Sunday, 1 March 2015

Lush Mother's Day 2015: Ultraviolet

Lush Ultraviolet Bubble Bar Review

Hi everyone!  I'm back with another review from Lush's 2015 Mother's Day range.  Today, I'm showing you Ultraviolet!

Lush Ultraviolet Bubble Bar Review

Ultraviolet is a large, rainbow-shaped bubble bar with arcs of purple, lilac, blue and green running through it.  It fits right in next to Comforter and Brightside and is really pretty to look at!

Lush Ultraviolet Bubble Bar in bath

The colour of the water depends on which part of the bubble bar you crumble in - it can range anywhere from purple to green!  Ultraviolet contains Rosewood Oil, Violet Leaf Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil and Jasmine Absolute.  This gives it a really heady, musky floral scent.  I found the violet was the most prominent, and it reminded me of Parma Violets slightly, although the other florals stopped it being too powdery and sweet

I really enjoyed Ultraviolet, and the large size means it could be stretched over as many as 6 baths.  It is slightly more expensive than Lush's usual bubble bars at £4.75, but the large size and multiple baths you get out of it make it a worthy investment.  I can see most Mums enjoying this as the scent is feminine without being overly sweet or floral.  It's just lovely!

Have you tried Ultraviolet?  What did you think?

Thursday, 26 February 2015

What's In My Bag?

What's In My Bag

Hi everyone!

I'm well aware of the fact that my blog is pretty heavy on reviews.  Reviews are my favourite thing to read and write, so it doesn't bother me too much, but I do try to keep in mind what you guys might like to read.  This is an attempt to include more lifestyle or slightly different posts every now and then to mix things up!

Today I'll be talking about what's in my bag!  I've seen this post on several other blogs and it really appeals to my inner nosy parker,  so I thought you might enjoy it too :)

What's In My Bag

I couldn't have picked a better time to write this post because I actually recently got a shiny new bag.  My old one finally broke as I tend to use one bag that I really love nonstop until they fall apart! This bag was an eBay find for £19.99 plus postage - it's a really well made satchel covered in strawberries!  It feels much more expensive than it is, and whilst it isn't perfect, it's striking and looks like it's made for me :)  

It has false buckles which actually fasten with magnetic buttons, a front pocket, and a zip to secure the main body of the bag.  I've attached a bag charm from Peppermint Puff to it :)  There are lots of different sections for all of my various belongings, and it's very comfortable to wear.  I prefer bags with a long strap so I can wear them on my shoulder so this fits the bill perfectly.

What's In My Bag

My three most important belongings that I carry with me everywhere are my purse, phone and keys!  My purse is a strawberry and cherry print number from Harrods - it makes me feel fancy, but truthfully I got it for £15 in the sale :P  My phone is a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a cute watermelon case from eBay.  My keys used to have way more keyrings than this, but I cut them down recently as it was a bit ridiculous considering I only have 2 actual keys!

What's In My Bag

I found this little lion coin purse in Oxfam, and I use it to keep my small beauty bits.  There's a lion pocket mirror Jade got me, a perfume sample, hand sanitiser (currently using Carex Strawberry Laces... nom nom nom) and various lip products.  I try and rotate this every few days so I'm giving my entire lip product collection some love.  There's usually a lip balm, gloss and lipstick involved though!

What's In My Bag

The stuff that doesn't fit in my lion purse floats in the bottom of my bag.  I have some powdered tissues from Boux Avenue, as that's where I work and I got given them for doing good work over the Christmas period ;)  Another mirror (a girl can never have too many mirrors), another perfume, my Travalo, my compact Tangle Teezer, hand cream and wet wipes (for cleaning off makeup swatches when out shopping).  I like having lots of different perfume options and the hairbrush is a necessity with a mane like mine!

What's In My Bag

Finally, I carry some extra little bits... the painkillers are there as I tend to get quite frequent headaches.  There's also body spray (again, I like having perfume options), some chewing gum and one of those fold up shopping bags in case I get a bit spendy and need help carrying my purchases!  Surprisingly enough, it's strawberry shaped :D

Of course, I also carry other essentials like sanitary towels, diazepam and my phone charger (if I'm at work) but I didn't think they were photo worthy.  I do like to be prepared and tend to bring more than I need in my bag, but better safe than sorry, right? :P

I hope you've enjoyed a quick peek into my bag!  What do you carry with you usually?

