Thursday, 13 May 2021

Lush Botanomancy Bubble Bar Review

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I thought that today I would talk to you all about a new product form Lush. I did go into a store to pick this up, but, when I got to the Lush White Rose store, a lovely staff member gifted it to me which I was shocked and thankful for. 

A dark green and pink swirled oval shaped bubble bar held by a white hand over a white oval bath tub on a bright background


List Of Ingredients: 

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Patchouli Oil, Pimento Berry Oil, Petitgrain Oil, Ginger Oil, Sandalwood Oil,  Celery Seed Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Dried Lavender Flowers, Dried Rose Petals, Dried Peppermint Leaf, Cannabidiol, Gardenia Extract, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, *Eugenol, Isoeugenol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Chlorophyllin, Colour 77491.

Before I start the full review, its best to talk about the Cannabidiol.CBD Oil. Before knowing about this product, I honestly didn't know that much about CBD. I knew that it was slowly trickling its way into the beauty industry and that it comes in many forms and can be used in a plethora of ways. I still have a lot of research to do in regards to CBD but I now know that unlike stigma has crafted it to look like, it doesn't get you high even though its from the same green plant from something that can get you high and even though there is still being mass research put into finding out what CBD can do as a whole, it has been suggested that it can help those who suffer from pain and other things such as seizures. 

I love the rolls from Lush. I realise that may sound hyperbolic but honestly I really do. I currently have six of them in my possession right now of different scents. I just think that they are amazing. Not only are they full of superb scent but you can get at least six baths out of them and that's when I'm using a generous amount each time. Oh, they also create mounds and mounds of bubbles too! 

This texture pre and post crumbling it into the tub was amazing but interesting. When crumbling it into the tub, it took a bit of a while for me to have the strength to crumble it in. I have had rolls from Lush before but I don't remember them being extra hard which was something new. When I entered the waters, I didn't expect the waters to be so silky smooth. It reminded me more of a bath oil with bubbles rather than a bubble bath to me. I loved the silky sheen that appeared at the top of the wonderful waters. The second surprise in this bar was the flowers. Yes I had read online that it contained dried flowers, but honestly I had forgotten instantly about them due to the other amazing ingredients that are in this bar. When I eventually found a fabulous flower, I played with them and sniffed them to see if they still had their natural scent and they did. I loved them just on a textural spect as it kept me guessing of what was going to happen next but at the same time made me feel like I was relaxing in a gorgeous little sort of garden based bath. 

Time to get onto the scent! I may be a bit bias with my review when it comes to the scent but I love anything that is Patchouli based and I love sort of green based scents so put them together and I am in love. I used to adore the Grass scent when it was available to grab in stores! I think that's why I get along with my friend Alex when it comes to scents as they like the same sort of scents, even though they are nose blind after about three sniffs if I drag them into anywhere like Lush. 

The Patchoili, Pimento Berry (Allspice) and Ginger jumped on the scent train together when it came to instantly noticing what this bar smelt like. These three amazing ingredients blended together to give a sort of husky spicy note. Sadly, just like all three terrific trios, one of them stood out that little bit more and in this case it was the Patchouli which gave a sort of smoky herbal spice to the product which I instantly loved. The Patchouli sang its heart out till the end as I could still detect a very punchy hit of Patchouli circling my bathroom the day after. The next group to aboard the scent train were the Petitgrain, Sandalwood and Celery Seed. The main star from this group was the Petitgrain. The petit grain gave the bath a sweet yet a furious hit of floral which cut through some of the smoke and warmth from the other group. The best way that I could sum up the scent at the end of this tremendous train is a sort of spicy yet grassy floral mixture which makes you feel like you're in a spicy sort of garden like bath which is reinforced by the dried petals that surround you whilst bathing in aesthetic, scent and texture. 

Would I buy this again? Yes! I loved the scent, the texture was amazing and the CBD in this bar numbed my pain for a while. I get tension pain from suffering with severe anxiety and it can affect me quite badly and has done all throughout my Undergraduate and Postgraduate academic life so having something that I know can help it is amazing to me. The flowers as well were a great way to feel pampered but relaxed at the same time as I need all the relaxing at the moment with life being hectic and restrictions being lifted. The bath also felt like I was being massaged from all the oils, flowers and CBD which I adored. I do think that this is either a love or loathe sort of product for most though. I also love how you can get so many baths just from one beautiful bar. 

Have you checked out this product? Should I review the CBD Bath Bomb '4:20' from Lush next? What CBD based beauty products should I review? Let me know down below!

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Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

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

Friday, 7 May 2021

Some New Products That I Recently Bought From Iceland

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I thought that today I would talk to you about some of the new things that I got from Iceland. 

I decided to order a Iceland delivery order due to ordering in the past with them for when I have needed things in the past for my university at home lunches. Iceland are amazing for home deliveries due to having delivery slots in the same week as ordering, which for someone who is, disabled and a student this is an absolute must. Iceland are always amazing when delivering my items! 

Butterkist Toffee and Popcorn Flavoured Ice Cream 

Oh my god, Butterkist has always been my favourite product to take to the cinema and now that I can have it in an ice cream form, I can enjoy it at home whenever I want a movie night! 

The texture of this product is amazing. Not only do you have smooth ice cream, but you have crunchy bits of honeycomb and sugar and then waves of flowing toffee sauce. All of these blended together create the greatest of mouth feels! 

The flavour of this product is phenomenal and has many dimensions to it. To start off with the popcorn flavoured ice cream hits your tongue like the main battle of a superhero movie. After this, the toffee flavour blended together with the popcorn flavour on my mouth, just like how a sidekick blends together with the protagonist of a movie to create the greatest team alive. Finally the sugar and honeycomb flavours blast on the mouth like a rocket going into space just to create the best ending to a great flavour adventure ever. If you love anything sweet or the original Toffee Butterkist then I urge you to try this. 

A red cylindrical tub filled with ice cream with a circular red lid with some golden brown popcorn with butterkist toffee and popcorn flavoured ice cream in gold font on a bright background

Fruit Salad Ice Lollies 

Who remembers unwrapping the wrapper of a Fruit Salad sweet knowing that the contents of it would bring you utter joy? These sweets were another part of my childhood. To be honest with you readers, most of items in this post remind me of my childhood and I think that's why I bought them. During this whacky new world that we are slowly coming to know, nostalgia is very much needed. 

