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Lush Fun Gold 28/01/2015

Have fun with Lush!

Lush Fun Gold Fun is a relatively new Lush product that was released in 2013. Invented by co-founder Mo Constantine, it is a rather innovative multi-use product. Squashy like Playdough, it is popular with children as it can be shaped and moulded into a variety of different shapes. If you go into a Lush store, you can see all the different shapes that have been made using the different colours of Fun. A 4-in-1 product, it can be used in the shower or bath or as a shampoo, as well as a toy. Fun normally comes in 5 different colours: red, green, yellow, pink and blue. The Gold fun was a limited edition product for Christmas, although it was the first one I tried. A 200g bar of fun costs £5. *Ingredients* All Fun bars are suitable for vegans and are made with a base of talc, cornflour and glycerine, which help to make it pliable and squidgy. The product does contain sodium laureth sulfate, which is the ingredient helping to make bubbles in bubble bath and which allows shampoo and shower gel to lather. Most products of this nature contain SLS, but some people are sensitive to this chemical, which can be a little harsh, so it’s worth being aware of it in case you prefer to avoid the product for this reason. Gold Fun is scented with the aroma of year-round popular product Honey I Washed The Kids. It contains sweet wild orange oil and bergamot oil, as well as a secret blend of perfume, which help to create a pleasant, sweet, honey-like smell. It doesn’t actually contain honey though, or else ...

Agent Provocateur Fatale Eau de Parfum 26/01/2015

Lovely fragrance

Agent Provocateur Fatale Eau de Parfum I got a sample of Agent Provocateur – Fatale in a beauty box. I always like trying new perfumes, so looked forward to giving it a go. A full size bottle costs £35.50 for 30ml, comparable to similar style perfumes. Agent Provocateur is a lingerie brand, so any fragrance associated with the scent was, I was sure, likely to be rich and sensual. This is borne out with the packaging for my sample, which had a picture of a woman wearing sexy underwear on the front. Inside of this was a small vial of perfume with a pale yellow colour. The actual packaging for the full-size version of this perfume is interesting – a square bottle with angles cut out like a diamond, completely different to the usual Agent Provocateur perfume bottles. This fragrance is described as a “sultry elixir”, containing spicy pink pepper, fruits, voluptuous floral heart of gardenia, royal iris and patchouli. The base consists of musk, vanilla and chocolate. This selection of ingredients sounds delicious, but I’m not the best at working out different perfume notes – all I can say is that the fragrance had a rich deep sensual scent, with spicy and citrusy overtones dying down to leave a sweet base note. The perfume lasted around four to five hours on my skin – longer on my clothes. I would definitely describe this as an evening fragrance or one for special occasions, although of course you should be able to wear a perfume at whichever time you like! Personally I’d save it for going out, though. This is a ...

Soap & Glory Lid Stuff Eyeshadow 21/01/2015

Very happy with this stuff

Soap & Glory Lid Stuff Eyeshadow I got a Soap & Glory make-up gift set at Christmas and included in the set were 6 shades of their Lid Stuff eyeshadow. I’ve used these shades frequently since. Normally you can buy 4 shades in a palette, costing £10 from Boots. Each palette has a black base and a clear plastic lid for portability. There is no brush or applicator included so you have to use your own (though there was a brush included in my set). The palette is available in 3 varieties: one containing nude shades (cream, gold, brown), one containing smoky shades (white, black, grey) and one with colours (such as blue and purple). My selection is a mixture of the above. Minky: a shimmery light brown This is a lovely colour which goes with everything. I love the shimmer effect. I can wear it during the day with a light lipgloss, or in the evening with a darker lipstick – it’s very versatile. Dandy Plum: a rich dark purple I love this colour; it’s dramatic and makes an impact. I can wear it alone or blended with one of the other colours in the set: I’ve used it with the blue for a dramatic look, and with the grey and black shades for a smoky evening effect. Black Gold: black with tiny flecks of glitter This makes a dramatic impact worn alone over the lid in the evening. I also use it to accentuate other colours, and as an eyeliner. Vanilla: pale cream I use this as a base, and also as an all-over shade on the days when I don’t want to look as if I’m wearing too much makeup. Wild Blue: a rich bright teal This is ...

I Love... Shimmer & Sparkle Gorgeous Collection 20/01/2015

Shimmer and sparkle with this set!

