Saturday, 30 June 2012

Lush Review: Happy Hippy Shower Gel

Hello everyone and fellow Lushies! England has finally decided it is summer and we have had a lovely heatwave all week (although I know parts of England were storming and flooding!). In the summer heat, I am very reluctant to take baths, simply because it is just so hot, so today for you I am reviewing one of my favourite Lush shower gels for the summer!

Happy Hippy is an uplifting grapefruit shower gel. The fragrance is divine, I hate grapefruit but this is so sweet and citrus-y, I really loved it. Lush decided to use not only a whole grapefruit but the peel as well is turned water. Not only that, they add in grapefruit oil. That's a lot of grapefruit!
Happy Hippy is uplifting and zesty, perfect for the morning or hot summer days to cool off. It really wakes you up or generally lifts your mood when you see the little hippy on the bottle! Great for in the mornings when you are tired, grumpy and need that little boost. It lathers well and can be used in hair too. I myself don't tend to use Lush shower gels in the my hair because I have very dry hair and they tend to only make this worse. However sometimes if my hair is in good condition I will and the smell is just amazing! 
This is probably my favourite Lush Shower Gel (apart from Snow Fairy!), Happy Hippy is just one of those. My only problem lies with the packaging, does anyone else find it ridiculously hard to squeeze the shower gel out of the bottle? Apparently Lush have addressed this however and have made bottles more squeeze friendly. 
Happy Hippy sells for £3.15 for a small 100g bottle or £10.25 for the largest 500g bottle. 

The Happy Hippy! 

Thanks for reading! :)
Have you tried Happy Hippy? 

Monday, 25 June 2012

Bbloggers Unite: Red Carpet Make Up Challenge

Hello lovely people. Today I decided to take a break from horrible maths revision to enter a the Bbloggers Unite Challenge and the theme is red carpet! I myself am a sucker for scouring the pages of the internet looking at red carpet looks, so this was a must for me!
As always, I decided to do a Katy Perry look, since she always has fabulous red carpet make up and isn't afraid to experiment. This look is taken from her 2008 European Music Awards make-up, she wore a glittery eye, winged out eyeliner and bright lips. I hope you like this look and will vote for me when the time comes! :)

Products Used: 

  • Lime Crime Candy Eyeshadow Helper
  • Tarte for True Blood Palette: The True Death (Silver) all over the lid and blended not past the crease.
  • Too Faced Glitter in Blue Angel applied wet and patted on.
  • Sugarpill Tiara applied wet under the eyelid. 
  • Maybelline Gel Eyeliner
  • Katy Perry "Cool Kitty" eyelashes
  • MAC Pro Longwear Foundation
  • MAC Showstopper for brows
  • Maybelline Lipstick in Pink Fizz (An almost exact dupe of her lip colour!)
  • MAC Florida CremeBlush

I played with the lighting a little bit in this one, to show the glitter! 

I really hope you like this look and I urge you to go and submit your own entry here! However submissions close at 4pm today so get in quick :)

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Summer Series: Tan&Teal

Hi again everyone! 

I thought I would do a summer series to go alongside my Disney one. The weather this week has been divine (even though today decided to take a turn for the worst) so I have been injecting some summer lovin' into my make up looks! I just love using blues/teals in the summer, they look gorgeous against a tan and this look is super wearable because its toned down by Amber Lights in the crease. I was loosely inspired by this tutorial by Tiffany D which she did a while back but didn't have a single product of hers to recreate it. I decided to make mine less smokey and a bit more loud! I really like how summery this look is without being overpowering, its a great look for girlies who want to inject some colour into their make up without it being too "much".
If you follow me on twitter, you will see I actually did this look 3 separate times and was unhappy every time I did it, but looking back I've warmed to it a bit more. I haven't been having much luck lately with make up looks but hopefully that will get better soon. 

Products Used:
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion (creases like crazy on me but has to be used :'()
  • MAC Pro Longwear Foundation and Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer over blemishes with Garnier Anti Circle Roll on under the eyes. 
  • Sleek PPQ Palette colour in Salt n Peppermint all over the lid.
  • MAC Dance in the Dark eyeshadow in the outer V (very lightly)
  • MAC Amber Lights in the crease and blended up to eyebrows. 
  • MAC Blue Noon eyeshadow on the lower waterline and Graphblack in the upper waterline. 
  • Urban Decay Liquid eyeliner
  • Urban Decay Supercurl mascara (quite good actually! I am liking!)
  • Benefit High Brow to highlight. 
  • MAC Blankety on the lips with Loreal Glam shine in the middle for a bit of shine. 

