28 January 2010

Lush Valentines Products

 Even though I’m not using Lush products at the moment that doesn’t stop me from buying them though :D I put in a small order for the Valentine’s products on Tuesday and it came this morning so pretty quick delivery!
As always it came nicely packaged but I do miss the popcorn or at least the coloured potato starch things. The colourful products look nice and stand out I guess.
I’ve finally took my own photos! I always forget and use the products but I got my camera ready as soon as I closed the front door.
IMG_1294 IMG_1295 What I ordered:
♥ Sex Bomb bath ballistic, £2.95.
♥ Love Soap with box, £2.95.
♥  The Ex-factor bath ballistic, £1.95.
♥ Magic mushroom bubble bar, £2.95.
In the little message box of the order I asked for some samples and they generously gave me four! Which are:
♥ Happy 4 Sad shower gel, retro.
♥ Antiphilitron shampoo, retro.
♥ Vanishing Cream.
♥ Ginger Lotion, retro.IMG_1299

As these reviews will be way past the time you can buy the products so I'll write my initial thoughts.
I’ve had Sex Bomb many times before, great ballistic and smells like jasmine and ylang ylang. Not so sure I like the smell of Love Soap, smells similar to sex bomb but with an extra ingredient. Magic Mushroom smells amazing! Very sweet, like yummy yummy yummy but with out the floral, will have to stock up on these! Finally The Ex-factor is so cute and smells like vanilla musk.
Someone in my family has had Happy 4 sad before, smells like grapefruits and I love the colour. I’ve tried Vanishing cream before so happy to again. I’m going to use antiphilitron shampoo either tonight or tomorrow, it smells like lemon curd! I’m not a fan of ginger so I’ve given Ginger Lotion to my mum :)

13 January 2010

Ashley Tisdale & Miley Cyrus’s style with a few ASOS purchases

My day time style and clothes choices do not follow the trends despite my love and interest of fashion. I’ve chosen comfort and practicality over style for the past year as I’ve been doing my Art Foundation degree. A lot of people who were on the same course as me treated it as a fashion show each day. But who wants to wear really nice and expensive clothes and come home at the end of the day covered in paint? And I would, every day my hands would be covered and I’d have at least one mark on my clothes.
I’d end up wearing a baggy t-shirt, leggings and a hoody. This is where I was inspired by Ashley Tisdale’s look, comfy clothes with a designer bag. Obviously I couldn’t afford designer but these days you can find anything on the high street.
It also makes a difference for going out at night, if I didn’t wear sweats during the days I wouldn’t have anything nice and different to wear at night. It’s like wearing school uniform, I’d always look forward to the weekends to wear my clothes.

I particularly love this style of bag in the photo, oversized with a handle as well as a shoulder strap.


Here is another example of one of her laid back looks with a different bag but in the same style.

I will definitely be wearing and outfit like this next summer!

Another celebrity whose bags I’ve been admiring is Miley Cyrus. Some of her style choices have been a bit iffy but there are certainly a lot of pieces I am jealous of!
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So my hunt for the perfect bag began and didn’t go very far. I took to browsing the sites and only found one that I really liked from Topshop but it was £85, I’d be happy to spend that but I wasn’t in love with the colour so I waited. A couple of days ago I found this one on ASOS. It’s from Warehouse, for some reason I didn’t check their website otherwise I would have spotted it earlier. It is available in black and grey. I actually don’t have any grey bags so I went for that one.
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I’ve also wanted a round scarf for so long! The only site I’ve seen them being sold on is American Apparel and they are quite expensive. Whilst looking for the perfect bag I came across this acid wash one for only £18. In my basket it went!

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This purple top with a sequin pocket has been in my ASOS wish list for some time now waiting to be bought. It was reduced to £16 from £28 so it then moved to my basket too!

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So I could get free standard delivery I popped this lovely grey crop top into my basket as it was only £5.

I can never take good photos of clothes so I used the ones from the ASOS website as they show them truest :)
I also bought a silver Barry M liner but I will write about that in a separate post. So 2 out of 5 things from the sale isn’t bad. I’m usually awful in sales so I don’t really go to them. I can never find anything I like and am always drawn to items that are full price. I love them all though, this bag will definitely be turning into my everyday bag! I'm sure these buys will appear in future OOTD's.

Anyone found any amazing bargains in this years sales?

11 January 2010

Review: Lush Fairy Tail sugar scrub

That last of my Christmas reviews for Lush, back to normal postings from now on! You can still expect to see Lush reviews though mixed in with other posts :) I am still obsessed with Lush and can’t wait to try out the Valentines products.

Lush describes this as “Our little hard-working mouse will help you in the ongoing battle against unsightly bumpy bits. Coconut milk and strawberry powders are cleansing and soothing for the skin; Fair Trade sugar is an excellent exfoliant and helps to gently scrub away dead surface skin cells, leaving your skin looking healthier and brighter. It smells just like our deliciousYummy Yummy Yummy shower gel, too, with the citrus notes of bergamot and geranium oils to give it an extra kick.”
What I think: This is such a cute scrub, almost to cute to then go and destroy with the hammer, but I did! I use a hammer to break them up (I’ll probably do a post on this with photos soon) so I can use them over and over. It really does smell like yummy yummy yummy shower gel and is so moisturising! These little scrubs are such a good invention.
Price: £2.50
Re-buy? I obviously can’t buy this one again but I love the other two in the permanent line.

