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Lush Lonely Heart Bubble Bar 16/04/2015

Owner of a lonely heart

Lush Lonely Heart Bubble Bar Despite my dislike of Valentine’s Day, I was still happy to get hold of Lush’s limited edition Valentine’s products. One of these was the Lonely Heart bubble bar, an attractive product, being a red heart with a golden glittery colour. I broke it in half (a broken heart!) and used it in two separate baths. The bubble bar is suitable for vegans and is made with a base of sodium bicarbonate, cream of tartar and sodium laureth sulphate to create the crumbly texture of the bar and help it create bubbles. It’s worth noting, though, that SLS can cause skin irritation in some people – something to be aware of if you have sensitive skin. The bubble bar contains lemongrass oil, bergamot oil, jasmine absolute, rose absolute and oakmoss extract. It has a rich sensual scent which I really like, as it has a rather refreshing edge to it. I thought it smelled lovely – floral with added sweetness. The bar cost me £3.50, which is about normal for this kind of thing from Lush. I crumbled half of the bar into the water as the bath was running: it created lots of bubbles. The water felt really soft and was a gorgeous red colour too. There was a hint of gold shimmer throughout the water as well. I thoroughly enjoyed my bath and felt really warmed up by the end of it. My bath felt relaxing and the smell wafted around the room. Afterwards, I didn’t need to use too much moisturiser. The scent lasted on my skin for a while, too. There was a very faint shimmer present, though not a great deal. I ...

Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream 14/04/2015

Decent but not worth the price

Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream In a beauty box I got a sample of this Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream. This cream is an anti-ageing cream from the Eslor brand, which I hadn’t heard of before. The cream contains hyrdolyed marine collagen (whatever that is) and a variety of botanicals which contain nutrients. These help to lock in moisture, boost radiance and enhance elasticity. The cream does not contain parabens. It is rather pricey at £50 for 50ml but it does contain an interesting range of ingredients. The cream comes in a tapered brown tub which seems to my cynical mind to have been designed to look like it holds more cream than it actually does. Having said that, I only had to use a small amount of cream at once so it does last a while. The cream is fairly thick and has a faint smell. However I didn’t find it too greasy, which was a pleasant surprise as I do have slightly oily skin and thick creams can sometimes make my skin too greasy. It went on easily and sank into my skin well; I experienced no skin irritation. The cream proved an effective base for makeup, and overall I had no problems with it. After using the cream for a couple of weeks, I was happy with the condition of my skin but in general couldn’t see that it had improved hugely in the intervening period. In fairness, two weeks isn’t really long enough to see a difference, but to be honest I don’t really have any wrinkles anyway so I’m not sure I’d see a difference at all. Overall, I quite liked this cream and it might be worth a try ...

L'Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream 13/04/2015

Lovely cream, but very expensive

L'Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream After being less than impressed with the Precious Cream, I moved on to try L’Occitaine’s Divine Cream, which again was a sample in a beauty box. I was shocked to discover that the full price for this is actually £72 for 50ml – astonishing! Still, it did make me appreciate my little pot. The Divine Cream comes in an attractive curved pot, which is a kind of creamy-yellow in colour and looks very sophisticated. The cream inside has been designed to maintain skin’s youthful appearance, nourish, reduce wrinkles, firm skin and restore elasticity. It also, apparently, “helps redefine and restructure the natural profile of the face”. Is it just me, or does this sound completely ridiculous? In fairness, I actually really liked this cream, much more than the Precious Cream. It has a faint pleasant scent and goes on to my skin easily, sinking in straight away. It feels very luxurious; the cream is thick but not overly so, and my skin doesn’t feel greasy afterwards. The cream keeps my skin moisturised all night, until I wake up and wash my face again. I’ve been using this cream as a night cream, using a different product during the day. It’s really hard to judge how good any particular cream is, considering how many other products I use on my face, but as far as I can tell I’m really impressed by this product. My skin genuinely looks more radiant and I’ve had next to no spots. My skin generally looks healthier and there are no dry patches or areas of excessive shine. I’m not sure I ...

