30 March 2016

Skin Care Diary | March 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 | A-Derma Epthielle A.H Cream | Dior Creme De Rose. 

I'm feeling a bit like a broken record with these skin care diary posts at the moment. I've been using the same mix of products and I'm actually happy with them. I also feel like I haven't bought any skin care products, apart from repurchases, in a really long time. I don't feel the need to try all of the different types of cleansers on offer or have six moisturisers on the go at one time like I used to.  Maybe I'll stop these monthly posts and just update as and when the products that I'm using change.


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29 March 2016

Empties | March 2016

empties-march-2016-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blog Lush Vanilla Fountain Bath Bomb // This is a simple bath bomb but it's one of my favourites. It's not a show stopper as it fizzes away in the water but I love the vanilla scent. It was out in the Kitchen the other month and I only managed to buy one so it'll be a while before I can use it again.

Lush Shark Infested Custard Bath Oil // I used this together with the Vanilla Fountain bath bomb as the two scents work really well together. I cut it in half so I could get two baths out of it as I thought it would be too oily if I used the whole thing. Half of the bath oil was just the right amount though.

Lush Divination Reusable Bubble Bar // This is one of my favourite Lush products as I love the parma violet scent. It won't be for everyone but I'm glad I bought a couple the last time they were available in the Kitchen.

The Body Shop Olive Body Butter | £14 // I always have at least one TBS body butter on the go and I really love the olive scent. I'm currently using, and loving, the passion fruit version.

Aesop Geranium Leaf Shower Gel | £31 // This came in a set with a body scrub which I've already finished and a body lotion that I'm still working my way through. I really love the geranium leaf scent although I find it hard to describe, it's one of those that you need to smell yourself to be able to understand it. I wouldn't spend £31 on the full size but I would buy the gift set again.

Lush H'Suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment | £9.75 // I sadly didn't manage to finish this hair mask before it expired. I made a mental note of the date it expired but it's a large pot and I think the only way I could have finished it all was if I used it every time I washed my hair which I didn't want to do. I kept it and used it a couple of times after the best before date but the fresh ingredients didn't look too good and it finally went in the bin. I'll be saving the empty black pot though so I can get a free face mask. As for the hair mask itself, it was pretty good but it didn't impress me as much as I had hoped.
Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Perfume | £39 // I can't decide if I prefer this or the pink bottled version but both smell amazing. I'm trying to use up my perfumes before buying anything new and at the moment I am using one from Elie Saab.

Sachajuan Ocean Mist | £18 // I'd say this is my favourite salt spray, that I've tried so far at least, and I'm sad to see it empty. I have a bottle of the John Masters version to use first but I can see myself repurchasing this one pretty soon. It helps to enhance my natural curl but doesn't leave my hair feeling crispy or sticky.

Naked Care Neroli And Cotton Seed Gentle Conditioner //
I bought about five bottles of this conditioner when I heard the brand was being discontinued about a year ago now. I think this is the third tube I've been through so I'm going to have to find a new conditioner soon. I really like this one as it doesn't irritate my scalp or face and it is exactly as the name suggests, gentle. It's also moisturising and I find a tube lasts me a really long time. It's a shame it's no longer available.

Modern Apothecary Eucalyptus & Lemon Myrtle Hand Soap // 
This was a TKMaxx find and the scent was one of my favourites. The thing with these though is that they're almost impossible to find again and I tend to stock up when I do see them.

L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara | £9.99 // I seem to have stopped trying new mascaras and have just been buying this one from L'Oreal over and over again. If it's not broke, then why fix it? It does everything I want in a mascara and is often on offer.

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara | £13.50 // The same goes with this bottom lash mascara. It's not the cheapest and I find it dries up pretty quickly but it works and I love it.

Liz Earle Eye Bright | £13.25 // I've probably been through about forty bottles of this over the years and at the moment it's the only eye make-up remover I use. Others irritate my skin and eczema but I have never had any problems with Eye Bright. It also works really well as an eye treatment for when my eyes do feel irritated and sore.



