29 February 2016

Favourites | February 2016

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Lush Karma scent // This month I have become a little bit obsessed with the Karma scented products from Lush. The first tried the bubble bar when it looked slightly different and I can't remember if it was part of the permanent collection then or was available online from the Retro section. I picked up most of the other products from The Kitchen over the past couple of months and saved them all to use together. I also asked for a sample of the Karma Soap as I knew I didn't want to buy the full size but still want to use it. The bath bomb was slightly disappointing in that it didn't really do much in the bath apart from turning the water green but the scent was what made it really. I find the Karma scent really hard to describe and it's one I think you just need to go and smell in store. The notes are lemongrass, patchouli, mango and orange although I don't think this sums it up too well. It's a musky sexy scent and I really love it.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser | £14 - £26 // I always seem to come back to C&P as I know it just works with my skin. This is a limited edition sweet orange and mint version so it smells really nice but the formula is the same.

Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Perfume | £39 // This has been my perfume of choice this month. I really like Narciso Rodriguez perfumes and have had and finished the pink bottle in the past. It's one I've had a lot of people asking what I'm wearing which I always think is a good sign when it comes to perfume. When the elegance of woods meets the delicate femininity of a white-flowers bouquet and beats around the amber notes of a warm heart of musk. 


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28 February 2016

Sunday Pamper 028 | Spring Clean

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lush cocktail its a citrus thing 2 Ingredients
1/4 Mother Superior Bubble Bar
1 Secret Garden Bath Bomb
1/2 So White Bath Bomb or Shower Gel



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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26 February 2016

Disappointing products 004

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Lush Roulades // I absolutely loved the shower smoothies Lush used to sell, especially Dreamwash, but they discontinued them as they were introducing some new products. The replacement is now described as a roulade which I was quite excited to try especially as one is still named Dreamwash. I asked for some samples when I placed various orders so I could try them out first before buying the full sizes. I've tried them all now but I just don't like them. The best out of them is Dreamwash which I'm pleased about but it still isn't anywhere near as good as the original. They come in slices like a roulade so there is no packaging which I don't like. I'm all for less packaging and everything but these really do need to be kept in something, if not then they dry out even more. I've been scooping out a small amount and sort of lathering it like a normal soap. I find them too dry and they just sort of either crumble into the water as I'm using it or don't dissolve properly as I use it. I think they could have been amazing but the consistencies just aren't right. They need to be creamier and soft like the originals. It's such a shame as I really wanted to try the original Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie but didn't get a chance to buy a tub before it was discontinued. I also don't think much of the scent of Enzyme, the green roulade on the right.

Givenchy Phenonemeyes Mascara | £23 // When this was first released, I had no interest in trying it and didn't buy it. A few months ago I got a sample size in a gift with purchase and it did intrigued me especially since I technically hadn't spend any money on it. As expected, I'm not a fan and I'm even more pleased I didn't buy it to try it. I find the wand too hard to use and because of this I haven't properly been able to test the formula. It is much easier to use on the bottom lashes but I have the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara for that job.

Nars Audacious Mascara | £21 // There was an offer on the Space NK website when this mascara was first released and you could get a sample with an order. I needed a few other things so I placed an order straight away. I tend to gravitate towards plastic mascara wands instead of brushes so I thought I'd like this one. I find the formula too wet for my liking although it might dry out over time. It's the wand that I really didn't get on with though and I found it too spiky. The bristles are spaced out too much that it doesn't seem to coat each lash and instead they clump together.

Lush Candy Floss Showder | £12.50 //  I really like the idea of this from Lush, but the packaging just does not work and this is why it has a place in this post. If it came in a plastic tub or bottle then it wouldn't. First of all the packaging is cardboard so what's going to happen when your in the bath, you've got wet hands and you need to pour it into your hands 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 of it. 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.


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25 February 2016

China Glaze I Brake For Colour

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
China Glaze I Brake For Colour // three coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

I Brake For Colour

I Brake For Colour is definitely more of a toes colour for me as I usually reach for pastel shades on my hands. It's a nice bright coral though and the finish reminds me slightly of a jelly finish.

Application

The formula on this was ok. I probably could have gotten away with only using two coats, especially if it was on my toes, but it just needed that third coat to even out a couple of nails.


Road Trip Collection // Pack Lightly | More to Explore | Pinking out the Window | I Brake for Colour | Pop the Trunk | Sun’s Up, Top Down | Trip of a Lime Time | My Way or the Highway | License & Registration Please | Boho Blues | Dashboard Dreamer | Wanderlust.


