Sunday, 26 April 2015

Rare Lush of the Week: Fruity Beauty Shower Gel

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Lush Fruity Beauty Shower Gel Review

Lush's product range spans several years, and as they regularly discontinue products to make room for new ones, the discontinued products can get really hard to find.  Fruity Beauty Shower Gel is a product I'd heard of but never been able to try due to its limited edition nature and the fact it was discontinued many years ago.  I managed to track a big bottle of it down on eBay for less than the original retail price - I don't think I've ever clicked 'Pay Now' so fast!

Lush Fruity Beauty Shower Gel Review

Lush's shower gel bottles haven't really changed over the years, and while the label does look a tiny bit worn due to age, the black and white colourscheme is the same.  I managed to get the big 500g size!

Lush Fruity Beauty Shower Gel Review

Now, as this is a discontinued and limited edition product, the use by on this has been and gone.  In fact, it went out of date nearly 2.5 years ago.  However, one thing I've learned with Lush products is that unless it's a bath bomb or bubble bar, their products last really well thanks to both the natural and artificial preservatives they use.  I don't want to condone using out of date products, but both the colour, scent and formula of this seem perfect, and I suffered no ill effects :)

Lush Fruity Beauty Shower Gel Review

In terms of ingredients, Fruity Beauty sounds like a delicious fruit cocktail, with Fresh Lemon Decoction, Aloe Vera Gel, Fresh Pineapple Juice, Vodka and Lime Oil all featuring.  I think this really fits the name of the shower gel - Fruity Beauty was actually one of the names I considered for my blog!

Lush Fruity Beauty Shower Gel Review

The shower gel itself is the perfect consistency - not too thick and not too thin, with a fun pinky coral colour.  It lathers well and also makes great bubble bath.  In terms of scent, Fruity Beauty smells like you might expect - a rich, sweet, citrus fruit scent with a hint of raspberry.  The vodka does give it a slight edge but it's not overly alcoholic and I think you could definitely still use it hungover!

I'm so glad I got to try this discontinued Lush product and I hope it reappears in the Lush Kitchen soon so I can stock up as it smells delicious.  I know it's featured before so I can only hope it appears again!

Have you ever tried a discontinued Lush product?

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Born Pretty Store 3D Butterfly Temporary Tattoos - Review

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Born Pretty Store 3D Butterfly Temporary Tattoos Review

I'm back with another Born Pretty Store review, and this time it's of their 3D Butterfly Temporary Tattoos*.  I love that temporary tattoos are appearing as accessories for grown-ups more often now, because they're such a fun way to try something new!

Born Pretty Store 3D Butterfly Temporary Tattoos Review

The temporary tattoos come in pretty standard packaging - a cardboard backing, with clear film wrapping.  The instructions on the back are also standard for temporary tattoos, but I took photos of the process step by step for those that are unfamiliar.  These particular designs are all different brightly coloured and beautiful butterflies!

Born Pretty Store 3D Butterfly Temporary Tattoos Review

Temporary tattoos are really simple to use - cut out the design you want, remove the protective film and then place it design side down onto the skin.  Moisten the tattoo with a wet flannel for around 10 seconds and then peel away the card to reveal the tattoo has been printed onto the skin!

Born Pretty Store 3D Butterfly Temporary Tattoos Review

I believe the '3D' element of these tattoos comes from the shadow incorporated into the design.  It definitely gives the butterfly more life as it appears to pop from the skin.  I decided to place this little pink butterfly on my wrist and found it wore for well over a week, and I take a bath daily.  I simply avoided scrubbing my wrist particularly hard during the week.  It started to look a little shabby after a week, and I had to rub quite hard to remove the last bits of the design, showing how well these wear!

For just 65p, you get a lot of different butterflies which look really pretty.  Temporary tattoos are so much fun - you can either wear them to change things up or even use them to test out whether you'd like a permanent tattoo on a certain body part.  I think they're great!

If you'd like to pick up some temporary tattoos from Born Pretty Store for yourself, make sure you use my discount code AWH10 to get 10% off at checkout. Click the image below to be taken to the website :)


*Item sent for review

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Karma Se7en Body Jewellery - Internally Threaded Labret Studs

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Karma Se7en Body Jewellery Internally Threaded Labret Studs

I was contacted by Karma Se7en again recently asking if I would like to review more of their body jewellery.  I ended up being sent some Internally Threaded Labret Studs!

Karma Se7en Body Jewellery Internally Threaded Labret Studs

As I mentioned in my last Karma Se7en review, their packaging is spot on.  The purple box is really striking, and each piece of jewellery comes attached to a plastic disc by a small rubber band, which is then inside a plastic screw-top tub.  Body jewellery can be fragile, and this packaging method ensures it will arrive in one piece :)

Karma Se7en Body Jewellery Internally Threaded Labret Studs

I was sent two of the Titanium Internally Threaded Labret Stud with AB Jewel*, and one of the Titanium Internally Threaded Labret Stud with AB Cluster Disc*.  I went for 2 different lengths as I need a slightly shorter bar in my medusa/philtrum piercing!

Karma Se7en Body Jewellery Internally Threaded Labret Studs

So, what does internally threaded actually mean?  I've taken a photo of a standard labret bar on the left and one of the internally threaded labret bars on the right.  In a standard bar, the threading is placed on the bar, and the ball screws onto that threading.  In an internally threaded bar, the threading is placed on the ball, which then screws into the bar.  This means an internally threaded labret bar has a smooth end, making it perfect for particularly sensitive or newly healed piercings.  The threading of standard labret bars can feel a little tickly/uncomfortable!


