Sunday, 30 August 2015

My 'Make Myself Feel A Bit Better' Haul


Haul Blog Post 2015

I feel like all I've done recently is drone on about not feeling well, particularly here on the blog and for that I do apologise. Even though I know it might not be to everyone's taste, I would be happy to discuss my health on here but frankly even I have no idea what's going on with me. Over the past couple of months/years I've had countless hospital appointments, tests, scans and trips to my GP and at the moment I'm playing the waiting game for even more of the aforementioned. And for that reason I've basically spent all of the last month at home either curled up on the sofa or lying in bed. Sadly it's also meant that blogging has taken a bit of a backseat but I have made a couple of 'make myself feel a bit better' purchases which I thought I would share with you today. And hopefully I'll be back to my usual blogging routine again soon.

Amazon DVD Haul 2015

First up was an Amazon order. I'd been counting down the days until I could order Parks and Recreation Season 7 on DVD and when that day and the DVD arrived I was very, very happy. If you haven't seen Parks and Rec, I honestly cannot recommend it highly enough and season 7 was everything I could have hoped for and more from it's final season. I also added two relatively recent horror movies to my basket; Ouija and It Follows. I've heard fantastic things about It Follows and plan on watching it tonight, which I'm really looking forward to. Ouija on the other hand had pretty unfavourable reviews both on Amazon and online but both me and my mum (who joins me in my love of a good scary movie) thought it sounded better than some of the other horror movies that we've endured in the past. It was a bit meh to be honest which always annoys me when I think that the premise of a movie could be so much better than it ends up being. But I guess that's what I should have expected when I saw the reviews.

I've just placed another Amazon DVD order, one that's a perfect mix of rom-coms that I've meant to see for years and years (You've Got Mail and Sleepless In Seattle) and horror movies that I remember watching at so many of the sleepovers that I attended in my teens (I Know What You Did Last Summer, Sorority Row and One Missed Call).

Moomin Pyjamas George at Asda

I'd had my eye on this pair of Moomin cuffed pyjama bottoms from George at Asda for a while now and I finally picked them up last week. They were just too adorable to leave behind, especially as they were the last pair left in my size.

Blog Post Haul 2015

I also picked up one of the brand new Imperial Leather shower creams. Who knew that something as simple as a shower cream that smells exactly like Fruit Salad sweeties could bring me such joy? Hehe. I repurchased another tin of Vaseline as my old one seems to have went walkabout and my lips are in a bit of state as a result of being run down and treated myself to a new Yankee Candle, even though I already have far too many in my possession. Hehe. 

Oud Oasis Yankee Candle Review

Oud Oasis, part of the new Grand Bazaar collection, is difficult to describe scent-wise but it just smells absolutely gorgeous and so warm, if you get what I mean.

Ted Baker Mini Bowcon Bag

And you know when you just have to treat yo' self in the hope of cheering yourself up a bit? Well that's exactly what happened when this gorgeous Ted Baker mini Bowcon bag came into the equation. If you saw my What's In My Bag (The Internship Edition) back in January then you will have seen the large Ted Baker Bowcon bag which I do get a lot of use out of but who can resist an adorable little bag like this one? I fell in love with the stunning purple shade straight away and it really did put a smile on my face when this arrived on my doorstep on a day when I was feeling really horrible. I must say though, I was tempted to treat myself to a couple of other handbags on the House Of Fraser site. So many Michael Kors pieces were calling out my name, especially as a few of them were significantly reduced in price but I managed to restrain myself, for now at least.

What have you been buying or treating yourself to recently? And what makes you feel a little bit better, shopping wise, when you're not feeling 100%?

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Friday, 28 August 2015

Sharing The Blog Love This August



I'm back and I'm sharing the blog love once more so here are some of my favourite blog posts from the month of August;


Things I Wish I Knew About Hair Loss (Before It Fell Out) - Having experienced hair loss myself (my hair started shedding at a pretty alarming rate as a result of stress and ill health) I know exactly how difficult this must have been for Lydia to write and publish and I respect her so much for doing so. Speaking to Lydia about my hair loss when it first started happening was incredibly comforting and hopefully this post will help others who are experiencing it too. Thankfully my doctor wasn't worried when I turned up at his door, practically in tears all those months ago and my hair naturally started to grow back at it's usual rate but I can completely empathise and understand just how upsetting it can be.