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24 February 2016

Empties | February 2016

empties-february-2016-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blog Lush Brandy Butter Bath Bomb // This bath bomb is packed full of cocoa butter and is incredibly moisturising and you can see the oils floating on the surface of the water. It's a winter scent and a mix of cinnamon and tangerine.

Lush The Enchanter Bath Bomb // I was a little bit disappointed with this bath bomb despite reading so many rave reviews. It was fun to watch and smelt nice but didn't wow me as much as I thought it might have.

Lush The Boog Bath Bomb // This was the cutest bath bomb ever! I wish I had bought more of these bath bombs but hopefully they'll come back next Christmas. It has a rosemary and sage scent with hints of something sweet.

Lush Error 404 Bath Bomb // This is another one that was a little bit disappointing but this time it is the scent. It just smells soapy to me and not in a particularly good way. I love the copper and turquoise colours when it fizzes away but I wouldn't buy it again if it came out in the Kitchen.

Lush Jingle Spells Bath Bomb // I liked this juniperberry, tangerine, fennel and ylang ylang scented bath bomb but I don't think I'd buy another if it comes out into the kitchen again.

Lush Golden Slumbers Bath Bomb // I loved this lavender bath bomb and it really helps me to relax if I'm having trouble sleeping. Unfortunately it's only available when brought out in the Kitchen but I will be stocking up when I can.

Lush Honey Bee Bath Bomb | £3.50 // I love this honey scented bath bomb as it goes so well with the Gold Fun for bubbles and It's Raining Men Shower Gel, one of my favourite bath combinations. I always make sure I have one of these in my cupboard and I got one in the Mothers Day gift set I just bought for myself.

Viktor And Rolf Flower Bomb Perfume | £45 // This is one of my all time favourite perfumes and I really need to buy another bottle. It reminds me of a lot of different people and I just love the scent. Plus the bottle is really pretty!  

Sally Hansen Nail Polish Remover | £2.45 // I'm not too fussed with which nail polish remover I use and tend to just pick whichever is available from Asda when I need a new bottle. 

Bumble And Bumble Curl Conscious Holding Foam | £23.50 // I don't often throw away products that are still full of product but this is one of them. I really didn't get on with this hair mousse/foam and couldn't get it to work for my hair. No matter how little I applied, this left my hair feeling and looking horrible and sticky. Let me know if you've tried this and what you thought of it. I normally love B&B products so don't tend to read reviews on them before buying but maybe I should next time.

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23 February 2016

Skin Care Diary | February 2016

Throughout each month, I'll be keeping a skin care diary and jotting down what I use on a daily basis. At the end of the month, I'll tally up what has been used the most and share the products with you. I have combination skin that can change between being extremely dry, spot prone, oily and sensitive as well as having eczema flare ups.
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Liz Earle Eye Bright | Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel | First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads | REN Tonic Moisture Mist | Nourish Argan Skin Rescue | A-Derma Epthielle A.H Cream | Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream.


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22 February 2016

China Glaze Pinking Out The Window

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
China Glaze Pinking Out The Window // four coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Pinking Out The Window

A quick google image search brings up a lot of photos of a pink nail polish but Pinking Out The Window definitely looks more peachy with my skin tone, It's not a colour I would normally go for but this mini bottle came in a set with four other colours from the Road Trip collection.

Application

This was quite a thin and streaky nail polish and it dragged on a couple of nails when I was adding the final two coats.


Road Trip Collection // Pack Lightly | More to Explore | Pinking out the Window | I Brake for Colour | Pop the Trunk | Sun’s Up, Top Down | Trip of a Lime Time | My Way or the Highway | License & Registration Please | Boho Blues | Dashboard Dreamer | Wanderlust.


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19 February 2016

Project Sample Use Up 041

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DHC Deep Cleansing Oil | £21.50 // I think I got this in a beauty box and it's a really good size. I have used it before though and didn't really get on with it so I wouldn't buy the full size.

Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser | £28 // This cleanser on the other hand I really liked and would buy the full size at some point. I only got one use out of this sachet but I have used and finished a travel sized tube so I feel like I've properly tested it out. It's a gentle cream cleanser that doesn't irritate my sensitive skin.

Origins Clear Improvement Mud Mask | £23 // This mud mask was ok but nothing special and there are other masks that I prefer.

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask | £23 // This was one of the first overnight face masks I tried and I was really impressed with it. When I thought about applying a face mask and leaving it on overnight I was expecting to go to sleep and wake up with my pillow stuck to my face as it was covered in a mask. Instead the mask is more like a moisturiser as if you apply the right amount, it sinks in quite well into the skin. I loved the peach scent and would buy the full size in the future as it left my skin feeling amazing and hydrated.

Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Hydrating Mask | £23 // While I liked this ten minute version of the Drink Up Mask, I preferred the overnight version.

