Hey guys! Sorry that this is my first blog post in AAAGEEESS!

I was super busy in October working on Inktober pieces (you can see my inktober vlog where I also talk about this review here) and I’ve pretty much been trying to get my life in order recently – I’ve had a couple of life changes that I’ve had to work around and blogging has fallen by the wayside a little bit!

However, I will be endeavouring to post here more regularly, starting with this review of LUSH’s ‘Sleepy’ body lotion!

Now I know I’m late to the party on this one, it went viral a while ago because everyone was saying how amazing it is and how it really does actually work, so I wanted to see for myself what it was like!

It’s a gorgeous-smelling purple lotion which is made using three different types of lavender and people have claimed that it helps you sleep. At the time that I bought it, I was having a terrible time sleeping – not being able to fall asleep, waking up multiple times, and waking up feeling like I hadn’t got any rest at all! When I went into LUSH, one of the employees told me that it helps her with her insomnia and having read other people’s reviews praising its’ soporific qualities I was really keen to give it a go!

It cost me £13.95 because I got the bigger size and I definitely don’t regret spending the extra money on it! I put a small amount on my arms, chest and neck before I get into bed and honestly, it really does work for me! I fall asleep quicker and feel like I sleep better since using it. The smell might not be to everyone’s taste because it’s a very strong scent, but it’s great for me because I adore the smell of lavender 🙂 it also moisturises really well and leaves your skin feeling super smooth.

All in all, I would definitely recommend giving this a go if you have trouble sleeping, or if you’re looking for a moisturising night cream and you like the smell of lavender! LUSH products are great if you are looking to be more animal-friendly because of their no animal testing policy and their clearly labelled vegan products. Sleepy lotion is vegan, which is perfect for me as if you’ve read my blog you will know that I’m vegan and am trying to use as many cruelty-free and vegan products as possible 🙂

Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed the review and let me know if you have used this product or are planning to!

Love Maddie xxx

 

Hey guys! If you read this blog you may know that I try to promote and use as many cruelty-free and vegan products as I can. So when I recently ran out of my LUSH shampoo I went looking for another animal-friendly brand to try on my hair! I was recommended the brand Noughty a while ago by their twitter team when I asked twitter in general if there were any vegan hair product brands that were available on the high street, so I decided to give them a go!

Noughty products are both vegan and cruelty-free which is great in my book! I love the animal testing disclaimer on the back of their product, it’s really sweet and you can tell that they have put a lot of effort into manufacturing a product that endeavours to be animal-friendly and use as many natural ingredients as possible. On their website they promote the fact that they don’t use ingredients such as silicone, sulphate or parabens and pride their products on being 97% natural.

I got the ‘To The Rescue’ shampoo product from my local Superdrug but you can also buy the products online at Superdrug or at Noughty’s website here. It was quite reasonably priced at £6.99 – not as cheap as a lot of other, animal-testing, brands but I never mind paying extra for animal-friendly brands. I love the packaging design of the shampoo, it’s a really sleek, aesthetic-looking product and the colour scheme is really effective and eye-catching:

When I used the shampoo for the first time, I fell in love with the smell of it! It smells absolutely heavenly, like a rich almond and vanilla aroma and I can’t get enough of it. It was quite hard to work the shampoo into a lather that reached my roots, I had to really put some effort in to get it to penetrate all the way to my scalp but I’m not sure if thats because my hair is so thick rather than the shampoo! Once I’d got it there though, it worked really well – my hair felt super soft and clean once it was dried and it smelled amazing! I can’t wait to go out and buy the partner conditioner and see what it’s like! I would definitely recommend this brand and am really happy with my purchase!

Thanks for reading, let me know if you can recommend any more vegan hair product brands that you’ve found to be really good because I love reviewing them!

Love Maddie xxx

Hi guys! I recently got a new tattoo and wanted to share my experience with you! I also haven’t blogged in ages so I apologise for my absence!

So a little insight into me: I LOVE having tattoos. When I was younger I was quite influenced by my parents who have a very conservative/old-fashioned view on tattoos and so I used to think having any would impair my employability (I know, I was young and impressionable and didn’t have any real world experience to know that isn’t the case!). But fast-forward 4 years and I now have 12 tattoos – some small, some big, but all pieces of art that I love having on my body! (And I am also employed as an Assistant Management Accountant so they don’t seem to have affected my career!)

