Showing posts from March, 2011

Lush Retro Ice Hotel Bubble Bar

I was surprised when I smelt this as I thought it was going to smell of mint and be really fresh which is the scent I imagine when I think of an ice hotel. The strongest scent is the lavender and I can’t smell any mint at all. Not disappointing, just surprised. Lush describes this as “Refreshing and relaxing, our Ice Hotel Bubble Bar was inspired by the real Ice Hotel in Sweden. Each year you can stay in a hotel that is made of huge blocks of ice (until it melts away in the spring). Helen Ambrosen scented this bar with a mixture of enlivening mint and calming lavender, perfect for a renewing bath in the morning (after one too many iced vodka shots), or a mind-clearing bath in the evening.”This is a retro bubble bar which means they’re products that were discontinued in shops and can only be bought online. Because of this sometimes the bubble bars can be solid and hard to break into pieces. Luckily all mine were fairly fresh so I didn’t have a problem with this. I crumbled 1/4 into run…

Living Nature Lipstick In Dawn

The packaging has the same matte feel as Nars products and I love it, it makes it feel a bit more expensive than traditional plastic. I haven't found it getting particularly dirty looking yet which is a good sign.
There are 10 shades to choose from and all look to be different which is great. You can read May's and Kim's review of Laughter.The lipsticks themselves looking nothing like the images here to try googleing to find a better photo.
I chose Dawn because it seemed like the lightest colour and looked like it might be a nude shade.

In the bullet Dawn looks like a frosty baby pink. It hasn't got any shimmer to it  which is great for me but it has more of a sheen to it which is lovely. It makes the colour a little less flat.
It can be applied quite sheer which leaves the frosty baby pink colour or it can be built up so it becomes a brighter pink. With my skin tone and on my lips it actually comes across as quite a lilac lipstick which I love. Think a more wearable versi…

NOTD: OPI Elephantastic Pink!


These Are The Cupcakes I Ordered

Not impressed!

*Update* The company are sending me a new box, hopefully if they come in good condition I can take them into work :)

Week In Photos 028

001 The blossom has finally appeared and it looks gorgeous! This is my neighbours tree which we can see from our dining room. These photos where also inspiration for the Charity blog sale invite which you can see in the final photo.
002 This weeks graze box and most of it has been eaten :D
003 This weeks Week In Photos post is going up a bit early so I can let you all know on Monday (28th March) the charity blog sale for Japan will open at 8am so wake up early and get buying! It’ll be open for a week and there’s also a few items on ebay, I’ll add the link when I get it. Help to spread the word by posting the invite above on your blog, emailing to your friends and family and posting the blog link on your twitter. Lets make this sale even better than the last!

OPI Los Cabo Coral - NOTD

A Dozen Rosas | Cozu-melted in the Sun | Los Cabos Coral | Magnífico México | My Chihuahua Bites! | Pink-o de Gallo | Por Favor | Puerto Vallarta Violeta | Strawberry Margarita | Tijuana Dance? | Will You Mari-achi Me? | You Rock-apulco Red!

To-Do List For The Weekend

I love making lists so here’s my one for this weekend:
create invite for blog sale to raise money for Japancreate a new header, this one is just temporaryMix up my blog design/layout and write some new poststake photos of the cherry blossom in the park and photos for this months scavenger hunttidy my bedroom

E.L.F Studio Eyebrow Kit In ash

This is my second review from E.L.F this week and it's another eyebrow product. You can read my other review here.The packaging is once again great and it feels and looks like it would cost more than £3.50. It's great that a little window is included and the product is written on the front so you know what you're grabbing for from your collection. It’s actually bigger than I expected too which is always a bonus. Another bonus is the little mirror inside, it is tiny but still great for when your on the go.Once open you'll find two products and a little double ended brush which surprisingly works well for when you're on the go. The product on the left is the wax which will shape your brows as well as give them a bit of colour and will fill in any patches. Then the second product is the setting powder which will also add a bit of colour.Despite going for the light option in the last brow product from E.L.F I went with ash as the swatches on the website looked a bit da…

Benefit Powderazzi Box Powders

I wasn't going to share my thoughts on this box of Benefit powders as you can't actually buy it anymore here in the UK. But then I was like, well you can buy them separately so I shall write one.

