31 October 2015

Lush Halloween 2015

lush-halloween-2015-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blog Sparky Pumpkin Bubble Bar | £3.65 // Although the glitter gets everywhere, I do love the look of this bubble bar! Juniperberry, lime and grapefruit make up the scent of this one and it creates the most amazing bubbles and turns the water orange.

Lord Of Mirsule Bath Bomb | £3.95 // I wish this bath bomb was available all year round as it's one of my favourites. I do stock up though when it's released each Halloween! There's also a surprise inside which makes this plain looking bath bomb a bit more interesting. The scent is a mix of patchouli and black pepper and the two go surprisingly well together along with a hint of vanilla.

Lord Of Misrule Shower Cream | £4.95 - £27.95 // I was a bit disappointed with the scent of this one as I can't really smell anything when I use it and it definitely doesn't smell like the bath bomb even though they are meant to have the same scent. Maybe I've just got an off bottle although it's well in date and was only made in July. Anyone had the same issue?

Nightwing Shower Jelly | £3.95 // I just love how this looks! It also smells incredibly and good enough to eat, just like fruit pastillles! I find the easiest way to use the shower jelly, and to not waste any product, is to break a bit off and sort of use it how you would a normal soap or shower gel. It also lathers up well if you use a shower lily with it.

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28 October 2015

OPI Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok Fine!

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok Fine! // three coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok Fine!

Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok Fine! looks very green toned in my photo and I think this is a mix of my own skin town as well as the light I took the photo in. The sun was going in and out then it was raining with dark grey clouds covering the sky. It's actually more of green toned dark grey.

Application

The formula of this nail polish is really horrible. It took three coats to become opaque and each one was streaky and thin. The brush also didn't help the application as it's so thin.


Germany Collection // Berlin There Done That | Danke-Shiny Red | Deutsch You Want Me Baby? | Don’t Pretzel My Buttons | Don’t Talk Bach to Me | Every Month is Oktoberfest | German-icure by OPI | My Very First Knockwurst | Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine! | Schnapps Out of It! | Suzi & the 7 Dusseldorfs | Unfor-greta-bly Blue.

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27 October 2015

Empties | October 2015

empties-october-2015-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blog Weleda Almond Sensitive Skin Soothing Cleansing Lotion | £9.95 // I was a little bit disappointed with this cleanser as I didn't feel like it did too much for my skin. Maybe it's because I love balm cleansers so much these days that the old style cleansing lotions just aren't as good. I do have very sensitive skin so this was nice in that it didn't irritate it, but I think my skin needs, and likes, the added moisture that a balm cleanser gives. For now I'll stick with Oskia's Renaissance Cleansing Gel which I'm currently working my way through. I also have a huge list of cleansers I'd like to try so it's rare for me to repurchase a cleanser.

Weleda Iris Hydrating Mask | £14.95 // I liked this mask, but didn't love it and prefer the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask or Aveda Intensive Hydrating Mask which I have and am trying to use more. It really helped to keep dry patches at bay. I applied it to dry cleansed skin and kept in on for at least ten minutes, longer if I had the time, before removing with a damp muslin cloth or flannel.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair | £70 // Since buying this bottle two years ago it has been reformulated and the price hiked up by £10. Now that I've tried it, used it and been without it for a month without really missing it, I probably wouldn't buy another bottle. I have a mini bottle of the newer version which I can use if I get the urge to use it again, but for now I'll enjoy using Hydraluron.

The Body Shop Coconut Shower Cream | £4 // I really liked this moisturising shower cream when I first started using it, but coming towards the end of it the coconut scent was becoming a bit sickly sweet. This last a really long time and you only needed a tiny amount so this might have been why I was getting fed up of it. Needless to say I won't be repurchasing this particular scent, but I'll always have at least one TBS shower gel in my bathroom cabinet. I'm currently using, and loving, olive and moringa.

The Body Shop Chocomania Shower Cream // This was a limited edition scent and another one I liked when I first started using it and gradually came to pretty much hating it. I think I'll stick with eating chocolate rather than using chocolate scented products.

Weleda Foot Balm | £9.95 // Despite finishing this tube at an alarming rate, I really loved it. It might have been because my feet are so dry that I used more than the normal amount and perhaps if they'd been in better condition it might have lasted longer. Either way I recommend it and will be buying another tube when I finish the other foot creams I have. I'm currently using one from The Body Shop.

Sarah Chapman Overnight Hand Treatment | £35 // If you  read my mini review on this hand oil then you'll know I wasn't a fan and even though I've finished it I still stand by my original thoughts. I hated the scent and found it didn't actually do anything when I used it. I went to bed with dry hands and woke up with dry hands despite this being an oil and an overnight treatment. I won't be buying this again and am sort of put off trying other Sarah Chapman products.

