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Thursday, 23 September 2010

Soap and Glory Fab Pore review

I bought this on my boots points the other day. I haven't had chance to take a picture yet.

The 15 minute facial peel comes in a small white pot and you get 50g for £7.00. Not a high price for a face mask really, but the amount they tell you to use (grape sized) and the size of the pot makes me wish it came in a bigger pot for more money.

Never one to follow instructions properly I applied it in my usual way in thin layers until It was opaque all over my face and found I used significantly less than the amount they recommend. It spreads easily as a white cream and is "wet" enough that it didn't drag on my skin and ball up on my fingers as drier masks can do. As it sits on your face it feels damp and cooling and not at all burny as the "peel" makes me think. It doesn't dry on the skin, so doesn't have the tightness usually associated with masks containing clay, but there's something about it that makes you think it's doing *something*.

Next I washed my hair and hoped that it didn't melt off in the humidity, which pleasingly it did not. Nor did I get patches where it splashed off, so hurrah there. After 5 mins I caved and wanted to see if it had any effect. The pot says to leave it on for 15 mins or 5 for a "quick refresh". This isn't a splash off mask, I rubbed it off under the shower head and then rinsed my skin with my normal clinque face soap before I felt it was really "off".

Looking in the mirror afterwards I nearly fell over! The pores on my nose and cheeks cause me misery daily. To me they seem vast and cavernous and they are all I see when I first look in the mirror. After just 5 mins in this they looked small, greatly reduced in colour, scrubbed out and not at all flaky and dry as I had feared.

3 days later the initial super tightening (which I assume is from the magical mushroom qualities of the product) has worn off somewhat, but my pores are still on the smaller side of "normal" which for me is simply astounding. Make up goes on smoother and doesn't sink into my skin towards the end of the day. This is simply the best facial product I have ever used and I don't think I'm alone.

This little pot of magic has clocked up 69 rave reviews on where it can be purchased, often on 3 for 2 (score!!!) in fact, you should probably just get some now, right away before I buy it all.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Quality, on the cheap.

After three days of wearing the Collection 2000 dupe, I was rather impatient to review it, yet have not had a chance to upload it, so here is the judgment of Midnight Rouge!

After three days of wear, there was some chipping on the tips of my weakest nails, (alas I have two that like to flake :( ) however this is to be expected from my nails.

Curse you weak nails! Aside from this however there was zero tip wear and my nails looked freshly applied on the other hand!

Glorious! They are still marvelously glossy and very pretty.

Let's break it down! Collection 2000 Lasting Colour, Midnight Rouge, COME FORWARD!

Colour: 3/5

It pains me to say that this colour was not very close to the Dragon's Blood varnish, it was far more on the burgundy side and didn't have that deep, red, glow that I so fondly remember of Dragon's Blood. It is however a beautiful varnish.

Gloss: 3/5

It wasn't *quite* as glossy as the L'Oreal varnish but it was still lovely and shiny, especially in the sunlight.

Cost: 5/5

At £2.49 you really can't go wrong with this varnish.

Wear: 5/5

Three days, minimal chipping and only on the nails of *mine* that I expect to chip, zero tip wear and no smudging. If I wasn't such an impatient lady I'd like to see if it could last ten days! I wouldn't be surprised if it did :)

Overall it kicked L'Oreal's arse! If you're looking for an affordable, lasting varnish, then I highly recommend this!

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Things I Love and Things I NEEED.

Things I Love

Rimmel Stronger Nails - The only thing that worked to make my nails long, strong and resistant to the ridiculous frequency with which I change my nail varnish

Rimmel Matte Top Coat - HOMG *starry eyes* I love the matte finish this gives, it's so beautiful. (review to follow)

L'Oreal Super Liners - I have all three of these, the application is easy and they are so gorgeous on.

No 7 Perfect Light Loose Powder
- It makes my face look all matte and poreless ^_^

No 7 Liplicious Purple Liquorice
- Purple Lip gloss that's not sticky and is actually darkly purple, heaven for a purple addict like me.

Lush Ickle Baby Bot Bath Bombs
- Being a single mum, of a teeny 9 month old girl, I love these bath bombs, they are genuinely a freaking god-send.

Lush Big Shampoo
- This is my favourite shampoo from Lush, it makes my hair 80's big! Love it.

