Thursday, 17 August 2017

Metamorphosis Bath Bomb Review | LUSH Cosmetics

Something that many of you probably aren't aware of is that I used to be addicted to buying lush products. It started when I started recovery for my mental health and I was desperate to make washing and bathing into a positive experience whereas before it would almost always turn into a place of self destruction. 

I took self soothe to the extreme and found my love in bath bombs. I ended up impulsively spending all of my money, around £150 per week on bath bombs, bubble bars, fun bars, shower gels, face masks and pretty much everything they sold. I was ordering from the kitchen at least twice a week and it escalated out of control very quickly, I dread to think of how much money I spent on delivery alone. I was hiding parcels from my mum and I never had any money to go out and do things which would also benefit my mental health so I had to cut it out, completely. I put myself on a ban and almost two years later I am finally getting through my collection and have now got a 'normal' amount of products. 

I have removed products that I didn't like and used up the ones that I loved so when I was passing by lush this week, I couldn't resist on having a look with the intention to stock up on products that I love, but are being discontinued. Of course this isn't the way it went and I ended up buying a bath bomb that has always caught my eye but I haven't ever picked up which is Metamorphosis bath bomb. I was instantly drawn the the dark colour of this ballistic and was intrigued to see how it would perform, the fact that it was covered in glitter was a bonus and before I knew it, I was walking out of the shop with it in my bag.

This product has a strong aroma, it has a spicy and dry scent of cinnamon and pepper but is still extremely warming. The scent is definitely a new one within lush products and it overall gives off a very earthy scent, it seems like it is one of those scents that you're either going to love or hate, there will be no in the middle (quite like most of Lush's scents). The main ingredients within this product is Cinnamon Oil, Black Petter Oil and Myrrh Resinoid which leaves no surprise that it has an earthy scent. The aroma was just as strong when the ballistic was in the bath as to in the packet and I can still smell traces of this product on my skin hours after using it. I must admit, it is very uplifting to smell and watch this ballistic and I think many people can be in denial about how relaxing this scent really can be. 

The design of this ballistic is so unique and precise. It has a smokey grey shell with intense, jagged indents reflecting a meteorite. It is in the original sphere shape and is covered in glitter. 

I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when putting this product to the test and I half hoped that it would result in the water turning black. Although this didn't happen, I was still pleasantly surprised. The ballistic started to fizz as soon as it hit the water, and quickly started shooting waves of grey across the surface.

What I didn't expect was to soon find that this ballistic would be sending out even more waves of colour, but this time shades of yellow and pink. Before long, a few other colours even made an appearance including green and orange. What I like about this product is that despite many different colours coming from the ballistic at different time, all of the colours managed to stick around on the surface of the water, giving a beautiful mix of light and dark. 

This ballistic had a lengthy process before it has totally dissolved which made the whole experience even better and definitely worth the money. Once most of the colours had made an appearance, the ballistic started to create tiny bubbles within the foam again reflecting back to its design and to a meteorite (It also looked a bit like honeycomb)

I can't deny that I was disappointed with the muggy grey shade that my bath water turned into but it was filled to the brim with glitter, making the dullness really sparkle (and making it much more bearable). 

Retailing at £4.25, this ballistic sits into the average price range for a Lush bath bomb. I will certainly be purchasing this ballistic again as I really find it to be so unique and brightening. When using this product, I paired it with Sunnyside Bubble Bar, Yellow FUN and Lord of Misrule Shower Cream. I think that this product worked particularly well with LOM as they both contain quite earthy, strong and unique scents.

Lastly, I found that the product wasn't overly moisturising to my skin. I much prefer ballistics that contain cocoa butter such as Lover Lamp (Valentine's Day Exclusive) but having said that, my skin did feel clean, refreshed and soft so it's safe to say that it did its job, right? 

If you'd like to see more of LUSH products on my page then just leave me a comment! I would love to start sharing my favourite products with you all!

Thank-you for reading, Tay x

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Trips Away, Health Update and Going Short.. | August Update

I am actually rather nervous to post this as it has been such a long time since I last posted but hello.. how are we all? I thought that the best way to start off blogging again was with a classic life update and over the past two months, there has been so much going on for me. 

Starting with a positive, I have spent quite a bit of time away from home recently. I went to Cambridge in June to visit some of the friends that I met in hospital and I met my friends gorgeous little girl which was nice. Cambridge was fun, I met up with Elle in Norwich and we headed to the train station. We set off to do some shopping and see various different friends. We started by meeting one friend at a charity event before heading off to town for some lunch. We then went shopping and managed to remember our way around Cambridge City Center before meeting up with two more friends for cocktails and a cheeky nandos! We ended up very drunk and had a very interesting train journey home to say the least. It was so lovely to be reunited with Elle and other friends, some of which I hadn't seen in years.

I then went to see Olly Murs live at Thetford Forest with my mum which was incredible. We were so close to the front which I managed without having a panic attack and I loved the whole night. It was so similar yet so different to tour earlier on in the year and I am still so sad that it is over. I had never been to a concert at Thetford Forest before but I think that the location is so good; it is so secluded and really gives festival vibes.

Soon after, I was on a train yet again to go and visit Elle. The train journey was so tedious and just over four hours later I arrived in Milton Keynes. We had quite a chilled few days although we did go to Be At One for a few cocktails and discovered the most amazing cocktail I have ever had which was called Buenot which contained Mozart White Chocolate Liqueur, Salted Caramel Kahlua, White Kinder Bueno and Vanilla Ice Cream. I must admit, it was incredible sickly and was probably more of a desert than a cocktail but it was honestly to die for. We decided to start a wreck this journal which was fun as we hadn't done any crafts together since we were in hospital. 

The final trip away is the most recent and was to Southampton which is so. far. away. The journey on the way there was fine, it went pretty quick but on the way home, we got stuck in awful standstill traffic which just meant that everybody was starting to get agitated but we got home in the end! We went to Southampton for my boyfriends brothers graduation and it was so nice. We went for two nights and spent the majority of our time within pubs but they sold mango cider on draught which was cool and very different. We went for a meal at a place called Banana Wharf and it was honestly the best meal I have ever eaten, please bring one to Norwich! It was slightly on the pricey side but the food was so worth it. I had some Garlic Bread as a starter and the Stir-fried Chicken and noodles for my main. I really can't get over how good the food was. It actually rained on the day of the graduation but we still managed to have a lovely day.

Moving on, my mental health has been pretty much all over the place recently. I have had a couple of set backs and it has felt a little bit like it is just one thing after another but hopefully I am on the mend now. I have stopped DBT for the time being and there isn't too much of a plan in place just yet but I am sure I will get there sooner rather than later. 

I have also decided that I will be cutting off my hair! I have wanted to go fairly short for quite some time and I am finally doing it. I will be donating my hair to the Little Princess Trust which I am rather excited for. I will attach the link and the information that is on my Just Giving page in case anybody is interested in sponsoring me.

"Within the next few weeks I will be chopping off the majority of my hair (to shoulder length) after seven years of growing it. I am ready for a change but considering that my hair is natural and healthy, I will be donating it to the Little Princess Trust where I can give somebody else the chance to embrace having long locks. I would love for you to sponsor me, to ensure that even more children can feel confident with their gorgeous wigs, giving them a bit of joy back for the bravery they've had to go through with their illnesses."

That is all for now and I will be back very soon!

Thank-you for reading, Tay x
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