I decided recently that I wanted to get my left thigh tattooed (my right one is already done) and so I started designing a piece that I thought would look cute and that I was happy with. I’m really lucky in that the tattooists I have been to and go to currently will take my design and keep the main parts of it but improve it and add their own influence to it so it’s still something I had creative input into 🙂

I currently go to a lovely tattooist called Emma Arietti who works at Rivergate Tattoo in Luton. I’ve known her since she was an apprentice and seen her work develop into what it is today first-hand and I DEFINITELY recommend her! Her style is mainly traditional pieces but she’s got such a great range as well, check her instagram out here!

Here’s the design that I gave to Emma:

And here is the finished tattoo which took about an hour and a half/ 2 hours :

As you can see the design and finished tattoo are really similar which I am super pleased with! I couldn’t decide whether to get any shading on it to match the one on my other leg but I think it looks pretty cool having one shaded and one just in line work with the different line weights! I’m now itching for my next one!

At some point I might write a post or do a YouTube video about all the tattoos that I have in case anyone is interested, and I also maybe want to write about the stigma surrounding tattoos and jobs/careers etc because it’s a really interesting subject! Let me know if there’s anything you want to know about tattoos or anything you would enjoy reading on the subject!

Thanks for reading

Love Maddie xxx

Hey guys, in my last post I talked about when I went to Luton a couple weeks ago and bought some cute stuff, so this post is about the tattoo flash day we went to that day and my OOTD!

Rivergate Tattoo is a lovely little tattoo studio in Luton, located near the station and the shopping centre, and my tattooist Emma Arietti now works there (check out her work here). On the flash day, you basically walk in, choose a pre-drawn design and then get it tattooed (a tattoo artist’s ‘flash sheets’ are designs that they have done that they would like to tattoo and haven’t been specifically asked to draw up for someone). So my bff Ashleigh Flowers chose a cute little heart and dagger design and Emma tattooed it for her! I didn’t get anything done because I’m booked in next weekend for a big design (more on that once I’ve had it done!!) Here’s the finished tattoo:

SO CUTE!!!

My OOTD consisted of:

Black faux fur bobble hat (Primark)

Lacy bandeau (Gilly Hicks)

Checked oversize shirt (New Look)

Ripped jeans (River Island)

Really battered old Superstars that I need to replace (Adidas)

We did the photoshoot on top of the multi-storey car park at the shopping centre (so classy) but it actually gave some really cool layered shots with the city’s buildings in the background.

Thanks for reading! Once I’ve had my tattoo done at Rivergate next week I’ll write a post about it and show you the finished piece!

Maddie xxx

Hey guys! I recently went and did a bit of shopping and wanted to share some of the cute things I got!

First up, I went to Primark (Primani darling) which I can never usually find ANYTHING decent in but I managed to find some super nice stuff! I got a cute little black beanie with a furry bobble on (yes I know it’s  still technically summer but I seriously love hats) and an adorable little floral backpack which I’ve been using for nights at the pub because it’s easier to carry than my usual handbag! They also have some super cheap stick on nails that I bought and tried, which stay on for days which is surprising, and look really nice! I had to trim them down because I’m not about that super long point on my nails and I find it hard to type at work 😂 I think in total this all cost me about £17 which is great value! The backpack was the most expensive item but I definitely think it’s worth it! I also picked up a gorgeous little nail kit which says ‘Mermazing’ on it which has this super cute iridescent pattern on!

I also got a couple of necklaces from H&M, one of which is a bit like a double choker but not as tight, and a layered gold-look one which looks amazing with a low-cut top. These were about £12 together which I’m ok with paying as I don’t have a huge amount of jewellery and wanted to switch it up a bit!

I was with my bff Ashleigh Flowers (check her blog out here) and we also went to a tattoo studio in Luton called Rivergate Tatto, where our tattoo artist has moved to recently. If you know Luton, it’s where Adrenaline tattoo used to be and they’ve done the shop up gorgeously and they sell tshirts with their logo on (so I had to get one obviously, support your local tattoo artists people 💕)

My friend really kindly bought me a couple of bath bombs from LUSH, the Intergalactic one and the Sakura one. I’ve used the intergalactic one which was AMAZING and made my bath deep blue with gold glitter in and I bloody loved it! I can’t wait to try the Sakura one either!

Check out what it looked like, I was literally in heaven

I will be updating when I’ve used the Sakura one for sure, I can’t get enough of LUSH at the moment!

Thanks for reading, let me know if you’ve found anything nice in Primark or on the high street recently!

Maddie xxx