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Putting Glamglow to the test

When I first heard about Glamglow and its Hollywood origin I immediately wanted to try it out. I searched google high and low for reviews and the majority were all very positive, I was sold!

Glamglow face masks spring lilies review

Today I wanted to share with you my experience with the Glamglow masks as not everything is as good as it seems. 

Glamglow masks retail for about £39.00, which is quite expensive for the 34g a tub contains. Luckily they also do travel size tubs which are more affordable and lets you try out the product before committing to the full size one.
I like the packaging but I do realize that having a face mask in a tub isn’t the most hygienic.

Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate treatment. This is the first mask the brand launched and the one known for its tingly sensation. To be honest, I was expecting the tingling sensation to be more intense. 
After drying, the mask becomes an exfoliator once it comes in contact with water. It has tiny micro beads to help exfoliate the skin. I’m not going to lie; I wasn’t very impressed with this face mask. I am not a fan of physical exfoliators and my face felt very tight and dry after. 

Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment

 Glamglow Supermud Clearing treatment. I was most excited about trying this mask. Online reviews indicated you could actually see how it removes the gunk from your pours. I of course needed to try that out for myself. What actually happens is that the mask becomes porous in certain parts of the skin and it may seem like its “doing something” (see embarrassing picture bellow) but to be honest the black heads on my nose are still there.  This mask feels very tight once it has completely dried. In a similar way to the Youthmud, it left my skin feeling very dry.

Glamglow supermud clearing treatment

Glamglow Supermud Clearing treatment

Glamglow Flashmud Brightening Treatment. This mask also contains micro beads. Your meant to apply the product it in circular motion and then leaving it for 20 minutes until the products becomes transparent. Again, I have the issue with manual face scrubs, I’m just not a fan but if you’re into your face scrubs you might enjoy this one. It doesn’t leave your face feeling tight nor dry but I didn’t see my face any brighter after using it.

Glamglow Flashmud Brightening Treatment

Glamglow Dualcleanse Treatment. This mask also contains micro beads, I know shocker. After the mask dries it turns into oil when contact with the skin. This mask is also much gentler than the Youthmud and Tinglexfoliate, and doesn’t leave your face feeling dry.

Glamglow Dualcleanse Treatment.

Glamglow Thirstymud hydrating treatment. This is an okay hydrating mask with a nice coconut scent. It feels nice on the skin but in all honesty I think you can get similar products from the high street.

Glamglow Thirstymud hydrating treatment.

All in all, I am not impressed with the Glamglow masks, I do think they are slightly overpriced based on the results they deliver. But like always this is my opinion and you might absolutely love these masks, that’s the beauty about everybody being different.


Let me know if you have tried these mask and what you think about them.
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Super juice to boost your immune system

Everyone around me seems to be getting a cold or a flu lately (mind you, I had two since winter started so I’m not one to complain). Its something you can’t really avoid, its everywhere; public transport, work, school you name it.

super juice spring lillies

You can lock yourself up and not go outside until spring, but that isn’t very practical is it?

That is why I want to do everything I can to help boost my immune system.
One of the things I have started doing is making a juice everyday. I am quite fussy, if I don’t like something I can’t force myself to eat/drink it no matter how good it is for me.

This juice is not only packed full of vitamin C but it also tastes amazing. And its so easy to make.

You only need:
An orange
Two apples
Two carrots 
A juicer.

Just wash the apples and carrots, peel the orange, but everything in the juicer and Voilà

super juice spring lilies

But what makes this juice so good?

 We all now oranges are packed full of vitamin C, but did you also know they protect from free radical damage and they contain antioxidants? It helps your skin to look younger for longer. Oranges are also a great source of fiber.

Apples are quite similar to oranges in that they also contain vitamin C, antioxidants and fiber.
Carrots on the other hand are an amazing source of Vitamin A. This vitamin prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes and uneven skin tone.

super juice spring lilies

To summarize, this juice not only is amazing at keeping colds at bay but it also works wonders on your skin and taste lovely as well. 