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28 March 2016

OPI Can't Afjörd Not To

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Can't Afjörd Not To // two coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Nordic Collection // Going My Way or Norway? | Skating on Thin Ice-land | Ice-bergers & Fries | Viking in a Vinter Vonderland | OPI with a Nice Finn-ish | Thank Glogg it’s Friday! | My Voice is a Little Norse | Do You Have This Color in Stock-holm? | Can’t Afjord Not To | Suzi Has a Swede tooth | How Great is Your Dane? | My Dogsled is a Hybrid.

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27 March 2016

Sunday Pamper 030 | Lemonade Laugh Time

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Ingredients
1/2 Honey Bee Bath Bomb
1/4 Yuzu And Cocoa Bubble Bar
1/4 Ceridwens Cauldron Bath Melt
Yuzu And Cocoa Shower Cream




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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24 March 2016

China Glaze Electric Beat

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
China Glaze Electric Beat // three coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

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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23 March 2016

Lush Samples | Massage Bars

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In terms of value for money, the massage bars are the best samples to ask for from Lush. The sample sizes are usually about a quarter of the size of the bars which works out to be about £1.50 worth. That's pretty good considering they're given out for free and depending on how much you spend on your order, you're usually given a couple of them if they're the only thing you've asked for. Over the past couple of months I've managed to get four samples of the Hottie Massage Bar which put together makes a full size.

The massage bars can be used for massage, obviously, but they can also be used as a body moisturiser which is perfect for the winter months. The main way I use them though is like you would a bath melt. I simply cut a small piece off and add it to a hot bath and it creates incredibly moisturising water. The massage bars have been included in quite a few of the Lush bath cocktails I've been trying out recently so these sample sizes have been ideal.


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22 March 2016

Reading | March 2016

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In January I wrote about the books I wanted to read next and although I only read three out of the six, I'm back again with another new stack. I've been behind on my Goodreads Reading Challenge by one or two books pretty much each week and I can't seem to catch up!

Our Endless Numbered Days was an impulse buy while doing the food shop. I hadn't heard anything about it but liked the cover. I'm glad I picked it up though as I've heard more people talk about it recently. Ice Like Fire is the second book in the Snow Like Ashes trilogy. I wasn't a fan of the first book and felt like it could have been written in a paragraph as nothing really happened until the final thirty pages or so but I don't like to leave a series unfinished and am going to give it a try at least.

I finally finished Red Rising after starting it about six months ago and am now moving onto the next two. This is another series that I haven't liked as much as I thought I would. I loved the beginning but I didn't think the world building was that great and I found myself struggling to imagine it as I was reading the book. I've started Golden Son which I haven't gotten into yet despite having read seventy pages so far. If I can remember correctly, it starts two years after Red Rising ended but I feel like there's a whole book missing as there is no recapping or explanation on what's happened.

I finished the second book in the Daughter Of Smoke & Bone trilogy which was part of January's pile and have the third lined up to read next. It took a while for me to get into this series but now I love it and can't wait to read how it ends.
Common enemy, common cause.

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21 March 2016

China Glaze Def Defying

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

Cirque de Soleil Collection // Bend Over Backwards | Creative Fantasy | Def Defying | Escaping Reality | Get Carried Away | Hanging in the Balance | Igniting Love | It’s a Trap-eze | Running in Circles | Surreal Appeal | Water Your Waiting For | Whirled Away.

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20 March 2016

Project Sample Use Up 042

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Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel // I must have got this sample around Christmas time although I do have a full size bottle. I'm not a huge fan of the sickly sweet scents but I always buy a bottle of Snow Fairy when it's available.

Lush Needles & Pine Shower Jelly | £3.75 - £7.50 //  This shower jelly smells of pine needles and cypress leaf and it's a really strong scent. I tend to use the shower jellies to make bubbles rather than use them as soap. I already have the full size of this.

Lush 93,000 Miles Shower Jelly | £3.75 - £7.50 // This isn't one of my favourites as I find the peppermint and cinnamon a bit odd and doesn't work too well together.

Lush Refresher Shower Jelly | £3.75 - £7.50 // I love this lemon scented shower jelly and have the full size already.

