Friday, 18 September 2020

Lush IRL Bath Bomb Review

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! Recently, my friend, Alex picked me up a limited edition IRL Bath Bomb that Lush recently released for Digital Detox Day, so I thought that today, I would talk to you all about the product. 

A square light brown box containing a plethora of pink, purple and white rigid spherical bath bombs with a black rectangular card with irl in white large font on bright background

Lush recently partnered up with Zoella and Digital Detox Day to create the IRL Bath Bomb. Digital Detox Day was to promote how taking a day away from social media can help your mental wellbeing. This was then emulated into IRL Bath Bomb in a number of ways, including, the relaxing scent, the colours that this product creates in the water and the name of the bath bomb itself. IRL is well known internet slang for In Real Life. 

List Of Ingredients: 

Sodium Bicarbonate Citric Acid Organic Illipe Butter Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate Titanium Dioxide Rose Absolute Ylang Ylang Oil Mimosa Absolute Lavender Oil Lebanese Neroli Oil  Orange Flower Absolute Cornstarch Water (Aqua) Gardenia Extract PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate Dipropylene Glycol Propylene Glycol Synthetic Fluorphlogopite Tin Oxide Amyl Cinnamal Butylphenyl Methylpropional *Citronellol Geraniol Hydroxycitronellal *Limonene *Linalool Perfume Colour 45410:2 Colour 42090:2 Colour 42090 Colour 45410:1 Colour 45410 Colour 77491 Colour 15850:1

When I dropped this into the bath, the first scent that I got was Orange Flower Absolute. I have smelt this before within other products, thus I was able to detect the smoky scent as soon as the scent drew itself towards my nose. After a while, the Orange Flower Absolute blended together with the Neroli to create a sort of floral, resinous citrus scent. Neroli is known to boost serotonin levels which in turn helps us be a little bit happier which we all need during these hard times. The Rose slightly made the scent a slightly sweeter within the waters, but after a few moments, the Rose mingled together with the Ylang Ylang and Lavender to create a sort of light floral sea water scent. I know that this description doesn't sound that attractive on screen, but trust me it smells great. This product would be amazing for those who like clean or citrus scents.

This product produced a lot of bubbles, but once the bubbles from the Bath Bomb disappeared, a lovely layer of softness appeared from the Illipe Butter which made my skin feel amazing. I loved how my skin drank up all of the lovely butter to ensure my skin was hydrated whilst I stared at the lovely colourful waters that were produced from the product fizzing and foaming. 

Sadly this product is limited edition but do let me know if you have tried it. 

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Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

Thursday, 17 September 2020

Dairy Milk Crispy Mint Creme Chocolate Bar Review

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I thought that today, I would talk to you about a Chocolate Bar that I found at B&M. 

I recently found a new bar from Dairy Milk when I was in B&M. Dairy Milk Crispy Mint Creme. I have never tried it before, so I thought that I would pick up a bar to try because I love anything that is Mint Chocolate flavoured. 

A large tall rectangular chocolate bar in a purple wrapper with dairy milk in white bold font with two cylindrical glasses filled with white milk with crispy mint creme in green font on a bright background

'Cadbury Dairy Milk Crispy Mint Creme with mint flavoured creme & crispy mint pieces.' - Cadhury Australia. 

The texture of this product was very interesting. The beginning of the texture journey started off with the smooth feeling of the Milk Chocolate. After the smooth Milk Chocolate melted on my tongue, a blast of thick cream hit my tongue, unlike the melting chocolate, this coated my tongue a bit more compared to the smooth liquid like melted Chocolate. Finally, once the cream had left my tongue, bursts of crispy mint pieces came through. I liked these pieces, as they were a much needed contrast against the two quite smooth components of the bar. However, after eating a bit of a bar, crunching on so many tiny little sharp shards of mint honeycomb started to hurt my teeth. Yes, they were quite sharp. It was slightly intense and after a while did put me off the bar a tad. 

Even though the texture put me off a bit, the refreshing taste of this bar made me want to go back to it again and again. The richness of the Chocolate instantly hit my tongue like a grenade, ensuring me that I knew that I had bit into a bar of Cadbury's Dairy Milk, after a few moments, a wave of sweet Vanilla coated my tastebuds. I love how it cut through all the richness of the rich Chocolate. I'm sometimes a bit finicky when it comes to Vanilla flavoured products but I loved how this cream tasted. Finally, a brilliant burst of cooling mint pierced my palette. I love how the Mint mixed with the Vanilla to ensure that the Mint wasn't too much of an intense flavour on my tongue. 

Would I try it again? Honestly, maybe. The price of this bar was £3 at B&M, and even though I can see why it's priced at that price, due to the bar being from Australia and having three different components which normally makes a chocolate product more expensive. Saying that, I don't think its worth the price to an extent. I think if it was in a slightly smaller bar then I would get it every now and again, but only being able to get it in a big bar for £3 puts me off a bit especially as I know I'd be paying to end up having mint shards trying to break my teeth. There are very similar products on the market that deliver a similar textural and flavour sensation. If I saw this and was in the mood for a luxury Mint Chocolate bar, which sometimes I am then I would probably pick a bar of it up as a treat. 

Have you tried this product? Let me know down below! 

Check out my last post all about the Lush Halloween 2020 Range. 

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

Sunday, 13 September 2020

Lush Halloween 2020 Range

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! Lush recently released their Halloween range for 2020. I thought that today, I would talk to you all about the new range and the products that are included in this years Halloween range. 

Lush have decided that, after a rollercoaster of a year, they would only release treats for this Halloween range, thus removing the chance of any tricks happening as we have had enough tricks for a lifetime this year. I decided to pick up three products from this years range which I will talk about below. Even though, I haven't bought the rest of the range, I thought that it would be best to still include the other products in the range within this blog post, so if you like the sound of any of them, you can go and try them for yourselves. 

A tall cylindrical plastic bottle filled with neon yellow liquid with a cylindrical short black lid with a black label that says very very frightening shower gel in white font with lush in small white font next to a bat shaped purple sparkly bath bomb next to a cylindrical short glass tub filled with red and green scrub with a green label that says toffee apple lip scrub lush in white font on a white blacket with blue palm trees all over on a bright background

For 2020, Lush have released a plethora of spooky special treats. If you are a big fan of the slightly spicy Lord of Misrule, that includes Patchouli, Black Pepper and Vanilla, then you will look no further this Halloween. Lush have released their well known Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb which goes from green to red within the waters. This bomb also contains Popping Candy which creates a cool comforting feeling in the bath. Lush have also released their Boo! Shower Slime which has had an update in consistency and scent. This superb shower slime now has the same scent as the Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb and contains Coconut Shell which gives a slightly scrubby feeling to the product. 

If you love anything that is animal themed, then you will love the Bewitched Bubble Bar which is returning this year at Lush. This Bubble Bar is shaped like a beautiful black Cat. If you love anything that has a fruity kick to it, then you will love this product as it contains, Olibanum and Bergamot, which give off a Blackberry scent to the product. If you have tried the new Abracadabra Bubble Stick or Sultana Of Soap from Lush then you will love this bar! 

What's Halloween without a few Monsters? Lush have brought back their marvellous little Monster in the form of Monsters Ball Bath Bomb. Not only is this product cute, but it smells amazing too. This Bath Bomb contains Lime, Neroli and Olibanum which gives off a sort of creamy citrus scent. If you have melt Calacas from Lush then you will love this. I have always adored this product as it reminds me of Mike from Monsters Inc! If you're a fan of citrus scents, then the soap from this years Halloween range is definitely for you! Ghost In The Dark contains Bergamot and Lemongrass which gives off a slightly grassy citrus kick when you use the soap. It also glows in the dark which makes even more amazing in my eyes. 

Finally Punk's not dead at Lush, as they have brought back their Punkin Pumpkin Bath Bomb this year. This product contains, Cinnamon Leaf, Lime, Sweet Wild Orange and Sicilian Red Mandarin. This product has a slightly uplifting but mainly spicy scent to it which is perfect in the slightly colder times that will be approaching us soon in the UK. 

