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Urban Decay Razor Sharp Ultra Definition Finishing Powder 22/08/2014

A superb product let down by dreadful packaging

Urban Decay Razor Sharp Ultra Definition Finishing Powder I really like the brand Urban Decay and like to try a lot of their makeup items. I got a small pot of this powder in a gift set. When I got this I was intrigued because I’d never tried any of Urban Decay’s face makeup before. I love their eyeshadows but that was the extent of my experience with the brand. However, I do have slightly oily combination skin, so some sort of face powder is pretty much essential for me – I hoped that this would live up to expectations. *About the Product* The full name of the product is Razor Sharp Ultra-Definition Finishing Powder. It fits in with the recent popularity of ‘high-definition’ or ‘photo-ready’ face products. UD suggest that the product will help you achieve a flawless complexion, creating a soft-focus effect. The powder apparently contains tiny water particles which burst on application, helping to moisturise and refresh the skin, which sounds bizarre to me! The powder has been finely milled to be silky-soft and has extremely small particles. UD describe it as a ‘finishing powder’, and it can be worn over foundation, but it can also be worn on bare skin for a more natural look. *Packaging* My 3.75g sample pot (it doesn’t sound much but the powder is very light, and as it’s so fine I found it lasted ages) was a cylindrical tube with a clear base, handy for allowing you to see how much powder there was left. A razor pattern covered the clear part of the pot, while the lid was matte silver. The full-size pot has an iridescent Urban ...

Lush Nutts Massage Bar 20/08/2014

Go nuts for this massage bar

Lush Nutts Massage Bar As I’ve probably mentioned before – actually, as I’ve DEFINITELY mentioned before – I am a huge fan of the store Lush, and am trying to sample every single product that they make. One of the recent products I’ve tried is the Nutts Massage Bar. I originally came across Nutts when it was released as part of the Retro range. Retro is a selection of products which were discontinued from stores, but which were not unpopular enough to get rid of completely. They are only available from the Lush website, not in-store. In recent years, the company have begun to release different products from Lush’s past every month or two as limited editions, so that customers are able to sample a variety of different products. I purchased the Nutts Massage Bar from the website at a price of £5.95. What’s a massage bar? Well, as the name suggests, they are designed to be used during massages. Lush intend them to be used with a partner, hence why there are a lot of them released on Valentine’s Day! The idea is that your partner rubs the bar between their hands and massages you, releasing relaxing or energising scents and moisturising your skin at the same time. Having said that, you can just use the bars as solid moisturisers, which is what I tend to do. The name for this particular bar could have been derived from the fact that it is made from coconut oil (which is very moisturising). However, the bar is described as having a masculine scent, so maybe the name comes from something else! The bar ...

Lush Rudolph Face Mask 18/08/2014

Make your red nose a thing of the past - sort your skin with this

Lush Rudolph Face Mask *Originally written in December 2013* Every year, my favourite store, Lush, releases a number of limited edition products for the Christmas season. Most of these are bath and shower items, but there are always one or two products for the skin as well. This year, as well as two facial cleansers, Lush released a new limited edition fresh face mask – Rudolph. I love Lush fresh face masks – they’re the best I’ve ever tried. They are designed to be kept in the fridge between uses, and tend to last only three to four weeks after purchasing. They are priced at £5.50, which although expensive is a price I would be willing to pay for a special occasion such as a wedding or birthday party. I’ve never yet shelled out any cash for a fresh face mask, though – Lush do an offer letting you choose one for free when you bring back 5 black or clear pots (from previous Lush products) to the store, and I’ve been able to sample all of Lush’s masks, including this one, via this method. This particular mask is suitable for vegans and contains tofu. It’s not the only product to contain tofu this year – it must be the popular ingredient of choice! Along with fresh cucumber and calamine, it is designed to calm skin and reduce redness. Fine oatmeal helps exfoliate and restore nutrients while witch hazel extract soothes the skin. Fresh mint, green tea powder and lavender oil, alongside fair trade aloe vera powder, scent the product and help it to soothe and calm skin. So why is it called Rudolph? ...

