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A Byron Bay cookies Review

I have always loved Byron Bay cookies having purchased them from some of the nicest coffee shops in Oxford for years. Getting the chance to review them in all their glory certainly could not be missed! I tried both the ordinary and gluten free alternatives* for the majority of their cookies and here is what I discovered!

I also was lucky enough to try the gluten free cookies also. Now although delicious, I found these less tasty than the others. However, they make a fabulous alternative and are made with the same impeccable quality. I merely found the taste of the biscuit to be noticeably different.

So, what do I think of Byron Bay cookies?

White Choc chunk and Macamdemia nut (original and gluten free)
This is my favourite of all the cookies, a lovely mix of thick white chocolate chunks and wholesome macadamia nuts. The perfect blend of savoury and sweet. I have always been a lover of white over milk, and the soft nuts really compliment the melt-in-your-mouth white chocolate and crumbly biscuit.

Triple Choc Fudge Cookie (original and gluten free)
Now this is a chocolate lovers dream, packed full of chocolate and fudge and making it incredibly moist and moreish. I found this gluten free version to be not as soft as its alternative. It had a strong chocolate cocoa taste and it felt a lot more dry in comparison. However, the fudge and chocolate pieces remained plentiful and delicious!

Dotty (original and gluten free)
One of the most amazing cookies, not only thick chunks of chocolate but sugar coated chocolate drops on top also! This is what I used to crave as a child and I have to say my mother never said no to one either! The gluten free option is a triple choc cookie with the addition of choc dotty choc drops. Surprisingly it is not as chocolate smothered and proves great with a strong cocoa taste.

Strawberry and Clotted Cream Cookie with White Choc Chunks ( gluten free)
Now this was delicious. The smell of strawberry, strong and sweet with the addition of thick pieces of the fruit. The clotted cream was not as evident but this may have been overpowered by the sweet taste of the fruit and my adored white chocolate chunks!

Sticky Date & Ginger with Walnut Cookie (gluten free)
It is always nice to have a non chocolate option too! This cookie has a strong smell and taste of ginger with the sweetness coming from the dates. It has a really festive feel and the walnut is wonderfully crunchy! I will definitely be on the hunt for these this Christmas!

As you can see Bryon Bay have an incredible variety in terms of ingredients, taste and dietary needs. What is better on a cold day than a warm drink in hand and a lovingly made cookie?

Have you ever tried Byron Bay Cookies? Which flavour would you pick?

Stephanie xox

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I have been intrigued by the Lush lip scrubs for a while now and was skeptical to how they would work. These thoughts were dumbfounded and the following products are amazing! I tried both the popcorn* and bubblegum lip scrubs.

The method to these scrubs is very simple, you place a small amount on your lips and scrub gently in circular motions. You can lick off any excess while trying your best not to actually eat the stuff. I was not over enthusiastic with my Bubblegum Lip Scrub (although it is rather difficult not to be!), I was somewhat neglectful, spilling some of its contents, much to my sadness! (explains the difference in content!).
The caster sugar packed into the scrub makes your lips feel and taste amazing while banishing away any of that winter dryness. You see an immediate difference and the jojoba oil in the product really soothes the lips, preparing them for the day ahead and leaving them nicely moisturised. I think these are fabulous to use as part of your skincare and makeup routine, the scrubs really prep your lips for a dash of gloss or a swipe of lipstick, ridding you of any unsightly flakiness!
These 25g plastic tubs are packed full of the product. The girly and pink Bubblegum flavoured scrub leaves you feeling as ‘sweet as candy‘ while the Popcorn is packed with coconut, sea salt and polenta to really treat those lips. It also features popping candy and a delicious salted caramel flavour. Each scrub is only £5.25, so there is no excuse not to have beautiful lips every day!
What do you think of the Lush Lip Scrubs? Which flavour of the two would you pick?
Stephanie xox

 

Lush FUN in pink review

FUN By LUSH review IN PINK

This has got to be one of the most entertaining products Lush have brought out yet!

I decided to get my FUN by lush in pink (girly skin care stay winning). FUN is a delicious sweet smelling putty  that reminded me of the smells of candyfloss at the fairground and fruity shampoo, defined by lush as the “fruity, candy smells of childhood.” 

FUN is a mouldable putty available in a variety of colours. It has a huge variety of body and hair care uses. It can be used upon the entirety of your body, to wash the hair, as a bubble bath and to mould shapes when you are bored during wash time! It is also available in a variety of different scented FUN colours, as well as being offered in tri-colour rainbow-esque additions – I kind of want the mermaid FUN.

So, what do I think of the Lush FUN in pink?

What I love about this product is its longevity, the smallest amount lasted ages and it comes in a huge 200g slab. It really lathers up, creating lots of bubbles, perfect for entertaining the young and young-at-heart.

This product really brought me back to childhood as I moulded away, creating a variety of odd little shapes and models. Its name says it all, it really is a lot of fun!

Ingredients in FUN include talc for softening the skin, cornflour for its mouldability, glycerine for moisturisation and tonka absolute for that mouth-watering smell.

