Saturday, 31 January 2015

Brand Focus: Bomb Cosmetics

Posted by Lucy Redford at 06:56 3 comments
Like any stereo-typical teenage girl, I L-O-V-E all things Lush, but a few weeks ago, I discovered Bomb Cosmetics and so far, I've been loving their products just as much!

Established over 14 years ago, Bomb Cosmetics was a a company I'd never heard of until recently when my mum introduced it to me. For Christmas, I received their Sweet Heart gift set, which included four bath blasters and one bath mallow (they were all lovely!).

Fresh Berry Bath Blaster
The company's ethos is similar to Lush's - made with natural ingredients, against animal testing and presented in a cute, fun way. They sell a wide range of products, from bath blasters to scented candles, and shampoo bars to body scrub.

Bomb Cosmetics are quite hard to come by as they're only stocked by independent retailers, however they do have a website, where you can check out all their products and purchase any you like the look of.

Their bath blasters are fractionally cheaper than most Lush bath bombs, costing £2.29, which, in my opinion is very reasonable for such as high-quality product.

I haven't yet tried enough Bomb Cosmetics' products to make a fair comparison to Lush, but, so far I've been hugely impressed and I know that I'll definitely be buying more from them!

Have you ever tried something from Bomb Cosmetics? Did you like it? 

Hope you enjoyed reading this!

Lucy x

Friday, 23 January 2015

Getting Braces

Posted by Lucy Redford at 12:47 3 comments
Getting braces can be a nerve-racking experience, but, take it from me, it's really not as bad as you'd think. Yesterday, I was both anxious and excited to finally have them fitted.

In case you're worried about getting braces (or simply interested), read on to find out exactly what it's like:

 Once comfortably seated in the dental chair, the orthodontist applied a small amount of liquid conditioner to each tooth, using a tiny brush. After it had set, he put brackets on all my upper teeth. Then, he shone a special light on the brackets to set them in place. Next, he attached a wire to the grooves in the brackets before securing the wire in place with tiny elastics (these bits are changed monthly by your orthodontist). You'll be pleased to know, the process only took half an hour and it's wasn't painful in the slightest.

It's best to steer clear of hard, chewy sweets and fizzy drinks. After getting braces, you're teeth will be tender and it's likely you'll find it hard to eat at all, so opt for soft foods like pasta. Smoothies are a good idea too as they involve no chewing whatsoever. Take a tooth brush to school/work and clean your teeth after every meal. Also, make sure to take an inter-dental brush too to clean behind the wire.

I'm not going to lie to you, braces ache... a lot. At first, they were absolutely fine, but when I woke up this morning, they killed. I barely ate all day! Hopefully, the discomfort should be gone in a few days, but meanwhile I'll just have to live with it because I know the end result will be well and truly worth it!

Lucy x

Sunday, 11 January 2015

My Sunday Evening Pamper Routine

Posted by Lucy Redford at 12:54 2 comments
After a long, demanding week, why not reward yourself with a relaxing pamper evening? With the weekend drawing to a close, it's hard to look forward to school and work again, but a pamper evening always seems to pick me up and leaves me feeling ready to face the week ahead!

My first step in the pamper process is to remove my make-up and run a deep, steamy bath. Then, I'll light a scented candle (why is it candle's are so relaxing?) and apply a  face mask. Normally, I spend half an hour to forty-five minutes in the bath (any longer than that and my hands go all wrinkly!). 
After that nourishing soak, I pull on my cosiest pajamas and moisturise. At the moment, I'm using Clean and Clear's Dual Action Moisturiser, which I find works really effectively.
Lastly, I make myself a yummy hot chocolate and take it up to my room, where I hop into bed and catch up on my favourite YouTubers' latest videos. 
Thank you for reading this post - I hope it has inspired you to pencil in an evening of 'me-time' every once in while!
Lucy x

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Girl Online

Posted by Lucy Redford at 01:29 0 comments
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard of Zoella, who has almost 7 million subscribers to her YouTube channel!

Her debut novel, Girl Online, sold over 78,000 copies within a week of being released. 

Being a huge fan, I couldn't wait to get reading! It turns out that Girl Online is the best book I've read in a long, long time; it's totally amazing and definitely worth reading. I honestly couldn't put the book down it was that good!

What's Girl Online about?

I'm not going to give much away here as I don't want to spoil it for you, so here's a quick summary of what's heading your way:

Penny has a secret identity. Under the alias Girl Online, she blogs about school, boys, her crazy family, true love and panic attacks, which seem to have taken over her life since The Accident.

When her parents agree  to arrange a couple's wedding in New York, Penny and her best friend Elliot are whisked off to America, where Penny meets a boy. It was as if they were made for each other.

But when she returns to the UK, things go terribly, terribly wrong and Penny's world turns pear-shaped...

My thoughts on Girl Online...

Girl Online is such a great book and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did. I'm sort of sad that I finished it so quickly. Zoella, please write a sequel!

Lucy x


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