May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon | £128 // Oh how I have fallen in love with this product! I still haven't quite plucked up the courage to spend nearly £130 on a skin care product but I know I will at some point because it just works so well for my skin. If my skin is acting up thanks to my eczema then this is one of the few products that soothes and sorts my skin out. Plus it smells incredible!

Pai Geranium & Thistle Rebalancing Day Cream | £34 // I've always struggled with finding a face cream that I like but I think I finally found one from Pai. I liked this one but it's the sensitive skin version that I fell in love with and will be buying the full size.


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18 February 2016

China Glaze Fade Into Hue

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
China Glaze Fade Into Hue // two coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Fade Into Hue

Fade Into Hue is quite a unique shade and a hard one to describe. It's a medium toned blue which has a hint of pastel to it but it's still quite bright. There's a murkiness to it which I like as well as a hint of purple.

Application

The formula and application of this polish couldn't have been better. It applied smoothly and only needed two coats.

Avant Garden Collection // Budding Romance | Dandy Lying Around | Fade Into Hue | Fancy Pants | Keep Calm, Paint On | Life Is Rosy | Mimoasas Before Manis | Passion for Petals | Pink-ie Promise | Snap My Dragon | Sunday Funday | Tart-y For The Party.


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16 February 2016

Lush Kitchen | January 2016 Part Two

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.

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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Lush Lush Bomb Bath Bomb | £3.95 // This bath bomb shares the same scent as Karma and it's one of my favourites. Although the colours of this one are the complete opposite to other Karma scented products, I still like it. I also love the little Lush Kitchen tag on it!

Olive Tree Gourmet Soap | £7.50 // This is one of the more expensive gourmet soaps but is one I think will be extremely moisturising. I don't like the taste of olives but have liked other olive scented products in the past so I thought I'd try it.

Vanilla Fountain Bath Bomb | £3.75 // This is one of the bath bombs that I would have in my perfect Lush Kitchen menu as I love the simple vanilla scent it has. It isn't one of the good ones to sit and watch but it does leave the water smelling amazing.

Playdoze Bubble Bar | £3.95 // I've used this bubble bar before when it was available from Lush Retro which I think was the equivalent to the Lush Kitchen, or at least the nearest thing to it. The scent is lavender, fennel and ylang ylang.

Golden Slumbers Bath Bomb | £3.95 // The strongest scent of this bath bomb is lavender and I love it. It's one of the bath bombs I try to use as soon as I buy it as I find it doesn't store well and sinks to the bottom of the bath. This is packed full of gold lustre which makes the water look amazing but does mean you have to clean the bath well afterwards.

Sleepy Head Massage Bar | £6.50 // I was surprised with the size of this massage bar as it's 90g, about a third bigger than the other bars and not much more expensive. I have to say, I don't love the scent of this one and if I had been able to smell it beforehand then I probably wouldn't have bought it. I will use it and probably enjoy it but I'll use it as a bath melt instead of a body moisturiser. Again it has quite a strong lavender scent but the jojoba oil and ylang ylang are quite prominent scents as well which is the reason I don't like it as much as I fought I would.

Ickle Angel Bath Bomb | £2.75 // I was really surprised with just how small this bath bomb is. I know I've tried either this one or the devil one before but I just cannot remember it being so tiny. It is cheaper than the normal sized bath bombs but I just don't think it's cheap enough for the size. I'm glad to have bought one of each but if they come back into the Kitchen again at any point then I won't be buying them again. Ickle Angel smells of sandalwood, lavender and chamomile blue. It's a very relaxing scent!

Ickle Devil Bath Bomb | £2.75 // Again this is the same size as the Angel bath bomb and actually smells very similar. I thought it would be different which is a bit disappointing.

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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15 February 2016

China Glaze Kinetic Candy

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

Kinetic Candy

I love mint nail polish and I think I prefer Kinetic Candy to For Audrey which is also from China Glaze. It's more blue toned than others that I own but I really like it.

Application

The formula and application of this polish couldn't have been better. It applied smoothly and only needed two coats.

Electropop Collection // Aquadelic | Dance Baby | Electric Beat | Fuchsia Fanatic | Gaga For Green | Gothic Lolita | Kinetic Candy | Make Some Noise | Sunshine Pop | Sweet Hook | Techno | Wicked Style.