Overall, FUN is an amazing and unique product, promoting long-lasting giggles in the bathroom and maintaining a squeaky clean routine.  It is perfect for kids, brightening the bathroom, or if you just need a little bit more FUN in your life. Be sure to store it back safely with a twist in its biodegradable wrapper!

Have you tried FUN? What colours would you choose?

Stephanie xox

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Soap & Glory Fabulipstick

Soap & Glory Fabulipstick in Perfect Day review

I have always adored Soap and Glory products and have used them for numerous years, stocking up madly at Christmas time on all their gorgeous limited edition boxes.

When I discovered that Soap and Glory had really worked on their cosmetic range I was desperate to try some of their new products. I chose the collagen boosting, super-colour Fabulipstick in Perfect Day*.

The packaging a mix of pretty pink and cheeky black, a 1950’s British pin up boldly clutching onto her oversized prize (Fabulipstick of course!). The casing is black with pink print, the body gold as you remove the lid, a very glamorous looking item. What I noticed instantly was the delicious smell, probably down to the addition of shea and monoi butter.

So, what did I think of the Soap & Glory Fabulipstick in Perfect Day?

It has a creamy matte texture yet applies like a dream, with a luxuriously rich dark beige colour and a warm rosy pink finish. It is one of those shades that works day and night, utterly versatile and extremely wearable, with enough oomph to make a bold impact in the evening. I think the shade would compliment any skin tone and managed to look good on someone with one as pale as mine.

I found the lipstick really did make my lips look plumper. However, I am not entirely sure if it was down to the collagen boosting ingredients or the amazing colour!
I can only put the moisturisation and long-lasting nature of the colour down to the vitamin E in the Fabulipstick. After a few days of wear my lips continued to feel in a great condition with a lovely softness.
The colour of the lipstick is just perfect, a staple shade for any lipstick lover. It is long lasting, offering colour for hours and a subtle shine. The Fabulipstick is also available in the shades Naked Beige and Red My Lips, here is to hoping they bring out more!

Soap and Glory products are only available from Boots online or retail stores and the Fabulipstick costs only £9! Get your hands on one now, your pout will love you for it!

Have you tried the Fabulipstick? What is your favourite Soap and Glory Product?
Stephanie xox

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STEAMCREAM review - Wendy edition - The LDN Gal

A STEAMCREAM review

I have been intrigued by STEAMCREAM for a while now. It is a product handmade in small batches in the United Kingdom and Japan entirely out of fresh, natural and vegan  ingredients. A brand that has recently been causing a storm in the skin care world.

STEAMCREAM is made via a unique steam process. A shot of steam is used to force the ingredients to fuse together, creating a lightweight, effective and absorbent emulsion packed with essential oils. These oils penetrate the areas most in need of care and are suitable for every skin type.

So, what did I think of STEAMCREAM?

I chose the Wendy special edition tin, featuring makeup artist Wendy Rowe’s portrait and the advice to use STEAMCREAM as “a great pre-makeup base”. Taking this advice, I used the cream over the entirety of my face. The cream has a simple and fresh (what I believed to be lavender) smell. It left a light, almost matte, texture upon my skin. I found it took a while to sink in, but I was left with such wonderfully smooth skin that the wait was worth it!

The cream is made with an impressive and beautiful smelling selection of natural materials including, oatmeal, orange flower water, almond, jojoba oils and cocoa butter.

In essence, every tin of STEAMCREAM contains an identical product. The variety comes into play when selecting your tin design. They have a huge variety, suitable for all tastes, some limited edition by well-known designers! These robust tins are made from stainless steel and perfect for reusing, be it to hold more beauty products or as storage! I admire STEAMCREAM for this eco-friendly and conscious attitude, and their use of raw and sustainable materials. To top it all off they are 100% against animal testing!

Is STEAMCREAM worth the hype? Definitely! It can be used all over the body, is ethical and moisturises like a dream! Your body deserves the treat!

Have you tried STEAMCREAM? What do you think of the gorgeous variety of tins?

Stephanie xox

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White Leaf Company Scarf

White Leaf Company review

I love bold prints and with Autumn well and truly here I needed something to keep myself warm without an overload of knitwear. This delicate Bird Print Scarf in Yellow by the White Leaf Company* was just perfect.

This scarf is very large (measuring 180 x110cm) making it perfect for wrapping it around your neck or looping it delicately as I did to keep you cosy. It has a beautiful chiffon feel and is 100% polyester. Not only is it warm, but the lightweight nature of the material leaves it feeling lovely on, not overly stuffy like most outerwear.
The print is wonderful and what I adore about the scarf. A light yellow contrasted against the bright colours of the swooping, resting and calling birds and delicate butterflies upon it, the combination is just brilliant!

What I love about White Leaf Company is the huge selection of snug and pretty accessories they offer, including a selection of jewellery, bags and scarves. This gorgeous scarf is only £13.95, offering the perfect practical and fashionable solution to all your A/W troubles! You’ll never have an excuse for dull accessories again!

Have you tried any White Leaf Companyaccessories? What is your favourite Autumn/Winter item?
 
Stephanie xox

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