29 May 2014

Post Exam Lush Treats Plus Bits and Bobs #5

This may look like I've done a big splurge (which in a Lush sense yes it was) but that's actually not the case. Summer exams and blogging don't really go well together although I did manage one post the other week. As a result my list of products to blog has been continuously piling up. Hopefully this is the last long post I will do for a while, and I will keep the wordiness to a minimum....


Baby Bot bath bomb


At £1.95 this is probably the cheapest bath bomb that lush provides and it is suitable to be used in an infant's bath.


The colour isn't very strong but soaking in an aqua blue bath is much more enjoyable than a sitting in transparent water. It was almost like being in the ocean.


The smell was what won me over with this one. It was supposed to have lavender scent which I am not a fan of but I couldn't smell any lavender at all. Instead I got a different scent which was really nice but I can't exactly remember what it was like to describe. In any case I will definitely buy this one again.


Blackberry bath bomb

This one definitely smells of blackberries but it's faint and not to sweet


In it went......


.....and out came the purple.

I wasn't expecting the colour to be that strong at all! judging from the pale lilac colour on the outer surface I was expecting my bath to be a similar colour but I was surprised to find that it wasn't


I was also surprised to see the little piece of paper inside and thought it was very cute.


I recommend taking the little piece of paper out as soon as you can pull it out because although the paper dissolves it breaks into little bits first that float around the bath which I personally find unpleasant.


Of course, I added bubbles!!!


Cherry Bloom bath melt

Usually I don't like cherries and with the exception of flavoured drinks I avoid them when possible but the smell of this bath melt was sweet and pleasant and I really did want to eat it.



It easily breaks into 3 pieces which is useful if you want to get more than one use out of it. I gave one piece to my mom and used two at once in my own bath.


It really doesn't do anything fizz-wise and it melts away very slowly


It turned my bath a creamy peach colour which was very cute.



It was also very cloudy, so-much so that I couldn't even see my legs under the water.



I usually dismiss the Lush lip balms because I have always thought they were a little bit pricey and because I already have so many that I don't use.

However this particular lip balm was given to me for free after making two big orders online.


It's the honey trap lip balm which it smells AND tastes heavenly. I can't stop licking my lips when I'm wearing this because let's face it, who could really resist the taste of white chocolate and vanilla???

It's also surprisingly the most moisturising lip product I have ever tried, even compared to the blistex lip brilliance lip balm that I used to love. I would definitely buy this again and it has also encouraged me to look at lip products from Lush :)



Wow, it's been almost a year since I bought this and I've only just got around to tying it.

My product junkie problem has most definitely improved but there is still a purple box under my bed with a few hair products in there.

Anyway, this particular hair product is a conditioner from the brand GumHair, I bought it in home bargains so it was relatively inexpensive but still high quality. It has a very strong scent of orange peel but when I'm done rinsing it out of my hair I'm only left with a faint smell of oranges.

The conditioner itself is quite thick and creamy. Too thick to be used for co-washing or leave-ins but I wouldn't say it is as thick as the double cream conditioner. It's definitely super duper moisturising and softening but it isn't very nourishing and doesn't do anything terms of smoothness and shine.

This is definitely great if you have parched desert dry hair but for me it's not my favourite conditioner. Would definitely buy again though.


I have recently had a love affair with the L'Oreal Micellar water but when I first bought it it was on off. Unfortunately it hasn't been on offer since so it is a little too pricey for me to buy. I thought I was running out which actually turned out not to be the case as I soon discovered a spare bottle in my stash at home.

But never mind that, I now have an alternative which is the Garnier Micellar water for £5. It's nowhere near  as cleansing as the L'oreal water but it's certainly more hydrating. This is very useful in the morning when I don't want to apply a greasy/oily moisturiser, I can simply apply this to my face with a cotton pad and it sinks right in. No tightness or greasy feeling like I sometimes get with the L'Oreal water.


Last but not least is the Burt's Bees anti-blemish moisturiser, I have been using this for about a month but considering I have been stressed out with exams it probably isn't a fair amount of time to judge.

My skin  however is noticeably softer and my fine lines have reduced in appearance. As expected the number of blemishes I have has gone down since my exams but I don't think it's a result of this moisturiser.

The pump makes it easy to dispense and control the amount you want to use and I love the fact that it comes in a glass bottle rather than a plastic one. My sister thinks the moisturiser smells like a typical pharmaceutical cream but after trying it again she grew a little fonder of the scent. I don't mind it and as the lotion it self seems to be quite nourishing I will probably buy this moisturiser again.