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14 February 2016

Sunday Pamper 027 | Candy Delight

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Ingredients
1/3 Candy Mountain Bubble Bar
1 Butterball Bath Bomb
Snow Fairy Shower Gel

This Lush cocktail is for those who love the sickly sweet scent of Snow Fairy. This is also a pretty good bath in terms of money since the Butterball Bath Bomb is one of the cheaper ones and you only need a small amount of the bubble bar and shower gel. The only downside is that two of the products are Christmas limited editions but if you're like me and stocked up in the Boxing day sale then you'll probably have these already. You could swap out Candy Mountain for Creamy Candy Bubble Bar from the permanent collection. It'll change the scent slightly though but in a good way. I love how moisturising Butterball Bath Bomb is and it means I can slip using body lotion afterwards. This is a pretty boring bath in terms of how it looks but the scent is the focus of 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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13 February 2016

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blogger-made-me-buy-it-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blog 1Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel | £28 // Although this cleanser has certainly made its way round the whole blogging and YouTube world over the past couple of years, I first heard Kate talking about it on her blog, Kate La Vie. I remember being a bit sceptical about this cleanser when I first heard people talking about it as the name suggests, I was expecting it to have a gel consistency. Instead it's more of a balm that turns into an oil upon application. Surprisingly I'm still on my first tube but I will be repurchasing when it's empty.

African botanics Marula Balm | £40 // Amelia Liana talked about this balm in one of her videos saying it helped the dry patches around her eyes and at the time I was really struggling with the eczema on my eyes. Although the eczema disappeared before the balm arrived in time, it's still a product I keep at hand for any flare ups. It's an expensive balm but a tiny amount goes a long way and there's hardly a dent in it.

Bumble And Bumble Surf Infusion | £21.50 // This is the newest discovery and the thanks goes to Anna who wrote a post about it on her blog Vivianna Does Makeup when it was first released last summer. It's become an every staple that I use to enhance the natural curl in my hair as well as adding shine.

Nourish Argan Skin Rescue | £21 // Another shout out goes to Kate for introducing me to the brand Nourish and in particular the Argan Skin Rescue she first wrote about here. This has been my go to product when my skin is acting up as it's incredibly moisturising. It's filling in the gap for now and I'm resisting spending £125 on May Lindstrom's Blue Cocoon. Instead a small amount of this has been soothing my irritated skin.

Sebastian Professional Potion 9 | £25 // I always like the products Meg (Lipssofacto) recommends but this is one of my favourites. This is almost like a conditioner and styling cream hybrid that enhances my curls especially if I go to sleep with my hair still wet. When dry, my hair is left styled but feeling like there's no product in it. Plus I love the scent!

Mac Syrup Lipstick | £15.50 // I can't remember who first wrote or spoke about this Mac lipstick but it's between Lily Pebbples & Estee Lalonde. It quickly became one of my favourites and makes a nice change to a nude as it's more of a my lips but better colour with a hint of berry to it.


Can you remember who recommended some of your favourite products?


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12 February 2016

Lush Gift Sets | Relax

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Relax Gift Set | £19.50 // The main reason I bought this shower gel is because I wanted the bottle of Twilight despite it then going into the Kitchen a week later. I wasn't too bothered about this though as I love all the other products in the gift set and will happily use them all. It also means I now have a mini and large bottle of Twilight. All of these products work so well together and make an incredible bath cocktail when all used together.

Butterball Bath Bomb | £2.65 // Although this bath bomb has quite a subtle vanilla scent, it's one of my favourites as it's slightly smaller in size. Sometimes the larger bath bombs feel too much for just one bath. Butterball is packed full of cocoa butter and you can see the oil droplets floating in the water once it fizzes away.

French Kiss Bubble Bar | £4.25 // This is another one of my favourites and although the newer formula isn't as good as the original, it's one that I will always buy. The scent is straight up lavender which I love as well as hints of rosemary and thyme.

Ceridwen's Cauldron Bath Melt | £4.35 // When I first bought this bath melt years ago, I used the whole thing in one go and although it made an amazing bath and my skin felt incredibly soft, it does seem like a bit of a waste. Now I reuse the muslin cloth and cut the bath melt into four pieces to get more out of the price since it has increased over the years. Once this has dissolved into the water, the leftover oats in the cloth can be used as a body scrub. I like to use this when I want something gentle and moisturising when my eczema is playing up or when my skin is feeling particularly dry.

Twilight Shower Gel // Since this shower gel wasn't released as part of the Christmas collection this year, I had to find another way to get my hands on it. Luckily a small 100g bottle is part of the Relax gift set although it would become quite expensive to constantly repurchase just for this one item. Although I can use the Twilight Bath Bomb which shares the same scent, the scent of the shower gel is so much stronger and I love how moisturising it is. Twilight has a lavender and malt scent which is unlike anything I've smelt before. I love lavender scented products anyway but this is just amazing. It also works amazingly well as a bubble bath although I will only be using this mini bottle as a shower gel.


