After a year off… it’s back to school for me :)

Last night was the start of my next venture in beauty.  Level 3 body massage.

I arrived a little late as my baby brain mixed up the times, whoops.  The class was shorter than expected, it ran from 6 until 9 rather than the expected 5:45 to 10.

It started with a run through of what we will be covering and what is expected of us.  I was shocked to learn there are no online tests for this, rather a project that we each have to put together containing set information.

After this we were all provided with handouts with steps for “back massage” which the tutor then demonstrated on one class member.  Once the demonstration was complete we paired up for practice.

Due to my rather large bump (due in 2 weeks) I made a team of 3 so I wouldn’t prevent somebody being able to practice.  I still felt that I learned a lot being able to watch and call out the next steps for the routine for my partners.  Once the bump is here I am confident that the other half will be happy to let me practice my back massage routine as often as I like so I can’t say I am worried I will fall behind, because I don’t believe I will.

As for what we need to purchase for the class, not a lot really.  Uniform is optional although it hasn’t changed from my level 2 uniform and so I could wear it again once I have ditched some baby weight.  A folder for my hand outs and a body brush are all that I am required to buy with further options of essential oils and headbands for clients.

I had intended to do reflexology as well as massage but the prices on the website were very wrong and thus it would have cost almost double my expectations to do the course and a lot of kit to buy.  For that reason I decided to put it off for a while but I would very much so still like to do it in the future sometime.

Now to decide which essential oils I would like to use and cost out some body brushes – any suggestions very welcome :)

Ethical fashion


I love this blog and while it is not to do with ethical beauty products it would be a much kinder world if we all voted with our purse and bought ethical fashions too x

Originally posted on Wrapped in Newspaper:

Last week’s news brought the spotlight back onto the ethics of our fast-fashion, high street shops. A story came to light that an “SOS” message was sewn into a pair of Primark trousers. The note alleged slave labour conditions in a Chinese prison, manufacturing clothes for the low cost retailer. The note read;

SOS! SOS! SOS! We are prisoners at Xiangnan jail in Hubei, China. For a long time, we have been producing clothing for export. We work for 15 hours each day. What we eat is even worse than food for pigs and dogs. The work we do is similar to (the hard work) that oxen and horses do. We urge the international community to denounce China for this inhumane act.

Last year I wrote about how making my own skirt had prompted me to think about the way in which we consume and dispose of clothes. When I read…

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New courses for September

After the last year of working in Lush (Which I am loving) I am due to go off on maternity leave in September.  So what can I do with the “free time” I asked myself and decided I should do an evening course in another beauty discipline.

Looking at the local college prospectus I decided I would do my level 3 in Massage.  This makes sense as it is very much an essential skill in the beauty field.  The course is 4 hours per week and will be done and dusted by January!   I did however notice a level 2 course in Reflexology too… so yeah, I think I might do it as well. 

Both classes are on different nights and both only 4 hours so even when the baby is here, I won’t be gone for too long and I have no doubt Daddy and the army of family around us will do a great job in my absence for those 2 evenings.

I have also contacted Sweet Squared with regards to doing the CND Shellac Conversion course in Dublin (I had wanted to do OPI but it seems they offer no training in Ireland at all!).  The Conversion course is only a day course and will be easy to slot around work, I just need to hold tight until the Dublin store contact me with their next available training date.

Looking forward to ordering the kit for the course and I think I might treat myself to some CND Vinylux too while I am at it.

So while I may have been quiet on here for a while – the Beauty Student in me will be back in full action in the coming months with more blog posts tracking my journey and reviewing the products I am using along the way (as per usual all of my choices will be cruelty free).

Lush R&B Hair Moisturiser and Blousey Shampoo reviews

So, these products were in the sale in our store and I decided I should perhaps buy them and try them.  Some of the other girls had told me that they liked Blousey and I also know that it won an award in the Irish Tatler in 2013 Beauty Awards so I figured “why not”.  R&B they were a little more dubious with and one even said she thought it would make my hair greasy.

Some of you may remember that I have been trying to be kinder to my hair to get it into better condition.  I have switched to henna to colour my hair and I do think that made a difference but I wanted to try something new and so these were it.

Now call me silly, I work for Lush so I should have realised, but I didn’t… when I started to wash my hair with Blousey it didn’t lather, so I took a bit more and still no later.  At that point while still in the shower with the shampoo in my hair I started to read the ingredients and spotted there is no SLS in this product (or preservatives for those you of who find that important) and so it was never going to lather! (sodium lauryl sulfate is a regular ingredient to cause lather in soaps and shampoos).  I have no idea how I missed this fact or why nobody told me but there you have it.