Lush Retread Triple Conditoiner
- Because I dye my hair and bleach it quite a lot, this conditioner is fantastic for keeping my hair shiny and healthy.


NARS Pruple Rain Nail Polish

Look at it! Look at that BEAUTIFUL purple, I need it in my life.

Urban Decay Apocalyptic Nail Kit
- Why can I not get this in the UK? :(

Urban Decay Lipstick Apocalypse Shade
- Lippy, deep, lovely, waaaant.

No 7 Essential Moisture Day Cream
- This stuff really is great and now it has come down in price I think I'll be snatching one off the shelves come pay day!

Illamasqua Intense Lip Gloss, Repulse
- I covet this, as a dirty goff. I NEED IT.

NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil, Palladium
- The Blue is just gorgeous and I have heard good things from Lipglossiping.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Quest for Dragon's Blood; The Second Beast

What-ho fellow Dragon slayers! I have felled another beastie! This one goes by the name Midnight Rouge, of the Collection 2000 Lasting Colour line.

As you can see, it's new!

It appears that the blood of Dragons is known for its longevity and durability, as this one promises *up to* TEN DAYS of wear! At the small price of £2.59, I would pleased with one full day of good wear! It is becoming increasingly difficult to find varnish at a good price, especially when they all like to promise me the world with pretty diamonds and unicorns who crap rainbows... Moving along!

Initially I was struck by the ease of application, the brush is simply marvelous! I was able to do several of my nails with one sweep, magic. The formula is nice, not too thick for one that, once again, promises durability and I had no streaks, no bubbles, no drag, just a nice even coat.


I have to say, so far Collection 2000 are kicking L'Oreal's arse! That's right L'Oreal, we know you're not as premium as you claim!

I quite like the colour and opacity of this varnish, it only required one heavy handed coat and has a lovely, glossy sheen to it, the red isn't too lost in the darkness of the shade, so it's doing well!

Unfortunately the shade appears a bit more towards the mahogany red, rather than the sanguine, who knows, perhaps it will look better in the light of day, rather than the fluorescent lights in our house! We shall see....

Hanibee out! <3

War on Pores!

As someone who suffers from Oily Skin I am in constant battle with the pores on my nose and T zone. That's why when I read the reviews on this little pot of sexyness Soap and Glory's Fab Pore Facial peel I was bouncing with delight! Knowing that I have enough boots points to snag this little possible miracle makes me a very happy bunny indeed. *Grabby Hands*

I love Soap and Glory, all of their products I've tried have been wonderful and judging by the 69! rave reviews this one should be no different. Come to me little wonder pot, eliminate my pores and we shall be BFFs forevers.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

I Am Disappoint! .\/.

After deciding to give L'Oreal Resist&Shine Titanium a good chance, I am very disappointed to find that at the end of the second day my nails look like this;

This is not what I expect from a varnish that promises me 7 days of wear.

Incidentally, that is my 'I am disappoint!' face. Hopefully you will not see it too often, in this situation however is it called for!

As a dupe for No 17 Dragon's Blood, which was of the Rock Hard Nails line, it has lost quite a few points for me... Did I not mention I'll be scoring the potential dupes out of 20?... Well, umm... Too late now! We already started playing!

L'Oreal Resist&Shine Titanium! Come forward for judgement!

Colour: 3/5

Well, it's certainly red and dark red at that, however with the two coats required to make it sufficiently dark enough and streak free, the colour gets lost.

Gloss: 5/5

I cannot deny that this varnish is extremely glossy, it does look freshly applied hours after. Which I like.

Cost: 0/5

£5.99 for a varnish that simply does not deliver what it promises? On your bike son.

Wear: 2/5

I'll give it the obligatory 2 points for lasting through an entire day of my baby related chores, almost continual typing and washing up. But I am doing it begrudgingly, promising 7 days of wear and delivering this, is shocking L'Oreal. SHOCKING.

I would also add that the application, whilst aided by the smaller cap, was hindered by the ridiculously thin and rigid brush. Ah well, on to the next conquest!!

Hanibee out <3

DuWop Tinted Prime

I bought this last year but haven't got around to photographing it until now. I bought shade "Tango" which is described as a sheer blackberry.