10 January 2010

Review: Lush Snowcake soap

Lush describes this as “Smells like the irresistible almond icing on your cake: feels like almond mousse on your skin. Snowcake, possibly the smoothest, creamiest soap Lush makes, returns for its annual trip home for the Christmas holidays. Why don't we keep it all year round? Because it makes its visits extra special. If we got Christmas every day, despite Wizzard's hopeful lyrics, we might get bored with it. This way, you will never be bored with Snowcake's almond scented lather all over your body, will you?”
What I think: I’m so glad I finally bought this! It has moved up to become one of my favourite Lush soaps (along with rock star and porridge). It smells of almonds and is absolutely gorgeous. It is really creamy and almost melts into your hands when using it, despite this it lathers really well.
Price: £2.50
Re-buy? I’ve probably got enough to last me till next Christmas if I use it in conjunction with other soaps, I just hope they bring it back next year!

09 January 2010

Review: Lush Double Fast Luck emotibomb

Lush describes this as “In our Far Eastern Lush shops, Karma is amazingly popular. There's something about our signature scent of Kensington High Street in the 1960s that makes our Chinese and Indonesian customers want to take it home and cover themselves in it: fragrance, soap, dusting powder - you name it, they adore it! Mo wanted to make a special Double Fast Luck Emotibomb in the shape of a symbolic lucky coin, specially for Chinese New Year. Scenting it with Karma was a match made in Dorset. Place it on the floor of your shower and as it fizzes into nothingness, it releases its calming, reviving spicy-orange scent to bring you good luck, double fast.”

What I think: This has such a strong smell! It’s a bit too strong and I don’t think I particularly like the smell either. I can’t tell why though, if the scent was a bit weaker maybe I might like it more, I don’t know. I haven’t really been having showers recently, loving baths more, so I used it as a bath ballistic instead. It is huge so I broke it up into 3 pieces hoping the scent would lessen which it hasn’t done. The glitter is only on the top which is a bit of a shame.

Price: £2.50

Re-buy? I want to try the other emoti-bombs but won’t be buying this one again.


08 January 2010

Review: Lush Strawberry Santa jelly soap

Lush describes this as “Our jellies are extremely refreshing when they're chilled in the freezer, and Strawberry Santa really ought to be as cold as the North Pole when you use him. Cleansing strawberries are mixed with softening desiccated coconut, and the creamy scent of vanilla absolute makes him smell like strawberries and cream. He comes in a wobbly Santa Claus shape, so you can lift him out of his little box and flop him around in the shower or the bath. Minutes of endless amusement for the kids and silly grown ups”
What I think: This isn’t my favourite smell but I love the concept of the shower jellies so I had to buy it. Lush says it smells like strawberries, vanilla and coconut, I couldn’t smell any of these really apart from a hint of strawberry. It smelt like when products get that general Lush smell and you can’t really pick out a particular one? That’s what it smells of. I love the way it’s shaped like Santa, such a cute idea! This also lathers really well and is best used with a bath lily as I tend to drop the jelly if I don’t. If you haven’t tried their jellies you’re missing out! Go try one!
Price: £2.95
Re-buy? Maybe not.

07 January 2010

Review: Lush Snow Showers jelly soap

Lush describes this as “A luxuriously refreshing, milky-white, snowy shower jelly. Vintage 2008. Chill before serving. Elderflowers have been a popular beautifying remedy since Saxon times. What better herb could there be to use as an infusion for our white Yuletide jelly? Chill it like champagne, then rub it all over your hair and body and you get a handful of cleansing, softening lather with our sweet orange and cognac party fragrance. If you can't live without it, buy a big wobbly chunk while it lasts and keep it in the freezer for future festivities.”
What I think: I love the smell of this, it’s so unique and doesn’t smell like anything else Lush sells. It’s similar to the Christmas Party ballistic but this much stronger and nice in my opinion. I’ve tried two of Lush’s jelly shower gels so far and have loved them both, this is no exception either! They lather so well and are best used with a bath lily as I tend to drop the jelly if I don’t. If you haven’t tried their jellies you’re missing out! Go try one!
Price: £2.95
Re-buy? I got quite a big chunk so I think it should last me the year it I use it sparingly, hopefully they will bring it back next year so I can buy it again! Please Lush :)

06 January 2010

It was a sad day yesterday …

… we took all our Christmas decorations down!
The house always looks so much barer when we do, have you took all yours down?