Skin & Tonic Steam Clean Cleansing Balm | £27 // This is one of the more oiler cleansing balms and I have to make more of an effort when removing it that there isn't any residue left on my skin. I did really like this cleansing balm though and would buy the full size in the future. I also really liked the peppermint scent.

Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm | £48 // This cleansing balm on the other hand is a dream to remove. I've been through a couple of these travel sized pots now and I really want to buy the full size but I'm trying to use what I have first.

Lush The Comforter Shower Cream | £4.95 - £27.95 // The Comforter Bubble Bar is one of my all time favourite Lush products and the shower cream is just as good.

Eucerin AtoControl Bath & Shower Oil | £15 // The 400ml bottle of this is £15 which I feel like is pretty expensive for what it is. I really liked it and it was worked well with my eczema but I think I'd try and get it on prescription so it works out a bit cheaper.

Lush Prince Charming Shower Cream | £4.95 - £27.95 // This limited edition shower gel is released for Valentines day and is a mix of pomegranate juice and grapefruit oil.

Lush Purple Fun | £5 // This was a really good sized sample and a good way to try the scents first before buying the full size. The purple fun reminds me of The Comforter. I tend to use the Fun bars as bubble bars and am able to get a lot of uses from the one bar.

Lush Yellow Fun | £5 // The scent of the yellow fun is vanilla and gardenia and is a more subtle scent compared to the others.

Lush 9 To 5 Facial Cleansing Lotion | £5.10 - £9.95 // There aren't a lot of Lush products that I don't like but I wasn't really a fan of this cleansing lotion. It's mainly because I prefer a cleansing balm or oil to a lotion. I wouldn't buy the full size of this.

Lush Enchanted Eye Cream | £12.95 // I should get into the habit of using an eye cream but it's the one step in my skin care routine that I usually miss out and just use my normal moisturiser all over my face. I also haven't found one that I really love so these sample sizes are perfect for me.

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19 March 2016

Month In Photos | February 2016

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18 March 2016

Lush Easter 2016

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Humpty Dumpty Bath Bomb | £6.95 // This bath bomb shares the same scent as Honey I Washed The Kids and it's one of my favourites. It's a sweet honey scent that I wish Lush used more often in their products. Although a bit creepy, I love the design of this one. It is huge but it is one of the more expensive bath bombs from the collection. Lush says you can get three baths out of it if you crack it in half as there's a fried egg bath bomb inside. I wasn't able to crack mine in half properly as the egg wasn't loose inside which was a shame as pretty much half of the bath bomb turned into dust.

Which Came First? Bath Bomb | £6.95 // This is another one that you can get three baths out of and I found it much easier to split in two. There's a cute mini chick bath bomb inside. This is probably my least favourite scent out of them all as it's quite floral and not my favourite.

Golden Egg Bath Bomb | £3.95 // This is one of my favourite Easter products and am glad to see it back this year. The scent reminds me of Ma Bar Bubble Bar, one of my all time favourites, and Honey I Washed The Kids. It's a strong toffee scent and works really well with other products in bath cocktails. This one is a little different to the normal bath bombs as contains a lot of cocoa butter and other oils. It's a bath bomb and bath melt hybrid. It doesn't fizz quickly like other bath bombs and if I put the whole thing into the bath, it only just dissolves as I get out. Instead I like to cut it into quarters and get a bit more out of my money.

Ultraviolet Bubble Bar | £4.95 // I love this bubble bar as it is huge and I can get about six baths from it. The scent is violet, jasmine and rosewood.
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Bouncy Bunny Gift Set | £18.95 // I mainly bought this gift set so I could try Spring Bunny Bath Bomb although mine didn't survive the journey to my house and half of it had been turned into powder. I'll still be able to use the solid half but it is a little disappointing. The bath bomb photographed was part of the carrot gift set which survived.
Spring Bunny Bath Bomb // This contains carrot oil although it's the lemon that overpowers the scent. It's a cute design but the bath bomb is pretty small.

Somewhere Over The Rainbow Soap | £4.25 // This soap is an odd one as when I smell it all I can smell is melted plastic but my mum likes the scent so needless to say, I have passed it onto her. The scent is meant to be lemon, neroli and mandarin.