OUAT Wishlist - OUAT, or Once Upon A Time for those of you who haven't yet discovered the TV series, is a show where fairy-tales and stories from our childhoods are brought to life but in a contemporary setting. You kind of have to see it to understand what I'm on about really. And whilst I took a break from watching it about mid way through season three, Roisin's wishlist has certainly made me want to get back into it again and it's certainly reignited a bit of a crush on Colin O'Donoghue (aka. Hook). It's also made me want to find an excuse to wear the absolutely stunning princess gown featured in this wishlist.


How To Praise Yourself And Be Proud Of Your Blog - Well let's just say that Liza's post couldn't have come at a better time for me. Due to not feeling well over the past couple of months (and sadly I'm still not feeling much better at all) I've felt like I've been letting myself and my blog down and frankly not putting as much time or energy into it as I would normally do. After reading this post I just felt a whole lot better about me and my blog which is exactly what I needed. If you're feeling a bit meh about your blog or even the concept of blogging itself, then I would definitely give Liza's post a read.


Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette - Like I need any more convincing when it comes to purchasing make-up. Hehe. Ever since visiting Sephora or should I say every Sephora within a 50 mile radius of Orlando, Florida, last year, I've become a little obsessed with Too Faced. So far I've only tried their Better Than Sex mascara, which is amazing by the way but that hasn't stopped me having my eye on basically every product that they sell. Heather's review is fantastic and it really does make me want to indulge in at least one of the Too Faced palettes sooner rather than later.


My All-time Beauty Favourites - Whilst I'd never be able to commit to writing a monthly favourites post, mostly because I have a feeling that they would all be pretty similar, if not the exact same every month, Eilidh has come up with a great way of sharing her favourite products in this post. The products that have been included in this post are ones that she purchases time and time again. I just thought that that was such a fun idea for a post and I must say, I completely agree when it comes to Soap & Glory's Supercat Eyeliner.

What blogs and blog posts have you really enjoyed reading this month? Are there any blogs that you've discovered recently that you would like to share? 
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Sunday, 23 August 2015

My Autumn/Winter Homeware Wishlist


Autumn/Winter Homeware Wishlist


George Home Clapperboard Cushion £8 - George Home Pug Ornament £10 - George Home Letter E Throw £12 - George Home Celine Dressing Table £199 - George Home Ampersand Letter Ornament £10 - George Home Letter Rack £10 - George Home Shine Like The Stars Cushion £7 - George Home Copper Lantern £10

I don't know about you but I spend even more time, than I already do, at home during the Autumn/Winter months. Nothing makes me happier than getting wrapped up in a pair of cosy pyjamas, sticking on a movie and over indulging in a whole lot of comfort food when it's cold outside. And since I'm spending a pretty high proportion of my nights in during the colder months, I like to give my living space a little Autumn/Winter makeover each year. And when I say makeover what I really mean is I normally purchase a few new Autumn/Winter appropriate bed sets and throws and dig out the twinkly fairy lights.

I was doing a little browsing in the homeware department at Asda, as you do, when I stumbled across some seriously impressive Autumn/Winter pieces that I just had to share with you. And whilst I'm still completely and utterly obsessed with rose gold and copper detailing, I found myself drawn more so to different metallic shades. A couple of pretty inexpensive pieces can really transform your living area, whether that be your bedroom, your living room, your bathroom or another area of your home. I also have my eye on a piece of furniture, which is obviously not as inexpensive as the rest of the furnishings and ornaments that I've fallen in love with but who wouldn't want a mirrored dressing table? Or an entire mirrored bedroom set? I best get saving!

I've definitely got my eye on basically the whole cushion department in Asda. I have a feeling that I'm going to become one of those people who has about twenty cushions and pillows of varying sizes and textures propped up on my bed this season, even though I said I would never do that whenever I stay somewhere where they do that. Hehe. But it's not really my fault when the selection is as amazing as it is, as you might be able to tell from the ones that I've included in today's wishlist. And in my opinion, you can never have enough little ornaments and fun pieces in your home, especially in the run up to the festive period.

So what do you think of my homeware wishlist? Will you be adding a couple of similar items to your home this Autumn/Winter? And would you like to see an Autumn/Winter Room Tour in the next couple of weeks? It would be something like my Spring Room Tour. Let me know if that's something that you would like to see.

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Friday, 21 August 2015

My Orlando, Florida Travel Tips: International Drive


International Drive Orlando Florida Travel Tips

I have a feeling that unless you're staying in a private villa or on Disney or Universal property, that it's probably more than likely that you will be staying on or around International Drive. International Drive, or I-Drive as it is also commonly known, stretches for over 11 miles and is a hub of tourist activity. Think restaurants, shops, attractions, museums and more. So I thought that today I would do a round-up of some of my favourite places to visit on International Drive. You might also want to take a look back through the rest of my Orlando, Florida Travel Tips series as Universal Studios, which I've dedicated a whole post to, Islands of Adventure and a few of the malls, again which I've wrote about in more depth, are situated on or around I-Drive.