Lush Ladyboy Solid Perfume 14/08/2014

Not for me

Lush Ladyboy Solid Perfume My favourite store, Lush, makes beautiful and unusual fragrances under the name Gorilla Perfume. Many of these are available in-store, with some exclusively online. Several are available in sample sizes, and you can also buy two miniature sets each containing eight of the sample size fragrances. I bought the second set, including many of the perfumes originally called ‘B sides and rarities’. These are scents from Lush past and also from B Never, Lush’s sister company which closed a few years ago. I have sampled all the perfumes in turn and I am going to review them all. The fragrance I am going to review today is Ladyboy. *Packaging* Each fragrance comes in a tiny 2ml glass vial and the bottles are laid out together in a recycled cardboard case. It is also possible to buy the fragrances in the following forms: - Solid £7.50 - Spritzer £15 - Atomiser £31 The concentrations are different depending on the form purchased, with the atomiser having the highest concentration. The perfumes come in the standard black packaging which is slightly dull, but fits in with the Gorilla Perfume ethos of concentrating on the perfume rather than the packaging. Some people on the Lush forum have found that perfume can leak from these black bottles, but I haven’t had any problems. *The Fragrance* Ladyboy fragrance is very unusual, with notes of violet, banana, seaweed and amber. Lush describe it as a ‘carnival’, a complex and sophisticated scent that is unconventional. *My Experience* When I ...

Rose & Co Strawberry Crush Glossy Lip Balm 07/08/2014

Lovely balm in a vintage tin

Rose & Co Strawberry Crush Glossy Lip Balm I love lip balms and always seem to have quite a collection! One balm I’ve been using lately is the Rose & Co Strawberry Crush Glossy Lip Balm. Rose & Co is a retro-inspired brand based in Haworth, England, though their products can be bought at a number of UK outlets and online. This particular product is a lip balm, made with almond oil to moisturise, and scented with strawberry. The balm comes in a white round tin with a red polka dot pattern and a picture of a woman dressed in vintage clothing. The tin is attractive but unfortunately it is fairly loose – so it’s not one to carry around in your handbag as the lid will certainly come off. Luckily, I use this lip balm at work so this isn’t a problem. Inside, the balm is red and has a lovely fresh strawberry smell. To use, simply scoop some balm out with your finger and apply to your lips. The red is much lighter on the lips and doesn’t really add colour, though it does add a very faint red tint. The balm is very moisturising and feels pleasant on. It lasts for quite a while too, a couple of hours on the lips. I do suffer from dry lips so it’s nice to find such an effective product. I don’t think this is the best balm to use under lipstick as it is a bit too thick. It is best for a light natural look. Strawberry Crush costs around £4-£5 from stores such as House of Fraser, Amazon and Fragrance Direct, as well as several independent outlets. It’s pricey, but you do get a lot of balm (20g). Recommended, so long as you ...

Lush Luxury Lush Pud 05/08/2014

Lovely luxury ballistic

Lush Luxury Lush Pud Every year, I get really excited about the limited edition products that my favourite store, Lush, brings out for Christmas. This year, one of the most exciting products was the Luxury Lush Pud. Lush have always, as far as I can remember, brought out a Christmas pudding themed ballistic. However, I’ve never been a fan as they were always brown – this is natural enough, given that real Christmas puddings are brown, but a bath filled with brown water is not, I think, particularly appealing. This year, the pudding is purple and dotted all over with pastel colours – much more appealing! The ballistic is suitable for vegans and is made up of sodium bicarbonate which helps it to fizz in the bath. It contains mandarin and bergamot oils and orange flower absolute, for a fresh floral citrus scent. However, Lush state it smells of lavender – odd given that I can’t find lavender in the list of ingredients. Still, when I smelled the product I found that it really did smell of lavender – not sure how that happened, but I like lavender so it isn’t a problem! Because of the relaxing scent, this is an ideal ballistic to use before you go to bed. This is exactly what I did. I ran the bath, got in and dropped the ballistic in. It’s pretty large and it took quite a long time to disintegrate. The different colours spread out from the ballistic in ‘ribbons’ and looked really pretty. Eventually, the water ended up as a deep purple shade. The scent was present, although it was fainter. The ...

Lush Coconut Deororant Powder 04/08/2014

Coconut deodorant from Lush

Lush Gorilla Perfume 1000 Kisses Deep 01/08/2014

Not for me

Lush Gorilla Perfume 1000 Kisses Deep My favourite store, Lush, makes beautiful and unusual fragrances under the name Gorilla Perfume. Many of these are available in-store, with some exclusively online. Several are available in sample sizes, and you can also buy two miniature sets each containing eight of the sample size fragrances. I bought the second set, including many of the perfumes originally called ‘B sides and rarities’. These are scents from Lush past and also from B Never, Lush’s sister company which closed a few years ago. I have sampled all the perfumes in turn and I am going to review them all. The fragrance I am going to review today is 1000 Kisses Deep. *Packaging* Each fragrance comes in a tiny 2ml glass vial and the bottles are laid out together in a recycled cardboard case. It is also possible to buy the fragrances in the following forms: - Solid £6 - Spritzer £12 - Atomiser £24 The concentrations are different depending on the form purchased, with the atomiser having the highest concentration. The perfumes come in the standard black packaging which is slightly dull, but fits in with the Gorilla Perfume ethos of concentrating on the perfume rather than the packaging. Some people on the Lush forum have found that perfume can leak from these black bottles, but I haven’t had any problems. *The Fragrance* Lush describe this fragrance as complex and developing. It is made up of top notes of mandarin and osmanthus blossom, with undertones of myrrh and labdanum. I thought this combination of ...

