Lush 'Lullaby' Shampoo Bar | Beauty Review

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

I have always been a bit sceptical when looking to buy the solid shampoo bars from Lush. It wasn't until the ethical reasons for buying them made me do so! Lush sell their shampoo bars free from packaging and are made from natural ingredients, so if you're worried about your impact on the planet, it's good to know that you are helping to reduce waste by buying these products.

As you have probably already guessed, the Lush 'Lullaby' Shampoo Bar is a solid shampoo which required no packaging (unless you want to buy one of the small tins available at Lush stores to pop it in!). And also, as stated before, I have always been a bit hesitant to buy one on the means of how good that they wash hair. I'm so used to using my regular shampoo which I know does well for my hair and cleans and conditions it. But recently I have been taking actions to see how I can reduce the waste that I create and one of those ways was to reduce the packaging that I consume in my daily routines, one of them being when I shower. 

I don't know about you guys, but I have a mass of half empty bottles on the side of my bathtub from Christmas presents and mismatched conditioner and shampoos. It makes a task for when it comes to cleaning the tub, and that's how it got me thinking about how I can reduce the waste of plastic bottles. The only store that I know of that sells waste-free products was Lush, and that's why I decided to give their shampoo bars a try!

The 'Lullaby' shampoo bar contains so many lovely ingredients for your hair, including Oat Milk which soothes and calms, Ground Almonds, Organic Jojoba Oil which moisturises, French Lavender Oil for a lovely relaxing scent, Roman Chamomile Oil, Lavender Absolute and Neroli Oil.

The first time I used this bar, I was really unsure of how well it washed my hair, as my hair didn't feel as smooth as it normally does when I wash it in the shower. I lathered the bar up by running it a few times onto my hair and soon enough there was enough shampoo for me to clean my hair. After I dried my hair I was blown away from the results! My hair felt soft, smooth and smelt amazing! My hair had a soft bounce to it and looked really healthy. 

Overall, I was really pleased with how this solid shampoo washed my hair, and I'm even happier that it had no packaging, so less waste!

Let me know what you thought of this product if you have used it! I can't wait to try out more products in the solid shampoo range.

Love, K :)

Mental Health

Saturday, 22 April 2017

It's time to talk. I've struggled with my mental health for a few years now, and I've always been so scared to talk about it to anyone. There are somethings that I'm not ready to talk about yet, but I'm feeling like my issues with mental health are starting to be something in which I can share with people and hopefully, it will help them as well as me.

A few weeks ago I took time out from social media, mainly my Youtube channel. I felt like it was all just getting a bit too much. I have these episodes where I'll be mentally okay for a few months, and then it will hit me all at once, and that's what happened a few weeks ago. I spent a full two days in bed, not motivated to do anything (even though I had film planning, editing and writing to do), I binged on junk food and slept for probably a good 16 hours on both days.

This has happened a few time in the past 4 years, and I always thought that was me just being lazy. I've always been labelled the 'lazy one' in the family, and my parents have always told me that I am, while also telling me to stop being so.

Please understand that I am not labelling myself as depressed. I know people who have depression and I wouldn't want to seem like I am somehow intruding onto the very serious mental illness, as I know that self-diagnosed mental illnesses have been at a bout of controversy at the moment and I wouldn't want to make people's actual issues with depression seem trivial or less important. I haven't been to the Doctor or GP to tell them how I feel, and that is a personal choice. In fact, I haven't really told anyone how I feel, and again, that is the choice that I am making. I feel better when I talk about my own mental health on platforms such as this, as (if you haven't guessed already) I don't really feel comfortable talking about it to those closest to me.

But let me be clear; being able to talk about mental health on any spectrum is a good step forward, and everyone should encourage it. If you are struggling with your mental health and want someone to talk to, go to a trusted friend or family member; they will be more understanding than you think, or perhaps a GP or therapist! There is no shame in telling people how you feel. With that being said, if you don't wnt to tell people how you feel, that's okay too, but if you are really struggling then please, find some courage and bravery (because I know you are both very courageous and very brave!) within yourself to accept that you might need a little help.

Stay brave x

K :)

Trollhunters - Guillermo del Toro & Daniel Kraus | Book Review

Friday, 21 April 2017

Rating - 4/5

"Jim Sturges is your typical teen in suburban San Bernardino-one with an embarrassingly overprotective dad, a best friend named "Tubby" who shares his hatred of all things torturous (like gym class), and a crush on a girl who doesn't know he exists. But everything changes for Jim when a 45-year old mystery resurfaces, threatening the lives of everyone in his seemingly sleepy town. Soon Jim has to team up with a band of unlikely (and some un-human) heroes to battle the monsters he never knew existed."

