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RANT: When your “friends” aren’t your friends.

Facebook.

Good ol’ Facebook…

Socializing today means to Like someone’s post. It means to Comment on someone’s profile picture.

Despite how shallow these ways of interacting seemed to me, I always thought that the people on my Friends List, EVERY single one of them, genuinely gave a crap about me.

Despite the fact that they’d seem to always be too busy with work to meet up, and then seeing them posting photos up of them and their other friends 2 days later. Despite the fact that it would always be me who would be the one asking when we could next hang out. Despite ALL of this, I cared about these people. I’m not fake enough to call people my friends, who in actual fact, mean nothing to me.

I don’t know if there is something… odd… about me, but I tend to trust people, be willing to make time to hang with people etc pretty quickly in a friendship. Like, straight off the bat. I never felt like anyone had to earn the luxury of me treating them nicely.

There are lots of posts going around Facebook saying something along the lines of “To my old friends. I know we don’t talk much but that doesn’t mean I don’t care. People grow up and get busy with their lives but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to hang out soon.” etc etc. THESE POSTS ARE BULLSHIT. The majority of these so called “old friends” – when it comes to actually calling their bluff and asking when they’re next free to hang out…? They’ll just blow you off. Their life is too busy for you. Unless that’s just me…

I used to have some friends who I were INSANELY close to. Like, we would do absolutely everything together… We were very close. What we had meant to each other would soon become meaningless though. When I was a teenager, I moved abroad with my family. A couple of years later I had the opportunity to visit my old country again, as a birthday gift from my parents.

All I wanted was to see my old friends SO MUCH. Unfortunately, when it came to asking if they’d like to meet up, they just blew me off. Yep, it took 2 years for the best friends I ever had to think nothing of me anymore. We had communicated during those 2 years, we only hadn’t met up. 2 years is all it took for me to literally mean nothing to them anymore.

Did I somehow become untrustworthy to them…? Did I suddenly do something that changed their entire opinion of me…? Apparently, all you have to do is move abroad to make your closest, truest friends stop giving a damn.

It is a sad fact that I don’t really mean anything to any one of my past friends (except for the one that is now my partner.) I didn’t mean enough for them to not find it uncomfortable to respond to my messages. I didn’t mean enough for them to be perfectly happy to come and just go shopping with me or something. I didn’t mean enough for them to even wish me Happy Birthday unless I decided to show my date of birth on my Facebook. I didn’t mean enough to them for them to want to invite me out anywhere, to be invited to birthday parties, anything at all.

It has been around 14-15 months since anyone has asked me to meet up with them. I have finally realized that according to these friends, that now means that (as unfortunate as it is,) I mean nothing to them anymore.

It’s fine though.

I have never understood these extremely conditional types of friendships and after seeing how cold ex-friends can be on Facebook, I grew tired of the drama and deactivated my account. Yep, I’m living life Facebook, Messenger and Whatsapp free.

Honestly, friendships are absolutely exhausting for me to have. They’re far too conditional and from my experience, are also usually quite selfish. People will be your friend so long as it serves them but as soon as they grow bored of you and find some new, exciting people to hang out with? It doesn’t matter how much you genuinely cared about these people – when they don’t care about you being in their life anymore then that will be that.

People can be extremely cold. I am grateful for having my partner though. It’s nice to have a genuine, real connection that won’t just die all of a sudden. I can trust that what we have won’t change.

Maybe it’s better for me to just live in the moment  – talk to new people but not take those friendships too seriously so that if they decide to stop giving a crap, it won’t hurt. That’s just the type of world we seem to live in now. A world where shallow relationships with other human beings is the norm. For now though, I’m just happy with the one true friend I have 🙂

Time to live my life and move on!

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Lush Skin Drink Moisturiser Review

Skin Drink Moisturiser:

Rating: 4/5*

Cons:

The smell is really quite strong. I could smell the product on my face hours after having applied it – and it didn’t smell good. Someone even referred to this product as smelling like mushrooms… After using it, I sort of get what they meant. Not raw mushrooms but like fried mushrooms. It is just a general savoury foody scent and is really not something I appreciated my face smelling like. If this sounds nasty to you, maybe it’s best you stay away!