I decided to pick up a Bat Art, a bottle of Very Very Frightening and a tub of Toffee Apple Lip Scrub mainly because they are new things from Lush that are in the new range that I haven't tried before. 

The first product that I decided to get was Bat Art. Honestly, the design of this product was enough to make me buy it. Halloween is normally associated with Bats and after a year of Bats having some nasty connotations, I'm glad that Lush are making them spooky and cute again and not a symbol of a world wide pandemic. The slightly dark purple colour of the product is so enticing, and well I love anything that is coated in glitter. Glitter makes everything better! This product creates a mixture of swirling Purples in the water. The product also creates a lake of silver shimmer in the waters which I absolutely adore. I loved just staring at this one whilst in the bath. The scent of this Bath Bomb is very interesting. It contains, Green Mandarin, Sicilian Lemon, Rosemary and Sage. These four ingredients together create a sort of herbal Blackcurrant scent that I absolutely love. It reminds me of sort of hot Blackcurrant you sometimes have in the colder weathers to ensure that you don't end up sick. I just love how the herbs work well together with the sweetness of the Blackcurrant. If you have ever smelt the Junk range from Lush, imagine that scent in a Bath Bomb. 

The next product that I got is the brand new Very Very Frightening Shower Gel. I bought this in the 240g bottle size. Whenever I see or type out this product name, I just want to start singing Bohemian Rhapsody. This product looks so cool just from the bottle as it has a neon Yellow colour to it. If you have tried the Space Girl Bath Bomb that Lush did many moons ago, then imagine that scent but in a Shower Gel format. If you haven't then, this product contains, Plantain Extract, Fine Sea Salt, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Almond Essential Oil and Lemon Juice. Imagine a sort of zingy take on a handful of Parma Violet sweets been crushed into a big jug of Blackcurrant Juice. When I used this, the first note that I got was the uplifting Lemon but when I applied water and lathered it on my hands and body, I got a big hit of the sort of the fruity floral notes which make up the Space Girl scent. The texture of this product is quite intriguing. Its not as thick as a cream, but its also not as thick as a gel per se. When I applied it to myself, the first thing that came into my mind about the texture was Serum. You know the sort of slightly watery but still slightly gel like Serums that you can buy for your skin? This Shower Gel has the same consistency as those. It doesn't foam up and lather loads, but Very Very Frightening does have a good medium sort of lather to it and it doesn't take ages to lather up unlike some other Shower Gels that have been produced by Lush in the past. 

The final product that I decided to grab was the Toffee Apple Lip Scrub. I have a Lip Piercing so I always like to try out new Lip Scrubs from Lush as I love the natural ingredients that are in them, but also I love to see how they work when it comes to using the product near my piercing, as I have tried some in the past that haven't gotten along with it. This product evokes memories of Bonfire Night to me. Cold dark evenings, the sound of fireworks erupting the world around me and the feeling of eating a terrific Toffee Apple whilst the night sky illuminates with a rainbow of colour. This product contains, Caster Sugar, Extra Fine Sea Salt, Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Bergamot, Geranium and Sandalwood. I had a problem when trying this out. It wasn't a big problem, it was more to do with the aesthetic of the product. Online, the product looks like it is meant to be half red and half green side by side, whereas the batch that I received seemed to have the red and green on top of each other instead. I kind of got Apples with a hint of Salted Toffee more than Toffee Apple, nevertheless I love the taste of this Scrub and I will use it throughout the Autumn season. I loved what this product did for my lips. There was a good amount of scrubbing power, which ensured that my lips felt cleansed and amazing, but also the oil stopped it from feeling like I had gone over my lips with Sandpaper. Some scrubs that I have used have felt like this before and have actually irritated my lips which has lowered my self confidence in the past. 

I think that I may have to pick up a Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb and maybe some Boo! when I next pop in, as I enjoy the scent more when it's a bit colder. 

Have you tried any of the Lush Halloween 2020 Range? Let me know down below! 

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Thanks for reading my post!

Jamie x

S&B Foods & Hyper Japan Virtual Japanese Dinner Party Event

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I was invited to a virtual Dinner Party by the wonderful guys over at S&B Foods and Hyper Japan, so I thought that today, I would talk to you all about it. 

A photo of S&B Foods in bright orange bold font on a bright background

Since 1923, S&B Foods has been producing a marvellous mixture of food products including, curry sauce mixes and much more. You may know S&B for their gorgeous Golden Curry Mixes and their terrific Tube Wasabi products that have made the brilliant brand become world-wide. Personally, I believe that if it wasn't for S&B and their amazing products, the majority of the UK's population, would be scared and confused when it came to cooking Japanese food at home. 

Before the Virtual Dinner Party, Hyper Japan kindly sent me a box of the S&B Golden Curry Japanese Curry Mix In Block in Medium Hot to cook with to make my own personal Japanese Curry, so I had something to bring and talk about to the Dinner Party. I followed the recipe on the back of the box, which I will include below this paragraph, but I added a few extra things, including, Chilli Paste and some Garlic to garnish the dish with. 

Golden Curry Recipe: 

This recipe makes 5 servings, but you can always make more or less. 

Ingredients: 

Protein (This could be Beef (or Chicken, Tofu etc, chopped - 450 g

Medium Onions, minced - 1 3/4 (350 g)

Medium Carrot, chopped - 1/2 (100 g)

Potato, chopped - 1 (150 g)

Vegetable Oil - 1 Tbsp

Water - 540 ml

S&B Golden Curry Sauce Mix - 1 pack

Directions:

Stir-fry meat and vegetables with oil in a large skillet on medium heat for approx. 5 min.

Add water and bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until ingredients are tender, approx. 15min.

Turn the heat off, break S&B Golden Curry Sauce Mix into pieces and add them to the skillet. Stir until sauce mixes are completely melted. Simmer approx. 5 min., stirring constantly.

Serve hot over rice or noodles.

I cooked my food and waited for the Zoom call to start up. After a few minutes, we all joined and said hi. The Party was about to begin! We all talked about how we made our Curries and presented them to the camera. A fair few members of the group, said that the sauce itself needed a bit more heat for their liking, and, I agree. If you like your curries on the slightly mild sweet side then this block will definitely suit you. I love Japanese Curries, so this block was an easy way for me to get my fix, but I have started to like a touch of heat with my Curry which is why I added a touch of Chilli Paste to my dish. Other members of the party talked about using a Rice Cooker, I have been meaning to invest in one for a while and hearing how easy this appliance makes cooking for some of the members of the party has made me want one that little bit more! 

After we talked about how we had personalised our dishes, we were introduced to Avinash Shashidhara. They talked to us about three different recipes that can be made with the S&B Golden Curry Block. I loved this, as I never end up using a whole block in one go if I'm making a Japanese Curry just for myself. The dishes that he made with the block include, a Lentil and Vegetable Curry, Mixed Vegetable Puffs, and,  Monkfish Curry but other Fish or Seafood could be used. I thought that I would include the recipes below. I know that I will be making the Lentil and Vegetable Curry as it sounds amazing to have on those cold Autumn nights, or for me, after a virtual day at University. 

Lentil and Vegetable Curry: 

Pigeon Peas/Any Lentils - 150g

 Carrots (diced) - 2

 Potatoes (diced) - 2

 Tomatoes (diced) - 2

 Green beans - 100g

Turmeric - 0.5 tsp

S&B Golden curry mix - 0.5 block

Tamarind juice - 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Tempering:

Oil - 2 tsp

Mustard seeds - 1 tsp

Curry leaf - ripped up

Method: 

Wash the lentils.

In a heavy bottom pan, add the lentils (pigeon peas) and tomatoes. Cover with water about 1 inch above level. Add turmeric and start cooking over medium heat.

Cook until lentils are really soft (top up hot water if needed), keep stirring occasionally. This should take about 25-30 mins.

Once lentils are nearly ready, add the rest of the vegetables, tamarind juice and half a block of the curry mix. Cook until the vegetables are ready. Keep on low heat and get ready to temper.