I love the packaging and I don't mind it being cardboard as I don't tend to carry it around with me, it is quite big.

In the box you get three powders and one of their little brushes. Personally I don't see the point in having a brush, if you're going to use it you can only really use it for one colour. I would have preferred there to be a second blush colour or maybe a highlight like high beam.

So you get Coralista, top left corner, which is a pinky coral with a subtle gold sheen to it.

Hoola, top right, which is a medium brown matte bronzer.With my very pale skin tone this can come out looking quite orange so I'd say this is more suited for those who have a light skin tone or darker.

A finally Dallas, bottom left, which is a mix of the other two but has less shimm…

Week In Photos 027

001 Spring has finally arrived and the weather has been fabulous. I am stuck in a building all day for work but it's lovely to walk to and from the bus with the sun shining. I've definitely got my wear out of my sunglasses already. We've also got our first flowers in the garden after it looking quite dead over winter.

002 I've become a big fan of tea this week, not the normal at milk to tea though, I still hate that. This is my mug of choice for work, anyone else get one of these years ago? I ordered the little sample boxes of a few teas from Teapigs. For my first order I chose super fruit, lemon grass, green tea and peppermint. Not so keen on the lemon grass but I'm definitely going to order the full size of super fruit and peppermint.

003 Tuesday night my Auntie come up from London as her play was being shown in Fact on the Wednesday along with the director. The play was great and there was a question and answer at the end with a neuroscientist. We could have st…

E.L.F Studio Eyebrow Treat And Tame In Light

I haven’t used the treat side as I don’t particularly need my eyebrows to grow faster, if I do in the future then I’ll update this review with my thoughts.The packaging has a matte effect just like Nars products. The black part is normal shiny plastic though so it won’t get that horrible dirty look to it.  You can use the treat side either under make-up for during the day or as a night time treatment to help eyebrow re-growth and keeping them in top condition. Then the tame side is to fill in your brows and shape them into your desired look. I think the mascara wand could do with being slightly tapered as I sometimes get the product on my skin whilst shaping the outer ends of my eyebrows. Other than that though the wand distributes the colour evenly and applies really nicely. Onto the colour selection, all the reviews I’ve read say the shades are very light so I was really hoping to get a good match to my eyebrows. As I have strawberry blonde hair my eyebrows are extremely light  and …

Lush Dream Cream

Both Abby and Clare from my work recommend Lush’s dream cream for eczema, along with a lot of other people, and I’ve only just bought a tub to try it out myself. The reason I haven’t picked it up before now is the price, £10.25 isn’t cheap for a product that could actually make my eczema worse. My legs have been particularly bad recently so now is a good time to test it out.
I love the smell, it’s quite a subtle scent so won’t distract away from your perfume unlike other products from Lush.

I apply it all over before I go to bed and at any point during the day if my skin is feeling itchy. It really does help and calms my skin down so I don’t scratch it. I just wish they sold a smaller pot so I could carry it round in my bag, this can be easily solved though by putting some in a travel/sample pot. It doesn’t make my eczema go away as quick as steroid creams do but it does really help. Plus there aren’t any side affects when using it unlike steroid creams. I find it doesn’t soak in qui…

Alva Naturkosmetik Dead Sea Bath Salts

The first thing about this is the packaging, it’s horrible. Once the bag is opened there is no way of closing it, hence why I have mine in a glass jar.
Now onto the product itself, here’s a bit about them from the mypure website:
“Salt from the Dead Sea contains more calcium and magnesium salts than normal sea salt. These minerals have a calming effect on the skin and encourage cell renewal. They are effective in retaining the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Add a handful to your bath for a body boosting mineral bath.”I use 1 1/2 scoops per bath and just drop them in while the water is running. Once the bath is full the salt is usually dissolved. These particular bath salts have no fragrance so you could add in your own essential oil.
I don’t really hear or read too much about bath salts but they really help with my sensitive skin and eczema. About a year and half ago when my eczema was really bad my doctor suggested poring cooking salt into my baths which worked really well. These …