D & H Australia Lime Blossom & Coconut Oil Hand Wash // This was a TKMaxx find and I absolutely loved the lime and coconut scent. I couldn't see another one when I went into TKMaxx the other day, but if I ever find it again I'll make sure I buy a bottle or two. I kept this in the kitchen by the sink and have replaced it with a grapefruit scented hand wash.

Lady Gaga Fame Perfume | £20 // I don't quite know how I feel about this perfume anymore. When it was first released and when I bought the bottle I loved the scent. After a few months of continual wear I sort of fell out of love with it, waited a few months and I started using it again. Although I liked it enough to wear it, I really wanted to try and finish it, I still don't absolutely love it like I did. I know our tastes change over time and some perfumes I loved a few years ago I don't really like anymore, but I was surprised I stopped like this one. I still love the bottle although it doesn't look as good without the black liquid inside. I won't be buying another bottle and instead I'm going to try and use up what I already have.

Lynx Attract For Her | £2 // I feel like I've had this for such a long time and I can't even remember when it was first released or even if it's still available now. I'm not a huge fan of body sprays as they don't last long and when I wear a perfume I want it to last throughout my eight hour shift at work without having to top up. Instead I used this when working out as a refresher. It's a good one to keep in your gym bag and I have something similar from another brand which I am currently using.


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26 October 2015

OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons // three coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Don't Pretzel My Buttons

This is definitely my manikin nails shade although I really like the way it looks. Since my skin is so pale I find it quite hard to find a nude shade, but I think this one works quite well.

Application

The formula is a little on the thin side so it did need three coats to even the colour out.

Germany Collection // Berlin There Done That | Danke-Shiny Red | Deutsch You Want Me Baby? | Don’t Pretzel My Buttons | Don’t Talk Bach to Me | Every Month is Oktoberfest | German-icure by OPI | My Very First Knockwurst | Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine! | Schnapps Out of It! | Suzi & the 7 Dusseldorfs | Unfor-greta-bly Blue.

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23 October 2015

Project Sample Use Up 037

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Healgel Intensive | £37.50 // This is one of my favourite products and I already have the full size. I use this to help heal my eczema which scares easily as well as other scars I already have. Plus it also works as an amazing spot treatment.

Liz Earle Eye Bright x 2| £13.25 // I've gone through countless bottles of Eye Bright over the years and it's a staple in my skin care routine. I use it to remove my eye make-up when my eyes are feeling irritated and as an eye mask when they're feeling tired and need a refresh. These mini bottles are perfect for travelling and I already have a full size bottle that I'm using.

Pai Comfrey & Calendula Calming Body Cream | £22 // I forgot how much I loved this body cream and although I only got one use out of this sachet, it's made me want to buy the full size so much. It's moisturising, but doesn't feel heavy on my skin and sinks in easily. I have a couple more body moisturisers I want to finish first, but this will be my next repurchase.

Dr. Alkaitis Organic Replenishing Serum | €49.00 // This was a free sample that came with an order I placed from Amazingy and sadly there was only the tiniest amount inside the mini pot that I couldn't really use it. It was nowhere near enough to cover my face, I think I probably was only apply to apply it to one cheek! Dr Alakitis is a brand that I would like to find out more about and the products.

Estée Lauder Modern Muse | £45 // I like this perfume but I don' t love it and won't be buying the full size.
project-sample-use-up-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blog 4 Roques Oneil Therapie Boost Hair & Body Wash | £17 // Although I don’t think I’d spend £17 on a shower gel when I can find good ones in the drugstore, I was surprised with how little I product actually I needed with this one. I took this mini bottle away with me on a long weekend and I probably only used about a tenth of the bottle and that’s with daily showers. I thought I’d easily go through the bottle in one or two uses! I wouldn’t use this as a shower gel simply because I have a sensitive scalp but it was really nice as a shower gel. The scent was different to how I imagined it would be going from the other products. It had a lighter fresh scent whereas the other products are more spa-like.

Rituals Zensation Organic Rice Milk & Cherry Blossom Foaming Shower Gel | £8.50 // I think this is the second can of this shower gel I've finished and I really like it. It reminds me of the foaming shower gels I used when I was younger and the scent is really nice. I am nowhere near buying a new shower gel at the moment as I have way too many in my bathroom cabinet, but I would buy it again in the future. This also makes a great shaving cream as it foams up really well.

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.

L'Occitane Verbena Soap | £4.50 // I took this away with me when I went to Brighton as it was the perfect size for a long weekend away. I really like L'Occitane soaps especially this verbena scent which has a hint of lemon to it.