Bouncy Bunny Shower Jelly | £3.95 // This has quite a subtle orange scent in the tub but I have heard that it's stronger when you actually use it.

Brightside Bubble Bar | £4.95 // This is an old favourite as I love the mandarin, bergamot and tangerine scent. It's really refreshing and creates a lot of bubbles and turns the water orange.
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Carrot Gift Set | £19.95 // I love the design of this one and it actually glows in the dark. I bought this set for the Spring Bunny Bath Bomb but also because I knew I wanted the Bunch Of Carrots Bubble Bar and Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb.
The Experimenter Bath Bomb| £3.95 //The smoky scent of this bath bomb is really unique and the colours and patterns it creates in the water is amazing to watch. 


Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb | £2.95 // This is incredibly sweet and the scent reminds me of Snow Fairy. It doesn't do anything exciting in the water but is one I like to combine with others.

Bunch Of Carrots Bubble Bar | £6.25 // The scent of this bubble bar is quite hard to explain but is a mix of buchu, lemon and grapefruit. Last years was plain orange which I think I might have preferred. These are reusable bubble bars and I find I can get three or four baths out of each carrot so it's one of the more reasonable priced products from the Easter collection.

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17 March 2016

China Glaze My Way Or The Highway

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
China Glaze My Way Or The Highway // three coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

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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16 March 2016

Tools 002 | Bath & Body

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Mio Body Brush | £14.50 // I'm still pretty new to dry body brushing but it has made my skin feel so soft and smooth. It also helps circulation and exfoliates the skin at the same time. I use the brush on dry skin before I get into the bath. You brush in the direction of the heart starting at your feet and work your way up. If my skin is feeling a little sensitive then I'll use the brush on wet skin after the bath.

The Body Shop Spoon // This came with the bath jellies from TBS and I've actually used it a lot. I'm sure you could find something similar from Ebay but it makes scooping product out of jars so much easier.

Wooden Scoop // This wooden scoop is the perfect size for bath salts and one scoop is enough per bath. Plus it looks pretty sitting on my bathroom shelf.

Honey Spoon // You get this wooden honey spoon with the Laura Mercier Honey Bath but I would have bought one from Ebay. I use it for bubble bath that come in a tub as I find I use too much if I pour them straight into the bath. Using the spoon gives the perfect amount so I get more out of my money.

The Body Shop Infuser | £5 // This bath infuser was brought out with the Fuji Green Tea collection from The Body Shop and it is genius. I find that often when I use bath salts I'll add them to the water when I start running the bath but they haven't dissolved properly by the time I get in and I hate the feeling of them sitting on the bottom of the bath. This infuser stops this as the bath salts sit in it until they dissolve. I've seen people use this with their Lush products but for me I keep it solely for bath salts.

Sieve // Instead I tend to reach for a sieve for Lush products. Take a small piece of bubble bar and pop it in the sieve then hold it under a running tap until it disappears. I find this the best way to use bubble bars and creates a lot of bubbles. I used to crumble the bubble bars into running water but was also a bit disappointed that it didn't create long lasting bubbles. It may seem a little odd, but the sieve really does work! It also works if you have a bath bomb that contains floating pieces that you don't want in the water. I use a sieve with Pooh Stix Bath Bomb as it is a nightmare to clean up the cinnamon sticks.


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15 March 2016

Eczema Diary | March 2016

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I'm probably going to completely jinx myself with saying this but I feel like I have finally turned a corner with my eczema. I don't know how or why but I am hoping it stays this way. The only flare ups I have at the moment are on my feet and this is thanks to my new work shoes. I'm hoping once I find a new pair that don't irritate my feet then I might not have any flare ups. There hasn't been a single time over the last seven years that I have been eczema free so to say I am happy is an understatement. I am trying to not get too excited about this though as I know I'll only be disappointed if I carry on getting more flare ups.

