Monday, 31 August 2015

Harajuku Lovers Perfume in 'Baby'

This Review Features
Harajuku Lovers Perfume in 'Baby'*

Few years back I remember finding some cutely designed perfume bottles and they were the Harajuku Lovers perfumes by Gwen Stefani. I particularly remember loving two scents, 'Baby' and 'G' and it was until Debenhams Beauty, asked if I would like to review a perfume from a vast selection. Since I heart the Kawaii scene and saw that the perfume had a relaunch, I knew I wanted had to try out a Harajuku Lovers perfume but the only hard bit was when I had to pick a scent.

Product description:
Soft and comforting, this sophisticated powdery fragrance features a baby soft musk accord which blends with delicate florals and nuzzly vanilla.

If you remember a few years back, the bottles were alot more colourful and to be honest, I still prefer the old designs to the newer versions. All five bottles have a chrome look and each one is a different colour. It sure does catch the eye but the dolls appeared to be alot cuter before since you could see their facial features.
Now onto the scent! I still remember the old Baby scent and it was very baby powdery/slightly musky and I adored it so I was excited to see how the new one would be. I am pleased to say that I also think this scent is actually quite pleasant. The scent is alot more grown up than the previous one and I can detect notes of vanilla along with the main scent of baby powder mixed in with musk. This makes a lovely choice to wear as a day scent and coupled with this, makes a great lil addition to any perfume lover's collection. Not forgetting to mention how cute it looks on my dresser! I even carry just the bottle part around in my bag, not bad for a relaunch but I wish the original design was kept the same.

Check it out here

What do you think of the perfume relaunch?

      Monday, 24 August 2015

      Beauty Hack #1 The Many Uses Of Vaseline*

      Ever wondered how many uses there are for Vaseline? Well, you have come to the right place because I am going to share with you my list of uses that some in so handy.

      Protect skin from hair colourants
      Simply apply it around the hairline to prevent any skin staining, just wipe it off after and you'll be ready to go!
      Use as an all-over body moisturiser
      Apply onto any dry skin areas, perfect for rough elbows, knees and even hands!
      Prevent nail varnish marks
      Apply around the nail bed before painting your nails, this acts as a barrier so no varnish will get on your skin, win! (a personal fave)
      Get long lashes
      Many people swear by this trick! Apply every night before bed and over time you will have longer, stronger and thicker lashes.
      Make your own lip colour
      Another personal favourite, simply choose a coloured pigment (old eyeshadows or lipsticks) and mix it with a small amount of vaseline on your hand to create your own custom lip shade.
      Prevent razor burn
      Apply a little to your legs after shaving, it will both sooth and smooth them!
      Make your perfume last longer
      Apply a small amount on pulse points before spraying your favourite scent, it really does make it last longer.
      Make a DIY lip scrub
      Simply add in some sugar granules and scrub away, works just like a commercial lip scrub.
      Smooth hair
      use it to tame frizz and seal split ends and even to keep unruly brows in place.
      Help stubborn studs glide in
      If you don't wear earrings often, those holes can become troublesome so rub a small amount onto your ear lobes and the earring to help it slide in painlessly.
      Acts as a gentle eye make-up remover
      Makeup remover can be expensive and tough on your eyes. Vaseline is an inexpensive option that easily and gently removes eyeliner, mascara, shadow, and even any eyelash glue that your falsies leave behind.

      Bows and Pearls did a little collab with the lovely illustrator - Genevieve Edwards and you can check out her work here, she illustrated me (see below and spot the Vaseline I'm holding!) I absolutely LOVE it! Thank you Genevieve!

      So there you have it! If you have or know of any hacks with Vaseline then do share them by commenting below! I would love to know how you use this excellent multi-purpose product! I also want to mention that First Utility is currently doing a life hacks campaign where you can discover ways in making your life easier, check it out here link

      Wednesday, 12 August 2015

      DIY: Funfetti Mug Cake

      I love cake but I love cake even more when it's prepared within moments, In today's post I'll be sharing my easy funfetti mug cake recipe which literally is as easy as 123. You'll thank me later when you get those midnight sugar cravings hehe, perfect for anyone that has a sweet tooth!

      You'll need:
      Your favourite mug
      1 tsp butter
      1 egg
      Self raising flour
      White chocolate chips
      Rainbow sprinkles
      Vanilla extract

      Step 1)
      In a mug, melt the butter with the white chocolate chips in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.

      Step 2)
      Once cooled, add in the egg, flour, vanilla extract and sprinkles.

      Step 3)
      Cook in the microwave for around a minute, keep checking and once you see the cake batter rise, it's done!

      It really is as easy as that, I did not have self raising flour at hand so I just added a bit of baking powder to help the batter rise. You can also add any toppings that you like, I personally feel that the white chocolate and rainbow sprinkles go so well together so it's worth a try.
      The finished mug cake is warm, moist and oh so delicious! Kind of like a hug in a mug.

      Let me know if you try this recipe out, Would love to see if you recreate it!

