22 May 2016

Project Sample Use Up 043

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Alpha-H Balancing And Refining Mask | £29.50 // I really liked this mud mask and the larger sample size meant I was able to try it out properly.

Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream | £92.50 // I love the eye cream from the Premier Cru range but this facial moisturiser was a bit disappointing. At just under £100 I expect something impressive and this just wasn't.

Korres Santorini Vine Body Milk | £10 // The scent of this body lotion reminds me of summer so much!

Roques Oneil Therapie Restore Aura Spray | £28 // I'm making more of an effort to use up what I have, especially when it comes to samples, and this was one of the first things I made an effort to use up. It was nice and I loved the scent but there are other toners that I prefer.

Lush Orange Flower Lip Tint | £5.95 // As the name suggests, this lip tint was orange and was nice to use. It's not something I'd buy the full size of though but the sample size was very generous and the perfect way to try it out first.

Lush Gorilla Perfumes Imogen Rose Solid Perfume | £10 // Again this is one that I won't be buying but I enjoyed using it.

Lush 9 To 5 Facial Cleansing Lotion | £5.10 // Although I like the idea of using skin care from Lush, I wasn't a fan of this cleansing lotion. I much prefer balms to lotions and just find they work better with my skin.

Lush The Comforter Shower Cream | £4.95 // I already have the full size of this shower cream and like that I can use the bubble bar and body lotion together.

Lush 93,000 Miles Shower Jelly | £3.75 // This is another one that I have the full size of. It has quite a strong cinnamon scent with a hint of peppermint.

Lush Turkish Delight Roulade | £8.50 // As much as I love Lush, I really hate the roulades and still cannot believe that they changed some of my favourite products especially Dreamwash. I find the roulades soapy and hard to work with and I wouldn't buy the full size.

Tresemme Renewal Hair & Scalp 60 Second Treatment Shot | £5.49 // I've gotten quite a few of these treatment shots in various beauty boxes over the years and they're perfect for travelling. While I'm at home though I tend to stick with Philip Kingsley Elasticizer.


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21 May 2016

To Read | May 2016

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We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…
Since taking this photo I've actually finished the two books from The Demon Trappers series by Lana Oliver and am now half way through the third book. I don't know why it's taken me so long to start reading the series! I must have this book sitting on my shelf for at least a year and then I read the two books over one weekend.

I included Golden Son in my last To Read post and I am determined to finish it this month! I liked the first book in the Red Rising trilogy but it took a while to get into and it's the same with Golden Son. Like I said in my last post, it feels like a huge chunk of the story is missing and I have no idea what's going on or what the characters are talking about.

Book recommendations welcome.

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18 May 2016

Lush Samples | Part Four

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08 May 2016

Sunday Pamper 033 | Glitter Mountain

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Ingredients
1/4 Sunnyside Bubble Bar
1/4 Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar
1/2 The Sparkler Ballistic
1/2 Star Light Star Bright Bath Melt
1 Golden Wonder Bath Bomb


All Lush bath cocktails can be found on Jens blog, All Things Lush. They have all been created by either Jen or her readers, I am simply testing them out and sharing on my own blog.


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06 May 2016

Skin Care Diary | April 2016

Throughout each month, I'll be keeping a skin care diary and jotting down what I use on a daily basis. At the end of the month, I'll tally up what has been used the most and share the products with you. I have combination skin that can change between being extremely dry, spot prone, oily and sensitive as well as having eczema flare ups.
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Liz Earle Eye Bright | Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel | Jurlique Calendula Calming Mist | First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Concentrate | A-Derma Epthielle A.H Cream | Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Jelly | Dior Creme De Rose. 

This month has been about trying to use up some of my older skin care products. I get into the habit of using a new product when I buy it and forget about older products so it means that I have a lot of half empty products. This was the case with the Jurlique toner, FAB liquid serum and Hydraluron moisturiser. I've actually finished them all now and I am hoping to get to a point where I only have one product that I'm using for each skin care category.

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05 May 2016

Lush Kitchen | April 2016

For those who don't know, the Lush Kitchen cooks up small batches of exclusive products that are only available for a limited time until they sell out. The products available are a mix of Oxford Street exclusives, old favourites that have been discontinued or one off's. Since I've tried the majority of the Lush bath bombs and bubble bars that are in the permanent collection, I've been loving the Lush Kitchen and have been making an order pretty much every week. I'm mainly interested in the bath bombs, bubble bars, bath melts and shower gels. Although there are a few products that I have bought simply because I've never tried them before.

Instead of posting several different shopping posts, I'm going to be writing a little overview of the previous months Kitchen products. Since there is a limited amount of each made, then by the time each one arrives in the post it'll probably be sold out. Instead I'm hoping this post will high light any products you'd like to try in the future or simply because you're just as obsessed with Lush as I am.
lush-kitchen-april-2016-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blog This months Kitchen was a little bit disappointing for me although I'm sure my bank balance is grateful for it. The menus were either made up of products that I had tried before or products that just didn't interest me. I mainly buy the bath products and there's been a lot of skin care on offer instead. The Kitchen have also joined Snapchat this month which I've been loving and being able to see them making all the different products.

Bubbling Under Bubble Bar | £3.95 // This has been on my wish list for such a long time! It has the same scent as Big Blue Bath Bomb but in bubble bar form. I was a little bit disappointed in the size as I feel like it's a lot smaller than normal but am glad I am finally able to try it. I've heard the blue colour fades very quickly so it's one I'm going to make an effort to use straight away.

Mrs Whippy Bath Bomb | £4.00 // I love the look of this bath bomb and the scent is one of my favourites, a mix of cocoa absolute, almond and buchu. It's incredibly moisturising and soothing thanks to the soya milk. It works well with The Comforter Bubble Bar if you want to put a combination together.

Melonmint Bubble Bar | £3.95 // This is another one that has been on my wish list but I've actually already tried it before back when it was available through the Retro part of Lush's website. This one is spearmint and peppermint scented although you wouldn't think it from just looking at it.

Lemon Day's And Ginger Beer | £3.95 // I bought this last time it was in the Kitchen and really loved the lemon and ginger scent so I've bought another one. I have a few other ginger scented products I want to use together in a bath cocktail so this will be the bath bomb element.

Grass Shower Gel | £11 // I love the bubble bar version and so many people have raved about the shower gel I had to try it for myself. Grass is a mix of wheatgrass, sandalwood, bergamot and neroli.

Marathon Bubble Bar | £3.95 // This was a last minute addition to my order and I had no idea what it would smell like. I love the peppermint scent which is the most potent, at least to me, but I can smell a hint of something else which I think is the benzoin and olibanum. I can't think of any other products that this will work with so I think it's one I'll have to use on it's own. I can't imagine this is perfect if you have sore muscles or even feeling blocked and stuffy from a cold.

I also love how the Kitchen include these polaroids of who has made the products along with the product itself. It's a nice way of keeping track of what you've tried and when it was released when you don't have the product itself anymore.

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