Sunday, 30 October 2016

Catpawcino Cat Cafe, Newcastle

Hello everyone!

This is a very exciting blog post for me to write. A few days ago I visited Catpawcino in Newcastle. If you don't know what Catpawcino is; it is a cat cafe in Newcastle Upon Tyne which has the most adorable cats and kittens in... EVER! I have wanted to visit the cafe for a long time now and on Wednesday my friend and I went for a snack and something to drink.
How cute is this wall with all of the cats' portraits on?!

We did book a few days in advance as the cafe does tend to get busy, especially in half term time when everyone is off school and college.

On every table there is a little cat profile with has pictures of all of the cats as well as their names and a little bit about them. There is also a few rules that you have to follow whilst in the cafe, all of which are on every table alongside the menu and cat profiles.


I am a huge cat lover so I was totally in my element. All of the cats are absolutely adorable, and I am now going to be sharing with you lots of photos of them!
This is the culprit who stole my seat when I wasn't looking! 






The cafe serves snacks, cold drinks, hot drinks and a selection of cakes and biscuits. I chose the ham and cheese toastie as well as a lemonade, both of which were delicious.

Overall, I had a great time at Catpawcino and I am definitely going to be visiting them again soon:) You can check out Catpawcino on Twitter and Facebook, where there is more information on the cafe.

Have you ever visited a cat cafe or something similar?!

Until next time,

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

New In Beauty #9 | Smashbox Christmas

Hello everyone!

Smashbox is one of my favourite high end brands and today I am going to be sharing with you all of the products in the 2016 Light It Up Christmas range.

All of the products in the Christmas collection this year come in re usable pink plastic containers, which are perfect for storing your makeup in. All of the products in the range look really great and I am very excited to be sharing everything with you today!

Glossed To Go Set (£19.50)
The first Smashbox set contains 5 lip glosses in the shades: Bare Light, Orange Light, Fuchsia Light, Lilac Light and Ruby Light. This set is really great because there are a range of different shades, so there is a shade for everyone in this kit. 

Mascara & Lash Primer Set (£19.50)
I have never tried any of the Smashbox mascaras before, but I have heard a lot of great things about them! This set contains a full sized X Rated Mascara, deluxe sized sample of the X Rated Mascara and the Photo Finish Lash Primer deluxe sized sample. 

Face, Eye, Lip (£25.00)
This set contains some of the best selling face, eye and lip Smashbox products. The set contains the following; Photo Finish Foundation Primer, L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Colour in the Shades Hollywood and Highlight, Be Legendary Cream Lipstick in the Shade Legendary and X Rated Mascara in Rich Black. This is such a great set as all of the products will suit every skin type and tone. 

Lipstick & Mattifier Set (£25.00)
This is one of my favourite sets this year. I love a good matte lip, so that is why this set is one of my favourites! In this set you get 6 of the Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipsticks. Along with the lipsticks you get an Insta Matte Lipstick Transformer. The lipstick transformer changes any cream lipstick into a matte lipstick within seconds, which REALLY appeals to me!

Primer Set (£26.00)
Smashbox are mostly known for their famous primers. This set is dedicated to said primers and contains a Photo Finish Foundation Primer as well as the Photo Finish Primer Water. I have been wanting to try the primer water for a long time now so if I don't receive it for Christmas then I will definitely be picking it up in the Boxing Day sales. 

3 Mini Palettes: Eyes, Contour, Lips (£30.00)
This set contains three mini palettes which feature tons of the bestselling Smashbox contour, eye shadow and lipstick shades. Smashbox contour products are one of my favourites, and I really love their eye shadows as they are really pigmented, buttery and easy to blend. 

Essential Brush Set (£30.00)
I have only tried one of the Smashbox brushes before, I am personally a Real Techniques girl, but this set looks like something that I would really enjoy using. The fan brush in particular is calling out to me, but I did recently purchase one from a different brand. The one brush that I have tried from Smashbox before was very soft and easy to use, so no doubt these are the same!