Packaging -
A slim shimmery grey tube about three inches long. The product inside is a narrow pencil like stick with a slant top. It twists up and down and applies like a standard lipstick.

The formula -
Applies smoothly on the whole, feels rather waxy and drags a little but application has always been even for me. Pigmentation is good, sheer but definitely noticeable with a soft sublte sheen. There's no shimmer to this product and it actually looks quite natural in an odd sort of way. Prime venom makes claims to being a protective balm, and my lips do feel comfortable when wearing it, but I can't say that it feels particularly moisturising due to the waxyness.

The DuWop magic -
Of course the main selling point for this is as part of the famous "Venom" range. Once applied there is a gentle minty "humm" that on me lasts for about 20 minutes before fading. When applied the spicy scent is still detectable which is a little off putting if like me you are prone to headaches. As it write this my nose wrinkles up in discomfort, not because it's an unpleasant smell, it's quite nice in a medical sort of way, but because having something so close to my nose is aggravating my existing migraine. Ouch!
As far as plumping goes, I don't notice a major effect, but then my lips aren't small and arguably not in need of plumping. What it certainly does do, is make the wearer more aware of their lips, which feels nice. The confidence boost that you've got a little help probably goes a long way into that pouty lip feeling!

Applied alone over bare lips
As you can see the awkward patch on my bottom lip that resists being covered can still be seen, but in a sheer product that was to be expected.

This product costs £14.50 and can be purchased here. If you are looking for a nice balmy stain that gives a fuller appearance without the burn of some plumpers this is a good choice.

Other shades available;

Samba- Peach
Cha Cha - Nude

Guerlain, the stuff dreams are made of

Through my migraine induced haze of the past three days, with little more than enough energy to gaze longingly through the Debenhams website of lovelyness I have come to realise something.

I am deeply in love with Guerlain. Everything of theirs I have tried has been flawless. Thoughtfully made, and with an attention to detail befitting such a graceful and renowned perfume house.

Guerlain Meteorites are right at the top of my Christmas wish list. Of course I lust after the pink version (with each subtle shade of pearl providing a unique benefit to skin's luminosity, shade pink contains a fresh mint sprinkling to balance the redness so common in fairer complexions.) Though each variation contains a carefully chosen blend of decadent powder pearls which when swirled together (ideally with the meteorites brush) gives mid-toned and darker complexions exactly the right kind of luminosity.

Stock image from Debenhams, where I intend to purchase this little pot of heaven as soon as I can!

Drummers in the Sky with Confetti

Last night I went to the Freedom Fest 2010 in Hull City Centre and it was absolutely fantastic.

I love street theater, it is always new, never boring and mainly, absolutely insane. Here are just a few of the fantastical sights I was able to see last night:

That, is a giant mobile, suspended high above the ground in the city centre, by crane. It holds several, amazing nutcracker-esque drummer men and one absolutely mesmerising acrobat. As the crane floated the mobile high above us, we were treated to a magnificent display of grace and skill. Then, much to my delight, they dropped confetti ^^

I fucking LOVE confetti...

Moving on...

The next magical event we witnessed was like a parade of dreams, we were ambushed by giant muti-faced heads...

A floating, firey, fish...

And most magnificent of all...


Unfortunately I was unable to reach it to sample its blood, shame too, I bet that Dragon's blood would have been beautiful!

As the night moved on and the monsters began to drift away, myself and my friends sat by the fountain to wait for the fireworks display to begin.

Myself and Haus Frau got rather wet as it poured down but it did not dampen our spirits, nor our makeup!

Just as we were getting comfortable and ready for the fireworks we spotted some commotion around the other side of the fountain...

Could it be?....



I love dinosaurs and I can tell you that this was a dream come true for me, as I got extremely close to them...

Extreeeeeeeeeeeemely close.

After these marvelous creatures had bounded off into the distance, we finished the night with a pretty, albeit brief, fireworks show.


Saturday, 11 September 2010

Quest for Dragon's Blood; The Journey Begins

My last post got me thinking; why, oh why have I not been looking for a dupe of No. 17 Dragon's Blood, all these years!?
It shouldn't be that hard a colour to duplicate, gothic is all the rage (again >_>) these days! Surely I can find another red that matches its beauteousness?

