Saturday, 20 February 2016

Lush Mothers Day | Yummy Mummy Shower Cream

Yummy Mummy is a shower gel that was released last year on Mother's Day but for some reason I never picked it up, this year they've released it again but following the popularity of the shower cremes in their Oxford Street store they've gone with the shower creme formula for this product. 
I gave this a sniff in the store and to be honest I couldn't really smell much, but I did have a horrible cold at the time so that didn't help, even when I filmed my Lush Mother's Day haul (which you can watch here) I couldn't detect much of the fragrance. However I took this with me on a recent weekend away and as soon as I used it I discovered that it actually smells amazing, it has a sweet fruity fragrance with a creaminess that makes me think of those foamy mushroom shaped sweets I used to love when I was younger. It actually has a pretty similar scent to one of my other Lush favourites; Magic Mushroom which I believe was a limited edition product for Valentine's Day some years back, Yummy Mummy has geranium oil, Brazilian orange oil, tonka absolute and a large helping of cocoa butter. 
In terms of appearance I really like Yummy Mummy with its creamy shade of lilac and the inclusion of Lush's snowflake lustre, it's one of the more overtly girly shower gels which is very suiting to the Mother's Day range and makes it a great gift for any Mothers out there in need of a good pamper. 
As with Lush's other shower cremes it's very softening and nourishing without leaving skin feeling sticky or greasy like any of Lush's body butters which for me is really a bonus. The one problem I've had with this is that the delightful purple colour, whilst not noticeable on my skin, has left my cream towels with faint patches of plum on them but I'm sure this will wash out (I hope). 

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Thursday, 18 February 2016

Lush Mother's Day Haul

Today I have a little Lush Mother's Day haul for you including the most adorable bubble bar ever. 
I bought:

Yummy Mummy Shower Creme- £4.95
Ladybird Bubble Bar- £3.95
Rose Bombshell- £3.95

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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Lush Oxford Street | Cyanide Pill Bath Bomb

Cyanide Pill- £3.50

I'll admit this little bath bomb was somewhat ignored on my initial trip to Lush's Oxford Street store, amongst the likes of The Experimenter and Intergalactic it doesn't exactly stand out and I expected this to have an unpleasant earthy kind of scent along the lines of Supertramp. When I bought this I'd made a very precise list of what I wanted to buy to ensure I didn't go insane and buy everything, however they didn't have a couple of the items I really wanted so I kind of picked this up on a whim. 
As the name would suggest this is shaped like a pill, with a yellow half and a white half so I was expecting this to give a gentle yellow tinge to the water and not much else. So I was surprised and happy to find that as this quickly fizzled away it turned the water a bright fluorescent yellow and loads of silver lustre covered the top of the water, it also had popping candy inside but to be honest I never feel like this adds much to my bathing experience. 
In terms of scent this is quite unusual it doesn't have the earthy herbal scent I was expecting, this is filled with lemon oil, cedarwood oil, rosewood oil and almond essential oil. What hit me first was the almond oil along with the lemon which gave it a lightness which stopped the almond being too creamy and the rosewood oil gives it a gentle floral tone that's really refreshing. 
I was really quite surprised by this little bomb it was much more impressive than I expected and it's definitely different from most of Lush's bomb's, I would love this to be added to the permanent range along with Guardian Of The Forest which is possibly my all time favourite bath bomb. 

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Sunday, 14 February 2016

Vlog: Weekend In A Wheat Silo

Last weekend Pete and I drove to Clyro near Hay-On-Wye and stayed in a wheat silo that's been converted into a little cabin, it was so cute and cosy so I thought it'd be nice to make a little vlog over the weekend and show you what we got up to. I didn't get a chance to film walking around Hay-On-Wye as it rained pretty heavily for the whole weekend but it's mostly full of amazing bookshops and cute little antiques shops. 