Lady Gaga Eau De Ga Ga | £30 // I was surprisingly disappointed with this perfume. I really like the original perfume form Lady Gaga and have nearly finished the bottle. This new scent though, I'm really just not a fan and I won't be buying the full size.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara | £19.50 // I like all the Benefit mascaras and Roller Lash is no different. I bought the full size pretty much straight away after trying this mini tube I liked it that much. It creates amazing volume and length!


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22 October 2015

China Glaze Stone Cold

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
China Glaze Stone Cold // one coat
CND Speedey Top Coat

Stone Cold

The colour and finish of Stone Cold couldn't be more suited to the name and district. I think it's my favourite out of the whole Hunger Games collection. It is a very dark grey, almost black, base and is packed full of silver shimmer. It dries down to a matte finish which makes the shimmer look quite subtle. Just add a top coat though and the sparkles come to life.

Application

Stone Cold has one of the best formulas I've come across and I've tired a lot of nail polishes! It has quite a thick consistency and I only ever need one coat for it to be opaque. It goes on incredibly smoothly and is a dream to apply. Since it has a matte finish it dries extremely quickly.

Capitol Colours Collection // Agro (District 11 – Agriculture) | Dress Me Up (District 8 – Textiles) | Electrify (District 5 – Power) | Fast Track (District 6 – Transportation) | Foie Gras (District 10 – Livestock) | Harvest Moon (District 9 – Grain) | Hook and Line (District 4 – Fishing) | Luxe and Lush (District 1 – Luxury) | Mahogany Magic (District 7 – Lumber) | Riveting (District 3 – Technology) | Smoke and Ashes (District 12 – Mining) | Stone Cold (District 2 – Masonry).


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21 October 2015

Sunday Pamper 021 | Sunrise Cocktail

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Ingredients 
Avobath Bath Bomb
You've Been Mangoed Bath Melt
Brightside Bubble Bar
Santa's Sack Bubble Bar

Sunday Pamper on a Wednesday! Excuse the title of the post as this was meant to be posted on Sunday but putting up some shelves above my desk took longer than expected and once we were done all I wanted to do was watch Gossip Girl on Netflix and eat some Ben & Jerrys. Opening up my laptop to write out this post was the last thing I wanted to do so here we are on a Wednesday. Oh how I want to recreate this bath and read a good book instead of going to work in the rain.

I feel like I've discovered another world of Lush and this is creating a bath cocktail by combining a few different products. I am working my way through All Things Lush's list and will be sharing them here in my Sunday Pamper posts. I also want to try and make some of my own.

The only thing I will say is that I never use the amount that is listed as I have quite a small bath and feel like I'm sort of wasting the money I've spent on each product by throwing them all into one bath. For example in this cocktail you're meant to add a whole bath bomb and bath melt and about half of the two bubble bars. I just think this is too much for me so instead I cut the bath bomb into quarters and only added a sprinkle of the bubble bars. It really depends on your own tastes with how much you want to use.

I still found it gave enough scent and all four products went perfectly together. I loved the citrus scent and will definitely be making this one again. Since this cocktail was missing a shower gel I decided to use Lush Lime Shower Smoothie as I thought the lime scent would work well which it did. I love the shower smoothies and hope Lush bring some more out as this one was a Kitchen exclusive. You use them like you do a soap but they're really creamy and moisturising. This one has a sort of whipped consistency.

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20 October 2015

Mini Reviews 053 | Lush 002

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Calacas Shower Gel // This shower gel was a limited edition from the Kitchen and one I've heard so many people rave about it. The colour and scent reminds me of mountain dew although I can't really remember what it tastes like. It also reminds me of fruit pastilles and is a mix of lemon, lime and neroli. I really love it and hope it is brought back again at some point so I can buy another bottle. Just look at the colour!

Don't Rain On My Parade Shower Gel | £4.75 - £27.50 // You can also buy this shower gel as a bath sheet, but I'm not so keen on it so stuck with the normal shower gel. When I first smelt this I wasn't sure if I actually liked it, but it has grown on me and the more I smell the more I like it. It's a lovely dark green colour and the scent is blueberry, vanilla and violet.

Frozen Bath Bomb | £3.95 // With how popular Frozen has become it was only time that Lush created a Frozen bath bomb. It lends itself really well to a bath bomb and I love the grapefruit, neroli and rose scent.

Intergalactic Bath Bomb | £3.95 // I love the peppermint as it's unusual to find in bath products. There is also popping candy, shimmer and various colours! This is one of my favourites.


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19 October 2015

China Glaze Foie Gras

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
China Glaze Foie Gras // three coats

Foie Gras

Foire Gras is probably my least favourite out of the six shades I have from the collection and I do regret buying it. It dries down to a much darker brown shade which I'm not really a fan of. I much prefer the taupe shade it looks in the bottle.

