Lush Review Fizzbanger Bath Bomb

Lush Review | Fizzbanger Bath Bomb

Lush is practically famous for the extravagant displays that the majority of their bath bombs perform. The Fizzbanger Bath Bomb is very simple in appearance, but that doesn’t make it boring. It’s a citrus delight! The beautiful yellow outer shell protects a centre of bright blue, which fizzes and pops thanks to all that popping candy – the resulting colour is a toxic lime green.

I absolutely loved the final colour of the water from this bath bomb! I don’t recall ever having a green bath before, so it was a bit of a novelty too. Green is my favourite colour so I was sure to love it, but it definitely was a shock. Looking at that lovely yellow bath bomb, you wouldn’t imagine it creates something so green!

Lush Fizzbanger Bath Bomb Review

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The scent of Fizzbanger is what stands out to me the most. It has a very strong citrus smell on first sniff, but then you begin to pick up the apple and spicy undertones it has. It’s kind of like a sweet apple pie, with a little bit of cinnamon! It’s really lovely. I found that the scent didn’t last the entire time I was in the bath, but it lasted long enough to leave its scent on my skin which is a big thumbs up from me.

It’s a slow fizz meaning it sticks around for much longer! It also means there’s enough time for a very simple display. Unlike the multitude of colours a lot of other Lush bath bombs produce, Fizzbanger sticks with yellows and blues. They can swirl together like a Catherine wheel or the overpowering yellow can creates little rays of sunshine in the tub. Either way, it puts on a good show.

Once the bath bomb has completely fizzed away, you’re left with the lime green resulting water and a white creamy layer on the surface. This is incredibly moisturising so I sat there soaking myself in it’s loveliness for a very long time – it was one of the nicest baths I’ve had in a while! It’s a pretty all-around great bath bomb to be honest. I do highly recommend it.

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Lush’s Fizzbanger is a simple looking bath bomb with a simple but effective performance once it’s plopped in the tub and a very, very beautifully sweet scent. I can imagine this will go down a treat in the autumn months!

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Have you ever tried this bath bomb? What did you think?

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DIY Polaroid-Style Photographs

DIY Polaroid-Style Photographs

I absolutely love Polaroid pictures (cue, shake it like a Polaroid picture!). They are timeless. Even though instant cameras have been around since the 1940’s, they’re still hugely sought after. They’re bloody expensive though.

I’ve searched high and low for an instant camera that doesn’t cost a bomb to replace film. 10 shots on your fancy new camera just isn’t enough! There’s no way I could fund my obsession at £8.99 per pack of 10 shots. I take thousands of photographs a year and even though I obviously don’t want to print out every single one of those, it would be nice to print more than 10 without having to sell my kidneys for some cash.

So, I thought I’d make my own.

DIY Polaroid Photographs

Using Photoshop, I made a template of a Polaroid style photograph. This is basically a set of cleverly-placed white rectangles, layered accordingly so that I can sit my own photographs in the centre. Using layers means that, whenever I use this template, I can simply drag and drop my photograph from one open project to another. A bit of a re-size is all it will need, as the layers will make sure everything appears cropped.

Tick, done!

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They’re so versatile. I really love them. I love them so much that I just knew I’d want to share a template with you! So, I’ve attached the Photoshop file that includes the Polaroid template.

Download my free template here!

To create your own Polaroid-style photographs, download the attached .zip file and open the extracted .psd file with either Photoshop or Gimp (a free photo editing software that you can download here).

Once you’ve opened it, you’ll find a variety of layers. All you need to worry about is opening your choice of photograph(s) and dragging them into the template file. To do this, open the image in either Photoshop or Gimp and drag it from one open window to another.

More than likely, it will be added as a top layer. This means that you’ll no longer be able to see the Polaroid frame. To fix this, simply locate the layers window (a list of ‘images’ with names such as Polaroid Frame, Outline etc.) and rearrange them. Make sure your image replaces my example photograph! My flower photograph, which is titled “Replace Image” should be beneath your newly added photograph.

