Right I know this is kind of a late post for an August box but I actually have a legit reason, well it's a crap one but still a reason, basically LoveLula normally post about the boxes on their site and I like to use their wording to describe the items and then give my review, like I did on the last LoveLula sub box post...

But for some reason they haven't yet so I'm going to have to type it manually myself from the info card...what a liberty haha!!

Again like I said last time if you don't know who LoveLula are, they are natural, cruelty free and organic beauty products seller... in a nutshell...and they do a monthly Beauty Box.

If you want to find out more about them click the link below:


So in this months box I received:

PHB - Natural Eye Liner
"PHB's Natural Eye Liner is enriched with a gentle nourishing formula of plant oils and waxes whilst being richly pigmented for rich long lasting colour. Glides on smoothly for fast, easy and accurate application."

What can I say, if you read my other posts you'll know I'm a huge PHB fan and most of my make up is theirs... This eyeliner was in a brown shade so not something I'll use as an eyeliner to be honest however I actually already have the black one which I've been using everyday for ages now and I love it...

This one has been used as an eyebrow pencil though haha and does the job!

BALM BALM - Chamomile Floral Water
"This best-selling Floral Water is now available in a handy 30ml size. Mist over sore, inflamed or itchy skin; rashes, cracked nipples and any areas that need a little soothing.
Perfect for spritzing over bed linen to help induce sleeping."

Another one of my favourite beauty brands, love love loooove their skincare!

I'm not going to to lie I thought this stuff smelt a little odd, definitely not to my taste but I still use it after a work out or generally too cool down, I also use it as a toner if I have no cotton pads left.

GLOSSWORKS - Nail Polish
"NEW to LoveLula! Glossworks '9-Free' Nail Polishes are formulated with a creamy, gel-like texture, providing a volumising finish with an extra long-lasting glossy shine."

I painted my nails as I typed this and the pink nail polish I received is lovely, goes on easy and dries really quick, nothing worse than a polish that takes forever to dry and you just end up smudging!

GLOSSWORKS - 3-in-1
"Also from Glossworks, this 3-in-1 is a base coat, a top coat and a hardener in one!"

I used this stuff on it's own as soon as I got the box and thought it was great, shiny and dries quick, all I need really, seemed to last long as well which is good for me as I have bathes all the time and literally melt nail polish off haha!

First nail polish I've received in a LoveLula box so looking forward to receiving some more in the future!

BEAUTY BREWS - Organic Tea
"Beauty Brews is dedicated to sourcing the finest organic teas that combine tried ad tested ingredients into delicious blends, each with a specific flavour combination to help enjoy moment of harmony, peace and beauty that help bring mind, body and soul into natural balance."

The tea I received in my box was Balance - Nana Mint & Lemon, I love mint teas so this is perfect for me, I of course made some of the tea as soon as I received it and I wasn't disappointed... It's really yummy!

I just love that its all natural and not in a bag, it means I can use my cute little teapot/infuser, thinking about it makes me crave some now!


Roll on September's box!

Firstly can I just point out how happy I am with the photos I got of this pretty pink lipstick!

Now that's done lets crack on with my thoughts...

This lipstick is from literally my favourite make up brand at the moment, most of the stuff I use everyday is PHB!

"PHB Ethical Beauty is a pioneering British family business with a revolutionary range of award winning ethical beauty products."  

They sell natural, vegan, cruelty free & halal Certified beauty products. Their skin, hair & bodycare products are handmade in the UK and DO NOT test on animals. They are also palm oil free!


Right, the lipstick itself... As you can see it came in a cute yet elegant little box. I love the PHB packaging, so simple and natural looking.

The tube itself shocked me if I'm honest, it looks very posh indeed! When I opened it I did a little OoOoOoOoooo to myself haha!!

I was also shocked by how pink it looked, not my usual colour at all!! Which worried me a little...


Thankfully when I tried it on I loved it, not as OTT as I was expecting, however...it could be if you do like a bright lipstick!

I'm more of a nude person...nude lipstick person I mean!!!

"Made with Fair Trade Shea Butter and Jojoba oil to deeply moisturise and soften lips. Organic Rosehip Oil and Vitamin E keep lips looking youthful by preventing collagen destruction whilst also helping to repair dryness."

When wearing it I literally just put it on my bottom lip and rubbadubdub it in to the top and it's the a subtle pinky pink and I love it! I've been wearing it everyday to work the past week and a couple of people have already complimented it!


Wear wise it's just like a normal lippy if I'm honest, a couple hours... I don't mind reapplying though, something really satisfying about reapplying before a meeting or trip to the shops haha!