These reminded me of Twister ice lollies. I love anything Pineapple so I was excited to delve into them. The mixture of Pineapple and Raspberry created a delicious sweet and sour contrast. The creaminess not only added a bit of texture but added a richness to the product which I adored as it cut back some of the sharpness of the fruit, which if left in its natural form, may be a bit too much for some. These to me tasted like the epitome of Summer. 

A square yellow and red striped box containing ice lollies with fruit salad ice lollies in black font on a bright background

Parma Violet Ice Lollies 

I remember always getting these at Halloween or when it came to a fellow schoolmates birthday when I was younger. 

I adored these. The lollies had a great texture to them which reminded me of a solid slushy. The taste of these reminded me instantly of Parma Violets. The best way to describe the taste of this product, is crushed up Parma Violet sweets steeped in water and frozen. I think that these would be great for a summer picnic in the garden or with a refreshing drink on the side. I should say though that if you're not the biggest fan of Violet then I don't think that you will enjoyy these that much. 

A light purple striped square box containing ice lollies with parma violet ice lollies in light purple font on a bright background

Space Invaders Potato Snacks 

Who doesn't love Space Invaders? Those surprisingly sour crisps were the epitome of my childhood! I saw these and I knew that I had to have them! 

'Potato shapes from rehydrated potato with pickled onion flavour, pre-fried in sunflower oil.' - Iceland Foods. 

When these amazing aliens were ready, I left them to cool before I tried them. These beauties were crunchy whilst the inside were as fluffy as your favourite blanket. I love the texture of potato shapes in general as they bring the best of both worlds to the plate. 

Sadly, I was expecting the Pickled Onion flavour to come out strongly when after cooking these aliens, the Pickled Onion note of them had been muted quite a bit by the heat of the oven. To me they tasted more of Cheese than Pickled Onion to me which was quite bizarre. I am tempted to get the BBQ Neef ones to see if the same happens. Even though the Pickled Onion isn't completely there, it will definitely not stop me from devouring the rest of the bag! 

A big black bag containing light golden brown alien shaped potato shapes with a green alien logo on and space invaders pickled onion potato shapes in green font on a bright background


Hav
e you been enjoying any new foods lately? What do you love from Iceland? Let me know down below. 

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Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

Friday, 30 April 2021

Lush New Bubble Bars 2021 First Impressions

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I recently popped into Lush White Rose with Luke to try out their new bubble bars. We did also pop into Lush Leeds Spa due to White Rose not having all of them. I thought that today, I would talk to you all about the brand new bubble bars. 


A semi circular arched shaped bubble bar with all of the colours of the rainbow in arched stripes on it on a bright background


Apple Crumble 

Take a bite, dearie. Who doesn't love an Apple? They keep the doctor away! I love the design of this bar as it looks like an Apple but in bubble bar form. This bar contains, Fresh Apple Pulp, Myrrh Resinoid, Orange Flower Absolute and Cinnamon Leaf Oil. This creates a sort of refreshing crisp yet light Red Apple scent with a touch of spice. I love anything spice and I adore Apple Crumbles so this one drew me instantly in. This bar is actually a Bubbleroon as this product contain Shea and Cocoa Butters in the middle which make a luxurious bath which helps to soften and nourish your skin. I did wish that this bar did have a tiny bit more of an Apple scent to it but overall I love the design and the smell of this one. 

A bright red oval shaped bubble bar which looks like an apple with a oval green accessory on the top of it filled with some white butter on a background of brown rectangular shelves filled with different shaped and coloured bath bombs on a bright background


Castle In The Clouds

Surfing like a castle in the cloud! Who doesn't want to bathe in something that is as light as a cloud? This bar contains, Geranium Oil, Jasmine Absolute and Benzoin Resinoid. This to me created a light sweet floral scent. I love floral scents but sadly, I don't think that this one is for me. I got a weird mixture of floral, faint berry and sort of a cream based note. Maybe I need to sniff this one again but honestly, its not my favourite. 

A spiralled sort of castle shaped bubble bar with blue white and pastel pink features on a bright background


Frozen Reusable 

 Let it go into the tub! Summer is slowly approaching and who doesn't love something that will chill you right down? This bar contains, Spearmint Oil and Fine Sea Salt. I believe this is the same scent as the Cream Egg Bubble Bar but I could be wrong. I love the addition of Salt (but then again I am quite salty in life) but I do also understand that flakes of salt can create a bit of a mess. I love the Mint scent due to it being refreshing and cooling but I do have a couple of Polar Bear Plunge Bubble Bars which are a similar scent so it may take me a while to get around to this bubble bar. If you love anything Mint then I do suggest that you try this Bubble Bar. 

A white pale hand holding a light blue star shaped bubble bar with blue-silver lustre and crystals of sea salt on a bright background


Lemon Crumble 

Fancy a slice? I love Lemons. Anyone close to me will know that I have a weird talent of being able to eat slices of Lemon whole without any reaction. This product definitely enhanced my love for Lemons when I first saw it. I adore how it looks exactly like a fresh luscious Lemon. This product contains, Sicilian Lemon Oil and Fresh Lemon which creates an intense zingy yet fresh Lemon scent. This bar is also a Bubbleroon due to the Shea and Cocoa Butters in the middle of it which create a moisturising bath so when you get out of the bath, everyone will be fancying a slice of you!

A light white pale hand holding a bright yellow glittery lemon shaped bubble bar filled with pale yellow butter in the middle on a bright background


Matcha Roll 

Who doesn't love a Matcha Latte? Before I get into the scent of this Roll, I have to admit, I was drawn in by the swirls of vibrant green mixed with the start white which makes up the rest of the bubble bar. This product looked so mesmerising in the store. This roll contains, Cardamom, Persian Lime and Almond Essential Oils, Tonka and Sesame Seed Absolutes and Green Tea Powder. This all combines to create a sort of creamy Coconut and earthy but slightly spicy fragrance which I absolutely adore. Its a match for me and Matcha Roll. 

A oval shaped green and white swirled bubble bar held by a white pale hand over a white oval bath tub on a bright background


Mrs Whippy 

Whip it real good! Who doesn't want to bathe in what is essentially ice cream goodness? Mrs Whippy doesn't just look the part, but smells the part too! This bar contains, Buchu and Almond Essential Oil, Tonka Absolutes and Fine Sea Salt. If you have smelt Candy Rain then imagine the same exact scent in a bubble bar! I think that for me this one will grow on me as I love using Candy Rain but only in small doses as for me the sort of Vanilla Milkshake-esque scent is something I have to be in a particular mood for. 

