30 December 2015

Empties | December 2015

empties-december-2015-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blog Liz Earle Eye Bright | £13.25 // I had a bottle of this in last months empties but somehow I had two bottles open and half empty so I used this second up pretty quickly. It's my favourite eye make-up remover and doesn't irritate my sensitive eyes like others do. I've just bought three more bottles as it means I don't have to pay postage and they'll keep me going for a while.

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask | £19.99 // I'm a huge fan of Hydraluron so I knew I just had to try the sheet mask version although it did take me a while to actually buy it. I like these come in a box of individually wrapped masks as it means they'll last longer and you are easily able to take one mask away on holiday. It's not the cheapest at nearly £20 for only four masks, but I did manage to buy them when they were on offer. I really loved how moisturising these were and I'd definitely buy them again. I'm currently trying to finish the Aveda Intensive Hydrating Masque which gives very similar results, but I will repurchase these sheet masks at some point.

Lush Ylang Song Bath Bomb // I loved the neroli, rosewood and ylang ylang scent but I wasn't a fan of the flower petals that floated in the water after the bath bomb had dissolved. I don't think I'd buy this again if it came back into the kitchen.

Lush Yog Bog Bath Bomb | £3.95 // I have to say I was quite disappointed in this bath bomb. I absolutely love the smoky caramel scent but the water turns a not so nice yellow colour. It's extremely moisturising but wasn't that great to sit and watch it fizz away in the bath. I have two more to use but I won't be stocking up in the boxing day sale which I had planned to do.

Lush Dragons Egg Bath Bomb | £.50 // This is from the permanent collection and is an old favourite. It has a nice lemon scent with a hint of jasmine and there's also popping candy which makes it fun to watch and listen to it in the bath.

Lush Granny Takes A Dip Bath Bomb // This was discontinued last summer as it took too long to make but was brought back to the kitchen for a few days and I bought one so I could use the bubble bar and bath bomb together. The pepper, ginger and lemon scent was really refreshing but I think I prefer the bubble bar.

Lush Christmas Angel Bath Bomb // This has the same scent as Haagenbath Bath Bomb which is mint chocolate and it smells good enough to eat!

Lush Magic Bath Bomb // I loved the look of this one and it was great to watch it fizz away before trying to find the coriander leaf floating somewhere in the water.

Lush Lord Of Misrule Bath Bomb // I always buy this bath bomb when it's released for Halloween and I wish it was available all year round!

Lush Blackberry Bath Bomb | £3.35 // I was disappointed to see that this bath bomb sunk to the bottom of the bath and wasn't really much fun to watch. I haven't had a Blackberry Bath Bomb for a while but I can't remember it happening before and it's definitely not because it's old as I haven't had it for a while.

Lush Think Pink Bath Bomb | £2.65 // I feel like the scent of this bath bomb sums up Lush completely and I've lost count of how many I've bought over the years. It isn't one that I immediately think of buying when I go into Lush but it is one I always come back to. It's vanilla scented with hints of lavender and neroli.

Lush Cinders Bath Bomb | £2.95 // I love these smaller bath bombs as they're perfect for my smaller than average bath and it means I don't have to go to the hassle of cutting them in half like I do with some of the others. I used this in a bath cocktail along with Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar and Celebrate Body Lotion and all three went really well together. I love the orange and cinnamon scent and the popping candy makes it really fun.

Lush Candy Floss Showder | £12.50 // I really like the idea of this new product from Lush, but the packaging just does not work. First of all it's cardboard so what's going to happen when your in the bath, you've got wet hands and you need to pour it so you can use it. Also the powder inside is going to get clumpy if it gets damp as it's not completely sealed. When I went to pour it into may hands too much came out at once so I ended up wasting quite a lot. In the end I decided to decant it into another empty container which made it a lot easier to use. Onto the actual product, it smells amazing and reminds me of Snow Fairy. The powder gently exfoliates the skin and if you mix it with a little bit of water it creates a sort of shower cream. I enjoyed using it, but it is quite expensive and now I've tried it I probably wouldn't buy it again.

This Works Sleep Balm | £12 // I love this lavender scented balm and it really does help me sleep. I quite often use it as a hand balm and that way I get all the benefits which helps to keep my eczema at bay while also still being able to smell it while I go to sleep.

Aveda Scalp Benefits Balancing Conditioner | £21 // This conditioner was ok but I wouldn't buy it again. There are others that are more moisturising and I didn't think it made a difference to my scalp.

Stella Mccartney Stella Perfume | £44 // So many people rave about this perfume so I had to try it and while I liked it, I didn't love it and wouldn't buy it again.

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29 December 2015

Skin Care Diary | December 2015

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.
Liz Earle Eye Bright | Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel | Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm | First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads | Pai Lotus And Orange Blossom Toner | A-Derma Epthielle A.H Cream | Nourish Argan Skin Rescue. 

I've started using a mini pot of Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm this month and it's made me miss it so much and that I really need to buy the full size of it at some point after using up three of these minis. It's one that my skin agrees with and is just really nice to use. Another product that I need to buy the full size of, but am holding back because I have so many others to use up first, is the Pai Toner. It's gentle and perfect for my sensitive skin and works well with the FAB exfoliating pads. My eczema has been playing up a bit this month so I've brought back the A-Derma moisturiser back into play as it's a miracle worker.

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28 December 2015

Favourites | December 2015

Elemental Herbology Tree Of Life Balm | £22 // I wanted to order a couple of skin care samples from Naturisimo but you have to buy a full size product to do so. I didn't really need anything but though a multi purpose balm like this one would come in handy and I love it. I've mainly been using this on my elbows each night before bed as I get terribly dry skin there. A little goes a long way and it smells pretty good as well.

Tom Ford Black Orchid | £53 // This perfume has been on my wish list for such a long time and whenever I go shopping, it's the one I go to smell first. It took me a while to buy it though as I knew that it wouldn't be an everyday perfume for me, instead it would be for special occasions. I finally bought it and I wore it on my works Christmas night out and I couldn't be more in love with it.

Nourish Argan Skin Rescue | £21 // This has become a winter essential for me and it has saved my skin from becoming dry and flaky. It feels like an oil on the skin but I find it sinks in much easier. I'm still working my way through a mini sample size bottle and it seems to be never ending and have the full size as back up.