For the tempering, heat oil in a small frying pan, add mustard seeds, once they crackle, add the curry leaves and dry red chilli and toss lightly. Once fried, add the tempering to the lentils, stir it in and turn heat off

Serve hot with steamed rice. 

Mixed Vegetable Puffs: 

Filling:

Cabbage - 0.25 chopped fine 

Onions - 1 finely chopped 

Green Chilli - 2 finely chopped 

Potatoes - 1 peeled and chopped 

Carrots - 1 peeled and chopped 

S&B Golden curry mix - 0.5 block 

Oil - 2 tsp 

Salt to taste

Pastry:

Ready to roll puff pastry sheet - 2

Egg - 1 for coating/wash 

Method: 

Prepare the filling by frying onions in the oil, followed by chilli, once fried, add the vegetables – potatoes and carrots first followed by cabbage. Season with salt and the S&B golden curry mix. Allow the vegetable to cook until soft and ensure the mix is dry. Allow this mix to cool. 

Prepare the pastry sheets by rolling them out on a dry and cool surface, divide each sheet into 6 rectangles.
Prepare a tray lined with greaseproof paper and lay one of the rectangles on it. Preheat the oven to 220°C (200°C for fan assisted)/425°F/Gas Mark 7). 
 
In each rectangle, add a tablespoonful of the cooled down mix on one half, leaving a little space on the sides to be able to fold over the second half and seal three sides. Use a bit of egg wash if needed to glue the two sides together.

Leave enough gaps between the puffs and prepare the trays. Brush the tops of the puffs with egg wash.
Place the trays in oven f and bake or approx. 12-15 minutes, or until the pastry is risen and golden brown.

Monkfish Curry: 

S&B Golden curry mix - 0.5 block 

Monkfish fillet(cut into cubes) - 1 fillet 

 Tomato ripe chopped - 3

Onion chopped - 1

Tamarind Paste - 2 tbsp 

Turmeric - 0.5 tsp 

Coconut milk - 250ml

Fish/shellfish - 500g 

Sunflower oil - 2 tbsp 

chopped ginger garlic - 2 tsp 

Method: 

Heat oil in a pan and add the onions, and ginger garlic and cook till light brown

Add the tomatoes and continue to cook for a further 10 minutes till it turns into a smooth sauce

Add the curry block and the tamarind paste and continue to cook for a further 5 minutes Add a tin of coconut milk and cook till the sauce thickens

After watching these recipes being made, we asked questions that we all had about the dishes that had been created. These questions included adjusting certain ingredients to adapt the dishes to our needs and dietary requirements. 

After this, we watched an amazing video about S&B and then we said our goodbyes. 

I had such a wonderful time, creating my Curry and hearing other peoples thoughts and ideas on how to make the dish that little bit more delicious for when I cook it again in the near future. 

What's your favourite Japanese dish? Have you cooked Japanese Curry before? Let me know down below!

Thanks to the wonderful staff at Hyper Japan, S&B and Avinash Shashidhara for inviting me to the Dinner Party and holding the event.  

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Thanks for reading! 
Jamie x 

Thanks to S&B Foods and Hyper Japan for inviting me to this event. This post was created in exchange for an invitation to the event. All views and opinions are my own. 

Friday, 4 September 2020

A Little Celebratory Socially Distanced Photoshoot

 Hey everyone!

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I thought that I would change stuff up and talk a bit about what has been going in my life lately and talk about a little phptpshoot that I did to celebrate finishing a Undergraduate Degree at University. 

As I have just mentioned, I recently finished a Degree at Leeds Beckett University. 2020 has definitely challenged me in every way possible and I'm pretty proud of myself that I was able to finish a three year University course which included writing a ten thousand word dissertation during a worldwide pandemic. 

My dissertation was about the representation of visually impaired people within the film and television industry and how basing a character on three main tropes can make society perceive an image of the visually impaired community which isn't completely true and how these industries forget to actually include real visually impaired people or their real life stories, compared to things such as blogs and YouTube videos which do. 

At the beginning of this year, I was figuring out whether I wanted to stay in Leeds for another year and if I wanted to carry on with my student story via enrolling in a Masters Degree, as I think that we need to discuss how the representation of disabled and LGBTQIAP+ people within the media needs to be changed to showcase a more true representation of the marginalised groups. I also think that the media needs to showcase some form of good representation of invisible disabilities as well as visible disabilities as I  still think that the world isn't as educated on invisible disabilities as much as we should be and seeing a true representation of them within the media would help us to be more educated on the matter. I have decided to not stay in Leeds for another year due to how the lockdown this year has affected me mentally and I believe that I need to prioritise my mental health more than anything else this year. Even though I am not living in Leeds for another year, I have decided to pursue a Masters Degree within Media and Culture. 

To celebrate graduating, as graduations have been postponed during 2020, I decided to have a mini socially distanced adventure whilst I was in Leeds. This included a great meal at Blue Sakura. If you haven't checked out my post about Blue Sakura, then click here. I love eating Japanese food and getting to eat it to my hearts content at Blue Sakura is forever a beautiful blessing. Once I had filled my boots with food, I went to a little photoshoot within a park that is located in Leeds City Centre to take some photos as I liked the way that I looked and I wanted to show the world via social media that I had graduated University. 

Here is one of the photos from the photoshoot. Thanks to Alex that took these at a 2 metre distance. 

A photo of a person with dark brown and light pink hair wearing rectangular silver glasses with a blue face covering with a red tongue and some white teeth poking out wearing a pink and white checked short sleeved shirt, some dark blue with hints of black jeans with a light grey blazer with some pink and green trees in the background on a bright background

The mask is from RedBubble. The Shirt is from Jacamo, which I have included in a blog post before, which I will link here. The Jeans are from Primark. The Jacket is from Next and the shoes that I absolutely adore are from Boohoo. 

I love this slightly smart, slightly casual look and I love the hint of shimmer from the shoes. I also love the Blazer/Jacket and honestly, I need to invest in a couple more as they just jazz up an outfit when you want the outfit to feel that little bit more special. 

Have you been to Blue Sakura? Do you like the outfit? Let me know down below.

Read my last post all about the Lidl White Chocolate, Coconut and Cornflakes Bar. 

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x



Sunday, 30 August 2020

Lidl's Fin Carre White Chocolate, Coconut & Cornflakes Bar Review

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I went to Lidl recently and saw a Chocolate Bar that sounded intriguing so I thought that I would talk to you all about it today. 

I couldn't find a description online. The product is a White Chocolate bar that contains pieces of Dessicated Coconut and Cornflake pieces. 

A tall rectangular white chocolate bar studded with white coconut and brown bits of cornflake in a silver metallic wrapper and a blue tall rectangular cardboard wrapper with fin carer in a red diamond with white font and white chocolate, coconut and cornflakes in white font on a bright background

The texture of this product is amazing. When I popped a couple of pieces into my mouth, the smoothness of the creamy White Chocolate coated my tongue like a blanket. After the blanket of pale Chocolate coated my mouth, a flood of Dessicated Coconut flew onto my tastebuds making me figure out which bits were melted Chocolate and which bits were Coconut. I love Coconut as a textural ingredient in food products as it gives a little body to the product. I think it's why I love Bounty's so much. I had forgot that this bar contained Cornflake pieces when I tried some so I was surprised to then have an explosion of texture burst on my palette via the Cornflakes. It added another dimension to the bar, as the Coconut added more of a chew, whereas the Cornflake pieces added a cheerful crunch to the bar. 

The taste of this product was very interesting. I'm not the biggest fan of White Chocolate. I just kind of think its a bit too rich and sickly for me. However, when I tried a piece of this product, the White Chocolate was rich and creamy but had a slight kick of Vanilla to it which cut through the taste of the Chocolate. After a few minutes, a flavour wave of Coconut flooded my tastebuds. I love Coconut so I was pleased that this was the next stop on the flavour train. I love Coconut in anything and it made me feel like I was laying on a beach somewhere forgetting all of the things that are going on at the moment. The final stop on the taste train was the Cornflakes. Sadly, these were more for texture than taste, but they still added a touch of slight savouriness to the product which I always love as I am a big fan of sweet and salty food. 

