Beauty Review: Yoga Bomb Bath Bomb by Lush!

Yoga and hot baths are some of the most common things I hear recommended as cures for stress. So why not kill two birds with one stone and follow up some yoga with a bath and the Lush Yoga Bomb bath bomb? That was my logic anyway! I tried this on a day where stress was probably radiating of me like cartoon radiation and it worked like a dream.

Yoga Bomb Bath Bomb by Lush Cosmetics

Yoga Bomb is a Oxford Street exclusive, which is how I got mine, but it is currently available online!

Yoga Bomb Bath Bomb by Lush

The outside of this is a very plain orange but don’t let that fool you! Inside is purple, along with a good amount of golden shimmer that mixes with your water to make a burnt orange bath. Plus, the shimmer didn’t stick to me.
The scent to me was a mix of orange and this scented talcum powder my family had in the bathroom when I was little. I know that’s not a hugely helpful explanation of the smell but it made the experience weirdly nostalgic for me. I like when a product scent can be a throwback like that sometimes.
Either way, it was a fun bath bomb to watch fizz. The different colours and shimmer mixed nicely to make a calming bath water. The scent could’ve lasted longer. But, just like real yoga, I left feeling a little bit looser and more relaxed.

Want to try this out for yourself? It’s online for £4.25 here!

Have you ever tried the Yoga Bomb bath bomb?
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Beauty Review: Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Set.

I bought the Nip + Fab set in my local Tesco over Summer because I kept hearing about Dragon’s Blood being amazing for dry skin. It is, fortunately, from a tree and not an actual dragon because not even amazing skin is worth getting near one of those with a needle. Hypothetically, of course because this isn’t Harry Potter. But this turned out to be almost as magical.

The set came with the Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Mask which is what I went to originally buy, and the Dragon’s Blood Fix Cleansing Pads. My excuse being that the set was only a couple of pounds more expensive and I’m a sucker for trying out anything that might help my skin.

I’m going to start with the eh product before I rave about the mask. These cleansing pads have all sorts of claims, like cleansing out pores and reducing redness, but they’ve been regulated to when I don’t want to use my face wash. I just don’t see any stand-out effects from them and the exfoliation aspect can irritate my skin sometimes.

But, I’ll use them up for when I don’t want to go through the rigmarole of face wash. All I have to do with these is wipe them over my face and rinse a couple times. Maybe I’m using them wrong and that’s why they don’t work for me but I hate the feeling of not rinsing after using this product, it just feels icky.

The mask on the other hand, hoo boy. I was sceptical when I first saw the clear gel after years of using the thickest emollients I could find, but when I put this on my face, I fell in love. And I just keep falling deeper and deeper. I’m almost out of it now and this is one of those rare times where I will make sure to buy a new tube before I run out because I can’t do a day without it.

It has all sorts of great sounding ingredients like hyaluronic acid for hydration, amino acid for brightening and the dragon’s blood for protection from the environment. But what matters to me is that it just works.

I have super dry skin. It’s my payment for never having acne I think. So anything that claims to help, I will buy. And even though this claims to be a ten minute mask, I use it as an everyday moisturiser. I did the same with the Origins Drink-Up as well. Give me all the hydration. It’s a gel texture that leaves a tacky feel to my skin but doesn’t look greasy, and my makeup applies over it amazingly. When I wear it overnight, I wake up with a glow and no dry patches in sight. Actual magic.

In short, this is a dream for anyones Winter skin but I’m going to use it year-round in gallons. I want to bathe in this. The very definition of a holy grail product for me.

Have you ever tried any Nip + Fab products? What should I try next?
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Beauty Review: Lush’s Guardian of the Forest Bath Bomb.

I’m back from my short and sweet trip up to Northumberland with my family and what better way to get back into ‘home mode’ than a bath? I always need to wash off the travel before I truly feel comfortable. So I thought I’d try out one of the Lush Oxford Street Exclusives that I’m still making my way through from March’s haul!

