Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Lush Review: Dorothy Bubble Bar

I can't believe how long it took for me to try Dorothy out! Its got a freakin rainbow on it! Today its a cold, stormy day in England so Dorothy seemed like the perfect choice to brighten up my afternoon :)



Dorothy smells very different to anything I have tried before. Apparently it is the same scent as Fig and Leaves Soap, but I haven't tried that either. Its got an orangey scent to it, it smells fresh and uplifting and if you had to describe to scent of fun, this would be it! It just smells fun! Dorothy also contains Ylang Ylang Oil which is great for helping you unwind and go to sleep, but for me this bath actually woke me up (I only had about 4 hours sleep - damn insomnia!). I actually only used the tiniest bit for the amount of bubbles pictured, so I reckon I can probably get about 4-5 baths out of this little guy which isn't bad for £2.99. 

The bubbles were the soft and fluffy type, quite long lasting, I was in the bath about 45 mins and they were still going strong! The water went a subtle sky blue colour, and to my suprise I added a Honey Bee Bath Bomb (lush cocktails ftw!) it went a bright lime green that was totally opaque! Yay for opaqueness! I have a patch of eczema on my arm though which did itch afterwards. Eczema sufferers, you have been warned :( 

lots of lovely fluffy soft bubbles, and a tiny glimpse of the blue water :)



Ingredients!

  • Sodium Bicarbonate and Cream of Tartar - Responsible for softening the water and creating the fizz in bath bombs. Also known as baking soda! Cream of tartar is used for the fantastic frothy bubbles. 
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate -  Gives those lovely bubbles AND is the agent that gets rid of dirt, grimes and grossness. It is a common ingredient in many cosmetics BUT has certain health risks allegedly associated with it such as cancers. However Lush has said the amount used is so small its safe and the process of actually making SLS is what is dangerous, and they get there's from a safe and reliable distributer. This ingredient is also said to be a skin irritant which I found very true in this case. My arm is still itchy right now writing this review 3 hours later... 
  • Lauryl Betaine - Improves quality of the bubbles, making them long lasting. 
  • Cocomide DEA - This is the ingredient that keeps you clean. While soaking in the tub, this ingredient (which is derived from coconut) gets rid of all the grease and dirt that may be present on your body. 
  • Ylang Ylang Oil - Makes up part of the scent. I found it quite difficult to smell but other people have said this is the strongest note). Ylang Ylang oil has been used to treat depression and stress which is probably why I found this to be very uplifting and happy!
  • Orange Flower Absolute - This is the note I could smell the most. This ingredient is actually very expensive to buy, which amazes me because this bubble bar isn't the most expensive in the range. Throughout Chinese history, young brides have often used Orange Flower Absolute to calm their nerves the night before their wedding.
  • Benzyl Benzoate - Has to be listed by law (either as an ingredient or as a naturally occurring ingredient). This occurs naturally in the Ylang Ylang Oil. It is used in Dorothy for its fragrance, mixed with various perfumes (also not good for people with eczema!)
  • Limonene and Linalool -  Both of these are used for their fragrance with linalool having a very sweet odour and Limonene having a very lemony fragrance. These are required by law to be included on the ingredients list. 

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

EOTD #1: Katy Perry inspired.

I don't know about you but I love me some Katy Perry. I am definitely a Katy Perry fangurl and love her make up in particular her everyday sort of look. It is very girl next door with long lashes, long flicked cat eyeliner and she is always rocking fierce pink lips. Today I am channeling my inner Katy Perry. 


Products Used:



  • Tarte Eyeshadow Primer
  • MAC Quarry eyeshadow for crease
  • MAC Phloof eyeshadow all over the lid.
  • Maybelline Gel Liner
  • Katy Perry Cool Kitty False Eyelashes
  • MAC Springsheen blush 
  • Lime Crime Centrifuschia Lipstick
  • MAC Brun for eyebrows. 







Monday, 9 April 2012

Lime Crime Giveaway Winner!

So first up, thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway! I myself love entering giveaways and to host one was so exciting!! I can now announce the winner and my gosh MY HEART WAS BEATING SO FAST for you guys! haha!

So *drumroll please*



Well done to Pastel Punk! I am emailing you in just two seconds! If I don't hear back within 2 days (48 hours) I will have to choose another winner! Congrats! 

And thanks to everyone who entered again... I can't wait to host another give away again soon :)

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Lush Review Easter Special!: The Carrot (&giveaway reminder)

Happy Easter lovely people! Today I am bringing you the last of my Lush Easter Reviews. Sorry about the lack of reviews, I have been tryna get through all the Lush stuff but I should have one for you Tuesday (and its non disney related! Shock Horror!) 

So today I am going to be reviewing The Carrot Bubble Wand. The Bubble Wand is an amazing concept (so you would think) where you wave the wand around your bath and mountains of bubbles appear! They are also said to be reuseable (apparently upto 6 times!) but in the past I have only ever been able to get 3 maybe 4 baths per wand. I actually loved the Mothers Day wands, so I was pretty excited to try this. 



