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Boxing Day Sales 2011




Just a snap of some of the goodies I picked up in the Boxing Day sales today. Didn't get that much because I am getting quite close to purchasing my first DLSR camera and will be heading to South Africa/Zambia for holiday in June this year, so needing so save some pennies! Did look at a few clothes in New Look (especially some jumpers with sparkly thread sewn through) but couldn't find that many in my size and the one jumper that was a size 10 managed to look like a bag on me! 

A few things I bought today are going to be helping me with some of my New Years Resolutions which will be talked about in the next few days :D I've not made an huge ones cause I'm very content with where I am in life right now and have no major insecurities so all resolutions will just be slight touch ups! But looking forward to pursuing them as last year I stuck to many of my resolutions and 2011 ended up being my best year to date. 

Did you get anything nice in the sale as well?

Morag x
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Review: Lush Gingerbread Tin




The Gingerbread House Tin was given to me for my birthday back in November. Last night I used up the last of the goodies within so am ready to make my review! Lush is absolutely one of my favourite brands and buying me something from there for a birthday is always a good idea! ;)

Within it are four goodies: two bubble bars and two bath ballistics. I had never tried any of their bubble bars yet so was quite excited (I had actually had my eye on the gingerbread house - how did my friends know?) plus they had tow bath ballistics, and I am going to start the review by saying that I have never been overly impressed with bath ballistics. Just get that out the way first...


Firstly we have Candy Mountain Bubble Bar which was probably my favourite product within the box. Lush itself describe smell as "lovely vanilla and candy floss" which is very accurate in my opinion. The description did however make it seem as the bubbles would be pink. They're not. The water itself turned pink but the bubbles were just the regular white. Which I should have expected but I can get a bit giddy when pink is mentioned and envisioned myself relaxing in a cloud of pinkness! 

I used the entire mountain within one bath and had to say I felt that regular bubble bath such as my favourite Radox usually gives me much bigger bubbles. The bubbles themselves were softer and more luxurious feeling than Radox though. If you're thinking about purchasing this product it would depend on which you prefer: soft bubbles than are on the small side or  big bubbles that aren't as delicate on your skin. I personally prefer being engulfed in bubbles so I won't be trying any more bubble bars (unless I read a review for another one that says "omg these bubbles go up to the roof!").


The second product here is the Cinders Bath Bomb There also another bath ballistic within the box, So white, but I forgot to take a picture. Bath bombs and bath ballistics may be different things but these products felt very similar whilst using them. Unfortunetly the two products like this within this box did very little to change my opinion on things that fizz around your bath. I just can't really see the point in them.  I keep thinking they would be better suited to kids who are amused by things that travel around the bath (the same as they might laugh at a rubber duck). But me, not really.


The final product we have here is the Gingerbread House Bubble Bar which was the first product to catch my eye though is reviewed last. Norm. Like the Candy Mountain bubble bar the description mentions mountains of foam which wasn't true in my opinion. I didn't quite follow the intructions on the packet when using this one (first time using bubble bar and all that!) but I did when I opened the Candy Mountain and whilst it produced some more bubbles that the Gingerbread House not quite as much as traditional bubble bath.

To show you something:

When using the Gingerbread House I remembered to photograph the bubbles before I got in the bath. This personally is not enough bubbles for me (I also wear a facemask in the bath - how lux of me!). You can't quite see it in this picture but the water is orange whilst the bubbles are white - a similar effect with the Candy mountain bar, expect that was pink.

Overall?
Would I buy this again? Probably not. The Candy mountain at a push, but the others no. I do adore lush products but aside from the bath melts their bath products have never wowed me. Something I thought was really good was the smell and in fact I left the water sitting there a while after my bath just so the smell would travel through the bathroom (a plus about living alone!). The water was definitely softer than traditional bubble bath as well but for me Radox still wins as a bath product because, personally, I like to have bubbles above my head (and not have coloured water!).

Have you tried this? Already bought it for someone? Is it on your Christmas list? Want to tell me off for dissing ballistics?

Morag x
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Planning my first vegetarian Christmas


As some of you may know I started my transition to vegetarianism early on this year, and touched my last piece of meat somewhere circa August. One of the few problems I have faced is the decision of what to eat on Christmas day.

I am the first vegetarian in my family (to my knowledge - with one half of my family coming from a farming background it isn't exactly a common occurance) so how to work this diet into my Christmas day meal (which is shared with my parents and grandmother - possibly one or two other relatives) is proving difficult. I have agreed with my mum that I will prepare what I want to take some pressure off her in the kitchen (a very small kitchen btw - how will this work?). Starters and dessert is easy as it's usually some kind of soup and I'm in charge of dessert most years so that's my area completely! But main course?

I still want something Christmassy, so a bowl of mac and cheese is out of the question. And whilst everything that gets put around the Turkey or Chicken is usually veggie I still want a center piece for myself.

Here are a few of the ideas I have already:


This Vegetable Cobbler from the Good Food Channel sounds quite simple but would make a good centre piece. I would have to adapt the recipe slightly as leeks = bad in my books. I think this would also be something that would go down quite well with the meat-eaters at the table as it still looks quite filling. 


Again another adaptation is needed on the basis of leeks being minging. but I'm a fan of crumble and cheese is an area I consider myself highly specialised in. 


So far this may be a winner. Most of the longer-term vegetarians I know say this is usually their center-piece. Whilst the pre-made packets of nut roast make me want to down 2 litres of water to try and re-quench myself I've been assured that when you make them yourself properly they can be quite a tasty affair. 

If you're vegetarian as well what do you usually eat on the 25th of December? Or even if you're a meat eater know of any good recipes?

Morag x
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How I Looked: Tashes and Tartan



Jumper: Primark 
Skirt: Primark 
Necklace: Claire's Accessories 
Nails: Barry M 
Tights: H&M

This outfit was put together (and bought for! - way for annual events that fall on pay day!) for the joint celebration of St Andrew's Day and the very last day of Movember! My Student's union put on a "Tashes and Tartan" event where we had a ceilidh (event with traditional Scottish dancing - we're pretty much all forced to learn it at school) and then at midnight we had a "shave off" where all the boys of Movember had their tashes taken off. Needless to say their were a few relieved girlfriends in the room!

I found the skirt in Primark that very day. Tartan isn't really in right now so there wasn't much selection going about. I did spot a tartan dress in Primark but the high neck just meant it wasn't for me. The necklace was found in Claire's Accessories and while there was a good selection there I was disappointed to see a lack of moustache jewellery in general. I think making moustache jewellery for the ladies with proceeds going to Movember would be a good way to get more money (and awareness!) for a good cause. 

Hope you had a good Movember! (And St Andy's day if you're Scottish)

Morag x
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