Let me know what you normally do to boost your immune system?
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Love Yourself

Valentine´s day was nearly a week a week ago. There are definitely mixed messages about valentines, people hate the day stating its about consumerism and not love, some people love it and others celebrate it with their friends. I have nothing against it, I know Valentines day has become this big thing were people tend to pay for overpriced flowers and spend their money to “prove their love” to someone. I like the fact the we have a day to celebrate love, love for your partner, love for your family, love for your friends and love for YOURSELF.

diptyque jasmine candle spring lilies

We sometimes forget we should also love ourselves. This might sound selfish but sometimes we get so caught up helping and caring for others that we forget about ourselves. That’s why I just wanted to put up a little post to remind everyone to take a bit of time to love yourself too. 

Don’t be so hard on yourself. Sometimes we are our worst enemy. We know how to push our buttons and we end up putting ourselves down. Your mind is very powerful, sometimes the way you see things and life is the difference between feeling happy or sad.

The body shop fuji green tea bath tea

Treat yourself from time to time. Set a goal and set yourself a treat when you achieve it. It can be a simple goal like, remove your makeup every night, something achievable but also necessary. I´ve always wanted to have a Diptyque candle but never dared too as they are so expensive. I recently decided to treat myself to one, you only live once right? They are certainty expensive but they do fragrance a room without even lighting it up. 

Pamper yourself. This seems like such an obvious thing but sometimes our lives are so hectic and we have so much going on that we forget to enjoy the little pleasures in life. I have made it my mission to at least have one relaxing bath a week. For that I love using The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Bath Tea, the smell is out of this world. I use the infuser as the bath salt mix has small bits of green tea. You can definitely go without it but it’s a mess free option as the green tea leaves don’t dissolve. I also love popping a bath bomb or a bubble bar, Lush make my favourite ones. This bubble bar from Lush is with no doubt my favourite one, I love the cherry blossom scent that fills in the whole bathroom and I love how it turns the bath water pink. Click here to see my latest Lush haul.

The body shop fuji green tea bath tea

Buy yourself flowers. Something that instantly makes me feel really happy on a Saturday after clearing up is buying a fresh bunch of flowers. It instantly lightens the mood and makes the room look more cheerful. 

red roses spring lilies

Buy a book. Books to me aren’t a treat, they are a necessity. I commute two hours a day to and from work and the only thing that makes the journey bearable is being able to get into a good book and disconnect from the outside world. For that I have a kindle, e-books are cheaper than physical books and its also much easier and less heavy to carry around. But when it comes to self help books I like having a hard copy as I tend to read them at home when I want to unwind. These type of books always make me see life from a different point of view and motivate me to be the best version of myself. The life-changing magic of tidying by Marie Kondo is really helpful if your expecting to move or you just want a little push to help you declutter your home. I know it helped me a lot when a finished Uni.

The Life changing magic of tidying

Just remember, people come and go from your life but you’re stuck with yourself for ever. Take time to understand yourself and love yourself, you will be much happier if your do.
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February Wishlist

I think I spend too much time browsing the internet looking at things I don’t really need but really want, so I decided to put together a little February Wishlist. Some of these items will remain on why wishlist but others I will definitely need to get as I have no self control (Hourglass palette I am looking at you!).

Spring lilies wishlist

spring lilies wishlist

Let’s start with the most obvious one, the new and exclusive Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette. I had to stop myself from buying it the day it launched (14th February). I keep telling myself you don’t need another palette, you have enough blushes to last you a lifetime. But then there is another voice inside of me saying, its limited edition, you will regret it once its gone, plus you can review it on your blog. Decisions, decisions.

Another launch from Hourglass that I would like to try is the Girl Lip Stylo in activist. These have had great reviews online and I wanted to them it out myself.

The Dior Addict Lip Glow Sugar Scrub is such a princes product. It seems like an over priced lip scrub, but something inside of me really wants to try it out. Apparently the sugar particles quickly dissolve meaning you don’t have to rinse the product out. It also leaves a pink tint on the lips. Looks promising! 

As I have said in the past the Dior Forever foundation is my favorite foundation at the moment, click here to see the review. Now Dior has launched the cushion version of the foundation. I really want to test it out and see how it compares, plus it would be ideal to use for daily touch ups.

I have never had a Jo Malone candle as they normally are quite expensive. I don’t usually mind buying expensive products that I know I will keep and cherish for ever but buying a candle is basically burning your money away. Non the less they smell amazing and I really wanted to try their peony and blush suede scent.

