Monday, 25 March 2013

Disney's The Lion King: The Musical

Picture Credit: dailypost

Last February, I booked tickets to go and see The Lion King: The Musical on its tour at Manchester Palace Theatre, for my Dad's birthday. The time past really fast, and last weekend we finally went. I go to London a couple of time a year, and have seen some West End shows there, such as Legally Blonde and Phantom of the Opera, and although the Lion King was high up on my list, I just never got round to it. This review can be given in a sentence; if you get the chance, go and see it! The adaptation from the film is absolutely breathtaking  from the settings to the costumes. It's full of colour and is so fast paced, that you won't realise that its the end. My mum had to literally restrain me from singing along to my childhood favourites, I just can't wait to be king was such a highlight. I could go on and on, but I would just repeating myself, and let's be honest you will stop reading. I could not imagine anyone not enjoying this, it appeals to everyone of all-ages, especially to Disney obsessives like me.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask

Sanctuary Face Mask: RRP £10.50
I've said previously that one of my favourite things about skincare is face masks. There is nothing more relaxing that a good old Sunday night pamper session. Lately I've been focusing on deep cleansing my skin, trying to get it in the best condition possible for my graduation & 21st.

Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask is basically a deep cleansing facial in a tube. The product is a grey colour, similar to that of the bottle, rather thick and paste like, not too unlike a Lush face mask. I really like the scent, quite like marzipan, but I could see that this would put some people off (although it is only for 5 minutes). The product instantly warms up in your hands to a lovely glow, nothing extreme, to open your pores. I left it on for the stated 5 minutes, and the results were incredible. For cleansing, this is the best face mask I've use. My skin felt amazingly clean, looked so healthy, and pores were smaller! The whole procedure feels so luxurious  it helped make my Sunday pamper session the best its been in a while. I think this is great for a last minute blitz when you have a special event, and need to prep your skin. Although I wont use this every week, when my skin needs a bit of a detox from too much make-up, too little time, this is what I will reach for. This face mask will have a permanent place in my bathroom cabinet.

If you want to try this out, you can get a sachet version for £3 at boots, or the full size is £10.50 from Boots.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Trend Avoid

I'm going to hold my hands up and admit that I am a slight fashion slave, in the sense that when new trends come along I jump on the band wagon  I've fully embraced the lady like loveliness of this season and suitably updated my wardrobe. However, sometimes there comes a trend that I have to think twice about, even at risk of not "following" fashion. So based on this I thought I'd show you some fashion phases I've given a miss.

Disclaimer: I am not slating these items. If you personally love them, and rock them, I am not saying that these trends aren't nice, fashionable or whatever. All I'm saying is that these trends don't work with my sense of style. 

Trend Avoid

Beanies I have one which I only wear in winter when its arctic. Its an animal one with little pom poms as ears. The reason I'll tolerate this is that there's no spare beanie above my head, it literally cocoons my head, rather than having a saggy bit above. Some people can really pull these off and look effortlessly cool, I on the other hand would just look like a 90's girl band reject. Never an on-trend look.

Creepers Again, I've seen loads of bloggers look so fashionable in these, but I don't know, I just feel so clumpy in them. My style is quite pulled together, a more budget version of Blair Waldorf, sometimes with the headband. Adding creepers to my style just doesn't work, they're not me at all, their too grunge for my girly, feminine style.

Onesies I WISH I could get behind the whole onesie trend but I can't. I don't want to dress like a baby, I'm a grown woman. I know they're comfy, and great for hanging round the house, but I'd much prefer some nice lounge wear, cute hoodies, vest tops and sweat pants.

Distressed Denim I think this is down to preferring looking "done" rather than the just rolled out of bed. I just don't understand why you would pay £60+ for a pair of ripped jeans,I don't want them ripped. For me, that defeats the whole point of buying new jeans.

Are there any trends that you can't get behind?

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Monday, 11 March 2013

Nails Inc Feather Effect

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Nails Inc. Feather Effects Polish in York
I've recently developed a bit of a thing for nail varnish. I bite my nails through stress but wearing it seems to put an end to my bad habit. I also play hockey so there's little point in doing my nails just right, to go and then chip them at training. However I'm in rehab at the moment for multiple ligament injuries in my ankle, so I'm not allowed to push it on the hockey front, although I've just been allowed to start back training, but only lightly. That being that, I've treated myself to quite a lot of the new nail trends and with Nails Inc. being my brand of choice, I had to have the Feather Effects polish.