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


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14 March 2016

China Glaze Boho Blues

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
China Glaze Boho Blues // three coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

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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13 March 2016

Sunday Pamper 029 | Blue Skies Over The Feast

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1/6 Blue Skies And Fluffy Clouds Bubble Bar
1/4 Ceridwens Couldren Bath Melt
1 Lord Of Misrule Bath Bomb



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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11 March 2016

Products Not Worth The Hype 001

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So this post is a little different to the other disappointing product posts that I have done. These aren't necessarily bad products like others have been. It's more that they aren't as good as I had hoped they'd be and have had a lot of hype surrounding them.

Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette | £38.50 // I love the two other versions and I could happily use them for the rest of my life and not buy any other eye shadows and that's saying something. I love the look of the third version and the shades are really pretty but I just haven't used it as much as I thought I would have. I've probably used it five times at the most since it was released in 2013. It's also expensive at nearly £40 for one palette. There was so much hype around this when it was released but I haven't really seen anyone use it or talk about it since. I know I certainly haven't.

Bobbi Brown Corrector | £19 // This corrector works but I just don't think it deserves the rave reviews it gets. If I don't prep my skin properly then I find it quite drying which isn't good when it's used under my eyes.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit | £25 // It's the powder part of this compact that I don't think is as great as everyone says it is. I like the formula as it is buttery soft but I find it really hard to work with. I have the lightest shade so the powder is white which you'd think would be translucent but it's not. The concealer is good but not amazing as others have said it is.

Kiehl's Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment | £33 // This is the only product to feature in a disappointing products post as well as. So many people have recommended this eye cream and I really don't think it's as good as they say it is. It's incredibly thick which is perfect if you have dry skin and even though I do, I found this impossible to work with and it just doesn't sink in. I really wish I could have tried a sample of this first and I could have saved my money.

Oribe Dry Texturising Spray | £19 - £39 // Maybe it's just that my hair is too long and it works better in shorter hair styles but I just don't see what the hype is around this product. It does add volume to my hair and makes it looks more slept in but it also makes it feel incredibly sticky and dirty. I've tried using as little product as possible but still get the same result.


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10 March 2016

My Lush Kitchen Menu 002

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This past year I have become slightly obsessed with the Lush Kitchen and being able to try one off products or old favourites that have been discontinued. Each Sunday Friday the Kitchen releases the menu for the following week and I thought I'd create my own perfect version that I would love to see.

Monday | Phoenix Rising Bath Bomb // I bought one of these in January when it was re-released in the Kitchen but I want more! I wish this bath bomb was permanent as it just smells amazing.

Tuesday | Melomint Bubble Bar // I think I'd buy this bubble bar purely for it's watermelon design but luckily I love the scent as well. I've had this one before years ago but whenever I see it pop up on the internet, I always wish I had one in my collection to use. The scent is mint but why they have designed it to look like a watermelon I'll never know.

Wednesday | Bubbling Under Bubble Bar // I want to try this bubble bar purely because it looks so cool. In reality I'm not sure how I'll like it. There's seaweed and sea salt on top and I don't know what the scent will be like but it has me intrigued.

Thursday | Green Day Bubble Bar  // This bubble bar shares a similar scent to Tramp shower gel and since I love Supertramp, I have a feeling I'll like this one. The scent is patchouli, cedarwood and sage.

Friday | Blue Skies Liquid Bubble Bath  // I love the scent of the bubble bar and would love to add the liquid version to my collection. It gives the same effect but works out cheaper than constantly buying the solid bubble bars.

Saturday | Vanilla Fountain Bath Bomb // A simple vanilla bath bomb that I just love so much. I could probably make my own version if I really wanted to as the design is easy to recreate but I'm sure it wouldn't be as good. This was released the other week and I luckily managed to buy one.


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07 March 2016

China Glaze Dashboard Dreamer

notd-china-glaze-dashboard-dreamer-nail-polish-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blog Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
China Glaze Dashboard Dreamer // three coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

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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06 March 2016

Lush Kitchen | February 2016

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.
lush-kitchen-february-2016-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blog Supernova Bath Bomb | £3.95 // This is one of the few Kitchen products that I have actually tried although I couldn't really remember the scent very well. It actually shares the Celebrate and Golden Wonder scent which is orange, lime and cognac. This was a very slow fizzer and sadly wasn't that great to watch. The pieces of confetti lost their colour pretty much straight away and ended up dissolving so I was left with pink water. I prefer the effects of Golden Wonder if I'm honest.

