Milani ‘Keep it Sweet’ Lip Scrub

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Hello everyone! I’m so sorry for the long gap in between posts – I’m clearly not sticking to my New Year’s Resolution of posting at least twice a month. Hopefully that’ll change! I’m in the process of buying new products for inspiration and also am looking at doing more personal posts, so watch this space.

But for now, let’s get down to business! I recently have been in desperate need of a lip scrub and having not owned one before, it was daunting choosing one. The obvious choice would have been Jeffree’s Star Velour Lip Scrubs from his various collections, but none of the flavours jumped out at me. I found the Milani ‘Keep It Sweet’ Sugar Lip Scrub on Beauty Bay and the positive reviews twisted my arm and convinced me to buy it. If you want to see how I found it, then keep on reading!

 

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The packaging of this product is nice and simple, which personally I quite like.  Its gold lid is nice and sturdy, and the container is glass so you know it’s strong too. Like many lip scrubs it has a screw top cap which then leads you straight into the product. It perhaps could have had a cover on the inside to protect the product more, but either way it arrived in perfect condition when I received it. It isn’t too heavy and is a good size to pop in your hand or clutch bag and have it with you throughout the day!

 

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So now the main part of the blog as always, does it work?! I must admit I have seen a noticeable difference in the smoothness/texture of my lips since I started using this product a couple of weeks ago.  The consistency is literally that of an exfoliator, which is nice and gritty to ensure a deep cleanse. Honestly my lips before using this were so dry and used to regularly get chapped, especially with this cold weather, but this product has honestly helped the texture of my lips and reduced the risk of them being chapped.  I use it around 3-4 times a week, mainly at night before I go to sleep, but I also have used it before applying liquid lipsticks. I’ve found that these kinds of lipsticks stay on my lips better after using a product like this and are actually a lot less drying, which is a common plus of using a lip scrub. In the long run, my lips have felt so much smoother and less dry, and at times they’ve even appeared plumper when looking in the mirror.  That is a huge plus for me (as I have quite small lips) so I’m definitely not mad at a little lip plump!  In a couple more weeks I will have been using it for over a month and I can’t wait to see more improvements!

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I believe that this product’s price point is absolutely spare.  It’s priced at £10.00 and you get 12g of product. In comparison, the Jeffree Star Lip Scrubs are £12.00 and you get 30g.  So although it might be worth spending a couple of extra pennies and get a well-known make, this lip scrub works just as well.  It has a sugary taste which is nice and sweet; you don’t have to deal with really tangy/sour flavours or spending the money on a specific taste and finding that the product doesn’t taste like that.  The other thing is, is that it lasts so long! I have been using mine about 3-4 times a week and I have barely taken off the first layer of scrub! So in this case it is great value for money, and it is a nice, yummy flavour to exfoliate your lips with!

So all in all, the Milani ‘Keep it Sweet’ Sugar Lip Scrub is approved! Although you might not get a lot of product for the price, it is about the quality of it.  Lip scrubs have to be an essential in everyone’s kit and this for sure is one for the collection. I bought mine from Beauty Bay (https://www.beautybay.com/skincare/milani/keepitsweetsugarlipscrub/) and they always seem to be in stock – so it is really easy to buy!

I need some inspiration for my next few blogs, so if there are any items that people recommend/want to see a review of, then leave some recommendations in the comments below and I’ll be happy to try them out!

Stay beautiful,

Shannon

xoxo

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Songs that Remind me of Specific Memories

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(Photo cred: Me, Boys Like Girls @ Playstation Theater, NYC 2016)

This post is exactly what it says in the title; nice and simple. Below are 6 songs that hold a great deal of meaning to me, be it places that I’ve travelled to or childhood memories, or ones that remind me of specific people in my life. I could have picked at least 20, but keeping up with my last post, I picked the first 5 that sprung into my head. If you want to hear what my 5 songs are, then keep on reading!

 

  1. DANIEL RUCKER – WAGON WHEEL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvKyBcCDOB4

This upbeat song reminds me of my time working at an American summer camp. I worked out in Rock Hill, New York for the past 2 summers and honestly they were the best times of my life.  The obvious choice! This is one of those songs that always manages to put a smile on my face. I picture the sunshine, the warmth, the smiles on everyone’s faces and just having a general good time. The upbeat melody never fails to get me moving, and the catchy nature of it sticks in your head for weeks. This is a song that without a shadow of a doubt brings up my best memories of camp, and especially driving down the open road in my first summer of 2016. It’s the ultimate road trip song, at home or abroad, and will guarantee to make you break out singing and dancing. It brings me closer to all my friends across the world, and that knowing we all have a home at Iroquois Springs summer camp.