16 May 2014

De-stressing with Late Spring Lush Treats

This is part 2  to the previous post.

I have taken advantage of the de-stressing benefits of lush bath product and somehow developed an addiction.......like caffeine dependence.

I think I have somehow spoilt myself rotten because regular baths now seem boring no matter how many bubbles I have!!!

These are in reverse order of when I tried them but I'm sure that doesn't matter :)


Think Pink bath bomb


About to drop it in!!!


Fizz!!!!!!


The flower petals dissolve completely and I know so because I could not find them anywhere


I was totally not expecting the little surprise inside. The confetti hearts were in purple and pink and it made my bath so much more special.


This bath bomb would definitely be a perfect gift for valentines day!!




Sakura bath bomb


The design is beautiful and the scent is oriental floral (like a Japanese perfume) no wonder they called it Sakura!!! :)


Unfortunately there was an absence of colour but the floral scent was quite prominent



Marshmallow bath melt, smells like candy (lovehearts to be precise)


Picked it up whilst fizzing


Turned my bath milky pink and the smell was so nice, it even lingered on my skin afterwards!!




Immaculate eggception  in pink


I think this particular design looks like an Alien egg!

 

Fizzing away, wasn't expecting the blue layer


There was a little yellow egg inside the big pink egg, I've heard of  people getting little chicks inside their eggs, maybe mine fizzed away too fast :(

The outer pink layer was gone almost instantly!!


After the yellow egg had dissolved my pink bath had turned a little more orange. This bath bomb didn't have an overwhelmingly special kind of scent like the others, it was just subtle and sweet. The star feature of course was finding the little egg inside


Of course I had to add bubbles.


That's all my spring time treats so far, I would like to try the eggception in yellow but I think I will have to wait until Easter next year :(

There is now a little woven basket with a pink polka-dot bow sitting on top of my wardrobe. Inside this basket is my line up of summer lush treats and there is definitely a lot of them!!! I think I need to stay off the Lush website for a while!!

Hope you enjoyed reading :)

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Exams Ruin Lives: With a Cup of Coco


This is somewhat of a sequel to an earlier post I did entitled Dissertations Ruin Lives, and it's funny because Just when I thought I'd got my sh*t together, I lost it again when exams came around. Yesterday I did a four-hour exam, no break, (apart from when I went to the loo) did the exam board not take it into consideration that it's impossible for a nervous wreck like me to last four hours without needing a pee-pee. Of course not.

So If your wondering why I'm still alive this post and the next one after will hopefully explain why......


Hot Chocolate......

I've said it before, I'm and addict and during times of stress it's unusual for me to go even one day without a mug unless I am ridiculously busy.

Most recently I have tried the fudge (orange pack in the middle) and the cherry (pink one on the right).

The fudge.............tasted fudgy.........and like the other odd flavours it smelled like burned fudge
That's the best you're gonna get out of me coz I wasn't very impressed with it.

As for the cherry flavour it was much more pleasant however I am not a fan of cherries and though it tasted sweet I could not bear to drink more than a few sips........ so down the sink it went. If you are a cherry fanatic then this particular flavoured coco could be the hot chocolate for you.



I have had this bottle sitting in a draw/box for at least a few months (#productjunkieproblems) When I bought it for £3.50 (2 for £7) it was relatively new to the shelves of superdrug and I was eager to try it as I Love the smell of  Aussie products.

The first time I used this conditioner, I used it to co-wash and I deep conditioned for 30min. It was very good at cleansing but not so great at conditioning, when dried my hair seemed frizzier than normal. The second time I did the same only deep conditioned for over an hour. when I rinsed my hair was very smooth but not compared to some of the richer conditioners I have used the results weren't great. Deep conditioning seemed to help a little with definition and was very effective at making my hair baby soft.

I also used it as a leave in and let my hair air dry overnight as usual. My curls were dry and poofy the next morning. This was a complete disappointment as the product is supposed to combat frizz, not make it worse. This conditioner does nothing in the way of moisturising and is absolutely rubbish as a leave in.

Over all the Aussie 3 minute miracle frizz remedy  only seems to be useful as a co-washer. But if you wan't to soften your hair this will definitely do the job however I would rather by the Aussie miracle moist conditioner which will moisturise and soften hair at the same time for 50p less depending on what store you go to.


