Monday, 29 June 2015

An Oxford Street Haul: Lush, The Body Shop and Topshop

In addition to visiting the beautiful Hyde Park (read about that here), I was also lucky enough to visit Oxford Street, aka one of my favourite places on earth! Despite living within a few hours of London my entire life, I'm such a tourist and honestly can't get enough of it.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Hyde Park in the Sunshine


Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Review: Lush's Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly

I picked up a tub of Sweetie Pie shower jelly up a few months ago at a Lush store in Budapest after being intrigued (and possibly slightly too excited) by the sample jelly on the side! The best thing about this jelly is that it smells completely gorgeous! With an amazing mix of cherries, coconut and sparkles it has a wonderful fresh, fruity smell and is honestly one of the nicest smelling products I've tried from Lush. Its also very sweet and glittery to look at and is so wobbly!
"If a bar of soap and a bottle of shower gel had a steamy affair, this would be the resulting jelly, baby!" Lush 
When the initial excitement of having jelly in shower wore off though, I did find it slightly difficult and time consuming to use as I was constantly dropping parts of the jelly (although to be fair this may be down to me and not the product!). I found it easiest to break off really tiny parts and crush them in my hands before using them, although please let me know if there's a better way.
Overall its a really fun, interesting product which I'm glad I gave a go, and I love that Lush create these unique, quirky products for us to try. Next stop Lush's jelly and ice-cream.. How cool would that be as a product?!
Would I repurchase? I probably wouldn't buy a Lush jelly again as personally I just prefer shower gel. But I would definitely keep an eye out for this scent or one similar to it in another product!
Have any of you tried one of Lush's jellies? What did you think?!
Thanks so much for reading, Georgia xxx

Friday, 19 June 2015

Turquoise Sea Blue Nails

I love this green Topshop nail varnish just for the white speckles, however it is very thin to put on and unfortunately requires way too many layers than I can be bothered with! But I've found that because its so light if its added on top of a different colour it looks great! This is so easy to do and looks like you've put a lot more work into your nails than you actually have. So here is one of my current favourite nail looks!
I've first applied 1 coat of Barry M's lovely turquoise Gelly polish. I adore this colour on its own, but it also makes a great base to add different colours on top.
I've then simply added Topshop's speckled green on top, trying my best to keep the varnish even and put it on the same way as the previous coat. I then added a clear top coat because my nail varnish chips like crazy!
Let me know what you think of this style in the comments! And I'd love to know what your current go to nail colour is!

Thanks so much for reading, Georgia xxx


Monday, 15 June 2015

Topshop and New Look Haul

Having just finished second year I've returned to my home town for the summer, and amazingly my home town has a HUGE Topshop! So after finishing work me and one of my best home friends decided to go for shopping and drinks. As usual I not only spent too much money myself, but was also a bad influence on my friend's spending! Considering we only visited 2 shops (why do the shops close at 7 when I finish work at 5?!) its crazy just how much I managed to buy!
I first saw this bag last September and despite desperately wanting it, didn't buy it because of it's quite hefty price tag (£65 is a bit steep for my student budget!). But receiving quite a few Topshop cards for my birthday along with using my student discount to justify my "investment saving" meant that I very quickly and suddenly decided that I had to have the bag, and I am so happy I bought it! It's great quality and the perfect size for me this summer. I also think its grungy but pretty appearance means it makes a great addition to any outfit - whether that's adding to a leather jacket and boots look, or giving a bit of edge to a cute and summery outfit.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Review: Soap and Glory Hand Food

Personally I've never been a huge fan of hand creams, but I am a massive fan of anything Soap and Glory so when I stumbled across this unopened hand food tube in a charity shop for 69p it was just too good a gem to ignore!
I half expected  this to just be added to the drawers of unused products and unworn clothes I sadly have, but to my surprise I absolutely loved it!! It has a really nice fresh, fruity scent which is noticeable but not overpowering in the slightest! It has a sweet lime and citrus scent which in my opinion is a gorgeous mix. But the main thing that made me love this hand cream is how soft and clean it makes my hands feel. I've really noticed the difference in using it in just a few days, and it doesn't take a large amount of cream to work, meaning it will hopefully last for a while!
Would I repurchase? I don't really tend to re purchase products as I love trying new ones, but I'd definitely consider buying this again, and if it was on offer I absolutely would! I couldn't actually find a link for the sugar lime crush hand food (I guess it must be limited or edition or discontinued) but I did find this gorgeous sounding marshmallow and shea butter scented hand food tube for £2.50, which I can't wait to try out in the future!

