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Kat Von D Everlasting liquid lipsticks - Worth the hype?

Like many people I was really excited to hear that Kat Von D make-up was heading across the pond and would become available in the UK in 2016. Just in case you're not aware who Kat Von D is she's an American tattoo artist who found fame on TV show Miami Ink. I was a big fan of Miami Ink and Kat herself. I know a few people aren't keen on some American brands (and now reportedly Sephora) heading over here because then their products are no longer something they can only pick up on trips over to the states or in reasonably sized international Sephora orders. However for me I can't currently afford to place a Sephora order or to go on holiday at all, let alone to the states (and don't currently have a passport) so US brands heading over here is a very big positive for me.

There were whisperings that Kat Von D make-up would be arriving in Boots, but in the end it was Debenhams that launched the brand in the UK in around September this year. Just before that main launch though Love Me Beauty offered mini versions of the Everlasting liquid lipstick, Studded lipstick and Ink linerin their monthly edit. I picked up one of each, intending to try out the liquid lipstick and then later treat myself to a full size one from Debenhams if I liked it. I didn't actually get time to try it out before the Debenhams launch and not wanting to miss out I ordered one anyway! So I have a mini size Everlasting liquid lipstick in Outlaw and a full size in Berlin.

Kat Von D Everlasting liquid lipsticks in Outlaw and Berlin
Kat Von D Everlasting liquid lipstick in Outlaw
Kat Von D Everlasting liquid lipsticks in Outlaw and Berlin

Although I haven't tried that many liquid lipsticks I am a big fan of them and do have a wish list as long as my arm of ones I would like to try. Of course I was aware that Kat's Everlasting liquid lipsticks were supposed to be very good so I was eager to try one and it was the product I wanted to try the most from her range. 

The full size liquid lipsticks come in a long, slim tube that is clear so you can see the shade inside and feature a tattoo type black and white design on the lid that stretches slightly down the tube. You unscrew the lid to reveal a long thin applicator with a fairly typical furry end for applying to the lips. The mini packaging is pretty much exactly the same just smaller and with a few details missing such as the tattoo design on the tube and the Kat Von D banner at the bottom.

Kat Von D Everlasting liquid lipstick in Berlin

Although as with any liquid lipstick product like this you do have to be careful when it comes to application I do find it reasonably easy with this applicator. I have quite full lips but the applicator covers them well and I usually just have to fill in a little on the middle part of my lips and then use more of the tip of the applicator for a precise line along my lip line. It applies pretty much opaque in one swipe and dries down relatively quickly to a full matte finish. I do have quite lined lips and this does show them, but you can only really see them if you get quite close to my mouth. From a distance I don't think you can really tell. I have naturally dry lips and I can't use really dry or drying formula's, but this isn't bad at all. In general I tend to forget I'm wearing it and I don't get the dry feeling I sometimes get on the sides of my mouth.

As the name of the product and other people have suggested these should be pretty long lasting, but that's where my disappointment in this product comes along. I really don't find them that long lasting. They probably fare better if I don't eat or drink, but if I do eat I find that the lipstick wears away in the middle of my lips and on either side of my mouth. With Berlin this is not quite as obvious, but with Outlaw it really doesn't look so good after eating. I haven't attempted topping up yet, so I don't know what this looks like if you attempt it, but with a product like this I prefer to apply it and pretty much forget about it until I come to remove it.

I do like these lipsticks, but I just wish they would last longer on me. I'm not sure I would purchase another one when I can go for a Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet instead which will last me through the day and cost about £7 less.

Are you a fan of Kat Von D's Everlasting liquid lipsticks?

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Tanya Burr Cosmetics 12 days of Christmas beauty calendar

I might be approaching my mid-30s but for as long as I can remember my mum has always bought me a chocolate advent calendar. She won't be buying me one this year as I no longer live at home (I finally managed to move out this year six years after I first planned to!) and I didn't have an advent calendar lined up at all, chocolate or otherwise. I recently received an email saying there were a few of Tanya Burr's advent calendars* available, so I jumped at the chance as I haven't tried any of Tanya Burr's products yet and have never had a proper beauty advent calendar either, only one my boyfriend created for me one year (which was so sweet).

