Sunday, 4 September 2016

Lush Oxford Street: Oil on Troubled Waters, Cloak of Invisibility, The Sun & Happy Thoughts Bath Oils

Hi everyone :)

I'm slowly but surely working through my Lush Oxford Street reviews. It's a pretty gargantuan task as so many new products were released, and they're difficult to get hold of, but we're getting there! Today I'll be sharing the last of the exclusive bath oils with you. These are little solid spheres of butters and oils that create a really moisturising, extravagant bath.

Lush Oil on Troubled Waters, Cloak of Invisibility, The Sun & Happy Thoughts Bath Oils Review

Let's talk about Oil on Troubled Waters, Cloak of Invisibity, The Sun and Happy Thoughts.

Oil on Troubled Waters

Lush Oil on Troubled Waters Bath Oil

Oil on Troubled Waters is a primarily blue bath oil, with hints of purple and silver peeking through. It's also very soft and melty - the bath oils tend to vary in how solid they are, and this one is definitely on the softer side.

Lush Oil on Troubled Waters Bath Oil in bath

In the water, the bath oil begins to break down, revealing a primarily purple centre. The water gradually turns a translucent shade of blue. Oil on Troubled Waters contains organic shea and Fair Trade organic cocoa butters plus extra virgin coconut oil and organic jojoba oil to soften the water and deeply moisturise the skin without overwhelming it. It also contains oakwood absolute, bay oil, beeswax absolute, English peppermint oil, mint absolute and Roman chamomile oil. This unique blend of oils and absolutes give Oil on Trouble Waters a woody and sweet scent that reminded me very much of the Lush Bath Spa.

Cloak of Invisibility

Lush Cloak of Invisibility Bath Oil in bath

Cloak of Invisibility looks slightly different to most of the other bath oils as it's been formed into a flower shape. It's mostly orange, with lots of gold lustre decorating the surface.

Lush Cloak of Invisibility Bath Oil in bath

Fair Trade shea butter and Fair Trade organic cocoa butter and extra virgin coconut oil also form the base of this oil, plus almond oil, rosewood oil, jasmine absolute and ylang ylang oil for scent. Cloak of Invisibility had a soapy jasmine scent that lingered on the skin, and the resulting orange bath water was moisturising without making my skin feel greasy. I didn't find the glitter irritating at all and the bath wasn't left stained afterwards.

The Sun

Lush The Sun Bath Oil

The Sun is a deep golden bronze bath oil and you can just about see the orange centre peeking through. It looks very similar to Ginger, but The Sun is deeper and warmer in colour and of course has a different scent.

Lush The Sun Bath Oil in bath

In the water, the lustre immediately disperses to reveal the orange centre, and the water gradually becomes tinted as the oil dissolves. The Sun contains organic shea butter, Fair Trade organic cocoa butter, extra virgin coconut oil and organic jojoba oil as the moisturising base, plus Brazilian orange oil, Sicilian mandarin oil and tangerine oil to add a sweet orange scent. This bath oil really softened the water and surprisingly enough the glitter wasn't too much of a pain - I didn't have super sparkly skin afterwards.

Happy Thoughts

Lush Happy Thoughts Bath Oil

Happy Thoughts looks like a little boiled sweet - it's orange, and has a slightly textured appearance that makes it look sugary.

Lush Happy Thoughts Bath Oil in bath

In the bath, the oils begin to break down and tint the water. Like all of the other bath oils, Happy Thoughts contains a base of organic shea butter, Fair Trade organic cocoa butter and extra virgin coconut oil, plus Brazilian orange and neroli oils for scent. I actually found this wasn't as citrussy as you might expect, and the neroli came through more for a strong floral note. This left my bath quite badly stained afterwards which is a shame.

Lush's bath oils cost £2 each and are a wonderful way to treat yourself without breaking the bank (unless you buy them all, like I did :P). I hope they bring more out as I love trying new Lush products!

Have you tried any of Lush's bath oils? What did you think?

P.S.  I want to take the time credit the wonderful Jen of All Things Lush UK.  She's an absolute superstar when it comes to Lush reviews and her posts have helped me fill in any gaps in terms of ingredients for my reviews - the fact that these exclusives aren't on the website can make it hard to know what's in everything!  Do check out her blog and give her a follow because she's great.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Nail Mail: Dance Legend, Glam Polish and Cupcake Polish

Hi everyone :)

I haven't shared a nail mail post in ages. I used to buy new nail polish all the time but as I've got busier I've had less time to spend on my nails and therefore haven't been picking up anything new. A little while ago, however, I decided to treat myself.

Nail Mail from Dance Legend, Glam Polish and Cupcake Polish

I picked up some polishes by the brands Dance Legend, Glam Polish and Cupcake Polish.