Karma Se7en Internally Threaded Labret Studs AB Crystal

These labret studs feature a really pretty AB crystal as the ball, which catches the light and reflects a rainbow of colours.  The crystal is really small and dainty, which I like (although it does make it quite fiddly to attach).  I think these look great, although I do prefer to wear a slightly larger piece of jewellery in my labret piercing (the bottom one) as it can highlight the uneven shape of my lips/make the piercings look wonky when it's small like this!

Internally threaded piercings can have much smaller balls than regular labret studs as the ball doesn't need to accommodate a hole for the threading of the bar.  All this talk of balls and holes is sort of inevitable when you're reviewing body jewellery... :P


Karma Se7en Internally Threaded Labret Studs AB Crystal Cluster Disc

Karma Se7en Internally Threaded Labret Studs AB Crystal Cluster Disc

(image taken from karmase7en.com)

This labret stud features a larger, flat white disc which is clustered with tiny AB crystals.  The disc feels smooth as the crystals are sealed in with gloss.  While this is really pretty, I do want to raise the fact that the image on the website isn't quite the same as the actual product... there are only 4 crystals in the disc, and not loads like the website image suggests.  It's still so sparkly and pretty though!  

I think both the smaller AB crystal studs and the AB crystal cluster disc stud work really well together.  Once again, I'm so impressed by the quality of Karma Se7en body jewellery, plus the packaging and fast delivery (my items arrived within one day) are great too.  They also offer buy one choose one free across all products on their website, so you can pick up more for your money :)  

Do you have any piercings?  What would you order from Karma Se7en?

*Item sent for review

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Lush of the Week: Vanilla Puff Dusting Powder

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Lush Vanilla Puff Dusting Powder Review

Since trying and loving Lush's Vanilla Dee-Lite Body Lotion, I decided I wanted to pick up something else in the same delicious sweet scent.  I also recently ran out of Silky Underwear, so I thought it would be the perfect time to pick up Vanilla Puff - a dusting powder like Silky Underwear, but with the delicious vanilla scent of Vanilla Dee-Lite :)

Lush Vanilla Puff Dusting Powder Review

Vanilla Puff Dusting Powder comes in Lush's classic recycled plastic bottle and black and white label.    You get 50g for £4.95 - slightly less product for slightly more money when compared to Silky Underwear, but I think the difference in ingredients account for this.

Lush Vanilla Puff Dusting Powder ingredients

A dusting powder is essentially a talcum powder - perfect for applying over a heavy body moisturiser or after the bath to keep skin soft, dry and smelling lovely :)  Vanilla Puff has a base of Cornstarch, Magnesium Carbonate and Talc to give it a really soft and smooth powder consistency.  The scent comes from Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute, Tonka Absolute, Jasmine Absolute and a whole Fair Trade Vanilla Pod hidden within the bottle.  It has a sweet, creamy vanilla scent that's just delicious.  It's definitely sweeter than the Cocoa Butter and Jasmine Absolute scent of Silky Underwear, but there are similarities between the two.  I have to say I prefer Vanilla Puff!

Lush Vanilla Puff Dusting Powder Review

The lid of the bottle contains a small hole which dispenses small amounts of powder easily.  The powder itself is so soft and sweetly scented - I feel really pampered when I rub into my skin.  I was even told instore that this makes an excellent dry shampoo!  The white colour of the powder quickly disappears once it's rubbed in :)

Even though I love to dust Vanilla Puff over myself after baths or post moisturising, I actually find it most handy pre waxing as it makes sure my skin is completely dry and that the wax will grip correctly.  It's also a godsend when I'm fiddling with tricky body jewellery - covering my hands in this before tackling those fiddly screw-on balls (haha) means my fingertips stay dry and it helps me grip onto the tiny jewellery :)

I really love Lush's dusting powders, and think both Silky Underwear and Vanilla Puff smell gorgeous.  Vanilla Puff just edges it for me because I'm all about that vanilla life these days.

Do you use dusting powders?

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in Petal - Review & Swatches

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Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in Petal Review

I remember when the Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick line first came out, I couldn't wait to get my hands on one.  I ended up with the shade Petal - read on to find out more :)

Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in Petal Review

The lipstick comes in this really pretty floral cardboard box.  I do think nice packaging makes a difference and this really is lovely!

Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in Petal Review

The actual lipstick itself is really nice to look at too - a reflective silver tube with a ridged design makes a really nice change from the usual black plastic tubes, and it feels satisfyingly weighty.  The bullet has the classic pointed shape to allow for precise application.

Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in Petal swatches on lips

Clinique describe Petal as a 'warm vibrant hibiscus pink' and I think this is pretty accurate - it's a bright, warm-toned pink, although it can lean a little cool-toned in certain lighting.  It reminds me of bubble gum!  It takes a couple of swipes for full pigmentation and lasts for around 4 hours (without eating and drinking).  If your lips aren't particularly dry to start with, you really don't need to prep with a balm beforehand as the formula does it all for you.  It's fragrance free, too!

The formula is really interesting - it feels like it's loaded with moisture and has a lot of softness/slip, like a lip balm, yet has a satin matte finish.  It's not a true flat matte, but it's definitely not glossy and really impressive given how soft and comfortable it feels on the lips!  It can cling to dry patches slightly, but other than that the formula is fantastic.

If you're a bit unsure of matte lipsticks, these are a great way to try them as they don't have the typical moisture-sucking feel of true mattes, and the colours are so pretty too.  The range comes in 8 shades and each lipstick costs £18.

Have you tried these lipsticks?  What colour is your favourite?