A oval whipped up shaped white bubble bar on a bright background


Puppy Love 

And they call it Puppy Love! Who doesn't love a cute little Puppy? This cute little friend looks so mood enhancing and so is the scent! This delightful doggo contains, Sicilian Red Mandarin and Almond Essential Oils which create a very sherbet-y sort of sharp Raspberry scent. The best sort of way I could describe it is a sort of like Pink Lemonade but in the sense that there's more Pink than Lemonade. I absolutely adore this scent. I wasn't sure on how I would feel about it but when I smelt it I fell in love with it... Its just so sharp and fruity and I think it would be amazing to use on a fresh Spring morning. 

A yellow pug shaped bubble bar with red heart shaped eyes held by a pale white hand on a bright background


Rainbow 

When you use this Bubble Bar, you definitely know that you're not in Kansas anymore! Who doesn't love a good Rainbow. When I first saw this online, I honestly thought it was a reincarnation of the old favourite, Dorothy. Therefore, when I saw that it wasn't. I was a little bit disappointed. Again, as someone who is very very queer, I love that Lush has created a Rainbow based Bubble Bar. This beautiful bar contains, Sicilian Lemon and Lemon Myrtle Oils and Benzoin Resinoid. This creates a sort of muted fruity Lemon scent. It's not as strong as Lemon Crumble but I think it would be a great bar to use when you need something to perk you up in the morning! 

A semi circular arched shaped bubble bar with all of the colours of the rainbow in arched stripes on it on a bright background


Raspberry Blower 

Go on, give it a blow! Who doesn't love a multi-purpose product? Not only can you create bubbles but you can also create hours of fun just by simply blowing into the hole. This product contains Bergamot, Grapefruit and Almond Essential Oils which creates a slightly sweet, slightly floral sherbet scent. If you have had anything that is Space Girl scented then you will love this bar as it shares the scent! As you may know, I adore the Space Girl scent so I adored this bar when I first sniffed it and loved how you could do more than one thing with it. 

A large pink raspberry shaped bubble bar with a hole in the middle attached to a light brown wooden stick on a bright background


Support Bubble 

Not only do we need Support Bubbles during these troubling times, but we also need bubbles to support us during these troubling times too. This product contains, Grapefruit and Petitgrain Oils which create a sort of fruity slightly herbal scent. Sadly, I think its one that I have to be really in the mood for so I'm still a bit unsure on how I feel about it. I think that this one again may grow on me the more I sniff it. 

A light silver pink bubble shaped bubble bar on a bright background


Twilight 

Let the sun go down whilst you dip into the calming waters that surround you. This bar looks amazing. I love how it actually looks like the sun is going down. It's fabulous! This scent contains, Lavender and Ylang Ylang Oils, Tonka Absolute, Benzoin Resinoid and Lavender Powder. This all creates a sweet lavender scent. If you have enjoyed any Twilight based product like the Spray or Bath Bomb then you will adore this. I quite like this for when I need a little relaxing, saying that, I think there is another relaxing Bubble Bar in this range that I prefer. 

A light rounded squared purple yellow and slightly red bubble bar with some embedded lavender seeds in it on a bright background


The Great Wave 

Woah, you're going on a ride of your life! This bar is massive. Not only does it look like the great wave but it feels it in the palm of your hand. This bar contains Jasmine Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Fine and Coarse Sea Salts. I think that his bar would be amazing to use throughout Spring or when you want something that is light and floral. I like this but I sadly don't think its my favourite out of the range. 

A light blue and white wave shaped bubble bar on a bright background


Vesuvio* 

Be careful otherwise it will spit all over you! Since I was little, I was always fascinated with Mount Vesuvius thus having one that I can use in my bath enlightens me from within. This bar contains, Almond Essential, Cinnamon Leaf and Brazilian Orange Oils which create a lovely slightly citrus spicy Almond scent. I normally don't like Almond scents but the spice cuts through the sweetness which is what intrigues me to use it and see what it is like. If you liked Cinders then you will like this. 

A red-brown volcano shaped bubble bar with a ring of orange-yellow at the top on a bright background


Worry Monster* 

This Little Monster will never make you worry again! As someone who suffers from an Anxiety disorder and has constant worries every moment of every day, I was intrigued to see how this bar would smell like. Not only is this bar cute as hell like most little human monsters but also smells divine. As I mentioned earlier I thought there was more of a relaxing bar than Twilight, and this is that bar! This bar contains, Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Fennel Oils and Cocoa Butter which creates a soothing yet slightly herbal nourishing bath which I adore. It is an amazing scent to relax with! 

A rectangular dark purple bubble bar with a big white eye and a small white eye and mouth on a bright background


Have you tried any of these? Let me know down below! 

Thanks to the wonderful staff at Lush White Rose that were amazing to Luke and myself via helping us with all the new products that have dropped at Lush recently and have always brightened my day every time I’ve popped in, whether that be with my brother Luke, on my own, or with friends such as Alex. 

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Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

Products mentioned with a * have been gifted in return for a blog post. All mentions, ramblings and opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Put The Lime In The Coconut | Lush Lime Bounty Body Butter Review

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I thought that today, I would talk to you all about a brand new product from Lush that I have been loving at the moment. 

Before shops were allowed to re-open, Lush released the Lime Bounty Body Butter. Sadly, I wasn't able to get it during those times, but now that shops have re-opened, I headed to the lovely Lush White Rose store and finally got my hands on it. 

List Of Ingredients: 

Water (Aqua), Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Extract, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Fair Trade Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Murumuru Butter, Propylene Glycol, Perfume, Stearic Acid, Cupuaçu Butter, Triethanolamine, Persian Lime Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, *Citral, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 45350, Colour 42090.

A photo of a large cylindrical black pot with lime bounty in large white font with lush in small white font with a white small circular white bowl filled with oval shaped green limes on a bright background

The scent of this product is sensational. The astringent Lime hits you right in the face when you open the tub which just makes you feel awake and ready to get on with your day. The Grapefruit and Lemon Oils blend together to help uplift the Lime Oil and round out the scent making it zingy and uplifting to the nose. Once the Lime has lovingly hit you in the face, the Coconut slowly comes through. This Coconut isn't an overpowering artificial scent, which sometimes appears in cosmetic products, but instead is, a well rounded slightly sweet Coconut which contrasts amazing with the luscious lime scent that is awaiting to have a party on your body. 

