This lil bath oil is one of my favourite products from Lush and my favourite bath melt of theirs. I buy at least one every time I go in, even if it’s the only thing I buy, I know my skin will thank me. The melt itself is just smaller than an egg in size & I find that with my skin, I can make one last for about 4 baths if I cut it up into smaller pieces (which I think is amazing for the price). However, you can totally do what my friend does and throw about 3 in the bath at once, I’d call that a deep treatment.
This wonderful little melt is big when it comes to moisturising and nourishing my skin, rich ingredients packed with moisturising properties and benefits are what I need. I have quite awkward skin and have had many a nightmare with attempting to find a balance between oily and dry skin during the winter months. This melt has been a godsend from day one. Leaving my skin smooth and plumped up with moisture without the leftover oily residue that I often get from other similar products.
What I love about Lush products are the incredible fresh smells of the ingredients. Whilst in the bath, the atmosphere that the oils create are uplifting and refreshing and the smell amplifies. I literally swoon at the fragrance of You’ve Been Mangoed, it’s so good that I’ve genuinely had to stop myself from eating it. (Seriously, I am actually sad that it isn’t edible because if it tastes half as good as it smells.. ohh snap! I know I’m weird and so okay with it.) The scent stays on your skin for a good few hours I have found, I’ve had a couple of people mention this to me after I have used only a quarter of the melt.
You’ve Been Mangoed is a wonderful product overall and I struggle to find any negatives when it comes to using this product. It’s become a go to product that’s a part of my routine. And that’s pretty damn good considering I’m an awkward cat with stuff I put on my skin. If it feels wrong I won’t use it and this is one that feels so, so right. I’d definitely recommend this as a treat for your skin and senses.
Have you ever used this product? What do you think of it?
As long as I can remember, I have been in love with Italy. The history, the beauty and everything else in between. I want to experience, explore and get lost in the place I have been dreaming of for so long.
I’ve got plans to stay in Rome and take a course in Italian. I’ve been learning little bits but I’d like to be fluent one day. I’ve pretty much planned it out ( but if you know of a place that isn’t really known, tell me please so I can explore!) eat food, drink all the coffee, do a handstand in the Colosseum, eat an unbelievable amount of food, etc, etc. All that’s left to do is book and pay and I’m working on that.
And as a way to fuel the fire under the pot of dreams and plans, I made a little montage of a few places I’d love to meander through and most likely be awestruck by the sights and whatever else I find.
Scenes from beautiful pebbled streets of Trastevere mostly. I could literally move there right now and be so totally okay with the stress of being really foreign again. Infact, I look forward to the feeling of the strange discomforting comfort that you get when travelling. It’s been a while, I fear I may have forgotten what it feels like!
I’ll be posting more and gradually increasing over the next few weeks which I’m excited about. I’m looking forward to seeing this blog grow and me grow along with it. I have so many ideas that I literally don’t know where to begin. But a good friend once told me to Start in the middle and work either way. So that’s basically what I’m doing at the moment. Until later!
I recently started using my trusty old moleskine again, with all intentions of making sure to use it every single day. Not just for illustrations, but also to remove my frustrating fear of the blank page. I had my old red moleskine for a good two years. And the most I had done was rip the majority of the pages out and barely attempt to use it for art purposes. Until a couple of months ago and promised myself to use it at least once a day and to stop tearing pages out of a £16 sketchbook. Blasphemous behaviour I know. Don’t worry, I judged myself too. But you’ll be happy to know that I have since stopped doing the unspeakable and I had to actually get a new one just before Christmas. So all in all, this little challenge I set myself has gone surprisingly well so far.
I fight with myself on a daily basis to get things done. Sometimes it feels as though I’m on a carousel, going round in continuous and monotonous circles, with the voice inside my head letting me know that I have to put in the work and show up in order to create anything, which is playing over and over instead of the music. However since I started to just draw without reason and make peace with the imperfections, I have found a new sense of comfort in the quiet moments I find myself buried inside of my journal.
Recently, my nostalgia and wanderlust have been inspiring the most recent pages. I haven’t explored enough of the world yet and life is teaching me patience. Don’t worry life, I’m so totally ready to go whenever so, I’ll just be here, drawing nostalgic references to my past, whilst thinking about my future.
I haven’t pushed myself with art at all recently. I’m annoyed by this yes, but I’m slowly forcing myself into a routine that fits me. A continuous process but I’ll get there. So here it is today’s illustration. Nothing fancy, just a collection of Little Things that have been found, given and bought.
I have a few illustrations that I haven’t posted on here yet. But I’ll be getting everything posted soon. I’m always late, I’m really trying to get organised. But I swear, my life is 99% drafts right now. And not just in regards to blogging. So prepare to witness me attempting to be a fully functioning human. Feel free to laugh, because I do. All. The. Time.