Overall I love the stuff and would definitely recommend it, there are loads more colours if this isn't your shade and it's relatively cheap too.

If you want to find out more about it click the link below:

*free sample but opinions are my own

Yay! This is literally my favourite thing about my hometown Bristol!

Every year in August is the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, if you haven't been before and you're in the UK, go! Just do it! Take a nice little motorway drive and do it! Outside the UK...fuck it, get on a plane and visit!

If you want to find out more about it click the link below:


This year the weather wasn't great but the Saturday and Sunday the weather was ok and the mass ascend in the morning went ahead, unfortunately the evening ones didn't.

I went down on the Saturday, forced my friend to walk from mine to the centre to then catch the shuttle bus, fair play to First because we weren't waiting around for ages, I hate buses so for it go smoothly was very good for my sanity...


So as always it was pretty busy but that's a good thing if you ask me, shows how good it is... 

Later in the evening it did get busier though, like the busiest I've ever seen it and I've been coming as long as I can remember.

The queues were painful later in the day not going to lie but heyyyy... We can all do with less alcohol and putting the fork down now and then hahaha!

The toilet queues got bad too... I went in a bush.... hmmmm


A tradition for me and my friend when we go here is to get a few Pimms, yummy!


There is so much to do here, we arrived about 3pm and left at 10pm and in that time we looked at the hundreds of stands, the rides and things where you win really big horrible stuffed animals. 

We got some food and drinks and chilled in the sun listening to the music, they had live bands there so it was nice to relax listening to Kings of Leon and Bon Jovi covers whilst chatting crap and people watching.


I was worried there would be no food for me and I would starve to death but there were a few options, I went with pizza which as you can see below looks amazing! 

It tasted amazing too! Thank you New York Street Food UK for this! After the piece below I came back for 2 more slices and some fries haha! 

I get hungry...often...


Umm a lot of time was also spent walking around finding somewhere to sit for the night glow, in all the years being here I have never seen it, it's normally on a Thursday or Sunday which just isn't good for me...

However this year it was on the Saturday!


Once we got our seat with a decent view we chilled here for an hour and a bit patiently waiting.

Let me say it was well worth the wait, it was amazing. Can't imagine how long it takes the balloon owners to choreograph the routines for all the songs...

It also went on longer than I though, nothing worse than waiting ages for something and then it's over in 5 mins, this was a good half an hour or so I think.


During the performance they did what I can only assume was a tribute to Linkin Park's Chester Bennington... Loved it, proper goosebump moment! Well done guys!!

After this we went home... What a lovely day!


Wish I took more photos this day!

My first visit to the Frome Independent Markets! I love markets as I have mentioned in a few of my posts but I've never been to this one! Madness!

I went with one of my besties who lives nearby so how I haven't been before this I have no idea!

It was massive, there was so many people and so many stalls! I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of vegan stalls and options I saw, I also wasn't expecting a flea market type bit too, I thought it was just handmade stuff and food but there was some really cool vintage and second hand things about too!

What a lovely day, what more can I say... Nothing... so here enjoy some of the photos I got on the day...











Yay! Recipe Time!

So I've made this cake twice now and it's so yummy I have to share it! It's super easy to make too, if i can make it it must be easy!

Yesterday I took this cake to one of my best friend's baby shower and received lot of compliments on it...to which I said "it's vegan you know..." Haha! Criiiinge! I can't help myself...


Ingredients:


Cake:

1/4 cup of applesauce (I used Clearspring's Apple Puree)
1/2 cup of vegan spread, I use Vitalite
1 tsp salt
1 and a 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup of caster sugar
1 and a 1/4 cups of plain flour
1/4 cup of dairy free milk (Barista Oatly on this occasion for me)
1 cup of grated carrot(s)

Icing:

2 cups of icing sugar
1/4 cup of vegan spread
1 tbsp soy milk
juice and zest from one lemon 

Instructions:


Pre-heat your oven to 180°C. Grease and lightly flour a baking pan, I used a standard cake one.

In a mixing bowl or mixer, combine the applesauce, spread, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, sugar, flour and milk until well mixed. 

Add the carrots and gently combine.
 
Spread the mix evenly in your prepared baking pan.

Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 45 minutes.

Allow your carrot cake to cool completely.
 
When the cake is cooling we can make the icing which won't take long at all... All you have to do is literally mix it all together, I like to save some of the lemon zest to sprinkle on top. You can do this by hand or with a mixer.

Once your icing is mixed put this in the fridge to solidify a bit

When you're happy the cake is cool enough and the icing is thick enough to spread you can do just that, thickly spread the icing all over the top of the cake.

Don't forget the leftover zest for the top.

Enjoy!

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