Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Lush Newcastle blogger event

A couple of weeks back I was invited by the babes at Lush Newcastle, to the press launch of the new Halloween and Christmas products. Plus a few returning faves (yes to Snow Fairy!)

I literally accepted the invite in a second, as I love Lush and I was keen to see what new products they had in store for us.

Being that the event was a ‘blogger breakfast’ I was up and out super early and ready to get my nose into all the new wonderful smells, normally I’m not a morning person, like at all. But, being greeted with vegan pizza and a bit of bublé playing upon arrival, I perked up instantly. 
Lush Newcastle Event

After meeting a few friendly faces and introducing ourselves, we we’re split into groups so that we could have a little pit-stop at every activity they had planned for us. The first stop was my fave, the bath bombs. We had a few little demos so we could see the new launches in action. 

Two that have managed to sneak on my christmas list (because who doesn't get Lush sets for christmas?) are the Ectoplasm and the Luxury Lush Pud. Ectoplasm is one of the new jelly bath bombs which I haven't had the pleasure of giving a whirl yet. 

The texture was so bizarre, but I love them and they totally remind me of my younger jelly bath days. They also do a Snow Fairy jelly bomb so I will definitely be picking that up sometime soon. 
Lush Newcastle Event

We then had a bash at creating out own  Sunnyside bubble bars, and I honestly think I'm still covered in glitter from my attempt two weeks on. The whole process of making the bubble bars contained just seven ingredients all knead together in one bowl.

I decided to get a lil' creative with my bar and instead of moulding the regular tear shape, I spent ages trying to make a 'J' shape. It's crazy to think that the makers in the Lush factory can create up to 1,000 bubble bars an hour and I was struggling with one! 

Lush Newcastle Event

Overall, I had a Lush day (pardon the pun). The staff were absolutely lovely and I tend to get pre event jitters with this sort of thing but I felt like I was right at home instantly. 

I was also given a super generous goody bag that I'm currently in the process of working my way through, so lookout for a Lush review pretty soon. (definitely including the 9 to 5 cleanser btw, my skin is dreamy)

Have you nabbed anything from the Halloween or Christmas launch?

Thanks for reading and thanks to the  Newcastle Lush Gang for inviting me! 

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Home away from home with Desenio (+ discount code)*

The one thing I hate about moving away from home for university, is kissing goodbye to my cosy little Jen cave and saying hello to bare, ugly student houses.

I've 'ummed and ahh'ed' when it come to how on earth I was going to make my room more 'me' on a student budget, so when Desenio got in touch to collaborate it was kind of a no brainer. I snapped up the opportunity asap, anything to try and cover up those dreaded yellow magnolia walls.

I've lusted after  Desenio's prints for sooooo long, having seen them on Fashion Slave's blog before, they're the perfect, affordable brand to cosy up any home. 
Desenio Prints

Since me and my housemate are now in third year, I decided I'd go for a little bit of a motivational theme with my prints. God knows I need to be reminded there's a light at the end of the tunnel when I'm knee deep in modules and eating all the comfort food I can get my beady hands on.

I had an idea of what sort of colour scheme I wanted to go for as my room is fairly navy and grey. Desenio makes it so soooo easy to create a  gallery wall based on colours and styles. They have the 'perfect pairings' category where prints are matched together and everything is easily organised into sections like 'quotes', 'fashion' etc, so you can find exactly what you're looking for, easy peasy. 
Desenio Prints

I usually buy my frames from somewhere like Wilkos, or even Poundland at times, but their range of frames are ridiculously cheap too. I'm so glad I took the plunge and brought a few  gold frames to bring into the mix because they look so pretty. 

If you're a student like me, your money might be a lil' tight if you're moving into a new house too (those admin fees and deposits am I right?!) but you don't need to spend a small fortune decorating your new pad with Desenio. I mean, some of the prints start from just £2.95.

And to stop you drilling random nails in willy nilly and probably losing that crazy deposit when you move out. I hung my frames with Command Strips, which are super easy to apply and take off and leave absolutely no marks on the walls, what a lifesaver. 
Desenio Prints

Andddd to save you even more dollar, you can get 25% off prints from the 10th-12th October with the discount code VELVETSPRING. (fyi, this doesn't include the handpicked collection or frames). 

So that leaves you with a few extra pennies for a night out or a cheeky pizza, at the same time as having a spanking new instagrammable room, what a win win situation?

Thanks for reading as always, let me know if you'd like to see more of our new pad! x
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This post was created in collaboration with Desenio* 

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