I have been a fan of Guillermo del Toro ever since I watched Pan's Labyrinth in my Spanish class in year 9. And when I heard that he had written a book, I knew I just had to read it! It was everything I expected it to be from GdT, as his filmmaker style was eloquently transferred into his writing style, with clear connections and themes from his work in film.

I really enjoyed this book, although it did take me a while to get through; but that was down to personal reasons rather than the excitement of the book itself. I loved how this book started, taking a POV from the main characters father back when he was a little boy. It must have been an exciting read for younger readers, as I'm 20 and I was very hooked from the beginning. 

I really enjoyed the characters in Trollhunters, my favourite being Claire Fontaine (such a badass!). We are introduced to a wide variety of characters, and as the main two settings for this book is a High School in San Bernardino and in troll-infested sewers, we get a good selection of teens, teachers, and trolls that our main character, Jim Sturges, interacts with. 

Tollhunters also has within its pages some beautiful illustrations drawn by Sean Murray. I love a book with pictures as I feel like it kind of lets you into the mind of how the author/s would have wanted you to imagine their world that they have created. The illustrations truly are beautiful, but some of them are a bit gruesome! They come in super handy when faced with trying to think of how the trolls in the book look; they give you a helping hand.

Trollhunters is filled with young teenage love, wit, adventure and guts (quite literally). It was crammed with rich imagery and some of the most despicable trolls I have come across in fiction. There are moments of sadness, fear, loss and despair, but there are also moments of hope, love, bravery and friendship, which is what makes this story so great. It creates a family of misfits who battle trolls in the depths of night, and no one would ever have it any other way.

Overall, I really enjoyed Trollhunters and I think will be a great read for children from 10+, but it does have some strong language flittering every here and there, especially towards the end, so be warned, young readers! I hope this is part of a series as I would love to see Jim and his troll hunter friends progress through school. The ending of this story (without being too spoiler-y), does end on a bit of a cliffhang or at least is paving the way for another book to be written. I would definitely LOVE to read more from this world and possibly go to different countries!

Let me know if you have read Trollhunters and what you thought of it in the comments below!

Love, K :)

Lush 'Prince Of Darkness' Fresh Face Mask | Beauty Review

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

I recently bought a few items online at Lush the other week and I thought I would do a review of them, as I haven't done a beauty review in AGES and they are all amazing products. We are starting with the Lush Kitchen Oline Exclusive: Prince of Darkness Fresh Face Mask!

This mask of midnight contains loads of lovely skin perfecting ingredients, such as Kaolin and Fullers Earth; which cleanses the skin and absorbs oils, Powdered Charcoal; which is absorbent, soothing and antibacterial, Patchouli Oil; which has a relaxing and earthy aroma, Lavender Oil; which is balancing and calming and lastly, Fine Sea Salt which is mineral-rich and has antibacterial properties.

The first thing that I loved about this mask was just how dark it was! All of the other Lush Fresh Face masks that I have tried before were quite colourful, so it was interesting to see such a dark shade.

I loved the fragrance from this mask. The only way I can describe it is that it smells warm? I think with the combined smell of the Lavender oil and Fullers Earth it has quite a deep earthy smell which truly is wonderful! Perfect for feeling fresh.

I also really loved the exfoliant in this mask, I think it may have been either the charcoal or the sea salt? Every now and then I like my face to have a good ole' scrub as my face can get pretty dirty from being at work all day, so a natural exfoliant is something I look for in a great face mask and I know that all of the exfoliants in Lush face masks are environmentally friendly; unlike micro-beads that are commonly used in many store-bought face scrubs/masks. I tend to use my face-masks in the shower. I apply the mask making sure I stay away from sensitive areas such as the mouth and eyes and leave for about 10-15 minutes then I dampen my skin, start scrubbing and then wash off!

Because of how dark the face mask is, it did leave a slight stain on my face after washing it off in the shower, but a few extra washes with a flannel or a face soap will work just as well to get it all off.

My skin felt very clean afterward but did feel the teeniest bit dry. I solved this by putting a little bit of facial moisturiser on, and Bob's your Uncle, my skin was lovely, smooth and clean!

This would be a great face mask for those of you who have oily skin (much like myself) as the charcoal and Fullers Earth are great for soaking up any excess oil and impurities. I don't think this wold be a good choice for those of you who have sensitive skin, as the exfoliant in it may be too coarse.

Let me know if you have used this face mask and what you thought of it in the comments below!

Love, K :)

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