Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Lush X-mas Review: Snow Fairy Shower Gel

So today I am reviewing possibly the most popular Lush limited edition item of all time! Snow Fairy Shower Gel. Snow Fairy is perfection in a bottle. Gorgeous pink gel with blue iridescent sparkles (which unfortunately do not translate onto the skin). Its cotton candy. Its fruity. Its sweet shop pear drops. Its sweet. Its sugary. Its gorgeous. There is a reason this is number #1!

If I had to use one shower product for the rest of my life - Snow Fairy would be it. It holds a very special place in my heart. Last x-mas my Nan got me a little Lush gift set which contained Snow Fairy and the Lush obsession literally grew from there. Ever since then I became obsessed and Snow Fairy is the very reason I blog about Lush! 

So you know this is going to be a rave review, but you probably wanna know why. Words cannot describe how lovely the scent is. Its very very girly, but that being sad even my boyfriend likes a bit of Snow Fairy and Rockstar soap (same scent as SF) is a bestseller with guys!

I feel like this years Snow Fairy is a much nicer formulation. It seems creamier, better for my dry skin and eczema  I'm not sure if that is just me or if they have changed the formulation slightly. It lathers wonderfully and the scent stays on skin for an average amount of time. Of course I would love the scent to linger for longer but that's just because I am so in love with it! The only thing that could be improved is the blue iridescent sparkles do sink to the bottom of the bottle, i'd quite like to see how they look on the skin mixed in with the lather!

I have got backs ups and back ups of Snow Fairy because I love it that much. Its worth taking the risk and buying it because its a guaranteed winner (and if you don't like it, send it to me! :D). Snow Fairy is available from Lush exclusively around the holiday season! Don't miss out! You can buy from here for £3.50 for 100g or £10.25 for 500g or from your local Lush store :)

Do you like Snow Fairy? Have you tried her? I'd love to know your thoughts in the comments!

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Monday, 22 October 2012

Lush X-mas Review: Popcorn Lip Scrub

Hello everyone. Today I begin the very hard chore of reviewing all the Lush Christmas range (as well as the new October Retro). Its gonna be a bit Lush heavy on the blog, but I'm going break it all up with some make up looks hopefully! I thought I would start with the smallest item in the range - the Popcorn Lip Scrub! 

Lush are quite famous for their lip scrubs, which are deemed a necessity in the blogging world. I have to say a lip scrub makes all the difference especially when wearing lipsticks that show every little detail on your lips. I use my mint julips one every single day. Every year as part of their holiday collection, Lush release a new flavour, last year I believe it was Pow Wow, with popping candy. 

This year, its a gorgeous tasting popcorn scrub and believe me, its gorgeous! When I put it on my lips I am instantly transported into a cinema, eating my favourite popcorn watching an action flick. You get a wonderful assortment of flavours, salty but sweet, caramel but also chocolately. I love it! 

Lush lip scrubs are easy to use, you dip a finger in and then rub over your lips. They are 100% safe to lick off too! And the ingredients are entirely natural! Your lips are left soft, exfoliated and ready for lipstick!

If your little pot of Lush Lip Scrub is running out, I'd definitely recommend this one to try next before its gone for good. In my experience lip scrubs last you ages and are well worth the money especially in the winter when lips can feel chapped and dry. The taste is just scrumptious and as always, it does exactly what its supposed to and leaves lips feeling and looking lovely! 
Popcorn Lip Scrub is £5.25 and is available here. Popcorn not to your liking? They also do mint, chocolate and bubblegum flavours :)

Will you be buying anything from the Lush x-mas range? 

Friday, 12 October 2012

FOTD #9 - MUA Artiste Collection Palette

Hi everyone. Just a super quick look and nothing special today. I threw this together when I was testing out the MUA Artiste Collection Palette and didn't know whether to post it or not. I figured I would but I have to admit its not the best I have ever done. It was super quick but I thought I would post it because it looks kind of "Autumn-ish" (that's not even a word but lets roll with it.)
I hope you like!

