Sunday, 17 October 2021

Lush Christmas 2021 Bath First Impressions

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I thought that I would talk to you all about my first impressions of the Lush Christmas Range. Due to this range containing a plethora of products, I've decided to split it up into three posts. Bath. Shower and Body, and Face, Lips & Fragrances. 

Today's post will be focusing on the bath bombs and bubble bars in this range. 

Bath Bombs: 

Orange Pop 

Squeeze this juicy Orange and it will go pop! Who doesn't love a good citrusy bath bomb to help them feel uplifted and refreshed during the cold winter months? This bomb contains Popping Candy obviously, but it also contains Sicilian Red Mandarin, Brazilian Orange, Tangerine and Bergamot Oils. This to me creates a zingy yet slightly sort of peppery fresh Orange scent to me. If you like Orange Scrub or Repeat Foot Balm then imagine that but in a bath bomb form! I think that this could really be made into an all year round product at Lush but during the wintry months, for me, it will definitely be used on those days where I need a little boost as I know that this product will definitely give me that zesty pizzaz that I will need on a cold day! Priced at £3.95. 

A spherical orange bath bomb with a leaf engraved into it on a white background


Butterbear 

The Bear is back! This festive favourite is back and better than ever! This bomb contains Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Synthetic Musk and Ylang Ylang Oil. This combo create a very rich soothing Vanilla scent to me. I also normally only pick one up at Christmas due to this bomb being out all year round in the form of Butterball but I do love a bear which draws me into buying one every year! If you have dry or sensitive skin then this may be one for you! Priced at £2.95. 

A animated pink bear shaped bath bomb on a bright background


Sleepy Bear 

Who doesn't love snuggling up to a sleepy bear? Talking about loving bears, there is a new bear in town! This bear is like Butterbear but contains a few different things. This bomb contains Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang, Fine Oatmeal, Lavender Flowers and Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter. I would say that this is a cousin of the Butterbear. The Lavender, Tonka and Benzoin to me create a rich creamy sort of Lavender scent with a whispering note of Ylang Ylang. The Fine Oatmeal and Lavender Flowers add something to the bath and skin but add to the power of scent as these products to me only enhance that malty vanilla Lavender scent that this product contains. This one would be great for someone with anxiety or someone who needs a boost when it comes to attempting to sleep. It would also be great for any little ones that need a buddy for the bath! Priced at £2.95. 

A white bear shaped bath bomb with a heart shaped bunch of purple lavender buds in the middle on a bright background


The Golden Pudding 

We all love a big gold pudding! If you are missing Golden Wonder this year, do not be afraid, The Golden Pudding has pushed it under the Christmas Tree and is now sitting where once Golden Wonder resided. This product contains Sweet Wild Orange, Lime and Wine Lees Oils to create a boozy citrus based scent. The best way to describe this scent for those who have never tried this scent in its many names, imagine a Bucks Fizz cocktail that you can use in the bath! This is not for those that are afraid or repulsed by glitter in their bath water. If you have tried Golden Wonder, Bubbly, Celebrate, Bucks Fizz named products then you will love this! Priced at £5.95. 

A spherical golden bath bomb with a hexagonal bottom with lush engraved into it coated in gold lustre with an engraved red and green holly on top on a bright background


Hey! Hollywood 

You better bet your bottom dollar that when you use this bomb, you'll have your photos in all of the magazines and your name on a star! This bath bomb not only looks the part with a 3D holly on top but also smells the part as it contains Peppermint Oil. This to me smells like Beats Shower Jelly or Maypole Soap from a few years ago but with a sort of rich toffee twist which I wasn't expecting. I quite enjoy the sweet toffee note mixed with the fresh Peppermint notes. Priced at £5.95. 

A spherical silver lustre coated bath bomb with a hexagonal bottom with lush engraved into it with a 3d red spherical holly berries and green holly leaf on top on a bright background


I Want  A Hippopotamus For Christmas 

I have mentioned this before in last year's post so I am going to leave this very short. This cutie contains Grapefruit, Bergamot, Almond essential and Cold Pressed Raspberry Seed Oils to create a sherbet like Raspberry scent with notes of Violet and Lemon to me which I absolutely adore. This bomb also contains Popping Candy to create a great experience in the bath and only costs £2.95 which is great value compared to some of the other bombs this year. 

A dark purple coloured hippo shaped bath bomb on a bright background


Jingle Spells 

Who doesn't love to make a bell ring? Jingle Spells was out last year but has had a few changes made to it. This year the Salt that makes this bomb ring has changed in colour and so has the scent. This bomb now contains Lemon Myrtle, Ylang Ylang and Grapefruit Oils which creates a sort of sherbet Lemon based scent to me. If you're missing the scent of the old Jingle Spells you can now pick it up all year round by picking up a Toby's Magic Cow. If you like Baked Alaska but want it in a format that isn't a soap then pick this beauty up! Priced at £4.95. 