After a short amount of time, when I had only a little amount of product left in my pot, that little amount of product became really quite thick and dark in colour. I still sort of managed to use it, but it makes me think that maybe this product’s ingredients do not combine too well, and that some ingredients sink to the bottom or something.

This moisturiser didn’t last very long for me. I’m not sure why but it just seemed to go really quite quickly.

This moisturiser has a slight bit of texture to it I think. When I’d apply it to my face, my face would feel slightly less even in texture – almost like any tiny bump felt exaggerated after applying Skin Drink.



Pros:

This moisturiser moisturised my skin so, so, SO well! My face just always felt so plump and healthy and hydrated after using it. It was really a nice feeling.

Any fine lines/wrinkles on my face (especially my forehead) would basically vanish after using Skin Drink. Seriously, I have some lines on my forehead and when I looked in the mirror after applying this, the wrinkles had practically vanished (unless of course I raised my eyebrows at all.) Definitely recommend!

Just the smallest amount would really work. I could feel my skin was truly hydrated after using Skin Drink, and that feeling would last all day – without my skin becoming any more oily than it usually would.

The colour of this moisturiser is skin toned. Now, I don’t know that this makes a noticeable difference whatsoever, but I really liked that fact. It felt like I was applying an additional skin-tone-evening layer on my skin, however slight that layer was. If you wouldn’t say no to that then perhaps Skin Drink is worth a go!

A vegan Lush product that is handmade, cruelty free, animal friendly, practically all natural… worth a shot!


Overall Conclusion:

Overall, this moisturiser could do with a few improvements. It smells nasty and I’m really not keen on the texture or formula of it at all. It does work very well however, and really is a decent moisturiser.

Overall, I rate this moisturiser a 4/5* but ONLY JUST. The SMELL is absolutely vile, it just so happens that this moisturiser is the one that has worked for me best thus far and at least from the regular line, I believe I only have a couple more to try. Honestly, I really hope one of those two do surpass this one because I don’t know that I could handle that smell day in and day out… Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my review!

Out of the vegan facial moisturisers available on the Lush UK site on 03/03/17, this is my favourite moisturiser!

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Some of my Lush favourites so far…

Shampoo: Jumping Juniper and Seanik Shampoo Bar.

Conditioner: Sugar Daddy-O and Veganese Conditioner.

Body wash: Rose Jam Shower Gel.

Hand wash: Snowcake, Yog Nog and Sunrise Soap.

Facial Cleanser: Aqua Marina Fresh Cleanser.

Moisturiser: Enzymion.

Body Lotion: Celebrate Lotion.

Hand Lotion: Love and Light.

Lip Scrub: Mint Julips and Bubblegum Lip Scrub.

Toothpaste: Chou Chou… I Love You Toothy Tabs.

Bath Product (anything you put in the bath…): Intergalactic, Butterbear and Pumpkin Bath Bomb.

Body Scrub: Rub Rub Rub Body Scrub (solid version.)

Massage Bar: Dirty Massage Bar.

Toner: Tea Tree Toner Water and Tea Tree Toner Tab.

Face Scrub: Ocean Salt Self – Preserving.

Face Mask: Cup O’ Coffee Exfoliating Face Mask.

I still have a ton of Lush products to try and review, but these are just my favourites out of what I have reviewed so far!

– Storm

 

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Lush Golden Wonder Bath Bomb Review

I was lucky enough to be given a £100 Lush gift card for Christmas from my partner so of course, I spent it on the Boxing Day sale! I wasn’t super organised though and failed to picture everything and upload a “What I got for Christmas” blog post, but I am going to be making a post on my current Lush stash very soon.