Then, all you need to do is print and cut out your photographs! I bought some photo paper from the Poundshop of all places… I’m sure you’ll be able to guess how much it was. It’s great stuff too.

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What do you think? If you use the template, let me know because I’d love to see what you do with it!

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Photographs are my own. © Morgan Mills

A Quiet Sunday

A Quiet Sunday

I’m normally in bed by midnight on a Saturday night – maybe, if something big is happening, I’ll have a super late night and stay up until 2. Crazy, right? Sarcasm intended. When you only have two days to recharge every weekend, I don’t really think it’s a good idea to spend that little time absolutely exhausted anymore. Do I sound boring? Probably. Maybe I’m getting old. After years of abusing my body clock, to a point where I was pretty much nocturnal, I just thought it was about time I tried to create some sort of healthy routine!

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Despite all that, I didn’t go to sleep until 6am on Sunday morning… and I’m paying for it now. After deciding to make an effort to stay up and watch Nate Diaz’s and Conor McGregor’s rematch at UFC 202, I finally got a handful of hours sleep at Matt’s brother’s house before grabbing taxi back home this morning. Not only was I completely sleep deprived but I was suffering from the worst hangover of all time. It’s my own fault, of course, but it doesn’t make me feel any better. If you’re feeling generous, send your pity this way.

As you can imagine, today was spent doing not much at all. I had a cuddle with Matthew whilst we watched cheesy daytime television, ate some super buttery toast and then went to bed. Again. I’m awake now and, although I have a monstrous headache, I can stand without seeing triple. So, you know, silver linings and all that.

I’m going to spend the remainder of my Sunday in the bath with a Lush bath bomb. They’re magical. Somehow, they make all of your troubles feel so insignificant. I’ll probably throw in a cup of tea, a good book and a little bit of chocolate too. Just to be sure.

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How did you spend your weekend?🙂

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How Technology Has Changed the Way We Enjoy Books

How Technology Has Changed the Way We Enjoy Books

As a massive fan of both books and technology, the physical versus digital debate is something I always consider before starting a new book. Generally, I have a physical and a digital copy of the books I read, so which one do I choose? For me, that depends on what I plan on doing! If I’m planning to travel a lot, then a digital copy will be way handier – I can open up the Kindle app on my phone and it takes up no extra space. If I’m cosy at home, then I’ll always read a physical copy. There’s nothing like it.

Cassie, who writes at Cultural Coverage, has written and shared a guest post which delves deeper into how technology has changed the way we enjoy books. With us both sharing a love for technology, entertainment and all things books, it’s a pleasure to have Cassie on the blog!

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Aside from the obvious screen time versus page time, there are major ways book lovers benefit from how the technology age has transformed the written word.

From tablets to apps, there are more ways than ever to make books enjoyable, and armed with a little tech advancement and a few tools, these five points are sure to convert even a hard-copy-only reader into a digital lover.

  1. A Variety of E-readers Means a Choice of Features

The world went wild when Amazon’s Kindle released. Would this be the end of hardcover books? Are our eyes going to suffer from all the screen time? Is it really possible to download whatever we want to read instantaneously?

While the answers didn’t upend the publishing world completely, they did change things. Now instant access to literature is possible, our eyes have learned to adjust, and there are still plenty of hardcovers out there for the masses. E-readers have branched out considerably. Some are waterproof, such as the B&N Nook GlowLight Plus. Some are incredibly lightweight and easy to travel with, such as the Amazon Kindle Oasis. Others have new features like ad-free reading, integrated lights and a streamlined design.

  1. Indie Writers Get Exposure

The internet and all its book lovers have really made the indie writer huge in the last twenty years. From chapter-by-chapter writers such as Hugh Howey and his book “Wool” to global best-sellers such as E.L. James and “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the day of the publishing-house-only rule is long gone. Now writers can self-publish online, and readers can discover them even if they’ve never signed a book deal.