Studio Best Sellers (£30.00)
The final set in the range is another one of my favourite gift sets because it contains a good range of different products. You get five different products in this set in total, including: the Be Legendary Lipstick in Get Fired, Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Eye Liner in Raven, Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black, Photo Finish Foundation Primer and the L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Colour in Hollywood & Highlight. 

Overall, the Smashbox Christmas collection is looking very promising this year. I can't wait to get my hands on some of the products:)

Shop this post: Glossed To Go Set (£19.50) // Mascara & Lash Primer Set (£19.50) // Face, Eye, Lip (£25.00) // Lipstick & Mattifier Set (£25.00) // Primer Set (£26.00) // 3 Mini Palettes: Eye, Contour, Lips (£30.00) // Essential Brush Set (£30.00) // Studio Best Sellers (£30.00) // 

Until next time,
Emily xo

Sunday, 23 October 2016

New In Beauty #8 | Christmas Advent Calendars

Hello everyone!

 For the past two Christmases, advent calendars have became increasingly popular. Last year there were lots of great advent calendar releases for every budget, and this year there are even more! Today I am going to be showing you advent calendars that I am most excited for this year, including brands such as Makeup Revolution, Tanya Burr, The Body Shop and Charlotte Tilbury.

Benefit Cosmetics Girl O'Clock Rock 12 Days Of Christmas (£34.50)
The first advent calendar I am going to be sharing with you this year is the Benefit 12 Days Of Christmas. I did talk briefly about this calendar in a blog post dedicated to the Benefit Christmas collection, but I am going to talk about it today as well. As far as I can remember, the Benefit advent calendar last year had 24 days in it. In the calendar you get the following items (all of which are mini's): the PoreFessional Primer, They're Real Mascara, Benetint, Posietint, They're Real Remover, It's Potent Eye Cream, Lollibalm, Hoola, Dandelion, Bad Gal Lash Mascara, High Beam and Lollitint. 

Tanya Burr 12 Day Beauty Calendar (£25.00)
Next up there is the Tanya Burr advent calendar, which also contains 12 different products. All of the items in this calendar are limited edition and cannot be purchased separately. In the calendar you get items such as nail polishes, lip glosses, glitters and eye liners. This would also make the perfect gift for any YouTube lover this Christmas. I love the original Tanya Burr cosmetics range, so I can't wait to get my hands on this!

Boots No7 Bright Lights Big City (£39.00)
No7 are one of those brands who never fail to impress with their advent calendars. Last years calendar was a big hit with everyone, and this years is going to be even better! You get 24 amazing products, all for under £40. The calendar is worth over £150, so you are getting an absolute bargain with this calendar. I know that this is going to be the one that sells out really quickly, so make sure you get one while their in stock. 

L'Occitane Advent Calendar (£42.00)
L'Occitane is a brand that I haven't really tried anything from, but their advent calendar this year looks superb. This advent calendar is packed full of bath and body products. You get 24 products in total, so there will be a treat for every day in December leading up to Christmas. This is the perfect way to try out some of their best selling products, and the price isn't too bad considering it has a £80 value!

Ciate Mini Mani Month (£50.00)
A one for all the nail lovers out there! I love the purple and rose gold packaging of this calendar, definitely my favourite advent calendar packaging that I have seen so far. The calendar has tons of nail polishes, so there will definitely be something in there for everyone. Each day is packaged in its own individual box, which I think is SO cute! 

ASOS Advent Calendar (£50.00)
This year is the first time ASOS have released an advent calendar, and I am extremely excited about it. There is such a range of products in this calendar that you definitely won't be disappointed. Inside you get brands such as Jane Iredale, Batiste, Elemis, Yes To, Sleek, Toni & Guy, and Model Co. The worth of this calendar is £175, so you are getting another amazing deal!

Look Fantastic Beauty Secret Volume 2 (£70.00)
This year the Look Fantastic advent calendar is filled with both deluxe sample size and full sized products. There is also a mix of makeup, hair, skin and body products. I just love the rose gold and white theme that they have going on this year. I cannot believe that for £70 you are getting over £300's worth of products, amazing value once again!

