Wednesday, 30 March 2016

5 Looks With The Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette

I haven't done a post like this in absolutely ages but I got this palette for Christmas and I've been using it so much over the past couple of months I thought I'd do a little post and show you some of the ways I've been using it. Urban Decay palettes are undoubtedly my favourite eyeshadows and I love my Naked 1 and Naked 3 but I don't think I would have actually picked this palette up for myself as the shades are all quite bright and in your face which isn't what I'm used to. However since getting the Vice 4 I've loved trying out the brighter shades and I've rekindled my old love of bright blue eyeshadow. There are still some shades I haven't properly tried yet like Crowbar (the sparkly gold) and Beatdown (a sort of bluey purple) but I've found a new favourite in Flame which is the most beautiful shimmery peachy orange and Framed which is perfect for blending out harsh edges. So here are 5 looks I've been wearing using the Vice 4 palette and if you'd like to see this palette in action you check out my video using it over on my YouTube channel here:

Look 1 | Everyday Pinks
Instagram media sammyscribble - I seriously love this palette #vice4 #urbandecay #bbloggers #blueeyes #makeup

Look 2 | 80's Pop Pink *It's much brighter than it looks in this photo
Instagram media sammyscribble - Trying pink for a change #bbloggers #eyeshadow #urbandecay #vice4 #eyes

Look 3 | Cool Blue
Instagram media sammyscribble - Gave Arctic a try #bbloggers #fblogger #urbandecay #vice4 #eyes #makeup

Look 4 | My New Go To
Instagram media sammyscribble - I'm pretty much in love with the Urban Decay Vice 4 palette #urbandecay #eyes #bbloggers #makeup #blueeyes #vice4

Look 5 | A Super Easy Night Time Eye

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Sunday, 27 March 2016

Lush Easter 2016 | Bunch Of Carrots Reusable Bubble Bar

Bunch Of Carrots- £6.25

This is my absolute favourite product from Lush's Easter range, adorable carrot shaped bubble bars tied together with paper leaves, they are pretty pricey at £6,25 but when compared to the huge Easter bombs Humpty Dumpty and Which Came First? they're actually much better value. I've managed to get two baths out of each carrot which I was pretty impressed with and as you can see half a carrot made a huge amount of bubbles and turned the water a pleasant sugary pink colour so you should be able to get baout six baths for your £6.25. 
The scent used in Bunch Of Carrots is an all time favourite of mine, I love any products with Bergamot oil in them and the scent works fabulously in Bunch Of Carrots, it also contains Buchu oil and Sicilian lemon oil which combine to give it a tropical fruity scent perfect for spring. It's also the same scent as they're Snowman shower jelly from the Christmas range although ironically Snowman contains carrot oil and Bunch Of Carrots doesn't which seems pretty strange to me but I'm sure Lush have their reasons.
I really wish Lush would add this scent to their permanent range perhaps in a Comforter style bubble bar but for now I suppose I will have to content myself with savouring my little Bunch Of Carrots. 

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Saturday, 26 March 2016

Lush Kitchen | Romance In A Stone

So I've been ordering rather a lot from the Lush Kitchen recently, I get really excited when they have new bath bombs in the kitchen but they sell out so fast I often end up missing out but not this time. I managed to get my hands on this rather sweet little bomb a few weeks ago, I'd heard of Romance In The Stone from other Lushies but by the time I got into Lush they'd already stopped selling it and so when I saw it in the kitchen I popped it straight into my basket. It's a pretty small bomb, around the same size as Butterball I think, but it contains an impressive amount of rose petals and was more than strong enough to give me a scent filled bath. In terms of scent I wasn't all that impressed by this particular bomb, Romance In A Stone contains orange blossom, sweet wild orange oil, Sicilian Mandarin oil and tangerine oil so I was expecting something extra fresh and uplifting. I found that it actually had a strange sort of scent which is possibly the combination of the rose petals on top of all that orange, it lacked the bright zestiness I expected and smelt more muted and almost creamy with the floral scent mixing with the orange. 
It was pretty relaxing to watch the little bomb fizzing around spewing out rose petals and I was surprised to find hidden inside the bomb was a little sonnet, I love when Lush add these little touches to their bath bombs. The first bomb I ever used was Blackberry Bomb which contains a scroll with a little comic book style Boom! Boom! written on it so it always makes me feel a little nostalgic to see some surprise emerge from the centre of a bath bomb. 
I am glad that I bought this and it was pleasant to use but I didn't enjoy the scent as much as I'd thought I would so I probably wouldn't buy this bomb again. 

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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Lush Easter 2016 | Bouncy Bunny Shower Jelly

I'm a big fan of Lush's orange scented products so when I saw this adorable orange scented bunny I was pretty excited, as I said in my Lush Easter haul I couldn't actually smell this in the store as it was overpowered by all the other products in the store. Once I got it home and took off the lid I was pleased to find that the orange scent was actually pretty strong and it reminded me a lot of the Brightside bubble bar which is one of my favourite Lush products. 
This has a pretty simple fragrance compared to most Lush products, Bouncy Bunny contains Brazilian orange oil and gardenia extract so the scent is pretty much entirely orange which I think is perfect for spring as it's really uplifting and sweet. 
On Lush's site the Bunny looks mostly orange but from what I've seen they're actually more of a creamy beige with orange splodges like mine, this kind of gives it the appearance of a fried egg which is certainly Easter appropriate whether it's intentional or not. 
Like all Lush's shower jellies Bouncy Bunny is pretty softening and this one has more of a creamy lather than most of the jellies I've tried which I really liked but it's such an awkward shape to hold I had to rip off his ears and head in order to use it which felt a little mean. 
I have enjoyed using this but it's definitely not my favourite of Lush's jellies although Bouncy Bunny would definitely make a great gift for friends who don't like chocolate this Easter. 