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Saturday, 13 February 2016

MAC Peachykeen Sheertone Shimmer Blush

I've been using Benefit's Rockateur Blusher fairly religiously over the past couple of years and I decided it was time to try something new, I'm not overly adventurous when it comes to blush as I'm super pale and worry about looking like a clown so I ended up going with something fairly similar to Rockateur. 
Peachykeen is a shimmery warm toned peach that gives a rosy flush to cheeks, it's a lot more pigmented than Rockateur which I like as I sometimes find that Rockateur isn't quite dark enough even for a pale gal like me. This is labeled as a shimmer blush so I was worried that it would be overly sparkly or give an unnatural sheen to my cheeks but I find that once applied it is actually pretty matte on my skin, I suppose on a darker skin tone the shimmer would be more apparent but for me it gives a natural flush. I do apply this rather tentatively as it's quite easy to overdo it and ending up looking a bit sunburnt, so using my Real Techniques blush brush I gently swirl it over the blush, apply it lightly to the apples of my cheeks. I then sweep my Laura Mercier Invisible Pressed Setting Powder over the top, this blends out the blush a little and takes away any harsh edges for a more natural finish. 
Overall I really like Peachykeen it's a really great blusher for winter, with just the right amount of warmth for a natural glow and the formula is great too.

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Thursday, 11 February 2016

Books I Read In January

I've decided to do the Good Reads reading challenge and I want to read 65 books this year so I thought I'd share with you each month what I've read and my thoughts on the books. 

You can follow me on Good Reads here

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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

My Little Home Box

I recently cancelled my Birchbox subscription so My Little Box is now the only box I'm subscribed to and I still look forward to it landing on my doorstep each month, because this isn't solely a beauty box I find that MLB just offers a little more variety in terms of contents than most of the subscription boxes I've tried. I was pretty excited when I tore open my parcel to see that this month's box has a Home theme, I'm currently saving to get my own place and have consequently been buying loads of things for my 'bottom drawer' which is actually now more of huge pile. I like this months box but if I'm honest there's not really anything that stood out to me in particular and I've found that some months I'm blown away by the boxes but others they're just ok so I'm not sure how much longer I'll stay subscribed to MLB as I really need to be saving my money.

First up is this rather adorable picture frame, this is definitely something I'll be taking to my own home when I move out, the colour is lovely and I actually really like the fact that the window is plastic and not glass as I'm pretty damn clumsy.

Next up is this cushion cover with a dainty triangle pattern on the front and a blue spotty pattern on the other side, again this is something that I'll definitely find useful, I've actually got a little stash of cushions already including a pretty epic Black Sabbath one I bought at Comic Con. I feel like this has a nice spring time look and is plain enough to go in pretty much any room so this has been put straight into my bottom drawer stash. 

The Beauty Bits:

My Little Beauty Easy Morning Skin Perfecting Cream
As always we have a product from MLB's own beauty range and this month it's an illuminating day cream designed to hydrate and brighten tired winter skin which sounds exactly like what my skin needs right now. 
Mitchell And Peach English Leaf Body Cream
I have so many body creams in my beauty stash it's hard to get too excited by yet another one, that being said I've tried a few Mitchell And Peach products before and have enjoyed them and this does smell pretty delicious like almonds and honey.
Noxidoxi Mask & Peel Perfection Eclat
I've never heard of Nokidoxi before but I'm always happy to try a new mask, this is a scrubby mask so it can be used simply as an exfoliator or if you want to really indulge you can leave it on longer as a mask. Unfortunately this uses Silica beads to exfoliate which is something I've been trying to avoid as I much prefer natural exfoliants like Lush's Let The Good Times Roll, they work better and are much better for the environment. 

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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Lush Valentine's Day | Roses All The Way Soap

