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Christmas // Photography

I recently went Christmas shopping so I took a few pictures of the lovely Christmas lights, market & fair in Liverpool. It was a really nice time, it definitely felt really festive, especially at the Christmas market, but it was also really cold. My hands were turning purple because I couldn't wear gloves when taking the pictures haha.

As with all my photography posts, the main focus is not about writing but just a place for me to share my photographs. So this is a short post, but I hope you enjoy the pictures.

These photos were taken on my phone (Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus).

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Sia Everyday Is Christmas Album Review

I really enjoy Sia's music, so of course, when I heard she had a Christmas album coming out I got excited. Normally I'm not really a fan of modern Christmas songs, they're just not usually as good as the Christmas classics... But what's my opinion on Sia's new Christmas Album?

If you haven't heard it yet, you can listen to the full album for free on YouTube!

I would like to mention this is NOT a paid promotion or sponsored post. All thoughts are my own.

❄️ 1) Snowman ❄️
Snowman is a really nice song, but has a kinda sad story. It's about being in love with a snowman, which is obviously going to melt away. I just hope this song is a metaphor, and that Sia is not actually in love with a snowman haha 😂.

❄️ 2) Santa's Coming For Us ❄️
Santa's Coming For Us has to be my favourite on the album. I'm always listening to this song. It is the most upbeat, and personally, I like the happier Christmas songs. This one probably has the most modern feel on the album.

❄️ 3) Candy Cane Lane ❄️
Candy Cane Lane is another upbeat Christmas song. It starts with the sound of jingle bells so straight away you can tell it's a Christmas song. It feels really festive and puts you in the Christmas spirit.

❄️ 4) Snowflake ❄️
Snowflake is one of the slower songs on the album. I feel like it has a similar theme to 'Snowman' but done in a slightly different way.

❄️ 5) Puppies Are Forever ❄️
I really like the tune to this song but it is quite repetitive. I think it also has a great message too "Puppies are forever, not just for Christmas". It makes this song kinda different to most other Christmas songs.

❄️ 6) Ho Ho Ho ❄️
Believe me, you're not going to forget the name of this one, I lost count how many times "Ho Ho Ho" is said in this song 😂. That being said, I do like this song though it is a bit repetitive.

❄️ 7) Underneath The Mistletoe ❄️
I just didn't really know what to write about this song. I'd say it's my least favourite on the album. I don't think the song itself is bad, but personally, it would be the one I would skip past.

❄️ 8) Sunshine ❄️
Sunshine is an unusual name for a Christmas song since Christmas is usually associated being cold and snowy, however, the song itself does actually feel really Christmassy despite its name.

❄️ 9) Underneath The Christmas Lights ❄️
Underneath The Christmas Lights is another slow song on the album, which when I saw the song name I wasn't quite expecting. It's a nice song but I really think this could have been made into an upbeat happy Christmas song with this name.

❄️ 10) Everyday Is Christmas ❄️
Everyday Is Christmas is a love inspired Christmas song. I really like the lyrics in this one. This song feels like a real Christmas classic.

❄️ Overall ❄️
Overall I think Sia has done a great job doing a making a Christmas album with original songs. I think they all have a classic feel to them, whilst still feeling new. Personally, I think a couple of Christmas covers would have been nice as a couple of additions. If you're a bit of a 'bah humbug' then you probably won't like this album, but if you like Sia and you like Christmas, then I think you're going to love this.

Now I'm just waiting for Adele to release a Christmas album.

Have you heard the album? Let me know what you think in the comments!


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Why I'm Not Doing Blogmas 2017!

❄️ Merry Christmas Everyone ❄️

Hi there,

This is only going to be a short post, but its just an update to let you know whats going on with my blog over Christmas.

 I'm not doing Blogmas this year... 

But why...?
Ok ok there's no real reason why I'm not doing Blogmas this year other than I just could not think of 24 different Christmas Blog post ideas. But before you click off this KEEP READING...

Just because I'm not doing Blogmas this year DOES NOT mean I'm not taking part in the festive fun. There will still be Christmas posts going up, atleast one per week - so come back for those! (I'll tweet when I post something new - follow me @Mike_Vlogs_YT

I know this was short, but it's just an update to let you know whats going on.

Mike xx


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Lush Festive Blogger Night - Winter Range Review

I received a very exciting email a couple weeks ago, it was from Lush inviting me to their Festive Blogger Night to see the new Winter Range, product making & demonstrations and lots more festive fun!

I would like to mention this is NOT a paid promotion or sponsored post, however I was invited to the event by Lush & provided with free samples. All thoughts are my own.

Upon arrival, we were offered drinks and given a short introductory speech about the products & demonstrations. Other than that we were free to look around the store, and the spa upstairs for the remainder, taking as many pictures and videos as we liked.

I was really nervous because this was actually the first event I've ever been to, but it was fun. I went alone, and I think I was one of the only ones who were on their own. Other people were vlogging the night so I'm probably in the background looking really awkward in the corner or something... that's the perfect description of me I think haha 😂.

I just love the smell and presentation inside the store, and of course the products too. My favourites would have to be the Intergalactic Bath Bomb and the Layer Cake Soap. I also love the Shower Jellies and Rainbow Fun as they are unique and fun products. One of my new found favourites would have to be the Naked Shower Gels (more on that later in the review).

Christmas Products
Plum Snow (Bubble Bar) | Christmas Sweater (Bath Bomb) | Man On The Moon (Bubble Bar)

 SnowAngel (Bath Melt) | Star Light, Star Bright (Bath Melt) | Golden Wonder (Bath Bomb)

Tree-d (Bath Oil) | The Magic Of Christmas (Bubble Bar Wand) | The Snowman (Bubbleroon)

Christmas Gifts. Pre-packaged with a variety of different products.