Tanya Burr Cosmetics 12 days of Christmas beauty calendar
Tanya Burr Cosmetics 12 days of Christmas beauty calendar

This one has been a bit of a bugger to photograph, both for my post and for Instagram, because as pretty as it is it's very pastel and kept coming out very washed out. The design is very pretty featuring a pastel blue town house with pink windows, gold accents and Christmasy additions such as a wreath on the door and a snowman. 

As much as I want to open the whole thing right now to see what's in there and to show you, I know I'll regret it later when I have nothing to open. So what I will do is open the doors day by day and pop a picture on my Instagram to show the product behind each door. This is only a 12 day calendar, so I wasn't sure when I should actually be starting it, but after asking for advice on Twitter I've decided to start on the 1st December and open a door every-other-day. I believe you are supposed to start a 12 day calendar 12 days into December, but obviously I can't wait that long! 

Tanya Burr Cosmetics 12 days of Christmas beauty calendar

I won't tell you the shades included (although I believe some are special Christmas shades based on the names) but you will find three nail varnishes, two lip glosses, two glitter pots, two glitter liners, one matte lip product, one nail file and a mirror. I've particularly liked the look of a couple of Tanya's nail varnishes so I'm looking forwarding to discovering those. Don't forget if you want to see what is behind each door hop over and follow me on Instagram.

The Tanya Burr Cosmetics 12 days of Christmas beauty calendar is £25 and can be found online at FeelUnique and also on the Superdrug website where it is currently reduced but also out of stock. 

Do you have an advent calendar this year? Which one do you have?

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Fragrances that have taken me by surprise

When celebrity fragrances first became a thing I didn't have anything against them at all, in fact as a perfume addict I had several of them that I really liked. I believe Britney Spears was one of the first celebrities to release a fragrance and I had several different versions of Fantasy. Over time more and more 'celebrities' released their own fragrances and by the time we got to somebody who came 5th in Big brother I'd lost interest. Bottles/packaging got cheaper and tackier looking and I decided that was probably the end of celebrity fragrances for me.

When I was contacted by Hayley from Thirty Plus asking if I'd like to try out Michael Bublé's debut fragrance my first thought was to turn down the opportunity. For one, it was a celebrity fragrance (although good old Bublé I would definitely class as a full on celebrity) and two he's a male doing a female fragrance. Female celebrities doing female fragrances, fair enough, but male celebrities doing female frangrances doesn't sit well with me. I was really disappointed when I saw that One Direction were releasing a (cheap and cheerful) make-up range. The only reason I could see for doing it was to cash-in on their young fans who would buy anything with 1D on. However, I saw that it was described as a fine fragrance and had a price-point to match and I decided to give it a try.

Michael Buble By Invitation & Monsoon Rose Gold
Michael Buble By Invitation & Monsoon Rose Gold

Another type of fragrance I've always been unsure of is the ones released by high street shops such as Next or Topshop. A couple of clothes shops, namely H&M and Topshop, have managed to pull of very good make-up lines, but fragrance is another thing and I don't think I've ever smelt one I particularly liked. A few months ago I was offered the opportunity to try a fragrance from Monsoon and it was actually my Monsoon eBay habit several years ago that made me give it a chance. I went through a stage of loving Monsoon's gorgeous skirts but not wanting to pay Monsoon's prices. So whenever I spotted a skirt I loved I headed to eBay and would usually find it on there for much cheaper. I kept hold of them for years, although I'm not sure I have any of them left now due to space reasons, so I wanted to see what their perfume was like. 

Michael Buble By Invitation & Monsoon Rose Gold

When I first pulled By Invitation* out of the envelope I was surprised by the size of the box and then the bottle, but this is the 100ml size. The bottle itself is probably one of the most unique bottles I've seen while still actually looking like a bottle. The packaging is gold and has a 'frame' that the bottle is suspended inside. It has a lid with what looks like a fairground shooting stall target on it (which I've just realised is supposed to look like a traditional atomiser) that pulls off to reveal the spray dispenser. It's quite a large, heavy bottle but the design does mean it might be quite easy to knock over if you bump into it. 