I’m sure you can tell from my blog design but green is my absolute favourite colour, so I was ready to soak in it. It’s not the most common colour for a bath bomb but Lush never lets that stop them, eh? And really- the design is beautiful…

Now, green may be my favourite colour but earthy scents are not so I was surprised by how much I liked sitting in the tub with this fizzing around. It was just- relaxing. Like sitting outside in a forest minus the bugs. And the water, oh, the water. A deep green with golden shimmer that didn’t stick to the skin. All in all, I spent a good hour in that tub and came out more refreshed than I was all holiday.

I’ll definitely pick it up again next time I go on a Lush binge because despite being £4.25, I think you could split it in two and get the same effect. And it’s online!

Are you going to pick one up? How do you feel about earthy scents?
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Beauty Review: Lush’s Sunflower Bubble Bar!

This bubble bar is huge! It’s about the size of my hand stretched out. Today’s post is another review of the Lush Oxford Street exclusives I hauled here. I’m really liking beauty posts and reviews again so it’ll hopefully become a regular thing on Sundays. Anyway, the Sunflower bubble bar…

I didn’t even know Lush made the black paper bags this big until I got this. It’s twice the size of the regular ones.

Since this bubble bar is so big, and flat which is super convenient for dividing it up, I got three baths out of it. I might’ve been able to get four but I liked the scent way too much to risk a lame bath from not putting enough in. It’s really orange-y, citrus-y and basically what you’d expect from a bright orange bubble bar. Unfortunately it just doesn’t come out in the bath. You can’t smell it at all.

The bath was fine; yellow, bubbles, but I buy Lush for the scents and this let me down. Brightside is a bubble bar I’ve tried before with the same scent but actually works if this appeals.

Sunflower is a Lush Oxford Street Exclusive but it might pop up in the Kitchen sometime and it’s £4.95!

Have you ever tried the Sunflower? Did you get scent from it?

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Beauty Review: Lush’s Rosie Gift!

With Spring in full swing, it seemed like the right time to review Lush’s Rosie gift set and it’s contents! It’s such a beautiful present that I saved the wrapping paper, now I just need a DIY to use it. Any recommendations or ideas would be much appreciated! I’ll find something. It’s super pretty paper and matches the greatness of this gift.

Beauty Review: Lush

This may be one of my favourite Lush gift sets. It comes with…

How about some reviews, eh?

Rose Jam Shower Gel

I’ve never been a Lush shower gel kind of person. The soaps always interest me more because of the colours and textures. But I actually love this one, a little goes a long way and the scent is actually noticeable- something I can’t say for all shower gels. You can’t buy this separately at the moment but it’ll probably pop up in the Kitchen eventually.

Rose Jam Bubbleroon

It’s love when it comes to this bubble bar. The Rose Jam Bubbleroon smells, unsurprisingly, like rose. I managed to split it in two and both baths were bubble-y and perfect. The thing I love about bubbleroons is the bath melt centre that stops the bubbles drying out your skin and can be really moisturising. It’s a bit pricey at £3.75 but it’s a nice treat. I’ll pick it up again!

Tisty Tosty bath bomb

On the other hand, the Tisty Tosty bath bomb left a lot to be desired. There was nothing fun about it unless you like sharing your bathwater with seven gooey rose buds, no colour to the bath water and the smell was an overpowering floral perfume. At £3.50, I just didn’t get anything from it.

Jason and the Argon Oil shampoo bar

I love a good pun so this Jason and the Argon Oil shampoo bar was right up my street. I’m not blonde but it made my hair really shiny and soft without irritating my scalp like most shampoos. I haven’t had a shampoo bar in a while and forgot how much I loved them! This one is available here for £5.95 and I’m already thinking about which I’ll buy next.

Ro

I’ve had Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner before and didn’t rate it but I actually like it second time around. It’s perfect for those days when I know I’m not going to be bothered putting on moisturiser when I get out of the bath/ shower. My skin doesn’t feel as good as it would if I moisturised but it stops the tightness that comes with dry skin. I’m just not sure I’d repurchase it at £16.50 for 225g when it just goes straight down the drain…

Overall, I love the Rosie gift. It comes with a good selection of things to try and even if I don’t love them all, I know I’ll be repurchasing a couple. You can get it here for £24.50 and it’s perfect for any birthdays coming up!