I used the MUA Artiste Palette to throw this together, with Grape on the lid and Chocolate blended into the crease. Blended together it created this really cool pink colour which I didn't expect! 
If you'd like to see a review and swatches of the MUA Artiste Palette click here. 

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Lush Retro Review: September 2012

This month, Lush released some Halloween themed bits for their monthly retro. I was so pleased they even did a September Retro at all, they have had 3 major launches in the past couple of months, its a wonder they have all the time to continue bringing out monthly retros, but as long as they do, I am a happy lushie! 

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.  

Not the best colour I have ever seen...
Isn't Jacko just the best halloween themed bath bomb you have seen?! I was so excited when I  saw this was being released I bought 3! Unfortunately, Jacko does lack in the bath department. Despite looking like a bundle of fun, he fizzes away in less than a minute, instead of leaving the bath a fun orange colour, the bath is left looking like a strange yellow colour. The smell doesn't even make up with it. From the description I thought it would be a spicy cosy scent, perfect for the colder months ahead. Instead it was very lacklustre, with the scent hardly detectable in the bath or on my skin afterwards. It has a hint of citrus which is nice, but other than that I can only detect a tiny bit of clove oil? Its surprising because the bomb itself actually smells really nice and quite strong!

I would use with: Ceridwens Cauldren!
Ideal for: Getting into the spirit of Halloween!
Would I buy again: Probably. Even though it was boring, I just love the design. I would probably buy again if it was released next year just to get in the Halloween spirit!
Last seen in: 2011

This lil (or should I say big) guy is more expensive that the other bath bombs Lush come out with, mainly because this one is layered. It has layers of different colours which cause for a different type of bath experience and in my opinion, a better one than just your standard bath bomb! Magic is just fantasic because when you plop it in your bath, it fizzes a funky cool blue colour, which then turns to purple in the middle! It really is cool to watch and the bathwater looks like a fun old concoction at the end of it. The bad part? I couldn't sit in the bath very long because I felt like I was going to be sick. I couldn't stand the smell! That's not to say the smell was horrible, just a bit overpowering and not to my tastes. It was very very very floral and very very very very strong. The water was cool though!

I would use with: A French Kiss/Blue Skies bubble bars
Ideal for: A fun girly bath. 
Would I buy again: No since the scent was just not me.
Last seen in: 2010

The Witches' Ball - £3.95

Witches Ball has to be one of the strangest looking bubble bars I have ever seen. It is filled with funky star anise scattered throughout. The smell is musky, herby but also very sensual and floral. The herb is very low key which is nice. I was actually really confused when I got this because its really hard, whereas bubble bars tend to be squishy, however I crumbled up a bit of it with ease and it produced lots of fluffy long lasting bubbles. The bathwater also went a lovely lavender colour, which was an added bonus. FYI, I did not include the Star Anise in my bath, it was very sharp and hard, thought it best not to!

I would use with: I think it would go really nice with Sex Bomb!
Ideal for: Relaxing baths, unwinding. 
Would I buy again: Yes
Last seen in: 2008

Something Wicked Bath Melt

I am a sucker for Bath Melts, I have such dry skin that when it is really suffering, I find a bath melt sorts everything out. Something Wicked was no exception to this. Its creamy and buttery in the water and takes a long time to dissolve (due to the cocoa butter and almond oil used in it). This bath melt surprised me with how strong it actually is scent wise. I had a huge whiff of Jasmine (I love Jasmine though!) which you don't normally seem to get from bath melts. The scent really stayed on my skin which was nice. 

I would use with: Sex Bomb Bath Bomb
Ideal for: Relaxing and Unwinding, dry skin
Would I buy again: Yes
Last seen in: 2006

Ghost Shower Jelly

How amazing is the "ghostly" print on the front of the jelly! So cool!

