The Launch of LUSH Spa Cardiff

As I write this, I’ve just got in from my first ever blogger’s event and though I’ve always wanted to go to one for some time, I think this one being my first made it all the more special. I’ve been a fan of LUSH (AKA Lushie) for some time now and it’s my favourite beauty brand.  I’d known about the spa for some time, so I had been eager to see it for maybe even a year, so when I received an invite to the launch of the LUSH Spa Cardiff, I was ecstatic.

I was the third person to enter the spa and was greeted with a name tag and a free drink which is from The Comforter? treatment that’s available in the spa. It was a pink fizzy drink that had candyfloss in it, which tasted amazing.

In my small group of three, the lovely Molly was the one to take us around the store on a special tour of the new building and, of course, the new spa. The first thing we witnessed was a demonstration of the brand new Yellow Submarine bath bomb, which we were informed is exclusive to the LUSH Spa Cardiff! As you can see in the video below, it looks incredible.

The Yellow Submarine bath bomb is EXCLUSIVE to #LushSpaCardiff!

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Molly showed us some of the bath bombs and melts which all looked gorgeous. If it were possible, I would have bought one of each. Maybe when I’m a billionaire I’ll buy a LUSH shop all for myself and it will be open to special friends and family… I guess it’s time I started playing the lottery, then!

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March Monthly Favourites 2017

Last month was quite quiet for me, so I decided not do a monthly favourites. However, I’m back and have quite a bit to share with you for my March monthly favourites.

Divide (Deluxe Edition) – Ed Sheeran

Ed’s big return after his year-long hiatus (which was a good idea for the hectic year of 2016) was highly anticipated by millions and he did not disappoint. In just one week alone, the album received close to 9 million streams, which is highly impressive. Sheeran also managed to get 20 of his tracks in the UK Top 40, which is an incredible record. The album has an eclectic sound, with Irish folk to songs evoking golden-age pop, from jittery guitars to a wispy ballad, there was something for everyone on Ed’s third album. Divide definitely exceeded my expectations and I have found myself playing it multiple times since the release beginning of this month. My favourite songs include Nancy Mulligan – an Irish folk-y song, dedicated to the love story of his grandparents, Barcelona – a song that makes my wanderlust soar and Bibia Be Ye Ye – which which literally translates to “Everything will be alright”.

Available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and in most stores

Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit in Runway

 

I’ve never truly seen an appeal to the Kylie Jenner Lip Kits, probably because of my lack of interest in the Kardashian-Jenner family, but when Barry M released these limited edition lip kits at such an affordable price, I knew I had to get one. I’ve been a fan of Barry M since I first experimented with make-up when I was around the age of 11 and the quality of their products is amazing for the price range. I stood in the Superdrug store, unsure of which shade to get. After a long decision and swiping the testers on the back of my hand, my mother and I decided that the shade Runway was best suited for me. Matte lip products can be a real hit or miss and I cannot stand something that is so drying, but these lip products were of a great quality and actually hydrating for a matte, which was hugely satisfying for me. The staying power is pretty strong, only needing to top up after eating a meal, so this is great if you want to wear for a few hours and not an issue to reapply on the go.

Available from Superdrug for £6.99

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Just a Cup of Disney: Rapunzel Princess Mug

Welcome to a brand new Disney series! This is part of the Disney Nerd series which is dedicated to the wonderful world of Disney cups and mugs. I am such a hoarder of cups and mugs, especially Disney ones, so I thought I’d share ones I find and put on my wishlist with you to share my love of Disney crockery.

Today’s cup is a beautiful Rapunzel Princess mug. Of course, Rapunzel is the princess of Disney’s 2011 animated movie Tangled, which tells the tale of of the captive 18 year old who has no idea of her royal heritage who is freed from her tower by the kingdom’s most-wanted bandit, Flynn Rider, who gives her a sense of freedom.

The pretty pink mug features the beautiful Rapunzel with beautiful silhouettes of items that relate to the princess, including paintbrushes, lanterns and her little best friend, Pascal. The back has her name in a gorgeous fairytale font. It’s not just cute on the outside as the interior is a stunning shimmering pink.

It’s always time for tea with quaint mug, making it fit for a princess (or prince!) You can get it from Disney Store for just £7.99.

Are you a Princess Rapunzel fan? Would you add this to your Disney cups and mugs collection?

 

Disney Nerd: A Dream is A Wish Found at Primark with Disney

It’s no secret that Primark have definitely gone up in people’s estimations over the past few years and now Disnerds are majorly impressed with everything Disney at Primark. After being blown away with the amount of amazing Disney products available there on my last visit, I thought I’d do a round up of some of the must haves.

Beauty and the Beast socks – £3.00

With the release of the live action remake, it’s no surprise that Disney at Primark have jumped on the Beauty and the Beast bandwagon. These were the first thing on display in the Cardiff Primark so they automatically fell straight into my basket. These socks are so cute and affordable, I couldn’t say no! Perfect for any fan of the animation or the remake.

Bambi cup – £5.00

This cup is so fricking adorable! I’m really into cute and quaint cups, so this would definitely earn a place in my cup cupboard. Bambi is such an adorable Disney character and there’s quite a lot of homeware with him and Thumper on, so Bambi fans need to get a move on to see all the Disney at Primark because a large section is full of these sweet woodland creatures.

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I will never be cured…

I don’t want to make this a blog post that’s meant to get views and comments, it’s not me trying to do anything… except talk. I just need to get it out there and whatever happens, whether it gets 1 view or 100 views, then that will just be.