The Bluebeards Revenge

A few months ago I won May's give-away for some lovely Bluebeards Revenge products. The Bluebeards Revenge Shave Cream, described as ‘The Ultimate Shaving Experience for Real Men’ is perfect for us girls too. I've been using the shave cream, brush and the post shave balm since they arrived through my door and I love them.
The packaging for everything is amazing! I love anything piratey and they've definitely thought about every little detail going into their products.
I have sensitive skin, including my legs and my eczema can flare up for no reason so I've had problems with irritation from shaving and not liking the shaving gels/foams I've used. Since using this shave cream I haven't had a single bit of irritation at all and this is really down to the skin-friendly and paraben-free formula they use.
To apply the shave cream I either use the brush or my hands to lather it up and apply, it just depends on how lazy I'm feeling. Both get the job done well. I …

Models Own Shopping

After being sent a couple of the new spring/summer polishes by Models Own I knew I had to buy the others. The only one I haven’t bought is orange sherbet as I couldn’t see myself using it. I also bought a few others I’ve been lemming over for a while.

Juicy jules, slate grey, bronze rage, nyla nude, bloo boo and pink fever Bronze rage is such a unique colour and pink fever will look amazing on the toes. I’ll be posting NOTD’s like usual but if you want any in particular just leave a comment.
What’s your favourite Models Own polish?

Week In Photos 026

001 This week I’ve tried to drink more water, eat healthier and cut down on snacks after reading Victoria’s post about her weight loss. I also ran/jogged for the first time in a few years this week. It felt great and amazingly my knees didn’t hurt during or after. I have quite weak knees due to injuring them playing in the snow and during Duke Of Edinburgh so I haven’t ran since then. I need some good music to listen to while exercising, what do you listen to? 002 I think tulips are one of my favourite flowers, along with peonies. I love daffodils too, they always seem to make the room much brighter and happier. I love flowers despite having really bad hay fever, lilies drive me crazy.003 Monday was my dads birthday so we had present opening and them my mum and him went out for a meal. 004 We had the birthday cakes on the Tuesday along with finally having pancakes after thinking it was last month. I also decided to give up chocolate for lent as I’ve had way too much of it recently. Ha…

Win A Chance To Take Part In Aussie Angel Activities!

Today I’m brining you a chance to win 1 of ten opportunities to join in the Aussie fun as part of all the 'Lusciously Light' activities. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is answer the following question on your own blog and tweet the link to @yummyhair It would be great if you’d tweet me the link too @rottenotter as I’d love to read them :)“Put a spring in your Spring! Tell us, how would you lighten up your life? #AussieLight”Winners will be chosen by the Uncover Aussie team based on the most creative response that reflects the Aussie spirit. This means videos, pictures, stories or even songs can be in your blog post entry – just as long as you answer the question. The competition is running from today (Friday 11 March) until Midnight on Sunday 20th March 2011, so you’ve got 10 days to get your entries in. Terms and Conditions can be found on here.

Lush Time

I haven't made a Lush order since September, I even avoided ordering at Christmas as nothing really interested me. I was in the mood to try some of Lush retro products so I made a little order a long with the new shower gel, it's raining men, which smells like honey I washed the kids soap.
I haven’t tried any of these before so I’m looking forward to trying them out. Have you tried any of the retro products before?
I’ll probably be posting a review once a week so it’s not a Lush overload.

Happy Bubble Bar
Temple Of Truth Bubble Bar
Ice Hotel Bubble Bar
Frog Prince Ballistic
Dirty Springwash Shower Gel
It's Raining Men Shower Gel
Rub Rub Rub Shower Gel
Each Peach Massage Bar sample
King Of Skin Body Butter sample
Ginger Body Lotion sample

Surprise From Aussie

I’ve scheduled this for later in the day so hopefully everyone will have already gotten their surprises :)So glad I chose today to have a day off from work! My Lush order arrived along with this amazing box from Aussie. When I opened my emails and saw one saying a delivery will be made this morning from a balloon company I did think I was going crazy and ordering things in my sleep. What an amazing way to start the day!