Wet N Wild Orlando Review

Wet 'n Wild

One of the first things that you'll see on International Drive, well I guess it does depend on which exit you take, is Wet 'n Wild. If you want to cool off from the Floridian sunshine and heat then a trip to Wet 'n Wild has to be on the cards. There's a wave pool, several great and exhilarating slides, a lazy river and even a four lane racing mat slide. There are also a few other water park alternatives in Orlando with two of the biggest ones being located on Disney property but Wet 'n Wild is located right of Orlando. If you would like to hear a bit more about Disney's two water parks in a dedicated post then just let me know and I will get to work on that.

And whilst Wet 'n Wild is probably the most enjoyable on a hot, humid day, the rest of my International Drive must-visits are perfect for those afternoons and days when the weather takes a bit of a turn for the worse. For tips on how to prepare for the Floridian weather conditions (click here).

Ripley's Review Orlando Florida

Ripley's Believe It Or Not Odditorium

Fans of the books or TV show (does anyone else remember either of them?) will surely enjoy a trip to the aptly named 'odditorium'. Take a self guided tour of the weird, wonderful and wacky at your own pace. There's plenty of interactive exhibits that the whole family will enjoy and I have a feeling that if you've ever been to Ripley's before then you will most probably have had your photograph taken beside the massive Goodyear tyre that is a photo-op to good to resist. It's times like these that I wish I knew exactly where our family photographs were from that first visit to Orlando. 

Wonderworks Orlando Review

Wonderworks

This is easily one of the most recognisable buildings in all of Orlando. Chances are if you've been doing your homework when it comes to your Orlando, Florida vacation by reading some of the guide books or even the blogs, then you will have seen this building pop up in every single one of them. 
Wonderworks describes itself as an amusement park for the mind and is a great alternative to the theme parks that you immediately think of when it comes to Orlando. Again, much like Ripley's, there is something for every member of the family to enjoy and on top of all the fantastic exhibits there's also a glow in the dark rope course, a lazer tag arena and a 4D XD Simulator Ride. And if Orlando does something particularly well it's 4D simulator type rides. 

Titanic Orlando Florida

Titanic - The Artifact Exhibition

Another interactive museum well worth a visit in Orlando is Titanic - The Artifact Exhibition. If you're a fan of attractions like The London/Edinburgh Dungeons where trained actors dress up as the characters and take you through the story and the attraction then you will enjoy the tours that Titanic have to offer. But what really makes this a special attraction for me is the fact that there are over 400 artifacts, including the second largest piece of the Titanic ever recovered as well as full-scale recreations of some of the most famous and beautiful areas of the ship, such as the Grand Staircase, as pictured. Sadly Jack Dawson won't be at the top of it waiting for you. That is the only downside to be fair. Hehe.

iFly Orlando International Drive

iFly Orlando

Again, a bit like Wet 'n Wild, depending on what exit you take to arrive onto International Drive, iFly Orlando can even be seen from the Interstate. If you've ever wanted to try skydiving without the need for a parachute or a plane then you might want to pay iFly Orlando a visit. There's also a free observation deck which makes it the perfect pit-stop come rain or shine and kids from the ages of 3 and up can participate and adults too, if you're brave enough of course.


The Orlando Eye

As one of the newest attractions to hit International Drive (it's that new that it just opened this month), The Orlando Eye is Orlando's take on the observation wheel. Now I've never experienced The London Eye or any similar observation wheels but something about this photograph of The Orlando Eye has me already excited about booking tickets for when I visit next year. Being able to see everything that I love about Orlando from above sounds and looks absolutely fantastic. Just look at that Floridian sunset! 

World's Largest McDonalds Review
The World's Largest McDonald's

Whilst this isn't technically an attraction, in the traditional sense of the word, I couldn't write a blog post about International Drive without including this I-Drive icon! I can remember the very first time that we, as a family, visited 'The World's Largest McDonald's' and we really were blown away. I couldn't believe how big it was and as an ten year old, when we first visited, I really was like a kid in a candy store or more like a kid in what would be my version of a candy store. In addition to the regular McDonald's menu (doesn't McDonald's taste SO much better in the US?!), The World's Largest McDonald's also has deli food, pizzas (yup pizza at McDonald's) and basically food, drink and desserts that you would never expect to find there ordinarily. It also has a gigantic play area. At ten, me and my brother, who was six at the time, were in heaven.
But it appears that 'The World's Largest McDonald's' as we know it will be very different and pretty soon from the sounds of it. The fact that it's being completely demolished, with a new one being built practically next door, is a little heartbreaking as I adore how kitsch and unique the current one is. But if you know anything about Orlando you know that they are always building, updating and renovating to make things even bigger and better.