By Invitation is described as a crisp, floral, Oriental fragrance. It has top notes of red fruits and bergamot with heart notes of lilly of the valley, elegant rose, wild jasmine and spicy peony and base notes of sandlewood-musks and vanilla praline. This is quite a strong fragrance that I can still smell on myself a couple of hours after applying and that lasts really well. It's quite a floral scent to begin with and I thought it settles down to an almost spicy based scent but I think I'm misinterpreting what is actually an oriental scent as described. It's possibly not quite my kind of scent, I can't quite make up my mind about it, but I can appreciate that it is a high quality fragrance. 

As I said this is classed as a fine fragrance and definitely has a price point to reflect that with the largest bottle costing around the same as a small bottle from a traditional high-end brand. Prices range from £29 for 30ml up to £55 for the 100ml. 

Michael Buble By Invitation & Monsoon Rose Gold

Monsoon appear to have jumped on the rose gold bandwagon by not only going for a white box with rose gold writing and accents but have also called the fragrance itself Rose Gold*. To get the bottle out of the box you just pull the top of the box and the lid slides off. However, this does mean if you do forget that and go to pick up the box from the top rather than just open it you might end up dropping the bottle. The bottle is pretty enough but not the best I've seen and I tend to store it in the box because I find that slightly more attractive for display purposes.

When it comes to notes this one starts off with top notes of sparkling lemon, soft fruits and ozonic scents. I did have to look that last one up and it means 'aquatic' or 'watery'; meaning it has a sea-like or fresh citrus effect. These are layered over velvety rose, tuberose, neroli and cyclamen and base notes of Eastern woods, vanilla, mosses, musk and balsamic amber. I actually thought that perfumes only tend to have three scents to each layer, so this one is quite jam-packed. I don't think this is quite as strong as By Invitation but it does last well and this one is a sweeter scent with a musky base. Again I'm not entirely sure this one is quite me, but I do find myself reaching for it here and there.

I was surprised to find that the 30ml size I have here is £24 and the 100ml £35. For a fragrance from a high street retailer I'd expect to pay a little less than that and I'm not sure I'd pay that much for it myself.

You can find Rose Gold in Monsoon stores or online and By Invitation on the dedicated website.

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Black Friday shopping tips

To be honest I have absolutely no idea what Black Friday is all about. The only thing I do know is that it originates in the USA and like Halloween it has now become big over here in the UK. For us at least Black Friday is a day (or sometimes longer, especially in the case of Amazon) where retailers offer big discounts on products. Although I have no idea what Black Friday is based on I personally think it's great that we've taken up the tradition. For retailers it means they get a surge in sales in the run up to Christmas, with Christmas often accounting for a large portion of their yearly sales anyway, and for us it means we can grab some bargains. Last year I think I picked up two presents for family members in the Black Friday sales (and a little treat for myself too of course).



There are a few things you need to be careful of when it comes to looking at what's on offer for Black Friday though. A lot of people (I'm aware not all do) love spending money and buying things, especially when we think we're getting a bargain, but is it really a bargain when you later realise you don't actually need or even want the product you've bought. It's easy to get swept along in the excitement of thinking 'Oh wow that's cheap'.

Last year I set myself some rules for spending on Black Friday and this year I thought I'd add a few more and turn them into a tips post to try and help avoid the dreaded buyers regret once the day has passed.

Repurchases 
Make a list of the products you're currently using that you were already planning to repurchase at some point in the near future, maybe within the next month, and look out for those on offer. There may be no point picking something up that you're still not going to finish for another six months because depending on the product, by the time you open the new one it might expire quickly and then ay saving you've made will have been wasted. 

Wishlist
Make a wishlist ahead of time with specific products that you've wanted to try for a while and look out for them. This should hopefully stop you buying a product you don't really want just because it's cheap.

Brands
This one is a little more risky but if there aren't any specific products you want make a list of brands you'd like to try and browse those for discounts. Try and only buy products you will actually use though or again you could end up buying something just because it's cheap. Maybe make a quite specific list of the type of products you'd like to try within those brands such as oil cleansers or liquid lipstick and stick to those products.

Christmas gifts 
Make a list of the sort of Christmas gifts you'd like to buy each person and stick to it, even if you don't actually end up finding any gifts for anyone. You don't want to end up buying something that isn't really suitable for them because you convinced yourself it was perfect for them because it was a bargain.