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11 February 2016

Skin Care On Trial 004

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TempleSpa In The Beginning Deep Cleansing Melt | £28 // When Caroline raves about a cleanser, well any product really, I usually add it to my to try list and buy it at some point in the future. It's not often that I order it straight away but that's what happened with this one. I had just finished my shift at work and was on the bus home browsing Instagram and Twitter when I saw Caroline talking about this cleanser from TempleSpa. I did not need a new cleanser but the buy one get one free offer as well as it having Carolines stamp of approval was all it took.

Now £28 isn't too bad a price for a cleanser but when I ordered it, it was on offer so one tub worked out at only £14 which is pretty good. This cleanser is next in line for when my Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel runs out which I think will be pretty soon. I also can't fault the brand TempleSpa. My order arrived quickly and well packaged with beautiful turquoise tissue paper and a couple of chocolates inside.


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10 February 2016

China Glaze In A Lily Bit

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
China Glaze In A Lily Bit // five coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

In A Lily Bit

I could not believe how many coats this nail polish needed to become opaque. Add on a base coat and top coat, there is no way I have the patients to wait for seven coats to dry. It's such a shame as I really love the pale lavender colour. I have other shades that are similar though and need a lot less coats.

City Flourish Collection // Petal To The Metal | Peonies & Park Ave | Spring In My Step | In A Lily Bit | Lotus Begin | At Vase Value | Don’t Honk Your Thorn | Strike A Rose | What A Pansy | Thistle Do Nicely | Grass Is Lime Greener | Metro Pollen-tin.


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09 February 2016

Face Masks | What I'm using 005

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Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask | £19.99 // I really like Hydraluron and always wished there was a mask version and now there is. I would have preferred the mask to be in a tube and I'm hopeful in the future Indeed Labs might bring one out. I was surprised at the price as you only get four sheet masks in the box which works out at £5 per use which is a lot. They do work really well though especially in the winter when my skin is at it's driest. I like to apply sheet masks either when I'm in the bath or when I just want to relax for fifteen minutes and not do anything. Once you remove the sheet mask you massage in any left over residue.

Borghese Fango Active Mud Mask For Face And Body | £22.55 // This is a face and body mud mask although I've only used as a face mask. I got this for my birthday after Fleur raved about it. You only need a tiny amount so this tube will last me a long time! As I have sensitive skin I only use this on my t-zone which is the oiliest and most congested part of my face and I haven't had an issues with it reacting to my skin. After I've cleansed and open the pores of my skin I apply a thin layer and leave it on until it dries. I removed it with a damp Liz Earle sponge which helps to remove the mask and also exfoliates the skin slightly at the same time. This mask really does work and clears pores and just makes your skin look fresher.

Origins Dr. Andrew Weil Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Face Mask | £36 // This face mask is aimed at reducing redness and calming the skin, which it does really well. I love the serum and moisturiser from the Mega-Mushroom range so I knew I'd like the mask just as much. This is the most expensive mask from Origins at £35 for 100ml which although I really do like the mask, I just don't think it's quite worth that much. If it was £25 like the other masks from Origins then I'd say it would be. Once I've finished this tube I don't think I'd repurchase it as the First Aid Beauty Oatmeal Mask does a very similar job and is cheaper.


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08 February 2016

Project Life Update | February 2016

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This months Project Life update is going to be pretty short as I actually haven't done anymore to it apart from order a new album and get some photos printed. I wanted this particular album when I first started PL but it was sold out for a while. It finally came back in stock on Craftie Charlie which is where I buy the majority of PL from as you get points for every pound you spend which you can then use on your next order. This is the Aqua Edition Cloth D-Ring and I sort of wish I had bought this one in the first place as I would be happy with using this design for all my albums. 

So this new album is starting with photos and mementos from 2011 and there is a surprising amount of them. There's quite a few one various blogging events I went to as well as a trip to Venice along with a lot of cat photos. I just need a weekend now to get it all filled out and then order photos from 2012.

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07 February 2016

Lifestyle Favourites 006

lifestyle-favourites-006-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blog 30 days of yoga with Adriene // I have never really been a fan of exercising. Although I enjoyed netball, rounders and trampolining in school, once I left I pretty much stopped. There was a few months that I enjoyed going for walks, but that's as close to finding something I liked since school. Enter thirty yoga videos from Adrienne and I think I have finally found something I love. I like how I'm still getting exercise into my routine, but I find it relaxing as well. A quiet half hour or so of gentle, but effective exercise is the perfect way to start my day. Plus it's free! The thirty days of yoga videos are from this time last year but Adriene has just released Yoga Camp which is another set of thirty videos I will be working my through over the next month or so.

