Tuesday, 31 March 2015

March 2015 Favourites

Hi everyone!


I'm back with my monthly favourites post, and I have some great products to share with you today.

Max Faxtor Colour Elixir Lipstick in Star Dust Pink (review here)

This lipstick is a gorgeous creamy pink which gives the lips a really smooth and healthy appearance.  I'd compare the quality to that of a MAC lipstick, and the colour is perfect for slicking on every day - which is exactly what I've been doing!


I got a sample of this from Ashton and I absolutely love it.  It's a powder that somehow magically covers imperfections when buffed into the skin, without ever looking cakey or overdone.  I am absolutely buying the fullsize when this runs out.  It contains SPF too, which is great :)


Sammy from The Nailasaurus has always raved about this, and I wanted to see whether it was really all that good.  Short answer: yes it is!  I've only been using it for a week or so but my nails and cuticles look so much better already.  Full review is in the works!


I've already raved about the new makeup product by one of my favourite bloggers, but I wanted to mention it again as I haven't been able to resist adding Glow to my cheekbones every day.  It gives such a natural, beautiful sheen to the skin.


I also wanted to mention this super cute new hairband I got from Claire's, with an adorable white and red heart print bow on it!  I always find lovely hair accessories in there :)

That's it for this month!  I recently started my new job as a Mental Health Worker so you may notice posts becoming a bit sporadic as I adjust to my new schedule, although I do have a big backlog of stuff to review so we'll see how things pan out.  I hope you've had a great March!

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Lush Easter 2015: Pot O' Gold Shower Jelly and Roundup

Hi everyone!

Lush Pot O' Gold Shower Jelly Review

I love Lush's Shower Jellies, and so I was really excited when I saw they were releasing a gorgeous golden one for Easter, aptly named Pot O' Gold.  This review is actually rather perfectly timed - I've just got back from a weekend in Dublin visiting friends, so it fits the theme :P

Lush Pot O' Gold Shower Jelly ingredients

Like Lush's other Shower Jellies, the product comes in a recycled clear plastic pot.  You can get it in 100g (£3.50) or 240g (£6.95) sizes, and I have the larger size here.

In terms of ingredients, Pot O' Gold has a really delicious sounding line up: Orange Peel Decoction, Fresh Pineapple Juice, Carageenan Extract, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute, Myrrh Resinoid and Sweet Orange Oil combine to give the jelly a sweet scent and deeply cleansing properties.

Lush Pot O' Gold Shower Jelly Review

The jelly itself is a really bright yellow gold, with quite a stiff jelly texture.  It lathers up when combined with water, and it does leave some traces of shimmer during the lathering process, although none remained on my skin once I got out of the bath.  Shower Jellies can be a bit tricky to keep hold of, and I personally like to place a small amount on each palm and then put exfoliating gloves on over the top, so I get lots of lather through the glove without worrying about dropping the jelly!

Unfortunately, the scent of this really doesn't work for me.  Instore I thought it smelled really caramel-y and delicious, like Honey I Washed The Kids.  However, when I use it at home without the confusion of all the other Lush store scents around me, it runs really sickly and more like honey than caramel.  It actually reminds me of honey flavoured liquorice, but in a bad way.  I really wish I hadn't bought the bigger tub :/

I thought I would quickly run through the rest of the Easter range, as the other products are re-releases that I've reviewed in previous years.



This bath bomb is really fun, and comes in two versions - you either get a chick in the pink one or a bunny in the yellow one!  It has a delicious sweet sherbet smell and you can 3 uses out of it (2 halves of the egg, plus the mini bath bomb inside).  This just about justifies the £6.95 price tag...



I tried this re-useable bubble bar when it came as just a single carrot, but it's been revamped as a bunch of a few smaller ones since.  It has the most delicious sweet orangey scent, but I unfortunately found it quite weak once in the bath, and it turned the water a gross yellow colour.



This bath bomb is small and cute and very, very pink.  It also smells exactly like Snow Fairy.  Perfect!



This glittery egg is a bath bomb and bath melt hybrid with a delicious toffee scent.  It does leave both the bath and the skin a bit glittery, but the moisturising ingredients are a real treat and I don't mind a bit of glitter ;)

Somewhere Over The Rainbow



I didn't purchase this to review as I don't like traditional soaps, but I wanted to mention it.  This gorgeous soap looks like a beautiful rainbow, with a lovely fruity scent too.