Have you tried this hand food? Or are their any other Soap and Glory products you'd recommend? Let me know in the comments!

As ever thank you so much for reading, Georgia xxx

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you so much to the lovely Danielle from Danielle's Beauty Blog for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award! This is my first time doing one of these posts, so wish me luck and apologies it I do it wrong!!

The rules

  • Thank the person who gave you this award
  • Include a link to their blog
  • Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you've recently discovered or follow regularly
  • Nominate these 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
  • Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself
7 things about me!
  1. I am more than a little bit obsessed with the Harry Potter books.
  2. I love being underwater and really want to go scuba diving.
  3. I spend way too much time and money in Topshop! 
  4. I study psychology at uni, whilst working part time as a youth worker.
  5. My all time favourite meal is a sweet potato and goats cheese risotto, I could honestly eat it every day.
  6. I always have my nails painted, but 99% of the time they're a little bit chipped!
  7. I have 6 ear piercings and am desperate to get my tragus pierced! 
My nominations

Blushand Baubles
And anyone else reading this who fancies having a go!

Apologies if anyone has already done or been nominated for the award! I love all of these blogs so please check them out if you haven't already!!

Love, Georgia xxx

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Review: Bourjois Paris Dark Kohl Mascara

I'll admit this mascara was an impulse buy mainly based on how pretty I thought their packaging was! Bourjois Paris products do have seriously beautiful packaging. But as I haven't bought a new mascara in a really long time I couldn't wait to try it out! Because I have very blonde eyelashes mascara always seems to change my face completely, and along with a quality lip balm is definitely my beauty go to!

According to their website the mascara is designed to enhance volume, intensify lashes and coat every lash without leaving any clumps. The mascara wand is quite small and once I got over the change (My previous mascara - Kate Moss for Rimmel - wand was probably twice the size!) I actually really liked the way it coated my lashes. I wouldn't say it massively lengthened my lashes but it wasn't clumpy at all, did make my eyelashes really stand out (maybe because of the dark kohl colour) and unlike other mascara's I've used in the past it doesn't feel heavy to wear. Its also stayed on completely during the day which is always a plus! It came off fairly easily, at least compared to my Kate Moss one which although great in some ways was always a nightmare to take off!
Would I repurchase? I'm not sure yet! Possibly, but with so many new mascaras out there to try I like to keep changing it up and trying new products, especially as I don't change my mascaras as often as I probably should. At £8 its maybe slightly more than I'd usually spend on a mascara, but only by a couple of pounds.

Have you tried the Bourjois Paris volume kohl mascara? Or any of their other products? If so let me know what you think! Or tell me about your favourite mascara at the moment.

Thanks so much for reading, love Georgia xxx

I'd also just like to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who's followed me on bloglovin'! I reached 100 followers yesterday which is amazing and I can't believe it, so thank you so much to anyone reading my blog! 

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

11 Surprises You Encounter in Second Year

So you're no longer a fresher, you've grown up, made it through your first year away from home, and you're essentially a university pro. And then the stack of bricks that is second year arrives. Here are my top 10 surprises that second year brings!
  1. Suddenly everything counts. What do you mean there's no retakes and its worth a third of my degree? 
  2. Your love/hate relationship with clubbing reaches a line in the sand. You either go 4 times a week or twice a term, and that's just how it is. 
  3. You've moved into a real rented house, so grown up! Oh wait there's a slug in the kitchen. And no one has any idea what a gas metre reading is. And your landlord isn't anywhere near quite as helpful as he first appeared. 
  4. Netflix becomes a much too substantial part of your life. I mean why leave your comfy, warm bed when the new season of Pretty Little Liars is out?!. 
  5. You begin to wonder whether you've picked the right degree. Maybe because now that it counts you have to actually try, and as it happens spending hours investigating what a phoneme is isn't really your cup of tea. 
  6. You join new societies and actually stick with them! They're amazing and you're having so much fun.
  7. Groupwork. On the one hand you're meeting amazing new people you didn't even know were on your course. But on the other you're meeting infuriating new people you didn't even know were on your course, and they have led you to the depths of a 2:2. 
  8. The hangovers suddenly kick in. For some reason its no longer possible to make your Wednesday 9am after a Tuesday madness night out. This also applies to a night binge watching OITNB until 4am. 
  9. You enter the Library in September, and feel like the responsible, knowledgeable student you always knew you could be. And then suddenly its in the middle of the January exams, you seem to be spending more time at the library than at home, its 3am and all you want is to do is go home and never see an energy drink again.  
  10. Your close friends in first year become your all time best friends in second year. Maybe its because you're living together, maybe its because you've been through so much together or maybe you just click.
  11. You make it through your modules, even the disgustingly difficult ones and realise that you actually are passionate about your subject! Or at least love some parts of it!
Second year was a great fun year for me, but it was definitely full of changes and unexpected surprises! How was your second year of Uni? What was your biggest unexpected shock? And if you haven't got to second year yet don't worry, its a fun year and at least there's no dissertation yet!
Love, Georgia xx