Budget 
Set yourself a realistic budget that you can actually afford and stick to it, even if you later come across something else on your wishlist. There's no point getting into debt for a bargain.

Cashback 
If you're shopping online sign up to a cashback site and make sure you check if they offer cashback for the site you want to buy something from before you buy it. If they are offering big enough discounts they might well have put a hold on cashback offers for Black Friday, but it's worth a try. I've always used Quidco and find it very good. You can sign up for Quidco here

Avoidance 
If you really can't afford to spend anything and know that you won't be able to resist it on the day have an offline day or ask someone you trust to look after your debit/credit card and only give it back to you once Black Friday has passed. 

Happy shopping and I hope you find some bargains if you want them!

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The Body Shop festive scents 2016

The Body Shop has now released its limited edition festive scents for 2016 and this year there's been a little bit of a change. Last year saw the return of Glazed Apple, Frosted Cranberry and Frosted Plum replaced what was Vanilla Brûlee in 2014. This year we've seen a complete change with none of last years scents making a return this year. Vanilla is back in the form of Vanilla Chai, instead of cranberry or plum we have Frosted Berries and Glazed Apple has become Spiced Apple. 

The Body Shop festive hand creams
The Body Shop festive hand creams
The Body Shop festive hand creams

I have to say I'm really disappointed Glazed Apple hasn't returned this year as that was definitely my favourite out of their festive scents. I know it was very popular in 2014 as I only managed to get my hands on one hand cream before they sold out, but maybe it wasn't as popular in 2015. However, to be honest Spiced Apple is probably slightly more appropriate as a festive scent. Glazed Apple was a sugary sweet scent of apple whereas Spiced Apple is basically warm cinnamon apple pie. I don't know about your family but in ours those mini apple pies always feature in our Christmas dinner for the people who don't like mince pies.

I'm sure you know by now that I'm a big fan of The Body Shop's hand creams and it's become a tradition for me to pick up a few in the festive scents as soon as I can. I didn't get one in Vanilla Chai because I wasn't that blown away by it but I picked up the other two and was pleased to get them on buy one get one half price. As I've mentioned Spiced Apple is warm apple pie in a tube and Frosted Berries is a sweet berry scent. I haven't tried either of them out yet but I already know they're amazing! 

Products available in the festive scents include body scrub, body lotion, shower gel, foaming bath, shimmer mist, a fragrance oil and a candle. I think I might have to get my hands on that candle, although I am a little disappointing the actual candle isn't a little bit more exciting to look at as it looks rather plain. You can get your hands on the festive scents in store and online

Will you be picking up any products in any of the festive scents?

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Birchbox x Tatler November 2016 - Shake Your Tail Feather

This month Birchbox have teamed up with British magazine Tatler for a collaboration for the November box. Birchbox have previously collaborated with Tatler, but that was for an additional box you could purchase on top of your monthly subscription. The design of this months box is peacock feather and the theme 'Shake Your Tail Feather' is designed to get you ready for the party season.

Birchbox x Tatler November 2016 - Shake Your Tail Feather

Sadly you don't get a real peacock feather in the box, this is one my dad bought home for me last year, but as I had it and it's appropriate and beautiful I thought I'd pop it in the picture. I really need to find a little vase to store it in as it currently just lays on top of my jewellery box. Speaking of peacock feathers this months box is design is gorgeous. As I said in my last post I haven't been a fan of the designs of the drawer style boxes so far but October and November's box designs have been much more to my liking and when I get some time they will both be going on my desk as storage.

Birchbox x Tatler November 2016 - Shake Your Tail Feather
Birchbox x Tatler November 2016 - Shake Your Tail Feather

The first product I found in my box this month was a Nuxe Crème Prodigieuse Anti-Fatigue moisturising cream, which is for normal to combination skin. I tend to have normal to dry skin but as my skin does have problems absorbing products I'm definitely not opposed to trying products aimed more towards normal skin. I was a little disappointed to see a moisturiser sample in my box, but only because I have so many to get through and don't really need any more. Nuxe is a nice brand so I can see it being a nice product and to be honest with currently being ill and spending my entire life making puppets (hence the lack of posts recently) I might be needing an anti-fatigue product soon! This is a sample size of 15ml.