This anthropology Mimira candle is a much cheaper alternative plus you can use the beautiful little bowl as a trinket dish after you’d burnt the candle. This specific one is Cyclamen & Honeydew but there are other two scents to choose from.

I have slowly fallen in love with white marble and I’m dying to pick up little marble trinkets to put around the house, this vanity organizer lipstick stand from Anthropologie it just calling out my name. I love the gold details, I think it goes really well with the marble. 

Oliver Bonas also have this amazing marble jewelry box. I kind of wish they had a smaller version but its absolutely beautiful non the less.

Keeping with the marble theme, Olive Bonas also have this small travel jewelry case that really caught my eye. Its not the nicest design they have, but it is the smallest and I really need a small travel jewelry case.

And last but not least I have totally fallen in love with this cup from H&M. I really love their home ware section, the designs are lovely and its really affordable. I am definitely going to get at least two of these with a matching saucer.

Let me know what products your dying to buy this month!
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Lush Haul

Who doesn’t like a good ol´ lush haul right? I absolutely love their bath bombs and really wanted to try new ones out. This time instead of going to a store I decided to do an online order to see how well their delivery service is.

lush haul spring lilies

These are the products I picked out:

Ylang Song Bombshell bath bomb. This bath bomb is fragranced with Ylang ylang, rose and neroli. Once you pop it into your bath water it releases fresh petals which is always a nice touch. This bath bomb smells incredible; I think this will be the first one I’m going to try.

ylang ylang bombshell bath bomb lush

Sacred Lotus bath bomb. I have a feeling this will make the bath water look absolutely incredible because of all the different colours. Once you pop this one in the bath the the purple petals detach and float over the water, sounds amazing! This bath bomb contains Tunisian neroli, jasmine and tonka. Absolutely LOVE jasmine I think I’m really going to enjoy this one too.

Sacred Lotus bath bomb.

Sakura bath bomb. The main reason why I wanted to try this one out is because I am a massive fan of the Rituals Sakura collection and I assume this will have a similar scent (I hope) I just love cherry blossom scent and it reminds me of spring, my favourite season. This bath bomb contains calming mimosa and jasmine oils. I have really high hopes for this one, it has the potential to become my al time favourite bath bomb. I´ll keep you posted!

Sakura bath bomb lush

Due to my cherry blossom obsession I HAD to try out the Cherry Blossom bubble bar. It looks amazing and I love the fact its reusable. This bubble bar contains Majorcan almonds, cedarwood oil and rosewood oil. It smells incredible as well!

Cherry blossom bubble bar lush

I was pleasantly surprised as to how well and carefully they packaged the products, everything came in perfect condition except the Scared Lotus bath bomb. Even though it couldn’t have been more protected one of the petals came loose, but I don’t really mind as I know they tried protecting the products as much as they could. I’m really happy with their delivery service and will definitely place an online order in the future.

There are still lots of lush products I want to try, let me know which ones are your favourites.
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Top 5: January Edition (And Giveway)

I haven’t done a monthly favourites in a while and I don’t think it will be something I´ll stick to doing on a monthly basis, but I wanted to share with you which beauty products I have been obsessed with lately.

Spring Lilies January Favourites

Lancome cushion Blush Subtil in 032 Splash Corail. I haven’t stoped using it since a bought it late December. I just love its natural finish and how well it applies. I wasn’t really into the cushion craze but this cushion blush has really changed the way I think about cushion products.

Lancome cushion blush subtil in splash corail

Lancome cushion blush subtil in splash corail

Charlotte Tilbury Golden Goddess Luxury palette. Its no secret that I think Charlotte Tilbury is an amazing brand. Not many brands know how to make high quality eye shadows but Charlotte Tilbury is definitely one of them. I have really enjoyed using this palette, my favourite shade from the quad has to be the smoke shade (bottom right hand side), it’s a slightly shimmery copper brown shade. I love how well it complements my dark brown eyes.

Charlotte Tilbury Golden Goddess luxury palette

Clarins Instant Light  Lip Perfector in 07. This has gone everywhere with me since I bought it. I normally use a lipstick and a lip liner every morning but by lunch hour its practically gone and by that time my lips tend to get a bit dry. That’s when I take out my beloved Lip Perfector. I love that you don’t need to use a mirror in order to apply it, how comfortable it feels on the lips and gorgeous the scent is. You can tell I'm totally obsessed with this one.

