The Shine On Award!

I’ve been nominated by a whole bunch of lovely people for the Shine On award, so thank you very much to the lovely Sunny from Mia Bella Beautopia, Sue from CatsHoliday, Laura from Style Breakdown, and Sarah from thelifeandliesofsarah!

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February Empties!

I can’t believe how quickly the end of February has snuck up on me! I know it’s the shortest month, but still… Even so, I still managed to get through quite a few products this month, so read on to see what I’ve been using!


I got this sample of Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright Dark Circle Minimizer when I had my mini-facial at Origins, and I managed to make this tiny sachet last for three weeks. This is an amazing eye cream that really had a lightening effect on my perpetual dark circles, and made me feel confident to wear less concealer! I wholeheartedly recommend it, but since it’s £32 for 15ml, it’s a tad expensive for my budget.  Continue reading

Review: Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Wild Watermelon and Candy Apple


Okay, so I know everyone who’s anyone has already got at least a hundred of these Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters – they were a huge deal for a while in the blogging world, but somehow I never picked any up. Well, that was a huge mistake, as it turns out. I bought a couple a few weeks ago, when I found myself with a surplus of Boots points, and I think these might just be my favourite lipsticks for Spring (when it eventually gets here). I bought Wild Watermelon, a corally red (upright) and Candy Apple, a true red (lying down) – yes, a little heavy on the reds, but although they look very similar in the above picture, there’s actually a pretty substantial difference that totally justifies owning both.  Continue reading

Review: Origins Never A Dull Moment Brightening Face Cleanser




I recently wandered into Debenhams and found myself accidentally having a mini facial at Origins… I had no intention of going for one, but I’m so glad I did. I’ve been wanting to investigate Origins a bit further since I fell in love with the Drink Up Intensive Mask, and I’ve not been disappointed! Continue reading

Review: Lush Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie


A quick review of yet another Lush product from my huge Christmas box! I’ve been using Lush Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie for a little while now, and really like it, so I thought I’d show you this unusual shower product and tell you why I like it so much.


Turkish Delight is a shower gel and not a shower gel at the same time – it’s not a liquid, for a start! You know when you’re baking a cake and you cream the butter and sugar together? That’s the texture of Turkish Delight. For all that it’s a solid cream, though, this is still a product for washing with, not a shower moisturiser like Lush’s Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner. You just grab a little bit, and lather it up, and from then on out, it just works like a regular body wash.

Unlike normal shower gel, however, Turkish Delight was created to be incredibly soft and good for your skin. It’s moisturising without being heavy, and doesn’t leave your skin feeling squeaky or stripped, just softly clean. It’s almost like a creamy face cleanser for your body! Sensitive skin should be fine with this, too.


As with many Lush things, one of the most amazing things about this product is the smell. Turkish Delight has a super-soft, super-sweet rose scent, but it’s not quite as jammy as Rose Jam/Ro’s Argan. Instead, this is more of a powdery, old-fashioned Hollywood rose. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but I think it’s a very grown-up, sophisticated rose scent. The perfume lingers on your skin after you’re out of the shower, but it’s subtle enough that I don’t find it clashes with my perfume.

There’s one big downside to Turkish Delight: at £16.25 for 200g, it’s exorbitantly expensive! It’s a really lovely treat, but there’s no way I could recommend it for an everyday shower cream, except to lottery winners… Have you tried this? What do you think?

Asha x


I’ve Been Away For A While…

Once again, my blog has fallen to the mighty gods of Doing My Degree, and I’m sorry. I’ve been working on my thesis, and that doesn’t leave too much time for writing even more words, even if it’s about something fun (plus my library outfits haven’t been nearly so chic as usual!). I’m back now, and should be on schedule to post something every day again!

As a peace offering, please accept this fabulous picture of me as a thesis-defeating Disney Princess, done by my wonderful friend Claire, who has a super-cute webcomic, Bittersweet Sepia. You should all go show her some love!


Regular posting should resume from tomorrow – is there anything in particular you’d like to see?

Asha x