Ghost is a popular Halloween product that is bought back time and time again and rightly so! Ghost is gorgeous floral smelling jelly, but it has something a bit different in it too, which I can't quite put my finger on. Its mysterious and musky! I love the fact that Ghost is bright white! It lathers really nicely, I have some awfully sticky shower jellies which have a tendency to not lather quite so well, but Ghost is on the other side of the scale. You might remember having this is normal gel form, but this year its been bought back as a jelly. I have to say, just for times sake I do prefer gels! 

I would use with: Its a toughie, but maybe Sex Bomb, 
Ideal for: Getting into the spirit of Halloween, girly showers. 
Would I buy again: Yep definitely. 
Last seen in: 2011 in gel form. 

Overall: I found this was probably my least favourite Retro, scent wise. But obviously not everything is going to be to my personal taste and I loved the range of products and the theme of Halloween!
Hit: Ghost! The first time a Shower Jelly has topped my monthly retro!
Miss: Jacko, was a bit boring for me!

Will you be buying anything from Retro this month? What about the Christmas range? :)

Monday, 8 October 2012

Review: Unii Palette

Hey everyone. Today's post is all about the Unii Palette (pronounced Unique!) I am a huge fan of La Femme Blushers - these blushers are basically make up artist blushers, designed to be long lasting and with INTENSE colour payoff which makes them excellent to use on photoshoots. Another good thing, they are ridiculously cheap and I have accumulated a whole lot of them. So when I was contacted and asked if I would like to try and test out the Unii Palette*, I was thrilled because I had some La Femme blushers eagerly wanting a home!

The Unii Palette is a sturdy plastic palette (and its sparkly!! Can't forget the sparkles) and instead of opening by a flip top, there is a clasp which you have to physically open to get inside the palette. This is a lot studier than the Z palette which is made of cardboard and has a magnetised flip top. The Unii palette is strong and doesn't feel cheap, my blushers feel safe inside especially as the palette has no chance of flipping open because someone has to actually physically pull down the clasp keeping it locked. This is probably the sturdiest and best (quality wise) palette that I have ever come across simply because it feels so safe and strong. 

Inside you have a huge mirror (another plus that never came with the Z Palette) and a little finger grip. This is unique to Unii, I have never seen any other palettes incorporate this into their palettes and this makes it SO much easier! I do find the magnet on the back of the finger grip a little bit flimsy though. The magnet on the actual palette is decent. Its not the strongest I have ever encountered (some palettes I literally cannot get the eyeshadow/blusher pans off!) but these ones come off nicely but still feel secure. 

One of the best things about the Unii Palette I think is their attention to detail as a company. They include not only the thumb grip, but a little sheet of magnet (well its not magnet its a metal because magnet to magnet doesn't stick very well!) so if you have pans that do not stick, you can glue a little bit of this to the bottom so it can be used inside the Unii Palette. This is so so handy and even though most of my pans will stick, it is nice that Unii thought of this. They also include a sheet with how to use, care instructions, depotting tips and a little bit of background behind the company. 
Unii have had a palette previous to this, but this one is their latest version. From customer feedback they played with the design element, added the thumb grip and made it more user friendly. I love this element and the fact they listened to their customers to make a good product, a great product! Not enough brands do this!

You can purchase the Unii Palette here for £15 each AND the best thing is they come in a huge range of colours including baby pink, canary yellow and lavender!

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Review: MUA Artiste Collection Palette & Swatches

Hi everyone. So being obsessed with any MUA palette that comes out, I had to grab this one as soon as it came online and at £6, it would be silly not too! I used to be so snobby and ignore MUA because I simply thought anything that cheap, couldn't possibly be good quality. Boy was I wrong. I absolutely loved their Heaven and Earth Palette (reviewed here!) and it even came on holiday with me - being the main palette I used! 