BareMinerals Countdown To Gorgeous (£75.00)
This is the first advent calendar to be released from BareMinerals, a brand which I have only tried a handful of products from. Inside there are products such as deluxe sized Marvellous Moxie Lip Glosses, eye shadows mascaras. 

Selfridges L'Oreal Eclectic Little Luxuries (£95.00)
This is one of my favourite advent calendars that I have seen so far. Inside this calendar are brands such as YSL, Urban Decay and Lancome. It is on the pricier side but you get a huge range of products in it. I can already tell that this one will sell out quickly. 

Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte's World Of Legendary Parties (£150.00)
Again, another advent calendar with the prettiest packaging ever. Charlotte Tilbury never seem to disappoint, after their 2015 calendar being very popular. I love that there are little drawers which you pull out to unveil the product. This calendar includes 12 mini and full sized best selling treats, which are going to bring joy to any beauty lover this Christmas! 

Jo Malone London Townhouse (£280.00)
Onto the one you've all been waiting for... Jo Malone! The Jo Malone calendar this year retails for a staggering £280. This years advent calendar is designed like a town house, absolutely adorable! It includes lots of exciting treats as well as brand new products. This calendar is very luxurious and definitely wont disappoint:)

I hope that you enjoyed reading about the 2016 beauty advent calendars. Let me know in the comments which one you are most excited for.


Until next time, 

Emily xo 

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

New In Beauty #7 | LUSH Cosmetics Individual Christmas Products

Hello everyone!

As promised, today I am going to be sharing with you the individual LUSH Christmas 2016 products. I did a post on Sunday where I shared with you all of the gift sets, but the post would have been far too long if I had included all of the individual products too. I hope that you are enjoying these posts, and make sure to let me know what other Christmas themed posts you would like to see:)

Butterbear Bath Bomb (£1.95)
The cheapest product this year is the Butterbear Bath Bomb. This is basically the Butterball Bath Bomb, which is sold all year round, in bath form! In this bath bomb there is cocoa butter, which is very nourishing and moisturising on the skin. 

Star Dust Bath Bomb (£2.95) 
I think that this bath bomb is new to LUSH this year. I have seen this bath bomb in a demo video and there is a multicoloured confetti surprise in the middle, so it's not just a plain white bath bomb.

Candy Mountain Bubble Bar (£2.95)
Candy Mountain is such a classic LUSH product which never fails to impress. It creates lots and lots of candy floss smelling bubbles. One of my all time favourite LUSH products has got to be this bubble bar!

Santa's Postbox Soap (£3.25/100g) 
Another product which is new to LUSH this year is the Santa's Postbox Soap. In this soap are ingredients such as satsuma and bergamot oil. It has a really cute design with a hint of shimmer too!

Baked Alaska Soap (£3.25/100g)
The next soap was available last year, and it is one of my favourite scents. It is a citrus smelling soap which is something that I absolutely love. The design of this soap is really fun and vibrant, I absolutely love it. 

Shooting Stars Soap (£3.50/100g)
The next soap is also a really fun and vibrant design, with a hint of shimmer to it too. Shooting Stars contains lemon and bergamot oil, which are really uplifting scents. 

Snowcastle Soap (£3.50/100g)
Snowcastle is a new product this year, so I can't really comment too much on the scent. I do know, however, that it contains rose absolute and almond. I can only imagine how amazing this soap smells:)

So White Bath Bomb (£3.75)
The So White Bath Bomb has a new look this year. Last year it was a simple white bath bomb, but this year it has been re designed to look like an apple. I had the shower gel version last year and it smelt just like apples, so I'm sure the bath bomb smells exactly the same. In the centre of the bath bomb there is a blue and green surprise, so it isn't just a boring white bath bomb. 

Father Christmas Bath Bomb (£3.75)
Father Christmas is one of my favourite bath bombs from LUSH as it smells like the famous Snow Fairy shower gel. Underneath the pale pink outer shell is a vivid green shade. This is one of the bath bombs which never fail to impress, year after year. 

Peeping Santa Bubble Bar (£3.95)
This is another one of my favourite products from last year, and I actually used one in my bath last week. I love crumbling this into my bath as it creates mountains of deliciously scented bubbles. Fun fact: the eyes are actually real chocolate! 