Application 

Just look at the shine this nail polish gives and that's without a top coat. Formula wise it isn't the best and needed three coats to become opaque. The first two layers were also quite thin and streaky and it didn't even out until the third.

Capitol Colours Collection // Agro (District 11 – Agriculture) | Dress Me Up (District 8 – Textiles) | Electrify (District 5 – Power) | Fast Track (District 6 – Transportation) | Foie Gras (District 10 – Livestock) | Harvest Moon (District 9 – Grain) | Hook and Line (District 4 – Fishing) | Luxe and Lush (District 1 – Luxury) | Mahogany Magic (District 7 – Lumber) | Riveting (District 3 – Technology) | Smoke and Ashes (District 12 – Mining) | Stone Cold (District 2 – Masonry).


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15 October 2015

China Glaze Agro

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
China Glaze Agro // two coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Agro

Agro is a unique colour and one I surprisingly really like considering I don't normally reach for darker green shades. The flecks of gold are what brings this nail polish to life though and looks amazing when it hits the light.

Application

Since it has a metallic finish, brush strokes are visible if you're not careful when applying. I always try to apply the final coat very neatly and always finish with a thick layer of top coat.


Capitol Colours Collection // Agro (District 11 – Agriculture) | Dress Me Up (District 8 – Textiles) | Electrify (District 5 – Power) | Fast Track (District 6 – Transportation) | Foie Gras (District 10 – Livestock) | Harvest Moon (District 9 – Grain) | Hook and Line (District 4 – Fishing) | Luxe and Lush (District 1 – Luxury) | Mahogany Magic (District 7 – Lumber) | Riveting (District 3 – Technology) | Smoke and Ashes (District 12 – Mining) | Stone Cold (District 2 – Masonry).


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14 October 2015

Wishlist 007


I haven't done a wishlist post in a while but I love putting them together. I guess it's the online version of window shopping. I've gone through my shopping folder in my favourites and put together the things I've been lusting over recently.

I feel like I am always trying to find a shampoo that my hair likes and although I've found that with Philip Kingsley Itchy/Flaky Scalp Shampoo, I'm on the hunt for another so my hair doesn't get used to PK. I've heard a lot about Pureology but haven't tried anything from the brand before. I think the Hydrate shampoo and conditioner will be my next hair purchase.

Lush's Christmas collection is now available online and in stores and I am so excited about it all. I love the Yog Nog scent and cannot wait to try the bath bomb version. I think this is one I'll have to buy a few of! Also the Bar Humbug Bubble Bar has a slight licorice scent which I love and I think the Reindeer soap has a similar scent to The Comforter.

I'm in a bit of a skin care rut at the moment as I'm trying to use what I have although I don't love all the products I am using. I have a tiny sample pot of The Blue Cocoon from May Lindstrom which I have fallen in love with but has a £125 price tag. I have never spent over £60 on a single skin care product before so it's not something I'm going to rush into purchasing although I do love how it makes my skin feel and look. I've been using it as a facial oil once or twice a week to keep my skin happy now the weather is getting colder and my skin is becoming more dry. I think I'm going to buy another sample pot or two of it and then make an order for it.

Although I love the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel and would repurchase, I am missing having a cleansing balm in my routine. I've tried a lot of different cleansing balms and I will be repurchasing Emma Hardie and Omorovicza at some point but I really want to try Organic Pharmacys version. I also love the name!

I have all three of the other Urban Decay Naked Palettes so I really want to buy the Smoky version to complete my collection. I also really like the look of the shades and that they're quite cool toned which I prefer. I don't need another make-up bag but how can I not resist this gorgeous print from Hannah Maggs!

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13 October 2015

Mini Reviews 052 | Lush 001

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Beautiful Shower Gel | £4.75 - £27.50 // This shower gel is packed full of gold glitter that doesn't sink to the bottom like it has in other shower gels! The scent of Beautiful is peach, apricot and musk, a really nice combination that doesn't really sound like it would work but it does.

Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair Shower Gel | £4.75 - £27.50 // Lush don't often use fig as an ingredient but they have for this shower gel and it smells amazing. It smells good enough to drink with a mix of fig and guava along with lavender, jasmine, rose and ylang ylang. I really hope this is a permanent shower gel!

The Experimenter Bath Bomb | £3.95 // I remember seeing this bath bomb on Lush's instagram before it was released and the Oxford Street shop opened. This looks amazing as it dissolves! This has a really sweet vanilla scent and there's popping candy inside.

