you abnormal. 🍼
  8. Tokophobia is the fear of childbirth and pregnancy.😱
  9. Blood is not thicker than water.
  10. Pineapples grow on bushes! 🍍
  11. If you are allergic to something, don’t let a doctor prescribe it to you.
  12. The division (÷) symbol is just a blank fraction.
  13. School is not the best years of your life.
  14. You will get over heartbreak. 💔
  15. Your happiness is your responsibility.
  16. Buying craft materials and actually using them are two different hobbies!
  17. Your career is not set in stone. 🗿
  18. Don’t try to be something you’re not.
  19. You are more than a number on the scale. ⚖️
  20. Sometimes you gotta say “f**k it!”
  21. You earn more respect with honesty even when it’s not what the other person wants to hear.
  22. Friendships will change for better or worse.
  23. Life is not a competition.
  24. Fun means different things at different times.🎉
  25. Sometimes you can judge a book by it’s cover. 📚
  26. Geek out over your favourite things – don’t let anyone dull your love for something! ✨
  27. You don’t have to like everyone and there will be people that don’t like you no matter what you do.
  28. Bullies can be present at any stage in life.
  29. You need more sleep as an adult than you can actually fit into your day. 💤
  30. No matter how old I get, baked beans still give me the fear! 😨

I do hope some of them might be useful to some of you or at least given you a bit of a giggle!

When I thought of doing this post, I was sure I’d be able to think of 30 things but it was a lot harder than I imagined!

Now I’ve started this, I’m going to revisit this next year and see if I’ve learned anything new!

What is the most valuable or mind-blowing thing you’ve learnt so far? Let me know in the comments ⤵️

Thanks as always for reading and I’ll speak to you guys when I’m another year older! I’ll let you know if it really is as painful as what I’m thinking it will be!

Claudia xxx

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Tammi X Revolution Tropical Carnival Palette

Tammi X Revolution Tropical Carnival Palette

Hi guys! So I’m back with another eyeshadow palette review (shock! 😮).

I placed a Revolution order when I was feeling ill – almost spent £120 in my feeling sorry for myself state but I whittled my order down to a measly £24!

I knew as soon as I saw it that I had to have it in my collection – the new Tammi X Revolution Tropical Carnival palette!

Just look at those colours! How could I not? This palette is only £10 (you can get it slightly cheaper if you have a quick Google for discount codes) and has 18 bright and bold shades.

There are 7 shimmer shades and 11 mattes.

I love the layout of this palette! The shimmers are the first 7 shades starting from the top left and the mattes are laid out in such a way that you can see immediately which colours will work!

The shades are really blendable and work so well together, especially if you use colours that are close together.

That’s not to say you can’t mix it up a bit; however, some of the colours can look a little muddy when mixed and not as intense.

There is a crap-ton of fallout from the darker mattes – Navy (the dark blue) in particular is probably the worst shadow I’ve ever encountered for fallout!

If you are using the darker colours, I’d suggest doing your base after your eyes as dusting away with a fluffy brush still leaves you with a cast of colour.

The shimmers are pretty intense even on a dry brush but are at their best if you apply them using your finger. I’ve just started doing this for shimmer shadows recently and the difference is amazing!

The black in this palette is actually a grey which I’m pretty disappointed about. I love a good matte black and I feel the grey doesn’t really work with all the intense colours. It’s a shame as Revolution normally do great blacks!

The palette itself is really pretty. I love the design and the splash of colours. The gold foiled logo makes it instantly recognisable.

It is quite big but it’s not too heavy and has a massive mirror so perfect for travelling.

You do get a little sheet of the shade names but I don’t think anyone keeps that but they have also included the names on the back of the palette and the box itself.

It is also vegan and cruelty free which is perfect as nothing should be suffering for our looks!

I think Tammi had done a really good job with this palette and as she explains on her YouTube channel, she wanted to show some of her culture with the shade names, most of which link back to her roots in the Carribbean.

I would recommend this palette to anyone that needs a bit of colour in their collection – let’s face it, that’s everyone!

Don’t get me wrong, the fallout is a definite negative as it is really bad and if you would never wear bright colours, it’s maybe not for you but for only £10, there’s really no reason not to pick it up!

So that’s that! Let me know if you will be picking this palette up and if not, why not!? Tell me what your favourite colours are for eyeshadow and I will do a look just for you!

As always, thanks for reading and don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss a post! Speak soon!

