Monday 23 May 2022

Maryland Cookies Lemon Drizzle Cake Chunkies Review

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I recently saw on Instagram that Maryland had released some new cookies and I thought that today I would talk to you all about them. 

Taking inspiration from the beloved Lemon Drizzle Cake, Maryland Cookies have released a new product that contains all the zesty citrus flavouring of the cake mixed with wonderful white chocolate chunks. 

A white hand holding a rectangular packet containing light brown circular cookies with Maryland cookies lemon drizzle cake chunkiest in yellow and white font on a bright background

The texture of this product was exactly what I was wanting and expecting. Crunchy with chunks of softness provided from the white chocolate . I know that this isn’t texture but I thought that it would be best to put it under this category. My one problem with these cookies were that they weren’t as chunky as some of the other products in this range which was a little bit disappointing. 

The taste of these on the other hand were amazing. I saw that some bloggers were annoyed with these cookies due to them not actually containing Lemon Drizzle Cake pieces but I wasn’t expecting that as it would mean you would either get crumbs of dried cake or you wouldn’t get much of the cookie itself. When I bit into one of these cookies, I was met with that well known citrus taste that I associate with Lemon Drizzle Cake. Citrusy but light. This taste blended well with the White Chocolate as the White Chocolate added that little bit of creaminess that maybe a good frosting on top of a cake would deliver. Such a marvellous mixture of flavours.  

Would I buy these again? Definitely? I think that these would go amazingly with a cup of tea or a glass of iced lemon tea in the middle of Summer and only at 79p a packet there is no reason not to get them again! If they sorted out the ‘chunky’ problem that I have mentioned I would buy them as much as possible. I’d give these a 8.6/10.

I found these at Poundland in case you are wanting to find them to try. 

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x 

Sunday 15 May 2022

Lush Fathers Day 2022 First Impressions

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I thought that today I would tell you all about the new Lush Fathers Day Range. 

Glitch Shower Gel

Ooh, there’s a glitch in the system! A good shower gel does the body and mind good for when you need to recharge!  Glitch is definitely the one to use when you need  to shut down the worries that the world brings and just focus on yourself for a bit. This shower gel contains Lemon Balm Infusion,  Lemongrass and Bergamot Oils, Fresh Lemon and Lime Juices, Carrageenan Extract and many other goodies. There’s so much goodness to unpack with Glitch and this is just coming from my one use of it yesterday. Let’s start off with the scent. Any of you that are Lushies may have heard that this is Avobath scented but this is not the case to me. To me, in Lush terms, it smells of a mixture of Avobath and Dads Garden Lemon Tree without that sort of creamy undertone that the Avocado brings to Avobath. To anyone who doesn’t know what I am on about, this shower gel predominantly smells of Fresh Lemongrass more than anything which I adore. The Lemon Balm and citrus juices amp up this sort of fresh and uplifting scent and just make it pop all round. To me, this gives me a sort of natural citrus drink you drink in the sun lots on holiday in the middle of Summer vibe. Let’s talk about the texture for an minute. With Glitch, Lush decided to up the glycerine level in the formula of the gel (I believe this is true, if I am wrong let me know) which helps to create a really sort of nourishing gel without it being too thick which I absolutely adore. Anyone else remember the old Lush Shower Creams that would take forever to come out of the lid due to being so thick? As my kin is on the dry side, m6 skin absolutely adores this sort of formula! Honestly, I recommend you all to sniff and buy some if you need a bit of that Summer goodness which I’ve definitely been needing lately! Priced from £7. 

A plastic cylindrical bottle filled with neon green liquid with a black label with glitch shower gel lush in white font on a bright background

Dirty Bath Bomb 

Let’s get down and dirty. This bath bomb is amazing for a Spring afternoon or a Summers evening. This bath bomb contains Spearmint, Tarragon, Sandalwood and Neroli Oils and Lavender Thyme Absolute. I know what everyone is thinking, that the Mint or Lavender would overwhelm the nose and dominate the other ingredients of this product, but,  that is definitely not the case. The ingredients marry beautifully together to create a scent that reminds me of running through a field that is speckled with a selection of herbs in warm weather. Absolute perfection. This scent is definitely one to check and is more complex than what you may think on first glance. The bath bomb has been out in previous years for the Fathers Day range but it has come back with a slight glow up when it comes to aesthetics as the colours of the bomb are more vivid and the base of this bomb is now hexagonal. Even though this bomb may be screaming masc for masc vibes through the inclusion of Mint which is used a lot in male specific beauty ranges and blue colouring that is used to as a way to gender products in society, trust me when I say that his scent is for everyone. Definitely worth a try for the scent and bath art. Priced at £5. 