There's also plenty, like I'm talking a crazy, unimaginable amount of miniature golf places, loads of outlet stores and shops and everything else that you could or would expect from a busy tourist area such as I-Drive (restaurants, bars, clubs, cinemas and dinner shows).

Which one of my picks sounds like the best bit about International Drive to you? Do you have a favourite place or attraction? And what would you like to see me write about in next month's Orlando, Florida Travel Tips post?

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Sunday, 16 August 2015

Brand New Nail Care From GOSH


GOSH Nail Care

As you may or may not know, GOSH have just released their brand new Autumn/Winter collection and I was over the moon when I heard that they would be adding to their fabulous range of nail polishes with a nail care range. If you've been reading Ellis Tuesday for a little while now then you might already know just how much I adore GOSH's nail polishes. All you have to do is take a look through my archive or Product Directory and you will see them pop up time and time again. Well now GOSH have taken their nail range to the next level and there are four brand new nail care products, of which I will be featuring three today. Each bottle is only £4.99, which for nail care is such a good deal. Oh and did I  mention that they are currently in a 3 for 2 deal at Superdrug? Well that's as good an excuse as any to give these three products a try and for 2/3 of the price too.

GOSH Nail & Cuticle Oil

First up we have the GOSH Nail & Cuticle Oil*. I've been meaning to add a nail and cuticle oil into my nail care routine for quite some time now and after trying this I regret waiting this long to actually do it. The difference that this oil has made to my nails and most importantly, my cuticles, has really been night and day. As you might be able to see in one of the photographs below, my cuticles were in a pretty sorry state. That photograph was taken right before I started implementing GOSH's nail care range into my beauty routine and the improvement has been fantastic.

The oil itself absorbs into the nail area almost instantly and doesn't leave behind a greasy or oily residue, like I worried that it might. A top tip from GOSH and probably from most nail technicians would be not to cut the cuticles, especially as they help to protect from germs and bacteria but to protect and strengthen the area instead.

GOSH 2 In 1 Nail Hardener

Now that your cuticles are starting to take shape it's time to protect and prevent your nails from breaking, cracking or peeling with the GOSH 2 In 1 Nail Hardener*. Applied either on bare nails or on top of well-dried lacquer, this leaves your nails with a wonderfully glossy finish whilst simultaneously enriching your nails with Calcium and Iron. As someone with particularly soft nails who actually lacks Iron when it comes to their diet, this has been a real life or more like, nail saver for me. I've really noticed that my nails are getting longer, due to the fact that they don't break as soon as they start growing and I'm finally looking down at nails that feel a whole lot healthier too.

GOSH Gel Look Top Coat

Then it's time for the final bit of finesse with the GOSH Gel Look Top Coat*. I am a big fan of a good top coat, even if I forget or don't have the time to apply one every time that I do my nails and this has quickly made it to the top of my top coats. This even adds volume to the nails which sounds like a bit of strange thing to say but what it does is it adds a gelly texture to the nails. It's like a thick, glossy coat which leaves your nails looking shiny and smooth and as though you've had them professionally done at a salon.

In addition to the three nail care products that I've reviewed today, there is another exciting nail care launch that I will surely be reviewing in the upcoming days and weeks. A little spoiler for those of you who haven't yet seen it online or in-store, it's fast dry drops! I'll be sharing my thoughts on the entire GOSH Autumn/Winter range over the next couple of weeks and months so be sure to check back for those.

So what do you think of the brand new GOSH nail care range? Which product or product sounds like your favourite? And what do you use to keep your nails in tip top condition?

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Friday, 14 August 2015

KIKO Rebel Romantic Collection


KIKO Rebel Romantic

Just when I think that my love for KIKO Cosmetics can't possibly grow any stronger they go and release the Rebel Romantic limited edition collection. And for me, there has never been a more perfect make-up collection. From the Art Nouveau inspired packaging to the appearance of rose gold and some incredible new product launches, KIKO really have nailed it with this collection and I couldn't wait to share it with you today.