This may be Lush's most beautiful soap yet, inspired by Alice In Wonderland this is certainly eye grabbing and when I saw the complete wheel of soap in the store I knew I was going to buy some. This comes as a giant green heart with these individual pink heart shaped roses on it, I really like the fact that these are individually shaped soaps as I normally find that Lush's beautiful designs are lost once the soaps been cut up into chunks so it's nice to be able to buy a pretty one for a change.
Going with the Alice In Wonderland theme this rose has been 'painted' with the front being a rosy pink colour and the back being plain white and after a few uses the pink colour starts to fade. 
In terms of the scent it's a very definite rose fragrance with fresh rose petal infusion, rapeseed oil, rose syrup and rose oil, you would think from this list that this would create an overwhelming scent but it's actually pretty subtle and gentle which I was quite pleased about as I'm not a huge fan of the smell of roses. 
I often find that Lush soaps take a bit of work to create a lather for the first few uses and some of them don't really lather at all but this one is really creamy and lathered up instantly on the first use, I've also found it to be one of Lush's more moisturising soaps and it leaves my skin feeling super soft. 
I'm really enjoying using this soap and it's absolutely perfect for Valentine's Day but I'm just not that into the Rose fragrance so I don't think I'd buy this again if they happened to bring it out again. 

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Saturday, 6 February 2016

A Quick Valentine's Day Nail Look

I've recently bought a number of MoYou stamping plates and have been having a play around with them, I found it a little tricky at first and I haven't quite got the hang of positioning the image on my nails just right but after a few goes I've found them pretty easy to use. 
I was perusing the site a couple of weeks ago and saw they had some new Festive plates for Valentine's Day and I just had to treat myself to one, I bought Festive Plate 41 which has loads of different heart themed patterns on it. I also bought one of their stamping nail polishes in White Knight which is what I've used here over a base colour of Barry M's Passion Fruit. I really like this look, it was super quick to do and the patterns remind me heart shaped cookies, I do think maybe it would look nicer with red hearts on a white background but I haven't tried any of my normal polishes with the plates yet.

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Friday, 5 February 2016

Big Lush Kitchen Haul

Today I have quite a large Lush Kitchen haul for you. 
I bought:
Ponche Shower Gel
Strawberry Santa Shower Jelly
Iced Wine Shower Jelly
The Boog Bath Bomb- Review here
Grass Bubble Bar - Review here
Hot Toddy Bubble Bar
Candy Cane Bubble Bar
A Gold Star Bubble Bar
Sugar Plum Fairy Sugar Scrub
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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

MAC Fluidline Eye-Liner Gel In Blacktrack

If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know I've been looking for a new gel eye liner to replace my old favourite which L'Oreal cruelly decided to discontinue and I think may have found 'The One'.
I read a few reviews of the MAC Fluidline first and they were a mixed bag so I wasn't too sure about this but I decided to pick it up anyway as it was on offer at work meaning instead of £16 it cost me about £12 which I think is fairly reasonable. 
I apply this using my Zoeva 312 Detail Liner brush and it applies really smoothly, I find the texture of this is much better than the Urban Decay Super Saturated Liner which was really dry and clumpy, this one's quite soft and light whilst still being really pigmented. It's pretty much perfect, it's a little pricey but it seems to be lasting quite a long time so I think it's worth the £16 price tag. I've been wearing it pretty much everyday, mostly with my favourite Urban Decay shadow Diamond Dog as shown below, I wear this to work and it has no problems staying put all day which is pretty much the most important thing for me when picking up a new liner. 

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Monday, 1 February 2016

Lush Kitchen | The Boog Bath Bomb

The Boog- £3.50

I seem to have been ordering quite a lot from the Lush Kitchen lately and just before Christmas this adorable little fellow made an appearance in the Lush Kitchen and I just had to order one, however they had a few issues whilst making these so it took a good while to arrive. Once it did turn up I was pretty excited to get it out and have a good smell, the scent wasn't overly strong but it had a rather gentle sweet lemony scent. This has rosemary oil, clary sage oil, gardenia extract and myrrh resinoid which give it some earthy natural tones which work really well against the soft lemon scent to create a really relaxing fragrance to unwind in. 
Once I popped the bomb in the water it started to fizz away and lots of brightly coloured discs emerged from the centre of the bomb, these floated around for ages and turned the water a slightly blue colour. I was expecting a little more colour from this to be honest, it would have been nice to see a little more of the blue colour in the middle of the bomb to make more of a difference to the water but that's just my opinion. 
Overall I was kind of expecting more from this bomb, it was pleasant enough to use but it just didn't wow me.

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