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Thursday, 17 March 2016

Lush Easter 2016 | Which Came First? Bath Bomb

If you're a big Lush fan then you've probably seen this big Easter bomb before but this is the first year that I've actually bought one as I've always been a bit put off by the price. I love Lush but £6.95 for a bath bomb is pretty expensive although the idea is that you can get three baths out of this huge bomb by breaking it into two pieces to reveal a hidden chick shaped bomb in the centre.
I actually found it pretty difficult to break this apart and in the end I had my dad sawing at it with a kitchen knife until finally it broke apart rather dramatically and half the bomb and the chick flew into the tub. So in theory you can get three baths out of this but you have to be pretty careful when you break it apart otherwise like me you can end up with most of this huge bomb all in one bath.
In terms of scent this has rather a musky vanilla fragrance, it also contains lemon oil and grapefruit oil as well as gardenia extract but I couldn't really smell much of these scents once the bomb had dissolved in the water, it smelt a little bit like the Twilight bath bomb but a little more sugary sweet.
Once in the water Which Came First? dissolved really quick and turned the water a lovely dusky pink colour, it's not exactly the most exciting of Lush's bath bombs but the scent was pretty strong and stayed with me long after I got out of the tub.
I think if you're looking for an alternative to an Easter egg for a friend or relative then this is probably the most giftable product from this years Easter range and the sweet vanilla scent is the next best thing to a chocolatey treat.

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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Lush Easter 2016 | Humpty Dumpty Bath Bomb

This slightly creepy little guy is the Humpty Dumpty bath bomb, following on from there popular egg shaped bomb Which Came First? The idea with the huge bomb is to break it into two halves to reveal a secret little bath bomb in the middle. I'd already seen a review of this before I used it so I knew that there's a fried egg shaped bomb hidden inside of Humpty Dumpty and I carefully sawed him in half to get to the little egg. Unfortunately this doesn't seem to have a hollow middle like the likes of Which Came First? or Love Locket which meant that I couldn't actually get the fried egg part out as it was completely stuck to the rest of the bomb, whilst I appreciate that this means I'm actually getting more bath bomb for my money I was a little disappointed that I couldn't use the fried egg on its own. 
In terms of scent this bomb is very similar to the Honey I Washed The Kids range but is perhaps a little more toffee like and warm, I really wouldn't have gotten this scent from looking at the ingredients as Humpty Dumpty is packed with Brazillian orange oil and bergamot oil. When I first smelt this I got a little hint of the orange fruity tones but once in the water I couldn't detect any of the orange scent in the bath bomb at all which was a little bit of a let down as I was looking forward to the mix of toffee and orange. 
As you can see I didn't manage to get the fried egg out of the middle of my Humpty Dumpty so I only got two baths out of this huge bomb which I thought was a shame and I don't think it's great in terms of value. It was nice to try something new but I think as it smells so much like honey I'd rather buy Honey Bee bath bomb over Humpty Dumpty in the future. 

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Monday, 14 March 2016

My Little Bubble Box

I have been finding My Little Box a little bit hit and miss over the past few months but this month's box was so cute and I actually liked everything in the box, I'm not exactly sure what this month's theme is really supposed to be as it just says 'Bubble' but I loved the pastel pink and blue box. The contents of the box were equally as cute and it was an entirely beauty filled boxed for a change unless you count the balloon. 

My Little Beauty Detangling Hairbrush
Since buying my Tangle Teezer last year I've pretty much only used that to brush my hair as it's the only thing that has managed to get through my wild mane without pulling out half my hair or getting completely stuck in it. I really like the design of this, it's cute and fun like the rest of MLB's products, but I was a bit skeptical about actually using it still I gave it a go and was surprised to find that it's actually pretty good. It doesn't quite glide through my hair with ease like my Tangle Teezer but it can brush out my knotty hair with a minimal amount of pain and without too much effort and it's a pretty good size to fit in my handbag so that's straight where it's heading.

My Little Beauty Beauty Bubble
I actually have a Beauty Blender and haven't gotten round to giving it a proper go yet, I just automatically reach for a brush when I'm doing my makeup but I keep hearing so many people go on about how incredible they are so I'm definitely going to try to start using them so a spare should come in handy. 

Garancia Pschitt Magique
I'm not entirely sure what this actually is, at first I thought it was just a face spray but then I read the little leaflet in the box and apparently you spray this on and then rinse it off so I'm not sure what it's supposed to be. According to the leaflet it smoothes, brightens and revives skin but I'm not sure how it does this if you rinse it off straight away but I'll give it a try. 

My Little Beauty Bubble Blush
Back when I first started getting into more high end makeup I used to use Benefit's Benetint all the time and these little liquid lip and cheek tints seemed to pop up everywhere, I haven't actually used one of these tints for ages and to be honest I went off them. For the most part the ones I've used before have been thin and drying when used on my lips and almost unnoticeable on my cheeks but this one looks much more promising. The shade is a plummy pink which is perfect for a spring lip and the formula is a little thicker and more like a serum in texture which makes it a little easier to blend over cheeks so I'm definitely going to get my use out of this. 

Givenchy Noir Couture Volume Mascara
Seriously how pretty is that packaging? I love a good high end sample in my beauty boxes as usually they're things I would never think to go out and buy myself especially if I haven't tried them before hand. I don't think I've ever tried any makeup from Givenchy so I'm pretty excited to try this and I absolutely adore the packaging. 

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