Claudia xxx

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Vivadogs Subscription Box 🐕

Vivadogs  Subscription Box 🐕

Hey guys! I’m back again reviewing yet another subscription box. This one is a little bit different to my usual though!

You can get a subscription box for pretty much anything so thanks to targeted ads on Facebook, I picked up a dog subscription box for Murph just to try.

Like many subscription services, you can choose to buy a monthly box for £19.90, subscribe for 6 months and they cost £14.90 or for 12 at £13.90 all of which include shipping.

Now, I’m not completely mad, I managed to pick up my box for £5.90 as there was no way I was spending the normal amount on a box I’d never tried before!

I think they are a Spanish company as my payment was in pounds but did show a Spanish reference.

The value of the box is said to be about £30 but we know that’s not always the case! They also donate 10% of each box to animal charities too.

The box arrived in the last week of the month as expected.

When you open the box there is the paper wrap that I’ve come to expect from subscription boxes and then you burst the sticker seal to see your products!

Inside this month’s box was 5 items with a Paw Patrol theme – going to be honest, not sure if this is meant to appeal to kids or parents of kids as I’ve never seen the show and no idea what it’s like but the packaging was cute!

You get a little booklet giving you an overview of the products in different languages but I couldn’t see it showing any RRP of the items so I’ve had a nosy online to see how much each thing cost if I was buying them myself.

Paw Patrol Treats

So there are two bags of these treats in the box. One is turkey and one is chicken and they are shaped like little bones.

They are nice soft treats and easy to break up into smaller pieces so ideal for training.

There are no added sugars and claim to have up to 70% meat which is pretty good!

Murphy certainly likes them and would quite happily eat them all in one sitting if I let him!

I have seen these in Pets at Home for £1.99 a bag.

Kong Core Strength – Bow Tie

The toy in the box is from Kong which is a brand that I like and have tried before.

Their toys are normally for heavy chewers and this one claims to be extra strong and helps with teeth cleaning.

It does feel tough and has lots of ridges so may be beneficial to chew but nothing will substitute actually brushing your dog’s teeth!

Murphy likes it but he does prefer either flavoured toys or soft toys so hasn’t put it to the test too much!

I’ve found this for around £7.00 online which seems to be quite reasonable for a Kong toy!

Waniyanpi Dog Pupcorn

We got a bag of Pupcorn in the box and it came with a little cardboard popcorn container thing which was a nice touch!

Not that I would let him eat the whole bag at once so it would only be for pictures!

I’m not convinced that popcorn is the best for dogs either, I’d worry about any kernels getting stuck in the teeth since that’s common with humans!

The ingredients are in Spanish but from what I can work out, it’s just plain popcorn made with extra virgin olive oil.

Murphy seems to like it but was a little bit confused with the texture at first!

When I posted that Murph has received this on his Instagram, the company that made this commented on his post.

When I tried to find out more, I was taken to a Spanish site and I couldn’t find the product on there.

Looking online it seems you can buy popcorn for dogs from about £3.00.

Paw Patrol Wet Wipes

Lastly, we got some wet wipes for light cleaning.

These will come in handy for a quick wipe of the paws or a freshen up between baths.

They claim to be gentle but I would probably not use them around the eyes just in case!

I found these for £2.50 on eBay but couldn’t find them anywhere else.

And that’s that! Murph seems to be quite happy with what he got and was especially happy with the shredded packing stuff at the bottom of the box!

I don’t think I would necessarily buy this again just because the products aren’t really things that I would normally buy.

I worked out roughly that the value of the products is about £16.50 so not near the £30.00 that is claimed on the website so don’t think it is the best value for money either if I was paying full price which is a shame.

So what did you think of this different subscription box? Do you have any boxes that you get your pets that you would recommend? Let me know in the comments ⤵️.

Don’t forget to follow Murphy on Instagram if you would like to be in with a chance of winning his 1k followers giveaway!

Thanks for reading, guys! Speak soon!

Claudia xxx

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A Few of my Favourite Things 💜

A Few of my Favourite Things 💜

Hey guys! I thought this might be a fun idea so that my readers can get to know me a bit better.

I know I post my opinions on products ALL the time but I rarely share much about anything else!

I thought I’d start with a few of my favourite things in life. I am a simple creature and it’s normally the little things that I love!

He never fails to make me laugh! 💜

There’s the obvious things that make me happy like J, our pets and our friends but then there’s the other little things that I enjoy too!