A bright spherical white bath bomb with a intricate circular design all over with a 3d red bow on top with blue sat in it on a bright background


Rangoli Dreams 

This actually isn't a Christmas product... This product has been specifically made for Diwali. Not only is this bomb beautiful but it also smells beautiful too. This bomb contains Green Mandarin, Rose, Cardamom and Almond Essential Oils and Benzoin Resinoid. This bomb also contains Coconut Milk Powder which will nourish the skin. To me this smells kind of mainly of a mix of soft soft Rose and husky  Cardamom and definitely is one to sniff if you're near a store. Priced at £5.95. (Only available till 4th November or stocks last). 

A circular puck shaped bath bomb with an intricate diamond lattice patter with blue pink and orange in the middle whilst the bomb is gold on a bright background


Santa's Magic Sleigh

Who doesn't want to ride Santa's Magic Sleight tonight? In the bath I mean of course! This is technically three bombs in one as it contains Santa which smells delightfully ofThe Comforter, a bear which smells of Butterbear, and the sleigh which smells of Snow Fairy. I think that this is a great bomb for those that want something to relax with on Christmas Eve. This bundle of bombs contain Popping Candy, Cypress, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang and Persian Lime Oils. It also contains Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Synthetic Musk and Blackcurrant Absolute to create these three signature scents. I think that it is a great concept! Priced at £7.50. 

A yellow rectangular sleigh with a white bear and a red and white mini santa shaped bath bomb on a bright background


Shoot For The Stars 

This is a cult classic at Lush. Again, I have mentioned this beautiful bath bomb in several blog post. This bomb not only looks great as it is replicating the night sky but smells great as it contains Brazilian Orange and Bergamot Oils which creates a wonderfully sweet toffee like scent to me. This bomb also contains Creamed Coconut, Almond Oil and Cocoa Butter stars to nourish the skin. I absolutely love this bomb. If you love sweet scents, glitter, or the Honey I Washed The Kids scent then you will love this! Priced at £4.95. 

A blue spherical bath bomb with a hexagonal bottom with lush engraved into it with bright gold cocoa butter stars on a bright background


Snowball 

Lets throw a Snowball into the tub! I love the look of this bomb especially as everyone has been made slightly different. The bomb that I got did remind me more of sort of a spherical tube than a spherical bomb but as I said, it comes with the charm and uniqueness of this bomb. This bomb contains Eucalyptus, Lemongrass and Peppermint Oils to create an uplifting slightly citrus, slightly sea breeze based scent. I absolutely love this scent even though I am not the biggest fan of Eucalyptus itself. If you love Outback Mate Soap from Lush, then you will love this product! Priced at £ 4.95. 

A white oval rustic shaped bath bomb with silver glitter and a blue insert in the middle on a bright background


Snowman Dreaming 

Who doesn't love a cute Snowman when they are dreaming? I have talked about this bomb in previous posts so again I will keep this short. This bomb is not only cute but spurts out a plethora of colours into the bath through its rainbow design on the side of the bomb. This bomb contains Lavender and Cedarwood to create a wonderful relaxing yet herbal scent. If you like anything with Lavender in then you will enjoy this bomb! Priced at £3.50. 

A white snowman shaped bath bomb with rainbow colours at the side ready to shoot out on a bright background


Snow Fairy 

Who wants to feel like a fairy at Christmas? I do! Snow Fairy is back! I have talked about this bomb a fair few times. This bomb contains Synthetic Musk and Persian Lime Oils which to me creates a wonderful sort of Pear meets Candy Floss scent. It is pink and creates amazing bath art. If you love anything sweet then you will love this! Priced at £4.945. 

A pink and silver spherical bath bomb with a silver snowflake engraved into it on a bright background


Snow Fairy Lights 

What is Christmas without Fairy Lights? Lush have joined in the fun with creating a. Fairy Lights named bomb which is 3 bombs in one. The small star of this bomb can be used as a bomb on its own, the balls inside the bigger star can be used as a bomb as they are little Snow Fairy bombs and the bigger star can be used a bath bomb. If you are feeling luxurious then why not throw it all in at once! This bomb contains the same scent as Snow Fairy (read the last paragraph for details on scent) and makes bath time oh so fun! Personally, I would use them separately but that's just me! Priced at £7.50. 

A big pink star shaped bath bomb with small silver spherical bath bombs in the middle with a yellow little star bomb on top on a bright background


You Shall Go To The Ball! 

Who doesn't love a good ball? You Shall Go To The Ball is a perfect bomb for those festive office party times! This bomb contains Sicilian Lemon Oil and Tonka Absolute. To me, this bomb smells quite floral whist having a sweet slightly Strawberry Milkshake like note underneath the floral note. This bomb also looks like a carriage which I think is super cute! If you like sweet scents or bath bombs that are whimsical you will enjoy this one! Priced at £4.95.