Bon Bain Bonnard Bath Bomb | £3.95 // I can remember this bath bomb but I don't think I ever tried it. I love the design but I'm not a huge fan of the scent. I think it's a bit too floral and soapy for my tastes although I will still use it.

Prince Shower Gel | £11 // This is a very fruity shower gel and will be perfect to use in the summer. It's a mix of lemon juice, neroli oil and orange absolute.

Karma Bubble Bar | £3.25 // This is the original design of the Karma Bubble Bar and I actually prefer it to the newer version. The scent is just the same and one of my favourites.

Black Pearl Shower Gel | £11.25 // Finally after a couple of tries, I finally have a bottle of Black Pearl! It sold out too quickly the last couple of times it was brought to the Kitchen but it looks like everyone has already bought a bottle as I was able to buy it later on the day it was released. The scent is lavender and chamomile.
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Tisty Tosty Special Edition Bath Bomb | £3.50 // This has the same scent and design as Tisty Tosty from the permanent range but is tinted a lovely peachy pink colour. There is also a special note inside. This isn't one of my favourite bath bombs but I did want to try it. There are floating rose petals mixed into the bath bomb that are released as it fizzes away.

Love Spell Massage Bar | £5.95 // This is another one that was an Oxford Street exclusive but was available online through the Kitchen. I don't often buy the massage bars as I tend to ask for them as samples which are free. The rose and neoli scent of this one drew me in and I couldn't resist buying it.

Heart Throb Bubbleroon | £4.25 // This bubble bar shares it's scent with African Paradise Body Conditioner and it's one of my favourites. I even still have a small amount left over from the one I bought last year as I didn't want to be without it and made it last as long as I could. Luckily this was brought out in the Kitchen as well as being available from Oxford Street but I think it should have been available in all stores. I wish I had bought more as it's one of my favourite bubble bars. I also feel like this years is slightly bigger although it could just be my memory. I love the gold centre that acts as the jam in the bubbleroon.

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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04 March 2016

Lush Mothers Day 2016

lush-mothers-day-2016-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blog 2Ladybird Bubble Bar | £3.95 // This is such a cute bubble bar and actually a really good size compared to some of them. The scent is a bit of a strange one though and one I find quite hard to pin point. It's a mix of geranium and peppermint which shouldn't work but it kind of does.

Flowering Tea Reusable Bubble Bar | £4.95 // I bought a couple of these last year when they were available in the Lush Kitchen. This was originally a Oxford Street exclusive but has been in a couple of other collections since. I love the design of this bubble bar and there's flower petals inside so it really does look like a tea bag. The reusable bubble bars last a really long time compared to the bubble bars if you leave them to dry out in-between uses. As you can imagine this has a very strong floral scent; neroli, orange flower, rosewood and blue cornflower.

Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb | £3.95 // This has been redesigned this year and shares the same scent as Rose Jam. I actually really like the redesign as it makes it more fun to watch it fizz away in the bath as last years was plain white. The main scent is rose but it's broken up by lemon and geranium.

Yummy Mummy Shower Cream | £4.95 - £27.95 // I love the strawberry scent and I like to use it with the body conditioner of the same name. This years version is much brighter in colour but the scent has stayed the same. I just bought a mini bottle as I still have a larger bottle from last year that I am working my way through.

Sunflower Bubble Bar // I bought the Ladybird Gift Set so I could get this bubble bar as it currently is an Oxford Street exclusive. I had heard it would be released in the Kitchen at some point but this past week has been a Mothers Day menu and it hasn't been featured. I'm still hopeful it'll be brought out next week though and then I'll be able to buy some more for my mum and I. This bubble bar is huge and I think I could get about six baths out of it. I also love the design and the lemon sherbet scent.

There is also a soap available, Sunrise. I have a million and one soaps I need to use first so I managed to talk myself out of buying it. It shares the same scent as Brightside Bubble Bar.


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