Thursday, 20 November 2014

Christmas Gift Idea: Soap & Glory Your Own Sweet Lime Gift Set

Hi everyone!  For some reason I am feeling super festive already this year.  To that end, I thought I would write a couple of posts on Christmas gift ideas for those of you who like to plan ahead.  Today I'll be talking about a set from Soap & Glory called Your Own Sweet Lime!

Soap and Glory Your Own Sweet Lime Gift Set

The gift set comes in a really cute circular silver cardboard tub, with a stripy red peppermint lid.  I actually keep nail art supplies in a Soap & Glory gift set box from a couple of years ago, and I plan to keep this one too as they're great for storage and look really good too.
As you may have guessed by the name, this set contains items scented with Soap & Glory's delicious lime range called Sugar Crush.  For £10, you get:
Sugar Crush Hand Food (50ml)
Sugar Crush Body Wash (75ml)
Sugar Crush Body Scrub (50ml)
Sugar Crush Body Buttercream (50ml)
Body Polisher

Sugar Crush Hand Food (link to original)

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Hand Food

I won't lie, this is the entire reason I bought this set.  Hand Food usually has their trademark Original Pink fragrance, which is a fresh and fruity floral.  However, the sweet lime scent of Sugar Crush is so much better!  Hand Food has a great formula - it looks thick but easily absorbs and nourishes the hands for hours.  I really hope they bring this version out as a permanent, full size item because it is hands down my favourite hand cream of all time!

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash

This body wash is creamy and foams up easily, especially when combined with the pouffe/Body Polisher included in the set.  That delicious lime scent lingers for hours when I use this, and it also makes great bubble bath mixture!

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub

This is the only item in the Sugar Crush range I've tried before.  The scrub is nice and rough and has a moisturising, buttery base.  The scent of this scrub is probably the yummiest one in the range as it has that buttery kick that really makes me want to eat it! This is my favourite scrub Soap & Glory make to date - you can read my roundup post of all of their scrubs if you want to know more

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream

I was a little nervous about using this as I generally find things that describe themselves as body butters way too heavy.  However, this is almost like a lotion/body cream hybrid so it's lighter than you'd expect while still being very moisturising.  The scent is delicious of course and it doesn't take too long to sink in.  I'd definitely repurchase this if I didn't have a shamefully large backlog of body moisturisers to use!

I love this gift set - it's a great way to try everything from the Sugar Crush range.  If you have a friend who loves sweet citrus scents and a bit of pampering, this is a sure winner!  Boots always have offers on too so it's unlikely you'll need to pay full price, which isn't even that expensive in the first place.  This gets a huge thumbs up from me as everything about it is lovely, even the punny name :P

The next Sugar Crush item released has to be a perfume - pretty please, Soap & Glory!  Do you like Sugar Crush?  Will you be popping this set on your Christmas list?

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Lush Christmas 2014: Holly Golightly

Hi everyone!  Today's bubble bar makes me think of Sam from Honey Golightly every time I look at it because of the name.  It's called Holly Golightly!

Lush Holly Golightly Bubble Bar

Holly Golightly is a large bubble bar with moulded holly leaves on top.  It's absolutely covered in silver lustre, but underneath that it's a gorgeous bright green

Lush Holly Golightly Bubble Bar in bath

This really strongly tints the water and also creates lots of soft bubbles.  Holly Golightly has Lush's Hot Toddy fragrance - it contains Clove Leaf, Patchouli, Lime, Cinnamon Leaf, and Sweet Orange oils and Benzoin Resinoid.  This gives it a really sweet, warm and spicy scent that's very festive!  You can also find this scent in their Melting Snowman bath melt, Hot Toddy bubble bar (a Retro item) and Hot Toddy shower gel :)

Lush Holly Golightly Bubble Bar in bath

The end result is a bright green bubbly bath with a sweet and warm scent.  I really enjoyed this!  The lustre wasn't difficult to rinse away either

I really liked this bubble bar - I just can't get enough of that gorgeous green colour.  If you like warm scents, this will be perfect for you!  You can buy Holly Golightly for £4.25 and as it's large it will stretch over several baths, meaning you get more product for your money.

Only one more product left to review now!  Are you feeling Christmassy yet?

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

NOTDs: Manicure Madness

Hi everyone!  I am still painting my nails lots as I have a lot of time on my hands at the moment.  Job hunting is no fun :(  I thought I'd better post about what I've been wearing before I forget entirely.  Apologies for the different watermarks on the images, some of them are older than others so don't have the new version!

For this manicure, I laid down a base of Ciaté Palm Tree, which is a really creamy and clean pea green.  I then applied striping tape and painted Zoya PixieDust in Chita over the top, opting for a gradient on my ring finger.  I've wanted Chita for a really long time and it met all of my expectations - such a gorgeous, deep green glitter texture polish :)

I can hear you now - is that a NUDE nail polish?! And you'd be right - it is :) I bought it for interviews, but I actually ended up loving the clean and classic look it gives to my nails.  The polish in question is Desert by H&M, which is a little streaky on the first coat but smooths out beautifully after the second.  I Mali-fied it by adding green gems!

My first Leighton Denny polish!  This was on offer in Marks & Spencer so I snapped it up.  It's called Glamazone (love the name) and is a gorgeous seafoam green with gold shimmer - it definitely leans more green than blue.  The formula is excellent and practically applies itself!  I stamped over lightning bolts using Barry M Gold Foil and a Konad stamping plate in Q1.  I then added a tiny bit of sparkle to each bolt using a gold glitter Color Club Nail Art Lacquer

Ninja Polish Shamrock Floam has been on my wishlist for the longest time.  My eyes nearly popped out of my head when it appeared on eBay! Like the original Floam, this contains matte glitters in different colours.  To be specific, Shamrock Floam contains green and white glitters.  Here I've layered it over Nubar Reclaim, which is a mossy green holographic!