Yoga Bomb Bath Bomb | £3.95 // This bath bomb looks quite plain on the outside compared to others but once you add it to water there's blue along with the orange. It dissolves quite fast in the water but creates lovely swirls of colour in the water. I also love the sandalwood scent and wish Lush used it in more of their products.

Granny Takes A Dip Bubble Bar | £3.65 // Although I don't love the scent of Granny Takes A Dip, I just had to buy it when it was released as a bubble bar as I like to try everything from Lush at least once. It has the same ginger, pepper and lemon scent as the original bath bomb. It's a lot smaller than I was expecting as I thought it would be about the size of The Comforter although it is the normal price for a bubble bar.

Blueberry Roulade | £8.50 - £21.25 // I haven't photographed this one as it's currently sitting in a plastic box to try and keep it fresh in between uses. It also doesn't look the prettiest and not really like what it looks like on the Lush website. These roulades have replaced some of the shower smoothies along with some new scents and I'm not sure how I feel about this. I don't like that this doesn't come in a tub and it really should. You break a bit off and then lather it against your skin like you would a soap although it's a lot more moisturising. I'm not completely swayed with these new roulades and I can't believe Dream Wash has been replaced with one.


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12 October 2015

OPI Tomorrow Never Dies

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Tomorrow Never Dies // two coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Tomorrow Never Dies

Although it doesn't look it in the photos, Tomorrow Never Dies is in fact a purple nail polish. No matter the light, how many photos I took or altering the white balance, the purple would not show and a quick google image of this polish shows the same.

Application

This has a slight metallic finish and does highlight the brush strokes more than normal nail polishes do. The formula was a little on the thick side so I made sure to apply thinner coats for it to sit better.

Skyfall Collection // Casino Royale | Die Another Day | Goldeneye | Live and Let Die | Moonraker | On Her Majesty’s Secret Service | Skyfall | The Living Daylights | The Spy Who Loved Me | The World Is Not Enough | Tomorrow Never Dies | You Only Live Twice | The Man With The Golden Gun | Is that Silva? | Bond…James Bond | Morning, Moneypenny.

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11 October 2015

Project Sample Use Up 036

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CoLab Paris Dry Shampoo | £3.50 // I have two different uses for dry shampoo. I either use it to make my hair look more presentable or I use it to add volume, sometimes I like a mix of the two. This particular one from CoLab is one I'd use when I want my hair to feel clean. It doesn't create volume like Batiste does but I kind of like that. It does what it says though and makes my hair feel nice and refreshed without having to wash it. It's also clear which is always a bonus although I don't struggle with trying to hide the white patches of dry shampoo as I have light coloured hair. I bought the travel size of all the different scents so I could try them all. I like them all but my favourite is London and have already bought the full size.

Philip Kingsley Flaky/Itchy Scalp Shampoo | £22 // I've been through countless bottles of this shampoo and even bought the giant litre sized bottle as it worked out cheaper. This is my fall back shampoo if the eczema on my scalp flares up or generally just feeling irritated. It smells of apples and reminds me of the shampoos I used as a kid which I love.

Philip Kingsley Moisture Balance Conditioner | £20 // I've had a couple of travel size tubes of this conditioner and I quite liked it. I prefer the No Scent No Colour Conditioner from PK so I wouldn't buy the full size. 

Figs & Rouge Mango Mandarin Hand Cream | £3.95 // I thought this hand cream was ok, it smelt nice, but it wasn't anything special and I wouldn't buy it again. 

This Works Deep Sleep Bath Oil | £80 // I had no idea this bath oil retails for £80 when I used it. Seriously, £80 for a bath oil?! I think that's a bit ridiculous. I enjoyed using it and loved the scent but I have found cheaper and better products that I would buy again. 

Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator | £18 // This is a very gentle exfoliator that is perfect for my sensitive skin when I still want to get rid of dead skin but I don’t want to use anything too abrasive. It’s more of a cleanser with exfoliating particles in it rather than an exfoliator. I have a few other mini tubes of various exfoliators so I don’t need to buy a full size just yet.
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Batiste Original Dry Shampoo | £1.50 // Unlike the CoLab dry shampoo, this one from Batiste is what I use if I want a lot of volume in my hair, mainly before I am about to curl it. Since I don't use this on a regular basis I don't need to buy it too often and already have another can which I'm using.

Alva Salva-Derm Skin Balance Cream | £18 // This is another one that I've already had the full size of and finished. I use this on my eczema when I don't want to use a topical steroid cream and it works wonders. I really need to buy another tube.  

Aromatherapy Associates Revive Evening Bath & Shower Oil | £45 // I love these mini bottles of the bath and shower oil from Aromatherapy Associates as it gives you a chance to try all the scents without having to buy a full size. I really liked Revive Evening although the full size I want to buy is Support Lavender & Peppermint.

