Double, Double, Toil & Trouble | Lush Halloween Haul

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Dan and I recently moved into a larger house and, for the first time in nearly 3 years, we actually have our own bath. Insert crazy celebratory dance here. So, as you can imagine, I have become a woman possessed with stocking up on bath time goodies.
Dan had offered to treat me to a few things and of course, the first stop on my long list was LUSH! Conveniently for a Halloween addict like me, they have just released their Halloween collection in stores. Score!

I could hardly bare to part with this and drop it into my basket as it is just so beautifully festive and deserves to shown off, but my majorly glittery hands said otherwise, so in it went. Sparkly Pumpkin is a bubble bar which is packed with natural, comforting ingredients like Juniperberry oil, Lime oil & Grapefruit, it is smothered in Gold Lustre Glitter and finished with its own little Cinnamon stick. Swoon.

It took me a while to settle on this, as it doesn't look particularly spooky to me. However, I have heard other bloggers raving about it, and the fact that it turns the water a wine colour and has popping candy inside swayed me to give it a chance. Lord of Misrule is inspired by the ruler of the pagan Feast of Fools and features delicious Patchouli Oil, Vanilla and Black Pepper Oil. Once dropped into the bath its turquoise exterior reveals a deeper, darker centre ...

My absolute fave of the bunch. This little guy is just so cute - and he was the last on the shelf, so I snatched him up before some other witch could. Boo bath melt is designed to give your skin an intense treat and is made with organic cocoa butter, Mimosa and Ginger oil.

I actually visited Portsmouth LUSH to get my hands on this as the Southampton branch was out of stock when I shopped there (FYI they re-stock today, 28/09/16). I knew I had to have this as it is the ultimate Autumn treat. Pumpkin features fragrances like Pimento berry and Vanilla, which combine to give that 'fresh slice of pumpkin pie' vibe. This bath bomb turned out to be quite the diamond in the rough actually. I was slightly disappointed at how 'washed out' it appeared on the shelf, but, once in the water, it is super pigmented and it makes some serious bubbles! Dreamy!

Its nice to see that LUSH have turned their efforts into stocking all branches with their Halloween Collection this year. It was so hard to get hold of last year as it was mainly focused on the London branches. This is a fantastic collection for the spooky season with something for everyone and now I am so excited to shop the Christmas range, landing in stores on 01/10/16.

' You Can't Be sad when you're holding a cupcake'

Friday, 16 September 2016

Cake is good for the soul. Atleast, that's what I believe. Is there anything more comforting than sitting down with a warm drink and a squishy, delicious little cake, topped with creamy frosting?!
I didn't think so either, until I was sent this gorgeous little duo by CakeToppers. Not only was my cupcake topped with that amazing creamy frosting, but it was finished with my own blog logo! How exciting.
When I tasted them it felt like I was literally eating my blog, and making it part of me - motivation to the max!

One moist chocolate cupcake and one classic vanilla cupcake. They arrived in a darling little box, perfectly wrapped and on top was a beautiful thankyou note. I absolutely think that the way a food is presented can affect the way you enjoy it, and CakeToppers got it so right with the way their cakes looked in the box. Sealed for freshness, bubble wrapped for pristine preservation during delivery - what more could you wish for?
I was unsure that the cakes would have that 'fresh baked' taste, being that they had to be delivered to the home. But I was wrong, so very wrong. They were amazingly delicious - and so fresh, almost home-made, tasting. We spilt the cakes between the 3 of us - although Elias got more of it around his mouth - and unanimously decided that even though we loved them both, the chocolate offering was the definite winner - and I'm not usually one for chocolate cakes!
I was also pleasantly surprised that the personalised part on the top of the cake, didn't have that typical sugar paper, crispy taste (you know, like the 'Tom&Jerry' ones you made as kids). It melted perfectly in the mouth with the frosting. In fact, I could really eat another right now!

CakeToppers have any easy to navigate website, which offers personalisation of cupcakes, or special occasion cakes. They also have their very own Insta feed so you can get inspired for your order. Plus, they offer Next Day Delivery with orders before 2pm, and you can even score 10% off of your order with my code PLV10.