Would I buy this again? It is rare that I buy White Chocolate based products again, but I would buy this again and again. If you're not the biggest fan of White Chocolate then I urge you to try this as I think that it will win you over. I think that this would be great to enjoy on a night in whilst watching something. I think that it would also be great enjoyed with a drink when you need a bit of a pick me up. 

Have you tried this product? Is there any great products that I should try from Lidl? Let me know down below! 

Check out my last post about Cadbury Dairy Milk Orange Giant Buttons.

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

Friday, 28 August 2020

Cadbury Dairy Milk Orange Giant Buttons Review

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I recently saw that Dairy Milk Orange Giant Buttons have been making their rounds on the Internet so I had to get some so I could try them and tell you all about them. 

'Classic Cadbury Dairy Milk infused with real orange oil.' - Tesco. 

A purple square pouch filled with giant dark brown chocolate buttons with Cadbury in gold font with Dairy Milk in large white font with orange in small orange font and buttons in white font with a photo of two giant circular dark brown chocolate buttons on a white background on a bright background


The texture of these were pretty great. Slightly crisp on the outer edges of the buttons mixed with the melting middle of the button. I love the contrast especially when you have a handful as you get a mixture of both textures. 

These Giant Buttons tasted amazing. I was unsure on what this product was going to taste like. When I popped a few of these gorgeous Giant Buttons into my mouth, I experienced a wave of sweet and creamy chocolate on my tastebuds. The taste that exploded on my tongue was a familiar taste. I've tasted Dairy Milk many times during my lifetime. A few moments later, the uplifting taste of Orange popped on my palette. I loved the mixture of Orange and Chocolate together within food products. When I was enjoying some of these Buttons, I realised that they have a similar flavour tp the very well known Terry's Chocolate Orange. 

Would I buy these again? Definitely. I loved these. I think that these would be great to enjoy with a  Coffee. If I see these in any supermarkets or on offer then I will be getting the Giant Buttons again and again. 

Available to purchase from  Tesco's and will slowly available to purchase from all good retailers soon. 

Have you tried these? Let me know down below. 

Check out my last post all about the Lush Honey I Washed The Kids Body Spray. 

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Lush Honey I Washed The Kids Body Spray Review

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I thought that today I would talk to you all about the Honey I Washed The Kids Body Spray from Lush. 

Before I talk about the Body Spray itself, there is a bit of a backstory to the Honey I Washed The Kids for me. When I was studying at College, I used to wear the sweet scent quite a bit, via using the Soap and Shower Gel that is sold at Lush. For the first few months of meeting Michelle and getting to know her, I wore this scent quite a lot. This slowly meant that Michelle associated me with the scent therefore I have forever waited for a Body Spray to come out to evoke the nostalgic memories of when I was first starting out at College. 

A black spray bottle filled with light coloured liquid with a black rectangular black label with lush honey I washed the kids body spray in white font on a bright background


List Of Ingredients: 

DRF Alcohol Water (Aqua) Perfume Glycerine Bergamot Oil Brazilian Orange Oil Amyl Cinnamal Butylphenyl Methylpropional Citronellol *Limonene *Linalool

The spray bottle itself had a medium sort of spray strength to it. When I have tried other Body Sprays in the past, I have sometimes noticed that some have a very strong spray strength which means that your arm gets coated in one spray of fragrances and other times not. 

The smell of this product is gorgeous. If you haven't tried anything from the Honey I Washed The Kids range, then, the best way to describe this fragrance is that it is a slightly bright yet creamy toffee fragrance. Yes I know, it's weird that Orange and Bergamot make up a toffee like fragrance but weirdly it works. I think the Orange notes comes through as a more deep Orange compared to an Orange scent that dominates the fragrance and the Bergamot brings the sweetness to create this divinely dessert like fragrance. 

The fragrance was super strong when I first sprayed it onto my skin. Surprisingly, it settled down quite quickly and left a light citrus and creamy scent in the air. I checked on the scent all day whilst out and about. I came to the conclusion that, this product keeps it's signature toffee like scent going on all day but once it has initially kicked you in the face via the strength it settles and reminds you that it is still there in short bursts of scent instead of kicking you in the face with fragrance for an hour and then disappearing into thin air. 

Would I buy it again? I think that I would. I love the scent and I love that it is strong but not overly strong to the point that you get sick of wearing it as soon as you've sprayed it. I also think its a great one to wear on maybe the colder nights. I just love that its a cosy scent but still has the ability to uplift and cheer you up at the same time. 

Have you tried this Body Spray? Let me know down below! 

Check out my last post all about Fry's Lemon Turkish delights.

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

Monday, 24 August 2020

Fry's Lemon Turkish Delight Review

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I recently picked up some Lemon Turkish delights from B&M so I thought that I would tell you all about them today. 

A rectangular shaped brown chocolate bar wrapped in a gold wrapper with fry's Turkish delight and lemon in white font on a bright background

'Lemon flavour Turkish delight covered in milk chocolate.' - GB Gifts. 

Before I start the review of this product, I should admit something. I think I've had a Fry's Turkish delight once in my life, therefore, I won't be comparing this against the original Fry's Turkish delight. 

The texture of this product is an interesting one for me. The product contains a smooth yet slightly wobbly gelatinous interior and a crisp exterior from the Milk Chocolate coating. When I first bit into this product, I was surprised and left feeling intrigued as I have never tried any chocolate product outside of Fry's that has the same type of texture going on in their products. 

I know that Turkish Delight has many different flavours to it. I've tried some in the past that are Pistachio and Orange flavoured, but I know that the traditional flavourings of Turkish delight are Lemon and Rosewater, therefore I was expecting the bar to be that particular flavour and it was. When I bit into the bar, I got a blast of sharp Lemon mixed with a calming sweet wave of Milk Chocolate. After a while though, a heavy hit of Rose hit my tastebuds, and, I was a bit unsure on how to feel about the mixture of Rose, mixed with sharp Lemon, mixed with meltingly marvellous Milk Chocolate. However, I think that the mixture works together in small doses, but, after a while it became a bit of a weird combination by the end of enjoying the product. 

Would I buy it again? I think that I would get it every now and again, but its not something that I would go out hunting for them. I think they are something to be enjoyed every now and again.

Have you tried these? Let me know down below. 

Check out my last blog post all about Allure By Jorlaska. 

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

Saturday, 22 August 2020

Allure By Jorlaska FM 837 Review

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I was kindly gifted a fragrance by the wonderful Jorlaska over at Allure By Jorlaska. 

Allure By Jorlaska is a wonderful small business that is ran by the wonderful Jorlaska. They specialise in creating inspired fragrances, and Vegan and Cruelty Free fragrances. They also even donate a percentage of their profits to amazing charities that help those that are less fortunate as the majority of society. 

I was kindly sent the FM837 Fragrance which has taken inspiration from the Bad Boy fragrance by Carolina Herrera. 

A picture of a long rectangular black box lid next to a rectangular black box with a glass rectangular bottle filled with light liquid with a black label with 837 in gold font on a bright background

List Of Notes Within The Fragrance:

Top: bergamot, black pepper, white pepper

Mid: cedarwood, sage

Base: tonka bean, amberwood, cocoa.

The packaging of this product is amazing. The fragrance comes in a sleek yet elegant rectangular box with metallic details that glimmer and twinkle in any form of lighting. The fragrance itself is presented in a rectangular glass bottle that screams style. This is definitely a bottle that would look great on a shelf that is able to be viewed by all. 

I have used this a few times to ensure that my opinion is consistent, as sometimes fragrances can smell slightly different when using it more than once on the skin. 