I hope you enjoyed :D On a more personal note. For those who don't know at the moment I am undertaking the perilous journey to try and get into medical school. I have been offered an assessment day on the 28th of this month and it is basically a 2 hour math exam. I will still  continue to blog but my weekend MAC posts might have to take a backseat until its over! They will be back though, don't worry :D Have a great day!

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Lush Retro Review + Forum Party: June

Hello everyone! Last Thursday Lush had an online forum party for all its forum members (I'm Marvelle on the forum if you are on there!). Forum parties are really fun, this was my second one. They have a tonne of competitions you can enter and they release exclusive products. I managed to get the brand new retro release and purchased a couple of forum specials (all on the website but at the moment apart from the forum specials). 
Lush also launched some new haircare, but I passed on it, a little too expensive for me!

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.  

Bottled Blue Skies - 500g for £10.95

Bottled Blue Skies is essentially Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds Bubble Bar in Liquid form so if you have ever tried that you know the scent. Its quite masculine, relaxing and veryearthy, with patchouli and frankinscence. It feels like you are literally sitting outside under a blue sky and white clouds, its really amazing how they manage to capture a scent that can take you places! The water turns a pretty sky blue colour similiarly to the bubble bar. I find I had to use quite a bit in my opinion to actually get a decent amount of bubbles, I am glad I got the 500g bottle because I can imagine any smaller, I would run out pretty fast. Bubbles are light and fluffy. The scent is kind of lacking, I could do with it being a bit stronger and more prominent on the skin.

I would use with: Waving not Drowning bath bomb, Ceridwens Cauldren Bath Melt.
Ideal for: Before bed, troubled sleepers, a little relaxation
Would I buy again?: Perhaps, I do like it, but I'm not too fussed since I can always get it in bubble bar form.
Last seen in: 2006/2007

Gratuitious Violet Soap - 100g for £3.95

Gratuitious Violet is a much longed for lush product, lushies are always requesting it on the forum and finally their wishes were granted. It of course smells like Violets with a hint of something else which is kind of earthy. It lathers well and the scent stays on hands for an average amount of time. I did find it drying on my eczema but nothing hand cream couldn't sort out. 

I would use with: Waving not Drowning bath bomb, Space Girl Bath Bomb, Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds Bubble Bar/Bottle., Dorothy Bubble Bar, 
Ideal for: Before bed, sleep aiding
Would I buy again?: Probably not, I'm not a huge lover of soaps and one really has to be AMAZING to grab my attention. 
Last seen in: 2006

Running to the Embassy Foot Scrub - £5.95 

Running to the Embassy foot scrub is a scrub and moisturiser all in one, for cracked and dry feet. You get a Buffy sized piece, grab yourself a bowl, bath or if your real fancy a foot spa, and dunk your feet in. Scrub them with Running to the Embassy like you would a normal scrub. Feet are left soft and fresh and smelling beautiful like mint. One side has a slightly "gritty" edge for exfoliating tough and dry skin off which I thought was really good and worked well.  The smell was perfect, minty and invigorating, and the scrub did its job at getting rid of dry skin and moisturising cracked heels. I don't think my feet required that pick me up that perhaps could have made this an amazing product, but nevertheless my feet smelt and felt great at the end. 

I would use with: Fair Trade Foot Lotion
Ideal for: Feet that need a little TLC, cracked heels and dryness. 
Would I buy again?: Probably not, for me something was missing. 
Last seen in: 2010

Youki Hi Bath Bomb - £3.95 each

Not for those who hate glitter!

Little flower in the middle :)

This has got to be one of my favourite (if not my favourite) scented bath bomb. I just couldn't get enough even though I was convinced I wouldn't like it for some reason. It isn't a spicy smell, its kind of sweet, a little bit masculine and very lush like. My whole bathroom smelt like a Lush store. Lush says this smells just like flying fox, I get hints of that but I feel like this is sweeter and a lot more floral. Such a hard scent to describe but I can guarantee almost anyone would like it! It was a quick fizzer, turning the bath a non opaque peach colour. It had tiny pieces of red sea salt and some gold glitter, not a tonne but there was some on my arms afterwards. The scent stayed on my skin for an average amount of time but I still wished longer. The only downside to this is there was some mess afterwards in the bath because of the glitter. I loved the tiny little flower in the middle of the bomb, which floats on your bathwater when its all fizzed out :)

I would use with: Deep Sleep shower jelly. I think this is one to use and appreciate on its own! I can also see it in a strange way going with sex bomb! 
Ideal for: Before bed, relaxing.
Would I buy again?: Yes 100%!
Last seen in: 2009

The little white topping is actually coconut :)

Two Timing Tart was a lot smaller than I imagined, for some reason I thought it would be a lot bigger. No fear though, when I used it in the bath I estimate about 4 baths out of this little guy (or girl!), a little goes a long way and creates lots of nice fluffy bubbles. Two Timing Tart has hints of strawberry and a tiny bit of jasmine, but I could detect a hint of snow fairy too and mmmelting marshmellow melt! Its a very girly, sweet smell, for a girly sweet bath and I found was quite easy to pair up with other things. Two Timing Tart is actually always available in the US you lucky things, but as for us UK folk, I have definitely got a supply because I really enjoyed this. It turned my bathwater a very muted pink/peach colour, I did find the smell to be a bit lacking on the skin sadly. 