KIKO Metallic Shine Eyeshadow

Let's just take a moment to truly appreciate the majesty of this sapphire Metallic Shine Eyeshadow*. I've honestly never seen a more beautiful and unique eyeshadow before. Just look at how gorgeous it is! And talk about pigmented! This shadow is smooth, creamy and spectacularly long-lasting. It's also the perfect pot to carry around with you when you're on the go too. Let's just say, it's already become a staple item in my make-up bag and I've now got my eye on a few of the other five shades available as well. And at £9.90 each I think that I can definitely afford to treat myself to a few more.

KIKO Reckless Spirit Eyeshadow Palette

As if an individual eyeshadow pot wasn't exciting enough when it comes to the Rebel Romantic Collection, there are also three colourways of the Reckless Spirit Eyeshadow Palette*. Each comprising of one light colour, two medium colours and one dark one, which also has a matte finish, I've found another KIKO product to become completely obsessed with. The shadows, which can either be used wet or dry, allow you to build up some stunningly pigmented and adherent coverage that I honestly can't get enough of. Each individual palette is £12.90 and they all come with a mirror enclosed in the palette as well.

KIKO Eyeliner Review

If you've read my blog before then you'll already know how enamoured I am with KIKO's extensive and fantastic range of eyeliners and kajals and these two limited edition shades are no different. And how absolutely stunning are they? As a redhead with blue eyes I absolutely love the way in which both of these colours make my eyes and make-up as a whole, pop. And just like all of the KIKO eyeliners that I've had the pleasure of using up until now, the quality is superb. They are wonderfully creamy, extremely pigmented and last the whole day. Oh and as if that wasn't impressive enough, they also have a concealed sharpener at the end of the pencil. I mean really, what more could you possibly ask for? There are six shades to choose from in the Rebel Romantic collection, each of which cost £5.90.

KIKO Intensely Lavish Lipstick

Now onto the rose gold products. Anyone who knows me knows exactly how much I adore rose gold and copper (is there anyone who doesn't at the moment?), which meant I was practically jumping for joy when I saw both this lipstick and the duo that follows.

The quality of both the packaging and the lipstick itself is unbelievable. If someone was to tell me that this Intensely Lavish Lipstick* cost upwards of £20 I honestly wouldn't bat an eyelid but to find out that it only costs £6.90 really did blow me away. It has a lot of weight to it, which might seem like a strange thing to say but it's not flimsy or cheap feeling at all. It also has a magnetic closure. Now how fabulous is that? Talk about living up to it's name of being Intensely Lavish. And then the lipstick itself is just as luxurious and impressive as the packaging that houses it. The formulation is incredibly creamy and your lips definitely feel nourished when wearing it. I'm definitely tempted to pick up a few more of these as there are six shades to choose from.

KIKO Contouring Pencil Set

And last but not least, the product that I have a feeling will be the biggest hit of the collection for so many different reasons; the Contouring Pencil Set*. Whether you're a contouring novice or a Kardashian level pro, this is the set for you. It just makes contouring so quick and easy to do. The pencils are both incredibly blendable and there's a wonderfully creamy yet silk-like feel to them on the skin too. I'm always blown away by the price of KIKO's products, especially when I take into consideration the quality and creativity of them but to see that this set comes in at £9.90 really did leave me speechless. What an incredible price for such a buzz-worthy product!

KIKO Rebel Romantic Collection

As I also mentioned briefly above, the packaging is just absolutely stunning. Rose gold is always going to be a winner in my eyes but what really struck me about the Rebel Romantic collection was the Art Nouveau inspired patterns, writing and overall look of it. I'm already a bit of make-up packaging hoarder but there is no way that I will be throwing any of the packaging from the Rebel Romantic collection away anytime soon/ever.

So what do you think of the look of the latest limited edition collection from KIKO? Will you be placing an order? And are you excited to start the transition back to Autumn/Winter make-up? 

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Sunday, 9 August 2015

What I Got In The Summer Sales


Summer Sale Haul

Every Summer I look forward to the Summer sales. For some it's a love it or hate it kind of shopping experience but when there's savings like these to be had it's hard for me not to flock to the sales in some of my favourite stores. As you might be able to tell from what I purchased this Summer, Accessorize is the first Summer sale that I head to without fail. Well they do only hold their sales bi-annually after all. And I think that  it's safe to say that I went a little jewellery (and accessories) crazy in there this year and a lot of that had to do with the fact that my favourite kind of earring; the ear jacket featured quite heavily in the sale. I'd seen a few ear jacket style earrings in Accessorize prior to the sale starting and I'm glad that I held out for the sale as I got every single pair with 50% off. 