Next up I was excited to see an OCC product which is the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar primer. I have previously tried a Lip Tar product, but I used too much and got in a right mess and threw it in a drawer and when I pulled it out again it had separated. This is actually a primer designed to help your lip product of choice stay in place for longer. As a big lipstick wearer I'm excited to try this. It contains Vitamin E, hemp and peppermint oil so it also soothes and hydrates. It's only a 2.5ml sample but you won't need to use much at all each time.

Birchbox x Tatler November 2016 - Shake Your Tail Feather
Birchbox x Tatler November 2016 - Shake Your Tail Feather

My next product is a full size one and is a High Definition Brow Define brow crayon in Vamp. I'm still yet to get on board with doing anything with my brows beyond tinting them here and there. I do actually have some now after managing to grow them out, but I'm not one for filling them in as I'm just not confident enough. It's probably something I should try though as they are a little sparse/bordering on bald in places. This is supposed to be enriched with oils so it glides on easily but after testing it on my hand I've found it quite hard and sharp with little colour payoff. It does come with a sharpener in the lid though, which is always handy.

Although I've tried a couple of different Tangle Teezers I'm yet to try a Wet Brush so I was pleased to see a Midi Wet Brush in my box. This is obviously full size as you can't really have a sample size hair brush, but I believe 'midi' means it's not the largest size one they do. I have heard Wet Brushes are supposed to be better than Tangle Teezers so I look forward to seeing how I go with it. My only disappointment with this is that I would have loved to have got the purple one!

Finally I found a 4ml sample of Darphin Rose Aromatic Care Essential oil elixir. I don't think I've tried anything from Darphin before and I do like trying out a new oil, but this contains lavandula, which is a type of lavender, so due to my allergy I won't be able to try this out. 

Although some of the products are not ideal for me personally, I think this month's box is a pretty good one. Highlights for me are the Wet Brush and the OCC lip primer, but the oil will be passed on, the eye pencil probably never used and the moisturiser will go to the back of the queue. If you'd like to sign up to get your hands on the Birchbox x Tatler box you can do so here. Oh and before I forget a sneek peak of the December box reveals it will contain a full size Ciate Fierce Flicks eye liner. 

What do you think of this months box?

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Happy Halloween '16

I probably should have posted this before Halloween in case you do want to buy any of the things I've featured here, but as I haven't posted much recently I thought I'd do a Halloween post and you might find some of this stuff in the sale. The reason I haven't posted much recently is because I'm busy making puppets for my boyfriend for a game he's running in November. I have 12 to make and considering he wants proper Muppet type puppets he's not left me much time, especially as we're currently visiting his parents. So I'm elbow deep in card, foam, fleece and things like Ping Pong balls (for eyes!). 

I'm not a fan of Trick or Treat'ing (it's glorified begging really isn't it!) but I love the whole dressing up and decorations thing and after all I am a Parapsychologist (someone who knows a bit about ghosts/poltergeists). Most of the stuff here isn't even for Halloween as we're away on the day, but is for another game (that he's running around the same time as the puppet one) with a Halloween/haunted house/Scooby Doo theme. I've been a bit disappointed with the Halloween decorations in some shops this year but two shops have impressed me; namely Wilkos and Poundland!

Happy Halloween '16
Happy Halloween '16

Zombie warning poster - Poundland £1

This poster immediately caught my attention in Poundland. It's got that old cowboy film wanted poster type effect to it but it's warning you that you're entering a zombie virus infection zone and to mind your brains. The best bit though is that the picture featuring the people is a lenticular; one of those pictures that changes depending on how you look at it. From one angle they're normal Victorian looking people, but from another they become zombies in a graveyard.

Portraits - Poundland £1 for 4

Similarly these four portraits are lenticular images, so you either see a man, woman, child and an older couple, or you see two skulls (the woman and child) and three zombies (the couple and the man). They come in cardboard frames a little like the ones school photos come in and when my boyfriend is running his game they will go on one wall like family portraits.

Happy Halloween '16
Happy Halloween '16


Ceramic pumpkin tealight holder - Poundland £1

I'm not sure I'm going to get time for any pumpkin carving this year unless we do some at the inlaws, so I picked up this little tealight holder in Poundland just because I thought he was quite cute and well made for just £1. He will probably also feature in the boyfriends game, because candlelight is always spooky.