Snowman Shower Jelly (£3.95/100g)
I also remember using this product last year, and I remember that it smelt exactly like the Easter carrot soap that LUSH sell. If the scent is the same as last year, then I would definitely recommend you pick up this shower jelly as it is such an amazing scented product. 

The Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar (£3.95)
I am so happy that the Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar is back. I was really sad that this bubble bar wasn't available last year as it was one of my favourites in 2014. I will definitely be stocking up on this bubble bar!

Northern Lights Bath Bomb (£3.95)
A new product this year is the Northern Lights Bath Bomb. This one looks like it will create an amazing colourful display in the bath. Definitely one that I need to get my hands on and see for myself.

Ruby Red Slippers Bubble Bar (£3.95)
This bubble bar is also new to LUSH, and is inspired by Dorothy's shoes from The Wizard Of Oz. I think that this bubble bar is more on the floral side, but I haven't smelt it before, that's just going from the scent notes on the LUSH website. 

Snow Fairy Shower Gel (£3.95/100g)
An absolute LUSH classic which comes out every year, the Snow Fairy Shower Gel! Over the past few years I have stocked up on this shower gel every time it is released. It definitely wouldn't be Christmas without Snow Fairy! It smells just like bubble gum and I find that the smell always lingers on me throughout the day whenever I use this, of course that is a good thing though:)

Igloo Soap (£4.25/100g)
This is  a new product this year and I think that the igloo design is so cute! The soap is described as a floral scent on the website, which isn't something I am too keen on, but it looks really pretty and I'm sure that it will be a big hit this year. 

Never Mind The Ballistics Bath Bomb (£4.25)
Another new product from LUSH, and this time it's a bath bomb. This isn't a really Christmassey bath bomb but it is in the Christmas range. On the website it says that there is cocoa butter in this  bath bomb, which is really great for the skin, as well as bananas. I can't wait to give this one a sniff in store. 

Snow Angel Bath Melt (£4.25)
This bath melt was around last year in LUSH, and I loved it. It is a very glittery product so it does make a bit of a mess, but it's all worth it for a glittery bath. I think that this one would be really good if you are getting ready for a Christmas party but you want a quick dip in the bath first, because it nourishes the skin whilst leaving a gorgeous shimmer to it. 

Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb (£4.25)
Another LUSH Christmas classic is the Luxury Lush Pud. This has been in my favourite LUSH products for a few years now. I love the warm scent that it has to it, and it creates some wonderful colours when in the water. 

Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb (£4.25)
Shoot For The Stars has been re designed this year. Last year, the stars were silver but this time they are gold. When in the water it turns the bath a shimmery deep blue. The scent of this bath bomb is really relaxing and is the perfect bath bomb for before bedtime. 

Mistletoe Bath Bomb (£4.25)
Mistletoe is a new bath bomb this year. This is described as 'floral and seductive' on the LUSH website, so I am definitely intrigued to go into store and smell one. I watched a demo video with all of the LUSH Christmas 2016 bath bombs, and this one creates gorgeous purple water. 

Snowie Bubble Bar (£4.25)
This bubble bar is a tribute to David Bowie, hence the name Snowie! It is a very cute snowman with the signature Bowie lightning bolt across the front. I love the LUSH bubble bars because they always create mountains of delicious smelling bubbles, so I can't wait to try one of these. 

Golden Wonder Bath Bomb (£4.25)
Golden Wonder is another bath bomb which has been around for a few years. Underneath the outer golden layer is a turquoise surprise. This bath bomb is very uplifting and the perfect treat for a luxurious bath. 

Santa's Belly Shower Jelly (£4.25/100g)
The Santa's Belly Shower Jelly was around last year and I thought it smelt incredible. It does have the same scent as last year; which smells just like apples. The Shower Jelly has fresh apple juice as one of the ingredients, and that is why it smells so amazing. 

Reindeer Rock Soap (£4.75)
Reindeer Rock has a new design this year. I think that last year it was a deep purple colour, but this year it is a vibrant blue shade. Instead of cutting of a slice from one giant soap; this soap is already in the shape of a rock and you buy it just like that.

