Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Bomb Cosmetics!

For Christmas I got a Bomb Cosmetics gift box which I was quite excited about as I had heard things about it yet I have never used any of them. I decided to try a bit of everything so I could say a little about each product. I have used any other Bomb Cosmetic products so I can't give a more detailed opinion on this brand. Also I would like to say sorry if some of the photos aren't in focus completely as I still don't understand how to focus it.

This is a Sun Seduction Bath Creamer and it was the first product that I tried. It was brilliant. I can not remember what it smelt like but I remember smelt fruity and very summery. It didn't smell that strong in the bath and that is probably due to the fact it was so small. It did make my skin feel lovely and soft though and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

 This was a bit of a disappointment. The smell was not for me and the glitter came off and distressed me - it stuck to everything! Also the smell did not linger and it didn't do anything fancy to the bath itself. However I am convinced that it is just a bad choice of bath bombs on my behalf.  

 SOAP! FANTASTIC! My YogNog soap has nearly run out so I was in desperate need for so new soap. Free Spirit Soap Slice and Free Spirit Soap Slice are the two soaps that are provided in this gift set. And they both smell wonderful. They are a bit soft but not as soft as the YogNog soap (that literally melts in my hand.) I really like the colours and the designs. All of these soaps are hand made and these two contain aromatherapy oils which feels  wonderful on the skin.

This is my favourite product. It is a Bath Mallow so similar to a creamer however this can be used up to three times. I can't actually find this one to find a link or a name but I have a feeling that it is a Seasonal Greetings Bath Mallow - although I am not sure. All I know for certain is that this smells absolutely gorgeous. Every time I go past it I pick it up to smell it. The only issue I have with it is the stars because these get everywhere. I just found one in between my toes. But it is a small price to pay for such a beautiful product.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Christmas Lush Haul

I hope all your Christmases were wonderful and filled with a lot of joy and happiness. I was going to do a 'What I Got For Christmas' haul; however I realised that you probably don't want to see everything I got so I will probably stagger it out. Also I did get other items from Bomb Cosmetics but they didn't focus well on my (new) camera so I thought that I would do a review of them later. I am very excited to finally get to use them! Also I am sorry if some of these photos are focused in a weird way I have quite explored everything on my camera and I am finding part of it quite confusing. 

Also, Lush have a sale where it is half price on all their Christmas things which isn't the bet deal they have. I popped in today to see if I could stock up on some Lord Of Misrules but they had none left (damn) so I'll have to try again. Out of these I paid for three of them. The rest were presents that I am truly thankful for.

This is the Yuzu and Cocoa Bubbleroom which is a product that I haven't really used before. I got the rose one free; however I don't really like the smell of rose so I don't know if that swayed my opinion on it. However this one smells lovey and it get be easily split into two so it is perfect for two baths.

This is The Shoot For The Stars bath bomb. This was a Christmas special and I have never used it before so I have nothing really to say about it. I would link it but the Christmas stuff is limited to just stores now. I didn't see any in my local today so I am hoping I don't fall in love with it and have to wait an entire year before it is on sale again.

I don't like the look of this one - Lush Golden Wonder Bath Bomb as I am not a fan of glitter products and as you can see - this is very glittery. I think it is the most sold Lush item though and as it was half price I thought that I would give it a go. I just hope it doesn't coat everything in glitter. 

I think that this is my favourite Lush Bath Bomb - The Lord of Misrule. It turns the bath a lovely red colour and it smells divine. I am so sad that I can no longer get it in stores. It isn't glittery - I think my golden glittery one 

I have used The Luxury Lush Pud before and it is okay. Just okay. I like the colours and I like how there are little bits of glitter in it but it isn't brilliant. It didn't ow me like Lord of Misrule did. However this is my third one so I do like it it just isn't a product that I would insist people must try out. 

Ah the Tisty Tosty - an all year round product. This is one I got for Christmas and it isn't my favourite by far. My friend got it for my birthday and it is rose scented. As I have said before, I am not the biggest fan of rose scented things. However this is subtle so it isn't too bad. My issue is the rose petals in this product - I find they get all mushy when wet and they stick to your skin easily. Ah well, i'll just pick the flowers out - I am sure it'll be fine. 

Lush Christmas Eve bubble bar is something I bought today. This isn't the most flattering photo of it; however as they are hand made it doesn't look like it does on the website. I don't mind in the slightest. It smells lovely and I think I will get two baths out of it.

I love, love, love this bathbomb and I am determined to save it for a long time. It is an unusual shape and if you would like more about it please read this blogpost. 
This is the So White bathbomb and I have got it before and all I can remember about it is that as it is so big it take an age for it to dissolve into the water. Also I think it turns the water pink. It does smell lovely though and I was very tempted to buy the body wash before I realeased that I have roughly six bottles of unopened body washes. I'll have to wait until next year.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Affordable Gift Ideas

So Christmas is nearly upon us and here commences the madness in shops and the panic stricken evenings when you are searching for an idea for a gift that is nice but also affordable. These are just a few of the best gifts that I think would be nice to give to your friends (depending on your price limit)

We all knew that it was coming. Lush is my favourite shop and I love so many items in it. Although some items can be quite expensive; however there are some very nice little bath bombs and ballistics that are brilliant and affordable for little gifts for friends. You may be stuck with the problem that your friend doesn't have a bath or hates them but don't forget that Lush have a large number of shower gels and face masks that are so brilliant and smell wonderful. If you are buying early for an event I wouldn't recommend getting the facemasks as they are fresh and have a 2-3 week shelf life. Also you may want to avoid softer soaps and if you do buy them you can pick up a nice container for the products. These can be refused and they keep the soap/bath bombs nice and safe.