I’ve always been an anxious person. Ever since I was really little. When attending the kids’ parties in Primary School, I barely left my mother’s side. I’d sit with the parents rather than go to play with my classmates. My mother would push me to go and play with them because she knew it was important, but I didn’t like being away from her. When I was 10, I was officially diagnosed with anxiety. I didn’t understand what that was at first, I just called it nervous. There’s a big difference between the two, believe it or not. Having anxiety and having anxiety issues are also two different things.

For a while, maybe three years, I thought that’s all it was going to be was anxiety. Then, when I was in year 8 and had my first breakdown, I was diagnose with borderline depression which then turned into clinical depression. I was just 13 when this happened. So I’ve been dealing for quite some time. Then, when I was 16, I had another breakdown and that’s when I received a third diagnosis of cyclothymia, which is a form of bi-polar. Lesser talked about, but just as important to be recognised. The thing is, cyclothymia is one thing, but to have anxiety and depression with it, it’s almost like a more severe case.

Having cyclothymia can be difficult. It’s exhausting and people don’t understand. Unless a person knows me very well and knows my story, they generally just think I’m just an annoying person. But it’s like being on a pendulum. Swing one way to manic, and I’m hyper, I talksofastthatifyouweretotranscribeitthenitwouldbelikeakeyboardismissingaspacebaraNDTHENSOME TIMESICANGETLOUDUNINTENTIONALLYTOOanditrytobequietanduseanormaltoneBUTTHENIGETLOUDAGAIN and it really bugs the fuck out of people. They’re like “why can’t this kid calm down? Why is she so annoying?” and often I can pick up on myself being annoying and I try to stop it, but it just doesn’t happen.

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Mother’s Day 2017: Meals, Deals and More

Mother’s Day is this Sunday but worry not, you still have time to treat your number one to a wonderful day! I’ve been doing some snooping around and found some great deals and freebies that are just for mum (or the mother figure in your life) which she will love. Here are my Mother’s Day 2017 Deals.

Meals

Harvester

If you download the free Harvester app, you will receive a voucher for a free meal for mum after 6pm, providing at least one other main meal is ordered. Perfect for some pub grub. Why not check out the menu here?

TGI Fridays

A free glass of prosecco (or mocktail) is on the cards for mum at TGI Fridays. All you need to do is download the free app, which will be given a code for this freebie, where you will also be entitled to a free Mother’s Day appetiser.

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Kids at concerts: Should they be allowed and what’s the age limit?

Earlier this week I was lucky enough to see Olly Murs in concert (again) and it was such a great time, but there was something I noticed… there were some kids at the concert.

Now, I’m not saying that they shouldn’t be allowed to enjoy themselves, but here’s where I began to get concerned. I counted around 20 children at this event. It was a General Admission, which means that it’s all standing. It’s a very crowded environment with loud music and a lot of intoxicated people. Olly, in particular, is an artist who caters to a full age range of teens, right up to middle aged mums, which is great to have such a broad fan  base, but this means concerts aren’t exactly child-friendly. Olly has a large female fanbase who, like him, are quite cheeky and flirtatious, which there’s nothing wrong with. But between innuendos, some risque moves and lyrics… is this really the place for children? I’m talking as young as six years old and at least half of them ended up in tears or with a sour face.

Photo Credit: Sophie Freestone

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Celebrity Bargain Buy: Leigh-Anne Pinnock’s Sweater Dress

Welcome back to ‘Celebrity Bargain Buy’, where I’ll be sharing with you some fashion pieces worn by celebrities which are available for an affordable price. Today’s piece is Leigh-Anne Pinnock’s sweater dress that she wore in a recent Instagram snap.

Promo Days ❤

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Leigh looked so gorgeous in this dressed down outfit, but still managed to look super stylish during the Little Mix promo sessions. She’s known as the fashionista in the group and has not let that title slip here at all.

This sweater dress is perfect for those days where comfort takes priority, but style doesn’t slip. Whether you’re teaming it up with some jeans, leggings or a pair of shorts, this guarantees you’ll look good even on lazy days. You can get the sweater dress from PrettyLittleThing for £20!

What do you think of the sweater dress? How would you style it?

 

Review: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Ever since the first announcement of the film being made, I have been desperate to see the live action of Beauty and the Beast. Two long years later, the day arrived and I made sure my mother and I were to see it on the day of release. Having fallen so in love with the original Disney animation released in 1991, I had high expectations for the remake.

The film is suitable for all the family; from the tiny tots to the big kids at heart, Beauty and the Beast has the capability of winning the hearts of people of all age groups. The first thing I noticed with this film in comparison to the animation is that it’s far more detailed, which is probably why it’s of a greater length than I expected. It was refreshing to be able to learn more about each character in this one, with a bit more backstory to who they are.

Another difference is that the violence in this version is a bit more graphic but nothing that’s too disturbing. Sword fights are more visual and theres a few punches from the likes of Gaston, but nothing that’s in need of PG and very minimal gore.

It’s a step in the right direction to see a racially diverse cast in the film, especially compared to the 1991 version. Representation is hugely important and to see even some of the supporting cast of different races was a big step towards better equality.

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Free Beauty and the Beast colouring pages

FREE Beauty and the Beast colouring pages – suitable for all the family

Today is the day! Beauty and the Beast officially hits cinemas today. Of course, this film is said to be so breathtaking that it’ll stay in your mind for weeks. So, if you’re waiting to go and see the film or can’t stop thinking about it since you’ve seen it, then I’ve found some beautiful Disney colouring pages from the live action movie. Here are some free Beauty and the Beast colouring pages to print out and use, perfect for you and your little ones to get creative with.

These are some gorgeous pages with stunning detail, making them perfect for the whole family to get involved in a creative activity. From the likes of Belle and Beast to evil Gaston and Lefou, even Cogsworth and Lumiere have their own pages. These ten pages are in PDF files, making it easy for you to be able to save and print out.

 

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