A carriage shaped rose gold glitter covered bath bomb on a bright background


Bubble Bars 

Cinnamon Roll Bubble Roll 

I love a good freshly baked Cinnamon Roll in the morning! I may be biased but I absolutely love anything with Cinnamon in it. This bubble bar contains Cinnamon Leaf, Clove Leaf, Lime, Brazilian Orange and Patchouli Oils, Benzoin Resinoid, Fair Trade Organic Cinnamon Powder and Clove Powder. There is a lot of Oils and Powders but to me this reminds me of Cinnamon Sugar in the middle of a Cinnamon Roll which I always have adored. I think that this one will be great for those cold days. If you love anything spicy then you will love this bubble bar. Priced at £5.95. 

A red and white swirled squared off cylindrical cut roll with silver and gold shimmer embedded on a bright background


Candy Cane 

Four for you! You go, Glen Coco! Who doesn't love a good Candy Cane? This bubble bar has a little bit of a change this year. Not only in colour but in scent too! This contains Sicilian Lemon, Bergamot and Peppermint Oils which to me creates a sort of slightly citrus, slightly fresh, slightly sweet scent which I quite like. I always have thought that the Candy Cane Bubble Bar from Lush was a little bit too sweet for me but I really enjoy this product. Priced at £4.50. 

A candy cane shaped pink and white striped bubble bar on a bright background


North Pole 

Let's go to the North Pole! This is a brand new product for Lush. Thus product has a design that most may know. This product has a Bath Melt that you can snap off separately and a bubble bar that you can use alongside it or instead of it. This product contains Brazilian Orange, Clove Bud, Cassia and Davana Oils whereas the melt contains Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter to make skin soft and smooth. The oils remind me of Pomche when it comes to scent or honestly a fruity hair conditioner. I know that sounds weird but it just does. Priced at £5.95. 

A white pyramid mound like shaped bubble bar with a golden sign above it in gold lustre with North Pole embedded into it on a bright background


Snow Fairy Roll 

Snow Fairy bubbles galore! This Bubble Roll creates amazing bubbles and and smells gorgeous for those who love a pink candy scented bubbles. Like the rest of the Snow Fairy range, this contains Persian Lime Oil and Synthetic Musk. I quite enjoy this in small doses. Priced at £5.95. 

A pink and white swirled cylindrical cut bubble roll with silver lustre on a bright background


The Big Snow Fairy Roll

This is pretty much the above but in a bigger form. I think that this is an amazing product for a gift for someone who loves Snow Fairy. Priced at £20. 

A big circular spherical designed punk and white swirled bubble bar on a bright background

Have you tried any of the bath products from Lush Christmas 2021? Let me know down below. 

Check out Lush

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

Thursday, 30 September 2021

I'm The Jolliest Bee In Leeds | Jollibee Leeds Food Review

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! The lovely guys at Jollibee Leeds sent me some food to try and I thought that I would talk to you all about it today! 

Jollibee is a Filipino originated fast food business that is slowly taking over the world one ChickenJoy at a time! Jollibee are well-known all over the world for some of their dishes such as the Jolly Spaghetti, ChickenJoy and Burger Steak. As said, this business started in the Philippines but now has invaded the States and now the Uk. Jollibee started this inevitable invasion of UK by setting up first at Earls Court in London. After this first store, Jollibee has released stores in Leeds, Liverpool, Leicester, Leicester Square, Cardiff, and Reading. Leeds is the nearest store to me therefore I will be focusing mainly on the food served to me at the Leeds branch. 

A shot of a red cylindrical bucket containing light golden brown pieces of Chicken next to three rectangular boxes that are red with Jollibee in white font with an animated bee on them containing golden brown pieces of food on a bright background


8 Piece ChickenJoy Bucket 

Chicken that makes me happy? Sign me up! I decided to grab a bucket of their well-known Chicken to try to see if their ChickenJoy was all that it was hyped up to be. I absolutely loved it. Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside! I have tried my fair share of Chicken from fast food establishments and sometimes it is dry and not that great. This ChickenJoy was amazing, I even grabbed an extra 1 piece that you can buy in store to see if it would still be good hours later and it was. Again, I have tried some Chicken that becomes soggy in a matter of mere moments. The outside of the Chicken reminds me of salt and comfort. I know that sounds weird but you know that sort of comforting taste that you want from food when it is cold and rainy outside? Well this ChickenJoy is coated in it. Some may say that it isn't coated in spices and is thus tasteless but I disagree! I think that with ChickenJoy it doesn't need all the bells and whistles of spices and everything else because Jollibee allow the Chicken to speak for itself which I love. If you are wanting Chicken with spice though I would recommend the Spicy Chicken Burger. 

Jolly Spaghetti 

Spaghetti at a fast food establishment that is also jolly? I had to give it a try! Yes I know that Spaghetti isn't something that most Western countries serve at fast food establishments but this is Spaghetti with a twist! I absolutely adored this dish not only due to the textures that were going on but also due to the flavours that were going on in this dish! I love the softness of the pasta mixed with the smoothness of the sauce, the snap of the hotdog and the creamy sort of texture of the Cheese. I also loved the taste of this as it reminded me of rainy days, childhood and barbecue sauce. Yes I know that sounds like a vague and odd mixture but I used to love having spaghetti on cold days so this dish takes me right back to them old moments and the barbecue sauce element in this dish gives it a twist that I wasn't expecting! I also love the slightly smoky flavour that the hotdogs provide too! All in all a great dish that I recommences that everyone tries once in their lifetime! 