What do you think of the Rosie gift?
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Beauty Review: Lush’s Divination Reusable Bubble Bar!

When I posted my Lush Oxford Street Exclusives Haul I knew the first product I wanted to try was the Divination Reusable Bubble Bar because it smells like Parma Violets (the best smelling but worst tasting sweets) and I could make all the Professor Trelawney references while I was using it.

It matched the book too well not to use it!

The first time I used it, the bronze glitter-y coating mixed with the purple underneath to make a mauve but after that it was a lovely deep purple. It lasted five baths which, for its size is pretty impressive, and they were all full of bubbles. The string makes it easy to hold under the water while your bath fills, although it does drop off it near the end. You can definitely smell the scent when you’re in the bath but it doesn’t linger on my skin- it never does for me.

It’s £5.95 but if you can get yourself down to London or if it pops up on Lush Kitchen then I really recommend it since it lasts so long! 


“From now on, I don’t care if my tea leaves spell ‘Die, Ron, Die,’ I’m chucking them in the bin where they belong.” 

Have you ever tried any of the Lush Oxford Street exclusives? Do you think you’ll try to get your hands on this?
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Beauty Review: Stella! Silver Screen – Lipstick Queen!

I’ve had an obsession with finding the perfect purple lipstick ever since I watched this video by Chloe Dykstra. I swear she influences like half my make-up buys, probably more since it was through her that I discovered indie makeup. Either way, bar flying to New York to go to the Bite Beauty Lip Lab (although that temptation only got stronger after Ashley went), I have to shop around for the look I want.

Stella! by Lipstick Queen was a present from my mum and looked promising. Along with being super luxurious as far as packaging goes, the Silver Screen collection is very old Hollywood, the colour in the tube is so dang pretty!

*heart eyes*

Here’s the thing. It’s a little too sheer for the look I’m going for. It’s still lovely, but it mixes with my natural lip colour/ my lipliner and looks more pink than it does in the tube which is a bit of a bummer. I still really like it though because a sheer purple look is a little easier to wear and I think it suits me so- yeah. The formula is nice and smooth and it builds up a little but not a huge amount. It’s welcome in my collection- but the hunt continues.

Want to pick up Stella!? You can get it here!

What do you think of purple lips? Have you seen anything like what I’m looking for?

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Beauty Review: Lush’s Sweetest Thing Gift!

It was a sad day when I realised I haven’t been buying a lot of Lush lately. My local store shut down and I have a dislike for the £3.95 delivery fee on their website. But my mum works near one of the stores and she kindly bought me the Sweetest Thing gift on a whim one day (thank you mum!). And I’ve been hearing some rumours about the Christmas line, consider me interested in Lush again.

Lush: Sweetest Thing Gift! Pink Fun, Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly, Bubblegum lip scrub

The gift comes with three products; Fun in Pink, Sweetie Pie shower jelly (no longer available except in this and the Sugar Sugar gift) and Bubblegum lip scrub.

Lush: Pink Fun

Fun has been out for a while but I’ve never picked up a… Bar? Wedge? It’s never really been cute enough for me to reach for it. But I’m glad I got to try it! It has the same scent as the Creamy Candy bubble bar and Snowfairy, so basically it smells like candy. It claims to have four uses; solid shampoo, bubble bar, soap and well- Fun. As for actual uses? As fun it’s neat, and for soap it works great but as a bubble bar it leaves lumps at the bottom of your bath and as shampoo, lumps in your hair. So it really depends what you want it for.
 It’s £5 for 100g and it can be bought on it’s own here!

Lush: Bubblegum lip scrub

Bubblegum lip scrub is a pretty well known in the beauty blogosphere. It’s a lip scrub that does the job and tastes like candy, what’s not to like? Of course, it’s probably very easy to replicate but that’s a whole different cost vs. worth, time is money thing.
It’s £5.50 for 25g and you can buy it on it’s own here!