Lush Celebrate Body Lotion // Despite this body lotion being available each Christmas for the past few years and sharing the same scent as one of my favourite bath bombs, Golden Wonder, I never thought to try it. This past year though I've tried a couple of body lotions from Lush and really liked them so I bought a tub of Celebrate this year. It's moisturising but doesn't feel heavy on the skin and the orange flower, lime oil, cognac oil and benzoin scent lasts a really long time. I've enjoyed using it as part of a bath cocktail and using a couple of products all with the same scent to make it last longer.

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26 December 2015

Boxing Dale Sales | Lush

Let me start off with saying that I hope everyone had an amazing day yesterday! Merry Christmas to you all. 

I did have a post written in my drafts folder wishing everyone a good day but the day just seem to fly by and before I knew it it was nearly midnight and I hadn't opened my laptop all day. It was a nice and relaxing day for me with my family and I'm making the most of a couple of days off work. I will hopefully have all my blog posts scheduled as I've been slacking recently when it comes to the blog and I really don't like it. It's been a mix of no light to take photos and then when I finally am able to take some, I can't find the words to go with them. I've spent the past couple of days brainstorming ideas and have planned all the content for the next month, now I just have to put it all into place!
Despite being off work, I set my alarm for quite early this morning so I could spend hours refreshing the Lush website trying to make an order. Oh the joys of the UK Lush website! I wasn't sure what time the sale would go live so I woke up at 8am although it didn't go live until 9am.

I had a game plan for how I was going to go about the sale and for the most part it worked in my favour and I managed to place an order around 9.30am. I only managed to buy five things as the majority hadn't been added to the site or the sale. I'm not sure if this means they had already sold out or if they simply couldn't be added because the site kept on crashing. I was also surprised to see some of the permanent products in the sale and I really hope this doesn't mean they are being discontinued! I love the French Kiss Bubble Bar and Strawberry Feels Forever Massage Bar and will be sad to see them go, I don't know why they'd be in the sale otherwise.

Now onto what I wanted to buy; everything in the photo above plus Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb which I forgot to photograph. I really wanted an extra tub or two of Christingle which I could save for the summer as it makes your skin tingle which I imagine will be amazing on holiday or if we have a heat wave. I fell in love with the strawberry scent of Peeping Santa Bubble Bar which I wanted to stock up on as well as Bar Humbug Bubble Bar. I really regret not buying more of the Salt And Peppermint Bark Scrub since it looks like it's not part of the sale and has quickly become one of my all time favourites. I have a mini bottle of Rose Jam Shower Gel and had wanted to buy a larger bottle which my mum and I could share. Instead we'll have to savour this one until next Christmas.

In reality, my order consisted of Cinders Bath Bomb, Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb, Father Christmas Bath Bomb, Golden Wonder Bath Bomb and The Magic Of Christmas Reusable Bubble Bar. All of which I wanted and love, but wouldn't have been my first choices out of my wishlist. From scrolling through Instagram it seems like a lot of people haven't been able to make an order, I luckily managed to but I am now worrying that the payment might have gone through several times with the amount of refreshing I had to do! Or I'll end up with ten orders!

Anyone else managed to make an order?

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24 December 2015

Lifestyle Favourites 005

lifestyle-favourites-005-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blog Smooth Christmas // How have I only discovered Smooth Christmas this year! A whole radio station dedicated to Christmas songs. I also missed a month of being able to listen to it as it starts in November. I think you need a DAB radio to be able to play it so I've been moving my bug radio into which ever room I am in and want to listen to it. It's been the perfect soundtrack for when I've been tidying and cleansing as well as wrapping presents. It's definitely made it feel more like Christmas!

H&M Pine Forest Candle // We have the Christmas tree in the front room and I love how the whole room smells of pine when you open the door. I remembered I had this pine candle from H&M in my bedroom tucked away on a bookcase so I've been lighting this each night. I also love the marble packaging and I'll be reusing it when the candle has burnt out.

Mint Hot Chocolates // It doesn't feel like Christmas until I've had a hot chocolate with a candy cane in it. I've pulled out all the stops this year and have got cream and mini marshmallows as well.

ASOS Christmas Jumper // This is the jumper I wore for Christmas Jumper Day last Friday and also what I've been wearing at the weekends. It's so warm and cosy as it's a double knit and with the mild weather we've had I've been able to wear this and no coat which I love. I take any opportunity not to wear a coat!

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23 December 2015

Lush Gift Sets | Butterbear

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Writing letters to Santa Claws in a polar winter was always going to be taxing. When the local postbear almost got lost fighting his way through biting wind and snow, Butterbear's cocoa butter heart sank. There was only one thing for it; he set off to find Santa himself.
Reaching Santa's grotto (by now feeling quite chilly) he handed over his new letter. It read: 'Dear Santa, please grant my Christmas wish to find a friendly owner and a cosy bath. Every time I try I'm told that there's no room in the tin. Thanks, Butterbear.'
Santa smiled to himself and told Butterbear to follow him. In the next room, five excited bears were stood. Butterbear's first letter had reached Santa and he'd found Butterbear the perfect new home. You can pick him up with his five friends for creamy, vanillary-scented baths filled with luxuriously moisturising cocoa butter.
Butterbear Gift Box | £14.95 // It's not often I buy a gift set from Lush as they don't work out any cheaper but I couldn't resist this one with the cute tin box that I can re-use. Butterbear is one of my favourite Christmas bath bombs as I love the sweet vanilla scent and it's also incredibly moisturising as it's packed full of cocoa butter. The scent is quite subtle as well so it makes a nice change from the stronger scents of other bath products. It's also slightly smaller in size and cheaper than usual.

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16 December 2015

Lush Christmas 2015 | My Favourites

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Since I've talked about pretty much all of the Lush Christmas range, at least the newer releases, I thought I'd do a little overview of my favourites and the ones I've buy again. I like all that I've tried but there's a few that I don't think I'd rush out to buy again like the shower jellies or the roulade as well as a few of the bath bombs that are released year after year.

First let's start with a couple that aren't new but I absolutely love the scents of; Holly Golightly Bubble Bar, Golden Wonder Bath Bomb, Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb and Cinders Bath Bomb. I love that I can now use Golden Wonder with Celebrate Body Lotion as they share the same scent. Also Holly Golightly smells of coca cola which is a really unusual scent and then Luxury Lush Pud which smells of Twilight, one of my all time favourite Lush products.