I Love... Shimmer & Sparkle Gorgeous Collection I’m addicted to toiletries but I mostly have products from Lush, The Body Shop and Soap & Glory. After Christmas I was having a look around the Superdrug website and found a couple of gift sets from the I Love… range, which I’ve tried a couple of times. Though they weren’t in the sale, they looked like good value – each set cost £9.99 and contained five products: lip gloss, hand cream, soap, bubble bath and body butter. One was the Shimmer & Sparkle set and one was called Glitter & Gold. This review will discuss the Shimmer & Sparkle gift set. *Packaging* The Shimmer & Sparkle gift set had a white theme and came in a white cardboard box with a clear plastic layer in the lid. Each product was packaged in white or clear plastic packaging with a black lid and black writing and patterns. Hearts and snowflakes were dotted over the products to emphasise the festive theme. I will discuss the individual items in the gift set below. *Lip Gloss* The lip gloss comes in a clear plastic tube, through which you can see the shimmery pearlescent gloss. Unscrewing the lid, there is an applicator and you squeeze the tube gently to get the gloss out. It is quite thick but comes out quickly so be careful in case you squeeze too much out. The gloss isn’t at all sticky and goes on to the lips easily. It isn’t drying, but it isn’t moisturising either, so I recommend using lip balm with it. My favourite thing about this lip gloss is the taste. It really does taste chocolatey and sweet, although ...

Lush Fairy Ring Soap 19/01/2015

Magical soap

Lush Fairy Ring Soap It’s that time of year again – Lush’s Halloween products are out! In the last couple of years they’ve concentrated on Day of the Dead products, making a bath bomb, jelly and bright purple soap from the Calacas scent, but this year sees a return to the slightly more traditional Halloween theme. The Fairy Ring soap is the only Halloween soap this year, and in the shop it is amazing – it is a very large toadstool with a door, rather like those ones you get in Enid Blyton fairy stories! The “stalk” is creamy white and the top is an opaque red, but there are bits of the other kind used as decoration throughout. When you buy some of the soap you get a bit cut off – if you do so in store you can choose your own piece. I ended up with a bit of the top part, red with circles of white embedded throughout. The soap costs £4.10 for 100g which is normal for Lush soaps. Like all of Lush’s soaps nowadays, Fairy Ring Soap is palm oil-free and is also made with fresh mushrooms. I find this rather bizarre, but it does fit in with the style of the product, and apparently shiitake mushrooms are antibacterial and are filled with nutrients (not sure how many of these nutrients will benefit you unless you’re actually eating the mushrooms, however!). The soap is made with a base of rapeseed and coconut oils, and contains jasmine absolute, ylang ylang and vetivert oils. The smell of the soap is certainly unusual – I really love it, even though it’s a world away from my beloved sweet refreshing ...

Lush The Guv'ner Deodorant 16/01/2015

A good product, but a bit messy for me

Lush The Guv'ner Deodorant I am gradually trying to sample every Lush product, but it’s taking ages! The most recent product I’ve tried is The Guv’ner. This product is a deodorant powder that was designed for men, but there’s no reason why women can’t use it too. Lush describe this as “a hardworking, absorbent deodorant powder that means business”. It is made up of charcoal powder and lycopodium powder (made from an Icelandic moss) which are both super-effective and absorbent powders. They control perspiration by absorbing it; this deodorant is designed to be a more gentle, more natural version of the normal deos you get in a shop. It also helps to mask scent thanks to a combination of vetivert, patchouli and sage. The packaging is a clear plastic bottle with a black flip-top lid, which stays securely on so the powder won’t fall out. The bottle is easily recyclable once finished, and it’s easy to see how much product you have left. I was somewhat troubled, though, by the grey colour of the powder – did I really want to put this on my underarms? I first applied the powder after my evening shower. Despite my best efforts it was rather messy, so I’m glad I put a towel down. My hands were a bit messy too but I wiped them on my towel and they were fine. Unfortunately my underarms looked rather dark and a little dirty – I was glad I was using the product at night, and not out and about during the day! The product has an unusual charcoal smell – I can’t really detect the presence of the herbs and spices ...

Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara 14/01/2015

A star of a mascara

Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara I really like Lancome mascaras so I was happy to get a sample of one of their newer products, Hypnose Star. Mine came in a small cylindrical tube, but the normal packaging is the typical curved black Lancome tube, with a pretty silvery star pattern. The packaging for this brand is among the most luxurious I’ve ever come across, which is just as well, as it’s pretty expensive! The brush is dual-sided, with a triangle design, supposed to create volumised, curled lashes. The mascara is easy to apply, and I particularly like the pointed end of the wand, making it easy to get into the corners of my eyelashes. The mascara doesn’t clump or flake, nor does it irritate my eyes, and although it is not waterproof if doesn’t run except in cases of extreme wetness – like a massively heavy downpour! Mascara is a necessity for me as I have naturally pale eyelashes and dyed dark brown hair, so if I don’t wear mascara I look pretty odd! I wear contact lenses so want a mascara that won’t irritate my eyes; I don’t use waterproof mascara as I don’t go swimming or anything, so I don’t really need it; but I don’t like mascara to run really easily! This mascara performs really well in all of those respects. One coat gives a pretty natural look, making my eyelashes look longer and more defined. Two coats give a more dramatic look, with increased volume, and again no clumping. The mascara is quite pricey at £22.50, but it is a really good quality product that I would definitely consider ...