Murad Essential C Cleanser 10/04/2015

A good cleanser, but expensive

Murad Essential C Cleanser I got a little tube of this Murad Essential C Cleanser in a beauty box, and then I got another a few months later, so I’ve been using this cleanser for a while now. It is quite expensive at £34 for 200ml so I’m glad I got some free! It seems to be widely available online from the brand store at www.murad.co.uk and places like Sephora and Beauty Bay, although I haven’t seen it in-store – mind you, I haven’t gone looking. The cleanser comes in a simple clear plastic tube which is smart and allows you to see exactly how much product you have left. Mine has a screw lid, but the full-size product has a flip-top lid which I prefer as it is easy to manage. The packaging has orange accents and the product itself is a thickish clear gel with tiny orange spheres inside. The cleanser is designed for environmentally damaged skin – perfect for someone like me who lives in busy and polluted London. It is meant to remove impurities and irritants, and restore moisture. It contains allantoin, an ingredient designed to soothe and moisturise skin, rejuvenating it to promote a healthy and beautiful complexion. The ingredient sodium PCA helps to bind moisture to the skin. Vitamins A, C and E are antioxidants, designed to defend the skin from free radical damage while adding nutrients. The instructions are simple enough: massage a small amount over dampened face and neck, rinse with warm water and pat dry. I found the product to have a pleasant, light citrusy smell; it lathered up reasonably ...

Lush Yummy Mummy Body Conditioner 09/04/2015

Amazing product, shame about the name

Lush Yummy Mummy Body Conditioner I was in Stratford-upon-Avon recently, and popped in to Lush on my way to the theatre. I saw that the Mother’s Day products had been released, and was intrigued by several. I saw two products that had been released under the “Yummy Mummy” name: a shower gel and a body conditioner, which I am going to review today. The product is quite pricey - £19.95 for a 240g tub – but I was able to get a small sample. Lush stuff is normally high quality and if you collect 5 tubs you can take them into store for a free face mask. This body conditioner has the same scent as the shower gel – fruity and sweet – but I thought this smelled more distinctly of strawberries. Among the ingredients are orange oil, tonka absolute and fresh strawberry juice, and the product – which is suitable for vegans – also contains almond oil and organic cocoa butter to help keep you moisturised. A body conditioner differs from a moisturiser in that you are meant to apply it in the shower and wash it off to leave your skin soft. However, this seems like a bit of a waste to me, so I just use it like a normal body moisturiser. The product isn’t too thick, although it certainly isn’t runny: it has the consistency of Greek yoghurt. When I apply it on my skin it sinks in really well and my skin feels soothed and comforted. My skin isn’t irritated at all but feels really moisturised. There is no greasy film and in general I love the feel of this product. The moisturising effect lasts for the entire day, and the ...

Lush Floating Flower 08/04/2015

Let this flower float around your bath

Lush Floating Flower I’m still trying to use up the Lush products I bought around Valentines Day. It’s been so cold recently that I’ve mostly been using my warming Christmas products that I have left over, as it doesn’t quite seem the weather for floral scents and flower designs! However, I was a little warmer last week so I decided to give Floating Flower a go. This bath bomb attracted me in the store straight away. It was a brightly coloured flower shape that caught my eye immediately. Floating Flower is quite expensive, at £3.50 for a single use product. Having said that, Lush is high quality and it’s still cheaper than a glass of wine! This item is made with a base of sodium bicarbonate and citric acid which helps it fizz. It contains cypress oil, jasmine absolute and palmarosa oil, as well as ylang ylang oil. The resulting scent is overwhelmingly of jasmine – a sensual, floral scent. I ran the bath first so I could get in, drop my bath bomb into the bath and watch it fizz. True to its name, the Floating Flower floated about on the water for a bit, fizzing slowly away. I loved watching it: different parts of it dissolved faster than others meaning that streaks of pink, purple, green and blue were floating around in the water. Eventually, I was left with lovely pink water and a soft bath that didn’t irritate my skin. I stayed in the bath for ages. The smell was strong and lasted a long time. I know jasmine isn’t for everyone, but I love it and find it really improves my mood. It really ...