This manicure is fun - I laid down a base of Different Dimension Gnarly, which is a really springy neon holographic.  I then took Indy's Indies Balloon House and dabbed the matte glitter circles onto the nail.  Sorry for the dent on my pinky finger and the bubbling - I used a top coat that's running out so it's getting gloopy, and I layered it on a bit too thick.  I do get problems with bubbling quite often as I'm too impatient to wait for things to dry properly.  Do you guys have any tips to prevent it happening?

China Glaze But Of Corpse was a polish they released for Halloween.  It's a murky green packed with black microglitter - I love ugly cute things like this so I had to have it!  It's quite a grungy polish so I added a pink bow for contrast.  To be honest, this was a nightmare to apply, clean up and remove, but I love the look of it so I can forgive it.  It has a textured finish - I'm wearing it alone in the left photo and with topcoat on the right

For this manicure, I laid down a base of Pop Rocks Groupie and then applied Zoya Gilty over the top.  I love the look of the gold flakes - it's very ostentatious and unnecessary which is why it's such a fun polish :P

And that's it!  I hope you like these manicures.  Do you like it when I round up several nail art looks in one post, or would you prefer I talk about each one separately?

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Lush Christmas 2014: Snow Angel

Hi everyone!  We're nearing the end of my Lush Christmas 2014 reviews, although I do have a few more things to show you.  Today I'll be talking about Snow Angel!

Lush Snow Angel Bath Melt

Snow Angel is a white, angel-shaped bath melt with a gold glittery base.  Lush's bath melts dissolve very slowly in the bath and are packed full of moisturising ingredients to turn the water soft and silky

Lush Snow Angel Bath Melt in bath

In the water, Snow Angel fizzes very slowly - almost like a slow motion bath bomb.  The glitter quickly disperses all throughout the water

Lush Snow Angel Bath Melt in bath

Underneath the gold glitter, the bath melt is actually a very bright golden yellow and the water starts to take on this colour.  Snow Angel smells like Lush's Snowcake soap and so it has a marzipan scent.  Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter adds the moisturising element, while Benzoin Resinoid, Rose Absolute and Cassia Absolute give the fragrance.  I won't lie - I can't stand marzipan, so I really didn't like the smell of this.  It reminds me of Play-Doh!

Lush Snow Angel Bath Melt in bath

The end result was a bright golden yellow bath topped in white foam with that marzipan scent.  The water was lovely and soft.  You can see the melt hanging out in the top left of the bath - this shows how bright the colour of it is!  If you like marzipan, I expect you'll be all over this, but it just made me feel sick!  Once the water drained, there was a bit of glitter left in the bath but it rinsed away really easily

Snow Angel was never going to work for me as I despise marzipan, but I reviewed it anyways - aren't I nice to you :P  If you like the sound of it, it will set you back £3.95.  I think you could split it up between baths too if you wanted.

Do you like the smell of marzipan?

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Maybelline Brow Satin in Dark Brown - Review & Swatches

Hi everyone!  Maybelline are one of my favourite high street brands, and I was excited when I saw they were adding their own mechanical brow pencil to the market.  There are loads of these available at the moment, and it's my favourite type of brow product so I was really keen to try it.  What makes the Brow Satin different is that as well as the pencil, it also contains a powder, which I haven't seen before!

Maybelline Brow Satin in Dark Brown

The Brow Satin is a double ended black plastic pencil.  I have it in the shade Dark Brown, but it's also available in Dark Blonde, Medium Brown and Mahogany Red

Maybelline Brow Satin in Dark Brown

The crayon end of the Brow Satin features a skinny, waxy crayon that's perfect for defining edges and adding little strokes that look like natural hairs.  The other end has a tiny domed sponge on it and powder that sits inside the lid, meaning every time you close and then open this end the sponge gets saturated in product  

Maybelline Brow Satin in Dark Brown swatches

Here I've swatched the powder (bottom) and the crayon (top).  The powder is soft and blendable and the crayon is waxy but soft enough to give good colour payoff.  Dark Brown is a deep, ashy brown that's very similar in tone to my Sleek Eyebrow Stylist in Dark.  I was torn between this and Medium Brown, but there were no Medium Browns left in the store I was in which made my decision for me!

Maybelline Brow Satin in Dark Brown on brows

Here I have applied the product in stages.  I like to use the crayon end to create a defined edge and also fill in the tail of my brows, and then the powder to fill in the rest and diffuse any harsh lines.  The powder is perfect for creating a soft gradient at the start of the brows too

Maybelline Brow Satin in Dark Brown on brows

Here's a shot of one filled in brow and one naked brow so you can see the difference the product makes

Maybelline Brow Satin in Dark Brown on brows

And finally, the product on both brows!  I do feel that the crayon and powder combined give a darker effect than I'm used to.  It definitely matches my natural brunette brows, but perhaps looks a little strong when combined with my bright red hair.  I still really like the polished and sleek look it gives and a gentle hand will help stop it looking too harsh

I love this product!  The combination of crayon and powder in one is genius and it's foolproof to use.  I can definitely see myself repurchasing this over the other brow products I own - even my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wizz - although I'm still debating if I should pick up Medium Brown next time.  The trouble with medium brown shades is that they can run a little too warm!

Are you tempted by the Brow Satin?  You can pick one up yourself for £5.99 if you are :)