Monday, 28 May 2012

Lush Review: Sunnyside Bubble Bar

Time for my weekly Lush Review! This week I tried out the Sunnyside Bubble Bar. 

Upon first glance, I would NEVER buy this in the store on its own, I only own it due to the fact it came in a set. It is the most intimidating thing ever. A round discoball of golden glitter, its almost blinding... no joke! One night however I was feeling glamorous and just went for it. Best decision of my life!
I used the whole bar, which is very rare for me as I usually try and get as many baths out of a bubble bar as possible (hello frugal!) but as I said I was in a "glam" mood (don't ask!) and popped the whole thing in. Sure enough I had more than enough beautiful bubbles that lasted over 50 minutes! Sunnyside smells gorgeous, it smells very uplifting and has notes of citrus. The best bit... my bathwater was pure golden! I was bathing in GOLD people! The thing I was most fearful of was stepping out of the bath and being absolutely covered in glitter, but I couldn't find a speck on me! The larger bits of glitter which you can see, seem to sink to the bottom of the bath, whilst the majority of the bar is golden lustre. I didn't even seem to find this stuck to me either, which was great (although I wouldn't have minded a little bit!). 

The downside was... my oh my this bubble bar messy! At the end of it, my bath was completely golden and wouldn't clean up very easily. I had a huge golden ring around the bath and it definitely needed a scrub - see ya later glamorous feeling, hello marigolds and Mr Muscle. 

Overall though, I loved this. I will never be put off again and can see myself using this before a night out because it definitely raises your mood and makes you feel like a queen!

Can you see the pretty golden lustre? Its super pretty and actually really relaxing to look at when its swirling around. 
Golden Lustre

  • 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. This is a bit hit and miss for me, Dorothy really made my arms itch but Sunnyside was great and very softening. I guess it depends on how much they use, but I'm gonna presume Sunnyside doesn't have too much in it. 
  • 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. 
  • Lauryl Betaine - Improves quality of the bubbles, making them long lasting. In this case over 50mins!
  • 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. 
  • Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Tangerine Oil, Geraniol and Lemon Oil - All used to make the wonderful citrus scent.  Lemon Oil is actually an antiseptic! All three oils are commonly used to treat stress relief and depression. Geraniol is used to add sweetness. 
  • Hydroxycitronelle  - A fragrance with a very strong floral scent reminiscent of lily and melon. Citral and Geraniol are the two main components. It is a known irritant to the skin and is linked with psoriasis when used over 5% concentration so generally cosmetic companies only use it in concentrations of under 1%. 
  • 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. 
  • Golden Lustre sparkle and Red Golden Glitter - Used for the obvious :)

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Harry Potter Collab: Slytherin

Hey everyone, today I am doing the second part of my Harry Potter Houses collaboration with Lisa's Leisure (formerly lovely little blog). I was a bit cautious about working with greens because they aren't really my colour but I ended up quite liking it! The Slytherin colours are green and silver which was a bit different for me, I had never used these two colours before but I ended up really liking it.

Products Used:

  • Lime Crime Candy Eyeshadow Helper (primer)
  • Lime Crime Loose Eyeshadow in Mischief Managed all over lid and a little under lash line.
  • Victorian Disco Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Salazar as a transition colour.
  • Victorian Disco Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Rocky in and above the crease and under lash line. 
  • MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Lingering
  • Sugarpill Tiara to line upper lash line.
  • MAC Graphblack on waterline.
  • MAC Heatherette lashes (no longer available sorry :()
  • MAC Pro Longwear Foundation and Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer.
  • MAC Blankety on lips

That was such a fun collaboration! I found it really fun taking two colours from the Houses and having to make a look out of them.

This is Lisa's look taken from Gryffindor! So pretty yes? Go check out her blog here :)

Monday, 21 May 2012

Lush Retro Review: May 2012

Lush decided to skip April Retro (waaah :'( but saved me money I guess!) so I am back today with my review of May Retro!
 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. Also Lush UK ships worldwide for a very reasonable price, so no fear if they aren't available in your country.  

This months retro was very happily received, a lot of sorely missed products have made a comeback!