Accessorize Sale Earrings

As soon as I saw the Star range of ear jackets I was immediately sold and despite the fact that that range is typically aimed at a teenage audience, I couldn't leave any of the adorable pairs of Star earrings behind. And talk about affordable! All of the Star earrings were originally £3 a pair (what a deal to begin with!), which meant that they instantly dropped to £1.50 each which was just too good a saving to pass up on and why I probably went a little crazy with my purchasing.

Then I got a little more sophisticated in my choice of ear jackets when I spotted two utterly stunning pieces from their Sterling Silver line. The first, a twinkly and sparkly pair which were originally £12 down to £6 and the second being a vintage inspired pair of pearl earrings with a dainty bejwelled floral stud, which were £10 down to £5.

Accessorize Sale Jewellery

Then I couldn't stop myself from adding a few more floral pieces to my jewellery collection. And since I already own the pair of earrings to match, I started with the gorgeous daisy necklace. The necklace was reduced from £10 to £5 and I had actually been waiting for it to go down into the sale so I was happy to see one left in my local Accessorize store. 

Next up were a few pairs of floral studs. A super cute daisy pair from the Star line again. These were only 75p (down from £1.50)! Then a tiny and dainty pair of vintage inspired floral studs down to £1.50 from £3 and a pair of stunning teal green sparkly studs for the same price. I rounded off my earring spree with a pair, in a similar style to a pair that I probably bought about eight years ago when I would have been in high school, that I know will go with so many outfits. These were £6 down to £3. I don't think that I need to go jewellery shopping for quite a long time now but who am I kidding.

Accessorize Novelty

Then I saw this adorable little coin purse. Accessorize always seem to get it just right when it comes to novelty style pieces and this Bon Voyage purse is no different. It was also down from £8 to £4 which didn't break the bank and I don't really have a coin purse that you can fit cards in either so this was a perfect purchase.

Boo The World's Cutest Dog Gift

I then noticed, a bit further down Buchanan Street in Glasgow, that Paperchase had a sale on too and whilst I only intended on browsing I ended up with an adorable little mug with one of my favourite online pups on it. It's really no secret that I'm a big fan of Boo 'The World's Cutest Dog', to give him his full name. Hehe. And if you've been reading Ellis Tuesday for a while then you might remember that I bought both Boo and his best friend Buddy in stuffed toy form when I was in Florida last year (link here) and that I received a couple of Boo related gifts for Christmas last year (link here). So as soon as I spotted this I knew that it had to be mine.

Topshop Leopard Print Sandals

This was another 'I can't leave you behind' sale purchase and the fact that they only had one pair left in my size pretty much cemented that notion. These immediately reminded me of a pair of Swedish Hasbeens that I saw a few years back and then add leopard print into the equation and you're onto a winner for me. These were down to £15 which seemed pretty reasonable for a pair of Summer sandals like these from Topshop of all places.

Summer Sale Fashion Haul

I'm a big fan of cross body bags, as you might be able to tell and I'd seen both of these bags a few months ago but resisted until now. Despite having quite the extensive collection of cross body bags, I actually didn't have a plain black one or a metallic one. This is as about as plain a plain black bag is for me. Hehe. The coppery gold studs made this a no brainer of a purchase as did the £7.50 price-tag, down from £15.

Then there's the metallic emerald green bag from Zara. I had seriously contemplated buying it at full price but when I went back to buy it the following weekend it had disappeared. I pretty much gave up all hope of finding it in store again so you can imagine how happy I was when I saw it sat on the sale shelf and this was weeks after the sale had started. I absolutely adore the shade of green and the big chunky metal strap It was also down to £12.99 in Zara. What a steal eh?!

So what do you think of my Summer sale buys? Have you managed to find any bargains or savings in the Summer sales this year? If so, what have you been buying?

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Friday, 7 August 2015

My Introduction To Partylite Candles


Partylite Candles

As you might have already noticed if you happen to follow me on Instagram or read my Yankee Candle Summer Haul post, I have a bit of a thing for candles. So when I was contacted by Partylite to ask if I would like to try out some of their range of candles I could hardly say no. I'd never heard of Partylite before but I was certainly intrigued to see what kind of candles they had to offer and I was instantly impressed when these two stunning candles arrived at my door.