So in light of this revelation, I have donned my suit of armour, raised the colours and set out to find another Dragon to slay! This is a dangerous quest, it will be long and arduous, some of you may not survive, those who do will have the honour of decorating themselves with the blood of our fallen enemy! TO BATTLE!

The first Dragon slain goes by the name Burgundy Black and is of the line L'Oreal Resist&Shine Titanium.

It was a hefty beast, costing £5.99 of my shiny pennies but we shall see if it is worth the cost. The bottle is rather large and quite pretty, I like chunky bottles but I haaate using chunky lids for application, luckily this bottle top handily comes away to reveal....

TADA! A handily small cap! This made application far easier than expected, which I was happy with. My main quibble however is with the brush, it doesn't fan out to cover the nail efficiently and it meant I had to be careful to avoid bubbling.

Coming in at 9ml the formula is a rather thick one, as is often the case with varnish that promises 7 day wear, I applied my habitual two coats (I like things to be dark and opaque, it is the nature of a dirty goff) and was quite pleased with the colour.

Ok so, it's red, it's dark, it's shiney, it's certainly got a gothic vibe to it.... But is it sanguineous enough? Hmm... I know I'm being picky but something just feels off to me, perhaps I resent paying so much for a varnish, I'm going to give it three days of wear and see how it fares!

Hanibee out! <3

Friday, 10 September 2010

Mac Villains

I'd heard about the upcoming Disney Villains collection from MAC, and I hadn't expected to fall in love with it. Today I saw the previews over on Tamptalia and OH MY GOODNESS it's beautiful.

You simply must view this collection, I DEFY you not to want at least some of it. My personal favourites are the Maleficent colours, the sprakles, the duochrome, oh it's winter heaven!

Straight to the good stuff

Ellis Faas - Ellis Red

Finally the lip product I have longed for has arrived! *Happy Dance of Joy*

For about ten minutes I thought the product I received was broken as I twisted away at the end of the tube with no avail. Finally little red speckles showed up on the pristine white tip and I was very pleasantly surprised to find that when smearing it eagerly over my lips, the creamy red didn't drag or create lines of dense and shallow pigment. Once on it doesn't feel drying at all and I also don't feel like I have a sticky layer of gunk. I know it's there, but I don't feel like smearing it off again, which is too often the case for me. Sticky things make me ick.

It truly is a suit everyone red. It's not too warm, not too cool, not too neutral, it almost looks natural, in an unnatural way of course. 

In the hideous light of a laptop screen
I love it to bits <3

Nail Varnish: A Love Story

Hello there!

I am the infamous Hanibee! You may have seen my stunning face around here, in the photos of my amateur attempts at unique eye makeup, on previous posts. I am here at the request of the lovely lady Sammi, to contribute to her wonderful blog and write about my experiences of makeup and more specifically, my obsession with Nail Varnish and the colour Purple.

Let me first begin by saying that when I use the word 'obsession', I do not mean this lightly. Growing up I had well over 200 bottles of varnish in my various and numerous makeup boxes, that cluttered my parents' house.... However! Before I set off for university my Mother made me throw out all of the varnishes I did not use, all the ones that had turned into gloop and all those that were duplicates. This ordeal left me with a mere 10 bottles, my absolute favourite of which, was the gorgeously deep, sanguine red No 17, 'Dragon's Blood'.

I loved this varnish, so very, very much. It was dark, gothic and had the word DRAGON in it's name, it was perfect. So when it came time to apply the last remnants of my beloved Dragon's Blood, I decided that instead of accumulating hundreds of varnishes, that would be left unloved and unworn, never to be mourned when the bottle needed to be tipped to cover the brush enough to apply even one nail... I would be more strict with myself and I would treat all my varnishes as I had my Dragon's Blood.

Five years later and I think I've done pretty well, my collection is only 40 bottles big (yes this may seem like a lot to some but to me it is a tiny number) and consists of mainly purples, blues and reds. Now, some of them may not be my absolute favourites and yes, some of them I really do need to use more, but how can a girl forgo a new and glorious purple for a green she bought on a whim!? Preposterous. Purple is just far too seductive to me, it can be light and happy, dark and gothic, deep and regal or if I'm feeling particularly feminine, bright and girly. There is simply no colour that matches it in beauty or versatility. J'adore Pourpre!