Carrot


This soap is shaped like a giant carrot, and it has a leaping bunny in the centre when sliced.  It has the same delicious orangey scent as the Bunch of Carrots re-useable bubble bar.  I could be tempted to use traditional soap for this!

And that's it for Lush's Easter 2015 range.  Will you be picking any of it up?

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Nails Nails Nails: January - April 2015 Manicures/NOTDs

Hi everyone!  

January to April 2015 Manicures NOTDs

I've slowly but surely been stockpiling photos of my nails over the past few months, and I'm at the point now where I thought I should probably share them with you before I forget what I used :P

Nails OPI Gargantuan Green Grape, Ciate Palm Tree, Bourjois Green Fizz, Barry M Spring Green, Lynnderella Salad Days

Up first we have a fun and simple manicure.  I painted various shades of green from my index to my pinky finger (OPI Gargantuan Green Grape, Ciaté Palm Tree, Bourjois Green Fizz and Barry M Spring Green) and topped each nail with Lynnderella Salad Days.

Nails Illamasqua Radium, OPI Here Today...  Aragon Tomorrow

Illamasqua nail varnishes have been popping up in TK Maxx, and I helped myself to the green ones!  Here, we have a base of Illamasqua Radium, which is a yellow green with a healthy dose of pale green shimmer (that is impossible to capture on camera).  I added dots using OPI Here Today...  Aragon Tomorrow.

Nails Illamasqua Nurture, Illamasqua Mottle

This next manicure features more Illamasqua polishes from TK Maxx.  On my index and middle fingers I have Nurture, and on my ring and pinky fingers I have Mottle.  Both had the excellent formula I expect from Illamasqua and I particularly love the rubber finish of Nurture.

Nails Black Cat Lacquer Evergreen

Nails Black Cat Lacquer Evergreen

Up next is a fun new indie polish called Evergreen by Black Cat Lacquer.  This is my first thermal polish - it's a deep green polish with scattered holo, but it darkens when cold and is slightly lighter when warm - I dipped my hands into different temperature water to illustrate this.  I think the effect would be more obvious if my nails were longer and I had more free edge (as this would cause a greater temperature difference along my nail), but I still love it.  It also smells of cinnamon, which is amazing!

DIY Nails Sweet Hearts Water Decals

For this manicure, I created a gradient using Bourjois Green Fizz and American Apparel Neon Green and then added a layer of fine glitter using Accessorize Crystal Shimmer.  I then topped each nail with these Sweet Hearts water decals from DIY Nails - I accidentally tore the doughnut on my index finger, but I think it looks like someone's had a cheeky bite :P

Nails Model's Own Green Colour Chrome

Model's Own recently released a Colour Chrome collection, and I snapped up the green one.  The high shine finish made my camera freak out a little and the polish itself was a bit finnicky to apply - I had to be careful with my brush strokes, and top coat seemed to pull up the layer beneath it so I went without in the end.  However, it wore brilliantly!

Nails Enchanted Polish Gummy Worm, Sation Ego Friendly, Lynnderella Golden Rules

This manicure features a base of Enchanted Polish Gummy Worm (one of my all-time favourites).  I then topped each nail with Sation Ego Friendly, and popped a bit of Lynnderella Golden Rules onto my ring finger.  So sparkly :D

Nails Waterfall Manicure

For this manicure, I followed The Nailasaurus' Waterfall Tutorial.  I started with a base of Rimmel Fizzy Applelicious and then used some Color Club Nail Art Lacquers (which comes with an inbuilt striping brush) to add stripes of green, silver, gold and gold glitter.

Nails Darling Diva Polish Lephrechaun's Gold

This time, I laid down 2 coats of Darling Diva Polish Leprechaun's Gold, and then stuck a green nail gem at the base of each nail.  So sparkly and fun!

Nails Urban Decay Zodiac

Firstly, I want to apologise for the state of my fingers in these photos - I have a nasty habit of chewing and/or picking the skin when stressed.  This Urban Decay polish was one that I snapped up in the Debenhams January sale and I was really excited because it's the same name and shade as one of my favourite UD products - their Moondust eyeshadow in Zodiac :)  I added a couple of green glequins on the free edge for interest.


Phew!  That's a lot of nail art.  I hope you liked these manicures!  What have you been wearing on your nails recently?