Websites such as Blurb help writers of travel, cookbooks and even magazines self-publish and then provide the books for sale on their site in the staff picks section. Blogosphere platforms such as Tumblr and Reddit are also great places to discover the next up-and-coming talent, all for free.

  1. Audiobooks Offer More Entertainment

While the audiobook is nothing new—CDs and cassettes have long been in rotation—they have become more convenient and accessible. From Audible to Amazon, there are a million choices for readers who are looking to listen their way through the next great classic.

Not only do the voiceovers offer endless entertainment—Harry Potter is even more popular since Jim Dale took to reading the series—they can also enthrall readers who are commuting or who are too tired to stare at a page by giving them new ways to become a part of the story.

  1. Apps and Online Tools Enhance the Reading Experience

New tools also help to discover new books and authors, keep track of old books and transfer downloads from one device to the next, so here’s the shortlist of must-haves for the avid book lover.

  • Goodreads: It’s all in the title. This huge online resource for book reviews is number one in letting you express your opinion on your last read and get started with your next one.
  • Shelfie: This app works like an online library where you can organize books you have and even download free (or reduced price) e-books to carry around in your pocket.
  • Scribd: Scribd is for the reader who is spending more than $10 a month on new reads. At $8.99 a month, the app has over a million titles to choose from and unlimited access to them. It’s perfect for on-the-go readers and digital nomads.
  • Camp NaNoWriMo: This online program is great for not just book lovers but writers as well. The name “camp” harkens back to childhood summers, and this online guide to getting your first work into print offers the same kind of fun with daily writing goals. Well-paced and full of resources, Camp NanoWriMo is the go-to for budding novelists.
  • ExpressVPN: A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is great for readers who love their devices and download e-books a lot. From protecting your reading device—be it tablet or e-reader—from security breaches to allowing you to navigate international texts even if they have a geo-location block, VPNs like ExpressVPN are the perfect aid to any online reader.
  1. Free Books Mean Greater Accessibility

It’s no secret the book industry is an expensive one, but since websites have discovered the beauty of self-publishing and the end of copyright, many books are available to the masses completely free of charge.

Websites such as Project Gutenberg provide free e-books for download, and Google Books provides titles on their website e-reader free of charge (with the added help of Google Play, where those inclined can peruse their buyable titles), which means you can get going on a new book without a visit to the library (although I still encourage you to do that!).

From great applications that organize books we’ve read to devices that allow us to take whole libraries on the go, technology has had a major impact on the way we read, and the good news is it means great reads aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. So tech up, and go consume great works of art!


About the author: Cassie is a self-diagnosed bibliophile and tech guru always on the search for ways to get written words out into the world and especially into her ear. Working on a novel of her own, she hopes one day to publish and join the ranks of the great like Twain, Gaiman and Morrison. She wishes you happy reading!

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What do you think? Do you prefer physical or digital copies? Either way, there’s no denying that technology has absolutely revolutionised the way we enjoy books.

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Sleek Matte Me Haul

Sleek Matte Me Haul

Say hello to my make-up must have. When I was looking for a new cruelty-free brand to try, I stumbled across Sleek. Coincidentally, I’d heard a lot about their range of liquid lipsticks called Matte Me and, because I’d never tried one before, I thought I’d give them a go.

The first Matte Me product I bought was Shabby Chic, a pink nude. It quickly became my favourite lip product of all time – it’s equal parts casual and beautiful. I was so shocked that it lived up to the hype, to be honest. It lasts a full day: it’s kiss proof, it’s drink proof, it’s food proof and it’s smudge proof. I couldn’t believe it. After that, I knew I wanted more.

They’re absolutely ideal for work because you really can’t faff about reapplying lipstick when you should be working. On the flip side, they’re also fantastic for nights out, where your normal lipstick is prone to smudge after all that food and drink. For £4.99, you really can’t go wrong. They’re incredibly good value for money as, unlike a lot of lippies, you don’t need to reapply over and over again throughout the day.