The texture of this Body Butter is quite intriguing. To start off with, when you open the lid, you are met with what looks like Coconut Shavings, or, Desiccated Coconut, however, it is actually moisturising chunks of Shea Butter which have been made to look like strands of Coconut. When you scoop a bit of this beautiful Butter out of the tub, it is quite thick. Thick to the point that I decided to tip the tub upside down onto the lid, and nothing came out. Due to this, I expected the butter to be quite thick and although nourishing to the skin, a product that would take a long while to soak into the skin. However, this was not the case. The texture is slightly thick when scooped out of the tub, but as soon as it is applied to the skin, it becomes a ultra hydrating, instant sinking into the skin Body Butter. I absolutely adore that. I have dry skin, but sometimes waiting forever for a product to sink in just isn't for me, so, having the best of both worlds is the best thing ever for me. This Butter left my skin feeling soft, supple and hydrated all day long without any of the greasy feeling that some body products have which again is amazing for me as that residue sort of feeling can leave me feeling a bit off when I need to use my hands and such. 

Would I buy this again? Definitely! This is a 9.5/10 for me. Why a 9.5? For me, I kind of wish the chunks at the top were kind of more mixed through... Having all of the shreds on top makes me not want to use it as it looks so pretty. If the chunks were more mixed through then I could enjoy the product and the chunks that little bit more. This product is priced at £7, which is affordable for a Body Butter as some other cosmetic companies charge doubler to triple for a Body Butter. Saying that, if you aren't a fan of Lime, or are allergic to Lime, like my friend Abbey is, then this product sadly isn't for you. 

Have you checked out Lime Bounty? Have you tried any new and exciting cosmetic products? Let me know down below! 

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Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

Sunday, 11 April 2021

Lush Space Girl Body Spray Review

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I thought that today, I would talk to you all about the new #LushLabs limited edition Body Sprays that dropped on Lush UK's website the other day, and in particular the Space Girl Body Spray. 

A black spray bottle with a red catcher lever at the bottom of the spray part with a black domed label on the front that says Space Girl in large white font with Body Spray in smaller white font with #LushLabs in smaller white font on a large rectangular light brown tape with a light grey rectangular sofa in the background and a light cream rectangular shaped door on a bright background

Late 2020, Lush decided to release a little range of Body Sprays that were on their website for a limited time only. The sprays included, Winter Garden, Ectoplasm, Sparkling Pumpkin, Mamma Mia, and, Space Girl. I decided to grab Space Girl due to the bath bomb that used to be at Lush that shared the same name and scent was one of the first bath bombs that I purchased at Lush many years ago. 

List Of Ingredients: 

DRF Alcohol, Perfume, *Limonene, Grapefruit Oil, Bergamot Oil, Almond Essential Oil, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, *Citral, *Geraniol, *Linalool.

As I have mentioned, this scent was one of the first few that I was introduced to when getting into Lush a fair amount of years ago. The Space Girl Bath Bomb used to spurt out so many vibrant colours and fizz around the bath so amazingly. However, my favourite part of Space Girl Bath Bomb was it's scent and thankfully this Body Spray contains the very same sensational scent! The Grapefruit and Bergamot Oils create a wonderfully bright and zingy sherbet scent whereas the Almond Oil adds a bit of roundness and sweetness to the product to ensure that it isn't too sour. The best way to sort of explain this scent is as a sort of tangy yet sweet sherbet scent that appeals to the child within us all. 

I sprayed it various times when I grabbed it to ensure that I got a consistent response to seeing how long the fragrance lasted on the skin. This wonderful scent lasts on the skin for such a long time and is so powerful. I remember one time using this, whilst getting ready to go to University (whilst being on campus was allowed for a short time) and by the time I was home many hours later, due to studying, doing some essential shopping and grabbing something to eat, I could smell it vibrantly on my skin. The sherbet note had calmed down a bit but the almond came out a bit more and gave a almost biscuit note to the scent. 

Would I buy this again? I definitely would. Sadly, this has now been removed from the Lush site due to it being a limited edition product but I would definitely get this again. I adore the uplifting yet slightly sweet scent and I adore the Body Sprays due to getting 200ml of fragrance for an affordable price. 

Have you tried any fragrances that you are loving at the moment? Let me know down below! 

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Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x


Saturday, 10 April 2021

Let's Talk About Something That Happened To Me During The Pandemic

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I thought that today, I would talk to you all about something quite serious. 

A photo of some light brown square shops with a square pyramid based silver glass and metal store with m in white font in a red circle with a grey road with white stripes down the street on a bright background

When society was in the midst of attempting to come back to a sense of 'normality' in the beginning of September, I decided that I would participate in doing a Masters Degree at University. At the same time, Leeds City Centre was having some major redevelopment work going on which meant that the public transport to and from Bradford was a bit of a nightmare...

For the first few wonderful weeks of being back at Leeds Beckett University, the buses moved to a completely different part of the city centre. Sadly, I had zero idea that this was happening so I got off the bus that day at the Starbucks in Leeds City Centre, near The Light Shopping Centre, due to being familiar with the Shopping Centre, but when I had finished University that day, everything became an adventure that I never want to relive...

I arrived at the location of where the bus stop had been for several months to find out that it had completely moved with no notification except a visual map that resembled a flowchart via having symbols and numbers all over it. Sadly, it was night-time. The disability that I have (Retinitis Pigmentosa/RP) affects me mainly within the aspects of depth perception, night blindness and tunnel vision, this meant that I was unable to see the 'notice' due to it being dark. I tried to use my phones torch and Google Maps on my phone, but I had no luck. 

I decided to travel to the location of where the bus used to be before the re-development work started to see whether it had moved back there or not. When I arrived there whilst using the cane that I sometimes use when I really need to use it, I tried to then again use my phone torch to attempt to see the board with the timetable and buses available on it. Now, due to the metal reflecting, I can sometimes see this due to it being contrasting with the darkness of the outside world. Whilst having my phone in my hand with my cane folded and wrapped around my wrist, I met by someone who decided to start to shout to me about socially distance. I did mention that I had a folded cane and that I had a visual impairment. She decided to carry on shouting at me about socially distancing which just made me more and more anxious even though I had explained that a: I can't see in the dark, b: I had a cane (when mentioning or showing the cane to strangers they normally understand that you have a disability due to associating a visual aid to a disability which is problematic to this day) and c: that not being able to see affects knowing how far 2m is and that I didn't realise she was there due to the darkness. She snipped that the bus I wanted wasn't at the stop and kept stating about socially distancing even though I had said what I had said. 

I decided to travel to the Bus Station at the bottom of Leeds City Centre whilst using my cane to hopefully get the bus home safely and without being shouted at. Whilst I was walking away, I was still met with ableist slurs, swearing. Whilst I started to walk away, she had decided to follow me which honestly, not only made me more anxious but slightly scared for my life especially with only being able to walk at a certain speed with a cane in the dark. 