Amazon Fire TV Stick // Having subscribed to Netflix for a couple of years, I decided to up my TV and film watching game and order the Amazon Fire Stick. For a one off payment of £34.99 you can catch up with BBC Iplayer and 5 On Demand, watch YouTube videos and Netflix if you already have a subscription. I love being able to watch it all on the big TV in the front room rather than on my laptop and the free games on there are great too. The house has become obsessed with playing Crossy Road! I ordered it the day it was released so I think I only paid £30 and I'd really recommend it! I'm currently catching up with Pretty Little Liars and am nearing the end of Prison Break season 4.

The Most Beautiful Songs In The World by Spotify // This playlist contains quite a few singers and bands that I hadn't heard of before. There's also some old favourites mixed in as well like Bon Iver, Sigur Ros and Camera Obscura. The title of this playlist explains it all, it really is a collection of beautiful songs.

fortune cookies // Ocado is probably the worst place for me to food shop as I tend to add things to my order that I just do not need. This time is was fortune cookies!



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06 February 2016

Lush Valentines 2016

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Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar | £4.25 // I love the lavender scent of this bubble bar and it's the one I'm going to make sure I stock up on. I just find the scent so relaxing and helps to unwind before bed since I do struggle with sleep. The design has slightly changed from lasts years and I prefer the vibrancy of this years version. Plus the stars from last years design didn't add anything to the bubble bar so I don't mind that they're gone. I feel like the scent is much stronger and fills up the whole room as you crumble it under running water.

Prince Charming Shower Cream | £4.95 - £27.95 // This years Prince Charming is a shower cream although I still have a large bottle of the Shower Gel from Last years Valentines collection, I just had to buy a mini one. I've read reviews of the two formulas being compared and the consensus is that they're pretty much the same but I wanted to try it for myself. The main difference is the colour and this years is a much more vibrant pink which I prefer. The scent is pomegranate, grapefruit, marshmallow root and vanilla.

Roses All The Way Soap | £4.25 // I have to say I am slightly disappointed with this soap and had I smelt it and saw it in store, I probably wouldn't have bought it. Oh the perils of ordering online. The rose colour is only the top layer of this soap and the rest seems to be white so after a few uses I can see this not looking so pretty. Also I'm not a huge fan of the scent. I can slightly smell the rose but apart from that it just smells soapy to me and not in a good way. It's quite a soft soap so I think it'll be quite moisturising though.

Lover Lamp Bath Bomb | £3.95 // I have't tried the original Lava Lamp Bath Bomb, I'm hoping it's going to be available online soon, but I knew I just had to try this lovers version. The red harts are cocoa butter so this is going to be very moisturising. The scent reminds me of chocolate oranges with a hint of vanilla. This is quite a subtle one when it fizzes away in the water with the hearts floating in the water being the only thing to watch since the bath bomb itself is white. This also doesn't turn the bath water a nice colour, it would have been nice if it had a red or pink core to it.


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05 February 2016

Month In Photos | January 2016

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04 February 2016

Lush Kitchen | January 2016 Part One

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.
lush-kitchen-january-2016-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blog 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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Happy 4 Sad Shower Gel | £10.50 // I never tried this shower gel when it was first released in 2004 to raise awareness of Seasonal Affective Disorder. After reading a couple of reviews about it the when the menu was released I knew I wanted to try it. It's a citrusy shower gel that is a mix of neroli, grapefruit and mandarin and is the perfect thing to use in the mornings. I also think it would be a really nice one to take on holiday with you.

Phoenix Rising Bath Bomb | £4.50 // This is one of the bath bombs that has only recently been discontinued and I still kick myself that I didn't stock up when the news broke. Although I do know that these don't store too well so maybe it's good that I didn't and instead can use a fresh one or three from the Kitchen. I'd forgotten just how good these smell after about a year of nothing using one. As you can see in the polaroid photo, this bath bomb starts out as a bright blue which then deepens to the purple you can see in the photo which is pretty cool.

Big Calm Shower Jelly | £8.25 // I just can't get over how amazing this shower jelly looks! It looks even better in person as well as you get the scent alongside it as well. It smells just like a piƱa coladas and almost good enough to drink. This has been brought out in the Kitchen a couple of times now I think but it's always sold out very quickly and I am pleased I finally own a tub.

Ne Worry Pas Bath Bomb | £3.95 // If like me you love parma violets then you'll love the scent of this bath bomb. This is one of the few that I've actually tried before so I knew I liked it and wanted to buy one when it come out that week.

Ro's Argan Gourmet Soap | £7.50 // I watched the live feed of Dan and Simon making this soap since it was the one gourmet soap I knew I wanted to try. It was really interesting to see the soap being made but also hear the background stories of where the ingredients came from and the ideas behind them. The name gives it away, but this shares the same scent as Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner which is one of my favourites. I'm expecting this soap to be incredibly moisturising and I can't wait to use it.