 

  1. BOYS LIKE GIRLS – THUNDER

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytLzxl4-mLw

This is one of my all-time favourites songs from one of my all-time favourite bands. This song reminds me of New York again, but for different reasons. I saw Boys Like Girls for the third time in Times Square, NYC, in my first summer at camp. It had been about 6 years since I had last seen them, and my teenage me couldn’t handle the excitement! To top it all off, they played at the Playstation Theatre which is a historic venue! This song is about summer love and finding someone who really made your summer and how you will always remember them. Some of the lyrics in the chorus specifically talk about someone’s voice being ‘the soundtrack of my summer,’ and how no matter what you will always remember the summer you spent with them. As a band in general they have helped me a lot growing up with bullying and constant shaming, but it also reminds me of a time over my summer where love existed in places where I thought it couldn’t anymore. It helped me find happiness, even if it was not meant to last.

 

  1. TINIE TEMPAH – TRAMPOLINE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VOeQZ6Bi7I

This song is more of a silly one, and a type of music that I’m not normally in to. This reminds of my first year studying at Sheffield Hallam University. Meeting your flat mates for the first time and living away from home is scary, but luckily I was blessed to have awesome flat mates. One of my flat mates was convinced that he knew all the lyrics to this song, and whenever it came on he would really try and sing it loud and proud. The rest of us thought it would be a great idea to learn the lyrics too, so we printed them out and pinned them onto our picture wall for us all to learn. Long story short, we never ended up learning any of the lyrics, but whenever I hear this song I think of me and my best friend trying to learn them for a laugh, and miserably failing to do so.

 

  1. JASON DERULO – WHATCHA SAY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBI3lc18k8Q

This one reminds me of a young naïve me. 15-16-year-old me made a lot of mistakes, and really put my trust and time into the wrong people. This song reminds me of heartbreak; of being cheated on by someone that I thought the world of. It reminds me of my ex best friend going behind my back liking this guy who completely broke my heart, yet she was the one holding me when I cried my heart out. I should never have let him hurt me and looking back I shouldn’t have been so harsh on her about what she did. It just reminds me that everyone is not as they appear to be. I gave this guy a second chance a year later, only to be screwed over with again.  I remember him even saying that this song really reminded him of our situation, and that it was one of the biggest mistakes he had made.  The worst part? To this day he has never admitted to cheating on me, and never apologised to my face but instead sent me a pathetic voice mail recording that was so rehearsed it was just…yawn.  It is a song that reminds me that some people just don’t deserve another minute of your time or any second chances, and to not make that mistake again. Apologies can be worthless, and somebody like that trying to come back into your life is a definite no-no.

 

  1. PARAMORE – LAST HOPE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoYu7K6Ywkg

I have always been a huge Paramore fan and will say that their music has taken a creative turn from their normal music. I have so much to say about this song, but I’ll try and keep it short and sweet. This song basically gives me hope; it gave me hope during last summer working at an American summer camp when I was losing hope in everything. I had personal relationship issues going on and was made to feel a lot of guilt, I was so miserable and no matter how many times I had tried talking about it, it ended up making things worse or nothing change. I felt worthless and like nothing; I was in a dark place in myself. I honestly cried every night wondering if things would ever get better. This song acted as a keepsake for me, as a reminder that I am STRONG no matter what. It reminds me that letting go of control is OK and it’s nothing to be scared of, and it’s ABSOLUTELY OK to have hope. Always have hope; that’s my motto here. Whenever anyone tells you to stop dreaming and believing, ignore them. This song honestly kept me going the entire summer and told me that tomorrow is a new day that brings new things, and that things will get better slowly. I owe a lot to Paramore for making this record and I’m going to link the live version because I believe that this version does the song a lot more justice than the recorded one.

 

  1. PAPA ROACH – LAST RESORT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0lSpNtjPM8

Finally, more my kinda music! This song is an absolute classic amongst rockers and is an anthem wherever it comes onto a stereo. I have quite an early childhood memory associated with this song. Every year up to the age of 12, my family and I would drive to France and go on family holidays for a couple of weeks. We would drive to the South coast, get the ferry across to France and drive to our campsite. My brother regularly wanted to put his music on the CD player and when he had his best friend with him, there was no other option but to let him play his music. He was really into his rock music at this time and this was his go-to song. My dad was never too much of a fan of it because of the swearing in it, so as a way around it my brother always used to use the word ‘Donald’ instead of a swear word. I still laugh about it now, and whenever I listen to it I always remember my brother shouting ‘DONALD!’ in the back of our car.

 

So there you have it! Just a few songs that remind me of places I’ve travelled to or of specific memories in my life. Everyone has their own songs to remind them of things; this is what is so great about music! What are your songs? I would love to hear what songs you have that remind you of great memories!

 

Stay beautiful,

Shannon
xoxo