Monday, 8 June 2015

Healthy Chocolate Milkshake

I have always loved chocolate in any form, but with summer coming up I'm attempting (and not always succeeding) to eat more healthily. This sadly means that the days of Ben and Jerries with crushed maltesers are supposedly behind me.. But thankfully I've replaced them with a huge variety of colourful fruit smoothies and yummy frozen yoghurt. This smoothie is ridiculously simple to make and very student budget friendly, but I generally find that if you're missing one or two ingredients just throwing in whatever happens to be in your kitchen rarely goes really wrong (although obviously try and stick to fruit and vegetables, as substituting the blueberries for leftover pizza might not turn out so well!)


Saturday, 6 June 2015

Rose Hip Barry M Nails

Inspired by all the beautiful pastel nail posts I've seen recently I picked up this gorgeous Rose Hip Barry M gelly polish. I'm normally more a blue or black nail polish kinda girl, but I thought I'd try a girlier, sweeter colour in time for summer!
I used 2 coats as I like to make sure the colour is clear and even (its also a bit of a habit!) but it actually looked okay after 1. I loved this colour on as its really summery and reminds me a little bit of candy floss! I don't think I'd wear it all the time but it makes a nice change from my usual favourites.
Are you loving all the summary pastel shades? Would you wear this colour? Or be even braver and go for a really light mint green or a white?

Thanks so much for reading, love Georgia xxx

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Boots and Urban Outfitters Haul

I'm currently in the middle of my exams, meaning I'm pretty stressed out. So I decided to deal with stress over my impending neuroscience exam doom the way I deal with most things.. By going shopping! So here is what I bought last week. Despite my bank balance now being quite a bit lower, I feel loads better. So if you're ever feeling stressed over exams and deadlines, always consider forgetting revision and just going shopping (or you know actually revise rather than endlessly procrastinating like me!)
At the moment Boots have a 3 for 2 offer on all their skincare products (what a great excuse to buy 3 things) so having only intended to buy a body scrub I, of course, bought an extra 2 products! The Boots vanilla body scrub has a really gorgeous, sweet smell and at only £6.50 for a huge tub is quite good value for money. It's also left my skin feeling really smooth and smelling amazing. I'm one of those people who despite having about 20 lip balms at home, always finds a reason to buy a new one, so I also picked up a Burts Bees mango butter lip balm. I've unfortunately recently lost my Topshop mango lip balm so was searching for a replacement, and while the mango flavour in this isn't the strongest it has left my lips feeling lovely and smooth. It was also reduced to £1.89 so was a bit of a steal! My skins been playing up recently so I also picked up a Neutrogena visibly clear scrub which although not a miracle cure (Is there one out there?!) seems to have improved my skin slightly and definitely leaves my face feeling fresh and soft. 
I then decided that as my student loan is still relatively intact I may as well venture over to Urban Outfitters, and as usual I spent about 3 times as much as I intended to. As the sun has finally come out I am in desperate need to some more summary tops and picked up these two beauties. I'm a massive fan of high waisted skirts so will probably pear both tops with them or possible some high waisted demin shorts if I'm feeling brave. The black crop top just fitted really nicely and I'm a sucker for cool symbols. The white top I am slightly obsessed with, as its just so pretty and summery and would look great with a gold statement necklace. I am slightly embarrassed about my final Urban Outfitters as while it looked awesome in the store, when I got home my best friend did point out to me that I'd essentially spent £11 on an empty jar with a straw in it.. But I'm really into making smoothies at the moment and this will be a really useful buy for taking my smoothies on the go.  

Thank you so much for reading, Georgia xxx
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