Thursday, 22 January 2015

New Year, New Treats


After receiving some money for Christmas, I put most of it in my savings but kept some aside for a few treats for myself. It has to be done right?!

Lush Christmas Candy Box
First of all I made a purchase from the online Lush Boxing Day sale. I only just managed to get the Christmas Candy Box with lots and lots of refreshing! If you went onto Lush's website that day too you will know what an absolute nightmare it was; I had so much on my wishlist and didn't get half of what I wanted. However I'm still pleased with the gift set, which contains a 100g bottle of Snow Fairy Shower Gel, the Butterbear Bath Bomb, Rock Star Soap and Candy Mountain Bubble Bar. I've not tried the latter two products and I've never tried a Lush soap, so I'm really happy that these were in the box. I used Candy Mountain the other night and it's already a favourite - full review coming soon!

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 Mark II Lens
My fiancé bought a Canon 700d camera late last year for his business and it was inevitable that I was going to start using it for blog photos! He bought a couple of zoom lenses to go with it, but he said that the 50mm fixed lens, which is a favourite among bloggers, would definitely be better suited for blogging. So I bought the EF 50mm f/1.8 Mark II Lens to suit the 700d brand new and boxed from a photography shop on eBay for £68.00 with free delivery, which I thought was an absolute bargain. You can find the seller I used here, though the price has now gone up by a £1.00! I'm still getting used to the camera and all the settings, but I hope that my blog photos will get better and better as my photography and camera skills improve.

Enrapture Encode Totem Styler
This ceramic curling iron has been on my wishlist ever since I watched a YouTube tutorial by Wonderfuly0u. Previously I was using my hair straighteners to curl my hair, but they're quite chunky and I found it really difficult to do. The barrel of the Totem Styler has three different zones, each of which you can set to three different heat settings, so you can really control what type of curl you create. It comes with a removable stand, heat resistant pouch and style guide. The retail price for the Totem Styler is £59.99 and I bought this from an official store on eBay for just £23.99 with free delivery, which is a whopping 60% off!! It comes with a 3 year warranty. I've only turned this on to check it works and not properly used it yet, but I think it will make my life so much easier! You can find the seller I used here

Have you purchased any New Year treats for yourself?

Beauty Bird xx


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  1. I got the Lush gift set, loved it, still haven't used the soap but think I have got through everything else! x

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  2. The lush gift set looks good enough to eat! I love their bath bombs

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    1. Definitely for those with a sweet tooth ;-) hehe. I'm obsessed with their bubble bars at the moment xx

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  3. Totally jealous of the Lush gift set! Will have to be on my Christmas Wishlist this year!
    Looks like you had a very lovely Christmas!

    Becca
    QueenBeeBecca.com

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    1. Good plan Becca :-) I had a really nice Christmas thank you, I hope you did too! xx

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  4. Fab buys! You already know the damage I did in Lush....but I also got the Canon 700d recently, I love it! Also, I don't think you'll regret getting the Enrapture totem styler - I love mine. And what a bargain! X

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    1. Thank you! Haha yes I loved your Lush haul! I used the Totem Styler yesterday and it was so easy to use :-) I had to buy a new hairspray today though; the curls dropped out really quickly yesterday even though it was two days after washing it xx

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  5. You were lucky to nab that LUSH box, I wish I stocked up on Snow Fairy! :(

    Tara x

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    1. I'm really glad I managed to get a bottle of Snow Fairy! Gutted I missed out on the Rose Jam though! xx

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  6. That's a really fancy curling wand!! Whoah! hahahah 3 different heat settings at once! I just use my cheap remmington wand it does the job! Can we see you do a review/tutorial with that curling wand?

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    1. It's very fancy isn't it! It will allow you do a variety of curls though! I used it yesterday and loved it. I'll try all the settings out and then definitely pop a review up xx

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  7. I love Snow Fairy so much but missed out this year due to their rubbish site traffic :( next year I'll be more prepared! The 50mm lens is my most used, love it.

    Paula ♥ | http://www.la-vida-fresa.com xo

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    1. I know the website was horrendous wasn't it, hopefully they learn from it and sort it out for this year xx

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  8. The Lush Candy box looks amazing, I absolutely love each of the products in there! :)

    Style Sunrise ☀

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    x

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    1. Really pleased with what came in the set! Wanted to try Candy Mountain for ages! xx

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  9. Great haul, I use my fiancé's Canon too, they're so good! You mind me asking what lighting you use with your photos they always look lovely and bright?

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    1. I use some little lamps on tripods that have daylight bulbs and I also up the light setting a little on the camera. Will do a post on my lighting set up :-) xx

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  10. How are you getting on with the enrapture tongs, I got my mother in law them for xmas. Laura www.ascottishlass.com

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    1. I tried them for the first time yesterday and they were really easy to use! I need to play around with the different settings a bit more xx

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  11. Love the Canon 50mm, have the same :)

    Michaella from http://quitealooker.blogspot.com/

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    1. Let me know if you have any tips! xx

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  12. The Christmas Candy box looks lovely. I do love Butterbear and the Rock star soap looks so pretty. I used to find it really easy to use tongs when my hair was around waist length but now it's shoulder length I seem incapable of using them without burning myself. I tend to use straighteners now to curl my hair, although I've only just mastered how to do it! x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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    1. I'm glad I get to use Butterbear again, it made my skin so soft! I just can't seem to get the hang of doing it with straighteners, but the ones I have are quite chunky, which I think is the problem xx

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  13. Lovely haul! So jealous you managed to get the Lush Candy Set - I couldn't find any of these left in the shops! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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    1. Thanks Evelyn! I'm jealous you got the Rose Jam shower gel!! xx

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