Star Dust is another old product but one I think a lot of people won't notice in the shop as it looks very plain. It's also slightly smaller than the standard bath bombs but the scent is what I love most. It's quite a subtle vanilla, bergamot and rosewood scent and is perfect when you want a more relaxing bath. I've stocked up on a couple of these now and will buy a few more in the boxing day sale.

I forgot to include Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb in the photograph but this is another all time favourite. The water turns an incredible dark blue colour once this has fizzed away completely and it shares its scent with Honey I washed The Kids. Another one that shares the same scent as an old favourite is Peeping Santa Bubble Bar. It's a new design but has the same scent as Yummy Mummy. It's almost too cute to use!

Read more about the Christmas products here, here and here.

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15 December 2015

Project Sample Use Up 039

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Halo Fragrance Free Facial Wipes // I think I got these in a beauty box and although I don't use face wipes on my face, I do always have a pack at hand for if I'm swatching or just want to wipe down my dressing table after applying make-up. After a quick google search I'm not even sure if you can still buys these but I usually just go for whichever brand is on offer in Boots or Asda at the time.

Phyto Phytojoba Shampoo | £12.50 // I found this just a little bit too hydrating to use on a regular basis and this is coming from someone who has a very dry scalp. I wouldn't buy the full size as there are other shampoos I prefer.

Bumble And Bumble Surf Spray | £22 // I really loved this salt spray and will definitely be buying the full size when I run out of what I am currently using. I found no matter how much of this I used, it never made my hair feel crispy or sticky and it really enhanced my natural curl/wave. 

YSL Effet Faux Cils Babydoll Mascara | £25 // I prefer this version of Effect Faux Cils to the original which I hated. Babydoll gives me long and defined lashes with a bit of volume. I wear it on a daily basis but the volume can be built up. I wouldn't rush out to buy the full size simply because of the price but I would use it again.

Oilatum Junior Bath Additive | £9.19 // I have a million of these mini bottles of bath additive thanks to my friend who works in dermatology. They are the perfect size to take travelling as I always want to be able to take something with me to soothe my eczema if it flares up. I don't mind using the junior version as normally it's the only one in stock in Boots when I go to buy it.
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May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon | £125 // I have another one of these tiny pots of Blue Cocoon which I am rationing as I love it so much. I tend to use this once a week on a Sunday as a skin treat and my skin always feels amazing the next day. I have resisted buying the full size so far but I know I will at some point, I just want to try and finish a few more products first.

Lush Devils Nightcap Soap | £5.75 // After I removed the moss covering this soap, which to be honest isn't really needed, I found myself loving it and I used up the sample quite quickly. It slightly exfoliates as it's packed full of clay and smells incredible. I will definitely be buying a slice of this when I am next in Lush.

Lush Breath Of God Solid Perfume | £8 // I wouldn't buy it, but I actually quite liked this perfume. It has quite a strong masculine scent with notes of neroli, lemon, melon, jasmine, rose, vetivert, sandalwood, cedarwood, amber, musk. It's the sandalwood that makes it my skin of perfume.

Lush Volcano Foot Mask | £6.75 // This is another one I have the full size of. I've enjoyed using it but it hasn't wowed me like the Jessica foot mask has. I wouldn't buy it again I don't think.

Lush Breath Of Fresh Air Toner Water | £4.50 - £8.50 // Although there was quite a lot of product on the cotton pad, I only really got one use out of it because of the way the sample was done. It was nice to use but I wouldn't buy the full size as it contains perfume which I know irritates my skin.

Lush Rose Jam Shower Gel | £4.95 - £27.95 // I already have the full size of this shower gel and it's one of my favourites. It smells like Turkish delight and I wish it was available all year round and not just at Christmas.

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13 December 2015

Sunday Pamper 024 | Anything Off The Trolley, dear?

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1/2 Think Pink Bath Bomb
1/2 Blackberry Bath Bomb
1/4 Creamy Candy Bubble Bar
1/4 Sunnyside Bubble Bar
1/3 MMMelting Moments Bath Melt

As you can see, this cocktail is made up of five different products and is quite a luxurious bath. If I was going to recreate it again then I'd definitely add in smaller amounts of the bubble bars. I loved the scent mixes though and as you can imagine from the Think Pink Bath Bomb, Creamy Candy Bubble Bar and MMMelting Moments Bath Melt, it's very sweet, almost sickly sweet but in a good way. The sharpness from the Blackberry Bath Bomb tones it down a little bit and the orange and lemon from Sunnyside Bubble Bar is refreshing. I crumbled the two bubble bars into running water and then added the two bath bombs. Once they had fizzed away I then added the bath melt which made the water really moisturising. This is the last I have of the old MMMelting Moments Bath Melt and although the newer version contains a lot more oils, I still have a soft spot for this one.

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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12 December 2015

New In | Lush Winter 2015

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Grass Bubble Bar | £3.75 // This has quickly become one of my favourite bubble bars from Lush. I love the sandalwood scent mixed with neroli and bergamot. It also works really well with other scents and is one that I use quite a lot in bath cocktails. I also really like the simple design and it reminds me a bit of the pop in the bath bubble bar.

Big Bang Bubble Bar | £3.75 // This is another one that I really like the design of. It was a Oxford Street exclusive but is now available online and I think in pretty much all Lush stores. The pink stars are also a bath melt so when used together it creates an incredibly moisturising bath with a lot of bubbles. I love the simple tangerine and grapefruit scent and is a lovely summer scent. This wouldn't put me off using it in the winter though! Far from it, this is one of the most moisturising products I've tried from Lush and I can see myself buying it again and again.

Guardians Of The Forest Bath Bomb | £3.95 // When I first smelt this, I wasn't a fan and thought about passing it onto my mum to try. I ordered it online without smelling it first which was a bit of a risk. It was part of a bath cocktail I wanted to try though so I went for it and I actually loved it. Once in the water, the scent completely changes and works especially well with the Grass Bubble Bar. This is another moisturising one and is made up of lime oil, rosewood oil and cypress oil. This one is packed full of different shades of lustre and creates a real show in the water.

Razzle Dazzle Bath Oil | £2 // Although this looks small, you only need to use half at a time and makes the cheap price even better. It has a very similar scent to The Comforter but also has a hint of violet to it.

Snow Melt Bath Oil | £2 // Although technically this bath oil is part of the Christmas range, I thought I'd include it here as it wasn't released along with all the other Christmas products. I don't know why, maybe it wasn't ready in time but it's now available. To be honest, I don't really like the smell of this one but I should. It's peppermint and lemon scented but there's just something about it that I don't like.