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Max Factor Clump Defy Extensions Mascara - Review and Comparison to Original Clump Defy

Max Factor Clump Defy Extensions Mascara Review Comparison to Original

Hi everyone!

I love mascara - it's one of the products that I don't feel as guilty about buying as the shelf life is quite short when compared to other makeup.  All the more reason to buy new ones ;)  Today I have Max Factor's Clump Defy Extensions Mascara up for review, and I thought it would be fun to compare it to the original Clump Defy too.  I loved that, so I was excited to see how they'd compare.

Max Factor Clump Defy Extensions Mascara Review Comparison to Original

Both mascaras look very similar - they have a chunky purple tube and a slanted lid.  The original Clump Defy has silver accents, and the Clump Defy Extensions mascara has gold accents.  The main difference between these mascaras is that Extensions is meant to add more length using lengthening fibres in addition to the clump-free volume of the original

Max Factor Clump Defy Extensions Mascara Comparison brushes

This side-by-side of the two brushes shows that there really isn't much different between them.  Both are curved, with precisely aligned bristles to grab and coat every lash evenly.  The brushes hug the lash line, and are designed so that maximum product distributes to the roots of the lashes

Max Factor Clump Defy Extensions Mascara Review Comparison to Original bare lashes

Bare lashes

Max Factor Clump Defy Extensions Mascara on lashes

With one coat of Clump Defy Extensions.  This mascara gives an even, extra black and clump-free finish to my lashes, whilst adding decent length and the fluttery effect I prefer.  Perfect!

Max Factor Clump Defy Mascara on lashes
Max Factor Clump Defy Mascara on lashes

For comparison purposes, here's the photos of my lashes from my original Clump Defy review.  The result is much the same: clump-free, extra black volumised lashes.  Apologies for the lack of consistency in lighting/eyes between these photos... this review is several months old, plus those of you that have ever reviewed a mascara before will know what a nightmare it is to photograph consistently!

Both mascaras well wear all day without smudging or flaking and also remove easily.  I very rarely find mascara smudges on me, though, so if you have watery eyes or find smudging is a regular problem for you I can't vouch that these won't do that.  

Do I think there's a huge amount of different between the original Clump Defy and the new Extensions version?  Not really - Extensions maybe adds a smidge more length, but to be honest I think when mascaras are re-released or 'improved' it's just slight repackaging and a way for the company to get more money out of the consumer.  I absolutely would repurchase either one of these as they both work so well for my lashes and my personal preferences when it comes to mascara. Clump Defy Extensions is a pound more expensive than the original with a price of £11.99, so perhaps that will be what helps you decide which you prefer!

Have you tried Clump Defy or Clump Defy Extensions?

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Lush Mother's Day 2015: Rose Bombshell

Lush Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb Review

Hi everyone!  

I have to admit, I wasn't that excited about Rose Bombshell.  This bath bomb is a new release for Mother's Day this year, and to me, it just looked like a repackaged Tisty Tosty.  How wrong I was!

Lush Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb

Rose Bombshell is a large, creamy white round bath bomb with a single rosebud stuck in the top

 Lush Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb in bath

In the water, it fizzes slowly, turning the water milky and releasing the deep floral scent.  It contains Rose Oil, Orange Flower Absolute and Rosewood Oil, which give a really heady floral fragrance

Lush Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb in bath

I was very pleasantly surprised to find the centre of this bath bomb is pink!  As soon as the water hit the centre, it turned this gorgeous rosey colour and the rose petals crammed inside it were released

Lush Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb in bath

The end result was a pale pink, creamy bath full of petals.  The bath bomb also contains Soya Milk Powder which was a real treat for my skin

I would absolutely recommend this bath bomb, and at £3.50 it's a wonderful gift for your Mum (or anyone else for that matter).  The hidden pink centre was so fun!

Will you be picking up a Rose Bombshell?

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadows in Mint Soda, Clickbait and Birthday Girl - Review & Swatches

Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadows Mint Soda Clickbait Review

Hi everyone!

I think it's safe to say Sugarpill are my favourite brand.  I love their aesthetic, their approach to customers, and most importantly, their products.  They're not afraid of colour, and the vast majority of my eyeshadow collection is comprised of the beautiful green shades they have to offer.  I was so excited when I saw they were releasing new shades, 2 of which were beautiful greens!  Of course, they went into my online basket as soon as they became available, and I have them for review today.  Let's talk about Mint Soda, Clickbait and Birthday Girl!

Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadows Mint Soda Clickbait Review

I couldn't not mention Sugarpill's wonderful packaging.  As I ordered from their own website and not a UK stockist, my items came in a super cute pink Sugarpill cardboard box, lined with pink tissue paper.  I received my 2 Loose Eyeshadows, plus a third sample and a super fun glittery sticker!

Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadows Mint Soda Clickbait ingredients

The Loose Eyeshadows come in these gorgeous cardboard boxes with a heart-shaped window showing the shades inside.  Each box lists the ingredients and weight - you get 5g of powder, which is an insane amount of product for $13/£8.50.  The inside of the lid also says 'Hi Cutie!' like the main box, which makes me smile :)

Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadows Mint Soda Clickbait packaging new old comparison

Sugarpill have updated the packaging of their Loose Eyeshadows, and I've pictured the two new shades next to an old one to show the difference. The plastic jar is the same, but the new ones now have the logo printed onto the side of it as opposed to the lid.  The lid is also white instead of black.  I much prefer the new packaging - I think it looks cuter and cleaner.

Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadows Mint Soda Clickbait

Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadows are incredibly soft and finely milled pigments with lots of beautiful shimmer.  Here I've photographed Mint Soda on the left and Clickbait on the right.  These loose pigments are incredibly versatile - you could even use them as blusher, mixed with lip gloss or dusted over wet polish to get colour anywhere you wanted!

Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow Mint Soda swatches

Sugarpill describe Mint Soda as a 'radiant metallic mint with sparkling gold sheen'.  I would disagree - this isn't mint at all, and is more of a pale lime.  I think the colour is absolutely beautiful though.  I do find it a little sheer when applied alone, and it does need to be applied over a sticky base or foiled using a damp brush/Pixie Epoxy to really pop

Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow Clickbait swatches

Clickbait is described as a 'metallic mossy teal with golden sheen' and I would agree with this description.  I was a bit unsure of this colour as teals that lean too blue make me angry, but this is more than green enough to make me happy!  It's also pretty opaque even when applied alone.  This is such an unusual colour!

Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow Birthday Girl swatches

I was also sent a sample of Birthday Girl, which is described as a 'sweet princess pink with iridescent fuschia sparkles'.  I'd describe it as a warm pink with copper shimmer.  It's absolutely stunning, and whilst it isn't a colour I would wear on my eyes, I'm going to use it in other ways!

Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadows Mint Soda Clickbait Sparkage Goldilux on eyes

And here are the two greens on my eyes!  I'm wearing Mint Soda all over the lid, with Clickbait blended into the outer corner.  I also popped some Goldilux onto the waterline and some Sparkage mixed with Illamasqua Sealing Gel onto the inner corner.  I think the shades all work beautifully together and of course blend like a dream!  As with any loose pigments, there is fallout, but after a bit of practice I find this easy to manage

Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadows Mint Soda Clickbait Sparkage Goldilux Birthday Girl on eyes and face

I also applied Birthday Girl very lightly as a blusher here - I'm looking forward to applying it in different ways.  I think it will look amazing on the lips!

Sugarpill Eyeshadow Collection

Finally, I wanted to swatch some of my other Loose Eyeshadows next to the new shades to compare them, but then I just ended up swatching the entire collection haha.  I'm also including swatches of my Pressed Eyeshadows from a previous review for thoroughness.

Sugarpill Eyeshadow Swatches Goldilux Clickbait Absinthe Mint Soda Olivia Tipsy Sparkage

As you can see, each shade is distinctive and different which is what I love about the brand - I can't stand it when a brand brings out essentially the same colour again and again.  The closest in shade are Mint Soda and Olivia, although Olivia is darker.  Olivia was limited edition, so if you missed that one, Mint Soda would be a good option!

Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow Swatches Acidberry Midori Tako

And my Loose Eyeshadows - looking forward to when Sugarpill bring out new ones of these, too!

I can't wait to see the brand grow and develop - I know nail polishes are on the cards at some point, so I'm waiting on tenterhooks for those!  If I had to choose a favourite out of my rather large collection, I think it would have to be Absinthe or Tipsy, but I honestly do adore them all :)  As well as ordering from their website, you can find Sugarpill on Love Make Up, CutECOsmetics and Cocktail Cosmetics.

You can click here, here, here, here and here for my other Sugarpill reviews.  Do you own any Sugarpill?