Rose Jam Shower Gel (£4.95/100g)
Rose Jam was a very popular shower gel last year, so it has been brought back for another year. You can get this shower gel in bubbleroon form throughout the year as well. This isn't on of my favourite scents as you can definitely smell that there is rose in the shower gel, but it is a nice shower gel which was very popular last year and will be again this year. 

Bubbly Shower Gel (£4.95/100g)
The Bubbly Shower Gel is a new addition to the Christmas range this year. I think that this is supposed to smell like Buck's Fizz as it contains orange and grape, but I will have to go in store and smell it for myself. 

Santa Baby Lip Scrub (£5.75)
Another product which is making a re appearance this year is Santa Baby. I still have some of this left from last year and it smells like cola in a tub. I find that with all of the LUSH lip scrubs they really do work, leaving my lips feeling smooth and moisturised. 

Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub (£5.75)
LUSH have added a new lip scrub to the Christmas family this year. Purple is my favourite colour so I love the colour of this lip scrub. One of the ingredients is blackcurrants so I definitely want to try this out, it sounds amazing!

The Magic Of Christmas Reusable Bubble Bar (£5.95)
This bubble bar went down a treat with me last year. I got many glittery bubbly baths from this bubble bar. Cinnamon is one of my favourite festive scents so I think that this one smells absolutely amazing. I also love that the bubble bar is on a stick of cinnamon, very festive:)

Santasaurus Reusable Bubble Bar (£5.95)
This little dinosaur is so cute, it even has a little Christmas hat on! This bubble bar has a lot of citrus ingredients in it including orange and lemon. This would be the perfect bubble bar for a morning bath as it has a very strong and uplifting scent to it. 

Magic Wand Reusable Bubble Bar (£5.95)
Another one of my personal favourites from last year is the Magic Wand. I actually used the last of last years wand a few days ago. This creates lots of pink bubbles which smell just like candyfloss.

Elf On The Shelf Fun (£5.95)
The LUSH 'Fun' products are one of my favourites. The Fun products act as both shampoo, shower gel, body wash and a bubble bar all in one. With this particular kit you can create an elf. 

Reindeer And Robin Fun (£5.95)
Another Fun from LUSH this year is called Reindeer and Robin. As you can probably guess, you can create robins and reindeer from this Fun. On the LUSH website it says that this smells like fizzy cola bottles, which is something that I definitely want to pick up and try out. 

Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Tint (£5.95)
To go with the new Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub, LUSH have released a corresponding lip tint. This tint gives a pretty plum tint to the lips. I have tried the red Christmas tint before, which I will talk about next, and it lasts really well. I like that when these lip tints wear off they wear off evenly and still look pretty. 

Santa Baby Lip Tint (£5.95)
I have tried this lip tint before last year and I really liked it. I still have some left and I will definitely be getting more wear from it over the next few months. If you are looking for a perfect red shade which isn't too 'in your face' then this is definitely one for you. 

Candy Cane Roulade Shower Smoothie (£5.95/100g)
I have never tried a shower smoothie from LUSH before but they sound like a really great concept. This shower smoothie has cocoa butter in it which is really good for the skin. This also leaves the skin tingling, and I really like that when it comes to body products as it shows that it really is working. 

Yog Log Roulade Shower Smoothie (£5.95/100g)
The other shower smoothie in the range is called Yog Log. Again, this has cocoa butter in it which moisturises the skin. This shower smoothie is described as spicy and warm. 

Snow Fairy Fun (£5.95)
The final Fun product in the LUSH Christmas range is Snow Fairy scented, which is one of my favourite LUSH scents ever. 

Jester Reusable Bubble Bar (£6.50)
There are a few different re usable bubble bars in this years range, and Jester is the final one. This one sounds really great to me because I love scents just like this. It is a sharp and zesty bubble bar as it is packed full with fruits such as mandarin and tangerine. 