Lush May Day Bath Bomb 13/01/2015

Mayday! Mayday! Save the badgers!

Lush May Day Bath Bomb Trying to sample each one of Lush’s products, I obtained their limited edition May Day bath bomb a few months ago. This is a cute product with a little badger face, as it is designed to protest against the badger cull. Every penny raised, bar the VAT, will be donated to anti-badger cull projects in the UK, including the Save Me welfare organisation founded by Brian May, Queen guitarist. I support this cause, so I was happy to purchase this bath bomb. The price is £2.95, which is expensive for one bath, but around half the price of a glass of wine in London, and just as relaxing! The bomb contains fennel oil, which helps to stimulate the skin, as well as antiseptic rosewood oil which soothes and uplifts. It is made with a base of bicarbonate of soda and citric acid, which helps it to dissolve and fizz. It has an unusual but very pleasant scent of sweet sherbet and aniseed, which I really like. When I used it, I found the scent lasted for ages in the bath. As usual with bath bombs, I got into the water first then dropped the bomb in with me to watch it fizz. Sadly, although it fizzed away happily, it didn’t change colour or anything like that. The bath was left a cloudy white – not very exciting. However, it was calming and relaxing, and the smell was very pleasant. After use, my skin felt very soft, and it wasn’t irritated at all. I also found that the smell lasted for ages on my skin. Because of the loveliness of this product, and the fact that the money spent on it goes ...

The Body Shop Banana-Conditioner 12/01/2015

Going bananas for this conditioner!

The Body Shop Banana-Conditioner I really like trying products from The Body Shop – I’ve been using them on and off for as long as I can remember, and have seen lots of changes over the years. I remember their banana shampoo and conditioner from when I was a child, and was excited to see it back as part of their retro style range a couple of years ago. I bought both the shampoo and conditioner; at the time they came in clear plastic bottles, the same style as the shower gel bottles, with a green-tinged picture of an old Body Shop store on the front. However, when I went onto the website to research the products for my review, I saw that the packaging has now been changed. The bottles are now opaque and the design is more modern, fitting in with the standard Body Shop haircare packaging design. I guess this means they’ll be staying around. A full-size 250ml bottle of either the shampoo or the conditioner costs £4.50. This sounds pricey, but the store is always having sales or discount events, and personally I’ve never paid more than £2.50 for a bottle. The size and shape of the packaging is still the same, and the bottles have flip-top lids: handy for squeezing out the amount you need, and easy to use with wet hands. The new bottles are made from 100% recycled plastic (I am not sure whether or not this was the case with the old ones) but one of the things I don’t like about them is that you can’t see through them, so you don’t know when they are about to run out! ***Banana Conditioner*** This conditioner ...

Lush Shave The Planet 08/01/2015

Shave the planet - and your legs!

Lush Shave The Planet I am a huge fan of the shop Lush and am trying to sample all of the products that they make. Though I am not a man (obviously) I still use shaving cream when I am shaving my underarms and legs. I have used Lush shaving creams in the past, including Prince and Dirty, and I like them because, although it is tricky at first to get used to the idea of using a cream that doesn’t foam, on balance I prefer this as I find it more moisturising. This is particularly true of Shave the Planet as the formula is based on the Handy Gurugu hand cream. This contains lashings of shea butter which makes it incredibly moisturising; in fact it is the richest and thickest of all the shaving creams that Lush make. It has rather an odd smell, slightly herbal and fresh, unisex and pleasant. It is a very faint green in colour. I scoop some out of the tub – only a small amount is needed – and smooth over my skin. The cream helps me to shave without getting any nicks or cuts. It helps the razor to glide over the skin easily without drying out my skin. After use, my skin feels incredibly soft with no irritation. I can often get away without using moisturiser. It’s worth noting that the smell does linger so if you can’t stand it, this is a product to stay away from. Also, it is slightly too thick for me as it can sometimes be hard to use with a razor. The cream costs £10.85 for a 200g pot and £5.45 for 100g. Although it is pricey, it is such a good product that I feel it is worth it. Also, only a very ...

Rituals Zensation Shower Gel 07/01/2015

A lovely product, but very expensive

Rituals Zensation Shower Gel I went through a phase last year of subscribing to a lot of beauty boxes and I am gradually working my way through my stash of products. One item I got was a small bottle of this Rituals Zensation Organic Rice Milk and Cherry Blossom “foaming shower gel sensation”. A full-size 200ml bottle of this stuff costs 8.50 in QVC, feelunique.com and other places that sell it (there are several online) so I was very happy to receive this as a sample. Actually, ‘bottle’ isn’t really the best name for it. The product comes in a pressurised can, and you squeeze it out just as you would a shaving gel. This packaging is pretty innovative, as far as I know, where shower gel is concerned. The packaging is simple but attractive, with a white background and a minimalist grean leaf design. To use the product, just squeeze some out onto your hand or sponge, and wash as usual. I tend to use my shower puff, as it means I get a good lather from my shower gels without using too much. The product came out easily and lathered up with no problems. It didn’t lather straight away like a shaving gel, does, though – I had to add a little water before it would do so. Just like a normal shower gel, really. In some ways the packaging was a little unnecessary, as the product could have just as easily been put into a bottle. However, the pressurised container does heavily reduce the chance of leaks, so it would be ideal for travel purposes (not on a plane though I’d imagine!). The shower gel had an amazing ...