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Phee's Makeup Tips Glow Highlight Powder - Review & Swatches

Hi everyone!

Phee's Makeup Tips Glow Highlight Powder Review

I can't help but have a soft spot for bloggers who aren't afraid to use colour or experiment with their makeup.  I guess it's human nature to relate more to people with similar tastes to yourself!  Phee from Phee's Makeup Tips is one such blogger - I love her use of shape and her super sharp brows, and I was so excited when I saw she was launching her own makeup range.  She's starting off with the gorgeous sheeny Glow Highlight Powder, and I placed an order as soon as I could!

Phee's Makeup Tips Glow Highlight Powder note

I was really pleased to receive a handwritten note, although I think I may have been given the note intended for international customers :P

Phee's Makeup Tips Glow Highlight Powder packaging

Glow Highlight Powder comes in a 2.5g transparent plastic pot with a screw-top lid.  It features a sifter which came sealed with a sticker to prevent spills.  I'm usually not keen on sifters, but I actually think it works better for highlighters as you're less likely to accidentally overload your brush.

Glow Highlight Powder contains only 2 naturally occurring mineral ingredients - Mica (for shimmer) and Titanium Dioxide (to reflect light and disguise imperfections).  There's no nasty talc or fillers and the ingredients are vegan and cruelty free.  You can't ask for much more!

Phee's Makeup Tips Glow Highlight Powder swatches

Here I have swatched Glow alone (bottom), over primer (middle) and when foiled (top swatch), and also taken a photo with flash to show just how shiny it is.  It's a gorgeous white gold/champagne shimmer which can either give a subtle glow or a full-on metallic shine.  The powder is incredibly soft and silky and is really easy to blend.

Phee's Makeup Tips Glow Highlight Powder swatches on face

Here I'm wearing Glow on my cheekbones, brow bones, nose and cupid's bow.  My favourite way to use it is lightly dusted over primer or BB cream with a dry brush (I find the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush is perfect for highlighting), but Phee has shown different ways it can be used here!  I find it wears for around 4-5 hours, but if you wear a heavier base than I do, I expect that will help it stick around for longer.

Glow costs £8 at full price, but Phee is currently offering it for £4 (including postage) if you subscribe to her newsletter, so it's an absolute bargain.  If you want to know more about the development of Glow, check out her blog post here!

I can't wait to see what Phee comes up with next - I'm hoping a million different shades of green eye shadow, but maybe I'm being selfish... :P

Will you be picking up a pot of Glow Highlight Powder?  What's your favourite way to get glowy skin?

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Lush Easter 2015: Hoppity Poppity

Hi everyone!

Lush Hoppity Poppity Bath Bomb Review

Now that Mother's Day has been and gone, I can get started on reviewing the Easter 2015 Lush items which hit stores very recently.  This collection is quite small and features a lot of returning items from previous years, but there were 2 new products that caught my eye.  The first of these is an adorable bath bomb called Hoppity Poppity!

Lush Hoppity Poppity Bath Bomb Review

Hoppity Poppity (I love the name) is a white, bunny shaped bath bomb with a rather surprised expression.  The details of his face are a candy pink and if you look closely you can see the white is mottled with green.

Lush Hoppity Poppity Bath Bomb in bath

In the water, Hoppity Poppity fizzes very quickly and I could see the white, pink and green elements rapidly dissolving to tint the water.  I was immediately struck by the insanely loud and ferocious crackling sound of popping candy. This must have been absolutely crammed with it as the sound was so loud and it lasted for ages, even after the bath bomb itself had disappeared!

Lush Hoppity Poppity Bath Bomb in bath

The bath bomb dissolved quite quickly (within about 30 seconds) and the resulting bath water wasn't particular exciting as it went a sort of grey colour.  Hoppity Poppity contains Violet Leaf and Lavender Absolutes - I found it had quite a fresh, herbal smell that sort of reminded me of the now discontinued Geo Phyzz.  The fragrance didn't linger on my skin and I didn't find the water particularly skin softening.

For £2.50, this would be a great bath bomb for someone a bit younger as it's not too expensive, has a cute shape and the popping candy is really fun.  However, I think it will appeal to a wide range of ages too.  I do wish it had a sweeter smell as I think the cutesy shape would suit something candy scented, but you can't win them all!

Will you be popping Hoppity Poppity in your bath this Easter?