Quinquireme Of Nineveh Soap | £4.25 // A plain looking soap that actually smells amazing. The scent reminds me of a coconut cocktail with a hint of vanilla.

Whitewash Smoothie | £9.75 // These shower smoothies are my favourite and I wish Lush sold more of them. Whitewash's scent is orange and mandarin and contains aloe vera gel to soothe the skin. This will be a good one to use in the summer or on holiday.
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Aqua Mirabilis Body Butter | £6.75 // I wasn't going to order this as I've tried it before but then I was putting my order together and couldn't resist. I like these body butters from Lush as it means I don't have to apply body lotion as they're so moisturising. This one in particular is also a body scrub and is made up of ground almond shells.

Gumback Express Shower Smoothie | £12.95 // This is one of the Kitchen items that I'd never heard about before and I did a bit of reading up on it before deciding if I wanted to try it or not. The description of it smelling like banana ice cream was pretty much enough to persuade me to buy it. There's also almond shells mixed into it for a bit of exfoliation. The consistency is quite thin and watery which I was surprised about and might make it a little more difficult to use. I've seen someone on Instagram decant it into a bottle which she says makes it a lot easier to use so I think I'll be doing this as well.

Dream On Bath Bomb | £3.25 // As a huge fan of Dream Cream Body Lotion and Dream Wash Shower Smoothie I knew I had to try the bath bomb which shares the same scent. The Dream products really help to soothe my skin and eczema and I can't wait to use all three together. I was surprised at how small this bath bomb is though considering the price is the same as the larger bath bombs.

Happy Pill Bath Bomb | £3.75 // Another one I've had before and knew I wanted to try again. This bath bomb is giant but unfortunately mine didn't travel too well and has cracked in two. It'll still work fine but it just won't look as impressive in the water as it would have. The scent of this one is similar to the Happy 4 S.A.D Shower Gel and I think I'll use the two together.

Deep Sleep Shower Jelly | £7.95 // One of the menus during January was all about having a good nights sleep and it was one of my favourite weeks to date. I think I pretty much bought everything apart from two things. Deep Sleep was another one that I have wanted to try for a while but has sold out quickly when released each time. The scent is a mix of lavender, chamomile, neroli and orange.

Hot Milk? Bubble Bar | £3.95 // This bubble bar is described as soaking in a bath of hot coconut milk, engulfed by silky bubbles of uplifting patchouli and Brazilian orange oils. I hate to say it, but I really don't like the scent of this one and I might have to pass it onto someone else. The scent really isn't what I imagined it to be which I guess is the downside of ordering online.

Happy Blooming Bath Melt | £4.75 // This on the other hand I knew I loved and I wish I had bought more than one. At least I can get three uses out of it! This smells of cherries and it is gorgeous. It is also made up of calamine powder which really helps to soothe my skin as well as it feeling moisturised and soft. 

Happy Blooming Shower Jelly | £7.95 // Since I love the bath melt so much I had to buy the shower jelly as well. It shares the same scent, obviously, and I think it has only been made one other time to celebrate Lush's 10th year online.

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 February 2016

OPI Dulce De Leche

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Dulce De Leche // two coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Dulce De Leche

Dulce De Leche had been on my nail polish wishlist for such a long time before I finally bought it. I feel like it suits my skin tone really well and is a nice change from a straight up nude nail polish. It has a nice dusky rose tone to it

Application

The formula and application of this polish couldn't have been better. It applied smoothly and only needed two coats. Also look at the shine! I took the photo before I had even applied a top coat so if you don't have a problem with chipping like I do, then you can totally skip applying one. I still need to though as nail polish chips so easily on me no matter how I apply it.

South American Collection // Argenteeny Pinkini | Chile o Caliente? | Dulce de Leche | Ecuadorable Coral | Galapa-ghost | La Paz-itively Hot | Peru-B-Ruby | Santiago Sangria | Senorita-Rosalita | The Thrill of Brazil | Up The Amazon Without A Paddle | Vanilla-zuela.

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02 February 2016

Shopping | Hair Care

shopping-hair-care-products-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blog 3 O & M Original Detox Shampoo | £24 // I'm coming to the end of Bumble And Bumbles Sunday Shampoo and fancied a change. I remembered Kate raving about the leave-in conditioner from the brand so when I spotted this while browsing Space NK I thought I'd try it. It has a lovely mint scent and I quite like the bottle design.