The Body Shop Green Apple Bath and Shower Gel 06/01/2015

Apple shower gel

The Body Shop Banana Shampoo 05/01/2015

Lovely shampoo

The Body Shop Banana Shampoo I really like trying products from The Body Shop – I’ve been using them on and off for as long as I can remember, and have seen lots of changes over the years. I remember their banana shampoo and conditioner from when I was a child, and was excited to see it back as part of their retro style range a couple of years ago. I bought both the shampoo and conditioner; at the time they came in clear plastic bottles, the same style as the shower gel bottles, with a green-tinged picture of an old Body Shop store on the front. However, when I went onto the website to research the products for my review, I saw that the packaging has now been changed. The bottles are now opaque and the design is more modern, fitting in with the standard Body Shop haircare packaging design. I guess this means they’ll be staying around. A full-size 250ml bottle of either the shampoo or the conditioner costs £4.50. This sounds pricey, but the store is always having sales or discount events, and personally I’ve never paid more than £2.50 for a bottle. The size and shape of the packaging is still the same, and the bottles have flip-top lids: handy for squeezing out the amount you need, and easy to use with wet hands. The new bottles are made from 100% recycled plastic (I am not sure whether or not this was the case with the old ones) but one of the things I don’t like about them is that you can’t see through them, so you don’t know when they are about to run out! ***Banana Shampoo*** This shampoo is just ...

Soap & Glory Thick and Fast Mascara Superjet Black 02/01/2015

A good mascara

Soap & Glory Thick and Fast Mascara Superjet Black I’m a huge fan of Soap & Glory, but I am a relative newcomer to their makeup line. At Christmas I got a makeup set in the sale, and I’ve been trying out some of their products. One of these was their Thick & Fast Super Volume Mascara, which normally retails for £10 at Boots. It is designed to create longer and fuller lashes, and features “SUPERFILL™ False Lash Fillers, SHINE AMPLIFIERS, and NOFLAKE24 technology”. I don’t really understand all that – I gathered that the mascara was designed to resemble false lashes and not to flake – both good things! The tube is large, black with pink writing on it. On opening, I could see that the wand was much bigger than usual – rather scary in fact! Otherwise it was a pretty standard mascara wand. The large wand made it slightly tricky to apply the mascara at first, but when I got used to it I found it really easy to use. I typically used one coat for daytime and an extra one for night. The mascara dried quickly without clumping and it didn’t flake or run throughout the day. It made my eyelashes look longer and even more curved. One coat gave them an impressive look, thickening them and making my eyes stand out without being too ‘in your face’. Two coats produced a much more dramatic look, worthy of an evening out. The mascara was removed easily with eye makeup remover, and didn’t irritate my eyes at all. Mascara is an essential for me as I have dyed dark brown hair with naturally very pale eyelashes, and this is definitely a mascara ...

Lush Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar 29/12/2014

Lovely bubble bar

Lush Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar It’s that time of year again – Lush’s Halloween products are out! In the last couple of years they’ve concentrated on Day of the Dead products, making a bath bomb, jelly and bright purple soap from the Calacas scent, but this year sees a return to the slightly more traditional Halloween theme. The Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar looks like it sounds – a cheery pumpkin-shaped bar covered in orange glitter. It is suitable for vegans and it costs £3.50, which is normal for a bubble bar. It sounds expensive, but it does more than one bath (mine lasted for two, but I reckon I could easily have got three out of it) and it’s cheaper – and healthier – than a glass of wine in a pub! The Sparkly Pumpkin is made of a base of sodium bicarbonate and cream of tartar, bulking it up and allowing it to dissolve into the water. Be warned it does contain sodium laureth sulphate – this ingredient can cause skin irritation in some people, although I am fine with it, and the majority of bubble bath, shower gel and shampoo products contain it (it helps to create bubbles). The product is scented with a fruity smell that really isn’t typical of Halloween – juniperberry, lime and grapefruit. However, the fruity uplifting smell really helps to improve the mood on these cold autumn nights. To use the product, break a piece off and crumble it into the bath under running water (making sure you’ve put the plug in first!). I find that the bar produces absolutely loads of bubbles, and it also turns the water ...
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