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Lush: Lover Lamp

Valentine’s Day is coming soon! You know, the celebration where we remember the cute, half-naked baby who flew around stabbing people with a bow and arrow, making them fall in love? Yeah, that’s the one! #Cupid

LUSH celebrates this occasion a lot less painfully though – by enabling you to soak in a bath filled with soothing natural ingredients that aim to let you forget Cupid’s puncture actions for one day/night at least. I mean, with Lover Lamp in your bath, you’ll even be sure to forget all of your past relationships!

However your V Day pans out, you can rely on this amorous organic cocoa butter embrace to melt your heart and soften your skin. As vanilla absolute and Brazilian orange oil sweet nothings are whispered into your bathwater, cocoa butter hearts unfurl to envelop you in a romantic rendezvous – cleansing climax guaranteed.

Although Lush’s Lover Lamp isn’t the brightest bath melt to come out of the franchise, it’s definitely one of the most fragrant. It smells like Vanilla, Orange and Cocoa Butter (if they ever were to meet, mate, and conceive/reproduce).

What I love most about this bath sphere is the melting red jelly love hearts that melt away from the powder-salts and are released into the water as it dissolves. Stunning stuff!

Apparently, if you catch some and rub them on your skin, they’ll emit a chocolate orange-type scent! Oh and these hearts are packed with cocoa butter so, if you want to get hydrated, rub them on your body like Ed Sheeran would while serenading you with ‘Shape of You’… #TUNE #HaventGotOverIt #WontHaveGottenOverItCome2018

Sadly, when the fizzy sphere is no more, nothing changes in the water (colour-wise), but I heard there are three EDIBLE hearts that come up to the surface and float, ready for you to eat them… Before you ask, I didn’t even try this because I am not one to eat Love Hearts soaked in my own bath water. What do you take me for?!

I don’t know if you know this, but just ’cause I take Snapchat selfies, that doesn’t make me an animal!

Lastly before lastly, Lover Lamp surprised me because the powdery, vanilla-y, cocoa buttery smell stayed all BATH LONG… ALL BATH! #ALittleBitOfLionelRichieNeverHurtNobody

Finally (until I publish another post which will probably be dropped in the next 30 mins), it’s a LOVE-ly bath sphere to use around the time of Valentine’s Day. See what I did there? Ha! Yeah, okay. Nothing to see here… Bye! #PunIntended

Love and light,

Miamii

xxx

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Liz Earle: Hot Cloth Soap & Polish Cleanser

Liz Earle. You must have heard of Liz Earle, right? If not, have no fear ’cause you can find Liz Earle counters at the large Boots and department stores!

Tonight, I’m reviewing Liz Earle’s Hot Cloth Cleanser because I’ve heard so much about it (all good things) and decided that I should blog about it now or forever hold my peace…

You know what? The 5* reviews I read on Boots, online shopping sites and previous posts I’ve come across were right! It’s actually a grest cleanser. It didn’t leave a spec of makeup on my face, left my skin hydrated afterwards with a soft-as-a-baby’s-bottom feel to it. My face has never looked so clean!

Some leave it on the skin overnight, most apply it, leave it to soak into the skin, then wipe with the muslin hot cloth provided (to polish), bedge washing off with hot water. I must say, the best way I found of using it was with the use of hot cloth. It really removed all the impurities and gave my skin a cleaner feel!

The packaging? You get quite a bit of product for the price (as well as a clean muslin cloth), it’s presented in a nice pastel-green bottle and case.

The smell? A fresh, luxuriously rich and soapy scent that lets everyone know that you’ve just washed your face.

The consistency? Liquid soap. It applies like gel.

The results wash-after-wash? Soft, clean and clear skin with a glow.

The muslin cloth? Beautifully smooth on the skin. It glides on and off the skin like a glove.

Should you purchase? Probably.

No – wait, what am I saying? YES! Yes, of course you should. Especially if you’re prone to acne or breakouts (and if your skin is mostly oily)!