Lush Gorilla Perfume Love 30/07/2014

Love this perfume!

Lush Gorilla Perfume Love My favourite store, Lush, makes beautiful and unusual fragrances under the name Gorilla Perfume. Many of these are available in-store, with some exclusively online. Several are available in sample sizes, and you can also buy two miniature sets each containing eight of the sample size fragrances. I bought the second set, including many of the perfumes originally called ‘B sides and rarities’. These are scents from Lush past and also from B Never, Lush’s sister company which closed a few years ago. I have sampled all the perfumes in turn and I am going to review them all. The fragrance I am going to review today is Love. *Packaging* Each fragrance comes in a tiny 2ml glass vial and the bottles are laid out together in a recycled cardboard case. It is also possible to buy the fragrances in the following forms: - Solid £7.50 - Spritzer £15 - Atomiser £31 The concentrations are different depending on the form purchased, with the atomiser having the highest concentration. The perfumes come in the standard black packaging which is slightly dull, but fits in with the Gorilla Perfume ethos of concentrating on the perfume rather than the packaging. Some people on the Lush forum have found that perfume can leak from these black bottles, but I haven’t had any problems. *The Fragrance* Love has the following main notes: lemon, lemongrass, bergamot, apple, cinnamon, cassia, jasmine, rose and ylang ylang. I think it sounds very appealing and fresh. The scent has been used in some Lush ...

Lush The Bug Eau de Parfum 28/07/2014

An unusual perfume from Lush

Lush The Bug Eau de Parfum Lush, my favourite store, recently released a number of new fragrances under the Gorilla Perfume name. These look, smell and sound very different to other perfumes from both Lush and other brands, with unusual ingredients and concepts, and I was very intrigued when I heard about them. To coincide with the launch of the new fragrances, Lush opened a temporary gallery space in east London. I visited this gallery and had a memorable experience. The fragrances were displayed as works of art, with pictures or sets used to represent the perfumes. Simon Constantine, head perfumer at Lush, has stated that he wants to develop the concept of perfume as an art form, like painting or music, and I feel that he has met with success here. The new perfumes come in bottles of different sizes and shapes, and look like old apothecary bottles displayed in-store. Testers of the perfumes are available, and I’ve tried The Bug a few times now. ***Bottle*** Unlike other Lush perfumes, which come in standardised black bottles, the new fragrances come in clear glass bottles of all different shapes and sizes. I really like these bottles as they are unusual and attractive. The perfume itself is a reddish-brown purple shade while the purple and white label shows a security camera. ***The Fragrance*** The Bug is one of the most bizarre perfumes in the new Gorilla fragrance range. It was inspired not by creepy-crawlies, but by the modern culture of surveillance, security cameras and computers tracking ...

Molton Brown Ylang Ylang Nourishing Body Lotion 24/07/2014

Lovely moisturiser, shame about the price

Molton Brown Ylang Ylang Nourishing Body Lotion I subscribe to the monthly Birchbox which means I get a selection of cosmetics and toiletry samples every month. Last year, one of my samples was a Molton Brown Ylang-Ylang body lotion, which I received the month after my Molton Brown body wash. I’d never tried the Molton Brown range before – I usually use Lush or Soap & Glory – so I was intrigued. Molton Brown describe their ylang-ylang products as follows: “London via Madagascar: Secrets from rainforest. Sun-warmed woods. Dozing heads beneath the canopy.” They certainly sound very appealing! The lotion is a pale lilac colour and is made with a “skin pampering complex” to firm, comfort and hydrate. It is scented with Madagascan ylang-ylang perfume oil. Like the matching body wash, this body lotion smells amazing – it has a relaxing, sophisticated ylang-ylang scent. It is also pricey - £25 for 300ml. I use it after showering with the matching body wash, and only a small amount is needed. The lotion doesn’t irritate my skin at all, but sinks in really easily. The smell is amazing – I don’t have to apply any perfume for at least four hours, as the scent really lasts. The lotion is fairly light, but still manages to be good enough for my dry skin. It doesn’t offer an intensive moisturising experience, but is ideal as a luxurious everyday body lotion. Just like the body wash, the body lotion is a pricey product that is nevertheless of very high quality. Despite the high price, I would consider purchasing a full-size version.