At the Lush store we went to on Boxing Day, all the Golden Wonder Bath Bombs were sold out. Luckily I brought my partner along with me, because while I was grabbing the individual bath bombs, he went and grabbed me the Golden Wonder gift set which of course, includes the Golden Wonder Bath Bomb! I was so chuffed 🙂

I wish I were more organised – I’ve gotten such lovely things over Christmas and also did over my Birthday, and I would have loved to have blogged about them!

Anyway, here is my review of the Golden Wonder Bath Bomb 🙂 I hope you enjoy!

(I’m sorry in advanced for the terrible quality of the photos I have uploaded. My laptop has gone for repair so the only way I could edit photos and transfer the edited copies onto wordpress was through messenger, which really has killed the quality!)


Golden Wonder Bath Bomb

Rating: 4/5*

Cons:

This is a Christmas Exclusive item so, if you happen to absolutely love it, you’re going to have a tough time getting your hands on it during the rest of the year!

The scent… Okay, I get that it shares its scent with Celebrate Lotion etc, but honestly? It was just such a weak scent, and didn’t linger for me at all. If you are expecting a strong scent from this one then you are going to be very disappointed.

It is SO glittery! Anytime I held this bath bomb before using it, my finger tips would be absolutely coated in golden lustre. It was a bit of a pain!

Okay so this is a weird con but hey, maybe I’m a bit of a weird girl. The colour bothered me. Not because of the colour itself, but to me the bath water genuinely looked like a sea or ocean, and that sort of terrified me. I’m really scared of sharks, so sitting in a bath of water that makes me feel as though I’m in the middle of a tropical sea or ocean somewhere was sort of unsettling. It was especially creepy because I was the only one awake at the time and it was in the early hours of the morning (maybe around 3am…) Maybe if you have a similar sort of fear, you should steer away from Golden Wonder!

This bath bomb was very residue-y. I wish I had rinsed off in the shower after taking a bath with this bath bomb but honestly, my fear of sharks just sort of caused me to shoot out the bathroom ASAP! I was really freaked out! Anyway, the gold stars that are released by this bath bomb were sort of buttery, and also left residue around the bath tub. Basically, some additional rinsing of both the bath and yourself will be required after bathing with Golden Wonder.

The rattle or whatever the surprise is meant to be in the center…? I didn’t hear anything at all when I shook the bath bomb around.


Pros:

I think this bath bomb looks absolutely gorgeous! It is a beautiful yellow-golden package with a lovely cream coloured big bow on the top. It is also really big! It definitely looks very special for a bath bomb.

This bath bomb fizzed away quite nicely. It was a fast-medium fizzer.

Almost straight after the bath bomb began fizzing away, the only part of the bath bomb that was visible above the water was the cream coloured bow, which I thought was adorable! It looked really cute just seeing a cream bow travelling around the bath as it fizzed away.

The colours of this bath bomb are lovely. Beautiful golden yellows, creams, blues, pinks… Super pretty!

This bath bomb made the bath water genuinely look like a tropical sea/ocean somewhere. If that sounds like your kinda thing, absolutely go for it!

The scent was nice and fresh.

The golden stars released were really cute!

I found this bath to be somewhat moisturising.


Overall Conclusion:

Overall, I didn’t like this bath bomb all that much… The colour of the water sort of scared me, the bath bomb left behind residue, the scent was very weak… It’s a real shame, because I think that the bath bomb looked so beautiful before putting it in the bath, and I really think this is one that has a lot of potential. Perhaps I just shouldn’t have used it in the middle of night to prevent my mind from wondering too much.

Overall, I’m going to rate this bath bomb a 4/5* BECAUSE my partner found it for me in the store and it was a gift from him, and I definitely think it is overall a really nice bath bomb! I think I just used it at a rubbish time of the day to be honest, otherwise I’m sure I would have had a better experience with it. Although, the scent was definitely somewhat of a let down!

– Storm

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Lush The Experimenter Bath Bomb Review

I was lucky enough to have obtained this bath bomb as part of a gift set that I was given by my partner for my birthday! That was back in October, and I have only just found the chance to use it. Here is my review for The Experimenter!