Lush Heart Throb Bubble Bar 07/04/2015

I heartily recommend this

Lush Heart Throb Bubble Bar Despite my dislike of Valentine’s Day, I was still happy to get hold of Lush’s limited edition Valentine’s products. One of these was the Heart Throb bubble bar. This was a two-piece item similar in style to the regular range bubbleroons, only it was heart-shaped. I thought it was quite attractive too, being a pretty rich red colour with a gold glittery middle. The shape made it easy to break into two, meaning that I could use it in two separate baths. The bubble bar is suitable for vegans and is made with a base of sodium bicarbonate, cream of tartar and sodium laureth sulphate to create the crumbly texture of the bar and help it create bubbles. It’s worth noting, though, that SLS can cause skin irritation in some people – something to be aware of if you have sensitive skin. The product also contains shea butter, which helps it to moisturise as well as vanilla, ylang ylang, geranium and frangipani absolute. I thought it smelled lovely – floral with added sweetness. Apparently it has the same scent as the African Paradise Body Conditioner, though I haven’t tried that so I can’t comment. The bubbleroon is suitable for vegans and cost me £3.65, which is about normal for this kind of thing from Lush. I crumbled half of the bar into the water as the bath was running. Like other bubbleroons, there were fewer bubbles than usual but I find that with bubbleroons, the soft moisturising water makes up for this. This particular one was no exception. The water felt really soft – ...

Lush Gold Star Bubble Bar 02/04/2015

I give this one a gold star!

Lush Gold Star Bubble Bar My favourite store, Lush, introduced a service called the “Kitchen” around a year ago – in this, they make several products a month in extremely limited quantities that you can order online. I don’t use this very often, but I did pick up a Gold Star Bubble Bar with my Christmas order. This bubble bar first appeared a few years ago, before I became a Lush fan, so it’s nice to have a chance to try it. It is yellow with a gold star on the top – hence the name. The bubble bar cost £3.95, which is normal for this kind of product from Lush. I got two uses out of it so it works out better value than a single-use product. The bubble bar is suitable for vegans and is made with a base of sodium bicarbonate, cream of tartar and sodium laureth sulphate to create the crumbly texture of the bar and help it create bubbles. It’s worth noting, though, that SLS can cause skin irritation in some people – something to be aware of if you have sensitive skin. It also contains sandalwood and frankincense – with the gold on the star, this completes the trio of festive Wise Men gifts! The bubble bar also contains benzoin oil. Altogether, it is a fruity, slightly spicy, sweet scent – rather hard to describe as you can probably tell, but I thought it didn’t smell particularly “Christmassy”. I crumbled half of the bar into the running water and by the time my bath was ready I had lots of bubbles to look forward to. The bath water was yellow, which I don’t normally like, but there was also a subtle ...

Lush Holly Golightly Bubble Bar 01/04/2015

Amazing festive bubble bar

Lush Holly Golightly Bubble Bar It’s been so cold recently that I’ve been making use of some of the Lush items I have left over from Christmas. These are warming items to use in your bath on the coldest of days, and I’d hoped that it would be warmer by now, but it seems not! Still, it’s almost worth it to have the chance to use something like this Holly Golightly bubble bar. Named for the main character in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the bar is very attractive to look at, being covered in silver glitter and with a sprig of “holly” on top. It’s pretty big too: in fact, I was able to get three baths out of it, so the price tag of £4.75 doesn’t seem to me to be quite as high. The bubble bar is suitable for vegans and is made with a base of sodium bicarbonate, cream of tartar and sodium laureth sulphate to create the crumbly texture of the bar and help it create bubbles. It’s worth noting, though, that SLS can cause skin irritation in some people – something to be aware of if you have sensitive skin. The product also contains clove leaf, patchouli and lime oils as well as benzoin, cinnamon leaf oil and sweet orange oil. The result is a gorgeous warming comforting scent which was very festive. When I broke the bar in pieces I was surprised to find that it was a lovely rich leaf green on the inside. I crumbled a piece into the running water and by the time my bath was ready I had lots of bubbles and some dark green water to look forward to. I thoroughly enjoyed my bath and felt really warmed up by the ...

