Kawaii Haul – Japanese Stationery, Plushes & Snacks ♡

Last Sunday I went to the Birmingham Comic Con with my family and boyfriend, I’ve been going for years and while I’m not drawn to any particular fandoms anymore I love going to the stalls lined with cute Japanese stationery and toys. I have always loved collecting cute things, I love to adorn my planner with characters such as Hello Kitty, Rilakkuma and Molang. I also love trying the sometimes weird and wonderful sweets that Japan has to offer so I divulged in these loves last weekend, as an early christmas present my boyfriend purchased two mystery bags from two stalls and these were the random items in them.

Amuse Plushes

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Amuse are best known for their Alpacasso plushes, I already have one large alpaca, which was actually a drunk purchase (no regrets), but I wanted to add two smaller ones to my collection! The Alpaca on the left is from Kirarin Star collection and the one on the right is from the Furi Furi Frilly collection, which sounds like some kind of Japanese tongue twister!

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The other plushes I got in my mystery bags I had never heard of before but are made by the same company as the Alpacas. The largest plush is the Pote Usa Loppy bunny plush, like the Alpacasso range they come in different sizes, colours and themes. This particular one is from the Sugar V.2 collection and it’s so adorable. For some reason I feel like this would be great as a present for a baby, maybe it reminds me of something I had as a child or it’s just the sweetness of it. The second largest plush is from the Momonga no Momota (yet another tongue twister) flying squirrel collection, who knew flying squirrels could be so cute and friendly looking? For some reason a flying squirrel looks terrifying to me, just looking at them on google creeps me out a bit but maybe this plush will change my mind about them! The last plush is a cat from the Nyanko collection, it’s a simple cute cat with no terrifying flying qualities to it!

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I also got two very small phone charm plushes, the right being a Tsum Tsum Alpacasso and the left I can’t find online but I think it’s from the Mameshiba collection. Phone charms aren’t really a thing anymore, much to my dismay, so i’ll probably put these on my keys though they do double up as pretty good phone screen cleaners!

Stationery 

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I got a few stationery bits in my mystery bags and I also brought a few things. I purchased the Totoro pen and the Pink Bean stickers, both for the purpose of planning. The Totoro pen is a nice thin black ink pen which is prefect for planning and the Pink Bean stickers are so cute and each have a little theme, again perfect for planning! The Hello kitty stickers and Gudetama items were from a mystery bag. I love the Gudetama stuff, the stickers will be perfect for my laptop cover and the hair accessories are just plain cute!

Snacks

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The thing I definitely got the most of is food! Some of these foods i’ve tried before such as the green tea Kit kat and the apple Hi Chews so I’m happy to have these again, I’m also curious to try a lot of these snacks, the pumpkin Kit Kat and blueberry snack in particular. I love the packaging of Japanese snacks and I’m definitely stocked up on the snack front! If there’s anything in particular you want to know the name of I can find it out, I have a very vague grasp of Japanese, I studied it for GCSE but that was a good 6 years ago!

The shops that these items are from are Tofu Cute, LoveJojo & Japan Centre, all of which I believe sell online and are based in the UK. Thank you for reading, I hope you are having a great day!

TKMaxx Korean Beauty Finds ♡

For a few months now I have noticed a lot of Korean beauty products in TKMaxx, i’ve seen brands such as Etude House, Innisfree, Tony Moly and The Face Shop being sold but only recently found a few things I’ve desperately wanted to buy. I love Korean beauty products, they’re always so innovative, Korea has given us wonders such as sheet masks and BB creams which is why I’m such a fan of K-beauty! When I saw the packaging of these two products I knew I had to buy them, I’m a sucker for cute packaging which is another reason why I love these brands.

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The first product I saw was this CC cream in the form of a cushion by The Face Shop, it’s in the shade Apricot Beige which is a perfect fit for me. I had never used a cushion compact before, I have seen them adapted in the UK by L’oreal with their Nude Magique Cushion but I’m still quite new to them. I find it pretty amazing how much product you can get on the puff applicator and it makes touching up super convenient.