Mr Sandman Dusting Powder (£7.50/40g)
There are two dusting powders for sale this year. I have tried two dusting powders recently and I really like using them for special events. I like dusting them over my neck, shoulders, arms and legs, and they give the perfect amount of shimmer without being too much. Mr Sandman has calming ingredients such as lavender and chamomile. 

Fairy Dust Dusting Powder (£7.50/70g)
The Fairy Dust Dusting Powder is probably my favourite because it is scented just like Snow Fairy. This powder is a pale pink shade which is a nice alternative to Mr Sandman. 

Papa Noel Face Wash Jelly (£7.95/180g)
This is the first time that LUSH have released a face wash in the form of a jelly, and I am really intrigued to try it. This is a really energising product so I think that it would be perfect for washing your face on a morning as it will really wake you up and leave you feeling refreshed for the day ahead. 

Snow Fairy Body Conditioner (£7.95/100g)
LUSH have finally made a body conditioner in the Snow Fairy scent! I have been wanting them to create this for such a long time, and they have finally done it. I am going to be walking around smelling like candyfloss from now on:) What else could you possibly want?!

Christingle Body Conditioner (£9.95/100g)
The second to last product in the LUSH Christmas range is another body conditioner called Christingle. I used this product last year and I loved how amazing it left my skin feeling. I really like how this tingles when you apply it. Definitely a very refreshing product to use on a morning. 

Sleepy Body Lotion (£13.95/240g)
The most expensive product in the whole LUSH Christmas collection is the Sleepy Body Lotion. I have tried one LUSH body lotion before and I absolutely loved it. As well as cocoa butter, this body lotion has lavender in it. This would be the perfect night time body moisturiser as it has a really relaxing scent, hence the name Sleepy!

That is all of the individual LUSH Christmas 2016 products. Let me know in the comments which products you are most excited to try out. 

Shop this post: Butterbear Bath Bomb (£1.95) // Star Dust Bath Bomb (£2.95) // Candy Mountain Bubble Bar (£2.95) // Santa's Postbox Soap (£3.25/100g) // Baked Alaska Soap (£3.25/100g) // Shooting Stars Soap (£3.50/100g) // Snowcastle Soap (£3.50/100g) // So White Bath Bomb (£3.75) // Father Christmas Bath Bomb (£3.75) // Peeping Santa Bubble Bar (£3.95) // Snowman Shower Jelly (£3.95/100g) // The Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar (£3.95) // Northern Lights Bath Bomb (£3.95) // Ruby Red Slippers Bubble Bar (£3.95) // Snow Fairy Shower Gel (£3.95/100g) // Igloo Soap (£4.25/100g) // Never Mind The Ballistics Bath Bomb (£4.25) // Snow Angel Bath Melt (£4.25) // Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb (£4.25) // Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb (£4.25) // Mistletoe Bath Bomb (£4.25) // Snowie Bubble Bar (£4.25) // Golden Wonder Bath Bomb (£4.25) // Santa's Belly Shower Jelly (£4.25/100g) // Reindeer Rock Soap (£4.75) // Rose Jam Shower Gel (£4.95/100g) // Bubbly Shower Gel (£4.95/100g) // Santa Baby Lip Scrub (£5.75) // Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub (£5.75) // The Magic Of Christmas Reusable Bubble Bar (£5.95) // Santasaurus Reusable Bubble Bar (£5.95) // Magic Wand Reusable Bubble Bar (£5.95) // Elf On The Shelf Fun (£5.95) // Reindeer & Robin Fun (£5.95) // Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Tint (£5.95) // Santa Baby Lip Tint (£5.95) // Candy Cane Roulade Shower Smoothie (£5.95/100g) // Yog Log Roulade Shower Smoothie (£5.95/100g) // Snow Fairy Fun (£5.95) // Jester Reusable Bubble Bar (£6.50) // Mr Sandman Dusting Powder (£7.50/40g) // Fairy Dust Dusting Powder (£7.50/70g) // Papa Noel Face Wash Jelly (£7.95/180g) // Snow Fairy Body Conditioner (£7.95/100g) // Christingle Body Conditioner (£9.95/100g) // Sleepy Body Lotion (£13.95/240g) 

Until next time, 
Emily xo
 

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