Lush: Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly

Sweetie Pie is no longer available on it’s own. Which is devastating because this is one of my favourite Lush products. It smells like the Comforter, and is basically jelly soap- so much more fun then shower gel or bar soap. I’m glad that I have a tub to savour. It’ll be a dark day when I finally finish this.

Lush do some pretty great gifts in my opinion. Full of good stuff? Check. Pre-wrapped? Check. Decent price? Check. And in this case- the lip pops off easily if you want to add extras. Personally, I like to add something that shows some extra thought, a nail polish or a lipstick.

The Sweetest Thing gift costs £14.50 and can be bought here!

What do you think of this gift? Would you buy it for someone?

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Nail Polish Dupes: KIKO Grass Green/ OPI Forrest My Case/ Essence Beijos De Brazil

The other day in an attempt to organize my nail polishes I split them up into basic colour groups and these three rolled together. After the shame wore off I decided- hey, at least I can compare them and see which is best so nobody else has to end up with three identical green nail polishes. One will do, I promise.


KIKO Grass Green / OPI Forrest My Case / Essence Beijos De Brazil / Essence Beijos De Brazil


KIKO Grass Green 
This is slightly paler than the others but it’s much more noticeable in the picture than real life. I wrote an entire review of this one here! But basically- a bit of a pain, but par for the course as far as green nail polishes go. In the UK I think you have to order KIKO online so this might be more hassle than it’s worth.

OPI Forrest My Case 
This was the worst application for me. It went on really streaky and took ages to dry. It is my oldest of the three though. Maybe that made a difference. But it’s identical in colour to the next one so you might as well get…

Essence Beijos De Brazil*
This was the best. The application was thick but didn’t take ages to dry and Essence brushes are wide and have a curved end that means even with difficult green polish- it took one or two swipes to get the nail painted and ready. Essence is slowly taking over as my favourite place to get nail polishes, the quality is on point, the brushes are amazing, availability is rising as they spread over the UK and the price is unbeatable.

So surprisingly, the OPI nail polish was the worst- although that name is the best! My favourite was the Essence one, in price, brush and quality.

Have you ever tried any of these? Which was your favourite?

*I received this at the Essence event I went to last year but it hasn’t changed my opinion.
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Beauty Review: Elegant Touch Polished False Nails in Red

So it’s been a while since I did a beauty review, huh? I’ve been wanting to get back into them and thought I’d dive in with a review of the Elegant Touch Polished False Nails in Red. These have been knocking around my place for a while but it’s been a long time since my nails were short enough for me to need them! Alas, I had a mishap with a pile of books.

Elegant Touch Polished False Nails in Red box

This set came with 24 nails in ten sizes, the adhesive tabs and a buffer. They were the short style in red.

Back of the Elegant Touch Polished False Nails in Red box
Instructions for the Elegant Touch Polished False Nails in Red

The instructions were simple enough! Pick out all the false nails to match the size of your own, buff (I always skip this step for the health of my nails), stick on the adhesive tabs and remove the backing plastic, apply the nails then rub them for five minutes to make them stick. To get them off, wiggle and pull. Simple!

adhesive tabs for the Elegant Touch Polished False Nails in Red

The adhesive tabs were a bit of a pain. They didn’t really fit my nails and they were quite thick but easy enough to apply. I did have to cut some down to size though. I feel this step took the longest time and could’ve been easier.

Elegant Touch Polished False Nails in Red on the nails

And this is what they look like on! They’re actually not too bad, they fit pretty well with just a little gap at the sides sometimes and even though the adhesive tabs are thick- they are close enough to the nail that things don’t get underneath them. Except for hair. Putting my hair up with these is a pain. Basically, all the problems I had with the imPress press-on manicure were okay with these except the hair thing.

Rubbish of the Elegant Touch Polished False Nails in Red
And there is quite a bit of mess at the end! 
Have you ever tried these nails? What did you think?
*I was given these at an event. I am not obligated to talk about them.

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