Caudalie Purifying Mask | £19 // This is like a mix of a mud mask and a hydrating mask, therefore, good for all skin types as it doesn't dry out the skin. It purifies and absorbs excess sebum for shine-free skin that feels clean with a clearer complexion. Once I finish my current face mask, which I find quite drying, I’d like to buy a full-size tube of this.

Caudalie Vinexpert Broad Spectrum SPF15 Radiance Day Fluid | £39 //  This is another one that I wouldn’t use on a daily basis as I prefer to wear a separate SPF. It is light pink in colour that again helps to even out the skin tone and makes a nice base for make-up though as it feels light on the skin.

Caudalie Polyphenol [C15] SPF20 Anti-Wrinkle Protect Fluid | £29 // As the name suggests, it's a fluid so it feels a bit lighter on the skin than a normal moisturiser does. This is quite often the case with Caudalie products, like the Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet, they hydrate and moisturise but disappear into the skin without much effort and you aren't left feeling greasy. This moisturiser has probably impressed me the most out of this range which is surprising as I wasn’t expecting to like it. This might be because I've been struggling to find a good moisturiser for a while. Everything I have just seems to sit on top of my skin and making it feel greasy but this doesn't.


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08 October 2015

OPI The World Is Not Enough

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI The World Is Not Enough // five coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

The World Is Not Enough

I knew I had to use an add on macro lens to photograph this nail polish to show all the different colours that make up The World Is Not Enough. Just look at it!

Application

The reason I never wear this nail polish though: it needs five coats to become opaque. Yes five! I haven't found the right colour to wear under it to reduce the amount of coats it needs and it's a shame as it's such a beautiful and unique colour.


Skyfall Collection // Casino Royale | Die Another Day | Goldeneye | Live and Let Die | Moonraker | On Her Majesty’s Secret Service | Skyfall | The Living Daylights | The Spy Who Loved Me | The World Is Not Enough | Tomorrow Never Dies | You Only Live Twice | The Man With The Golden Gun | Is that Silva? | Bond…James Bond | Morning, Moneypenny.


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06 October 2015

Face Masks | What I'm using 002

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Aveda Intensive Hydrating Masque | £28.50 // This is one of my all time favourite face masks and I'm nearly coming towards the end of the tube. It's perfect for those with dry and sensitive skin, which is basically my own. You apply a layer all over the face and leave it on for about ten minutes before rinsing off and your skin is left feeling incredibly soft and moisturised. You can also use this as an over night mask instead of moisturiser. As long as you don't apply too much, you won't have any problem with this rubbing off onto your pillow as it tends to sink in pretty quickly especially if you have dry skin. This is also a great mask to use during a flight as it's clear and no one will be able to tell. Plus as it's so hydrating it will counteract the dryness from flying. I feel like you get a lot product for what you pay so the price doesn't seem to bad. I like that it doesn't have a scent and reminds me of a mask version of hydraluron.

Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Mask | £27 // I use this mask when my skin is feeling congested and like it needs a deep clean. Think your clarifying shampoo but for your face. It's also suited to dry and sensitive skin which not all clay masks are so this is perfect for me. It's thinner than most clay masks which makes applying it easier. I leave it on for 15 minutes after cleansing and then wash it away with a muslin cloth or a Liz Earle Sponge. The scent is a mix of lavender and herbs which makes it relaxing and perfect to use before bed. Once washed off I'm left with fresh feeling and looking skin. Although the tube looks fairly small, it lasted me a long time especially as I only tend to apply these type of masks once a week.

Rodial Dragon's Blood Eye Masks | £39 // You get eight sachets in the box and inside the sachet you get two eye patches that are in the shape of commas. You simply peel off the backings and apply both to the under-eye area on cleansed skin. Leave them on for twenty to thirty minutes before peeling away and massage in any residue left behind. The patches are sort of a gel consistency and sit nicely on the skin without falling off although I don't tend to walk around when I wear them. These eye masks help to keep the eye area hydrated and moisturised and contain Hyaluronic Acid which I know works really well with my skin. Although they are supposed to de-puff the eye area, I can't really comment on this as I don't tend to get puffy eyes on a daily basis unless I'm having a hayfever day. It just feels nice to lie down for a bit and do nothing while the masks work their magic. They are expensive and not an essential part of your skin care routine, but they are a nice treat for a pamper session. I'm also sure there are other cheaper alternatives although these are the first I have tried since getting them in a gift with purchase.


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05 October 2015

OPI The Spy Who Loved Me

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI The Spy Who Loved Me // two coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

The Spy Who Loved Me

I'm not normally a red nail polish fan but I think it's the golden shimmer that almost looks like flakies that draws me to this polish.

