Friday, 24 October 2014

The Body Shop Peppermint Smoothing Foot Scrub & Peppermint Intensive Foot Rescue - Review

Hi everyone!  I like to care for my skin from top to toe, and after a particularly tough summer of cheap shoes and warm weather, I tried to find something to help smooth and soothe my poor feet.  Enter The Body Shop's Peppermint Smoothing Foot Scrub and Peppermint Intensive Foot Rescue!

Let's start with the scrub...

The Body Shop Peppermint Smoothing Foot Scrub ingredients

The scrub comes in a blue plastic screw-top tub.  You get 100ml for £7.  The scrub contains Pumice to exfoliate, plus Peppermint Oil and Menthol to give the scrub a minty scent and cooling sensation

The Body Shop Peppermint Smoothing Foot Scrub swatch

The texture of this scrub is fun - it's got quite a squishy, jellyish base, but it's packed with that scrubby pumice so it does a really good job of smoothing the skin.  I do find it a bit tickly to use on my feet, but I really enjoy how cooling and tingly it is!  The mint scent is sweet and strong, which I love.  I think if you have very rough skin on your feet you'll need a proper pumice stone to tackle it, but if you're just maintaining smoothness, this scrub is perfect

And now onto the Foot Rescue!

The Body Shop Peppermint Intensive Foot Rescue

This product comes in a pink plastic screw-top lid.  It comes in at slightly more expensive than the scrub, costing £9 for 100ml.  Like any other foot cream, this is best applied at night with cotton socks over the top so it can work its magic while you sleep

The Body Shop Peppermint Intensive Foot Rescue ingredients

This foot rescue contains Soybean Oil, Cocoa Butter, Beeswax, Lanolin, Peppermint Oil and Menthol (amongst other things).  This means it's deeply moisturising, minty and refreshing - perfect for soothing tired feet!

The Body Shop Peppermint Intensive Foot Rescue swatch

The product is pink and smells lovely - really minty and fresh.  It looks like a light cream but touching it reveals it's actually incredibly thick.  In fact, it's almost a balm!  A little goes a long way as it sinks into the feet easily and feels so lovely and cooling.  After letting it absorb overnight, my feet are left really soft and smooth.  Perfect for using after the scrub!

These products are really great for keeping my feet smooth, soft and smelling fresh.  I know peppermint is quite overused in foot products, but I personally really like it and think it works well.  Now the weather is getting colder the menthol might be a bit too cooling if you're sensitive to temperature, but I'm still enjoying using them.  I don't think I'll repurchase the foot scrub because as nice as it is, you can get the same result with a regular body scrub.  However, the foot rescue is definitely a new staple!  As you need to use so little each time, I won't be running out any time soon.

Do you use anything to keep your feet feeling nice? 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Lush of the Week: Northern Lights

Hi everyone!  Today I have another Halloween product to review - although, much like the Sparkler, this is more related to fireworks and the night sky in November.  Let's talk about Northern Lights!

Lush Northern Lights Bath Bomb

Much like the Sparkler, Northern Lights is a long, cylindrical bath bomb.  However, it's a different colour: a very pretty purple, with hints of blue underneath

Lush Northern Lights Bath Bomb in bath

In the bath, it starts fizzing immediately, turning the water purple.  The blue centre is very quickly revealed and this colour fizzes out of each end

Lush Northern Lights Bath Bomb in bath

There are lots of little stars inside Northern Lights, and these filled the water.  There was also a very small amount of neon green in the very centre of the bath bomb.  Northern Lights is scented with Jasmine Absolute and Ylang Ylang Oil.  Unfortunately, I'm not keen on either of these scents and it just smelled very soapy to me!

Lush Northern Lights Bath Bomb in bath

The end result was a really beautiful purple, star-filled bath that really looked like the night sky!  However, I didn't enjoy the scent at all and this ruined the experience for me a bit.  It did leave the water very silky

If you enjoy the floral, soapy fragrance of jasmine and ylang ylang, this will go down a storm with you.  It was a really visually beautiful bath bomb - I loved the little stars especially!  This cost £3.50.

Do you like the sound of Northern Lights?

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Lush of the Week: Sparkler

Hi everyone!

Today's Lush review isn't quite Halloween themed - in fact it's been categorised under both Halloween and Christmas on the website.  It's actually more November/Fireworks Night appropriate, and is called Sparkler.

Lush Sparkler Bath Bomb

Boom!  That's my impression of a firework.
The Sparkler is a long, cylinder-shaped bath bomb which is a bright canary yellow - my camera did wash it out a little.  This is quite an unusual shape for a bath bomb!

Lush Sparkler Bath Bomb in bath

In the water, the bath bomb starts fizzing quite quickly, turning the water yellow.  The centre of the Sparkler is packed with deep orange-gold lustre, and as soon as this is exposed it pours out of the bath bomb

Lush Sparkler Bath Bomb in bath

It really is very sparkly - I tried my best to capture it on camera.  The Sparkler also contains popping candy so it crackles as it fizzes away, making it really fit with the fireworks theme!  This bath bomb is actually scented like Rose Jam - Rose, Egyptian Geranium and Sicilian Lemon oils give it a sweet, fruity, floral scent.  This is one of my favourite Lush scents, but I actually didn't immediately recognise it as Rose Jam because I associate it more with the colour pink!