2 Piece Burger Steak With Side 

Will this dish drive a comforting stake through my cold heart? We shall see! Again, to most western people, this may seem like an odd dish to serve at a fast food establishment but I am always up for trying new dishes no matter what! The texture of the Burger Steak itself reminded me of a very succulent Meat Loaf to me and the flavour was something that comforted my soul with it's savouriness. To add to this, the gravy contained mushrooms which were a umami bomb against the side of white rice which created a blank canvas for the savoury notes of this dish to jump from. I love Mushrooms so this dish was right up my alley but I do think that this will be either a love or loathe situation for most people. 

I have also tried the Burgers in previous visits with Luke and Alex including the Spicy Chicken Burger and the Tropical Chicken Burger. I may be bias as I love Pineapple but I absolutely loved the Tropical Chicken Burger as not only did it contain Pineapple but it also contained Bacon and Sweet Chilli Sauce, Not only do I love this due to the tastes of the salty Chicken, the sweet pineapple and the spicy Chilli sauce but I also love this burger due to the texture contrasts. I love the crispy Chicken contrasted with the smooth sauce and the slightly chewy Bacon, its to die for! The Spicy Chicken Burger is not for the faint hearted though. This burger has all the spice going on and will punch you in the face with flavour if you try it!

A selection of white circular plates, and red rectangular boxes with Jollibee in white font with an animated bee on the front of them containing pieces of different food such as golden brown chicken and a hotdog on a white circular table on a bright background


Have you tried anything from Jollibee? Let me know down below! 

Check out Jollibee

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

This post was in return of gifted items. All views, opinions and ramblings are my own. 

Saturday, 25 September 2021

Lush Halloween Range 2021 First Impressions

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I thought that today I would talk to you all about my first impressions of the new Lush Halloween 2021 Range! 

A shut of a light brown rectangular bookcase filled of different bath bombs, cylindrical plastic bottles and tubs filled with neon products and circular glass lids filled with coloured sugar with a plethora of portait black cards with white writing on them of the product names such as Lord of Misrule and bat art bath bomb on a bright background


Bath Bombs: 

Lord of Misrule (2021 Edition)

The Lord has returned and has had a makeover! This bath bomb that is synonymous with Lush Halloween due to it's vivid green exterior and deep wine red interior has had a makeover after spending some time reflecting during the lockdown. This year, Lord Of Misrule has been inspired by the jesters and the mischief that they have brought to many people for many centuries. This bomb contains Black Pepper, Dark Sumatran Patchouli Oil and Vanilla Absolute to create a spicy yet slightly creamy scent that many have described as mysterious in years gone by. 

I have had this product for the past few years when it has made an entrance during the spooky times and it has definitely changed. Am I sold on the changes? Only time can tell. Do I think that the design of the bomb reminds me more of Mario Kart than a jester? Maybe. Will I still use this bomb? Of course! I also think that not only the switch of ingredients this year (from Patchouli, black Pepper, Vanilla to Black Pepper, Patchouli, Vanilla) and the change of type of Patchouli Oil has changed the scent of LOM significantly to me. I still love it but its a lot more creamy and spicy rather than spicy and creamy. As someone who loves spicy scents all year round, this slightly saddened me, however, I am still excited to see what this is like when I use it. Priced at £3.99. 

A large light brown square box filled with yellow and green jester inspired design bath spherical bath bombs with a black card saying lord go misrule in white font on a bright background


Bat Art 

Fly my pretties! I believe that I have mentioned this on the blog before, however, I will just give a little recap on this bomb. This bomb is not only shaped like a Bat but creates wonderful Bath Art, therefore, Lush decided to merge the two and create well Bat Art. Well that's my opinion of the background of this bomb anyway. 

This bomb contains Sicilan Lemon, Red Mandarin, Rosemary and Sage Oils which creates a fragrance that to me smells of menthol and blackcurrants which I love during the colder months. I know that the description of what I just said sounds awful but trust me smell it, to me it is divine! This bomb is packed full of colour and sparkle which makes it a perfect bomb to wind down with them the Autumn is just getting a little bit too much for you! Priced at £4.50.   

A photo of a selection of purple bat shaped bath bombs coated in purple, silver and black glitter in a square light brown box with a rectangular black card with bat art bath bomb in white font on a light brown square table on a bright background


Ghostie 

Boo! What a wonderful name and concept for a bath bomb! This little cutie not only looks the part with its starting white and concoction of colours design but also smells the part of giving you a fright! To me, this bomb is obviously inspired to a truly friendly ghost but who knows? This bomb contains Lemongrass, Persian Lime and Sicilian Lemon Oils. This bomb also contains Popping Candy. 