It has an unusual smell and the texture was a bit “bitty” due to all the bananas in this product. I put it in my hair and as I said, no lather so I was worried I might not be washing all of my hair as how do you know?  I conditioned, rinsed and thankfully my hair was lovely, soft and clean when I got out of the shower so I needn’t have worried.

After I had brushed my hair and was ready to dry it I grabbed the R&B and took honestly less than a pea size amount which i rubbed between my fingers and sparingly combed through my hair.  I had in the back of my head I didn’t want to put too much in as it might leave me greasy.  I know it was originally made for afro hair types and so is a little richer than most of the other treatments.  After drying my hair I can honestly say it felt much softer than it had been!  The next day the team felt my hair and agreed it did look and feel softer and “less horse hair like” as I would put it. 

I have now become comfortable with “upping the dose” of R&B to a full pea size amount and just making sure I am evenly combing it through all of my hair to prevent any areas getting oily and it seems to be working a treat.

So would I buy these products again? 

Well with the R&B, for sure I would but I imagine my pot is going to last me months upon months so it really is good value for money even at full price!  R&B is £11.95 for 100g or £19.95 for 225g.

Blousey is a lot less cost effective than other shampoos, it is £18 for a 240g pot and I do feel like I may use more of it to compensate for the lack of lather so I am not sure if it would be a great buy for me at full price.  I would however say if you are looking an SLS and preservative free shampoo that this should be a must for you as it does do an excellent job!

Buy it or don’t buy it, either way my hair is feeling lovely at the moment and that is making me happy :)


ELF cosmetics

So my box from ELF that I won on December 1st is still yet to arrive.  They are looking into what has happened it though so hopefully soon I can review those products

In the mean time I decided to order a few bits from their website to try out.  First on my hit list was their HD Mattifying Cream Foundation in Porcelain.  The packaging is nice and it comes with its own sponge applicator.  The colour is also a pretty amazing match for my skin tone.  It does exactly what you hope, it keeps the skin looking lovely and matt and provides a good even coverage.  I would say coverage is medium to high as it does a great job covering any blemishes without concealer.  It also seems to make my pores less noticeable.  The only downside is that the foundation will really hilight any dryness on the skin.  For that reason I would advise this foundation only to those of us with oily or normal skin.  Even at that, I imagine we will still need to ensure we keep up regular exfoliation.

That said, for £7 the foundation is amazing value for money and i can see myself buying it again.

ImageNext I purchased 2 blushers as I couldn’t decide which one would be best.

First was the HD blush in Superstar.  It cost £3.75 for a 10ml pump.  Again the quality of this product was amazing.  The colour is highly pigmented so a very small amount goes a long way and blends easily onto the skin.  I would advise the first time you try it, don’t even bother putting a full pump on your fingers to use as you will need less than half of that unless you want to look like you have slightly overdone the blush.


Superstar is 2nd from the left.

The last item was the most bargainous of the bunch at £1.50 which was their All Over Colour Stick in Lilac Petal.  The colour is a lovely light pinky shade and again it blends easily on the skin.  I would say this one would be easier to use if you are a little wary of using too much colour with the HD blusher.  I liked this one so much I may get it in Spotlight as well to use as a highlighter.

ImageI found it hard to find any flaws with these products that would prevent me from buying again or advising others to get.  If you need some new supplies and are running low on funds then this is a perfect budget friendly brand to try and yipee to them being cruelty free too :)

#ElfParty to celebrate E.L.F being 6 years old!

Today there was an online party to celebrate E.L.F Cosmetics being 6 years old.  I entered a few of the competitions and was over the moon to be told I have won one of their pink boxes of goodies worth over £100.


Box of ELF goodies

I am not Ashley Tiernan but we both won the same goodie box so mine will come like this.

I am really looking forward to getting to show you all what I have won when it gets here as I love that ELF are one of those gems who do not test on Animals and are on PETAs list of cruelty free companies.  If you want to buy any ELF items – get to their website tonight and take advantage of the 50% off they are offering in celebration of their birthday.

I also had a call from work yesterday to say my online order from had arrived so I am super excited to tell you all about my new perfume, soap and bath bomb when I get those tomorrow.

Hopefully this means I can stop being a bad blogger and I will make more of an effort to keep on top of things.

Heres to a merry December and Happy Birthday E.L.F !!!!!

P.s. I have started a facebook page tonight – feel free to follow it :)