Partylite RoseWood

The first box that I opened up contained a candle which I immediately fell in love with. The RoseWood Essential Jar* smells sweet yet floral and fruity at the same time. It's times like these, when I'm struggling to truly capture the scent of a fragrance that I wish I had a bit more experience of detailing and depicting scents without having to say, "oh you really have to smell it to get what I mean." Hehe. RoseWood is part of the Herbal & Woody range of scents at Partylite if that helps to describe it a little more. And when I say RoseWood to you what is the first thing that springs to mind? For me it instantly made me think of Pretty Little Liars and that's even after it being a couple of years since I last tuned into the show. PLL fans, should I get back into it?

The price of £11.50 was also a welcome surprise. I don't know about you but I sometimes feel that this size of candle can often be even pricier than or just as expensive as some of the larger jars, so this one being just shy of £10 is a great deal in my opinion. The Essential Jar also comes with a burn time of 40-60 hours which really is fantastic for the price and I can see myself burning this one at any stage of the year, ie. it's not one of those scents that only really works for the Autumn/Winter or during the Spring/Summer.

Partylite Sea Salt & Driftwood

Next up is the 3-Wick Sea Salt & Driftwood Jar*. I've actually been on the lookout for a great 3-Wick candle for quite some time now but I've never found a fragrance in that style of candle that I've actually wanted in my house. For some reason or another the 3-Wick candles on the High Street are either really overpowering and almost burn the nostrils when you go to give it a little sniff or they have little to no fragrance at all. There was none of that with this candle. The Sea Salt & Driftwood fragrance is so fresh and clean and would work perfectly in the bathroom.

It's also got a bit of a masculine hint to it. I hope that that makes sense. What I mean by that is that you can almost smell the kind of fragrance that I, anyway, would associate with a man's aftershave. It's quite nice that it's not as sweet or feminine as many of the other candles that I already own which is definitely a nice touch. This would make it a great unisex kind of candle if you live with a member of the opposite sex who's had enough of rooms smelling like vanilla cupcakes and strawberries. Hehe. The 3-Wick Jar is £22.75 and burns for between 35-55 hours.

Partylite Candle Review

Well I've certainly been impressed by the two scents that I was very kindly sent to review and I already have a few more fragrances on my list of ones to try. And in addition that, not only do Partylite sell candles but they also sell some absolutely beautiful and surprisingly unique accessories and candle holders too. There are so many that I've added to my virtual wishlist and that wishlist basically comprises of Partylite's entire Nature's Love collection. Who wouldn't want their candles to be held in little hedgehog, cat and bunny rabbit shaped holders? You can view the entire Partylite range via their online catalogue.

Have you heard of Partylite before? What do you think of the two fragrances featured in today's post? And what is your favourite candle brand? 

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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

An Ode To Soap & Glory's The Righteous Butter


Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Review

The Righteous Butter was the very first Soap & Glory product that I ever tried and it was also the first that I fell completely head over heels in love with and is the reason that I became as enamored with the brand as I did. If you've been reading Ellis Tuesday since the very beginning then you might remember me raving about this body lotion on more than a couple of occasions and it seems that I'm not the only one who's absolutely besotted with the creamy and luxurious lotion that is The Righteous Butter. Not only does it have a 5 Star rating on Boots (and that's with over 200 reviews) but one tub is sold every 20 seconds which is a feat in and of itself. As I mentioned, I've raved about it time and time again and for good reason. It really has done wonders on my dry and dehydrated skin and that's why it's the one body lotion that I've continued to use since I discovered it.


The Righteous Butter

And as if the original The Righteous Butter wasn't incredible enough, Soap & Glory have just released a sunkissed version of my very favourite body lotion, which is definitely the perfect product for Summer and for anyone who's a fan of gradual self-tanning.


Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Sunkissed Tint Body Lotion

If you're looking for a natural and instant tint of colour then the brand new The Righteous Butter Sunkissed Tint Body Lotion* is the product for you. What I really adore about this new take on the original Righteous Butter is the fact that it has a wash-off formula.

Soap & Glory Sunkissed Body Lotion

For me this is a big bonus as I'm not one to readily commit to a spot of self-tanning or too dark a shade and as you can see, it does come out of the tube looking pretty dark but fear not as it really does blend in to give you a natural looking hint of colour.

Soap & Glory Swatch

It's honestly just so natural looking, which is something that can't always be said for products like these on my incredibly pale skin tone. It gives my Casper The Friendly Ghost style skin a boost and a beautiful lift. It's also got that trademark Righteous Butter scent (if you've not smelled it yet then I really urge you to) and all of the qualities that I know and love about the original body lotion. And how amazing does it look with my spectacular Barebaroque jewellery tattoo? More on that in another post later this month.