Vichy Idealia Life Serum 30/03/2015

Not for me

Vichy Idealia Life Serum I’ve ended up with three tubes of this Vichy Idealia Life Serum from various beauty boxes, so I thought I had better start using them up! This Skin Idealizer Serum comes in a white tube with pink lettering; each of my tubes is 3ml. The full size product, however, comes in a pale pink bottle with a pump dispenser that I think looks quite posh. It’s quite pricey at £31 for 30ml, and is designed to be worn alone or under moisturiser. It is paraben-free and non-comedogenic, as well as being hypoallergenic, and it contains Vichy Thermal Spa Water. It is designed to refresh the complexion and help it appear more radiant, younger and healthier, tightening pores and refining skin texture. It contains LR2412+LHA molecules to help protect skin from the effects of the environment and excesses. It seems to be widely available online from places like Boots. The serum is light in texture and goes on to the skin easily, sinking in well. It seems to be slightly iridescent and I wonder if it could also work as a highlighter. The serum doesn’t have much of a scent but it feels luxurious to use and seems to add some kind of radiance to my skin: not loads, but it does make my skin look a bit healthier. Overall, though, I didn’t think the difference was enough to warrant such a high price. I could achieve the same results with a cheaper highlighter. Perhaps it’s because I’m younger – some of the reviews I read praising this serum were from women aged 40 or older, so perhaps the effects are ...

Gillette Simply Venus Disposable Razor 27/03/2015

Simply an effective disposable razor

Lush Golden Egg 26/03/2015

Lovely golden egg

Lush Golden Egg It’s that time of year again – Easter, when my favourite store, Lush, brings out lovely seasonal products shaped like eggs. There are other themes too, but eggs is the one that stands out for me! This year, one of the product returning from last year is the Golden Egg. This is lovely to look at – a glittery golden object that reminds me of the fairy tale about the goose that laid the golden egg. It is described as a bath melt and bath bomb rolled into one. It is suitable for vegans and costs £3.75. The product is made with a base of sodium bicarbonate and citric acid to help it fizz, and Fair Trade Organic Colombian Cocoa Butter to moisturise. It also contains sweet wild orange oil and bergamot oil. The egg smells of the Honey I Washed the Kids soap – a gorgeous sweet scent which I love. Because of the glitter, I decided to use this before going out. I ran the bath first then dropped it in. The bath melt part is in the outer layer, so it dissolved slowly, sinking into the water and spreading cocoa buttery goodness all around the bath. Then it rose to the surface and started to fizz in a relaxed way. By the time it had dissolved, the water was a pale orange and there were bits of glitter twinkling away gently in the water. The lovely smell was reasonably strong, too. I enjoyed my relaxing and refreshing bath. Despite the glitter, my skin wasn’t irritated at all. When I got out, my skin felt soft and moisturised because of the cocoa butter, and I didn’t need to apply any ...

Lancome Hydra Zen Neurocalm Cream 25/03/2015

Calming cream for radiant skin

Lancome Hydra Zen Neurocalm Cream Through picking up free gifts and a couple of beauty boxes I’ve ended up with quite a lot of samples of moisturiser. One of these is the Lancome Hydra Zen Neurocalm Soothing Anti-Stress Moisturising Cream – actually I’ve ended up with two little jars of this, so I’ve been using it for a couple of months. The product normally costs £39.50 for 50ml, so it’s very nice to get freebies! The product comes in an opaque glass jar with a pink lid; it feels sturdy and good quality. The moisturiser is apparently suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin. Hydra Zen NeuroCalm is designed to moisturise and soothe the skin with long-lasting hydration. It contains plant extracts with a “NeuroCalm” complex and is meant to protect from environmental pollution. Using the product every morning is supposed to help your skin become radiant and glowing. It also contains SPF15 which is very handy as an every SPF for fair skin like mine – although I don’t think it would be high enough for summer use. To use, apply to cleansed skin every morning. I liked the texture of the cream – it felt fairly thick but not at all greasy, and sank into my skin really well. Using this cream, I didn’t get any dry patches on my face, which I can occasionally suffer from in the winter. I also found that the moisturiser helped to control shine: my skin seemed to be in really good condition while I was using it. It caused no skin irritation at all. After a couple of months of regular use, I’m really impressed ...
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