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10 December 2015

Shopping | Liz Earle

Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser | £9.75 // Cleanse & Polish was one of the first cleansers I used as a teenager and I've been using it on and off ever since. I try other cleansers but I always make sure I have a bottle of this to hand in case my skin acts up. There's always limited editions around Christmas but I hadn't seen this sweet orange and mint version before. The packaging illustrations are my favourite and I am almost tempted to keep the cardboard packaging because it's too beautiful to throw away! The orange and mint scent is quite subtle which I prefer especially as it's a cleanser and it's my favourite out of all of the limited editions I've tried.

Superskin Hand Serum | £18.75 // This was a free gift as I spent over a certain amount and although I probably wouldn't have bought it myself, I'll happily try it out. I really like the original hand cream and also the other superskin products so I'm hoping this is just as good. It has quite a thin consistency as you'd expect from a serum but it feels really nice on the hands.

Eye Bright Soothing Eye Lotion | £13.25 // This was the reason I placed the Liz Earle order as I'm currently onto my last bottle of Eye Bright. I buy this in threes as it means I always have a bottle available and I don't have to pay postage. I use it as an eye make-up remover to take off my mascara on a daily basis. It's not cheap and I go through the bottles pretty quickly this way but anything else just irritates my skin and my eczema flares up.

Pure Muslin Cloths | £4.50 // Some of my muslin cloths have gotten too old so along with the cloth that came with the Cleanse & Polish, I thought I'd add a pack of two to my order as well. I know I can probably find them cheaper elsewhere but I really like how soft these go after a while and also the size of them.

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09 December 2015

Lush Christmas 2015 | Part Three

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Versatile and mouldable, Fun can be soap, shampoo, bubble bath or whatever you want it to be - the only limit is your imagination. 
Santa Fun | £5 // He's making a list, he's checking it twice...
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Santa Claus is coming to town, but what shape will he be in by the time he reaches your house? Whether you want bathing, playing or a good old fashioned wash behind the ears, this jolly Fun bar is sure to deliver! Build your own jolly Saint Nick using the different colours from this gentle Fun bar then use a little to wash hair and body. You can even use this gentle product as a shaving soap! (Save some to crumble under the tap for a festively floral soak too!)

Magic Of Christmas Fun | £5 // It's a magical time of the year, so release your inner illusionist and stage a bath of stimulating juniperberry and zesty tangerine bubbles to send your mood soaring. This bright, lustre-filled bar is just the trick for shaping into your own witch or wizard, or shampooing hair with.

Snakes And Ladders Fun | £5 // Boring bathtimes are hisss-tory when you get hands on with this multi-purpose, buchu bar! Get cracking with your own version of that slippery board game, using the inside of your bath to demonstrate - or why not go three dimensional? Afterwards use your playing pieces to soap up, shampoo or alternatively crumble a little under running water for soft, fruity bubbles.

Snowman Fun | £5 // Does anyone else smell carrots? A sweet blend of buchu, bergamot and Sicilian lemon essential oils are sure to conquer winter sniffles as you use your multicoloured fun to build a bath time snowman. When you're done, don't wait for him to go walking in the air - this versatile little chap would prefer to cleanse body and hair, (as well as create a few uplifting bubble baths for you). That's snow business!

Scent and product descriptions from www.lush.co.uk

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06 December 2015

Lush Kitchen | November 2015

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 recently and have been making quite 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.
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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.
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Northern Lights Soap | £4.25 // I was a bit disappointed with this soap as from the description I was expecting a really strong citrus and lime scent with a hint of pine from the cypress oil. Instead it just smells a bit soap to me. I'll still use it but had I smelt it in a shop then I wouldn't have bought it.

B Electro Shower Gel | £11 // This shower gel has a consistency like no other I've tried. It's incredibly thick that it sort of reminds me of the shower jellies from Lush. The scent of B Electro reminds me of sherbet but there's also grapefruit, rose and fennel. Just look at the colour of it though! Although it's much brighter and fluorescent in person.

Sparkler Bath Bomb | £3.95 // If you like the Rose Jam Shower Gel from the Christmas collection then you'll love this bath bomb. Unfortunately it was limited edition last year for Bonfire Night. The only place you'll find this now is in the Kitchen unless Lush bring it back one year. Luckily I was able to buy one. This is also one of the more fragile bath bombs and it doesn't travel very well. I bought two and both arrived in one piece which I was pleased about. The Northern Lights Bath Bomb from the Cold As Ice Gift Set which is a similar design did not travel so well!

The Enchanter Bath Bomb | £4.25 // This is another one I've heard so many people raving about but I haven't tried it before. It looks quite plain from the outside but I believe it holds a few secrets inside. I love the lime, neroli and olibanum scent of this one.

Still Life Bath Bomb | £3.95 //  This was a last minute addition to an order and I'm so glad I added it. As you can probably guess by the name, this bath bomb is inspired by Van Gogh's Sunflower painting. I thought this might be a bit too floral for my liking but I actually love it. It's not too over the top but actually quite a fresh floral scent.

Sacred Lotus Bath Bomb | £3.95 // I knew I had to try this bath bomb when the Oxford Street store first opened but I knew it wouldn't travel well. I took a risk and ordered one when it was released in the Kitchen and amazingly it arrived in one piece! I like the jasmine and neroli scent but it isn't one of my favourites. Now I've tried it, I'm not too sad that I can't buy it so easily. I do love how this looks in the bath though!

Ylang Song Bath Bomb | £3.95 // This has quite a subtle fragrance compared to some other Lush products and it makes a nice change. It's a mix of ylang ylang, rose and neroli and is packed full of flower petals inside.

Cyanide Pill Bath Bomb | £3.50 // This has been released a couple of times I think but I am yet to try it. This is probably my favourite out of all of them, I really love the scent! It has a lemon, cedarwood, rosewood and almond scent and is another one that looks quite plain on the outside but just wait till you see it fizz away in the water. It reminds me a bit of another favourite, Snowcake Soap which shares the almond scent.