Sleek Matte Me Haul

After a a pretty big Sleek haul (which also included the Original eye shadow palette and their volume mascara), it’s pretty safe to say I’ve got a slight collection now. I’ve tried Fired Up, Velvet Slipper, Petal, Shabby Chic, Fandango Purple, Rioja Red and Bittersweet. Believe it or not, I’m not massively in to make-up. I just bloody love lipsticks, so I have a lot of love for these beauties.

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Although Shabby Chic will forever be my favourite, Fandango Purple and Rioja Red are too beautiful not to share. They’re both incredibly bright colours so they’d look immense if you were to dress up, but they’d be equally striking if you were keeping it simple. See, that’s why I love lippies – they’re just the perfect accompaniment to any outfit.

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Both of these shades have a different formula to the initial Matte Me products that I bought. They’re more matte, a little bit more difficult to apply and, like I said, so bright. Shabby Chic and Bittersweet, on the other hand, glide on smoothly, quickly and look way more natural. That doesn’t mean I prefer them, of course. They’re all wonderful in their own way. For me, I’ll be keeping the pinks and nudes for the day and those darker shades for the evenings!

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101 Things in 1001 Days Challenge

101 Things in 1001 Days Update

It’s been just over a year since I first took on the 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge. I was inspired to do this after having a bit of a ‘bucket list’ nosey on the Day Zero Project’s website. After trawling through wonderful things I’d love to accomplish, I craved a way to document it all. Because I’d just started a wee blog, I thought that would be the perfect way to do so. I was so pleased. A year later, I still am.

The 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge motivates me to step out of my comfort zone and try new things. If I’m at a loss on a weekend, unsure of what to do, I’ll have a look through my list and aim to tick one of the items off. I do this a lot! I may have spent the entire Sunday afternoon watching rubbish TV and re-runs of friends but, instead, I’d end up working on a new Pinterest craft project or baking a cake.

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It’s been a while since I posted any progress on the challenge. My last update was in February and it’s been slow and steady since then.

So, let’s break down what I’ve managed to tick off in the past 6 months!

Read a Comic Book or Graphic Novel:

After eagerly awaiting the release of the new Torchwood comic book, I quickly snapped one up. I was really, really looking forward to reading my first comic book and because it’s the start of a new series I knew I wouldn’t be jumping into an already established story. I’m a massive Torchwood nerd too (give us season 5, please!) so you can only imagine how excited I was.

Simply put, I didn’t like it. It took me about 2 minutes to read. I got to the end and was just like “is that it?” Sure, the story was intriguing and I’d be inclined to see where it goes but each issue is £4! I can’t see any value for money there. At least I managed to tick something off my list.

I think I’d probably enjoy graphic novels more than comic books. I’ll try one of those next.

Film:

Me and Matt have watched a few films since my last update, but nowhere near the amount I would of liked. We saw “Love, Rosie”, “Inglourious Basterds” and “The Great Gatsby” – all three of them earned themselves a solid 7/10 stars (as an average of mine and Matthew’s score, anyway). We also watched the final part of The Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay Part Two, and rated that an 8.5/10. It was a great adaptation.

Katniss Everdeen

Professionally Cut and Coloured Hair:

My red hair is long gone and I’m now a very happy brunette. I absolutely love my brown hair. It was the first time I’d ever had my hair professionally coloured and it was a disaster! I had to fix it myself with a £2 home box dye. It looked so much better with a home colour than it did at the hairdressers. I know, I was shocked too. So was my bank balance.

Finish My Mandala Wall Art:

This project is one of my favourite accomplishments from the 101 Things in 1001 Days so far. I spent a lot of time working on this and I’m absolutely over the moon with the results. Once me and Matt decided to decorate our bedroom, I thought it would be a nice touch to hang something of my own on the walls. To highlight the theme of our newly decorated room, I chose mandalas.