05 January 2010

Review: Lush Jingle Spells bath ballistic

Lush describes this as “A herbal hangover cure from Santa, with twinkly stars to make you feel better. For a magic spell to get you through the effects of the season's worst excesses, cast one of these purple Ballistics into your bathwater and soak for 20 minutes. All the essential oils in Jingle Spells help to cleanse, restore your vitality and inject a bit of life back when you feel like death. All you have to do is lie there and inhale scents of reviving juniper berry, toning tangerine and stimulating fennel. Don't worry if you see stars, it's all part of the magic.”
What I think: This is one of their larger ballistics so could be cut in half but it is a chore. I find them to be a bit over powering sometimes and this is one of then, it would be better if it was the mini size especially as Lush says it’s a great hangover cure. I think I’d be feeling worse if I had one! Anyway I thought it appropriate to use this New Year’s day as it’s an after-party ballistic. I was tee-totalling it last night as I’m on antibiotics so I can’t comment on it curing your hangover.  But my guess would be no :P It turns your bath a vivid purple with little gold, silver and purple stars floating around and smells like my fruit teas!
Price: £2.75
Re-buy? Once a year is fine, it’s a bit over powering to use regularly.

04 January 2010

Review: Lush Lil’ Pud bath ballistic

Lush describes this as “Looks like a pudding, smells like a pudding, fizzes like a spicy Bath Ballistic. It's perfect for nursing your hangover. Clove powder warms and stimulates, as aloe vera and rose calm and soothe suffering skins. Lemon peel adds a sharp citrus zing to the Ballistic and creates part of the authentic Christmas pudding aroma.”
What I think: This is one of the ones I’ve tried in previous years. It smells just as Lush describes it as and I love the little holly detail. It is one of their smaller ballistics but is still as powerful as the larger ones. It doesn’t do anything fancy apart from make your bath smell nice, I wouldn’t say it was particularly moisturising though. It turns your bath a bit of a weird colour, like a yellowy-brown, not a very appealing colour. I can ignore the colour the water turns with bubble bars, like ma baa, as I love the bubbles but I don’t think I’ll be buying it again next year.
Price: £1.95
Re-buy? nahhh

03 January 2010

Review: Lush Candy Cane bubble bar

Lush describes this as “Sweet as candy and twice as bubbly.
While acknowledging that a stick of baking soda and cream of tartar doesn't sound quite as appealing as a stick of sugar, we think you'll change your mind once you smell Lush's Candy Cane. Making another popular comeback, our pink and white swirled stick of solid bubble bath brings froth and fragrant bubbles to your tub. It gives a soothing scent of vanilla sweeties to a Christmas stocking and makes your skin lickably soft. Let's just repeat the for good measure: smells good enough to eat, but don't.”
What I think: This is one of my favourite bubble bars and I’m always glad to see it back each year. Lush describes it perfectly, it’s really sweet with a hint of vanilla. Despite it being pink it turns your bath milky/cloudy with an amazing amount of bubbles! I cut this up into 4 really good sized chunks so £2.35 is a great price for what you get. This one is really moisturising too.
Price: £2.35
Re-buy? I do each year and I hope they continue to make it each year!

02 January 2010

Review: Lush Ruby Red Slippers bubble bar

Lush describes this as “Sparkling, ruby red Bubble Bar with a bewitching fragrance of rose and carnation.There's no place like Lush at Christmas. Grab yourself a pair of Ruby Red Slippers and work some powerfully foaming magic on the water and make it as colourful as the merry old land of Oz. This calming, skin-toning potion of carnations, tangerines and roses makes your body feel and smell bewitching. Munchkins can break a bar in half and get two little baths for the price of one”
What I think: Despite Lush saying you can break this into two I was able to cut into four really good sized chunks. I’ve never used a whole bubble bar in one bath before, it just seems like you’d waste so much product, there’s only so many bubbles you can get in one bath! The scent is very floral, it’s not over the top but still quite strong. It smells more like the natural flowers do rather than a synthetic smell which is always good. Makes huge amounts of bubbles like usual and turns your water pinky red. I just wish there was more glitter! It seems like it’s only on the outside.
Price: £3.50
Re-buy? Maybe not, I’d pick a sweet or spicy scented product over a floral one

01 January 2010

Review: Lush mister Butterball bath ballistic

Lush describes this as “Mister Butterball blesses gives you with vanilla-scented, soft skin for Christmas. He has had a little work done this year. After a Synaesthesia massage and a Lush makeover, he's ready to rock this Christmas in a sexy new guise. Fortunately, he still smells of our sweet, soothing Ballistic and he still melts tiny pieces of creamy cocoa butter into the bathwater to moisturize and soften your whole body. The all time classic way to get children into the bath when they're over-stimulated and excited about Father Christmas turning up.”
What I think: You can’t really tell by the picture from the lush website but they have flecks of brown which kind of look like oats or something so I wasn’t sure what that would do to the water. I ran my bath then put him in the water (I only used half which was enough) and he sunk to the bottom and fizzed away. Brown lumps started to float to the top, it looked a bit weird, like the ballistic had gone off a bit, despite this I still got in the water. The brown lumps where actually the cocoa butter which then melted into the water leaving it clear with an oil layer on top. This ballistic was extremely moisturising, not as much as the star melts, but quite close. It has a really sweet calming  scent, great for those who like more subtle bath products.
Price: £2.20
Re-buy? Obviously I can’t buy Mister Butterball throughout the year but I can get his brother/sister, Butterball and I definitely will!
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