The Carrot has a brand new fragrance which I really hope the people at Lush will use again. Its a really fresh smell with notes of lemon and I think blackcurrant? I can't be sure. It says it is blackcurrant on the Lush site but I don't know if that is what I'm smelling but it sure is sweet! It smells like fresh linen, a spring field or fresh flowers, it really is uplifting and would probably make for a very invigorating bath. 

I read several other blogs that said The Carrot was disappointing in that it didn't produce enough bubbles but I went in with an open mind. It is true that this bubble wand is a bit on the stingy side. When you swish it around you get basically no bubbles, if you hold it under a running tap you get a few. The bubbles build up however when you leave the water running, and I had more than enough bubbles by the end of it without a dent in my wand. I can actually see this one lasting the full 6 baths stated on the website. The scent was very very subtle and the water didn't change any colour which disappointed me. I always LOVE fun bathwater colours (easily pleased). I couldn't really detect it on the skin or in the bathroom afterwards which also disappointed me. The bubbles did not last a long time, basically dissolving immediately, but they were very soft and fluffy. 



The bubbles are really soft, moisturising and fluffy.

Ingredients:

  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate - Gives those lovely bubbles AND is the agent that gets rid of dirt, grimes and grossness. It is a common ingredient in many cosmetics BUT has certain health risks allegedly associated with it such as cancers. However Lush has said the amount used is so small its safe and the process of actually making SLS is what is dangerous, and they get there's from a safe and reliable distributer. This ingredient is also said to be a skin irritant, but so far my skin has been fine despite having eczema
  • Glycerine - Glycerine is a multi purpose ingredient that can be used to moisturise or clean hair or skin. Lush make sure their Glycerine is palm free and cruelty free which is a plus. Glycerine also keeps products fresh, which helps as this sort of product has no packaging. 
  • Lauryl Betaine - Improves quality of the bubbles, making them long lasting. This did not seem to be the case here.
  • Sicilian Lemon Oil, Buchu Oil and Bergamont Oil - All natural oils responsible for the lovely scent.
  • Limonene and Linalool -  Both of these are used for their fragrance with linalool having a very sweet odour and Limonene having a very lemony fragrance. These are required by law to be included on the ingredients list. 

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Lush Review Easter Special!: The Immaculate Eggception Bath Bomb!

I thought I'd post a super special Lush review just in time for Easter! This huge sized bath bomb contains a lil surprise which depends on the colour you get. If you get pink... you get a cute lil mini chick bath bomb inside and if you get yellow you get a cute white bunny! All in all this bath bomb is said to make 3 baths (one bath per half - since the egg cracks into two halves) HOWEVER I found one half just did not have much smell or in fact any change to my baths water. 



Cute!



The smell is really what makes the Immaculate Eggception so special. To me it is heaven! It is a brand new fragrance which smells in my opinion just like chocolate! I even put it in my room for a while to fill my room with its gorgeous smell. But upon dropping one half in the bath, I could barely smell it so resulted in using both. You could smell it then, but not nearly as strong as I would have liked but I did smell it on my skin afterwards which was nice! I am yet to use the lil bunny which was inside, but it is tiny so I will definitely pair it with something. The bathwater goes a really funky unopaque yellow which stained my skin (yes my skin!!) and bathtub. I do think however for the price tag at £7.00 is totally unreasonable seeing as you can't really 3 decent baths out of it. Its definitely a cute little novelty but I won't be buying again. 









Ingredients:

  • Sodium Bicarbonate and Citric Acid - Makes bath bombs go fizz fizz!
  • Grapefruit Oil, Lemon Oil and Vanilla Absolute - Combined these 3 make the amazing chocolate fragrance. But I can definitely smell notes of all 3. 
  • Dipropylene Glycol - This ingredient is included to decrease the viscosity (thickness) of products and as a solvent. I thought this ingredient was odd because its not included in many Lush items. High exposure to this ingredient is said to be dangerous but used in such small quantities such as the amount Lush probably use is said to pose no health risks. However there are debates about using products containing this everyday.
  • Gardenia Extract - Used in chinese medicine to treat irritability, urinary tract infections and headaches. It is a very yellow liquid which probably explains the colouring of this egg perhaps but is also used because it can be manipulated into various different colours. 
  • Limonene and Linalool - Both of these are used for their fragrance with linalool having a very sweet odour and Limonene having a very lemony fragrance. These are required by law to be included on the ingredients list. 

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Lush Retro Review: March 2012

Hello Lushie (and perhaps non Lush) Loverrrrrrs. I have got this months 5 retro items for March. If unsure of what Retro Lush is... every month (or two) Lush releases 4-5 products that are making a comeback. For whatever reason Lush discontinued them or they were only available for a limited time and for this month only they make a comeback. Its pretty exciting since it means people can get their hands on products that haven't been available in years. 

These months retro's looked a-maazzzzing. I was super excited. 

Whitewash Smoothie - £9.95 for 240g.