Application

This is one that you definitely need a good base coat underneath as it stains your nails. Other than that application was pretty much perfect. The formula reminded me of a jelly polish but a lot more opaque.

Skyfall Collection // Casino Royale | Die Another Day | Goldeneye | Live and Let Die | Moonraker | On Her Majesty’s Secret Service | Skyfall | The Living Daylights | The Spy Who Loved Me | The World Is Not Enough | Tomorrow Never Dies | You Only Live Twice | The Man With The Golden Gun | Is that Silva? | Bond…James Bond | Morning, Moneypenny.

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04 October 2015

Lush Kitchen | August & September 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 a few small orders. 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 like the Lemslip Buttercream. I didn't even know the buttercream formula existed!

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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B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful Shower Gel | £10.95 // This shower gel smells straight up like honey! I absolutely love it and it'll be perfect for using with other scents. I wish Ma Ba Bubble Bar was still available as I think the two would go really well together.

Back For Breakfast Shower Gel | £9.95 // This is a citrus scented shower gel that works amazingly well to refresh and revive in the mornings. Not the most unique scent, but nice all the same and will work well with a lot of other products and scents.

Lemslip Buttercream | £10.25 // So the buttercreams from Lush are meant to be used like soap so you just scoop out a small amount, lather it up and use it like you would a soap or shower gel. Lempslip as you can imagine, has an incredible lemon scent that doesn't smell anything like toilet cleaner, the problem I have with a lot of other lemon scented products. It almost has a whipped conssitency and I love it and hope they bring back other scents.

Flowering Tea Reusable Bubble Bar | £4.95 // This is one of the newer Oxford Street products that I hope will be available online and in stores at some point like others have. It's a reusable bubble bar so you don't break a bit of like you normally would. Instead you just hold it under the running tap and it creates the bubbles. I love how it looks like an actual tea bag and I think there's flower petals in the middle. It has quite a strong floral scent as you'd guess given the name.

Pooh Stix Bath Bomb | £3.75 // I remember this one being sold although I never did try it before it was discontinued. Pooh Stix, is a game invented by main character, Winnie The Pooh. Each player drops a stick into a stream from one side of the bridge, then runs to the other side to see whose stick comes out first. I love the whole idea behind this bath bomb and the sticks are cinnamon and liquorice. This doesn't create the prettiest of baths as the small sticks end up floating in the water. I'd be tempted to add the bath bomb to an old pair of tights to avoid this. I have to be honest, I really don't like the smell of this one! It's so strong and overpowering scent is patchouli.

Divination Reusable Bubble Bar | £5.95 // I've never tried this one before nor heard of it before it was released in the Kitchen. It's a reusable bubble bar so it's one that you hold under running water instead of crumbling it up. It's an Oxford St exclusive and smells incredible. Before use it's an incredible bronze colour, but turns purple once it's used. To me it smells like parma violets and I really love it.

Golden Slumbers Bath Bomb | £3.95 // Despite the name and having not really read anything about this bath bomb, I was surprised at it's scent. From the colour I expected a citrus scent, but instead it's a mix of lavender. It's such a relaxing scent and I wish this was permanent. Luckily I bought two so I can at least get a few baths until it's hopefully brought back to the Kitchen. It also looks like it's packed full of gold shimmer.

Lemon Days And Ginger Beer Bath Bomb | £3.75 // I love the name of this bath bomb which comes from Enid Blyton. The scent of this one is a mix of lemon and ginger as you'd guess from the name along with mandarin and geranium. It's one of the more plainer looking bath bombs, but the scent is most important.

Elixir Bath Melt | £4 // This was first released in 2001 before being reinvented in 2007 to what it looks like here, a plain bath melt full of red rose petals. I'd never tried it thought despite being a huge Lush fan. The scent is ginger and cardamom, not my favourite scent combination, but nice enough to use. I love ginger scents, but it's the added cardamom that I don't quite like. There is also a mix of ylang ylang, almond and the rose patels. I love using bath melts as it means I can skip applying body lotion since they're so moisturising. I tend to cut the bath melts into two since they are quite expensive and I have a smaller than average bath. I really love the scent of this one and am glad I bought a couple.
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Sea Monster Fun | £5 // This is the same concept as Aliens And Monsters, but with the three colours you can create your own sea monster. While I probably won't be making anything out of it, I will be enjoying the scent as a bubble bar. It has quite a subtle scent and each colour varies slightly. I've read it has a similar scent to Big Blue Bath Bomb, but I haven't used it in a while I can't remember the scent.