A photo of a zoomed in light brown square box filled with domed bath bombs that have a white hexagonal bottom with turquoise and dark blue stripes on them with a black card at the side of the box with dirty bath bomb £5 in wgi54 font on a bright background

No 1 Dad Bubble Bar 

I’m here to be your number one non-binary Dad? Sometimes you’re just in the mood for a Bubble Bar and why should Fathers Day 2022 be any different?  This bubble bar shares it scent with Dirty which includes Spearmint, Tarragon, Neroli and Sandalwood Oils and Lavender and Thyme Absolutes. To me, the Tarragon and Thyme come out more than the rest of the ingredients including the Mint which threw me off when I smelt it and moments ago when I smelt it again just to double check but the colour and lustre alone is making me excited for when I use it. I also think that a little bit of this crumbled in the bath before using the Dirty Bath Bomb would be amazing. I may do a full post on No 1 Dad letting you know my full thoughts but it will depend on spoons and the amount of posts that I have scheduled to create at the time. Priced at £6.

A zoomed in photo of a bunch of dark blue trophies with an engraved star on it in silver lustre in a light brown square box next to a black card that says no 1 dad in white font on a bright background

Big Moustache Soap 

This is a brand new soap for Lush. For an)one who has a moustache, this will definitely be for you. This soap contains Old Man’s Beard Infusion, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Glycerine, Ho Wood, Dark Sumatran Patchouli, Ylang Ylang und Petitgrain Oils and Powdered Charcoal. If you have bought the Squid Games Shower Jelly from Lush then this shares the same scent as that. To me, even though I love the Squid Games Shower Jelly I don’t love the scent of this. I think for me, the Old Mens Beard Infusion just overpowers all of the other ingredients in this soap scent wise and just reminds me of a sort of herby leather scent which I’m not that sold on. Also side note, Old Man’s Beard Infusion sounds like well infusing a product with Beard Hair which instantly makes me wonder so many different things…. If you love a sort of clean yet slightly deep woody scent then I think that this is for you but for me it’s just not amazing. Priced at £6. 

A phot of a black moustache shaped soap on a bright background

Superdad Eye Pad

We all need something to help us when it comes to our eyes. This product contains Yerba Mate and Butterfly Pea Flower Infusion,  Saffron, Fresh Aloe Gel and some other great goodies. I love the concept of these but the execution not so much. The one big eye pad seems to rip and tear a lot easier than the two singular eye pad design that Lush has created in the past. I also think that these are pretty much the same as the Cucumber ones that are available all year round and I think for me I’d prefer to  just stick to the Cucumber ones. Definitely worth a  try if you can though. Priced at £6.

A mask shaped blue eye pad with dark blue piping and a gold star on it on a bright background

All in all a good mixture of products for a range. There are definitely some hits and misses for myself in this range but let me know what you think if you try and of the products down below or on social media which is thejamiesowden on all platforms. 

Thanks to the staff at Lush White Rose for creating an amazing shopping experience for myself and Luke when it came to purchasing the products from the Fathers Day 2022 range and for being so engaging and informative. I always leave the store with a big smile on my face. The staff honestly improved the day I was having. 

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Thanksa for reading! 

Jamie x

Tuesday 10 May 2022

Cinnabon UK Review

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I finally went to Cinnabon in Manchester and I thought that today I would talk to you all about my thoughts on trying Cinnabon. 

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Now Cinnabon is known in the States for being that one place in a mall food court you can sniff out instantly and is the first place people think of when you say Cinnamon Rolls, but sadly that’s no5 the case in the UK. Sadly Cinnabon has been non-existent in the UK until now. 