Granny Takes A Dip Bath Bomb | £3.50 // This isn't a new bath bomb to me as it was available from the permanent range last year but was discontinued as it took so long to make. Mine did arrive quite crumbly so I used it straight away as I knew it would only carry on crumbling. It has a ginger, pepper and lemon scent which makes it a bit different.
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Violet Nights Bath Oil | £14.25 // I've never heard of Lush selling a bath oil in a bottle before so I knew I had to try it. From reading other reviews, I believe this emulsifies once added to water and creates an incredibly moisturising bath. The scent is a mix of sandalwood, a favourite of mine, and violet with a hint of vanilla, a nice combination. This is also one that features in quite a few of the bath cocktails I want to try so I'm really glad it was part of the Kitchen this month.

Karma Bath Melt | £4.75 // I cannot wait to see what this gold pyramid looks like in the water! I'm going to use it with the Karma Bubble Bar and think it'll look amazing with the purple bubble water. I love the karma scent which is a mix of orange and patchouli.

Error 404 Bath Bomb | £4.04 // I've heard so much about this bath bomb and missed out on it being given away for free on the website if you came across it's page a couple of years ago. Luckily I managed to grab a few when it was in the Kitchen this month and it's quickly become one of my favourites. It's a real showstopper in the bath and spins and fizzes away really quickly. I also love the colour combinations. The scent is a mix of geranium and orange.

Cherry Blossom Reusable Bubble Bar | £5.95 // This reusable bubble bar smells good enough to eat! It reminds me of a macaron thanks to the almonds. I also love the design of this one and think it's cleverly done.

Little Dragon Reusable Bubble Bar | £5.95 // I really don't like the scent of this one although I can't pin point what it is and have given this away to my mum. The scent is cinnamon and ginger which I would normally love but to me this smells a bit too soapy and I really don't like it. It looks cute though and I really like the reusable bubbles bar but this just isn't for me.
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Cold As Ice Gift Set £24.95 // I told myself I wasn't going to buy this gift set as the only product I really wanted to try was the Abombinaball Bath Bomb but then I started reading reviews of the other products and completely got sucked into buying it. As you can see there's only half of the Northern Lights Bath Bomb as it arrived smashed up which I wasn't too happy about. Lush customer service was great about it though and I've got a replacement parcel on it's way to me although the bath bomb had already sold out so I'm not getting a replacement NL. The gift box was wrapped in this knot wrap which is actually the Abombinaball Bath Bomb in water although in some parts it looks quite abstract. The knot wrap is also made up of recycled plastic bottles which is incredible.

Abombinaball Bath Bomb // I think this is the best looking bath bomb ever! Just look at it! It also smells amazing and I love the mix of peppermint, orange and vanilla. It's such a unique scent and the peppermint goes so well with the whole snow/ice theme. This is the sort of scent I had hoped the Frozen Bath Bomb smelt like. I cannot wait to see what it looks like when it fizzes away in the bath.

Star Light Star Bright Bath Melt // I loved this lime and ginger bath melt when it was brought out last Christmas so I'm happy to have another one to use. The outside of this is covered in shimmer though and it gets everywhere! I usually cut this into three as it's actually quite big for a bath melt.

Northern Lights Bath Bomb // This is one of the few products from the Kitchen that I've actually tried before as I think it was brought out last year or even the year before last around bonfire night along with Sparkler. This has a very strong jasmine scent and I feel like you're either going to love it or hate it. Once in the bath though it becomes a bit more subtle and you can start to smell the ylang-ylang as well. Unfortunately I won't be able to experience this one properly since it came broken so I'm going to use it in a Lush cocktail and mix it with a few other products.

Snowshowers Shower Jelly // I'd never heard to Snowshowers before reading up on this gift set but it's one quite a lot of people have raved about. It has a champagne scent along with elderflower, orange and lime.
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I haven't tried any of the bath oils yet so I'm just going to include the Lush descriptions. These are currently only available in the Oxford Street store although they're still all online at the moment. There's a few that I'd like to buy on a regular basis so I hope they'll be available online or in other stores at some point. Since these are extremely moisturising and I tend to mix the bath oils with other products, I've been cutting them in half to get more than once use out of them. Double Vitality was also missing from the order so that's on it's way to me as I type this. I am most excited about trying Furze (one with purple flowers) and Oil On Troubled Water.

The Sun Bath Oil | £2 // Imagine the sun as a huge orange lollipop. Transport yourself to sunnier climes and happier times by releasing Brazilian orange oil into the bath. Put a smile on your face. When days, or baths, seem grey, let the outer bronze layer of this bath oil unfurl to reveal bright orange colour. Soak up the Sun.

Ginger Bath Oil | £2 // Some things just go together: Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, organic cocoa butter and shea butter, jojoba and coconut oil, gold and glimmer. For the perfect carefree partner in the bath, this glittering bath oil mixes them all up (unfortunately, there's no tap dancers inside). Get in the swing of things and watch as this sunny orb bobs across the water putting on a show. Shall we dance?

Cloak Of Invisibility Bath Oil | £2 // If you just feel like disappearing for a little while, slip into the bath with this seductively relaxing bath oil and cloak yourself in floral jasmine absolute and mood-brightening ylang ylang oil. Before the doorbell rings, the dog barks or the children shout, pulling you out of your calm oasis and back into reality, enjoy nourishing Majorcan almond oil hydration... Who said that!

Happy Thoughts Bath Oil | £2 // Happy thoughts, keep thinking happy thoughts. Think about things you'd like to do. You gotta have a dream. If you don't have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true? Think about a bath oil softening the water, scented like an orange on a grove. Think about bright pink colouring the skies, spreading all the cheer it can. Or better yet, just experience it with this uplifting Brazilian orange oil and neroli blend.

Shark Infested Custard Bath Oil | £2 // What's yellow and dangerous? Not this! There's something vanilla-scented in the water and it's on its way to nourish skin with extra virgin coconut oil, shea and coconut butter. Don't be scared of this bath oil, descend in to the deliciously scented depths. Hold this vanilla-scented melt by its melon paper fin and dive it into the bath waters. Dun dun... Dun dun... You're going to need a bigger bath.

Orange Blossom Bath Oil | £2 // Get on your bike and cycle through sun-dappled orange groves. Oh wait, you're in the bath? Well, you'll have to soak in the next best thing instead. Bursting with organic shea butter from the Ojoba Women's Shea Co-operative in Ghana and rosewood oil sourced from our Amazonian rainforest concession in Peru, it's not hard to imagine you're bathing in sunnier climes!

I Am A Radiant Being Bath Oil | £2 // An enlightening blend of oils and butters allows you to feel like the star that you are! Make this your mantra, embrace positive thoughts and relax in lustrous coconut and jojoba oil. Visit the age of enlightenment as you drop this in the bath and allow your senses to consider floral geranium, rose and lemon oils in shades of evening pink.