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The Face Shop do a variety of CC cushions but this one is the ‘Ultra Moist’ (you couldn’t use that name in the UK) version, which means it’s pretty moisturising! After wearing this for a whole day my skin doesn’t feel dried out or tired which is great, I barely feel like i’m wearing it. The moisturising effects are due to the Calendula, Rosemary Leaf and Lavender extracts. Another great thing about this is it’s super high SPF, at SPF 50 it’s pretty great for the skin! The coverage is light-medium, it covers blemishes pretty well but is not a strong base, it’s perfect for everyday use or for someone looking for a light base.
I also love the packaging, which is possibly the main reason I purchased it, this compact is adorable, even the puff applicator has tiny cats on it, tiny cats! After buying it I realised it was part of the special edition Kakao friends release, which explains the cat character, there are other versions with other Kakao (an instant messaging service) characters on.

kbeaut5 Etude House MISSING U Hand Cream – Pink Dolphin

The second purchase was a hand cream by Etude House, Etude House always have super cute packaging and this hand cream is included, but it also has a really nice message behind it. The series of hand creams are shaped like endangered animals such as pandas, seals, penguins and this one which is a dolphin (though I think it looks like a duck). The aim of these creams is to remind people of endangered animals and some of the product profit is donated to animal conservation charities. I feel kind of bad that I didn’t buy this directly from the company as it would be nice to have given to such a cause!

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As for the actual product it serves well as a hand cream, it contains olive oil and shea butter to keep hands moisturised and the scent of it is Peony. A main selling point for this is the packaging, it’s a good hand cream but the packaging is the reason I purchased it! I don’t think it’s very convenient for on the go as the packaging can be awkward to hold and apply at the same time but I will definitely keep this on my desk as a cute moisturising companion.

I will definitely be looking around for more Korean beauty products in TKMaxx as you never know what you can find there, I never thought i’d find such random brands but I’m happy I did! Do you like Korean beauty products? Do you like any of these brands? A little known fact about me is that I used to love Kpop Music when I was younger so I know all about these brands from my old love for idols!

Thank you for reading 🙂

My Little Box November – Dream Box ♡

This month’s My Little Box is sleep inspired, the box design is probably my favourite yet, the items tie in well and the attention to detail with the packaging is lovely so I thought I’d share it with you!

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The first thing I opened in my box was this sleep mask, I love the cute illustration on it; it makes me want to fall into a deep slumber just from looking at it! I already have a similar sleep mask but it’s still nice and I probably will use it every now and then. A nice detail is also the pocket it came in, the speckled paper design and stitched edge remind me why I love receiving My Little Box so much.

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The other lifestyle gift was this ceramic ring tray, it’s my favourite thing from the box because it is so adorable! The illustration on it is simple but so unique, I love moon motifs and I know this will be perfect for keeping the few pieces of jewellery I wear often.

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One of the three beauty items this month was this small vial of perfume by Yves Rocher. It’s called Accord Chic and I can’t describe perfume well but apparently it has notes of  pink pepper, elemi, iris, benzoin and olibanum (i’m not sure either). All I can say is that it has a spicy sort of scent and lasts really well.

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The second beauty item was this Garnier product, it is a wash, scrub and mask all in one. Unfortunately I don’t think I’ll be using this product, a girl on my Facebook wrote about using this and getting one of the beads in her eye which lead to her almost losing her eyesight. I am freaked out about things getting in my eye so I will not be using this although it does look like it could be a good product.

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The last product is a cleanser, it’s unlike any cleanser i’ve used before, the product comes out of the tube like a gel but when massaged onto the face with water it is a milky consistency. It has green tea, grapeseed and sunflower oils which helps remove makeup but also keeps the skin moisturised. I used this last night and it was very soothing on the skin and did a good job of removing excess makeup.

Overall I have enjoyed the November box, I absolutely love the theme, it’s cosy and dreamy and the lifestyle items are super cute. The downside is that I’m less blown away by the beauty products. I really like the cleanser and I will probably use the perfume for travel or on the go but I won’t use the Garnier product at all, though 2 out of 3 ain’t bad! What do you think of this month’s box? Thank you for reading!

 

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Very mini Boots/Drugstore haul ♡

For me a trip to Boots usually ends in me purchasing things I don’t need, I’ll go in for cotton pads and end up wracking up lots of points on my rewards card. Either way I thought i’d share a few things I purchased recently.

Barry M Coconut Infusion in Boardwalk

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I’ve been wanting some more Autumn/Winter shades to add to my nail polish collection, but I don’t want to have to keep spending Essie prices which is where Barry M comes in! They always have such good colours and formulas so I thought i’d try one of their coconut infusion polishes. This is the colour Boardwalk, I really like the colour and the shiny finish of it.