I hate it. I'm so disappointed because every other product I've had from the brand has been amazing. The polish itself its more like a topcoat, with it being in a clear base with your chosen colors as strands. York is orange and white, so I've applied it over Rimmel Lycra Pro in 440 Orange Bliss. Firstly, I don't think it looks like feathers in the slightest. I can see where the branding is going, but they haven't hit the nail on the head. Its so hard to get a full coverage of the piece. I've found almost pushing the polish onto your nail then patting the flakes off the brush (not moving them around your nail) is the only way. Unless you are amazing with polish, this is so fiddly and time consuming its just not worth it. Secondly is the texture. I know textures a big thing at the moment, but I didn't buy this for texture, I wanted it to be smoothish to the extent of a glitter polish but no, this dries really uneven, even using a good two coats of Sally Hansen Maximum Growth Topcoat. Lastly this is horrendous to get off! I did a trial run before this version, and only used one topcoat layer, and wow it took me a good 10 minutes scrubbing away. Afterwards the skin around my nails was left sore and red, and overall didn't make me want to use it again. Second time round, the same issues have happened. All in all, this looks so messy. I didn't apply my orange base coat neatly because I thought this would cover up any mistakes, but wow my nails look a state. For £11 this is not worth the money, personally I'd go and buy a MAC eye shadow!

If you still want to brave this, you can get the polish directly from Nails Inc. for £11.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Magpie Moment

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Marks & Spencer Statement Necklace - £25

My childhood nickname was Magpie. No guessing anything remotely shiny I wanted. One of my favourite presents was a foam cat that you stuck sequins on pins into. Despite looking more like snow white, I was a big fan of Ariel and her cave of treasure. While a lot of people grow out of this, my attraction to glitter and sparkle is still going strong.

When I was out shopping one Sunday in Bolton with my mum I spotted this gem (hehe) in M&S. I instantly ran to the till look like the cat that got the creme  Not only is this a really in season piece with the pastel hues, its a statement necklace. I have a complete love affair with statement necklaces. Actually no, a love affair is a phase, this is like a full blown love of your life grow old together thing. So needless to say this ticks every single box for me. Although I have one slightly similar, the neon yellow version from H&M everyone and their hamster seems to have, I felt this needed a loving home, surrounded by other suitably amazing necklaces. My mum dutifully rolled her eyes and said "When am I ever going to wear it?" and of course I stubbornly replied "All the time actually". I was truthful because its so easy to style. Under the collar of a crisp white shirt, over a plain winter woolly (why hasn't it got warmer by the way?!), it adds a bit of glamour to simple outfits.

Unfortunately, I can't find this necklace on the Marks & Spencer's website, but I know New Look have some in the same kind of style.


Monday, 4 March 2013

milk_Shake Conditioning Whipped Cream

milk_shake Conditioning whipped cream 200ml - £9.55

I must confess, when I get samples through beauty boxes, I don't always use them straight away. I add them to my sample box and then if I fancy a change from my usual product, or more usually run out of a product, I have a bit of a rummage. I've actually found quite a few of my favorite products this way. I don't usually talk about samples from beauty boxes because by the time I use a product its usually a while since I received it and everyone time lines will have covered it in beauty box posts. However, there comes a time when some products are either (1) disappointing (2) unique or (3) amazing, and I feel my readers need to be told about them. This is one of those moments.

This leave in conditioner is amazing, it literally ticks every single box for me! The smell is the most amazing scent I have ever smelt. It makes me want to eat the entire canister (obviously that would have a health risk). It smells like really sweet milkshake, a bit of honey thrown in. Its just lush. Secondly, how cool is the foam?! Its like squirty cream! Instantly appeals to me. Most importantly though it leaves my hair feeling so much healthier. I struggle with conditioner because my hair gets greasy quite fast, and leave in ones tend to speed this up. This is really light in my hair though and doesn't make it greasy at all. Plus the smell lingers! You know your on to a winner when you cant stop touching your hair because it feels so good and healthy, and that's what this has done for me. Two massive thumbs up.

If you want to have a go I've linked to the cheapest place I've found this (in the full size) at Hair Trade, but I know you can get it on Beauty Bay too.
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