When I first sprayed this onto my skin, the first sort of scent I got was a sweet yet musky citrus hit. I believe that this is due to the Bergamot in the top notes of the fragrance. The Bergamot came out of the scent a lot more than the Peppers that are included in the top notes. In my opinion, the Peppers add a touch of spice to the Bergamot, instead of taking over the citrus notes of the Bergamot. When I think of Pepper in any form of fragrance, I end up expecting it to be the main note which can be great in some fragrances, but can be off putting in other fragrances. I loved how it slightly complimented the Bergamot and weirdly amplified the citrus elements of this product. 

The mid notes of this fragrance were interesting to me. I love Cedarwood in fragrances, as they add another dimension to the fragrance. I also think that Cedarwood goes great with anything that has a spicy or warming element to it, so I wasn't surprised that when the mid notes kicked in, that I picked up on the intoxicating scent of Cedarwood and Black Pepper. I was surprised that Sage was included in the mid notes of this fragrance. The main reason is that, normally, Sage, like Pepper has a tendency to overtake other notes within fragrances and sometimes Sage ends up making the fragrance have a predominately herbal scent to it. 

The base notes were the most interesting to me within this fragrance. I love Tonka Bean. It gives anything that it touches a kiss of sweetness. As I have smelt this quite often in other products, the Tonka Bean hit me like a ton of bricks and I loved it. Especially as it blended with the Amberwood and Sandalwood to create a sort of sweet, less abrasive woody scent to me. The Tonka Bean also mixed with the Cocoa note to create a sweet earthy scent which I really enjoyed. I was intrigued by the Cocoa, as I haven't really ever noticed a Cocoa note in fragrances before. I was expecting the Cocoa to make everything chocolate like, but instead it added an earthy rich hit to the fragrance. 

Would I buy it again? Yes I think that I would. I love trying new fragrances and if I find one that I like then I know that I am going to buy it again within the future. I think that this is best worn in either the Summer or Autumn season in my opinion. It also had a great lasting power to it so I would love to try other fragrances by Allure by Jorlasks to see if they have the same lasting power. I think that this is a great scent to wear when going on socially distanced adventures with others. I haven't tried the Bad Boy fragrance, so I think that post COVID, I may have to try it and compare it against this fragrance. 

Have you tried this product or the Bad Boy fragrance by Carolina Herrera? Let me know down below. 

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Jamie x

The product by Allure By Jorlaska was gifted to me in return for a blog post. All opinions, and, ramblings are my own. 


Thursday, 20 August 2020

Lush Crash Shower Jelly Review

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I thought that today I would talk to you all about the Crash Shower Jelly from Lush. 

A photo of a cylindrical short clear plastic pot with a green and yellow shower jelly inside with a circular clear lid with a black rectangular black label on the side of the tub with crash shower jelly in white font with a circular black label with lush crash shower jelly in large white font on a bright background


Just to give you some information, Crash Shower Jelly, is an exclusive product that has only been available via having a party at a Lush store. Recently, Lush decided to put the product into all stores for a limited time, so I decided to pick one up whilst I could. 

List Of Ingredients: 

Glycerine, Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Luminescent Zinc Sulfide, Sweet Orange Oil, Lime Oil, Cognac Oil, Fresh Orange Juice, Titanium Dioxide, Lauryl Betaine, Citronellol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 59040.

I love Shower Jellies. They offer a completely different Shower experience compared to Shower Gels. Some jellies have a firm texture due to the Carrageenan extract that is in the product, but Crash still has a firm texture, but on the top has a sort of more liquid texture to it. Kind of like a thin serum. It is that thick that, even though, the product consists of two different colours, the colours never run even when the product is wet. 

A long thin pale arm with a pale hand holding a cylindrical green and yellow shower jelly that is slightly lathered up on a bright background


This product has a very citrus scent to it. The mixture of Sweet Orange Oil, Lime Oil, Cognac Oil, and Fresh Orange Juice created an uplifting scent that would help anyone get up first thing in the morning. I love anything citrus based. It helps me get in the mood to be inspired and to do activities that I don't normally partake in that often. If you are familiar with Lush, then imagine a combination of Bubbly, Celebrate and Ectoplasm mashed into one superb Shower Jelly. 

Would I buy it again? If this product was at Lush stores all year round, then I would buy this again and again for when I need an amazing product to pick me up first thing in the morning. It has such an amazing and uplifting scent to it! I think that this product would be great to use in the colder months, when you need a scent to ensure that you don't want to crawl back into bed five minutes after waking up on those dark mornings. 

Check out my last post all about the Lush Ultraplant Facial Cleanser.  

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Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Lush Ultraplant Facial Cleanser Review

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! During lockdown, I tried Ultraplant by Lush out for a fair few weeks, so I thought that today, I would tell you all about my thoughts of the product. 

A cylindrical short black pot filled with pale liquid with a black rectangular label on the side that says lush ultra plant in white font with a circular black lid with a circular black label with lush ultra plant facial cleanser in white font on a bright background

Just to give you a tiny bit of information, Ultraplant is a Vegan plant based light cream cleanser that is great for the skin. This cleanser can be applied at any time of the day when you need to take care of your skin. The best way to use this, is to take a tiny scoop of this amazing product, massage it over your face and then remove via using a warm damp cloth. 

List Of Ingredients: 

Organic Jojoba Oil, Orange Blossom Water, Glycerine, Sunflower Wax, Candelilla Wax, Organic Agave Nectar, *Linalool.

I loved the texture of this product. I love any form of light Cream Cleansers, as they are rich enough to nourish the face, but not too rich or thick that there is still product on your face after removing. Sometimes, when I try creamy sort of Balm to Oil Cleansers, I find that I end up trying to dig the product out of the container and then as soon as it is on my hand, it's dripping a tiny bit before I have even massaged it due to the warmth of my hands, but that didn't happen to Ultraplant.

An image of a circular splurge of thick slightly pale yellow cream on a bright background

It took me a long while whilst trying out Ultraplant to figure out my opinion on the scent and what it reminded me of. After a while, I realised that it reminded me of the Frozen Bath Bomb that Lush used to sell a few years ago. (If you remember the Bath Bomb, then let me know down below.) I love the citrusy notes that the Orange Blossom Water as they helped me to feel invigorated when I used this product first thing in a morning during lockdown. 

Ultraplant improved my skin in a couple of ways. I have quite dry and dehydrated skin, therefore the Organic Jojoba Oil helped to rebalance the oils in my skin, therefore after using for a couple of weeks, I noticed that my skin was less dry and looked better. The Oil also helped with the texture of my skin. Ultrplant also ensured that my skin wasn't extra dry, or, irritated when cleansing after wearing makeup, unlike other cleansers. It just left my skin feeling fabulous. A fun fact about Jojoba Oil, is that it's the nearest oil to your skin's natural oil (sebum). 

Would I buy it again? Yes, I think that I would as a treat for my skin every now and again. It is on the more expensive side for a cleanser but you do definitely get your moneys worth and I think that it would be a great option for when your skin just feels that little bit down or for when the weather gets colder. 

Have you tried this product? Let me know down below! 

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Thanks for reading! 
Jamie x




Saturday, 15 August 2020

Got Nuts? | Snickers Crunchy Peanut Butter Spread Review

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I recently went to B&M and grabbed some goodies, so I thought that today I would talk to you all about the Snickers Crunchy Peanut Butter Spread. 

'Snickers + Peanut Butter...yes, you better believe this stuff exists! Snickers Crunchy Peanut Butter Spread is HERE and it's FILLED with crunchy peanuts with hints of sweet caramel and chocolate!! Delicious naughty 'n nutty peanut butter as we know and love it...swirled, stirred, and satisfying!' - The Protein Pick & Mix. 

A tall cylindrical glass jar filled with light brown peanut butter with golden swirls of caramel and swirls od dark brown chocolate with a circular black lid with a yellow rectangular label that says snickers crunchy peanut butter in black font on a bright background

There was good points and bad points about the texture of this product. I adored the mixture of splintered Peanuts, smooth Caramel and slightly chunky pieces of Chocolate. I loved that every spoonful tasted slightly different which made me wanting to go back for more and more. Sadly, the thickness of this spread put me off a bit. The spread was as thick as tar. I get that Peanut Butter and Caramel won't make for the thinnest of mixtures, but, is it really a spread if it's actually too thick to spread on food, such as, Toast?