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Maybelline Baby Lips – Chai Tea Latte 

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I actually quite like the Baby Lips line, they’re cheap and cheerful, at around £3 they get the job done! I find the formula to be soft and hydrating, plus I was drawn in by the cute packaging and chai tea latte scent. It’s less of a chai tea smell and more of a general cinnamon smell but it’s still nice. It’s slightly tinted a raspberry shade but it’s not a very strong finish.

Maybelline Color Show Top Coat – Rose Rocks

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I love sparkly top coats, I picked up this one because I initially thought it was just gold, I thought it would be a nice festive addition to my nails but I didn’t realise some of the glitter was pale pink. I applied it on top of Boardwalk and it was an OK combination but I think this would look better on pastel colours, aka pink! I still like this topcoat, one swipe can get a lot of glitter and as with most glittery nail polishes it lasts, possibly until the end of time! I look forward to wearing this but not removing it…

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Thank you for reading, although this was a very mini haul hopefully it was somewhat interesting! I love reading hauls they’re strangely fascinating, maybe we’re all just a bit nosey about what people buy. Hope you’ve all had a good weekend!

October Favourites ♡

October has been a good month, mainly because it ended with halloween but also because it’s been a very transitional month. Coats and hats have become a daily requirement and i’ve been using more autumn appropriate makeup and skincare; here are some of my favourite things I have been using this month.

Fresh Sugar Tulip Tinted Lip Treatment octfav2

I purchased this in summer during a trip to a Fresh store in London (they had free champagne!) but haven’t got a lot of use out of it until now. I love this predominantly for the smell, it smells like a rollerball lipgloss I had as a child, but it’s also good at keeping my lips from getting chapped. I like the hot pink tint it has, it’s subtle but not unnoticeable. It’s also great for just throwing in your bag as the packaging is secure and with this cold weather it won’t melt!

Kadalys Comforting Cream octfav3

I found this in an old MyLittleBox and was intrigued by the Banana & Mango description on the label, I initially thought it was only banana & mango scented but those are actually the ingredients! It’s a moisturising cream you can use day or night, I don’t use it every day but I do use it when my skin feels dry after being out in the cold for a while and it’s nice and soothing.

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I received this in this month’s MyLittleBox which I reviewed here, and i’ve finally got round to using it. I really like the feathery effect the brush gives the lashes, it also doesn’t clump easily. It’s not my favourite mascara ever but it has surprised me and I will use it until its tiny self has run out!

Pixi skintreats Glow Mud Cleanseroctfav5

This is the first Pixi product i’ve used and i’m pretty impressed! I used this when I had a few unwanted spots appear around my face and it was great at getting rid of them. This contains aloe vera and avocado oil which was soothing for my skin, it gave it a good detox but I didn’t feel as if my skin was stripped or dry. I don’t think i’d use this every day but it’s definitely good for a once in a while detox when your skin is feeling particularly drab!

MAC Diwali – The Light Festival palette x9octfav6

I brought this during the last few days of October but i’m still adding it because I love it. I am half Indian so I celebrate Diwali with relatives which is why I wanted this palette so desperately. I love the colours they have curated for this, they are autumnal yet colourful and i’ll definitely get a lot of use out of most of the colours. They are fairly pigmented and I like the x9 palettes because although they are small I can pack them for trips easily. I am considering fully reviewing this palette in a future post but I’m unsure as i’m pretty sure it’s sold out online and may be out of stock soon.

Thank you for reading, I hope you’ve all had a great October and are having a good November so far!

Autumn/Fall Fashion Favourites ♡

Autumn is arguably the best time for clothes, clothes shops are flooded with amazing colours and you can layer up as much as you want. It’s only a few days till halloween which means Autumn is at its peak (in my mind) so I thought I would share some of my favourite things I’ve been wearing this year!

Turtleneck Jumpers.jumperNew Look

Never did I think I’d see the day that i’d love turtlenecks, they used to be a thing reserved for Steve Jobs and Dwayne Johnson in the 90’s but they have made a great comeback! Not only do turtlenecks look great with skinny jeans they’re also pretty practical, they’re great for keeping your neck warm in the colder weather which is why they are a win. I love the terracotta colour of this one, it’s apt for the season and goes well with both black and blue jeans.