Halloween stickers - Poundland £1 for two sheets

I didn't actually spot these but my boyfriend did. He's apparently been collecting unusual bottles for sticking on some spooky labels like this. You get two sheets for £1, both sheets have the same stickers on, and they say things like Graveyard Juice, Bone Dust, Witches Brew, Zombie Virus Brew and Poison. They look far better on the brown and green bottles but for the clear bottles I'm going to try and make some red and green liquids using washing up liquid/food colouring and flour for thickening. I've been collecting up the glue strings from the glue gun while puppet making for one jar because they look like spider webs and in a little poison jar we're going to put sweets in to see if anybody actually dares eat them!

Happy Halloween '16

Tic Toc Animated clock - Wilkos £40

I love this clock and I think my boyfriend decided to do the Scooby Doo game so he had an excuse to buy it for me! It's motion activated, or you press a button, and the pendulum swings while light flashes behind it and thunder sounds. It also talks to you while the clock hands swing round and then a message flashes on the clock face in red Halloween writing. Finally the clock face swings open and a little ghoul with red eyes leans out pointing his finger and talks to you. It's so good for £40 and is pretty well made. 

We also have the Talking Graveyard Lantern from Wilkos (£10) which I haven't pictured but it's motion activated and a face appears on the latern that talks to you and it plays spooky sounds. We're also considering getting the Dancing Witch Broom from Wilkos (£20) but might see if it goes in the sale!

I thought the old, retro fireplaces in my (rented) house were perfect for some Halloween pictures like this. I have also added a filter and a subtle effect, my house isn't quite that danky and slightly misty!

Happy Halloween!

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Bean Body coffee bean body scrub

Despite the growing popularity of coffee scrubs they're something I haven't actually tried myself yet. As a non coffee drinker, because I don't like the taste rather than a conscious decision not to drink caffeine, they aren't something I felt I needed to try to get my caffeine fix. However, in the back of my mind I have always been curious to give one a try and I'm not against the smell of coffee, in fact I quite like the smell! 

Bean Body coffee bean body scrub
Bean Body coffee bean body scrub

If you're not familiar with coffee scrubs they basically consist of ground up coffee beans, just like you would use to make a cup of coffee. Although these are designed to be used on the body and so won't be for consumption, so please don't try to make a cup of coffee with one. The powder you get is very effective as a scrub but still gentle on the skin, unlike some harsher scrubs made from things like smashed up shell.

The one I've been trying out is the Bean Body coffee bean body scrub*. This comes in a 220g bag, which I believe is a fairly standard size, maybe slightly larger than others, which features a plain black design with white lettering and the only colour on the packaging indicating the scent. I believe there's just once exception, Manuka Honey, which comes in what looks like a gold bag. You rip off the top of the pack to open it but then once open it fastens like a food bag, is that called ziplock?

This obviously contains ground coffee beans but also contains coconut oil, almond oil, jojoba seed oil, vitamin E and sea salt and as well as containing coconut oil mine is also coconut scented. Other scents available include Coco Berry, Manderin. Peppermint, Vanilla and as I mentioned above, Manuka Honey.

Bean Body coffee bean body scrub

The packaging tells you to grab a big handful but I actually used a hell of a lot less than that and it worked just fine. You pop some in your hand and like any body scrub rub in circular motions all over your body. The packaging also says to leave to dry for five minutes and then rinse off but at this time of year I can't really see anybody being happy to stand their freezing extremities off so I'd go for rinsing straight off. 

I thought this would be incredibly messy and while it is pretty messy it's not quite as bad as I thought. Obviously you do need to give your shower a good rinse down once you've finished because it will probably be everywhere. I think you also have to be quite careful trying to get it out of the packet because if you pop your hand in there to get some it will get wet but also if you attempt to tip some out you might accidentally end up with half the pack.

I did really enjoy using this. Although there is a hint of coconut scent it is primarily coffee but it smells amazing and does a really good job of exfoliating my dry skin. At £14.95 for a pack it is quite expensive but I don't think you have to use an awful lot so I can see it lasting well. You can buy Bean Body coffee scrub over on the Bean Body website.