I love Smickers so I was expecting the Spread to taste of Snickers, but sadly, I was slightly let down. I think that the best thing about Snickers is that Peanut layer in the bars normally has a salty edge to it which balances the bar out. However, the Spread didn't have that salty edge which made the product a bit bland. The Caramel and Chocolate just made the Spread too sweet for me. 

Would I buy this again? Maybe. I think that if I saw this on offer in the Supermarket, then, I would pick some up and use it when I wanted to bake something, but otherwise I'm not fully sure if I would buy it again sadly. 

Have you tried this product? Let me know down below. 

Check out my last post which is all about the M&M's Crunchy Peanut Butter Spread. 

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

Thursday, 13 August 2020

M&M's Crunchy Peanut Butter Spread Review

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I went to B&M recently and found a few goodies including the new M&M's Crunchy Peanut Butter Spread so I thought that I would talk to you all about it today. 

'Delicious sweet 'n nutty peanut butter as we know it...swirled, stirred, filled with smashed M&M's.' - The Protein Pick & Mix. 

A cylindrical clear glass tub with a rectangular yellow label with m and m in large black font with crunchy peanut butter spread in small black font on a bright background

This spread was amazing when it came to texture. I loved the mixture of splintered pieces of Peanut mixed with slightly finer smashed pieces of Peanut M&M's. It meant that every spoonful was different as you never knew if you were going to get, M&M, Peanut, or both. The only problem that I had with the pieces of M&M is that they were so finely smashed that you sometimes didn't realise that you had gotten a piece of M&M in certain scoops of the spread. 

When I opened the lid of this product, I was met with a fog of sweet Peanut goodness, however, when I had a spoon of the spread, things changed very quickly. The Peanut Butter itself was quite sweet which was a bit of a problem for me. When you get a Peanut Butter, you expect it to be slightly sweet yet slightly salty at the same time. It's mainly why I love Peanut Butter, but as this product didn't give me that kick of salt that I love, it meant that the spread tasted slightly bland and slightly average to me. I did quite like the taste of the M&M pieces though as I do love a good bag of Peanut M&M's whenever I grab them from the supermarket. 

Would I buy this product again? I think I would if it was on offer, but it's not something that I am going to go hunting for. I think that this product would be good for something like a Peanut M&M Cheesecake. 

If you have bought it from B&M, then let me know your thoughts down below. 

Check out my last post all about Milka Cherry Creme Chocolate Bar. 

Thanks for reading! 
Jamie x


Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Milka Cherry Creme Chocolate Bar Review

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I thought that today I would talk to you all about something that I found when I was on my latest shop at Home Bargains. 

'Alpine milk chocolate with cherry flavoured cream filling (30%) and cherry filling (20%)' - Milka. 

A large rectangular purple bar with milka in large white font with a photo of a square piece of dark brown chocolate next to a dark red cherry and a splash of white cream with Cherry Creme in small white font on a bright background

I am very particular with Cherry flavoured things. If the product tastes of artificial Cherry, as in that sort of really sweet Cherry cough medicine like flavour then I can't stand it in any way, shape or form. However, if the product tastes of a realistic, slightly sweet, slightly sour Cherry then I absolutely adore it. This bar did contain two types of Cherry but they were both in the category of being slightly sweet, slightly sour, therefore I absolutely loved this product. As I saw that this bar had two types of Cherry components, I was expecting it to be average tasting, but this bar challenged my expectations. The Cream gave a slightly subtle Cherry flavour, but as soon as my tastebuds were used to the sweet creamy Cherry flavour, the Cherry filling came through, which flooded my tastebuds with a wave of Sour Cherry. The Milk Chocolate cut through a bit of the sour flavour at the end of tasting this bar.  

The smooth sweet cream contrasted in flavour and texture with the tart slightly chunky Cherry filling. I loved how every other bite came with a chunk of terrifically tangy Cherry. It made me remember that the bar was Cherry, as sometimes with bars, you get halfway through it and forget what flavour the product is trying to be. The creamy Chocolate then went against the chunky compote as it gave a luxurious feeling to the mouth. It was like a smooth sandwich with a superb sour middle to balance it all out. 


Would I get this again? I definitely would. It's rare to find Chocolate Bars that have a real fruit flavour to them. I mean no disrespect to the staff and brands that create Chocolate products, but nine times out of ten, fruit flavoured chocolate products normally taste of artificial fruit flavouring. 

Have you tried this product? Let me know down below! 

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Thanks for reading! 
Jamie x

Friday, 31 July 2020

Aldi Lacura Healthy Glow Rose Oil Review

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I thought that today, I would talk to you all about some of the products that I bought from Aldi. 

If you have followed me for a while or know me personally, then you will know that I love Rose scented things. My friends, Abbey and Michelle can vouch for this, as, one birthday I met up with them for drinks and they could smell Rose from me before I was even near them. 

A rectangular white box with lacuna healthy glow rose oil in rose gold font on a bright background

The texture of this product was peculiar to me. I have used a fair few Facial Oils in my time but unlike this one, they have normally had a thin consistency to them. This one had a thick texture to it which I wasn't used to. I enjoyed the thicker consistency as it meant that there was less of a chance of the product dripping everywhere when applying it to myself.

A white short cylindrical bottle with a slightly gold pipette with Lacura Healthy Glow Rose Oil in light rose gold font on a light background

The scent of this product is amazing. If you have read my Rose Toner post, then imagine that but a tiny little bit stronger. I love Rose scented products, therefore strong Rose scents appeal to me very highly. If you're not a fan of the powdery type of Rose scent then I don't think that you will enjoy the scent of this product that much. 

I've been using this product for the last few weeks and I have loved using it. When applying it, it is thick like I have mentioned above, but when it is applied to the skin, it becomes tacky for about a minute or so before sinking into the skin quite quickly. I have noticed that this product does leave a tiny bit of a Matte finish to the skin. Keep this in mind if you don't like Matte finishing products on your face. My skin felt soft and plump after using this product. I think that my skin felt plump due to the mix of Rose Oil and Hyaluronic Acid that are in this product. 

Would I buy it again? If I found it in the aisles of Aldi then yes I definitely would. As this was an Aldi Superbuy, it does mean that it is rare to find it again. I have incorporated it into my daily routine though. 

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Jamie x

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Aldi Lacura Healthy Glow Rose Toner Review

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I thought that today I would talk to you all about some more products that I have been trying from Aldi recently. 

If you have checked out my last post about the Vitamin C Hot Cloth Cleanser, then you will know that I recently went to Aldi to buy some products for Luke, and whilst I was there, I picked up some products for myself too. 

A cylindrical clear bottle filled with light pink liquid with a white circular lid and a white rectangular label with lacuna healthy glow rose toner in rose gold font on a bright background

The texture of this Toner is a weird one for me. When I applied this on my hand or Cotton Pad, I could tell that it had a slightly watery feel to it. This is natural when it comes to Toners. However, when the product glided over my skin, I could feel a little bit of a more jelly like texture to the product. The best way to describe what I am rambling about is to define it more as the same texture as a water based Serum, where you can tell its watery but its thick at the same time. 

The scent of this product is to die for, but then again I do love anything with Rose in. It is more of the raditional powdery Rose scent, so if you're not the biggest fan of that then you may not want to be putting this on your face that often. I love putting this on Day or Night, but the scent enveloping my senses just before bed is the best. 

After using this product for several weeks, this Toner made my skin feel smooth and slightly more refreshed. It also helped my spots to reduce slightly during the process of using this for a few weeks. With skincare, it's best to use it for a long while to truly see the benefits of the products that you are using. 

Would I buy it again? Yes, as I love the scent and I love what it has done to my face. I also love that you get a good amount of product within a bottle which means that I will have enough to last me a long while. If I see this within the aisles of Aldi within the future, then I will be sure to buy more of it. 