I would use with: Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb, Sex Bomb, The Godmother Soap. 
Ideal for: Girly baths.  
Would I buy again?: Yes, I have a stash on its way :)
Last seen in: 2006

And now for the forum specials (All sold out, but I hear there are a few still left if you call up ;))

I was really really excited for I am 10 because it sounded very similar to my absolute fav Lush product ever Magic Mushroom. It is a round red button shaped bubble bar with the words "I am 10" on top to celebrate Lush turning 10 years old!These are actually quite a nice size bubble bar, very worth the £3.10 because I can see myself having 4 baths from this one. It has a strong vanilla scent (my fav!) and smells exactly like Vanilla Cream. Sadly the smell isn't as prominent as I would have liked in the bath and on the skin, but I still love it! The bathwater turned a really pretty raspberry colour. I am definitely ordering more!

I would use with: Vanilla Fountain Bath Bomb, Vanilla Dee-Light Body Lotion, American Cream Conditioner. 
Ideal for: Birthday Baths!
Would I buy again?: Yes yes yes! 
Last seen in: Never before seen!

Happy Blooming Shower Jelly - £8.75

Oh my goodness. I haven't put this down! This smells divine and is the big sister to Happy Blooming Bath Melt which if you have used it, smells like cherries. I found the shower jelly to be a lot sweeter and definitely stronger. The scent stays on the skin for about 12 hours. I have found the Shower Jellies to be different in texture recently, being a bit more sticky and tacky and harder to pull out of the pot so I'm considering chopping this up like some other lushies do. It lathers nicely and is also very very nice when used in the hair. My boyfriend actually commented on how nice my hair smelt!

I would use with: Happy Blooming Bath Melt, Avobath Bath Bomb, Pop in the Bath Bubble Bar
Ideal for: Baths where you need a little pick me up, fruity baths!
Would I buy again?: Yes! 
Last seen in: Never before seen!

Overall: I really loved this months retro, was very pleased with everything and have bought back ups of everything. These products will be sorely missed!
Hit: Youki Hi! I am in love, the smell is out of this world!
Miss: Gratuitous Violet Soap was a bit boring for me, but other lushies LOVE this product, so I think its just me!

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Lush Review: Mask of Magnaminty

Hello everyone (and fellow lushies!) Today I am going to be reviewing Mask of Magnaminty.

 If you didn't know I am trying to save my pennies towards my holiday and because of this, instead of buying any new stuff I am trying to use up the stuff I already own. I used up all my Ultrabland cleanser so have been using other cleansers in my stash that don't suit my skin so much, in a bid to try and get rid of them. This means I have been breaking out pretty bad, due to changing up my skin regime and some of the cleansers don't particularly suit my skin type.

Thankfully Mask of Magnaminty has come along to save the day. I actually bought this mask for my boyfriend a couple of months ago (haha he would kill me if he read this!) for his face and back. It worked wonders so I began to use it too. 
The mask is kinda clumpy and has a very thick lumpy consistency. It dries rather quickly compared to other face masks I have used.  Within 10 minutes it is hard and ready to come off. Underneath reveals fresh, smooth skin. I love the feel of my skin after this, it feels so healthy and moisturised, it literally drinks this face mask up!  I just love the smell too, anything minty and I love it! However the mint is not overpowering, it is very subtle and barely noticeable on your face so don't worry too much if you hate mint. This is one of the only Lush face masks that is not fresh, meaning it doesn't have to be kept in the fridge and lasts a lot lot longer than the average 2 weeks of a fresh face mask!

My skin type is dry/sensitive and I experience no problems with Mask of Magnaminty. It moisturises my skin and doesn't leave my skin feeling tight and gasping for air like some other masks do. It is great for oily skin too, my boyfriends skin is very oily and he is very prone to breakouts. The BEST thing about Mask of Magnaminty however is the fact it is amazing for spots. If I feel a spot coming on, I pop this on before bed and wake up and the spot has literally disappeared/considerably less red. I didn't believe it at first so have used it a further 3 times and every spot I had has been gone by the morning. If you didn't have a reason to buy Mask of Magnaminty you do now ;)

Here it is applied to my face! :)

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