The Artiste Collection is a little bit different to anything MUA have bought out before. Instead of containing circular pan eyeshadows, the eyeshadows in this palette are a lot bigger and rectangular with a cool marble-ish design. It also includes two blushers, one bronzer and one highlight shade. 

The back of the palette shows the eyeshadows and face products with names! One thing I didn't like so much about previous MUA palettes was the lack of any names given to the shades, simply referring to them as shade 1, shade 2 ect... There is also a little application suggestion and ingredients suggestion.

So lets get onto the actual eyeshadows shall we? As before I have photographed the swatches and then put a more detailed review of each shade below that. Let me know if you like the layout of the swatches this way. I sometimes find the individual photos look a bit blurry when they are cropped that close up? I'd love some feedback!

I'm not going to sugarcoat it, these aren't the most pigmented shadows I have ever bought, but for £4 they are not terrible by any means. They just require a little building up and a good primer, something sticky that the eyeshadow will adhere too. The swatches shown are without primer, so with primer they are excellent! They blend effortlessly. The cool marbled design does unfortunately tend to go away with use but the little flecks of colour do come out in the eyeshadows, which makes a lovely touch and adds some individuality to the shades. 
Pistachio - This is a lovely mint green shade. I have nothing like it! The little minty green flecks really come through in the eyeshadow which makes this so unique! I would say this is quite a frosty finish, perfect for the time of year we are going into! The pigmentation is OK, it does require some building up and a good primer to really shine. This looks absolutely stunning in the inner corners of the eye.
Mocca is a very sheer beigey silver (I have such a way with describing colours!). Its pretty sheer, but I think its designed to be. It looks so pretty as a highlight colour (and I love it when palettes add a brow/inner corner highlight - its so useful!) or as a general everyday wash of colour on the lid. The brow flecks don't really come across in the eyeshadow.
Ice is absolutely gorgeous, it is lovely quality, so blendable, buttery and quite pigmented too! It has a frosty appearance to it, which I love because I have nothing like it! I have nothing bad to say about this, perhaps that I would have liked the light blue flecks to come out a little bit more when applied.
Isn't the name of this one just so appropriate - grape! It really is a grape kind of purple. I would have loved the blue flecks to come through a bit more, to give this colour a sort of duo-chrome effect but other than that its a really nice shade. It does require a little bit of building but it is wonderfully blendable and really nice quality.
Chocolate (such a cute name!) is a really pretty light peachy brown. Its not as dark as you would expect by looking at it in the pan, but its still really pretty and unique. It has a lovely sheen to it and is very autumn appropriate. I do wish it was a little more pigmented and darker, because it would make an awesome crease colour. 
Cookie (again such a cute name) was a bit undecided for me. When I swatched it, it almost looked matte, while appearing to have a lot of shimmer in the pan. The colour was also very different to anything I have in my collection. I can't think of anyway to use this shade yet, I think its gonna take some experimenting. It probably had the worst quality of all the shades, taking some building up but also being very patchy. 
Here I am wearing the first blusher in the palette - Pink Sparkle and the highlight shade, Shimmer Kiss on my cheekbones. For me, the blusher was a bit of a dud, it required a lot of building up and was very shimmery, definitely emphasising my pores. The highlight was absolutely fabulous though! I absolutely loved it, beating all my MAC highlighters and Benefit ones. It just had this glow about it, it was perfect! 
Here I am wearing Primrose and Bronzed to contour (which never seems to show up for me?) I preferred Primrose to Pink Sparkle because it had better colour payoff and wasn't so shimmery. Also sorry I have chronic bitchface (lol spellcheck tried to correct bitchface to clothface!)  in this picture. Out of the hundreds I took, this really was the best I had! 
Overall The Artiste Collection is a great little palette. The shades are buildable, buttery and blendable, while pigmentation is a little lacking on some, I found this nothing a good primer couldn't solve! The blushers are a really nice touch and the highlight has taken number 1 place in my collection! 

The Artiste Palette and all MUA goodies can be purchased here and they ship worldwide! 

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