Are you as obsessed with The Righteous Butter as I am? What do you think of the new Sunkissed version of the lotion? And what's your favourite product or products from the Soap & Glory range? Would you be interested in seeing a bit of a Soap & Glory collection post feature on here very soon? Let me know what you think.


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Sunday, 2 August 2015

Nip + Fab Bust, Cellulite & Tummy Fixes


Nip + Fab Bust Cellulite Tummy Fix

Nip + Fab are a brand that I've been a fan of for quite some time now. You might remember my reviews of their Dry Leg Fix (review here) and CC Eye Fix (review here) if you're a longtime Ellis Tuesday reader. Well Nip + Fab have given their packaging a beautiful revamp. Just look at how sleek and stunning the Body Fix range looks! I've had the pleasure of putting three of their Body Fix products to the test over the past month or so and I'm here today to share my thoughts on them.

Before I start reviewing each of the products individually, I just want to mention that Boots currently have the entire Nip + Fab range at half price at the moment. So if a product or three take your fancy after reading today's post, you might want to snap them up while they're on such a great offer. But back to the reviews themselves.

Nip + Fab Bust Fix* £8.14 (Normally £16.29)
My bust is an area that I don't pay as much attention to as I probably should when it comes to moisturising so that was one of the main features of Bust Fix that immediately caught my attention. I also have a couple of other facets surrounding my bust that I do wish I could improve, even if only slightly. Whilst I don't necessarily need any more help in making my bust any bigger, they could be firmer. Apologies if this is stepping into the TMI side of things right now but I couldn't review a product called Bust Fix without discussing these kinds of things. And on top of that, my bust expanded rather rapidly, almost overnight, when I hit puberty so stretch marks have always been an issue for me but thankfully I'm that pale that they're not overly obvious, in certain lights anyway.

Bust Fix has certainly improved the look and feel of the stretch marks and for me that's what I love about this product. I've never applied anything like Bio-Oil or lotions and potions to deal with the stretch marks on my bust mainly because they never went through that angry purplish stage that most of the other stretch marks on my body did. But I'm definitely happy with the way in which Bust Fix has dealt with them. The texture of the skin feels so much better than it did before and they also feel a bit firmer too, even if that might just be a psychological thing. I can really see this being a product that works for all ages, not just those who decolletage products might typically be aimed at. It's ultimately a confidence boost in a tube.

Nip + Fab Cellulite Fix* £9.14 (Normally £18.29)
For me, cellulite is probably the one aspect of my body that I would change in an instant if I had a magic wand. I've suffered from pretty deep and centralised cellulite since my mid-teens and it's something that's always had an impact on my self-confidence. I really do wish that I could wear shorter hemlines without feeling like everyone is looking at the cellulite on my legs. I know I could but I'm just not there yet. This all meant that I was looking forward to putting Cellulite Fix through it's paces, especially as I've been left feeling a little disheartened by other 'cellulite fix' products that I've tried in the past. 

Well the results of Nip + Fab's Cellulite Fix were a little disheartening too. Don't get me wrong, I'm not expecting miracles when it comes to products like this that aim to improve the appearance of cellulite. This did absorb quickly into the skin, like the other two Nip + Fab products featured in today's post did and it smells lovely too but I haven't seen any major improvements in the areas of cellulite, on my thighs in particular, as a result of using this. My skin does feel softer and a bit firmer but I still see a whole lot of cellulite staring back at me. But maybe that has something to do with the fact that I don't think I'll ever be happy with the way in which the cellulite on my legs looks. Who knows.

Nip + Fab Tummy Fix* £9.64 (Normally £19.29)
This was probably the product that I was the most excited to try and the most optimistic about working for me and in a way it really did live up to those expectations of mine. Let me set the scene tummy wise. My stomach can really fluctuate in size (thanks IBS!) and as a result there are some days where my stomach poses me no issues and I don't even think about it and then there are others when I look several months pregnant due to the bloating. As a result of this the skin on my stomach can feel quite thin and not as firm as it could be when it goes back down to it's 'normal' size. 

Now obviously this product doesn't reduce the bloating caused by an IBS flare up but what it does do is improve things when it's back to it's flatter state. I was also pleasantly surprised by the way in which it dealt with the stretch marks located right at the base of my tummy (thanks again IBS!) My stomach is noticeably smoother and the skin definitely feels taughter than it normally does. I really would recommend applying this morning and night to see and feel a real difference and if you're looking to smooth, soften and hydrate your stomach then this is definitely a product to try.

So what do you think of the sounds of the Nip + Fab Fix range of products? Have you tried any of them before? And if so, what did you think? And does anyone have a hero product for dealing with intense cellulite?

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