I couldn't possibly mention the entire range as there are just so many, so check out Lush's' website to see full christmas range. I also review some more of the Christmas products further on in this post.

Product Making
We got the chance to make some of the products ourselves. It was very fun to see how these are actually made. In this picture we were making the Brightside Bubble Bar.

Now for the tour of the spa... 
The spa was nice and welcoming with a little sit-down area with tea and biscuits. It had a very relaxing atmosphere as it was only a warm glow of the candles and a galaxy projection on the ceiling. And just look at that bath... ULTIMATE BATH GOALS!! The spa would make a very cute apartment.

Product Reviews

After nearly 2 hours the event was coming to an end, and we were each given a goodie bag containing some free products to try, which was very lovely of them - so massive thank you to Lush.

In my goodie bag, I received...

Butterbear Wash Card
Everyone needs a cuddle sometimes. Wrap yourself in the uplifting and comforting arms of ylang ylang and musk. To use, simply wet the hands and rub him between them for sweet scented lathers and refreshed skin and hair. Pop him in your pocket for washes on the go.
When I first saw this small 'wash card' I didn't really see how this would work, but to my surprise it somehow manages to lather - ALOT. The smell is nice and fresh - which I guess is what you'd want when you're having a wash haha.

As the description says, it is perfect for on the go travelling when space can be tight as you might not have room to store shower gel bottles.

Twilight Naked Shower Gel
Snuggle up with a malty blend of tonka and lavender. If you've had a hectic day and need a chance to relax, this naked shower gel is bound to do the trick to ease stress and calm moods. Lavender is incredibly calming and gentle on the skin and is known to reduce stress. With no plastic bottles to worry about, let warm tonka and vanilla comfort and soothe skin while ylang ylang floats gently by and leaves you feeling restored.
These are definitely unique. I'm not saying nowhere else does them, but I certainly haven't seen them anywhere before. Also, I love how they are shaped like a bottle rather than just being a boring block.

It is a shower gel without the packaging. Now if you've never heard of these you are probably thinking... "how can a shower gel have no packaging?"  Basically, they have made their shower gels into a solid. Which leads onto the next question... "well isn't that just a bar of soap?"  Apparently not because it uses the same/similar formulation to the liquid shower gel, which means when wet it lathers just like regular shower gel. If you need more information on this, I recommend you read Lushs' article for more details.

I think there are some pro's and con's of it being 'naked'.
The pro being its better for the environment as there is no plastic packaging, which ends up just being thrown away. Lush is known for this, as well as fighting animal testing. Both of which is definitely a good thing.
But the cons are it's not so handy to travel around with - especially after it's been used and is still wet. Also, some people might not like the idea of sharing this with other family members, compared to regular shower gel you squeeze out of a bottle. I'm not saying it's a bad product - I love it - but I don't think it is for everyone. But at least they still offer the liquid shower gels too.

I will for sure be buying more Naked Shower Gels when this has finished, but judging how much I have used so far I think that might be a while away as they are long-lasting, which is a good thing since they are nearly £10 each.

Update: I used this nearly every day and it lasted me about 5 weeks which I think is really good. And have since bought another naked shower gel - they get a thumbs up from me 👍

Black Rose Naked Lip Scrub 
Prep your pout for lippy with illipe butter and extra virgin coconut oil. Caster sugar gently keeps your lips soft and smooth and organic jojoba oil marvelously moisturises, making your lips kissably soft. Swipe across the lips to buff and smooth. Your rebellion will have a cause with mood lifting ylang ylang and Sicilan mandarin oils.
Another naked product! Again this is so there is less wastage on packaging. This is simple to use, no need to crumble before use or anything, you just simply rub the bar on your lips to help keep them soft and smooth. It can start to melt a little on your hands though so you might want to have a tissue ready.

The Comforter Bubble Bar
Sometimes you just need to shut yourself off from the outside world under a blanket of fruity foam that will put you back in the right frame of mind to face the world. This bar is supersized, so you’ll only need to crumble half a bar under your tap to make enough bubbles for a long, comforting soak. Cassis absolute gives a distinctive blackcurrant fragrance, while bergamot adds an uplifting note.
This was actually made by some of the bloggers who also attended the event - so it might look a bit more messy than usual haha.

The scent on this is just beautiful - a fresh fruity smell. You just break a piece off and crumble under running water for LOTS of bubbles and turns the water pink. You definitely don't need to use the whole bar, so can get a few uses out of it.

If you're impressed by the amount of bubbles in the picture above, from only the tiny amount I crumbled off, that's not even half the amount after my bath was fully run. Also, the bath doesn't stain from the pink water like I thought it would, which is a nice bonus haha.

Spa Treatment Menu

Just a little booklet about the treatments available in the spa. One thing I really like is that it has a 'nakedness key' ranging from 1 to 3 explaining how much undressing is required for the treatment. I think this really helps you understand what to expect, which is useful if you've never been before.

I've never used the spa, and I probably won't because I don't know if I like the idea of being massaged by someone I don't know (nothing personal Lush I hope you understand haha). Prices start from £50, going all the way up to £285 which is pretty expensive. However the spa did look really cute and relaxing - so if it's your thing then go for it.

And that was the end of the night.
I just want to say a huge thank you to Lush for inviting me, and for the lovely gifts!

I also vlogged the event, which you can watch below if ya want :)


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