The Experimenter Bath Bomb:

Rating:

Cons: 3/5*

The bath water ends up a sort of murky grey colour. If you was after bright bath water, steer away from The Experimenter!

This has a sort of slightly sweet, spicy, smoky and earthy scent, and definitely is more of the last 3. If you don’t like quite incensey or musky scents of any kind, steer away! The scent actually reminded me a lot of the scent of the Pumpkin bath bomb from the halloween range last year.

For me, The Experimenter performed quite peculiarly in my bath. It sank to the bottom straight away, and once it had finished fizzing and I got into the bath, there was a little pile of bath bomb dust at the bottom of the bath where it had sank. It also didn’t really make much of a display on the surface of the bath. If you are expecting a magnificent show from this bath bomb, you could very well be disappointed!

I don’t know if this has anything to do with the ingredients of this bath bomb or not, but I found it very difficult to get the bath water to be the right temperature. I had to keep adding more hot water, then more cold water etc. The reason I think it might have something to do with the ingredients of the bath bomb is because firstly, I don’t usually have this problem and secondly, I know when I’ve used Intergalactic in the past I had to add more hot water because of the cooling effects of the peppermint oil, so something similar could be happening with this bath bomb. It was quite annoying!

After draining the bath water, there will be loads of bath bomb powder, glitter, colourants and other residue left behind in the bath tub. This isn’t a huge problem but it is nice when the bath drains pretty much spotless after taking a bath!


Pros:

This bath bomb provides a very sparkly bath! It looks really lovely 🙂

Before putting the bath bomb in the bath and straight after doing so, wow. Just wow! This is such a colourful bath bomb and when it first hits the water, it makes such a beautiful circular rainbow, like a colour wheel!

I quite liked the sweet, spicy scent of this bath bomb – definitely my kinda thing!

This bath bomb is huge, so the bath water ends up feeling very rich in moisturising oils and lovely ingredients.

The scent will linger in hair for around a day, which is lovely!

This was part of a gift for my birthday and it was very lovely to receive! This bath bomb definitely makes for a brilliant and exciting gift 🙂

The name is pretty epic. It made me feel like a mad scientist or something when I used the bath bomb.


Overall Conclusion:

I liked this bath bomb a lot. It wasn’t one of my favourites, but it definitely was far from my least favourites too.

I’m going to rate this bath bomb a 3/5* rating. I know that seems sort of low, but the end colour of the bath water reminded me a bit of the colour of dirty laundry water or something… I don’t know. Either way, it was enough for me to just rate this product 3/5*.

– Storm

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Lush Baked Alaska Soap Review

I bought this soap in the boxing day sale in 2015, and have only just used it up! Here is my review for this soap 🙂

Baked Alaska Soap:

Rating: 4/5*

Cons:

This soap is really cleansing, and may even begin to dry out your hands after continuous use.

I didn’t find this soap super exciting to be honest. It is a simple, green coloured, lemon scented soap.

This is a Christmas exclusive item so if you find that you like it, you’re going to have a lot of trouble obtaining it at other times of the year!

Knowing Lush, there isn’t even any guarantee whatsoever that this soap will return next Christmas season so again, if you like it then you’re going to have a tough time finding a good supply!

This soap isn’t really well suited for Winter – in fact, I found it nicest to use in the Summer.


Pros:

This soap smells really good. It smells incredibly cirtrusy! It smells so, so lemony and citrusy and lovely! A FANTASTIC one for the Summer – trust me!

This soap is super cleansing and refreshing, and the scent really suits the Summer time (as I just said..) If you can manage to save this one for the Summer then you’re going to enjoy this soap that much more!

My partner loved this soap. He would smell it constantly, so it’s a winner for both men and women.

This soap is very colourful and is more fun to look at than the traditional white bathroom soap. Again, it looks really Summery!

Baked Alaska lathers up incredibly well – likely the best lathering soap I have used thus far!

It has a creamy layer on the top, which makes for a creamier lather if you make sure to rub this side of the soap on your hands.

This soap lasts forever! It has lasted me a year – a YEAR! And that is with many, many uses.