Clarins Instant Light Lip perfector

Benefit Sun Beam. I have always been a big fan of Benefit´s highlighters and I don’t really understand why they don’t get more mentions online. Its definitely not an out there on your face highlighter. Its quite subtle and bronzy, I thought I would only use it in summer but we are in February and I’m still using now. It's definitely one of my favourite highlighters.

Benefit Sun Beam

John Frieda Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray. I normally curl my hair using a curling iron and I love using this sea salt spray to give my hair a bit of a grip and hold. Love how well it performs.

John Frieda sea waves sea salt spray

To celebrate that we have made it through the first month of the year I would like to host a little giveaway!

giveaway spring lilies
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, Caudalie Micellar Water, Autograph Nail Polish in Cranbery
All you need to do if you want to win these three products is head over to my Instagram page /springlilies_

     1) Follow me (if you’re not following me already)
     2) Let me know what’s your favourite product of the month

The giveaway is open internationally for 2 weeks. The winner will be selected randomly and I will announce the winner on the 23rd February. (The above will be checked) 

Good luck!

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Introducing Charlotte Tilbury´s highly anticipated lipstick in Pillow Talk

Its no secret that Charlotte Tilbury´s Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk is my absolutely favourite lip liner ever. Therefore, you can imagine how excited I was when I found out that the brand had launched my favourite lip liner in lipstick form. 

Pillow Talk is the perfect “your lips but better” colour. Its very similar to the natural rosy bud shade of lips with a slight hint of brown going through. It’s the perfect lipstick if your aiming for a natural look.

Charlotte tilbury lipstick in pillow talk spring lilies

The lipstick applies very smoothly and it feels quite hydrating even though it’s a matte formula. As with all of Charlotte Tilbury lipstick it has a soft vanilla scent, which I love!

I do have to point out that it lacks staying power as it does fade quite quickly. So if you don’t like replying your lipstick this might not be for you.

The lipstick applies very smoothly and it feels quite hydrating even though it’s a matte formula. As with all of Charlotte Tilbury lipstick it has a soft vanilla scent, which I love!

I do have to point out that it lacks staying power as it does fade quite quickly. So if you don’t like replying your lipstick this might not be for you.

Similar to last year Charlotte Tilbury has launched two new lipstick shades just in time for Valentines; Pillow Talk and Valentine. Do check them out if your into high end lipsticks as they usually tend to sell out quite quickly.

Let me know which is your perfect lipstick shade.

Charlotte tilbury pillow talk lipstick spring lilies

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Let´s be a bit more Hygge

It seems like most bookstores have been filled with books trying to explain the concept of Hygge.

Wanting to know what the fuss was about I bought The Little Book of Hygge, The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking.

The little book of Hygge Spring Lilies

Throughout the whole book the author tries to explain the meaning of Hygge as there is no direct translation in to any other language.

What I took from the book is that Hygge is something most people strive to achieve and its to find happiness in the little things we do everyday. Hygge can be curling up in your favourites spot reading a book with a cosy blanket after a long day at work. Hygge can be an afternoon spent with a friend watching a film. Hygge can be anything that makes you feel cosy, relaxed and safe.

The Little book of Hygge spring lilies

It was an interesting read but what I most liked about the book is a point that the author made about the way introverts and extroverts socialise.

It’s a common misconception that introverts aren’t sociable. Humans are sociable beings by nature but the way each person socialises isn’t always the same.
The book talks about how introverts choose to socialise and spend their time with loved ones and family in a cosy/familiar environment. Introverts can sometimes feel drained by too many external stimuli, and we should learn to accept that that is alright.

The Little book of Hygge spring lilies

I do consider myself an introvert and due to the way I choose to spent my time I know people have criticised me and called antisocial in the past. But it isn’t true, I don’t spend my days alone. I do enjoy having time to myself but I know I wouldn’t be able to go more than a day without seeing or speaking to someone. I might not have a large group of friends but I do know that I can count on and be myself with the few that I have, and for me that is much more important.

The Little book of Hygge spring lilies

So let’s try to stop labelling people and just concentrate in making the most out of the time we have, let´s try to find the happiness in the little things we do each day, let´s try to be a bit more Hygge    
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