Sunday, 14 November 2010

Back to save the world, by popular demand...

So. Two posts, and then I disappeared.
That's gotta be a record. Even for me.

I wish I could say I have an excuse, but I kinda don't, apart from being super lazy.
I was going to tell you all a tale of great woe, of my personal problems and illness and heavy uni work load, etc. etc.
But the truth is, I probably could have found time to write a blog entry or two. So I have to conclude that I'm just really facking lazy.

 Anyway, I've got a bunch of reviews and stuff planned, so at least one of those should be coming up over the next couple of days. There are parcels full of lovely Lush and E.L.F. goodies waiting for me at the post office so when I pick them up those products will be getting reviewed too. Or at least swatched in the case of the E.L.F. stuff. Maybe. Depending on what I actually bought, cause I've forgotten now.

Went down to Cambridge this weekend to visit my boyfriend Matthew, which was lovely. Mostly just had a relaxing weekend, partly because I didn't get to Cambridge until after 11 on the Friday night, and slept in till nearly 3 the following afternoon, so we didn't really have time for much haha. Had a nice meal out on the Saturday and did a little bit of shopping: got a red lace blazer from H&M (which I took back today because it made me look enormous). And then today, dreading the five and a half hour train journey that afternoon I bought myself three books: finally got 'Moab Is My Washpot' by Stephen Fry, which I've been meaning to read for ages, and also 'Porno' by Irvine Welsh* and 'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald. 

It's not 6.30 in the morning and I haven't slept at all. I don't have time to either: flat inspections are starting today and mine's a fucking pigsty and needs to be tidied, and then I've got lectures from 10-12 so might as well stay up.

* Matthew can be a right blumming wind-up merchant when he wants :P For whatever reason, 'Trainspotting' came up in a conversation we were having over the weekend; I can't remember exactly what I said but I think it was something along the lines of how disappointed somebody would be if they watched it expecting it to be a documentary actually about trainspotting and how confused they'd be just to see lots of heroin, and he looked at me with this very sincere face and went "But 'Trainspotting' is a documentary!" and it took me about five minutes before I remembered that it wasn't and that I'd actually read the novel it was based on. Stupid girl.

He then went on to refer to the wonderful Noam Chomsky as something like a 'pretentious pretend-intellectual', which I still don't think I've 100% forgiven him for. See, I can take jokes about many things. But there are some things you just don't say. :P

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Review: Summer Pudding Soap

Summer Pudding Soap (Lush)

First Impressions: I bought a 130g chunk of this a little less than a month ago to use as a hand soap. My first impression of it wasn't great. I'd really liked the smell in the shop but it didn't seem as nice when I got it home, and I was also a bit disappointed that my chunk didn't have any cherries in it. I'm pleased to report that my opinion has since changed. The smell has grown on me and I'm now quite fond of it - it's not my favourite scent ever, but it's quite pleasant. The fact that there were no cherries in my piece no longer bothers me - I got another chunk of this free in an offer my local Lush shop was doing, one which does have cherries in, and I have to say I think they feel a bit odd haha.

It actually looks slightly different to the picture on the website - the chunk I have is half a lightish brown colour, half pink, whereas the image on the website looks to be much paler. The pink pieces started out as the same darkish pink as in the image, but have since faded and now look quite a weak pink.

Scent: I'll warn you now, I'm not very good at analysing scents (I know some people can identify all these millions of different notes and stuff when it comes to scents, whereas I'm just sitting there going "It smells... kind of like... a flower? Ish?") This to me doesn't smell exactly like cherries, but there's definitely a fruityish, berryish scent of some kind. It's quite a mild smell, not too overpowering, and somewhat sweet. 4/5

Use: The problem with this soap is it seems quite soft - it gets a bit 'mushy', for want of a better word, as soon as it comes in contact with water, so I feel like I use loads of it at a time. Considering that I'm the only person using it, and I'm only using it on my hands, it seems to be disappearing quite quickly. I imagine that it might not be very practical for use all over the body, if I'm honest - it would probably get used up too quickly. On the plus side, it makes a fair amount of quite a creamy lather, has a mild scrubby texture, and leaves my hands feeling soft after using. 3/5

Price: At £2.95/100g, I think it's quite reasonable - not one of the cheapest Lush soaps, but not one of the more expensive ones either. 4/5

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 In general, this is a nice soap, but I don't think it's particularly spectacular. Sorry Lush!