Deep Sleep Shower Jelly - £4.95 

This was such a HUGE hit, its already sold out. But don't worry Lush are making some more due in next week. I really liked that Lush catered towards those without bathtubs this month with a sleep aiding shower jelly as well as bath bomb. I again could not put my finger on the smell, it kinda had a kick to it which I found odd in a shower jelly designed to aid sleep! I found it to be citrusy and sweet! In the picture of the website Deep sleep looked like it had glitter in it, but mine didn't :( I would have loved a little bit of glitter!  It lathered well, but seemed a little "stickier" than other shower jellies, making it a pain to actually get out of the tub. 

I would use with: Waving not Drowning bath bomb.
Ideal for: Before bed, troubled sleepers, a little pick me up. 
Would I buy again?: Probably not, I found this a little meh!
Last seen in: 2009

Heavenly Bodies ButterCream - £4.95 for 100g 

I am sad my tub didn't have a retro sticker on it, whats that about!
Heavenly bodies smells like heaven in a tub. If you love yourself some chocolate smelling goodness, this little pot smells good enough to eat! It has notes of chocolate, vanilla and orange, all of which are potent. This is definitely not for those who don't like their sickly sweet smells and even me who loves it... finds this a little hard to use in the mornings. This is designed to be used in the bath/shower as a soap type product, to wash with. It isn't supposed to lather like traditional soaps because Lush took out all the lathering ingredients to make this ultra caring for dry skin. However this did nothing for me but dry my skin out. It was hard to use and slippery, it didn't smooth onto the skin well at all and at the end of it my arms were left suffocating to breathe! A shame really because I definitely loved the smell. 

I would use with: Similar sweet scents like Snow Fairy, Candy Mountain or Vanilla Fountain. 
Ideal for: girl sweet baths/showers
Would I buy again?: No, but I do love the smell. 
Last seen in: I want to say 2009 but I think I am wrong. Would definitely need clarifying!

Waving not Drowning Bath Bomb - £2.60 each. 

I made a point to use this little but mighty bath bomb before bed to get the full effect! Waving not Drowning is designed to be used to relax you or help you get to sleep. It is one of the smaller lush bath bombs, but no need to worry because it packs a mighty little punch! It is heavily and I mean heavily smells of lavender (which I love!) but I would steer well clear if you  don't like that scent. It turned the water a lovely calming lavender colour (though not opaque, I always think its more fun opaque!). It made for a beautiful relaxing bath, the scent was strong, yet not overwhelming and really did relax me! I am definitely tired writing this now! 

I would use with: Marathon Bubble bar, A French Kiss bubble bar, Dreamtime Bath Melt, Dream Cream...
Ideal for: Long soaks in the tub after a hard stressful day, those who need a little help drifting off. 
Would I buy again?: Yes definitely. Would love it to be permanent. 
Last seen in: 2006

Marathon Bubble Bar - £3.25 each 

Wow, I just love Marathon, its gotta be said first! The scent is very hard to describe, its sweet and spicy at the same time. But spicy in a good way because I am not a fan of cinnamon scents. It was very pleasing and new to me. I really could not put my finger on the smell, but it was deliciously satisfying. Marathon is shaped exactly like Hot Milk? but with a little flag on top.  I could probably get about 4 baths out of this little guy because a tiny bit goes a long way, not bad for £3.25! Marathon was created for marathon runners and therefore has qualities that would make it the ultimate relaxing bath. I myself would need to use this after exercise to give the verdict but it does make for a super relaxing and uplifting bath. It turns the water a dusty orange colour and produces more than enough bubbles that lasted just under 20 minutes for me. My only critique would be to make it permanent lush!

I would use with: Wiccy Wiccy Massage bar, Waving not Drowning Bath Bomb
Ideal for: After exercise, running and achy muscles. 
Would I buy again?: Yes yes and yes. I really hope these are still available next payday!
Last seen in: 2006

Business Time Massage Bar - £4.25 each

Oh my goodness, Business Time smells so good! I haven't put it down yet. It smells to me like white chocolate with a tiny hint of rose but the description actually lends notes of fennel, lavender (that does come through too) and rose. I love the design which is a strange looking man in an inspector type hat. This is THE quickest melting massage bar I have ever come across, far more than last retro's Nutts. It began melting in the packet it came in which is a shame as I can't see this lasting long at all. The Lush website says 2 uses, which isn't a lot at all for the price. I might chop it into tiny pieces and use it as a bath melt as it is super softening to the skin. 