Garnier ultimate beauty oil, bought on offer for £5.99 in boots or superdrug

Why didn't I notice these before?? I assumed this range of oils contained mineral oil but these particular body oils don't, to my surprise. They're also very good, moisturising, fast absorbing, easy to spread, but not so easy to apply. There have been a lot of complaints about the design of these bottles which when handled by oily hands tend to slip out of grip. A terrible design flaw which could be remedied by transferring to a different bottle which is easier to use.

I am surprised by these body oils (there's three of them btw) and each one pretty much has the same properties, i.e fast absorbing, easy to spread around skin, and all make my skin look like a million dollars. It's as if I have that glowy holiday sheen after each application.

My only issue is that two of these oils have scents that are not to my liking. the anti age one (purple bottle) has a floral scent that is a little too mature for me. This one in the picture above has a scent that's nice but still a little strange.

I am yet to fully try the anti-cellulite version but I have a feeling it will be amazing as it has the most amount of natural ingredients and also has the most divine citrus smell ever.



  

Dew blossom Body lotion, bought in T.K Maxx for £3.00 reduced fro, £4.00

I was attracted by the pretty green packaging and peculiar square shape which is not usual for a bottle of body lotion.

I applied it last night and to my surprise it absorbed quite quickly. There was a little sticky residue left over but it was barely noticeable. The scent of the lotion is definitely a peculiar one which I can only describe as earthy like all other natural products. It really does infuse and lock in moisture. My legs are usually dry within one day but they are still moisturised right at this very moment as I am typing. 



I think the brand name is Love & toast but I won't be checking it out any time soon since it is an american brand so I highly doubt the shipping will be cheap.

My only major issue is that the lotion is sooooo thick and stiff it's impossible to spread quickly and efficiently all over the body. I could only ever use this as a hand/elbow/knee cream or for other small areas.

The ingredients are all natural and look very nourishing which explains why the product is so thick.


At the moment this product is serving a a very good hand cream which I would happily repurchase for that purpose only........and because the packaging is so darn pretty :)


That's all for now, keep a look out for part two of this post.

Hope you enjoyed reading :)

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3 May 2014

Hot Belgian Chocolate but No Hot Belgian Blokes -_-

In a post that I wrote almost a year ago I mentioned my love for Hot chocolate. I also mentioned that I may post my thoughts on all the brands and flavours I have tried. I never thought I would actually do this but here I am with several sachets of options hot chocolate that I was drawn to whilst grocery shopping.


I have already shared my love for the original chocolate flavour which is already rich but the picture above shows the chocolate indulgence version which Is even richer and absolutely divine to drink. The packaging has also changed since the last time I bought this tub. The last time there was an elaborate golden pattern which looked very pretty against the dark chocolate brown background. Now there is a lot more gold and whilst it's not as pretty it's more eye-catching and as a magpie with an eye for shiny things this makes it easier for me to spot my favourite hot chocolate :)


These are the sachets that I bought but I am missing a few flavours from the indulgence range. Maybe If ASDA decide to stock those too I will have a chance to try them :)

Mint: far right in the green
I have tried this flavour before, many years ago in fact and I love in now just as much as I liked it in the past. The hint of mint reminds me of after-eights and is rather refreshing. My sister however does not share the same appreciation for the mint flavour and she described the taste as being comparable to the drinking the regular chocolate flavour after brushing your teeth with minty toothpaste. I suppose this may gave the same effect but it certainly wouldn't taste as pleasant.

Chocolate Brownie:
Vile............vile is all I can say. It tastes reasonably okay and has a slight hint of coffee which may be great for coffee lovers but as I am not of the coffee loving kind I simply do not find this particular flavour enjoyable to drink. The smell is even worse, it definitely smells like brownies but brownies of the burnt kind. I was really disappointed which this sachet as I thought I would like this flavour the most.

Hazelnut:
I don't have a picture of this as I bout a tub months ago. It was tried once buy each member of my family including myself hand has since been abandoned. I love hazelnuts and I love chocolate hazelnut milk so I was surprised to find that I didn't like the hazelnut Hot chocolate. The hazelnut flavour was just to powerful and so overwhelming that I could not enjoy the drink and I certainly won't be buying this flavour again.


 I will update once I have tried any of the other sachets but for now that's all from me.

Hope you enjoyed reading!!! :)

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