And therein lies my problem, how do I keep strict with myself when it seems that purple is getting a real look in now in terms of varnish? It's just not fair. Well, there is hope, that being that my involvement in this blog and my continuing rants about my obsession, will not only distract me from buying new varnishes before I have used my existing ones, but it will also help me pay some much needed attention to the long forgotten colours at the bottom of my makeup bag.... Like yellow, green, even sparkly pink! *gasp*

Hanibee out! <3

Thursday, 9 September 2010

I believe they call it Vampire Chic?

That's the new term for what has previously been labeled "gothic", "victorian", or "smoky" in the past XD. Yet again the blackened velvet shades of my youth have returned for their autumn revival. Not that i'm complaining of course, Autumn always puts me in mind of blackberries, velvet,  plums, crisp bronze leaves and of course, the icy pathway to that most glorious of seasons...CHRISTMAS ^_^.

In this spirit I thought I'd share with you the deliciously decadent Bobbi Brown collection that my magpie eyes spotted around the blogosphere.


With scrumptious names like "Black Chocolate", "Black Cherry" and "Black Maple", I'm reminded of Clinique's infamous "Black Honey" almost lipstick, of which I am a sworn devotee. Indeed, the colours in this collection do have the same blackened berry hues, but Bobbi offers us a veritable plethora of finishes and textures to adorn ourselves with. I'm definately excited about the colours and range, but most of these will be a little out of my price range, for someone on a student teacher budget, this is more a statement piece event.

Urban Decay Ink for Eyes review

Today I received an Urban Decay Ink for Eyes in shade Binge, a lovely dark blue, as a gift from the wonderful Hanibee.

I've been apprehensive about trying liquid eyeliners in the past, I always end up with a smudgy mess, but hearing HausFrau and Hanibee's assurances, and given the - to die for - shade of blue, I was excited to give it a try.

Shown in Green (Mine is Blue!)
As it's late at night please forgive the stock photo. (All credit to Urban

The packaging as you can see is long and thin, it's about 10cm long by and Inch wide and has a gorgeous peacock image emblazoned on the case. I don't find the mirror inside particularly useful for application, I like to see my whole eye when applying eye make up, but some might find it useful, and It's a nice thoughtful inclusion.

One of the best things about Urban Decay products, is that the default tools found within their sets are always high quality, and this is no exception. In fact I found this brush easier to use than others I've purchased specifically for purpose.

The ink itself is softer than expected. I applied one line across my upper lids with ease, it came out straighter than I've ever achieved with even pencil liners, but would require two, three or more coats to get an opaque line. While I'd prefer a more defined line initially, the subtlety of a single coat can't be under-sold. For a softer day-time definition, or to add a little interest to a work look, I can see the soft blue line coming in very useful, and I'm glad the option is there.

One thin coat, no mascara.

After building up just a little you get a good density of colour. The blue is a surprisingly warm shade that works well with my irritating skin tone where too warm colours leave me looking dirty, and too cool makes me look washed out.

Again I apologise for the lack of mascara.

After playing around with this product for just a few minutes I've managed to line my eyes neater and faster than pencils have ever achieved. Given half a chance I'd grab this in every colour going. Fingers crossed that the currently US exclusive iridescent glitter shade crosses the ocean and into my waiting grabby hands soon!

Urban Decay Ink for Eyes can be found at many online stockists including Debenhams (Where there is currently a SALE), House of Fraser, and Boots.

Upcoming reviews, rant

I've got some lovely recent buys to review, my clinique three step skin care system, Olay 3 point super serum, a sample of a fab looking clinique serum, Ellis Faas creamy lips and Urban Decay ink for eyes! Lovely Jubly.

I'm also going to be running a polish review with the delectable Hanibee, so look out for that.

Rant time:
It's no secret that I'm not skinny. I've always been "chubby" even when I was slim when I was younger, that's in part thanks to genetics, I'm never going to be waif like, and partly because I like cupcakes. With breasts that put Jessica Rabbit to shame no matter my dress size, it's easier on my balance, and therefore - back - if I'm a bit on the heavier side, and for the most part, I'm ok with that. I eat well, I'm vegetarian and enjoy mixed fruits and veggies, I exercise, though I should do more and I'm not unhealthy.

