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Thursday, 26 March 2015

I Went To Hogwarts! | Harry Potter Studio Tour.

Excuse me, can you tell me where I might find Platform Nine and Three Quarters?

A couple of days ago Mark & I visited Hogwarts (the Warner Bros. Studio Tour) for the second time (read about our first trip here) and it was perhaps even more incredible than the first. Platform 9 3/4, complete with real Hogwarts Express, had been open for a couple of days and we had to go and see it. There is so much to see and the atmosphere is so full of the excitement that radiates from everyone there, it's difficult not to be swept up in the magic of it.

Magical truly is the best word to describe it and it really is like stepping into one of the films. It's a real celebration of everyone that made the films possible from makeup and wardrobe, to the model makers, to the art department. The detail within every single aspect is exceptional and if you're able to visit you absolutely must - even if you're not the biggest Harry Potter fan.

Four hours later, hundreds of pictures taken, and far too much money lost in the gift shop we emerged very happy! We'll be back again that's for sure, maybe during Christmas time when all the decorations are up. Now, if only they'd let me move in... I wouldn't mind having a bowl of cheeri-owls at The Burrow every morning!

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Have you visited Hogwarts?

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

A Few New Beauty Things...

Bee Good Honey & Wild Flax Daily Moisturiser* | £19.50
Kindly gifted by the Bee Good team I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to trying this moisturiser a little more. I've used it a couple of times so far and it feels really nice on my skin. It's almost balmy and really sinks in leaving skin feeling incredibly soft. 
Good Things Manuka Honey Creamy Cleanser | £4.99
My skin had a huge reaction to something earlier this month so I wanted to get a really simple cleanser that wouldn't be too harsh and really give my skin time to heal and repair itself. I've had a tube of this before and although it's nothing incredible, it is gentle and incredibly reliable.

Good Things Manuka Honey Daily Moisturiser | £7.99
Similarly I wanted to find a simple moisturiser and I thought I would be safe with this since I like the cleanser so much. And I do like it so far. I can't put it around my eye area otherwise they water like crazy but I tend to use a separate eye cream anyway so that's not really a big deal.  
Karm Candle* | £14.99  
This smells like vanilla and caramel, with an almost spicy note in there that makes it one of those really warming and comforting scents. I'm yet to start burning it, but I really hope it scents a whole room. 
Ted Baker Brompton Crescent Body Wash* | £8 & Ted Baker Langley Court Body Lotion* | £8
Ted Baker packaging is adorable, from the pastel colours to the elegant building illustrations. It's a wonderful range for gifting I think. The body lotion has become my new favourite for using on my legs and I've been pleasantly surprised by how hydrating it is.
NARS Tinted Moisturiser in Terre Neuve | £29
I'm on a mission to find a cruelty free base that comes in a very fair shade, that sits nicely on super dry skin. I wasn't really sure where to start but after a lot of googling I opted for the NARS tinted moisturiser. I've tried it a couple of times so far so definitely not enough to form a real opinion, but mostly I'm just happy that it matches my skin as I find that's half the battle with pale colours!

Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation Samples | £1.49 each
Although my skin is much to dry to be able to use mineral foundation alone anymore, I do like having a loose setting powder so I thought I would get a couple of sample pots from Lily Lolo to re-match my skin. I used to be a mix of porcelain and blondie but now one of their newer shades, china doll, seems to be a really good match.

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Have you invested in any new beauty items recently?

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

March Empties & Mini Reviews.

I'm still working on downsizing my beauty stash, or at least making sure I use something up completely before moving on to something else. Although things seem to be taking a little longer to use up now, it's still really satisfying ending up with a collection of things ready to be popped into the recycling at the end of each month. Without further ado, here are the things I've managed to finish in March...

Faith in Nature Aloe Vera Shampoo* & Conditioner* | £5.35
These were really brilliant on my slightly oily hair. The shampoo cleansed thoroughly, although my hair definitely felt like it needed a good condition so it's perhaps not one for dry hair types as the label suggests. The conditioner was lightweight but certainly moisturising enough without leaving my hair feeling heavy. I'll definitely look into the range again when I next need a shampoo & conditioner.

Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo | £5.75 for 50ml
This little sample size came in a beauty box and I happily gave it a try. I've never really got on particularly well with Liz Earle products apart from their foundation, and this is far from my favourite shampoo. It was nice, but I wouldn't invest in the full size. 

Yankee Candle Candy Cane Lane | £7.99
I finally burned through my final candy cane lane candle. I'm a little sad to see it go, but it's definitely a very seasonal scent and not the most appropriate for spring.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara | £6.99
Rimmel mascaras always seem to take forever to dry on my lashes, even when the tube is a couple of weeks old. I always love the end result but I always end up smudging it everywhere accidentally, which is a bit annoying and I find it's not really worth the extra effort.

Bourjous Healthy Mix Serum Foundation | £10.99
I loved this foundation for so long. It applies so smoothly over dry skin leaving a dewy, glowy finish. I would absolutely repurchase but I'm trying to be more mindful with my purchases and only buy from cruelty free companies from now on.

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Have you used up any beauty items recently? 

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