Flowers Barrow Bath Oil | £2 // Imagine the scene. You're standing atop of Flower's Barrow, an Iron Age hillfort looking out across the captivating bay of Worbarrow on the Dorset coastline. Your barrow will be taken over by the Romans when they arrive, but the only roman in this quintessentially English bath oil is mood-brightening roman chamomile oil. Together with geranium oil and black currant absolute, bathing with this delphinium petal-rolled beauty will recreate the fresh floral airs of the English countryside.

Oil On Troubled Water Bath Oil | £2 // Calm the storm as you unwind amongst clouds of mint and oakwood; you can almost smell the weather turning. Amidst turbulent monsoons stood he. Darkness behind, a mirage ahead. Rippling clouds, peppermint airs swirl, Eye of the storm, oakwood awaiting. Through the abyss he walks, bath unclear, purple swell. With weather turning, The mind wakes.

Furze Bath Oil | £2 // It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a person in possession of an inviting bath, must be in want of a bath oil. However little known the feelings or views of such a person, it seems nonsensical to suggest they wouldn't delight in the scent of meadows covered in gorse bushes. This quintessentially English bath oil looks prickly at first (it's pressed with three amaranth flowers and rolled in elderflower after all), but when its shell blooms away it's a softie at heart.

Delight Bath Oil | £2 // I delight in the security that is a constant in my life. I consciously create my own bath with bright, zesty lime and spicy black pepper oils. Today is a treat for my skin as it enjoys nourishing 100% traceable Fair Trade organic cocoa butter. I release this intriguing silver bath oil to become a magnet, attracting comfort and content.

Lime Pastille Bath Oil | £2 // Whereas the beautiful is limited, the lime is limitless. The mind in the presence of the lime is lifted by citrusy fragrance and entranced by lustrous green waters that burst with hydrating extra virgin coconut oil. For fruit salad fragrance that's simply the zest, it's also brimming with lemon oil. Put the lime with the coconut and mix it all up (your bathtimes that is).

Johnny Appleseed Bath Oil | £2 // We don't want to put ideas in your head, so we'll just plant a seed. Why not pop this fruity green treat in the bath? An apple a day will send troubles away as you sow uplifting neroli, bright lemon and Brazilian orange oils into the water. Make it the apple of your eye.

Monsieur Gustave Bath Oil | £2 // Without question, without fail, always and invariably, exceedingly lovely, Monsieur Gustave is on hand when you’re looking for a bath that’s a little more civilised. Suave and soothing, lavender and rose oils create an atmosphere of sophistication and calm, then a dash of tobacco absolute entices the senses with an air of classic grandeur. Check out this Monsieur in the bath; you'll never want your stay to end.

Double Vitality Bath Oil | £2 // Zing, zing, zing went my heartstrings, from the moment I saw it I fell. Let this pink star sandwich go in the bath and watch it spring to life, painting a sky of whimsical pinks with the scents of refreshing peppermint and bright, uplifting lemon; feel the double dose of vitality. As you do, organic shea butter will richly cover the body to hydrate deeply.

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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05 December 2015

Project Sample Use Up 038

project-sample-use-up-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blog 6 Kneipp Pure Bliss Mineral Bath Salts | £8.95 // Kneipp is a brand I never hear anyone talk about but I think they make some of the best bath products. I've loved everything I've tried so far especially these bath salts. They leave the water a lovely pink colour and smell heavenly. I will be buying a full size tub at some point.

Tisserand Sweet Dreams Bath Oil | £9.95 // I really loved this bath oil and managed to get four baths out of the mini bottle. Eventually I want to buy the full size, but I'm trying to finish what I have first before buying anything new.

Phyto Phytobaume Hydration Express Conditioner | £14.50 // I'm pretty sure I've had the full size of this conditioner in the past, but I got this mini tube in a set with a shampoo and hair oil. I like it but there are other conditioners that I prefer.

Sebastian Whipped Creme Light Conditioning-Style Whip | £20 // Although I hate the wet texture of this, I have fallen in love with how this makes my hair look. No matter how much I apply, it doesn't leave my hair feeling crispy or sticky like some mousses do. It also makes my curls more defined without any effort. I've already bought the full size.

Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara | £25 // Despite this being a holy grail product for some, I just wasn't a fan. It left my lashes looking good, but pretty natural and I found it didn't give much volume. I do like the shocking version though and would buy it again in the future. The original formula though I will be giving a miss.

Yuli Halcyon Facial Cleanser | $52 // I only got one use out of this cleanser from Yuli. I'm glad I never bought the full size as it's a gel cleanser and I felt like it dried my skin out a little. I prefer cream, balm or oil cleansers.

Tata Harper Refreshing Cleanser | £60 // Like the Yuli cleanser, I only got one use out this small pot but I liked how it left my skin feeling. At some point I want to buy the full size so I can try it out properly along with a few other Tata Harper products. I want to wait until I've used the cleansers I currently have first before buying anything new.

May Lindstrom The Youth Dew | £90 // I only got one use out of this sample pot but I really liked it and if it wasn't £90 I'd probably buy the full size straight away. It's described as a serum but I feel like it's more of a light oil that you could use on it's own or follow up with a moisturiser if you need to. What I would like there to be is a travel set with this included so I can probably try it out before buying the full size.

Pai Instant Calm Sea Aster & Wild Oat Redness Serum | £42 // I only got one use out of this sachet, but I'd like to test it out more and will probably buy the full size once I finish the serum I'm currently using.

Aesop Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream | £33 // This has been on my to try list for a while and I think I got this sample with a Space NK order. I only got two uses out of the sachet, but I think I will pick up a full size when I next need to buy a facial moisturiser. It sunk in quickly and left my skin feeling hydrated. I also love the scent as it has a hint of sandalwood to it.

Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream | £34 // I struggle to find a moisturiser that works well for my skin but I think I've found it with this moisturiser. I still have a couple more full size moisturisers to finish first before buying anything new but this will be my first purchase.