I would use with: On its own with a partner (ooooerrr) or in the bath as a melt with Rose Argon. 
Ideal for: That special someone ;)
Would I buy again?: YES! In fact I am tempted to make another order right now, the smell is just divine. 
Last seen in: Xmas 2008

Overall: I loved that this months retro was themed, they all go together so nicely! I also love that Lush actually listened to people on the forum and bought stuff back that was sorely missed. A great assortment of products, I was very pleased :)
Hit: Marathon. Must buy more!
Miss: Heavenly bodies was a huge miss for me and did nothing for my dry skin despite being created for that purpose. 

Monday, 7 May 2012

FOTD #5 : Katy Perry "Hot N Cold" / Bright 80s Make Up!

The weather in England at the moment is just horrendous. I have never seen so much rain and dreariness. Seriously cannot wait until August until I go on holiday. But until then I cheered myself up with a fun bright look again inspired by the lovely Katy Perry's song Hot N Cold. She has some extreme acid green eyeshadow, bright pink cheeks and orange lips. I felt very 80's disco! 

For your viewing pleasure :D

Products Used:
  • Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation and Concealer 
  • Lime Crime Candy Eyeshadow Helper for Primer - I wanted the colour to really come through!
  • Sleek Monaco Palette - I used the green all over my lid. I think its called Kiwi Zest.
  • MAC Lucky Green to blend out with. 
  • MAC Ricepaper to highlight. Katy had a particularly frosty highlight. 
  • MAC Brun for eyebrows and under the lash line.
  • Random Revlon Lashes - they were the most natural looking ones but I threw out the packaging... silly me!
  • MAC Cream Colour Base in Tickle Me Pink on the cheeks - its really bright!
  • Lime Crime My Beautiful Rocket on the lips, sheered out with Loreal Glam Shine Lipgloss in Mandarin. 
  • Maybelline Gel Eyeliner applied with a MAC 211 brush
  • White eyeliner (I used Benefit's High Brow though but shuhshhshs). 

With flash

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Lush Review: Butterball Bath Bomb

My skin was in dire need of a treat this week and what better way to treat myself than with a Lush Butterball. I actually got this after reading Polly's review over at her blog, Beauty Mish Mash

Can you see the cocoa buttery goodness inside?

 Butterball has a beautiful smell of vanilla (my favourite smell in the world!). This is one of the smaller bath bombs from Lush but well worth the price (£2.40) because it is just what you need if skin is feeling a bit on the dry side or in need of some TLC. The smell is divine and lasts on the skin all day, it is very cocoa-buttery/vanilla. Right up my street!

It is a fairly quick fizzing one and it doesn't do anything epic to the water. However inside this little guy are tiny pockets of cocoa butter, which proceed to float atop the water. I read that quite a few people didn't like this - big brown oily bits of butter floating about. But I loved it, I saw them as tiny bits of skin goodness! Butterball does cause quite a mess, the bath is left very oily and definitely will need a good scrub once you get out. 

I cannot stress HOW GOOD THIS MAKES YOUR SKIN FEEL. My skin was going through a pretty rubbish time, I have come up in some weird itchy allergic reaction and my whole back just burned! I felt soothed and spent a good few hours itch free! Skin is left feeling moisturised and soft, I could not recommend enough! I think this may be a firm favourite from now on <3 

I actually am a noob and didn't get a picture of the bath, I really wanted to show you what it looks like but completely forgot!


Sodium Bicarbonate and Citric Acid -Makes the bomb go fizz fizz!
Cocoa Butter - For skin softening goodness, this lil guy is packed with the stuff.
Synthetic Musk - For fragarance, I totally couldn't get a musky smell, only vanilla. 
Ylang Ylang Oil - An uplifting franrance, traditionally used to treat depression and stress
Perfume - for fragrance

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