These are in no particular order –

  • Having a cup of tea and a biscuit

Like I said, simple creature!

  • Netflix/Movies/Games

I love curling up with J and binge-watching a season of something or a movie. Normally I do fall asleep if I lie down for too long! Also love playing couch co-op games with J and it’s not unheard of for us to have played a game all night!

  • Trying out new eyeshadow

Of course makeup would come up! Eyeshadow is definitely my favourite (in case you couldn’t tell!) item and I love trying out a new palette for the first time. The more gimmicky the palette, the better!

  • Going for walk in the woods

I’ve always liked this but it’s even better now we have a dog for some reason!

  • Watching the waves

I really like living near the sea and we spend quite a bit of time at the beach. Watching the water is so relaxing and I could spend hours just watching the waves.

  • Reading a good book

I don’t read as much as I used to but I love curling up on the sofa with a book. I read fast so it’s even more satisfying when I finish a book in one sitting!

  • Food

I love food, probably a bit too much! Pretty much all my social interactions involve food. We went to Barcelona and I’m pretty sure our entire holiday revolved around our bellies and one of my favourite things at work is getting coffee and a cake on a Friday 😁.

  • Harry Potter Merch

I have a Harry Potter collection. Clothes, shows, lights, cushions, stationery, bedding – you name it, I probably have it. There’s always something so great about finding something new to add.

  • Sunshine

I always feel in a much better mood when the weather is good. I’m pretty much cold bloodied so I live for the warmer days! It also means I can get a washing out (yes, I am a middle aged woman at heart!).

When writing this post, I realised I’ve become a pretty boring person! I’m ok with that though! It doesn’t take much to make me smile! 😊

I hope you liked this style of post, let me know if you want me to do some others like it in the comments below ⤵️.

Just a heads up for any dog owners that are reading, when Murph reaches 1k on his Instagram, we will be hosting a giveaway. Make sure you give him a follow so you don’t miss out!

Thanks for reading and for your support as always! Speak soon!

Claudia xxx

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BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette

BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette

Sorry I missed an upload, guys! I’ve not been feeling the best recently so I used my day off to try and recover! Hope you don’t mind!

Still not feeling great unfortunately but I really wanted to show you another one of the palettes I got from J for Christmas.

I’m pretty sure I have an eyeshadow palette addiction! I have so many and always on the lookout for more! Playing around with different shadows is one of my favourite things. I love that brands are coming up with new formulas and products all the time!

I’ve included some more eyeshadow looks I’ve created using this palette. Would love to say my makeup or photography skills are getting better but no can do I’m afraid!

I’ve seen a lot of people talking about BH Cosmetics over on Instagram and thought I would give them a go!

They seem to be quite an affordable brand and they are cruelty free. A lot of their products are vegan but this particular product isn’t although it is gluten free.

I picked this palette up from Beauty Bay to avoid shipping from the US but you can buy direct from them too.

I really like the design of this palette but it is quite big so probably not the best for travelling. It does have a decent sized mirror if that is something you would need.

Like I said, they are fairly affordable and this palette only cost me £22.00! For your money you get 12 baked shimmers, 12 mates and a baked highlighter. That’s less than £1.00 a shadow!

The baked highlighter is smack bang in the middle of the palette with the ring of mattes round that and then a ring of shimmers names after the zodiac signs on the outside ring.

You get a decent range of colours and they are laid out really nicely with corresponding colours quite close together to give you inspiration.

I love this purples in this palette! For some reason purple seems to be a hard colour to get right but these are probably my favourite to apply!

There is a ton of kickback from the matte shades in the pan but I didn’t notice much fallout on my face. They also blend really nicely and are well pigmented.

I did notice that the mattes went a bit patchy on my left eye in the crease but I think this might be down to my skin at the moment as they have been going on completely fine on my other eye (does anyone else have a “bad” eye – nothing ever looks as good on my left eye!!).

The shimmers are also really pigmented and but definitely apply best using your finger rather than a brush!

Because the shimmers are baked, you almost have to break the outer crust to get the best out of them. They are a little bit crumbly in the pan but they don’t feel dry when you apply them.

The downside to the shimmers is the crap-ton of fallout you get on your face! It’s easily wiped away with a brush but I’d say these shades might be one of the worst for fallout I’ve come across recently.

