Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Karma Kream reviewed: how one product has made me a Lush convert for life

Karma Kream, £13.95 for 225g or £6.95 for 100g
I'm not really sure why but I've never been much of a Lush person. I mean, haha, I certainly am a *lush* person (bit of bad Welsh humour for you there) but I have kind of passed the beauty brand by until now.

I think most people who aren't attracted solely by the company's awesome ethics latch on to Lush in their teenage years, or turn to it to help solve a specific beauty problem. We didn't have one in my hometown until I was a very poor student so Lush just didn't really catch my eye - until now.

Last month the Swansea branch invited me to their Christmas event (more on that to come!) and after browsing through all the beautiful bath bombs, soaps and other scrummy things on display, I decided to get myself a little treat.

I've recently started swapping perfume everyday for beautifully scented moisturisers instead so picking up a new body butter was a given. Completely out of my comfort zone I went for a pot of the Karma scented hand and body. It's a beautiful lotion, don't get me wrong, but I usually go for really light, barely-there scents. Karma on the other hand is fragranced with orange, patchouli and pine; it's heavy and almost like incense on the first sniff but then the lovely citrus tones come through, along with the fresh forest lilt.

You can really see why this has been one of Lush's long standing products, it's full of the heat of summer nights and the warmth of cosy winters. If you fancy a bewitching new product to perk up your November, I highly recommend a little tub of Karma Kream.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Harry Potter and the illustrated edition (or one grown woman's fangirl confession)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, illustrated edition, £15, Amazon
They say don't judge a book by its cover but with some it's really hard not to.

I am one of the fortunate ones who was growing up when Harry Potter hit the shelves. The world of muggles and wizards entered my life when I was 10 years old and to say it completely and utterly absorbed me is an understatement. I am a total fangirl - I mean, I don't have a shrine or anything, but HP completely utterly rocks my socks.

This purchase was a total no brainer for me. When the first editions of each Harry Potter instalment came out, I pre-ordered them through Amazon, to make *absolutely* sure they were there for my reading marathon on the very first day I could get my hands on them.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, illustrated edition, £15, Amazon
So back when this gorgeous illustrated edition was first listed, I did the same. To tween-age me's horror, however, I completely forgot I had done so until this parcel arrived at my door on the day it was released. But what a treat it turned out to be.

For me, Harry Potter will never really be Daniel Radcliffe's movie adventures, I'm a total true to text girl, inspired by Hermione's ballsy attitude and frizzy hair, following her, lanky Ron and the chosen one on their Hogwarts adventures. It's not often you can say that an illustration is just as you imagined but for me these drawings are pretty darn close.

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