I think they’re beautiful. I don’t think I’ll ever stop being proud of them! The effort, time and detail I put into these will be a lasting memory, for sure.

Finished Mandala Wall Art DIY

Go on a Hike:

This was another wonderful thing to tick off my challenge. Although it fell on a pretty sad day, me and Matt had such a lovely time in Keswick. We hiked 9 miles around one of the lakes and, as you can imagine, the views were stunning. I’ll never forget them.

Books:

In the last 6 months, I read 3 books. Ouch. That’s terrible. I also started another 2 books but I didn’t manage to finish them. It would coincidentally fall across a hard time or a terrible day at work and I’d just lose all love for it. Luckily, I’m on the right side of that dark patch in my life and I hope to see the back of it completely in the future!

I read “The Sense of an Ending“, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “The Girl With All The Gifts“. I also reviewed all three, so I’ve linked their reviews just in case you’d like a read! If I had to choose, I think The Girl With All The Gifts was my favourite.

Exciting news! I started reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child last night too. I’m a little bit in love, so I’ll let you know how it goes. I’m sure I’ll adore it.

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I hope you liked this post, because I did! Writing “catch-up” posts like this is such a great way to recognise all of the amazing stuff you’ve been up to.

What amazing things have you done in the last 6 months or so?

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5 Things I Need To Stop Caring About

5 Things I Need To Stop Caring About

You know all of those negative thoughts, opinions and questions that hover around the back of your mind? Well, I’m having a clear out.

It’s Saturday night. I’m dressed in the cutest silky pyjamas, drinking a beer, and contemplating whether or not I should sleep soon. When I remembered I was 21, not 81, I started to wonder why is it socially frowned upon to be introverted when you’re young? I quickly got over it because I’m happy and, once I decided to not care about that anymore, I started to think about what else I need to stop caring about.

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1. I need to stop caring about achieving the “perfect body”.

In the past, I’ve envied flat tummies, skinny legs, curvy legs, little boobs, big boobs, short ladies, tall ladies, tanned, pale and everything in between. Like everything in my life, I’m undecided. I don’t know what’s perfect because there’s no such thing. I’d just like to be healthy. I want to run up the stairs and not need to take a ten minute breather. I wanna look at my naked body, full of confidence, and whisper “you go, girl”.

2. I need to stop caring about what other people think of me.

Worrying about what other people think of me has altered my life massively. Sometimes, it’s like I live two different lives – my home life, with my true self, and the fake life I live when I’m around other people. No wonder I love being cosy at home so much.

3. I need to stop caring about being the “best”.

This is going to sound really petty, but I don’t like losing and I don’t like it when people are better than me. I’m a terrible person, I know. Since I was really young, I’ve pushed myself to do better and better. Be better and better. This made damn sure I got amazing results in primary school, secondary school and college but, as I get older, it’s toxic. I can’t relax without an overwhelming sense of guilt swooping over me. Pushing yourself to be the best is great and everything, but not if it’s making you unhappy.

4. I need to stop caring about likes.

I regularly share snippets of my life on my blog and social media platforms and, yes, I get bummed out if they don’t get any love. Is that normal? I’m not really sure. Nobody should feel like they’re worth any less just because only a handful of people ‘liked’ their Instagram selfie.

5. I need to stop caring about what other people are doing.

Comparing yourself to others is just the worst. It can turn a proud and well deserved achievement into an unrealistic punch in the gut. “Oh, you won an award, did you? Sally got three awards and I heard a 12 year old achieved this last year” says my brain. It shouldn’t matter to you what other people are doing with their lives. Everyone is different. If your first car is a £300 banger from down the road and your friend got a brand new mint coloured Mini Cooper for her birthday, that’s fine. If other people your age are spending their money on lipsticks and shoes but you want some new curtains for the living room, that’s fine.

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Do you need to stop caring about things, too?

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