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A few new spa additions at The Body Shop

There's a few new products at The Body Shop that I've been trying out for the last few weeks and I'm dying to tell you about them. Two products fall into the Spa of the World range and one into the Oil of Life range, but to be honest all three products are perfect for a bit of spa pampering at home. 

New spa additions at The Body Shop
New spa additions at The Body Shop
New spa additions at The Body Shop

I'll start with one of my favourite products; the Spa of the World Atlantic Seaweed cream. I have tried one of the big Spa of the World tubs of body moisturiser before but this one is a little different. Instead of a cream product like most of The Body Shop's other body moisturisers (apart from the sorbets of course) this is a gel-cream. I've recently posted about The Body Shop's body butters and how my skin struggles to absorb the thicker ones. Even though I have now discovered that there are lighter body butters, this gel-cream is much more the sort of consistency my skin loves.

This is more expensive than the body butters, coming in at £23, but you get a large tub containing 100ml so it will last for a while. As the name suggests this contains seaweed from the Atlantic which is full of oceanic minerals. Apparently women have always believed in the reviving power of the sea and it's algae to revitalise the body and actually my boyfriend's dad is Danish and grew up by the sea and he believes sea water is a cure for sky ailments. The Body Shop say this has a water-breaking texture that instantly refreshes the skin with hydration.

I love this stuff! It's just the right texture for my skin to drink it all up almost immediately and it leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated. The only issue I have is that while I can only really detect the scent in the tub my boyfriend can smell it on my skin and he hates it. Time to get a new boyfriend then...

New spa additions at The Body Shop

When I first discovered the Spa of the World Japanese Camellia candle was on the way to me I thought 'Oh The Body Shop haven't done candles before'. But actually I know they did some at Christmas last year (and I really should have picked up the Glazed Apple one) and there are some (other than the new Spa of the World ones) on the website.

The new Spa of the World candles have quite a simple look to them, featuring a kind of brown/bronze glass jar with just The Body Shop's symbol and the name of the candle printed on the front. It does come in a good quality cardboard box as well (which I'd already recycled before I took these pictures) so would make a good gift. The look of the candle might be quite simple but it's perfectly in keeping with a relaxed, calm spa setting.

The first time I burnt this I tried to get it to burn all the way out to the edge of the glass to avoid it tunnelling but unfortunately it didn't get out far enough after several hours and in the end I had to extinguish it. It's not too far off though so hopefully little will be wasted. I could subtly detect the scent as it burned but it was most noticeable when I left the room and came back in again. I've pulled the label off the bottom so I'm not sure how long this one lasts altogether but I would estimate it might be a 30 hour one.

As well as Japanese Camellia there are also Hawaiian Kukui and Mediterranean Sea Salt scents available and I'm dying to head in store and have a sniff of the sea salt one, which might just end up coming home with me. For £15 each I think they're a bit of a bargain.

New spa additions at The Body Shop
New spa additions at The Body Shop
New spa additions at The Body Shop

Finally there's a new addition to the Oils of Life range in the form of the Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Eye cream-gel. I don't know why this one is a cream-gel rather than gel-cream as is traditionally the case. The first thing I noticed about this one when I first picked it up was just how pretty it looks in the packaging; like a shimmery golden honey colour. When you remove the lid you do discover that part of this effect is the packaging, as the cream is a much lighter almost clear colour, but the shimmer does come from shimmer in the cream. I was unsure about shimmer being in an eye cream but I do tend to find that this pretty much disappears once applied, there's possibly only a hint of shimmer left behind. 

This contains three precious seed oils known for their revitalising and repairing properties; black cumin oil from Egypt, rosehip oil from Chile and camellia oil from China. The Body Shop claim this intensely revitalises the eye contour and visibly reduces the signs of ageing. I'm lucky that I don't really have any signs of ageing around my eyes but I do have bad dark circles that nothing ever shifts or improves. I haven't been using this that long but I obviously can't comment on any effect on the signs of ageing and I haven't noticed any difference in my dark circles. 

This isn't my favourite eye cream but it is a nice little product and I do like that you can also use it as a weekly eye mask, although I haven't tried that myself. It's £20 for 20ml, which isn't a bad price.

You can find all of these in The Body Shop stores and online.

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