Mustard skirts.skirtGeorge, ASDA

I purchased this skirt (well, my nan did) primarily for the colour, I love wearing mustard colours in autumn. Paired with a thick pair of tights and boots this skirt looks great and you can match a decent amount of colours with it. The zips are also a nice detail, even though they lead to nowhere, fake pockets are no surprise to me these days!

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Oversized cardigans are pretty much the cosiest thing on this planet, which is why I love wearing them. You can wear them with leggings, jeans, skirts and they will make people envy how cosy you are.

Animal print shoes.shoesNew Look

Leopard/animal print has been a recurring trend this autumn, I’ve always secretly loved leopard print (always faux of course!) so i’m happy that it’s more socially acceptable this season. I particularly love this print on shoes which is why I’m happy I found these shoes, on sale nonetheless! They go with so many autumnal colours which is why they are perfect for this season.

Ankle boots.shoesbootsASOS

Ankle boots are the epitome of Autumn/Winter and I own quite a few pairs but these are my current favourite. I love the cut out detail, you either have to wear light tights or those strange semi-socks to see it but it’s worth it! They are also super comfy to walk in despite the slight heel.

Cute Socks.socksNew Look 

These are not really fashion items and I won’t be seen wearing them in public but they are too adorable not to share! Plus cute socks are practical, the best thing to keep your feet warm on these cold days. The tough decision is which pair to wear on actual halloween day…?

Other things i’ve been loving are faux leather skirts, velvet and trench coats.
Thank you for reading this post, are some of these your favourites too? What fashion pieces have you been loving this season? Have a great day!

Visit to a cat café ♡

This weekend my boyfriend and I decided to take a trip to Nottingham, I promised we could go to one of this favourite BBQ restaurants and he promised me we could go to one of the few cat cafés in the UK. For those who don’t know what a cat café is, they are basically  fully functioning cafés with the twist being that there are a number of cats roaming about. Usually the cats live in the cafés which means they look like cat playgrounds with cat toys and high platforms for them to sleep/play on.

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Upon entering you’re given a list of rules to sign, put in place to safeguard the cats then you’re taken to your table, we booked in advance which is essential with this particular place.We booked earlier in the day so the only slot left was at 4pm , an hour before closing time, but I feel this was a perfect time because it wasn’t too busy and the atmosphere felt more chilled out. The decor of the place was all really cute and perfect for a cat lover, cat cushions everywhere! As soon as you walk in you can see the cats, they are dotted everywhere and there are cats of all shapes and sizes. There were rag doll cats, flat faced cats, fluffy cats, shorthaired cats, fat cats, tiny cats, basically all types of cats!

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The cats kept to themselves (which is what cats do anyway) but played with some of the toys with the other customers, some were sleeping and some ran around the rooms, they just seemed to be doing whatever they wanted which was nice to see! Cats seemed to be drawn to different tables, we had a little ginger tabby sit under our table for a while which was nice, and some of the cats sat with other customers. We ordered a few drinks, two chai lattes and a rose lemonade, and the chai lattes were very good which is a big plus! We didn’t order any food but they have jacket potatoes, salads, pizza and cakes which all looked pretty good. The cats were very nosey around people with food so if you’re not used to eating with animals around this probably won’t appeal to you. They put a little umbrella cage thingamajig for your food & drinks on the table which is useful!

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It was nice to just see the different cats, a lot of the cats are rescue cats so it was nice to see them content. There are ways to contact the café and adopt certain cats, which from looking on the website it seems as if a lot of cats that once occupied the café have already been adopted. There is a bit of controversy surrounding cat cafés as they are relatively new to the UK however the cats seem well safeguarded here and they have a place to sleep, are well fed and healthy. I imagine it can get quite hectic during busy hours however so I can’t give a full overview but the cats have areas only they can access, which is where I would want to go if there are screaming children around.

Overall I had a really nice experience at the Kitty Cafe, the cats were lovely and the drinks were tasty! Our waitress was also very nice and told us about the different cats and their names, one was called pudding and he was the grumpiest cat about. I would recommend this place if you are a cat lover, which is where its main client base lies anyway! The cost was fair also, you pay £5 per person upon entry which acts as a donation and the drinks cost us around £7. The website for this place is https://kittycafe.co.uk.

Have you ever visited a cat café or would you?