A landscape photo of a light brown square box filled with white ghost shaped bath bombs with red, yellow, blue and purple glitter next to a green plant next to a white and black bat print drawstring bag on a light brown rectangular shelf on a bright background


To most, this has been described as an old scent in the form of You've Been Mangoed. To me, this does remind me of that old scent but amped up a bit which to some may remind them more of the Avobath scent from Lush. I can't wait to use this due to the uplifting scent, popping candy and the plethora of colours that will explode from this little ghostie. Priced at £4.50. 

A landscape photo of a light brown square box filled with white ghost shaped bath bombs with red, yellow, blue and purple glitter with a black card saying ghosty in white font on a bright background


Punkin Pumpkin 

Who doesn't love to rip out the guts of a Pumpkin? Pumpkin to me is the epitome of Autumn and Halloween! 

This product contains Cinnamon Leaf, Lime, Siciian Red Mandarin and Sweet Wild Orange Oils, and, Pumpkin Puree. I love anything Cinnamon so this bomb is a favourite of mine for when I want that spooky spicy punk sort of vibe which is quite often. The Orange and Lime create a sort of citrus background for the Pumpkin to jump from which I quite like too as it stops the bomb from being one dimensional, If you haven't tried this product then you really should! Priced at £4.50. 

A group of carved out orange jack-o-lantern shaped bath bombs in a light brown square box with Punkin pumpkin in white font oNn a bright background

Bubble Bars: 

Screamo Bubble Blower

Ahhhhh! Are we screaming at the patriarchy, the villain that's coming to stab us, or, the worries of living during the pandemic? Who knows! Who doesn't love a good mask and a good scream? To me this bubble bar is obviously inspired by the wonderful slasher franchise that many including myself love to watch during the Halloween series. This bubble bar can be used by swishing into water/letting the water from the tap run on and through it and then once you're done filling your tub, you can use this product to blow actual bubbles into the bath. What an amazing concept! 

This bubble bar contains Benzoin Resinoid, Ylang Ylang and Almond Essential Oil. These three create a wonderful sort of Marzipan and Cherry scent which reminds me of amazing baked treats that definitely should be eaten straight out of the oven. I quite enjoy this scent but I do get that it is can be sickly and a bit too much sometimes. Priced at £7.95. 

A screaming skeleton mask shaped white, purple and black bubble bar on a large wide light brown stick in a light brown square box with a black card that says scream bubble blower in light white font on a bright background

Alien 

This bubble bar brings you peace! Who doesn't love a good Alien. This one definitely reminds me of those Alien toys that were all the rage a good fewyears ago. To get the full extra-terrestrial experience, just crumble this bubble bar into the tub and let the water create bubbles that are out of this world! 

This product contains Bergamot and Litsea Cubeba and Benzoin Resinoid which creates a very citrus scent that reminds me of Avocado Co-Wash with a little bit more of a zing to it. Priced at £4.95

A light bright green teardrop shaped alien bubble bar with black eyes in a large light brown square box with a black card saying alien in white font on a bright background


Shower: 

Monster Octopus Shower Jelly

This Octopus may look like a monster but they will definitely take over your heart! Who odesn't love a good Octopus so having one to shower with is amazing. I love this design as Lush rarely release shaped Shower Jellies nowadays! 

A white hand holding a dark purple and red octopus shaped shower jelly on a bright background


This cutie contains Blackcurrant and Vanilla Absolutes, Sweet Wild Orange and Tagetes Oils and Fresh Passion Fruit Infusion. I have heard many say that this smells of Passion Fruit, but honestly I disagree. I think that the infusion is more for colour than smell as I do not smell Passion Fruit at all. I have tasted and smelt a lot of Passion Fruit's and Passion Fruit based products and this smells nothing like them. To me, I get Vimto. The fizzy drink that reminds you of a mixture of berries and citrus. That. I think that this Octopus also has a fizzy element that makes me instantly think of Vimto too. No matter what you think the scent is, this is an amazing product. Priced at £7.50. 

A selection of clear cylindrical plastic tubs filled with red and purple octopus shaped jellies on a light brown shelf with a black card that says monster octopus in white font on a bright background


Lord Of Misrule (2021 Edition)

The Lord has returned to the shower! Most of this is going to be a repeat of what I said in the LOM Bath Bomb 2021 section, however, I do love the colour and texture of this gel. The colour is inviting and the gel texture isn't too thick to use and will definitely be one of the products that I will be using aplenty during the cold mornings. Priced from £7. 

A photo of a row of cylindrical plastic clear bottles filled with bright turquoise shower gel with a black label that is rectangular that says Lord of Misrule shower gel in white font on a large light brown shelf on a bright background


Ectoplasm Shower Slime 

It's getting slimy in here. Who doesn't love slime?! This product means that you can now enjoy your slime in the bath or shower. To be frank, the Shower Slimes remind me of that bath jelly that was on every TV screen in the early noughts. 

