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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Lush Cosmetics 2016 Halloween Collection

Yes, it is a little early to be going Halloween crazy but the excitement has hit me early this year. This means I've been going a bit crazy in the Dollar Store, Lush, Bath & Body Works, and Starbucks. Today I am going to show you some of the Lush Cosmetics Halloween collection. I know a lot of Lush lovers will buy everything from a collection but if I don't like the smell, I am definitely not buying. The four bath items I am missing can be found on Lush's website here, just incase there's more you want to check out. 

Sparkly Pumpkin - I've used this bubble bar before, it makes insane amounts of bubbles. I would recommend splitting it in half and using it in two different baths. The glitter gets all over your hands, but you won't come out of the bath coated, it seems to stay in the tub and not on your body. It's sweet yet citrus-y, and very cozy. 

Monsters' Ball - This is a new bath bomb for the Halloween season, it's fruity and sweet. It makes your water a dark purple shade but leaves a frothy layer of pink on the top. It's a cute cyclops looking monster and is quite a large bath bomb so you're getting your moneys worth. 

Pumpkin - Another new bath bomb for the season, it's spicey and floral scented. This is a normal bath fizzer so don't expect anything too amazing from it but it's smell. I usually don't opt for such plain bath bombs but this one was just too cute. I don't think I'd rebuy it though! 

Have you tried any of the Lush Halloween range? 

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Outside Lands Music Festival in San Fransisco w/ Ardene | iPhone Recap

So my new blog is up and running! I updated a few things and styles to better fit my personal style, it really wasn't "me" before. To kick off the new blog I am going to do the first of a new type of post on my blog that I'm calling the "iPhone Recap". When I am out and about at a concert, or party, or travelling I am just taking photos on my iPhone, and most the time someone else is in charge of taking all the fancy quality images (and lugging around a huge camera.. I just cannot do that!). Because most my photos are all on my iPhone I have decided to saw screw the top quality blog images in this case, and simply share my adventures with you this way. These of course will be the only phone quality images I share on here, for the rest follow my Instagram @emilylavenders. 

This summer I was insanely lucky to be chosen to go to San Francisco, California with Ardene for their #ArdeneRocks trip to the Outsides Lands music festival! I was able to bring my best friend along and we were decked out in Ardene clothing and accessories and had an amazing weekend. We went to the festival each day, hung out with the Ardene's girls to get some insta pics and snapchats, and also snuck in a bit of tourist-y things. The festival included some of my favourites such as Lana Del Rey, Radio Head, LCD Soundsystem, Sufjan Stevens, Halsey, Major Lazer and so many more. Huge thank you to Ardene (@ardene on insta) for the best weekend ever. 

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Monday, 19 September 2016


The blog is currently undergoing some much needed repairs and updates (as is my personal life, hah) - will be back by end of September! I've been working on lots of great posts and collabs in the meantime!

Thanks for sticking around,

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

St. Tropez Self Tan Dark Bronzing Mousse | Review

I love getting spray tans but $30 a week is far too much for me. I was looking for a good alternative that gives me a not remotely orange and natural looking dark tan and I believe I've found it! The St. Tropez Dark Bronzing Mousse hit all the key points for me as it did not leave me streaky, did not wear off patchy, had no orange undertones, smelled great, and allowed me to achieve a deep dark tan for 7 days. 

As for application I was using a tanning mitt, but I had once read that someone used latex gloves to put it on directly with their hands so I thought I'd try. Though I love using a mitt I find the gloves allowed me to work in all the product without losing any soaked up in the mitt. It's took a bit longer to rub the product in but the end result was perfectly even and dark. 

This product can be a little scary when you first apply it because it looks green on your skin. You can see an example of that above where the darkest square is on my arm. After you let that sit in your skin for 8 hours (while you sleep) the second square is the amazing colour payoff. The last photo shows the natural deep tan it left my entire arm. 

The downsides are that it stains your sheets.. you just can't escape that with a fake tanner! It's also quite pricey but the bottle does last for over 4 months of weekly tanning. You can find this product in Shoppers Drug Mart and Amazon. 

Have you ever tried this self tanner? Let me know your thoughts below!

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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Summer 2016 Wishlist

No post in well over a month - I definitely did not plan for that to happen. I absolutely love blogging but sadly working two jobs and finishing my degree/thesis has stopped me in recent weeks. I have still been working on some things while away and have some pretty amazing collaborations to share in the near future. In the meantime I leave you with my current wish list.. I personally love nosing through what other people are currently lusting for so I hope you feel the same. Below I have listen the item links:

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Sunday, 1 May 2016

Versace Bright Crystal Perfume Review

I had wanted this perfume for a long time, not only is the packaging gorgeous but the perfume is so unique. This perfume can be a little pricey so I was saving to eventually buy it as a little gift to myself. I was in Walmart and I noticed they sold it, I went to see if the price was better than at Sephora and turns out they actually mislabelled it and I got it for only $15. Crazy right? 

This perfume is very fresh, and not over the top sweet like my usual perfumes. It's a little musky but not in the 'old lady way' that perfumes like most from Chanel give off. To me it's very summery, I think the name suits the scent very well as it really is bright and fun. I really do love the packaging though, one of my favourite bottle designs. 

'Inspired by a mixture of Donatella Versace's favorite floral fragrances, Bright Crystal is a fresh, sensual blend of refreshing chilled yuzu and pomegranate mingled with soothing blossoms of peony, magnolia, and lotus flower, warmed with notes of musk and amber.'

This perfume comes in five different sizes, from a rollerball to a huge 6.7oz bottle (I can hardly get through a rollerball let alone that much in a bottle). The one I own, and that's pictured, is 3oz. Check it out at Sephora, I think it's a scent most people can appreciate, it's definitely a safe choice. It begins to smell event better once applied and it lasts quite a long time on the skin. 
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