Stop going round in circles. Break the walls you built yourself and let the light in. Go and explore. Your self. Your world. It’ll be bright and intense but so beyond worth it. Colour your life with the dreams you desire and imagine them. Don’t stop living until they are your reality. You’re in charge. You always have been. Go live as colourfully as you can make it.
Today’s illustration is another messy little fella. Trying to focus on building outwards from one area, instead of getting carried away starting one area and moving along to the next in the blink of an eye. I’m enjoying a lot of white space recently. I like the cleanliness of the finished piece.
This is another old photo of another old friend. There are going to be a few more of these I feel. I’ve been drawing in my a5 notebook a lot recently and I’m turning it into a bit of a journal. I’m planning a few different weekly challenges for myself. I’m heavily inspired by a few different subjects at the moment and I’ve got to work out a plan of action to fit them all in. Plus it’s going to be good to have a variety of different challenges.
There are so many ideas I’d like to see myself turn into a reality. Just need to keep sorting out my mind set creatively and everything is going to be great. I’m okay with the fact that it’s not all going to be as great as I see in my head but it’s fine, it’s not my only piece or my last. So I’m excited to finally say soon that I have caught up so then I can start. Persistence and determination is key.
So this was a bit of a fun one. Didn’t really have an end game again. So I just started with a basic outline of the facial features with water colours. Still focussing on proportion and placement. I then did my usual thing and grabbed my pen when it was dry. This piece was fun to do but I’m still toying within experimental boundaries. I am however enjoying the freedom to play with with shapes and colours without rules. Because it matters and it doesn’t so why worry?
I have been making a few clothing items recently which I’ll be posting more about once I’ve photographed them. But I started drawing up a few fashion illustrations, this one is an idea I’d like to work towards making in the future. But for now I’m drawing up my ideas and keeping them as a little to do list in the future.
I adore clothes, vintage mostly and it’s borderline a problem. I love the playful seriousness of outfits. And apparently changing them about 3 times a day. And fashion illustration is just sublime and I’ve always been really inspired by the styles and images that the illustrators create. I’d like to aim to progress drawings in the areas of proportion and well, style. But I don’t practice nearly enough on one thing. So perhaps I’ll try to focus on projects that progress my skills in those areas.
All the challenges will be set soon as I’ve caught up with everything. But I’m feeling mostly good about the majority of items I am producing so I’m excited to finalise everything. I’ll have two days next week dedicated to creating a more varied selection of topical content.
Until then, I’ll simply have to let you feel the spice with my illustrations and yoga posts. But I promise, once I’m more in a routine and have sorted all the adult world boring bits that take priority, I’ll be far more vibrant with my posting.
This lady is a little inky doodle that I really loved to much to continue. I don’t know why, I get urges to finish and I get urges to lovingly abandon (before ruin probably). I have an adoration for unfinished art pieces, mostly other artists. Probably stemming from my love of flicking through countless art books of my mothers and my usual favourite of the transitional studies to the finished piece. The finished piece gives you less than the incomplete. It’s in a constant state of change and growth.
Salvador Dali is a favourite of mine with his “unfinished” pieces. They tell you a story with a thousand possible endings. It’s a never-ending guessing game of what’s going to happened next. He is another level though when it comes to imagination. I’d live in his gallery and art world if it were at all possible. Mostly for the animals. And the insane landscapes. Just everything Dali really.
On a seperate note, I will be actually posting finished illustrations too. I’m just low on time at current and running around with a squill ion things to do in order to sort my adult life out. But I’m happy I’m actually getting a fair few other exciting projects done which I can’t wait to finalise and post on the blog. I love blogging so much and I’m just not where I’d like to be just yet, but atleast I’m carrying on and refusing to stop, even if it is slow and attempting steady. So I’m proud of that.
My love for simple and messy line work is up there with coffee and yoga. I have a nostalgic kick every so often and get the urge to draw old photos. Give them a new lease of life and a different memory perspective. It’s interesting to me when I do these drawings because I seem to have a knack of switching off the perfectionist button when doing this style. I especially like this style when I’m on public transport and other awkward drawing moments. Always fun and unpredictable. Usually resulting in simple but effective attempts at rectification.
This is a rather old portrait of my one of my best friends called Nelson. He is an amazing artist amongst many other talents and awesome attributes. Have a look at his Instagram @killingtown and his Facebook page Nostradamus Artistry for some of his work. All the colours and vibrant characters that make you curious beyond belief. His mind is wonderful and his art gives you a fractional glimpse into the emporium that is his mind.