      Monday, 10 August 2015

      June Purrfectbox* Review

      This review features

      A few weeks ago a very special delivery arrived at Bows and Pearls HQ, The lovely team over at Purrfectbox got in touch with me again to see if I (and Shonu) wanted to review another box, and of course, how could I have refused?!
      Purrfectbox is a monthly subscription service for cats (secretly, I enjoy it too) cat lady alert
      Each box contains 5-6 top quality toys, treats, grooming tools and even training essentials. With each box, there is a theme which is quite neat. This month's theme was 'The Cat's The Boss!' which I think is perfectly suited for my cat, Shonu since she's forever strutting around the house and she sure knows how to make me spoil her.
      Here's what was included in the box:
      1x Valerian Cuddle Knot by 4Cats
      1x Treats from Animal Farm
      1x Chicken Fillet Bites from Trixie
      1x Tunnel Armitage
      1x Catnip Spray from HappyPet
      1x Bouncy Balls from Camon

      Valerian Cuddle Knot
      This particular toy surprised me because Shonu instantly loved it, and by instantly I mean, she was rollin' around with it and biting it like crazy. She had a good 10 minutes of hyper play with this and trust me it was quite a show to watch. This cuddle knot needs to be tried out by your furry feline if you haven't already! Such a fun toy! This also has a strong scent to us humans but for cats the scent is very appealing, an interesting product.

      Treats from Animal Farm
      It's no surprise that Shonu would devour these in moments! These catnip filled treats sure went down quick. I love how she just comes running when she hears the packet being opened. The resealable pouch makes it easy to keep these treats fresh. Another win!

      Chicken Fillet Bites from Trixie
      Another huge favourite for Shonu! This was the first time I offered her dried meat treats and she loved it! She also comes running for these and as cute as she may be, I try not to give her so much. But in the end, she always wins! D'oh!

      Tunnel Armitage
      I have been meaning to get this for Shonu and it sure was a lovely item to add to the box. The pop up tunnel is lined with cream fur and has a ball attached onto one end. This makes a great addition to her toy collection and it's the perfect cozy place to hide in too.

      Catnip Spray
      A new item to try, this spray is a brilliant invention because this is such an easy way to revive old toys, simply spray this onto unused toys and watch your cat play. I did test this out and it actually worked! Shonu seems to 'forget' her older toys so this spray is great since it encourages active play.

      Bouncy Balls
      These soft spongy balls were perfect for Shonu to chew on and play, she just did not get tired chasing them as I threw both balls one by one, no doubt this will be loved by any cat. I personally love how colourful they are.

      Each Purrfectbox contains a magazine and it covers interesting facts to mini DIY projects which adds a lovely touch to the whole package.
      If you are interested in this, this is a monthly subscription service that costs only £19.90 a month, it's also a commitment free service so you can opt for a month or two if you are not completely sure. Filling in your details are really easy and each box is custom made for your cat which is lovely too. What's even great is that Purrfectbox is currently running a promotion where your first box is free!

      Check them out here 
      Love this but have a dog? They also run the same subscription service but for dogs called Pawsomebox which you can check out here

      What do you think of pet subscription boxes?

      Tuesday, 4 August 2015

      July Favourites

      This month features:
      Magnitone Lucid*
      L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara
      MUA Lipstick in Shade 4 
      Gold Dino Ring Holder
      Harajuku Angels Perfume in 'Baby'*

      Welcome to another super early monthly favourites, I have been so MIA on the blogging front but there are alot of new and upcoming beauty and lifestyle posts comin' your way, so do not fret!
      Now onto what I have been lovin' throughout the month of July!

      First up, a new skincare gadget called Magnitone Lucid. This has honestly taken my skincare routine to the next level, I will of course, be writing up a more indepth review later on but for now I will summerise how it has improved my skin. I use this with my favourite facial cleanser and together it becomes one powerful tool that cleans my face more effectively leaving my skin looking more radiant, cleansed and even more smoother. I use it daily, when taking off my make-up. It makes me look forward to prepping my skin for bed time. An absolute winner!

      Next up, an old favourite! Being obsessed with the whole kawaii culture of Japan. The Miss Manga Mascara from L'Oreal has been rehomed into my daily make-up bag. I don't even know why I stopped using it?! This instantly separates and lengthens my lashes beautifully giving me that wide-eyed cute kawaii look which I'm lovin' at the moment!

      A pink lipstick is next and it's from the MUA range, This barbie-pink lippie is great for easy on the go applications. I always rotate my lip colours/brands depending on my mood and since I have been sporting a pink lip and cheek combo lately, this is one of the lipsticks that I currently reach out to. At only a pound you are getting high shine, colour and moisturisation! Can't complain really.

      I have been getting my DIY on lately and I always look on Pinterest for inspiration. It was until I found a tutorial by the lovely Jenni over at ISpyDIY of a dino ring holder, I knew I had to have a go too because it looked too darn cute! For a step by step tutorial click here if you're interested because it makes holding your rings alot more fun with added functionality and decor for your room.

      Lastly a super cute perfume! If you remember the Harajuku Lovers perfume being released a few years back, you'll be pleased to know that the collection has been relaunched and with a new look! I still prefer the old packaging but nevertheless I still love the scents. I was sent 'Baby' and it still smells similar to the older version but a bit more grown up. I am yet to write a full review on it because I'm so happy to see these back in town again also not forgetting to mention how lovely it looks on my dresser!

      So there you have it! My favourites of the month! What have you been lovin' in the month of July?