Bumble And Bumble Don't Blow It (H)air Styler | £23 // This is another Kate inspired purchase as it stood out to me when I was reading through her recent hair post. I love B&B products so I have high expectations for this one. I always air dry my hair but I haven't come across a product like this before. A lot of styling creams are aimed at blow drying the hair but this is meant to smooth out hair and decrease frizz while your hair air dries. I have naturally curly hair so I'm intrigued to see what this does to my hair and I'm sure I'll write a proper review at some point.

Bumble And Bumble Surf Infusion | £21.50 // This was the whole reason I made an order from Space NK in the first place as I'm coming to end of the bottle and don't want to be without. I use this every time I wash my hair after using a salt spray to add in a bit of moisture to my hair.

Sachajuan Shine Serum | £22 £11 // Only some Sachajuan products were in the Space NK sale and I think this is because they have changed their packaging slightly. At half price I couldn't resist this shine serum as I think it will be perfect when I curl my hair with heat to smooth out the curls. I think it'll take a bit of time to get the amount of product I use right but I have high hopes for it.

Sachajuan Hairspray | £20 £10 // I'm currently using a mini bottle of hair spray so thought I might as well try Sachajuan's offereing seeing as it was half price. I usually just buy whichever hair spray is on offer in Asda at the time so it'll be interesting to see if a more expensive hair spray works better and if it's worth the price.

Sachajuan Spray Wax | £20 £10 // I wouldn't have bought this full price but for £10 I thought I would try it as it sounds quite similar to Oribe Dry Texturising Spray. Again I feel like there will have to be a bit of playing around with it first to work out how much product I need to use but will be perfect for when I curl my hair to add a bit of texture to it and look more slept in. I'm hoping it'll be easy to brush out afterwards and won't leave my hair feeling too sticky or crunchy.


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01 February 2016

Eczema Update 002

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So after a week of carrying around the hand counter and keeping count of every time I scratched, I sort of gave up with the whole eczema book. The next chapter moves onto booking an appointment with your doctor and moisturising a couple of times a day. Although I didn’t make an appointment to see my GP and going over the creams I use etc, this wasn’t the problem. It’s the moisturising part. I hate applying any type of lotion.  I don’t like the feeling if it doesn’t sink in properly and I always find myself scratching my eczema after I’ve applied moisturiser. I’ve said it before, I think my eczema isn’t “normal” in that it doesn’t respond well to being moisturised and that my eczema disappears quicker if I leave it to sort of dry out. Maybe I just haven’t found the right moisturiser for me but I sort of gave up with the book because of this. Who knows, I might pick it up again at some point but for now it’s just not working. 

As for where I currently have eczema, it’s an improvement from last month. At the moment I am pretty much free of eczema on my body. I have two small patches on my hands that I am hoping will disappear after an application or two of steroid cream. There was also a couple of days were I had a flare up on the bottom of my feet but that cleared up on its own. I only ever get flare ups on my feet in the summer when it’s hot so it was unusual to see it happen in the winter.

The major problems I’ve had over the past couple of weeks are with my face and scalp. Maybe three or four times this past month I’ve woken up and had an allergic reaction on my face. The only way I can describe the feeling is if you imagine a million ants crawling over your face. My face goes splotchy and red, flaky and irritated. After a bit of Google-ing it sounds like a food allergy but it happens as soon as I wake up before I’ve had anything to eat or drink. The only thing that calms it is time and distracting myself from it which I find very hard to do. The easiest thing I’ve found is simply having a lukewarm bath and keeping my hands in the water so I can’t touch my face.

My scalp has also been driving me crazy this month. No matter what I do to it, it seems to be getting itchy and greasy a lot quicker than it normally does. I try to wash my hair on a Sunday and then leave it until Friday before washing again simply because it takes so long to dry and washing my hair too often irritates my scalp. It’s a catch 22 when it comes to my scalp. I want to wash it as keeping it clean helps my eczema but washing irritates it. I’m still using Neutrogena T-Gel Shampoo which is helping to keep my scalp flake free but it hasn’t completely cured the eczema. I’m still applying a weekly scalp treatment which is what helps my scalp the most I think. I had a really good week with my scalp mid-month and now I am trying to work out why. I used a different shampoo, one from Liz Earle, so I have bought the full size bottle to see if that makes a difference. If it doesn’t then I have no idea and the good week must have been a fluke.

What I am going to work on this month is making sure I write down everything I eat and do in my eczema diary as I've been slacking with it. I'll fill in a few days and then slack of the weekend and get out of the routine of writing it all down. I thnik the hard thing is making time before bed to write everything down. If it didn't mean lugging more things to work in my bag then I'd keep it in my bag and fill it in as a I go about my day.

If you suffer from eczema, how are you getting on?


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