That’s why when I found out that Cinnabon had opened up in Manchester Deangate, I knew that I had to go. 

Myself, Alex and a friend decided to find the location of this Cinnabon because well we obviously had to try them out! 

Once we had found the location, we all entered the store. Once that door had shut behind me, the smell of comforting Cinnamon enveloped me. I was in heaven just from the scent of this store and started to grasp why  the USA loved Cinnabon so much.

We decided to get four of tbe original Cinnabon. The Bun that started it all. I saw on the website and on the board that it was meant to be one price, but came out to a completely different price when we ordered them. I don’t know if this is because we went to the store quite late in the day or what but that confused me. I didn’t mind paying the price as I wanted to try them, obviously, but you know? I hate when stuffs confusing! 

A photo of a circular light brown cinnamon roll with brown sugar in the middle coated in a white thick icing on a bright background

The texture of the buns themselves was quite an unusual one. They were slightly dense rather than soft and light which I was expecting. I guess this allows the filling to hold together inside the bun better and that it doesn’t all fall apart when you take a bite but when all you’ve eaten in your life is soft and light cinnamon buns, it’s a bit of a weird experience. The icing was also thick which is how I like it so I was glad to see that some things still remain the same with Cinnamon buns no matter where you get them from. 

The dough tasted just how a cinnamon bun dough should taste. Subtle yet comforting with just a touch of Vanilla. The cinnamon filling itself was to die for. Sweet yet thoroughly spiced. Absolute heaven. I’m glad that these killed it when it came to the amount of a cinnamon in the filling because well not only is that the main point of getting a Cinnamon Bun but also because I adore Cinnamon. The icing complimented the cinnamon beautifully as it cut through all of the spice wonderfully with the Vanilla that is in the frosting. That mixture of Vanilla, Cinnamon and Sugar is sublime and it’s no different in Cinnabon’s Buns.

Would I buy these again? Probably. Before I buy more of the original though, I would definitely want to try the other flavours especially after seeing a Lemon  flavoured one. 8.8:10 overall. 

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Have you tried Cinnabon? Let me know down below! 

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

Monday 2 May 2022

Lush Joints CBD Massage Bar Review

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I thought that today I would talk to you all about the Joints Massage Bar from Lush. 

A light green oval massage bar with CBD 25mg engraved into it with a white piece of paper with black bunnies on it on a bright background

List of Ingredients: 

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Organic Castor Oil, Perfume, Patchouli Oil, Pimento Berry Oil, Petitgrain Oil, Ginger Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Celery Seed Oil, Cannabidiol in Hemp Seed Oil, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, *Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, *Farnesol, *Geraniol, Isoeugenol, *Limonene, *Linalool 

The scent of this bar is amazing to me. The main scent that comes out of this bar the most predominantly is Patchouli. I absolutely love Patchouli as it just smells so comforting to me. Sort of warming yet herbal at the same time. The other two oils that come out the most scent wise are the Ginger and Celery Seed Oils to me. The Ginger adds more of a spicy yet warning undertone which pushes the slightly warning properties of Patchouli (as just mentioned) that further bit more. The Celery Seed Oil added a touch of sort of herbal grassiness to the bar which cut through all the richness of the Patchouli, Pimento Berry and Ginger Oils to ensure that it’s not too cloying. 

The best way to use a massage bar is to warm it up in your hands and then spread the warmed up residue onto your skin and massage that in. The Cocoa and Shea Butters melt beautifully and helps my skin feel a lot less dry and well like leather on those bad days… 

Does this bar work? I think it does! Not only does it soften the skin but for myself the CBD oil has definitely helped my anxiety and aching joints. I’ve been trying this from the beginning of  the year and it has  definitely helped to ensure that my body is relaxed. Do I think that CBD may work differently for everyone especially when it’s in products such as this massage bar? Definitely! For this reason alone, I believe that it’s best to try this in store before buying if you can! I give this a 8.7/10.

Priced at £10. 

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Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

This post is in return of a product or service. All views, opinions and ramblings are mg own