This product contains Tangerine, Litsea Cubeba and Grapefruit Oils and Fresh Tangerine and Grapefruit Juices, This to me reminds me of a more zingy cup of freshly squeezed Orange Juice to me and is definitely something that I need every morning no matter what. Priced at £6. 

A row of large plastic clear tubs filled with bright neon yellow-green slime with a black label with ectoplasm shower slime lush in white font on a large light brown wooden shelf on a bright background


Soaps: 

Pumpkin Spice 

All things nice, Pumpkin, and Spice! Who doesn't love a good bit of Pumpkin Spice with their Autumn cosmetic products. Autumn to me is always Pumpkin Spice season! 

This soap contains Pumpkin Puree, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Clove Bud Oil and Ginger Absolute which creates a slightly rich yet spicy scent that is to die for. I absolutely love this and if you love Pumpkin Spice anything then you will do too! Priced at £5. 

A bright orange slanted square piece of soap with lush engraved on the side of it on a bright background


Ghost In The Dark 

We all need a bit of brightness after all of the darkness that we have had in the past 18 months This soap not only looks boo-tiful, but also smells it too. 

This soap contains Lemongrass and Bergamot Oils which create a wonderfully uplifting scent which will brighten the darkest of people up. If you have smelt the Avobath product from Lush and loved it then you will love this too! Priced £5. 

A white ghost shaped soap with a green tinge to it on a bright background


Lip: 

Trick Or Treat 

Trick or treat? The ultimate question. I love a good trick and adore a good treat. To use a lip scrub, simply grab some of the scrub up from the pot by swiping the pot and then scrub your lips with it by moving your fingers in a circular motion over your lips and then lick once done scrubbing! 

This product contains Malic Acid and Lime Oil which to me creates a sweet like sour Lime scent and flavour which makes your lips pucker and your mouth beg for more. 

A selection of cylindrical glass jars filled with green sugar with a black circular lid with trick or treat in white font on a light brown rectangular shelf on a bright background


Gifts: 

They Only Come Out At Night

 Contains Bat Art, Alien, Ghostie, Ectoplasm Shower Slime and a drawstring cotton bag. I love gifts that come with bags as they create dual purpose and can even be used to bag other gits to people when needed. Priced at £32.


A boomed in photo of a white bag with black bats all over it containing products on a light brown rectangular bookcase shelf on a bright background

A row of bright white drawstring bags with black bats on them containing bath products on a light brown rectangular shelf on a bright background


Halloween Buds 

Contains Punkin Pumpkin, Ghoste and Bat Art. I love this gift as it would definitely be a great gift to give someone who may only want a few products or may be slowly getting into Lush. Priced at £16. 

A square box with purple wrapping that also contains orange jack-o-lanterns, black bats and other things on it on a diagonal due to the photo shot on a large light brown rectangular shelf on a bright background


Have you checked out the range? Whats your favourite part of Halloween? Let me know down below! 

Check out Lush

All photos except the soaps were shot by Alex

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x


Friday, 20 August 2021

Grabbing All The Spoons From The Pot To Start The Day Off Right | Mr Lee's Breakfast Porridges & Congees Review

 Hey everyone! 

Long time, no see! A lot of personal things have happened lately which has stopped me from blogging which I'd rather not get into. However, I do want to state that I am writing a Dissertation for my Masters Degree so posts will be sporadic for the moment. Recently I was kindly sent some products from Mr. Lee's recently and I thought that I would talk to you all about them today!

About Mr Lee's (Taken From Their Website): 

Damien Lee was a real person, not some fictitious character made up by Madmen. After being diagnosed with cancer in 2014, he decided to take a stand against the food choices available to time poor people, passionately believing that we all have a right to quick, honest and tasty food. 

So he started a food company! Damien passed away in early 2021 after battling fiercely and so courageously through the challenges of cancer for over 6 years. 

During Damien’s treatment, he craved his guilty pleasure: instant noodles. But couldn’t succumb, knowing they’re full of junk and that wouldn’t help his diet in the fight. With the help of Andy Chu - an experenced executive Chef and friend of Damien’s - they developed 6 instant noodle recipes that contained no nasties, are low in sugar, low in saturated fats and gluten free. Damien’s idea became reality and Mr Lee’s first product was born. A guilt free, healthier instant noodle!

Unlike most other cup noodles, our ingredients are freeze dried, not dehydrated. This locks in more of the flavour, nutrients and vitamins. So you can scoff away guilt-free, knowing mind, body and soul are getting what they need!

Although their about us is all about the noodles and the background of the noddles and why they are amazing, Mr. Lee's kindly sent me some of their new Congee's and Porridges so this post will be mainly focusing on them. 

The Products: 

Original Congee Rice Porridge:

Congee to me is an Asian food staple. My friend Alex introduced Congee to me whilst being at Dim Sum a while ago and it changed my life. 

The texture of Congee to me is amazing. Thick and velvety. That staple dish that just makes you feel warm on the inside. I guess the best way to put it is a very similar texture to Porridge. As the Congee's and Porridge Instant Pots are all similar in texture therefore I think that it may be best to leave it at this one in terms of discussing the texture as it may become repetitive. The texture of the Congee's and Porridges is amazing. 