Taking this into account, I get really quite peeved when I visit the doctors for something like a chest infection, or broken toes and am told I'd be healthier if I lost a little weight. Now, I know we are all supposed to be more healthy now, that's fine, but these are doctors who know full well that nigh on two stone of me (yes you read that right) is breast that DID NOT reduce when the rest of me did. Doctors who know that since turning vegetarian I eat far better than most and Doctors who know that my job involves more exercise than most people take. Doctors who know, I might add, that I want to talk to them about the problem I came in with, now I don't know about you, but I tend to go to my doctor with a purpose, with a specific ailment, I don't ever recall ask "so what would YOU like to talk about today doctor?"

In short, I don't need someone with six years of medical training to tell me my cheeks are chubby and my thighs could do with shrinking. I can walk into any council estate and I'm sure I can find a yob who will tell me this for merely the price of my taxes paying his dole money. Bargain! As it stands, Barry the Chav is offering me better value for my taxes with his diagnostics than Peter the Doctor. Surely it isn't just me wondering if the doctor thinks I come in for fun, why, why, WHY would I come in to ask about something I can diagnose by virtue of HAVING EYES? Why would I do that? Pro tip - If I'm coming in to see you Mr/Mrs Doctor (something I HATE doing) it's because I can't diagnose it myself. Have a good long think now, If Barry the Chav is astute enough to notice my butt could be smaller, there's a pretty good chance that I've managed to work that out on my own.

Little note here Doc, I know that I should move more and try to eat even better, that's why I do those things. When I come in to talk to you about my lung infection, it's because I can't prescribe myself antiobiotics and I can't diagnose my specific infection. It may come as a shock to you, but I am perfectly capable of diagnosing "should exercise more" all by my very own self. I've accepted that I'm never going to be slender and delicate, even you admit that my health isn't affected, lets move on from this now shall we?

It's lazy doctoring. Seriously guys, how lazy are you? The number of people I know who are diagnosed BEFORE THEY HAVE SPOKEN with "eat more" or "eat less" just beggars belief. That's why it pisses me off. Being a bit heavier than you or I would like "probably isn't helping" my broken toes, I agree with you, but believe it or not, I didn't come in to ask you for "probably" or your opinion or judgement, I came in to *inform* you of an ailment, most of the time it seems one that I can diagnose faster than you can (you've paid for medical school, put it to good use man and stop taking diagnostic advice from fat or, and to ask what I should do about that ailment. If I want probablies I'll go to a wise old woman.

Disagree with me all you like, but you can't tell me that using people's weight (whether it be slightly over or under) as an automatic diagnosis for all ailments before you've even thought about it, is a good use of years of medical training.

For the record dudes, if you want to know why I'm so mistrusting of your kind it's because when my breasts were causing me chronic back pain, when I was depressed and upset, when I was 16 and comfortably fit in my size 10 jeans - your only suggestion was to "lose weight" ignoring the weight I'd ALREADY lost while my breasts remained the same, ignoring the extra weight that they themselves added to me. Really helpful, thanks for that. In case you were wondering, no it didn't help, so I gave up. It's far easier for me to carry these around with a bit more weight on me, I'm more balanced. Sure I'd like to be slimmer, most women would, but I don't see the point in working out to be smaller than I naturally would be on a good diet and exercise plan only to be told I'm still heavy, regardless of my measurements. Strap a few bags of sugar to your chest, carry it round for a few days, see what it does to your weight and your back Dr unhelpfull.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Lush Skincare Event

As promised the lush skincare event review! ^_^ Hurrah!

Location: Lush Hull store

Our group's consultation began at 6pm, we headed in a little early and were greeted straight away by a cheery staff member who presented us with lovely envelopes with our names on and sealed with a lush sticker! Exciting! As one or two people from the earlier appointment were finishing off we browsed the shop and were delighted to see a range of RetroLush products laid out for us to sniff and play with, including the flying saucers showergel/bubble bath that I hadn't seen before.

Lovely RetroLush!

Soon after, the other happy customers left and our group remained. We were seated on comfy chairs and given a detailed consultation of our skin care worries. We each chose whether we would prefer a facial treat or a foot treat.
First any long hair was tied back in a lovely pink ribbon before our faces were scrubbed lovely and almost porelessly clean....(tbc)

Lovely pink bow