 

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I woke up to the AMAZING news that my blog has won a ‘Blogger Recognition’ award. Thank you very much for believing in me (and my blog), Beauty & The Ballroom, without followers like you, I wouldn’t still be posting! We’re part of the Sisterhood!

How ‘Beauty Bae’ came about…

I started this blog on the 2nd of February 2016. I had experience of blogging and writing for national and regional publications, but I wanted to focus on something I enjoyed. I love my make-up, skincare, fashion and haircare products (in that order), so I figured that ‘Beauty Bae’ was the best way forward.

I didn’t know that even after months of stopping, I’d open my WordPress back in November time of last year to almost 60 followers. Thank YOU!

In a short space of two months, my blog is now followed by over 113 bloggers, read by 1,500 users a month, has a sponsor in Harmony Life, and was featured on John Frieda’s website  as well as social-media profiles!

My advice to prospective or new bloggers?

Be yourself. We are all unique, we all have our likes and dislikes, so work with those when choosing what to write about or what type of persona to portray in your posts.

So, yeah, choose a topic that you can write a million posts about and still not get bored of, and be yourself in your writing and choosing of posts…

Remember, your blog is YOURS and is supposed to show you off , acting as a representation of who you are as a person, and what people would get if they were ever to spend a little tI’ve with you…

Now comes the hard part of choosing just 15 fabulous bloggers to nominate for this award…

Beauty & The Ballroom *

1) Linda Talks Beauty

2) Lush Upon a Time

3) MAHALA Fashion

4) Beautify Brooke

5) Rogue by Nablah

6) The Fox with a Bob

7) Jolie La Vie Blog

8) GlamourPrin

9) DARLY

10) Artist by Beauty

11) Seems123‘s ‘Me, Myself & I’.

12) Veggie Overseas

13) The Beauty Spyglass

14) Her Quarters

15) LittleBeautyBlogxo

T&C’s of recieving Blogger Recognition Award:

Thank the blogger who nominated you, providing a link to their page.

Write a post highlighting that you won the award award.

Give a brief summary of how your blog came about along with TWO pearls of wisdoms to new or beginner bloggers.

Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.

Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

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LUSH: Over & Over, I cannot confirm nor deny that these are all at my house… 😜

I’m a very citrussy person. I love anything citrussy, which probably explains why my last name is Mansour (pronounced “Man-soor” but spelt like ManSOUR).

When I realised Lush had a limited-edition citrus bath bomb called ‘Over & Over‘ (which features my second and third favourite colours: Orange and Yellow), I had to buy it!

Launch this one into your bath to fall head over heels with its vivid, swirling ways. This energizing bomb with a creamy cocoa butter coating rocks and rolls around the tub, leaving behind a vibrant trail of pink, orange and gold colored streams. Lime and fennel wake up your senses, making this the perfect beginning to a big night out (or in!).

I actually bought it around Christmas time and forgot to post about it because I’ve been busy. It’s just when I popped into Lush just now (on lunch at the time of writing this) and picked another up that I remembered that I meant to write a post about it.

I just thought I’d post it now because I’m away this weekend, which means I won’t be blogging… Also, I’ve got a major toothache and have had it for over three days! 😭 So, writing this will cheer me up…

I love the smell of it, the feel of it, the colours of it, the energy of it – everything (LUSH’s ‘Over & Over’ btw, NOT MY TOOTHACHE)! 😩

When it first starts fizzing in the bath, it melts orange and yellow but then deep inside it lays some hot pink salts. It’s absolutely stunning! 😍 I wasn’t expecting it. It just looks unreal!

Over and Over is made up of Fair Trade Cocoa Butter and Lemon Oil (with an infusion of lime and fennel). It’s very awakening to the senses but soothing to the skin. Not sure that makes sense, but just, don’t leave me… Please? 😂

It’s LUSH like its maker. Boom. Done. That’s all that you need to know until you try it.

Then?  Well, then can tell ‘Mii! 💋

Miamii

xxx

P.S. For added effect, you can listen to Nelly’s Over & Over feat. Tim McGraw (while in the bath). Life’s too short for anything else… #YOLO!

I’ll see y’all on Monday. Have a great weekend, people. 😘❤