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Jamie x

Monday, 27 July 2020

Aldi Lacura Vitamin C Hot Cloth Cleanser Review

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I thought that today, I would talk to you all about some of the items that I have been trying from Aldi lately. 

I went to Aldi a while ago as Luke wanted me to pick up some goodies for him. Whilst I was there, I thought that I should pick up some things for myself, so I did! 

I've been loving some of the products within Aldi's Lacura range recently so I decided to pick up some more goodies that are within the range. 

I was in need of a new cleanser so I thought that I would try their Vitamin C Hot Cloth Cleanser, as I had heard great things about it from other people and I knew that I could do with getting some Vitamin C into my beauty routine due to having slightly dull skin post finishing University. 

A photo of a triangular orange squeezy bottle with a silver clear circular clickable lid with Lacura Vitamin C Hot Cloth Cleanser on a white background with some blue leaves in the background

This product contains Cocoa Butter which ensures that the product has a creamy consistency to it. It also ensures that it doesn't dry out your skin, which in my experience some Cleansers have a habit of doing so. The Cocoa Butter also ensures that the product is gentle on the skin, which ensures that the product is suitable for sensitive skin too. This means that for me, it was a great Cleanser to use the day after shaving my face when stuff was still a tad sensitive. 

The scent of this product is amazing. If you love anything with a Citrus kick then you will adore this Cleanser. This Cleanser has a sort of Grapefruit/Orange scent to it. When I first smelt it, the product reminded me of the Pink Grapefruit range from The Body Shop. Due to this uplifting and invigorating scent, this Cleanser is great to use first thing in the morning but I also love using it at night due to its creamy texture. 

After using this product for a couple of weeks, I noticed that my skin felt smoother and felt amazing. I also believe that the Cocoa Butter helped to make my skin feel slightly more moisturised in the long run.

Would I buy this again? A thousand times yes. I love this product and have started to use it as my main everyday Cleanser within my beauty routine. 

Have you tried this product? Let me know down below in the comments section! 

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Monday, 13 July 2020

Oh Honeycomb, You're The Bee's Knees | Dairy Milk Inventor Crunchy Honeycomb Chocolate Bar Review

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I thought that today, I would talk to you all about the Honeycomb bar from the Dairy Milk Inventor Range. 

I managed to grab the Honeycomb Bar when I was last in Tesco so I thought that I would write about it whilst it is fresh in my memory. These bars are only at Tesco at the minute. 

A bar of chocolate covered in a purple rectangular wrapper with dairy milk in white font with crunchy hineycomb in gold font with a piece of gold honeycomb at the side of it on a bright background


'Milk chocolate with caramel flavoured fudge cubes (7 %), chopped hazelnuts (6 %) and honeycomb granules (4 %).' - Tesco's Website. 

The texture of this bar was pretty great. I think that with all three of these bars, that the texture will be amazing, as there is loads going on within each bar. As usual, the bar starts off with the smooth and creamy Dairy Milk chocolate that everyone knows and loves. After the chocolate melts in your mouth, the crunchy Honeycomb takes over your mouth and gives the bar a good amount of crunch and crisp. After this, the slightly chewy Fudge gives the bar some great textural difference. It's also rare to see Fudge in a Chocolate Bar. After the Fudge has dissolved, the textural rollercoaster finishes with the slight crunch from the Hazelnuts that are in the bar. 

The taste of this bar was nice. it started off with the smooth and creamy Chocolate flooding your mouth like a tsunami wave of deliciousness. Once the Chocolate taste evaporated from my mouth, the slightly smoky but sweet Honeycomb flavour punched my mouth like it was a fight to the death. After the fight between my tastebuds and the heavenly honeycomb was over, the slight creaminess from the Fudge came through. After about a minute, the taste of toasted hazelnuts crept its way onto my tongue and I loved it. 

Would I buy this one again? I think I would but at the same time I don't think I will be rushing out to buy it again and again. For me, it's one of those that if I saw on offer then I would grab a bar. Y'know? I think that this would be a great one to share with someone or to have with a TV show and a good drink. 

Have you tried any of the bars in the Inventors range? Let me know! 

Check out my last post about the Inventors Out Of The Blueberry Bar here

Thanks for reading! 
Jamie x

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Bursting The Berry In My Mouth | Dairy Milk Inventor Out Of The Blueberry Bar Review

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I thought that today, I would talk to you all about the new Cadbury Dairy Milk Inventor Bars. 

The first bar that I thought that I would make a blog post about is the 'Out Of The Blueberry' Bar. I couldn't grab all of them at the same time, so I thought that I would create blog posts about the bars when I can grab my hands on them. 



'Milk chocolate with blueberry flavoured pieces (8 %) and white chocolate coated cereal balls.' - Tesco's website, where they are only available from for the moment. 

I loved the texture of this bar. I think when I am looking at new bars, or even reviewing products that I already know and love, its best to look at the textural components of the product. I think when it comes to food, texture plays such a big part of whether you love or loathe it. This particular bar starts off with the smooth and creamy Dairy Milk chocolate that a lot of us know and love. When you take a piece of the bar into your mouth, the chocolate floods your tongue like a wonderful river of joy. The interior of the bar gave off a sort of crumbly vibe to me. The interior component reminded me of the inside of an After Eight, but, with chunky nuggets of chewy but beautiful dried Blueberries running through it. The Blueberry section of the bar, isn't the last stop on the texture train. The crispy white pearls give the bar some crunch. These balls are extremely crunchy! I wasn't expecting them to be as crunchy as they are.

As I mentioned in the section above, the bar starts off with the familiar Dairy Milk that everyone knows and loves. This means that when you put a piece of the bar in your mouth, you're hit with the creamy taste of Dairy Milk. Once this slightly sweet flavour has flooded your tastebuds, a creamy taste of Vanilla over takes the Chocolate flavour, but every so often, a hit of juicy Blueberry bursts on the tongue. After the Blueberry taste has diffused on the tongue, a wave of creamy White Chocolate envelops the tongue which leaves you wanting more. 

Would I buy this again? Yeah, I would. I think that this is something very different in the Chocolate world, and I think that more companies should bring out fruit centric Chocolate products. 

Have you tried this product yet? Have you tried any of the other products in the Inventors range? 

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Jamie x

Monday, 29 June 2020

Milka Bubbly Alpine Milk Chocolate Bar Review

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I hope that everything is going well for you! I thought that today, I would talk to you all about the Milka Bubbly Chocolate Bar. 

I recognised this bar when I bought it, as I have viewed this bar before at Morrisons in the past and I have thought about buying it. I finally bit the bullet last week, when I viewed it whilst making my weekly food shop adventure. 

A long rectangular chocolate bar in a purple wrapper with Milka in white font with a picture of a square brown piece of chocolate next to it with bubbly alpine milk in white font on a bright background

'This Bubbly Milk Chocolate Bar takes Milka's Classic Milk Chocolate and adds a fun twist! Little pockets of air give this bar a uniquely soft and velvety texture, all with the natural sweetness of Alpine Milk.' - Amazon. 

I wasn't sure on what I was expecting the consistency of this bar. When I opened it, I found that the bar was covered in Bubbles. Kind of like the well known Nestle Aero Bar, but these bubbles ranged in size compared to Aero, which is normally just one consistent size. The texture on the inside of this bar is whipped but creamy at the same time. It sounds weird, but the bar reminded me of a homemade Chocolate Mousse, whereas Aero reminds me of a store bought Chocolate Mousse. I don't mean any disrespect to Aero or shop bought Chocolate Mousses, but, the shop bought ones normally have more of a bubblier texture than a homemade one ever does. The exterior had a bit of a snap to it which was nice as it contrasted against the velvetiness of the interior of the bar. 

The taste of the bar was pretty much the taste of the original Alpine Milk flavour that is in a lot of Milka Bars. Slightly creamy without being too sickly. I love the Alpine Milk flavour. As the flavour isn't too sickly, it means that I can appreciate the flavour without wanting to put the bar away after a square. I noticed that this bar had a bit of a nutty after taste to it which I quite liked as it cut through the taste of the Chocolate quite nicely. 