I thankfully made it to the Bus Station as quickly as I possibly could go and found out that my bus was at a stand. Thank goodness. I got on and was on my way home safely and soundly. 

Why am I deciding to write about this now? With the restrictions lifting quite a bit, whether this be socially meeting up outside or non-essential retail opening, I feel that I need to reiterate that some people may not be able to partake in some of the requirements of being social and honestly just living during a time where a worldwide pandemic is going on and that we all need to realise this and be kind to all. Disabilities come in many forms and are on a mass spectrum and we don't know what people are going through so instantly screaming and following them is something that we shouldn't do just because they can't do something that the government is urging everyone to do. I also think that the ways that society and the government have put in place to cope with COVID are quite ableist and even though that's probably for another time, I think that we should all just take things into perspective. 

I did also contact Metro during the time of this happening, but I never got a response but if Metro do see this, you really need to ensure that customers are kind to others right now and that you have accessible to all features at your bus stops and shelters. 

Have you had any bad experience during the pandemic? Let me know down below. 

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

Monday, 5 April 2021

Panda Sweets Pick & Mix Box Review

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I was kindly sent one of the wonderful Pick & Mix boxes from Panda Sweets and I thought that today, I thought I would talk to you all about it. 

A large light brown rectangular box filled with a variety of different shaped and coloured sweets on a bright background


'Our Pick N Mix Boxes are huge, they contain a massive 1,000g (1kg) or sweets. The Pick N Mix Boxes are perfect for movie nights, family gatherings parties or any other occasion, they are absolutely stuffed to the brim with a huge range of sweets, such as jelly sweets, chewy sweets, fizzy sweets, chocolate and marshmallows. The Pick N Mix Sweet Box has been photographed to show you the products contained in the box; the box will come with all of the sweets hygienically packaged in an airtight bags. In rare cases items may differ from those listed but would be replaced with a similar item of equal or higher value.'
- Panda Sweets. 

Now due to the lovely and decadent amount of sweets that are in this box, I think it might be a bit better to pick some sweets out and tell you what I think instead of talking about every type of sweet that is in this beautiful and marvellous box. 

White Chocolate Jazzies: 

I used to love these as a child. Whenever I used to go to the shops with the rest of my family I used to get these all of the time. Creamy smooth chocolate against crunchy little hundreds and thousands. Absolute perfection. Sadly, as I grew up, I fell slightly out of love with these, not out of choice but just due to growing up as a human and slightly forgetting that they existed. So imagine my surprise, when I opened the box to find a few of these whimsical white gems glaring at me. I was amazed. I instiantly felt like I was transported back to my childhood. I absolutely loved them. If you like anything that has white chocolate in them or is bright and colourful then I urge you to try them.

Fizzy Cola Bottles: 

Who doesn't love something that is coated in Sugar? These bottles to me are amazingg. I love the sort of sweet interior which tastes like an classic favourite flavour of Cola mixed with the sort of seriously sour exterior that just makes your whole face pucker. If anyone knows me, then you will know that I love sour things so these are always a great favourite for me. 

Fried Eggs: 

Eggs, Eggs, Eggs, all I want is Eggs! Who doesn't love Eggs? Again, these little fabulous Fried Eggs have been a staple favourite for me. The sweet yet slightly tart flavour of these eggs just are devious! I could eat these all night long. 

Gummy Worms: 

Do the worm! These worms are wonderful! These sweet and sour sweets are the great afternoon snack. You never know what you're going to get when you take a bite. These just remind me of my teenage years when I used to grab packets of organic Gummy Worms and spend all day out on adventures and just soaking up the atmosphere. I just adore these. 

Cherry Lips: 

These are amazing. To me, these will always remind me of my brother Luke, as these were his favourite sweet to get whilst growing up. Not only are they a great sweet to eat due to its punchy flavour but just fun to buy due to the shape of these sweets. I always loved as a kid to put these up to my face and pretend to have red plump lips. I just think that these are great sweets to bring a little bit of fun to anyone during these dark times. 

Would I get these for someone as a gift? Definitely! This box contains so many goodies for anyone that you love or want to give a bit of fun to. The variety of the sweets that are included are off the chart and the price for this box is less than £10 which for a kilo of sweets is amazing to me. 

If you want to save 15% then use my code JAMIE. This offer can be used against everything on the Panda Sweets website. This offer is available until the 31st May 2021. 

Have you tried Panda Sweets? What is your favourite childhood sweet? Let me know down below. 

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Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x 

This blog post was in return for a product. All views, ramblings and opinions are my own. 



Thursday, 18 March 2021

Lush Twilight Sleepy Body Spray Review

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! As by the time this post is up, it shall be World Sleep Day, (Friday 19th March), the lovely people at Lush PR, sent me the Twilight Sleepy Body Spray, to try and  I thought that I would talk to you a bit about my relationship with Lavender and Sleep and talk to you all about my thoughts on the Spray. 

A picture of a big black spray bottle with a arched domed black label with twilight in big white font with sleepy body spray in small white font and LUSH in small black font on a bright background


List Of Ingredients: 

Organic DRF Alcohol Water (Aqua) Perfume Glycerine Lavender Oil *Linalool Benzoin Resinoid Tonka Absolute Ylang Ylang Oil *Benzyl Benzoate *Benzyl Cinnamate *Benzyl Salicylate *Cinnamal *Coumarin *Eugenol *Farnesol *Geraniol *Isoeugenol *Limonene

Twilight was actually one of the first bath bombs that I tried from Lush, so having a spray version of it reminds me of the soothing sweet scent from when I was first getting into Lush. This scent contains Lavender, Tonka, Benzoin Resinoid and Ylang Ylang. To me the Lavender and Tonka are the main two stars of this show. The others just kinda help to make the Lavender and Tonic shine more. The mixture of Lavender and Tonka create a sort of soothing herbal yet malty conception. The best way to describe it is a sort of Lavender infused Horlicks hot drink. 