Ingredients: 

Rice, Corn Semolina, Gluten Free Oat Flakes, Natural Flavour, Yeast Extract, Freeze-dried Spring Onion, Maltodextrin, Freeze-dried Ginger, Soybean, Salt, Onion Powder, Spirit Vinegar, Sugar. 

The flavour of this Congee is strong but still soothing. The Soy that is in this product adds a sort of soothing saline shake to the product making you want to go back for more and more. After a while of having the smooth saline hit jump onto my tongue, the warming wave of Ginger popped on my tongue afterwards which contrasted against the soothing hit of Soy. As said from the texture, this Congee is exactly what you want when you need to be soothed and the flavour reinstates that. The Ginger may have a kick but it still has the ability to soothe your insides and make you feel warm and toasty. 

A turquoise cylindrical pot filled with powdered product with mr lees chicken congee rice porridge on white font on a bright background

Chicken Congee Rice Porridge 

Ingredients: 

Rice, Corn Semolina, Gluten Free Oat Flakes, Freeze-dried Chicken Breast, Freeze-dried Mushrooms, Fermented Shrimp Powder, Natural Flavour, Yeast Extract, Freeze-dried Spring Onion, Maltodextrin, Dried Ginger, Soybean, Onion Powder, Salt, Wild Seaweed, White Pepper, Spirit Vinegar, Sugar. 

The flavour of the Rice, Oats and Salt are the first components to hit your tongue as soon as you take a spoonful of this perfect product which reinforces the soothing properties that I mentioned in the paragraph above. After this, blasts of Ginger and Onion jump onto the palette ensuring that you get hit with both the punchy flavours that these ingredients provide. Once this takeover of the tongue is finished, the coolness returns in the form of Mushroom. I always relate Mushrooms to soothing as they are in such sort of comforting dishes as Miso Soup and such forth. These go well with the savoury flavour of the Chicken which coats your mouth beautifully and makes you want more. I love this Congee as it is definitely the best mixture of contrasts. From soothing and uplifting to salty and sweet to crunchy and soft. It is such an amazing dish. 

A light golden brown cylindrical pot filled with powdered product with mr lees chicken congee rice porridge in white font on a bright background

So Very Berry Porridge: 

Ingredients: 

Gluten Free Oats, Coconut Milk, White Rice, Organic Coconut Blossom Sugar, Psyillium Husk, Freeze-dried Strawberries, Freeze-dried Raspberries, Freeze-dried Goji Berries, Beetroot, Maltodextrin, Modified Food Starch, Natural Flavouring. 

Oh god this porridge was amazing. I could have this every single day! As soon as I put a spoonful of Porridge in my mouth, I was hit with a blast of uplifting Coconut and I loved it! The Coconut coated my mouth like how the perfect blanket coats you at night. After this, the bunch of berries popped flavour onto my tongue like how a dart has the ability to instantly pop a balloon. I absolutely loved it as it created a great contrast against the sweet Coconut This is definitely a great product that would perk up your morning perfectly! 

A lightt pink cylindrical pot filled with powdered product with mr lees so very berry porridge written in white font on a bright background

Salted Caramel Porridge: 

Ingredients: 

Gluten Free Oats, Coconut Milk, White Rice, Organic Coconut Blossom Sugar, Maltodextrin, Psyllium Husk, Natural Flavouring, Modified Food Starch, Sea Salt. 

If anyone knows me well then you will know that I have a habit of trying Salted Caramel products and end up complaining about the fact that they never have a distinct Salt flavour to them. I was pleasantly surprised that one of the first flavours to hit my tongue was Salt which was probably Mr. Lee's telling me that I was in good hands when it cane to them putting what I wanted into their products. The next thing that hit my tongue with flavour was a sort of toasty warm Caramel flavour which I believe came from a mixture of the flavouring, Coconut Blossom Sugar and Oats. I love anything with a warn sort of smoky flavour to it as it stops products and food from being too sweet and this was no exception! It added a sort of sweet smoky flavour to the product and made me want to go back for more and more every time that I had a bite. 

A cylndrical yellow tub filled with dried powder with mr lees salted caramel porridge in white font on a bright background


Original 3-Grain Porridge

Ingredients:

 Gluten Free Oats, Coconut Milk, White Rice, Maltodextrin, Psyllium Husk, Modified Food Starch. 

Simple but sublime. The first flavour that flooded my mouth was a toasty note from the Oats which I adore. I love that sort of warm smoky tastiness that comes from Oats especially on a cold morning. Whilst the smoky note took a slight step into the background, the Coconut Milk came out to shine and gave the oats an amazing contrasting flavour of not only Coconut but also comfort. As a lactose intolerant person, Coconut Milk is my milk of choice because of this sort of comforting note as it reassures me that everything will be okay when I drink it.