Lush Sparkler Bath Bomb in bath

The end result was a sunny yellow, glittery bath.  Once the water drained there was some glitter left behind but it easily rinsed away.  There was also a bit of glitter left stuck to me, but I quite like being sparkly so I didn't mind!

I did really enjoy this, although it did confuse my little brain to have a yellow product that smells like something I associate with the colour pink.  If you're not a fan of glitter this probably won't be the bath bomb for you, but if you want to turn yourself into a sparkler, you can pick this up for £3.50.

Will you be having a fireworks themed bath this November?

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Clinique Cheek Pop in Plum Pop - Review & Swatches

Hi everyone!  Today I'll be reviewing one of my birthday presents from waaaay back in June.  Shows you how behind I am with my blogging schedule!  I received this Clinique Cheek Pop in Plum Pop from the lovely Jade after hearing loads of hype about these cute flower-shaped blushers.  They're not such a new release anymore, but there was definitely a lot of buzz when they first hit the shelves.

Clinique Cheek Pop in Plum Pop

The Cheek Pop comes in a pretty cardboard box decorated with leaves and flowers. You get 3.5g for £16.50, which is a pretty standard price for a brand like Clinique - not quite drugstore but not massively high end either.  There are 4 shades in the range, and I went for the darkest - Plum Pop!

Clinique Cheek Pop in Plum Pop

The blusher comes in a quite weighty clear plastic compact, which allows you to see the colour at a glance

Clinique Cheek Pop in Plum Pop

The Cheek Pop is absolutely beautiful, as it's shaped to look like a flower!  The blusher does feel really stiff when you touch it, and I was initially worried I'd get limited pigmentation

Clinique Cheek Pop in Plum Pop swatch

However, the Cheek Pop provides a really beautiful flush of colour with even the smallest amount of product.  It's very buildable, and blends so seamlessly with the skin - the light sheen makes it look very natural.  I don't think Plum Pop is the best name for this shade - I'd describe is as a medium pink - but it is beautiful!

Clinique Cheek Pop in Plum Pop swatch

The texture of this blusher is perfect for someone like me - I tend to be a bit heavy-handed with my makeup, but it's almost impossible for this to look unnatural.  It blends so flawlessly, giving a really cute pop of colour on the cheeks.  I'm completely smitten!

If you'd been on the fence about buying one of these, you should definitely go for it next time you're due a treat.  The formula is  something else, and that flower design is so cute!  It lasts really well too, even after multiple uses.  I'd love to pick up the other colours, but I own too many blushers to justify it at the moment.

Did you pick up a Cheek Pop when they were released?  What colour is your favourite?

Friday, 17 October 2014

Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack - Review

Hi everyone!  My skin absolutely loves Soap & Glory products, and after finishing my Enchanted Eye Cream from Lush, I decided to try something new.  Enter Puffy Eye Attack!

Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack

Puffy Eye Attack comes in classic Soap & Glory packaging, with a lot of pink and retro imagery.  Soap & Glory actually make two eye creams - the other is called Make Yourself Youthful and focuses on targeting fine lines, whereas this one very much focuses on cooling and reducing puffiness.  I went for this one as I'm not concerned about fine lines (yet).  They also make an eye serum called You Won't Believe Your Eyes, but again, I just wanted a cooling and refreshing cream.  You get 14ml for £12.50 which is a mid to high sort of price for an eye cream of this size

Of course, there are a lot of the made-up names Soap & Glory like to include in the ingredients! Botanical Soy and Rice Peptides and Yeast Proteins reduce dark circles and inflammation, and also improve circulation, elasticity and collagen production.  A Ginseng and Caffeine complex increases circulation and cell respiration, and speeds up oxygen and nutrient delivery to fight ageing.  Finally, patented Bionymph Plant Peptides (?!) boost collagen.  I can also see Shea Butter, Aloe Juice and several fruit extracts including Cucumber, Mandarin Orange, Apricot and Peach.  Basically, this is meant to re-energise the eye area, reducing dark circles and puffiness!

Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack

The eye cream itself comes in a matte white plastic tub, which is sealed so the product is clean and fresh inside

Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack swatch

This is a 'Turbo-Boost Hydragel' - I'd called it a gel-cream formula.  It is beautifully cooling and light, with a very faint fresh scent that's undetectable on the skin.  When I first started using this, I didn't feel like it made a huge visible difference to my eyes, but it was still really lovely to use as it felt so refreshing.  I'm now about halfway through the tub, and it's started to really sting after I apply it :(  I don't know why I've suddenly developed a sensitivity, but I really don't want something to be hurting when I apply it, especially on such a delicate area.  What a shame!

I did really like using this eye cream before it started to sting, and even though it didn't really make a hugely visible difference it was really nice and cooling.  To be honest, Soap & Glory are hardly known for their use of all-natural ingredients, and this has made me feel like I need to switch up my skincare and aim to incorporate some more natural products into my routine.

Do you have any eye cream recommendations?  I also need a new day moisturiser and night cream as they're currently by Soap & Glory too.  I'm eyeing up Green People, Balance Me and Organic Surge at the moment as their products seem to be packed with good ingredients without costing the earth.  Hopefully I'll find a job soon so I can afford to revamp my skincare!