This smoothie smelt very very similar to the last month retro bath bomb Uluru - which I was really not a fan of. Its quite sandlewoody but a lot more subtle than Uluru, I can find this amount pleasing and bearable. The stronger notes are those of orange which make it quite a fresh and sweet smell. The consistency is very much like a smoothie you would drink. Its thick and creamy but upon impact with water turns milky and barely resembles its former thickness. I didn't like this about it, as I was expecting a product quite like Ro's Argen body conditioner and this became too liquidy too fast and just ran off the body - therefore not really doing anything at all. I did not experience any softness that is supposed to come with it or any noticable smell on my skin either. 

I would use with: Leap Frog Bath Ballistic, Sex Bomb or Amadopondo Bubble Bar. 
Ideal for: More for use in showers.
Would I buy again?: No, because I did not reap any benefit using this. I would rather use Ro's Argan Body Conditioner because that smells beautiful on the skin after and keeps skin wonderfully soft. 
Last seen in: I think 2010 but that would probably need checking. 


Green Day Bubble Bar - £3.25









Green Day is a green circular bubble bar with a cute star shape on top. I got 2 baths out of it, but you could probably do 3 which I don't think is bad at all for the price. The smell is out of this world! Its like freshly cut grass, a forest in springtime, a field of wild flowers... It is literally like you are immersed in nature! The bath turns a pretty grass green (although not opaque). The smell lasts on the skin for about 6 hours. I have heard this is smells exactly like the Green Bubbleroon or Grass shower gel, but since I have never tried these I can't say. My boyfriend loved this bubble bar, I can see the scent definitely appealing to men. The bubbles lasted for AGES and overall I thought this was a lovely addition to this months retro. 


I would use with: Happy hippy shower gel, Avobath Bath Bomb.
Ideal for: Relaxing baths where you wanna get away from it all, Baths where you just want to wash the day away and start afresh. Fresh and uplifting baths. 
Would I buy again: Yes! I am going to buy green bubbleroon next to compare... But will deffo stock up on these.
Last seen in: 2011


Glitterbug Glitter Bar - £4.15






This little glittery bar is in the shape of a bug which I think is so cute! It is very similar to Shimmy Shimmy but this little bugs glitter particles are a lot bigger and are a pretty irridescent blue. The consistency is very similar to a massage bar, in that it melts on contact with your skin leaving a trail of pretty blue glitter. It has similar properties to a massage bar in that it moisturises and my skin definitely felt softer. My only problem is that the size of this little bug does not justify the price. It is very small, perhaps smaller than Shimmy Shimmy but more expensive. This is very fun however, and I can see myself using this on a night out on the town! Who doesn't love glitter?


I would use with: Vanilla Dee-lite Lotion, Sunnyside Bubble Bar, Vanilla Fountain Bath Bomb
Ideal for: Nights Out, Festive Occasions, 
Would I buy again: Yes, even though its expensive you don't need much to get covered in more than enough glitter so it will last a long time.
Last seen in: 2006


Milko Soap - £4.00 for 100g







In my opinion this soap looked like a block of cheese! It even felt like cheese as it was slightly squidgy. Milko smells incredibly similar to Snowcake Soap, the xmas limited edition soap. However this does change upon impact with water - my boyfriend said it smelt like baby powder! To me it was kinda almondy, notes of vanilla but overall smelt a lot like milk! It lathered amazingly, creating a milky, creamy texture and a soft milky lather. I can definitely see why it was Milko! It wasn't drying to my hands which is a plus since most soaps try out my hands.


I would use with: Vanilla Dee-Lite Body Lotion, Vanilla Fountain Bath Bomb, Its raining men Shower Gel. 
Ideal for: Dry skin that has problems finding soap that doesn't dry skin out.
Would I buy again: Probably not, Its not exactly an earthshattering product that I am raving about. 
Last seen in: 2002


Hot Java Bath Bomb - £3.50







I had heard from various people this was disgusting but I thought it smelt lovely in its packaging. Its a very "warm" bath bomb, for those days where you have a cold or need warming up after a chilly day. The scent is kinda spicy, very very cinnamony and quite bitter in my opinion. I myself love sweet scents and this one was very woody. Having said that it wasn't unpleasant I quite enjoyed it and it stayed on the skin afterwards. The water turned a deep red colour but not opaque and the bomb was packed with tiny pieces of wood. I think this could definitely be a turn off for some people, especially since the little pieces eventually sink and make it quite uncomfortable to sit on! It also becomes quite a pain to clear out of the bath and try and avoid them going down the drain because they could cause blocking! 


I would use with: Flying Fox Shower Gel, Karma Bubble Bar
Ideal for: When you have a cold/flu, Days where you need warming up
Would I buy again: No, its not really my sort of scent but I probably would get one back up since it would make a nice bath if I wasn't feeling very well.
Last seen in: 2007


Overall: There was some nice additions to March's retro, in particular, products that haven't been seen for a long time!
Hit - Greenday Bubble Bar, definitely been repurchasing a couple. They are lovely!
Miss - Whitewash Shower Smoothie. I was really excited for this as it was supposedly good for dry skin but it did nothing for me. 
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