I don’t use highlighter on my face (😮 I know!) so I’ve been using the highlighter on my inner corner and it gives a really nice glow so I imagine it would look good if you did use it for the way it was intended!

The shadows do crease slightly through the day but they don’t fade or look dull and they are easily removed with cleanser or a makeup wipe.

I’ve enjoyed using this palette and think it is quite versatile. There are a few shades that I think could have been swapped out – there’s a brown that looks almost purple, for example, and with three other purples in the palette maybe isn’t necessary. I would have loved to have seen a couple of matte greens or blues to go with the cooler shimmer shades.

BH Cosmetics have since released another Zodiac palette called Love Signs which has some blues and oranges so I think I might need to pick that up too to get the full set! It doesn’t cost any more than this one does so maybe check that out to see which one you would prefer!

What are you thoughts on BH Cosmetics? Do you have a favourite product from them? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll pick them up to try!

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As always, thanks so much for reading. I hope you find these types of reviews useful! Speak soon!

Claudia xxx

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Hairburst – Worth the Hype?

Hairburst – Worth the Hype?

If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen I got an order of Hairburst Hair Vitamins, Shampoo and Conditioner when Holland & Barrett were doing their penny sale.

My hair isn’t the best, I’ve not been to a hairdresser in probably about 10 years, I cut and bleach my hair at home and J shaves the side of my head.

I don’t have much hair, it’s really fine and, as you can imagine, pretty damaged from all the bleach; however, I don’t ever need to straighten it and I rarely blow-dry it since it air drys really quick.

It gets really greasy so I have to wash my hair each day – I dream of being one of those girls that can go a week between washing my hair!

I’ve seen adverts for Hairburst everywhere lately and thought I would try it to see if it made my hair any stronger or grow any quicker.

I started off by trimming the lengths of my hair and got a fresh new side shave just for the occasion!

I got a 30 day supply of the chewable vitamins (I’m utterly terrible at trying to take tablets!) And started my two a day.

The vitamins are the tastiest things! They don’t taste fake sweet and are genuinely enjoyable – I was really tempted to eat the whole bottle in one go!

I managed to refrain from that but there was a couple of times where I forgot to take them (🙄) I was pretty consistent with eating them for the most part.

The vitamins contain Biotin, Selenium, Zinc, B5, B6 and B12 to help you grow long and strong hair. They are strawberry and blackcurrant flavour and apparently Hairburst give away sweets like this with their order sometimes.

The shampoo and conditioner was used every day. A big change for me – I normally only condition my hair once a week because it normally makes my hair look really flat for a few days afterwards! I also stopped using my silver shampoo during my test as that dries my hair out.

I really didn’t think I would like the shampoo and conditioner just because they are avocado and coconut scented. I hate the smell of fake coconut but luckily it wasn’t overpowering at all!

I would occasionally catch a whiff of it through the day too which I liked, and J mentioned on a few occasions that my hair smelled nice.

I only used the conditioner on the ends of my hair and on my side shave just so it wouldn’t bog my hair down. I was pleasantly surprised that I could keep this up and my hair didn’t look the way it normally does with conditioner!

After first use, my hair did feel quite nice but it wasn’t until about 20 days in where I noticed any real difference. My hair felt softer, thicker and I noticed I didn’t have to clean out my hairbrush quite as much so I was shedding way less and my hair wasn’t breaking as much as it usually would!

The vitamins are not suitable for vegetarians as they contain gelatin but the shampoo and conditioner is vegan. They also say they are a cruelty free brand but that is potentially contradictory of the use animal products – just depends on your ethics I guess!

Now the price of these is what puts me off. I got everything for £25.00 but to purchase them again it is £19.99 for a 30 day supply of vitamins and £24.99 for the conditioner and shampoo. both of with are 350ml bottles.

I still have loads of the shampoo and conditioner left, it will probably last me another month easily but are the results really worth the splurge?

I’m not so sure but I’ll let you be the judge of that. As I’ve said before, I’m crap at taking selfies so I apologise for the ridiculous pictures!

Also just want to add, J took the before ones and I forgot to get him to take a front picture to show the length of the side properly. I hope you can see!

Before:

After:

I think my hair looks in better condition now but I don’t really notice any difference with the length of my hair.

What do you think? Do you think it was money well spent or should I give it a miss next time? Have you tried any of these types of products? What were your results like? I’d love it if you could let me know in the comments below!

Thanks, as ever for reading my ramblings! Speak soon!

Claudia xxx

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