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Latest Lush Splurge

Yeah, I know, it's taken me ages to write my second blog entry. I hasn't been so well the last few days. But I'm getting better, so all's good. 

I was going to start my blog off Proper with a long winded description of all the products I use in my daily routine (or not-so-daily, cause some items get used like once a week), but ended up deciding I cba. It'll come eventually. I intend to do a bunch of mini and not-so-mini reviews of the products I use anyway at some point. 
Now, onto today's post. Last night I spotted on the Lush Facebook page that several retro products are being disconned, There were a few I'd been wanting to try out, so I figured it was as good a time as any to buy some. The result is I'll be kinda skint the rest of this month, but oh well, I'm sure I'll survive.

So I bought: 
Absolute Delight ballistic, £3.55
Read on the Lush Wiki that it smells of Turkish Delight. Turkish Delight is nice. That's pretty much the extent of my reasoning behind wanting it.

World Peace ballistic, £2.80
This is actually the first Lush product I ever used - when I was a little girl (can't have been any older than 10, and I'm sure I was definitely younger than that) my best friend at the time, who really liked Lush, gave me one. So this was a nostalgia buy for me. 
Happy Birthday bubble bar slice, £3.05
Apparently smells of 'an orange cake with ice cream on top.' So I've never actually come across an orange cake with ice cream on top, but it sounds like it would smell pretty awesome. 

Gumback Express smoothie, £8.70
This isn't actually being discontinued, but I've been wanting it for a while. Last night seemed a good time to get it as a) I'm using Sympathy For The Skin body lotion atm, and as both these products are banana scented I figured they'd go nicely together, and b) I'm using Snow Fairy shower gel atm, and as it can be quite a sickly smell I'd like something else to use in the shower on days when I just don't feel like using SF.

Flosty Gritter bubble bar, £3.30
Not from the retro range, but still a disconned product. Meant to smell like American Cream, which I love <3

Not a huge haul, but as I said - skint. I kinda wanted to get Lemon Days And Ginger Beer ballistic too, but it was more expensive than the others and I was trying to limit the spending - espesh when I'm not 200% sure I like the smell of ginger.

Have to admit I'm looking forward to getting these. Shame I won't be able to use them for a while as I don't have a bath here, just a shower cubicle :(

Tuesday, 12 October 2010


So this is my new blog.

I must have started about five hundred million blogs in total over the time I've been on the Internet. I've never kept up with them for more than a few weeks. Or months, actually, when I think about my first Livejournal. But I will totes keep this one going for the rest of my life this time. For serious.

Actually, I do feel a bit more confident about this one lasting, as my last attempt to keep a blog has actually gone pretty well. My tumblr has been going for about a year now and aside from a few patches when I didn't upload much I've actually been pretty good about uploading things on it regularly.

So why, if I'm happy on Tumblr, have I started up a blog here? I don't really know. I guess partly cause Tumblr doesn't feel so much like a place for like long entries. And partly this feels a bit more personal. I don't know. And that's not meant to criticise Tumblr, which I still love and will carry on using. I guess I probably don't have a reason for making a second blog. Maybe I just like to hear myself talk :P

Well, if you've stuck this far into my first rambling entry you probably want to hear all about your humble narrator! Right?


Well, because I am a totally inventive and original person, here's a survey:

Name: Rhiannon
Birthday: 3rd July
Current Location: Sunny Edinburgh
Eyes: Blueyish
Hair: Reddyish.
The Shoes You Wore Today: Brown ankle boots that kinda make me feel like an elf.
Your Weakness: Chicken korma.
Your Fears: The Slender Man is pretty much fear personified.
Goal You Would Like To Achieve This Year: Pass my second year of uni, finish my novel.
Best Physical Feature: I'm pretty keen on my left knee, actually. Believe me, you ain't seen sexy till you've seen my left knee.
Do you Smoke? Nope.
Do you Swear? Is this where I write something like ‘fuck yes’ and everybody chuckles at my astonishing wit?
Have You Been In Love? I am, thank you very much <3
How Do You Want To Die? 98 years old and batshit insane, racing somebody else off a cliff in a wheelchair.
What do you want to be when you grow up? Forensic linguist by day, demented super-villian by night- I mean, a novelist in my spare time.

Now you know. And knowing is half the battle!