Whilst I was at University, I actually was using Lavender Oil every now and again on my pillow to help me drift off to sleep, but pouring it out of a little vial always was so fiddly so I am now glad I can get my soothing fix in an easy to spray bottle. I received this whilst recovering from having my first COVID vaccine and juggling two chunky University assignment deadlines for my Masters Degree so I definitely needed something to help me calm down and get to sleep soundly as I was either not able to sleep properly sometimes from the side effects or staying up quite late from working on my assignments. I used this for a good week and every time, it helped me to calm down a bit which then lead to me slowly drifting off easier when I needed some sleep. If you aren't a big fan of Lavender, then I would suggest looking at maybe Honey I Washed The Kids, or, Let The Good Times Roll Body Spray's for creamy soothing scents. If you want something a little bit more herbal then I'd suggest maybe, Guardians Of The Forest Body Spray 

This can be sprayed onto a pillow before bed, onto bed sheets, pyjamas, sprayed in the air to scent a room, and on the skin as a body spray. I used this spray as both a pillow spray and a body spray. I loved it as a pillow spray as it just made my surroundings calm before going to bed. I also loved this as a body spray, as it meant if I felt anxious then I could take a deep breath, smell a nice soothing scent and calm down. 

The performance of this fragrance is amazing. When you spray it, it releases a very strong Lavender note with a tiny touch of the Ylang Ylang, and Tonka, then about four hours in for me, the Tonka takes over for a bit whilst still having a bit of the Lavender embedded in it. I sprayed this at the beginning of a day when I was busy rushing and writing some things for an assignment and for drafting a few blog posts and even by the time I was settling down to go to bed I could still smell it on my skin. I loved that it lasted that long that it was helping me when I wanted to go to bed. 

Would I buy it again? I think that I would. I love how a little goes a long way and I love that it has so much dimension for a spray that helps you relax. I always think that the Body Sprays from Lush are great value as you get so much product for £20 and a bottle lasts so long. I do think that this has a time and place though so I don't think that I will be using it all the time. I will be using this for months to come and hopefully it will help me relax and unwind when the world gets back to being busy when things open back up within the UK. 

Have you tried anything from the Twilight or Sleepy range at Lush? Let me know down below! 

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Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x 

This post was in exchange for a product. All views, opinions and ramblings are my own. 

Saturday, 27 February 2021

Lush Easter 2021 Range First Impressions

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I thought that today, I would talk to you all about the Lush Easter range for 2021. 

Follow The White Rabbit Bath Bomb 

Let's see what happens when you follow the White Rabbit into the tub... This product is a brand new one just for Easter 2021. This product contains, Buchu, Sicilian Lemon and Bergamot Oils which create a very fresh citrus sort of scent which I absolutely adore. If you have tried Star Spell or anything under the Carrots or Snowman ranges at Lush then you will definitely love this product. I love how fresh it is as Easter is a time for all things sweet so it is nice to see that Lush have something to cut through all of that to bathe in. I've also seen what this bomb does in the tub and I can't wait to use it. 

A white rabbit shaped bath bomb with streaks of pink, yellow, blue and purple on it on a bright background

Eggy Wegg Bath Bomb 

Eggs are the definition of Easter. Again, this is a brand new product for 2021 and I was intrigued on this product, just from the design alone! This product contains, Sicilian Lemon and Spearmint Oil. When I smelt this when I got the order, it smelt like Pineapple with a splash of Mint to me. I know it has no Pineapple in at all, but it smelt just like Pineapple to me. It also reminded me of Summer and Cocktails. I also love the little fried egg sort of design on this bomb too as it makes it just that little bit whimsical and cute. 

A pink spherical bath bomb with white and yellow circular egg salt shapes on a bright background

Flamingo Egg Bath Bomb 

Legendary eggs! This product contains, Coarse Sea Salt, Sicilian Lemon and Vetivert Oils and Labdanum Resinoid. To me when I smelt this, I mainly got the Vetivert note with a tiny touch of Lemon, so I'm a bit unsure on how I feel about this product but it does look like such a pretty bath bomb. 

A light pink oval egg shaped bath bomb with white and pink parts in the middle on a bright background

Golden Egg Bath Bomb 

Lush heard your demands for Golden Geese and laid this Golden Egg into the world. This product has been at Lush for many years now and has become a favourite among customers. I adore this product and had to have one especially after the past year that we have all had. This product contains Brazilian Orange and Bergamot Oils to create a wonderful sort of honey-toffee scent which can be smelt for miles! This product also contains Cocoa Butter to ensure that you are nourished from the outside in. I absolutely love this but if you haven’t tried it before then I urge you to especially during lockdown as it will boost your spirits right up! 

A small golden sparkled egg shaped bath bomb on a bright background


The Owl & The Pussycat Bath Bomb 

This bath bomb looks adorable. I love the poem that this bath bomb is based off! This product contains, Gardenia and Synthetic Musk which weirdly creates a sort of candy floss and pear scent to me. If you’ve tried Creamy Candy Bubble Bar then imagine that but in a bath bomb, but it’s slightly too sickly for me. I like the scent every now and again so I think it will take me a while to use this. This product can also be used as three different products which makes it a perfect gift! 

A light blue green boat shaped bath bomb with a purple cat and a yellow owl attached on a bright background

Humpty Dumpty Bath Bomb Melt

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall into the tub! This product has been out in previous years at Lush, but, honestly the design of the old Humpty Dumpty, used to creep me out a fair bit, so I'm really glad that Humpty has had a glow up. This product shares the same scent as Golden Egg and Honey I Washed The Kids. The concept of this product is to get more than one  bath in total via cracking Humpty open! I think that this is an amazing gift for children to enjoy! 

A human shaped light yellow, white and bright blue bath bomb on a bright background

Singing Daffodils Bubble Blower 

Who doesn't love a Singing Daffodil? This product contains Everlasting Flower Absolute, Ylang Ylang and Tagetes Oils. This product is a new one for Easter 2021, but the concept has been out before at Lush. Not only can you use this as a bubble bar, but you can also use this to blow bubbles which I think is really cute. The scent to me was quite powdery and slightly floral when I smelt it so I think that I would use this more for when I want something to help me relax at night but is still fun to use. I also think that this would be amazing to buy for children or those who are forever a child within. 

A bright yellow circular bubble bar with light green leaves attached to it on a bright background

Walter Bunny Body Scrub 

Bunnies are meant for Easter! Lush are well known for their solid products, and especially, their solid scrubs, therefore, Lush have released a new cute scrub for Easter time this year! This product contains, The scrub part of this product comes from Cocoa Powder and Maizze Flour which gives a delicate scrub, which I love as sometimes I don't always want a full coarse salt scrub when I'm using natural based scrubs. This product also contains, Mimosa, Cocoa and Vanilla Absolutes. Honestly I mainly got a mix of the Cocoa and Vanilla when I smelt this and didn't really get much of the Mimosa. This also contains Shea and Murumuru Butters to give your skin a soft smooth feeling after you've scrubbed. I love anything that sorts my skin out like this, my only problem was the colour more than anything as I was a bit hesitant about spreading it all over my body to scrub and soften myself. 