Would I buy it again? I think I would. I quite like the texture and the flavour of the bar makes me want more so I think that I would definitely search for this whilst in a supermarket. 

Have you tried this bar? Let me know down below. 

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Jamie x

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Milka Noisette Chocolate Bar Review

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I thought that today, I would talk to you all about the Noisette Chocolate Bar from Milka. 

After seeing a plethora of purple bars of Milka when I went to Home Bargains, I thought that I would pick up a few different flavours and tell you all what I thought about them. 

I saw that they had a 'Noisette' flavour and was intrigued. The only other time that I have noticed a Noisette flavoured Chocolate product is when I've been looking in the Lindt Chocolate store within Leeds. 

A rectangular purple chocolate bar with Milka in white font with a picture of a brown square chocolate piece next to a light brown oval hazelnut with Noisette in small white font written below on a bright background

'Milka Noisette Chocolate Bar is made with alpine milk chocolate and hazelnut cream for an unforgettable treat!' - Amazon. 

I loved the texture of this bar, but, sadly there wasn't a major contrast compared to other bars that I've tried , such as the Confetti Bar from Milka. The main texture contrast was between the smooth Chocolate exterior and the more truffle based interior. I loved this as I realise that not every bar of Chocolate has to have a textural difference in it, but when reviewing a food product, I do like to talk about texture as it is a main component of the bar. 

The flavour of this bar was amazing. When taking a bite of this bar, you instantly get the slightly creamy yet not overly sweet Milk Chocolate that Milka is known for and then after a few moments, a sea of sweet and indulgent Hazelnut Chocolate cream floods your tastebuds. The after taste is a minute of both the Chocolate and Hazelnut filling. If you ever wanted Nutella to be put into a Chocolate Bar then this Noisette Chocolate Bar pretty much encompasses that concept. 

Would I buy this product again? A thousand times, yes. I love anything that is Hazelnut and Chocolate flavoured and this product definitely did not disappoint me. I think that this is definitely going to be one of those bars that I search for when I'm at the supermarket and if you haven't tried it then I urge you to. 

Have you tried this product before? Is there any new food products that I should try? Let me know down below!

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Thanks for reading! 
Jamie x

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Milka Confetti Review

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I saw some goodies, whilst shopping in Home Bargains, and I thought that I would talk to you about them today. 

I was walking through the aisles and saw a shiny purple bar shining at me. I went towards the shimmer and realised that it was a bar of Milka Chocolate. I have forever loved Milka Chocolate! I decided to pick a couple of bars up, but the main bar that I was intrigued by was the Confetti Bar. 

A rectangular purple bar with milk in white font with a picture of a brown square chocolate piece with circular colourful candy pieces coming out of it with Confetti in white font below on a bright background

'Delicious alpine milk chocolate with colorful cocoa pieces.' - A description of the bar from Amazon. 

The taste of this bar was great. The bar itself had a milky taste, without being cloying sweet, which some bars can be. When you taste a piece of this product, you can still taste the chocolate. The milk just adds a slight sweetness to it which makes you wanting more of the bar. The 'Confetti' pieces, added a touch of sugar to the bar, but didn't add much flavour to the bar. 

I loved the texture of this bar! The smooth velvety chocolate against the crunchy pieces of chocolate beans. it meant that finding a chocolate bean/confetti piece was a great surprise for the mouth. If you have ever had the Smarties bar, then imagine the same concept but with bigger pieces of candy pieces within the bar. if you like a little bit of crunch with your chocolate then you will definitely love this product. 

Would I buy this again? Oh definitely, I love something with a bit of texture when it comes to Chocolate Bars. The taste is amazing and it is colourful. I see no reason of why I wouldn't want to buy this again. I bought a couple of other bars from Milka so look out for those blog posts. 

Have you tried this or any of the Milka Bars? Let me know down below! 

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Thanks for reading! 
Jamie x

Monday, 8 June 2020

Hershey's Cookies 'N' Mint Review

Hey everyone!

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I thought that today, I would talk to you all about something that I found whilst I was doing my essential shopping trip.

I was in Home Bargains, getting some thing that I needed for the week and I saw something that caught my eye. I went up to see what it was and saw that it was a Hershey's Cookies and Mint bar. I had never seen them before and thought to myself, that I had to get one because I love anything that contains Mint, so I did!

A rectangular white bar in white packaging with Hersheys in black big font with cookies 'n' mint in green font on a bright background

First of all, I mainly got it because the packaging drew me in and I saw the word Mint, but I didn't;t realise that it was a White Chocolate based product. I'm very particular when it comes to White Chocolate products. I'm not sure why, but I just am. When you bite into a piece of the bar, you instantly get a kick of marvellous Mint. The Mint alone isn't too strong but is still noticeable. I know that Mint based products have a very reminiscent note of Toothpaste to them, but in my opinion, this bar did not.

As I mentioned at the beginning, I'm not the biggest fan of White Chocolate. I have to be in one of those moods to enjoy it otherwise I don't really want to eat it. The White Chocolate cut through some of the Mint flavour which ensured that Mint flavour within the bar wasn't too strong but my main problem with this, is that the Mint and White Chocolate combined together gave the bar a peculiar aftertaste. I don't know how to fully explain it, but in my opinion, the bar had a sort of sour aftertaste?  It's not an overwhelming aftertaste but it was enough to make me wonder what was causing it.

I loved the texture of this bar. I loved the contrast between the smooth creamy chocolate and the nubbly pieces of milk chocolate based cookies. I loved eating a piece of this product and then being surprised every time my mouth found a piece of Cookie. If you have ever tried the Mint Dairy Milk and Oreo bar, and loved the texture of the interior of the bar, then you will love this. Imagine that but with more crunch and less cream.

Would I buy this product again? Probably. Would I go out of my way to buy it? Probably not, but if I was in a supermarket and I saw it then I would pick it up. Would I suggest this bar to others? Hell yeah, if you love White Chocolate and Mint then you will love this!

Have you tried this bar before? Let me know down below! 

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Thanks for reading! 
Jamie x

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Hershey's Strawberries & Creme Chocolate Bar Review

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I thought that today, I would talk to you all about some chocolate that I tried recently.

When I was in Home Bargains doing my weekly necessary shopping, I saw that Home Bargains were selling Strawberries and Creme Hersheys and I knew that I had to try them. I have tried the Hershey's Cookies and Creme several times due to Luke being obsessed with them so I thought that it was fitting to try this product too.

A rectangular pale pink rectangular chocolate bar with little white sugar crystals running throughout in a white rectangular packet with Hersheys in bold black font with strawberries and creme underneath in pink small font on a bright background

From what I could tell, this product was a white chocolate bar with a strawberry sort of flavouring to it with little sugar crystals running all the way through the bar.

I'm not the biggest fan of White Chocolate so I was a little bit anxious when trying it, mainly as some White Chocolate products can make me feel sick after a bite or two, but this product wasn't like that at all. The White Chocolate was more of a backdrop which allowed the Strawberry flavour to sing. To me, the Strawberry is more of an artificial strong Strawberry flavour compared to a more sour real Strawberry flavouring that ive tried in other products before. The best way to summarise this, is imagine a Strawberries and Cream iced drink from a Coffee Chain but in Chocolate Bar form. The sugar crystals make a good surprising textural contrast against the smooth chocolate. The reason that I say surprising is because compared to other bars that have a crunchy texture, this one is a bit more fine thus making you go ooh when you encounter the crystals.

I think that this a great sweet treat and can imagine this particular flavour being released within other products such as ice-cream and frozen desserts. I bought this bar from Home Bargains for 50p whilst it was on offer. Would I buy it again? Yes. Would I buy it regularly? Maybe not, just because I'm not the biggest fan of White Chocolate so unless I;m craving a Strawberry sweet treat then I might not remember to pick this up regularly.

Have you tried this product? Have you tried any new food products lately? Let me know down below!

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Thanks for reading! 
Jamie x