A golden cylindrical pot filled with powdered porridge with mr lees original 3-grain porridge in black font on a bright background

Directions On How To Prepare An Mr. Lee's Instant Pot Product: 

Boil the kettle, take the lid off, fill the kettle up to the line, stir, wait four minutes and enjoy! 

Would I Buy These Again?

Honestly? Yes, I would! I absolutely love these. As someone who sometimes forgets to have breakfast and as someone who craves food like Porridge and Congee on the cold days, I would stock up on these to ensure I always have something in to eat for breakfast or those cold days! I love the simplicity of them and they taste amazing which I was pleasantly surprised about as I've had some instant pot products that haven't been up to a great standard of quality. Overall I give all of these a 9/10. 

Where Can I Buy These? 

You can purchase these at Amazon, The Mr Lees website, vending machines and Ocado and start from £2.25. 

Check Mr Lees here

I hope that you have enjoyed this blog post. Have you tried any new food products lately?? Let me know down below! 

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x 

This post was in collaboration with a brand and was in exchange for products. All views, opinions and ramblings are my own. 

Sunday, 11 July 2021

Favourite Summer Things Mini Guide 2021

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I thought that today, I would talk to you all about some of my favourite items for the Summer that I have been checking out on social media. 

A birds eye shot photo consisting of different coloured and shaped food on a large bright brown wooden table with white hands on it on a bright background


Dr Martens Geraldo Brando Sandals 

If you've been following me on social media or on this blog for a while, then you may know about my love for Dr Martens. I love all of their footwear and other products that they sell. One of my favourite products from Dr Martens are the Jadon Max Boots as not only do they look lovely but they also are made out of durable fabric and just fit my aesthetic amazingly. However, I do think during the Summer we all need a pair of shoes or sandals that are going to make us feel our sensational Summer fantasies and I think that the Geraldo Brando pair from Dr Martens do that perfectly! I personally adore them due to having the closed toe style of a shoe mixed with the sort of fun summer style that comes with sandals. I for one am wary of waring sandals due to hating my feet and I think that these will get me to start wearing sandals again due to this particular pair of sandals having that closed toe finish to the product. Check them out here.

A photo of some black sandals with leather straps at the top that fit the ankle with a closed toe feature at the bottom to make them look more like shoes on a bright background


Hill & Ellis 

We all need a good bag to get us through the warm weather and all of those hectic vibes that come with enjoying the Summer to its fullest! Hill & Ellis, a wonderful brand, create not only amazing bags but colourful bags that will complement the Summer vibes that you may be enjoying right now but will also add a perfect pop of colour to your Autumnal/Winter fashion looks! Their bags are also made with sustainable materials and are made in the lovely city of London! I absolutely adore their products and think that they are amazing all year round! Check them out here

A rectangular large bright red satchel bag with black fabric straps on a bright background


Watermelon Malibu 

Who doesn't love a good drink? Is it just me or does Watermelon make you instantly think of Summer too? I guess its due to the amount of Watermelon based drinks that I have had during previous Summers. Especially Watermelon Mojitos! Malibu, which some already think as the epitome of Summer, have released a Watermelon version of their delicious drink and it is amazing. I absolutely love it and think that it is an amazing addition to a cocktail for those who love anything Watermelon. 

A photo of a white cylrindrical bottle filled with clear liquid with ,Malibu in black font with watermelon in red and green font on a bright background


Jollibee 

If you have been living under a rock, which honestly I wouldn't blame you if you had been living under a rock during the past eighteen months, then you may not know what Jollibee is. Jollibee is a Fillipino fast food business that are slowly taking over the world! Jollibee focus on serving amazing Fried Chicken that will leave you feel happy for a while after you have eaten some. They also focus on creating an amazing homage to a well-known Filipino speciality which Jollibee have dubbed as the Jolly Spaghetti. This dish is amazing and reminds me of cold days where ally ou want is a hug in food form. They also offer a range of other dishes, have a brand spanking new store in Leeds and I think that their Fried Chicken eaten on a warm day in the Summer would be amazing! (Should I do a post on jollibee's food? Let me know down below or on my social media platforms!) Check them out here

A birds eye shot photo consisting of different coloured and shaped food on a large bright brown wooden table with white hands on it on a bright background


Short Dungarees 

We all need a look to kill the Summer in! I think that Short Dungarees are the epitome of Summer fashion. If you follow me on Social Media then you will know that I mean this with my whole heart as half of my feed is full of me wearing different types of Short Dungarees including ripped ones which I think are amazing. A true chefs (in this case designers) kiss! They go with anything and just make you feel like it's Summer no matter what! 

A person with a shaved head and silver rectangular glasses wearing a striped multicoloured rainbow face covering and red short dungarees, a bright blue shirt with white floral detailing and blue trainers on a rainbow background


So there we have it! A few of mt favourite Summer things! What are your favourite Summer things? Let me know down below or on my social media channels! 

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie!x 

Some of the brands and products mentioned in this post was in return for photos, or, products. All views are my own and this transaction does not change my opinions in this post at all.