Everyone seems to complain about socks but I love them. I love giving them and receiving them. These lovely bed socks are only £3 in Primark and they last a surprisingly long time.

I am currently wearing these pjs and yes, they're from Primark and yes, they were £7; however they are so very comfortable and the design is so cute. Honestly if someone bought these for me for a present I would hug them tightly and never let go.
 A Christmas book is a brilliant gift for Christmas. I got this last year from my parents and it was very good. I think my parents got it for me as John Green co-wrote it; however his story was not my favourite out of the three. Still, it's a great novel.
 Hand Gel:
These are great for school and having in your handbags. These are "2.50 from the bodyshop and the smell is lovely and they have quite a big selection. I'm not the biggest strawberry fan; however the coconut ones had run out so I'm going to have to go back at some point.
 Face Masks:

I would chose the Lush masks over these ones; however these lash longer, they last long, and the packaging is very modern and cute. Also it works which is the best thing. I am currently using it as I had a massive spot break out last week (it was terrible) and I don't know if it is just them going over time but they have really cleared up in the last few days. My only word of warning is that this product is not great for very very sensitive skin. My skin is quite sensitive and it is just on the edge of becoming irritable so don't get this one if you know that the person has sensitive skin. This product was £5 in Boots and I think it is currently on offer which is great as you can by the entire collection for less money. Or you could buy other things. It doesn't matter.
Boots do the best Christmas gift boxes in their Christmas section. These all have a range of items for different prices and they're with big brands like Soap and Glory and Benefit. It's just brilliant and I love getting gifts there. (Plus think of all those Boots points!)

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Girl Online Fiasco: Does It Matter?

Before I start this post I want to say that I have not bought Girl Online, I have not read it and I have never even held a copy so everything I say here will be due to what I have read and seen over the past few days.

Someone asked me on Tuesday if I had an opinion on this matter and my response was no. I had no plans to buy this book so why would it both me? It still doesn't really matter to me; however I feel that I can offer some insight on some things that I have come across and I have a few issues with.

If you don't know what I am talking about it became clear on the weekend that Zoe Sugg's (Zoella) debt novel was not actually 'written' by her, instead it was (presumably) written by an author called Siobhan Curham. The amount she contributed to to this novel is unclear - this is probably due to a contract she signed with Penguin - but Zoe stated on her Twitter that the story and the characters were all hers. This doesn't mean she wrote the novel; however it also doesn't mean she didn't write the novel. We shouldn't jump to conclusions.

If she was using a ghostwriter what does it matter? Well it doesn't. Not really. Everyone (by everyone I mean her 'Sugglets' or something and the media) is a bit upset because Zoe said that she had always wanted to write a book and now she finally has. Also some people think that Zoe had been taking advantage of her young audience to get more money. There is also the argument that the ghostwriter should have been credited to the same amount as Zoe and that Curham may have been taken advantage of. My response to these statements are as follow. 

To make a book you need two things: a story line and a writer. Without one of these things a story can not and will not be written. So if Zoe only came up with the characters and a story line then that's 50% of the work done and also, technically it is her story. This story is (supposedly) similar to that of Zoe Sugg's own experiences and she had this plot developing for months. The ghostwriter was not doing this. They just write around the subject they are told to. Now if we all had the chance to get our stories written well and sold without the really time consuming part we would all jump to do so. I know I would. Another point that has to be made is that none of us have any idea that amount that Zoe contributed to the writing. We are all going on educated guesses and blog posts.

Secondly you must remember Zoe is a businesswoman. A lot of her videos are going to be controlled by agents and paid for by companies - she is going to do them because it makes her money. YouTube is her job. Advertising is her job. And without it she would be stop doing a boring job somewhere probably close to her parents house. Zoe Sugg is a very clever businesswoman and although her main aim may not always be to make money but it sure is going to be one of them. That applies to merchandise that is released by her. Yes her audience may be young but she isn't forcing them to buy her book. It is like following your favourite band and buying their new CD. It's something that someone wants to enjoy and to show that they like what the person/band is doing. Also, yes a large majority of her audience is going to be quite young. Only the other day I was in Lush two 10 year old girls were talking to their mother about all the Lush products Zoella had. Sadly the truth about this age category is that they rarely read and the fact that this book is making so many tweens pick up a physical book and enjoy it is brilliant. It also means that bookshop that are closing down everywhere have ended the year on a high. It's good. It is all good.

Thirdly ghostwriters know that they aren't going to be credited to the same amount as the other author. They agree to this in their contract and it is their job. They can't be a ghostwriter otherwise. Also it isn't unfair to this writer. Before this whole debacle this writer probably earned a small percentage in comparison that the amount she is getting from the book. It has increased awareness about her writing and it may mean that fans of this novel go and buy her books as well. However she said in her blog post that she was receiving a lot of hate from fans of Zoella. Why? Who knows! She was doing her job. She didn't do this to get popular because she didn't think this would come out. So why hate on a woman for doing her job?

All in all I don't think it matters at all that Zoe's first book was ghostwritten. She's a YouTuber not a writer and it is silly to expect someone as busy as her to be able to write a 300 page book in such a short amount of time. If you want to read the book the fact that the person on the front cover may not have written it doesn't change the novel. It isn't an autobiography after all. So if it appeals to you go and get it and read it. If it doesn't then go and buy another book or read a blog post. Someone who is just doing their job shouldn't upset people this much.