Molton Brown Ylang Ylang Body Wash 23/07/2014

An amazing body wash but a bit pricey for regular use

Molton Brown Ylang Ylang Body Wash I subscribe to the monthly Birchbox which means I get a selection of cosmetics and toiletry samples every month. Last year, one of my samples was a Molton Brown Ylang-Ylang body wash. I’d never tried the Molton Brown range before – I usually use Lush or Soap & Glory – so I was intrigued. A 300ml bottle of this body wash costs £18, so this stuff isn’t cheap. It contains Madagascan ylang-ylang, yuan zhi (which apparently helps to rebalance) and warm cedarwood oil. I love the scent of this product – it is rich and calming, having some of the properties of lavender without actually smelling of lavender. Ylang-ylang is often used in perfumes and this shower gel certainly smells sophisticated and luxurious. It is a lovely rich dark purple colour too. Only a small amount of the gel is needed in the shower, and it lathers up brilliantly on the shower puff. The scent is very strong and it is really comforting to use. It doesn’t irritate my skin at all, and in fact feels slightly moisturising. After use, I can smell the shower gel on my body. I am really impressed with how the scent lasts. I do need to use body lotion afterwards (I have the matching Molton Brown lotion) but not as much as usual. Apparently the body wash can also be used in the bath – I haven’t tried this as I have lots of Lush stuff to use up. I think it would work really well though, judging by the lovely relaxing scent. Despite the price of this shower gel, I would consider treating myself to a full size bottle. ...

Lush The Brightside Bubble Bar 21/07/2014

Bright and cheerful bubble bar

Lush The Brightside Bubble Bar I’m a huge fan of the store Lush, and I am trying to sample every product that they make. This includes limited edition products as well as the permanent range. Lush often release special products for events throughout the year, including Easter. The Brightside Bubble Bar first came out last Easter, and obviously proved popular as Lush have brought it back this year. It is slightly pricey at £4.25, but it is the same size (and shape, and design) as the Comforter and Blue Skies & Fluffy White Clouds bubble bars. These are larger than normal bubble bars, and you can get at least 4 baths from them. The design is a swirl of dark and light orange, onto a circular bubble bar. You can break or cut a bit of the bar off to use it in your bath. It’s attractive, bright and sunny – perfect for welcoming in the warmer weather. The scent matches too – described as the ‘triple orange’ fragrance, it is light and citrusy, consisting of Sicilian mandarin oil, tangerine oil and bergamot oil – all uplifting, citrusy, pleasant scents. The bar is suitable for vegans and is made with a base of sodium bicarbonate and cream of tartar. It does contain sodium laureth sulfate, which can cause skin irritation in some people, so it’s worth being aware of this. When I use this, I use a quarter of the bar, crumbling it under running water into my bath. When I’m ready to get in, there is a huge mound of creamy white bubbles and the water is a lovely orange shade. The citrus smell is lovely and ...

Argan Oil Shampoo 17/07/2014

Lovely shampoo for a bargain price

Argan Oil Shampoo I am signed up to websites such as Groupon and Living Social and occasionally purchase a bargain. One such was a haircare package including shampoo, conditioner, protection spray and hair mask. Today I will be reviewing the shampoo. The packaging is brown and green which isn’t the most obviously appealing but it does fit in with the perception of argan oil as being a natural, ‘earthy’ product. What I do like about the packaging is the shape and form. It has a flip top lid, meaning that it is easy to open and close even with wet hands. The lid is actually on the bottom, meaning that even when the product is running out, gravity ensures it’s still easy to get it out of the packaging. The tube is a 250ml one and the shampoo contains Moroccan Argan Oil extract. Argan oil seems to be a big thing at the moment and it supposed to be really good for your hair. It is claimed that the product nourishes and moisturises the hair, leaving it shiny, smooth and healthy. The shampoo is easy to use: simply apply a small amount to wet hair, lather and rinse as you would with any other. It is white and has a light, slightly mousse-y texture. It has a faint pleasant smell but this doesn’t really last on my hair. This shampoo does an excellent job. It cleans my hair with no issues, and doesn’t irritate my scalp. It keeps my hair moisturised without making it oily. When used alongside the matching conditioner, the results are superb. I colour my hair and have not noticed this stripping the ...
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