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04 December 2015

Vs | Lush Bath Melts & Bath Oils

I have always been a huge fan of the bath melts from Lush and I always have a couple at hand in my bathroom. They're perfect for this time of year when my skin gets drier and it helps to keep my eczema at bay without having to apply body lotion. They're also great to mix with other Lush products and in bath cocktails. My favourites out of them all are You've Been Mangoed and Dreamtime. The other month though Lush released new and improved bath oils and I thought I'd compare the old formula with the new. Not only has the name changed from bath melt to bath oil, some of the designs have changed. Some for the better and others I just don't like. They have also changed the prices to £2 which means some of them are better value for money but others the size has reduced dramatically. The only product that hasn't changed is Ceridwens Cauldron which I'm really happy about.

You've Been Mangoed Bath Melt Vs You've Been Mangoed Bath Oil | £2 // This is one of the two that I don't like the new design of. I like that it's meant to look like a mango which matches its scent and the photo on the website looks good but in reality the design just doesn't work. Mine came with holes in it and tiny bits missing plus it was totally green and just sort of looks like a green blob. Although it looks tiny, the new bath oil formula packs a punch! I used half of it along with a few other Lush products and it was incredibly moisturising, almost to the point that it was a bit too much. I might try and use a third of it next time to get even more out of the £2. The new formula is definitely a lot more moisturising than the old.

Floating Island Bath Melt Vs Floating Island Bath Oil | £2 // I like the new design of this better than the old but I don't think it works with the name. To me this looks like a bath oil version of the now discontinued, Vanilla Fountain Bath Bomb. The major difference between the two is the size, the new is tiny compared to the old! The new version is a lot more moisturising which is a bonus but I think they really should have made it bigger. Again, I use half at a time as I find it's just a bit too oily if I use it all. I love the sandalwood and lemon scent but I am disappointed with the change in this one.

Dreamtime Bath Melt Vs Dreamtime Bath Oil | £2 // I liked the old design but I also like the new design which I think goes really well with the whole idea behind Dreamtime. I don't think the size has changed with this one but the price has decreased to £2 so it's a bit of a bargain. The lavender scent hasn't changed and I love how relaxing it is and I always sleep better after I've used it in a bath. I feel like the formula of this one hasn't really changed from the old one and it is still just as moisturising as it was. Again I tend to cut this in two so I can get more baths out of it.

MMMelting Marshmallow Moments Bath Melt Vs MMMelting Marshmallow Moments Bath Oil | £2 // This is probably the one I am most sad about the change, just look at the new design and size! The old MMMelting Marshmallow Moments Bath Melt was huge and look at it now. While I didn't love the old design I also think the new shape is equally as boring and they could have thought of something a bit better. At least the old design sort of looked like a marshmallow! I love the sweet candy floss scent that reminds me of Snow Fairy and I will still buy this bath oil, I just can't get over the size difference. I know that they've added a lot more oils and butters to it so you don't need to use as much, it just feels like we're getting less for our money. I also liked the the old formula was a bit of a mix between a bath melt and a bubble bar but with the new it just creates moisturising water.

What do you think of the changes?

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03 December 2015

Wishlist | Christmas 2015

wishlist-christmas-2015-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blog Writing As Therapy Journal | £15 // I may or may not have already bought this for myself! I've always wanted to keep a journal so that I can read through it when I'm older and just have another way to keep my memories alive. I've tried and failed though, especially when I was a teenager, and after a couple of weeks I always stop writing in them. I'm hoping I'll be able to stick with it this time especially as I love the look of this journal. I think the key to it this time around is to not force myself to write in it each day and instead as and when I feel I need to. It may be every night but it could also be once a week and that's ok.

The Little Book Of Lunch | £14.19 // I am forever getting into eating ruts and although I love cooking, I absolutely hate thinking of what to eat especially when it comes to lunches. I think this recipe book is the answer!

Urban Decay Smokey Palette | £35 // I have all three of the other Naked palettes so I definitely need this one too! I mean it would be rude to not have the whole collection right?!

Orange, Lemon & Lime Squeezer | £8, £7.50 & £6 // Oh how I love these citrus squeezers! Not only are they practical but they look good as well.

Keep Cup | £20 // Now I don't usually take a hot drink out of the house but you know, if I wanted to then I'd need something like this.

Art Prints by Jen B Peters | Various Prices // I am plant obsessed and fell in love with these prints by Jen as soon as I saw them. Also perfect if you simply cannot keep a plant alive!

Living Etc Subscription | £6 // This magazine subscription has been on my Christmas list for a few years now and I like that it feels like I get a present each month of the year when it comes through the letter box. It's my favourite house decor magazine out of them all and I've built up quite a collection now.

Frankie Diary 2016 | $26.95 (roughly £18) // I really regret not getting the 2015 diary as I love how they look lined up on my bookcase and I have both 2013 and 2014. I think I'll be treating myself to one this Christmas! I love the colours they use and the illustrations inside and there's a few extras included in this years diary.

Balenciaga B Perfume | £66.50 // I fell in love with this perfume when I spent my lunch break in the perfume aisle of Boots a good six months ago and I haven't stopped thinking about it. The bottle design is gorgeous and so is the scent. I've told myself I'm not buying any new perfumes until I've finished what I have so this has to go on my Christmas list.

Hour Glass Ambient Lighting Edit palette | £65 // I don't think I will ever own this but it's still going on my wishlist! I don't even know if I'd be able to use it even if I did get it as it's so beautiful.

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02 December 2015

Lush Christmas 2015 | Part Two

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Bar Humbug Bubble Bar | £3.65 // I love the design of this bubble bar and anything liquorice scented I'll buy. The liquorice scent isn't as strong as I'd hoped it would be and I can smell more of the bergamot with a hint of citrus. This does create an amazing amount of bubbles though and turns the water a lovely purple colour with a lot of silver lustre.

Snow Fairy Shower Gel | £3.95 - £21.50 // I always pick up a bottle or two of Snow Fairy when it's released and although it's incredibly sickly sweet, there's just something about it that I love. I am secretly glad it's only available around Christmas as I honestly would be sick of it by now if I used it all year round. It doesn't feel like Christmas though if I haven't got a bottle in my bathroom! I love pairing this with the Magic Wand Reusable Bubble Bar as they share the same scent.

Reindeer Rock Soap | £3.25 // I feel like there are a lot of favourites in this round up post and this is one of them. The scent reminds me of The Comforter, another all-time favourite, so I knew I had to buy a slice. It's a mix of lingonberry, cassis, cypress oil and bergamot. I also love the design!