A golden slightly brown bunny laid down shaped body scrub on a bright background

Muddy Carrots Soap 

I mean who doesn't need a soap that will sort out those green fingers? This soap contains, Fresh Carrot Infusion, Rhassoul Mud, Sandalwood, Grapefruit and Geranium Oils. I love the sort of carrot buried in mud design that this soap is evoking. From the scent alone, I get the Grapefruit and Geranium the most which creates a sort of tart yet slightly floral scent which I quite like. 

A slanted square dark brown to black piece of soap with a triangular orange shape in the middle on a bright background

Avo Good Easter Soap 

Who doesn't love a nice big Avocado... This soap was out in 2020 before the world became what it has. Not only does this soap look like a fresh Avocado with it's stone included, but smells as fresh as an Avocado too. This product contains, Bergamot, Litsea Cubeba, and, Olibanum Oils which creates a fresh citrusy scent to me but also Avocado Oil which keeps your hands nourished.  

Two green oval pieces of soap with a gold spherical stone shape in the middle on a bright background

Funfetti Cake Lip Scrub 

Let yourself eat Cake! Even though, the world now centralises itself around face coverings, you still need to make sure that your lips are in tip top shape underneath those masks and a lip scrub is a good way to do that. This scrub contains Caster Sugar, Fine Sea Salt and Sprinkles to give your lips a good scrubbing, and, Sicilian Lemon Oil and Vanilla Absolute to give a cake like scent. When I smelt this I kind of got a mix of sort of Candy Floss with a touch of Citrus and Cake Batter intertwined together. It also contains Jojoba Oil to ensure that your lips stay super soft. If you like sweet things then I think you will enjoy it but its a bit too sweet for me personally. 

A circular pot of light pink and white pieces of sprinkles and sugars on a bright background

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know down below! 

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Thanks for reading!

Jamie x

Lush Mothers Day Range 2021 First Impressions

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I thought that today, I would talk to you all about the Mothers Day range from Lush for 2021. 

Violet Cream Bubble Bar 

Don't be scared to use this Bubble Bar! You won't turn into Violet Beauregarde. This product contains Violet Leaf and Pakistani Rose Absolutes and Cananga and Bergamot Oils. This concoction creates a vibrant layered Violet scent which I absolutely love! I didn’t use to like Violet much and I think that I am still picky with the scent, as I'm not the biggest fan of the powdery sort of Violet scents. This is anything but powdery. It's sharp and vibrant and I can't wait to use it! 

A petal shaped purple bubble bar with silvery-blue-green lustre on it with a yellow circular middle on a bright background

Atom Heart Mother Bath Bomb 

Everyone's Heart is made up of Atoms! This bath bomb not only looks amazing but smells amazing too! This product contains Brazilian Orange and Neroli Oils, Rose and Orange Flower Absolutes which creates a scent which reminds me of biting into a big, round, juicy Apple... If you've tried Once Upon A Time, or, So White from Lush before, then it's the same scent! This product also reminds me of Toy Story for some reason which makes me love it that little bit more. 

A spherical blue-green bath bomb with white clouds on the side of the bomb on a bright background

Rose Gold Bath Bomb 

Who doesn't love something that is Rose Gold? Rose Gold items have dominated the world the past couple of years. This product contains a mixture of Ylang Ylang and Bergamot Oils, Benzoin Resinoid, and Orris Root Powder. This mixture creates a sort of creamy floral scent to me. I think that this scent is an amazing one to bathe in when you need something to soothe you from the world that we are living in. If you have smelt, or, tried Winter Garden, then you will love this product! I also absolutely adore the design of this bath bomb! 

A orange-gold coloured spherical ridged bath bomb coated in gold lustre on a bright background

Mother Of Pearl Bath Bomb 

Opulence, you own everything! This bath bomb is an aquatic beauty! This product contains a concoction of, Ylang Ylang, Borage, Hibiscus Seed, and Organic Rose Hip Oils, Vanilla Absolute and Benzoin Resinoid which create a sort of floral yet rich and creamy scent to it. My first impression of this to me, was a weird mix of floral and sort of Custard (I think mainly from the Vanilla Absolute), which made me feel a bit unsure on my opinion of this product. I did love the nourishing factors of this bomb, as to me it looked like it was dipped in skin softening butters which I always love as I have quite dry skin. I'd definitely suggest this as a gift just from the aesthetic of the product. 

A white spherical bath bomb coated half in pearlescent silver lustre on a bright background

Jasmine Cream Bubble Bar 

This product seems to be part of a new concept that Lush have brought out for Mothers Day, which seems to based off these floral chocolate creams that are well known in the UK. This product contains, Jasmine Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Benzoin Resinoid and Bergamot Oil. This mix gives off a slightly powdery floral note which is lovely and has a nice nourishing surprise in the middle of it. Again, I think just from aesthetics, this and Violet Cream would be perfect to give as gifts to people this year! 

A four piece white petal shaped bubble bar coated in light silver lustre on a bright background

Mamma Mia Body Scrub 

Here we go again! Mamma Mia Body Scrub has been out for a couple of years now and I've tried it a couple of times, so I guess this one isn't as much of a first impression compared to the plethora of products that are mentioned above. However, this scrub contains, Bergamot and Rosewood Oils and Vanilla Absolute which to me create a deep sort of sweet Vanilla scent. On top of that, this product contains, Pink Grapefruit Puree, and, Pink Grapefruit Peel Decoction which create a citrus note which cuts through all of that sweetness. Furthermore, for the scrubbing component of this product, it contains, Fine Sea Salt, Himalayan Salt and Rose Clay which give you a deep scrub. I enjoy this product but it reminds me of kind of Grapefruit flavoured Custard which means I have to be in the mood to use this which is normally when I want a scrub that evokes the sort of beach vibe for me. 

A oval shaped pink blob of body scrub on a bright background

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know down below! 

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Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

Saturday, 20 February 2021

McDonalds Homestyle Crispy Chicken Burger Review

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I treated myself to one of the new McDonalds Burgers recently and I thought that I would talk to you all about it. 

'A thick succulent chicken breast fillet in a crispy coating, a hot and spicy mayo and caramelised onion compote, seasonal lettuce, bacon, red onions, a slice of cheddar cheese and a glazed poppy and sesame seed bun.' - McDonalds UK. 