Aliens And Monsters Fun | £5 // This is actually the first Fun I've tried fro Lush and I couldn't resist this design. I think this is available in Oxford Street, but was available to buy online from the Kitchen as a one off along with everything else here. So Fun can either be used as a soap, shampoo, bubble bar or simply a bath-like play-do. I mainly bought these two, along with a few of the plain colours, to mix and match the scents to make my own bubble bars. I've heard t green and red fun mixed together smells like Lord Of Misrule and this one does as well.

Grass Bubble Bar | £3.75 // This one looks similar to Pop In The Bath and unfortunately the flowers haven't stuck very well and fell off as soon as I opened it. It has a hint of grass to it, but the main scent is quite sweet and floral with a hint of citrus.

Supertramp Bubble Bar | £3.75 // I'm so glad I bought a couple of these as it's probably one of my favourite scents from Lush and one I haven't tried before. The more dominant scent is sandalwood which is my favourite note in perfumes. I also love the design of this one and it reminds me of a watermelon. It's also huge and really worth the price tag as I'll probably be able to get six baths out of this one.
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Waylander Rhassoul Soap | £4.20 // When this was announced as being sold in the Kitchen I wasn't particularly fussed. I read a few reviews on it and decided to not get it. It sounded like it might be too abrasive to use as a hand soap which is how I tend to use the Lush soaps. I was adding the other products to my order and suddenly decided I just had to have it. I'm planning on using it as a foot soap as I think the pumice and mud will work wonders on my incredibly dry feet. The scent is vetivert and patchouli.

Milko Soap | £4 // I love the scent of this soap and it reminds me of Snowcake Soap which is usually released as part of the Christmas collection. It has quite a milky scent with a hint of lemon and orange. It's pretty plain looking, but I have a feeling it's going to be one of the more creamy and moisturising soaps from Lush.

Beautiful Pea Green Soap | £4.20 // Not the prettiest of soaps, but this does have a really nice sent. It's the sandalwood that I love mixed with kaffir lime leaf and tangerine.

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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03 October 2015

Month In Photos | September 2015

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Obsessed with Lush Shower Gels | Cat hiding behind the curtains | Wardrobe clear out | And what's left | Currently reading | Watch season 2 of Orphan Black while blogging | Fiddle leaf fig! | Bedding switch up | cat | Blogging backgrounds.

Now that I have a better camera on my phone and I'm getting more into Instagram, I don't really pick up my DSLR to take daily snapshots. I don't carry it when I'm out and about and I like that I can instantly share my photos on Instagram instead of storing them all until I get home and upload onto my laptop. My Week In Photos posts are no longer weekly and have turned into more of a round up post as and when I remember to. This is where Month In Photos comes in. Same idea as WIP, but instead it's once a month.

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02 October 2015

The Back Ups | 003

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Does the average person have back ups of products their using so they're not without if a product runs out unexpectedly? Or is it just us beauty bloggers? I know I do and I probably have back up of back ups when it comes to certain products.

I buy Liz Earle's Eye Bright in packs of three as it means I don't have to pay postage and also so I'm ever without. I do wait until I'm half way through the last bottle before making another order, but even then it means I have four bottles in my possession.

It's not just skin care I do this with either. I always make sure I have a second mascara on hand in case the dreaded oh no this mascara has dried up and is unusable happens and I have nothing else to use. I also have what feels like a million and one shower gels to use before I even have to worry about buying another one.

I used to love having a lot of beauty products when I first started this blog and read others, but now how I wish I only had a handful of products. I could actually go out and buy something new instead of buying another back up! Apart from Lush, I can't stop buying Lush, I'm putting myself on a no buy until I only have one back up of everything. Some it might not take too long as I think I only have two unused cleansers in my cupboard, but others like shampoo it'll take a while. Let's see how I get on!

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01 October 2015

OPI On Her Majesty's Secret Service

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI On Her Majesty's Secret Service // three coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Although On Her Majesty's Secret Service looks pretty in the first photo, it looks magical in the second macro shot. Oh how did I forget about the macro lens add on lens!! I think I'm going to use it for more nail polish photos. On Her Majesty's Secret Service has a smoky blue base with green/blue/gold/pink shimmer running through it.

Application

The formula is a little on the sheer side but not as bad as some nail polishes. It has a smooth finish and is actually easy to remove unlike other glitter nail polishes.


Skyfall Collection // Casino Royale | Die Another Day | Goldeneye | Live and Let Die | Moonraker | On Her Majesty’s Secret Service | Skyfall | The Living Daylights | The Spy Who Loved Me | The World Is Not Enough | Tomorrow Never Dies | You Only Live Twice | The Man With The Golden Gun | Is that Silva? | Bond…James Bond | Morning, Moneypenny.


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