Santas Belly Shower Jelly | £3.95 // This has a similar scent to So White Bath Bomb and since they haven't released the shower gel again this year I knew I had to buy Santas Belly to tide me over. I intend to use this to make bubbles as well as using it instead of a shower gel so I'll report back with how effective it is. I love the apple scent and it's a scent you don't come across too much when it comes to bath and body products.

Magic Wand Reusable Bubble Bar | £5.25 // As I've already mentioned, this has the same scent as Snow Fairy Shower Gel and I don't think I've bought this when it's been released in previous years. Why I have no idea but at least I have it now. I really like the reusable bubble bars as I find they last a lot longer than the traditional ones you crumble into the water. Instead you run this under the hot tap until your bath is filled with bubbles and then you leave it on the side to dry out before the next use.

Old Father Time Soap | £3.50 // This is a new addition to this years Christmas line up and is packed full of shimmer. The full soap is really impressive to look at although the slice I got is a bit boring but I guess it's the scent and how it works that's important. It has quite a subtle herbal scent so a good one if you don't like the sweet or floral products. I can smell the sage and thyme the strongest but there's a hint of berry to it.

The Icing On The Cake Roulade | £5 // This has a similar scent to Ponche Shower Gel which I had a bottle of last year (or even the year before!). It's a mix of almond milk, chestnut puree, orange, lime and lemon. The roulades are packed full of cocoa butter and other others to keep your skin hydrated. I'm not too sure how I feel about the roulades as they have replaced some of my favourite shower smoothies and the few roulades I have tried haven't impressed me too much so we'll see what I think about Icing On The Cake. It looks pretty but we shall see if it's as good as people say it is. You use it like you would a soap or shower gel and I've found the easiest way of using the roulades is to break a small amount off and lather it in your hands as you usually would with a soap.

Rose Jam Shower Gel | £4.95 - £27.95 // This is actually a mini bottle I had left over from last year that I was saving but it still smells just as good as the day I bought it. The smell reminds me of turkish delight and is a lovely rose scent. There is nothing old ladyish about this one! I'm hoping to pick up a larger bottle in the boxing day sales.

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01 December 2015

Face Masks | What I'm using 003

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Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask | £95.50 // Sisley is a brand I haven't even thought about trying simply due to the price of the products. Nearly £100 for a face mask is just not in my budget although I was excited to try this mini tube that came with a gift with purchase. This rose mask helps to soothe, plumb and brighten the skin while smelling gorgeous. Use it two to three times a week and apply a generous layer to the face and neck. Leave on for ten to fifteen minutes, then wipe away any excess. Being honest, it doesn't do anything more than say a £20 mask does. If you have £100 that you want to spend on skin care then I suggest spending this on a serum instead.

Decleor Life Radiance Double Radiance Scrub | £27.50 // This is a bit different to other masks that I have as it's a  two-in-one radiance-revealing moisture mask and exfoliator for dull skin types. The exfoliating particles if Egyptian luffa fibres, Madagascan cardamom seeds and jojoba beads and it's quite a gentle scrub so it's nice for my sensitive skin. The exfoliating particles are suspended in a floral scented gel that keeps skin feeling soft, smooth and glowing. You apply this all over cleansed skin and massage gently in circular movements before rinsing away.

Mario Badescu Silver Powder | £10.25 // This is one of the few products that makes a noticeable different to blackheads. You mix a small amount of powder with water to create a paste, apply to your skin and leave until it dries before rinsing away. The easiest way I've found to use this is to wet a cotton bud and then dip it into the powder and apply to my skin. This was it picks up just enough powder without any mess. I only use this on my nose and chin as these are the two areas I struggle with blackheads. I have no idea what it is that makes this powder so special, but it completely clears blackheads without leaving my skin feeling tight or dry.

Dirty Works Cucumber Eye* | £3 // These are perfect to use on bad hayfever days as they really help to soothe the eye area. Simply put these over your eyes and relax for ten minutes and you'll notice a difference in how your eyes feel.

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30 November 2015

Instagram Favourites | 001

I have become slightly obsessed with Instagram, whether it’s posting my own photos or following others. Since I share my favourite blogs every now and again I thought I’d share a couple of Instagrammers I think you should all follow especially if you’re into your Lush like I am. I’ve found so many new accounts to follow when Kate posted her favourites on Nouvelle Daily so I hope you find a few as well in my round ups.
favourite-instagram-accounts-cupsoftea-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blogcupsofteas | Rene // The first photo I saw from RenĂ©e was one of her amazing bath shots and it inspired one of my Sunday Pamper photos. I really like the colour schemes she uses in her photos and I can’t make up my mind about those doll head candles, are they totally creepy or cool? I’ve decided I actually would like one. She uses a mix of different Lush products and I’m always keeping note of what she uses together for future baths.

favourite-instagram-accounts-afoxintheflowers-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blogafoxintheflowers | Canadian Lushie // Some of these photos are works of art – just look at the Karma Bath Melt dissolve in the purple water of the Karma Bubble Bar! And the photos of her face in the water are incredible! This is another feed that really inspires me and one I check daily to see if she has posted anything. If you’re interested in bath cocktails then this is the one to follow.

favourite-instagram-accounts-eire_in_to-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blogeire_in_to | Christine | Irish girl living in Toronto. Works in the bombs room at Toronto Lush Cosmetics Factory // I can’t remember how I discovered Christine’s Instagram feed, I think it was probably one of many scrolls through the Lush hastags that I came across her photos. Like the Kitchen’s Instagram, Christine gives a glimpse into what it’s like to work in a Lush factory and I love seeing how messy she gets with all the glitter or how they wash the tables they use to make the products. I also like to see what they get in the staff boxes from Lush! Just look at all those bath bombs lined up!

notbydesign | Stephen | Bubbles compounder for Lush Cosmetics Toronto // I found Stephen after I found Christine as I think they work in the same factory. His Instagram feed is similar in that you can see the bubble bars being made and all the processes.

favourite-instagram-accounts-lushkitchen-rottenotter-rotten-otter-bloglushkitchen | We're cooking up exclusive posts // How can I write about Instagram and Lush and not talk about the Lush Kitchen. Their Instagram feed is one of my all-time favourites as I’m just so interested in seeing how the products are made and who can resist an army of bubble bars or bath bombs. Their photos are so well taken and thought out and it’s nice to see the staff behind the Kitchen as well. I check their Instagram at 5pm every Sunday for the following weeks menu where I decide which products I want to buy. Usually it’s a case of which do I want more and whittling the list down from the whole lot to a couple of products.
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