A photo of a white square box that contains a burger which says homestyle and burger in small orange font with crispy in large cursive orange font on a bright background

The texture of this product was amazing when I was eating it. The texture journey started off with the soft. soft bun which then surprised me with the slight popping of seeds on my tongue. I'm glad that it was a small amount, as sometimes too much seeds and you feel a bit like a bird trying to hectically get through the food. After this contrasting bun, comes the jammy Onion Compote which creates a good sort of texture appetiser for the start of the show which is the Crispy Chicken. I was pleasantly surprised by the texture of the Burger, as when you say Crispy from a fast food chain, you don't really expect it to be that crispy. However, this burger provided a good crispy which against the Onion Compote just made for the best mouth feel ever. After the crispines bounced on my tongue, the succulent Chicken meat were such a treat. I loved this burger just from its texture as a lot of fast food burgers claim to have a lot of texture going on but then once they are cooked, they end up losing their texture quite quickly, especially those that brands decide to wrap in paper/tin foil... 

As I have mentioned, this whole product was a big surprise to me. Not only did the texture create an experience in my mouth, but so did, the taste. The flavour journey started off with the tastiness from the seeds and bread jumping onto my tastebuds like there's no tomorrow. Once the nuttiness had dissipated, the deep umami bomb from the Onion Compote blasted all over my tongue. After a while, the kick of savouriness from the meat flooded my mouth like a river which then was cut by the sharpness of the onions. After this sharp kick, the finale of the taste experience was the Spicy Mayo that created a concoction of sweet, creamy, and warmth that left me wanting more. I was so surprised as some of the burgers that I have had from places have stated to be an experience and amazing, and they have just been really bland where this burger actually delivers. 

Would I buy this again? I'm really picky with Chicken Burgers/Sandwiches, but, yes I would definitely get this again. It has everything. Texture, umami, sweetness, sharpness. I thought that it was a good blend of flavours and textures. 

Have you tried this limited edition Burger? What's your favourite fast food product? Let me know down below! 

Check out McDonalds as their promotions change quite often. (This isn't a sponsor). 

Thanks for reading! 
Jamie x

Thursday, 11 February 2021

The MicroOil by NeuroSkinFeeds Review

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I was kindly sent The MicroOil a fair while ago, and I thought today, I would talk to you all about my thoughts on it. 

I was sent this product a fair while ago and there are several reasons as to why I have left it so late on discussing this product. I like to use a beauty product for a long while before I talk about it as beauty products take a while to show any form of effect, especially face products. When I was sent this product, a lockdown was happening and not only was I juggling it with University and starting a Masters Degree but also my mental health which has led to me leaving it quite a while between creating content on here. 

A clear cylindrical glass bottle filled with light orange fluid with a white label with the microbial in black font with a black pipette bottle above it on a bright background


List Of Ingredients: 

dicaprylyl carbonate; caprylic/capric triglyceride; octocrylene; homosalate; ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate; plukentia volubilis seed oil; camelina sativa seed oil; prunus amygdalus dulcis oil; diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate; butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane; ethylhexyl triazone, ethylhexyl salicylate; trocopheral (mixed); beta-sitosterol; squalene; ascorbyl palmitate; lecithin; propylene glycol; hydrogenated vegetable glycerides citrate; helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil; Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract

This product suggests that it can help with a multitude of things which include adding moisture and soothing the skin. As my skin can be irritated and dry quite often, I knew that this product would be for me. I used this for a long while and I noticed that my skin felt a lot more soft, which was great especially within the Winter months and for when the dryness of my skin flared up. My skin was irritated for a while due to wearing masks and honestly eating a lot of lactose which makes my skin flare up and break out sometimes. I used it for a fair few months and couldn't believe how soothed and not irritated my skin was. I couldn't believe it and knew that this was something I would need in my life for the long run. 

My only problem with this product was the smell. It reminded me of a mixture of oats and biscuits and even though, I love both of these things, I wasn't fully sure on how I felt of having those scents on my face for the long run of the day. 

Would I buy it again? Maybe, I loved what it did to my skin, but the price is slightly steep for me so I would have to look at it as an investment into having great skin for the long run and the scent lingering on my face for the full day was a bit off putting for me but if I put this oil under other products then I'm sure the smell would disappear. 

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

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Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

This product was in return of a blog post. All ramblings, reviews and opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Violife Epic Mature Cheddar Flavour Block Review

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! Today, I thought I would talk to you about an amazing product that I found in Aldi during January when I was trying to be a little bit more Vegan and Lacto free friendly to myself. 

A square dark blue packet containing a square block of yellow and white cheese with epic mature in light blue font with violin in white cursive bold font on a bright background

If you have followed me for a while, then you will probably know that I have suffered with being lactose intolerant for a fair while now. It has even gotten to the point that my friends will joke about me carrying so many lactase tablets around with me no matter what the occasion is. I had heard that Aldi had released a Vegan Cheese that tasted exactly like Cheddar and I knew that I had to try it and tell you all what I thought about it. 

So with most of my other food reviews, I will start off by discussing the texture of this product. I had to spend some time trying this Cheese and decide on my opinion of the texture, as my experience of Vegan products having the correct texture for me has been disappointing within the past. I was very surprised by this product as it was firm just like Cheese. Even though it was firm on the outside, it was slightly too creamy for me as I remember Cheddar being more firm than creamy on the interior, However, I can forgive the creaminess of the interior as this product was made with Coconut Oil and I thought that the interior was this particular texture due to this particular ingredient being included within the promising product. When it came to melting, the creaminess actually helped as it helped it melt easier. The best way that I can describe the texture post melted, is that, it was melted but thick, just like a béchamel sauce. I instantly thought, that due to this post melted texture, this Cheese would be great for Nachos! 

The taste of this product was impeccable. I've tried other Vegan products in the past, and honestly, they tasted of smoky Cardboard sometimes so getting a Vegan product that didn't taste like that was great to me. The creaminess of this Cheese flooded my mouth like a Vegan lake of goodness. This product tasted of what Cheddar normally tastes like. Creamy excellence with a kiss of tartness. I honestly would replace the dairy Cheddar that I have used within the past for several meals that I make for this!

Would I buy this again? As mentioned above, I definitely would. If Aldi was a little bit more closer to me then I would definitely incorporate this into my normal shopping routine. This product cost around £2 I believe but with the amount of meals I was incorporating this into whilst reviewing it, it is definitely worth the price. 

Have you tried it? What are your favourite Vegan or Lactose free products? Let me know down below! 

Check out Violife

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Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x