I found that Lush soaps work best as hand soaps and to be kept by the sink. This one makes for a lovely hand soap 🙂


Overall Conclusion:

Overall, I think this would be a really nice soap to use exclusively for the Summer, when your hands get all sticky and you just want to freshen up with a lovely Summery scent. Otherwise, I think this soap would be far too drying and that the scent wouldn’t really go too well with the time of the year.

My partner has said that he thinks the smell was really lovely and limey, but he found the soap to be quite drying and that the lather was difficult to product and wasn’t very moisturising.

Overall, I’m going to give this soap a 4/5* rating. This is because I think it would be an amazing soap to use in the Summer, but not so great at other times of the year!

– Storm

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Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask Review

Okay, so FINALLY I have a review for the Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask from Lush. I purchased this yonks ago, but it has lasted me absolutely ages! I know it’s a fresh face mask and that you aren’t supposed to use it past it’s best before date, but it didn’t really change all that much and the effects on my face were similar right up until I finished it. I’ll only stop using a Lush product after it’s best before date if it starts to look or smell weird to me. Each to their own right?

Let’s begin with the cons 🙂


Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask

Rating: 3/5*

Cons:

This face mask is horrible when it is drying on your face. I mean ABSOLUTELY horrid! I always time face masks that say 5 to 10 minutes for 8 minutes, and the mask is completely dried way before then, meaning I have to suffer for the rest of the time I have left before washing the mask off… When the mask dries, it will flake off absolutely everywhere, with even the smallest of movements. It also becomes super, super, super, super itchy all over the face when it dries – especially around the nostrils! If this sounds like an absolute pain (and trust me, it really is…,) then DON’T try this mask! You have been warned!

The smell… To me it smells super powdery, and kinda reminds me of the taste of those powdery chewable teddy bear vitamins I used to eat as a kid… It smells kinda vile to me. Really sickly.

The mask itself is incredibly dry before you even apply it. The mask is really difficult to apply and the only way I was able to apply it reasonably was by wetting my face first. It just doesn’t stick or spread well on dry skin!

The second highest ingredient on the ingredients list for this mask is talc, which explains a lot. I’ve never seen talc as being a very safe ingredient to use, and it makes this mask super chalky.

I never liked the way this mask looked all that much. Again, it just looks kinda dry and talcy.

When rinsing this mask off the face very thoroughly, it is likely that you will still find some talcy residue left behind in areas of your face. It can be quite difficult to rinse off!


Pros:

Despite all the problems that one faces when attempting to use this mask, it does leave my facial skin very healthy. Even the morning after having used it, when I look in the mirror my face always looks really colourful, fresh, clean, soft and just really healthy! My spots and scarring appears reduced and my face just looks really smooth. The effects of this mask are really lovely!

This mask lasts absolutely ages. I don’t know how exactly, considering how dry this mask is, but I have gotten so many uses out of it! I share it with my partner, and still it has lasted me forever… This might sound gross to you guys, but I have managed to make it last 5 months and 4 days! Again, it didn’t change in scent or anything over that time period and I have kept it in the fridge consistently. It also definitely hasn’t done anything bad to my skin! If you want a long lasting mask… this could be the one!

This mask is vegan, handmade, from Lush, cruelty free, made from natural ingredients… I reckon it’s worth trying at least once for those reasons alone!

When using this mask on a wet face, it applies really smoothly and easily. It also washes off much easier in the bath or shower as opposed to rinsing it off over the skin. It also doesn’t get anywhere near as flaky with this method because the layer of mask applied is much thinner. It doesn’t itch anywhere near as much either. I even think the effects of this mask were better when using it this way!


Overall Conclusion:

Overall, I wasn’t keen on this mask, but I feel conflicted because the effects of it were really nice, and I did find a way to use it that made everything much easier.

I’m going to rate this mask a 3/5*. It’s a shame because I did find a way that it works really well, but the smell… I can’t stand it! I really really can’t. The effects are really lovely though so if the smell doesn’t make you feel ill, it’s worth a go.

– Storm