Dance Legend Velvet Mini in 10, Dance Legend Chameleon in Wazowski, Glam Polish in Leo and Cupcake Polish in Magic

The polishes I chose are: 10 and Wazowski from Dance Legend, Leo from Glam Polish and Magic from Cupcake Polish. Of course, they're all fun and unique shades of green... I am a creature of habit :P

Dance Legend Velvet Mini in 10, Dance Legend Chameleon in Wazowski, Glam Polish in Leo and Cupcake Polish in Magic swatches

I have swatched the shades on a nail wheel for you. Dance Legend in 10 is a shimmery apple green with a matte finish and is part of their Velvet Mini collection. Dance Legend in Wazowski is a olive green duochrome that has flashes of copper and is part of their Chameleon collection. Glam Polish Leo has a yellow-green base with holographic green shimmer and is part of their Zodiac Collection. Cupcake Polish Magic is a cool-toned pale green jelly with dense holographic green glitter. All of the polishes are Big 3 free, have great coverage with one coat, and dry quickly too.

Dance Legend Velvet Mini in 10 and Dance Legend Chameleon in Wazowski Nail Art

For this nail art, I alternated a base of Dance Legend 10 and Wazowski, and then used a dotting tool to apply 3 dots of the alternate colour to each nail. It was simple to do but I think it looks nice and effective! I am wearing topcoat here so 10 lost its matte finish.

Glam Polish Leo and Cupcake Polish Magic Nail Art

For these nails I applied alternate base coats of Cupcake Polish Magic and Glam Polish Leo and then stuck a little gold strawberry charm onto my middle finger. This is about the only kind of nail art I have the time or patience for anymore :P

New nail mail is always exciting... I really do need to make more time to paint my nails because it cheers me up to have sparkly fingers! I purchased all of these polishes from Hypnotic Polish, a Netherlands based stockist of a huge variety of indie brands. I was really impressed by the efficient service and secure packaging. I believe I paid  €10.95 for shipping which is the equivalent of around £9. I'd definitely recommend them if you're in the market for new indies!

What are you wearing on your nails at the moment?

Monday, 29 August 2016

Mascara Monday: Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara

Happy Monday everyone :) I have a new mascara to share with you today.

Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara Review

This mascara is from Essence, a brand I haven't tried a huge amount of products from. For a while this brand was hard to get hold of, but it's now available to buy from Wilko.

Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara

This mascara has the cutest packaging - it comes in a black plastic tube that's decorated with rubberised mint details. It looks a bit like a corset laced up; I believe it's designed to look like an evening dress. This packaging makes it look far more expensive than its £3.30 price tag... I don't think it would look out of place on a Too Faced stand.

Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara wand brush applicator

The wand has a standard plastic bristle fiber brush in a conical shape to add length and dramatic volume for a false lash effect.

Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara bare lashes

Bare lashes...

Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara swatch on lashes

With one coat of Lash Princess False Lash Effect. When I first used this mascara I really wasn't impressed - the formula was really wet so it clumped up horribly. I ended up leaving it open for a day and that dried out the formula slightly to give the result you see here. It really darkens, lengthens and volumises my lashes for a dramatic look that isn't too heavy or clumpy. I like it, and I'm glad I was able to make the formula work for me! I would prefer more definition, but I'm being nitpicky.

Even though I had to leave it open to dry out the formula before I could enjoy it, I do really like this mascara and the cute packaging plus the affordable price make it a steal. I need to try more from Essence - do you have any recommendations?

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Lush Oxford Street: Ylang Song Bath Bomb

Hi everyone :) I haven't written a Lush review in ages, and I want to apologise for how slack things have been recently. I've mentioned the fact that I've been on holiday and have started a new job this month, and I'm also moving house in a week... I'll post a proper life update post soon, but until then you'll just have to believe me when I say things have been hectic! Hobbies like my little blog do unfortunately have to take a back seat when major changes are happening.

Today I'll be sharing an Oxford Street exclusive bath bomb with you - it's one I nearly missed instore due to how unassuming it looks.

Lush Ylang Song Bath Bomb Review

Let's talk about Ylang Song!

Lush Ylang Song Bath Bomb

Firstly. I'm really annoyed that this picture is out of focus - I didn't realise until I uploaded the photos onto my laptop and I'd used the bath bomb by that point so I couldn't retake it. Luckily enough, Ylang Song is fairly simple in terms of looks so you're not missing much :P It's a large, white bath bomb with a dried flower pressed into the top.

Lush Ylang Song Bath Bomb in bath

In the bath, Ylang Song starts off fairly boring - it turns the water milky and soft.

Lush Ylang Song Bath Bomb in bath

I was pleased to discover the centre of this bath bomb is an amazing grass green - I love surprise colour changes! The bathroom also filled with the scent of the oils the bath bomb contains: ylang Ghana, rosewood, neroli and rose absolute created a sweet and floral scent.

Lush Ylang Song Bath Bomb in bath

Ylang Song also contains peony, yellow rose and purple everlasting flower petals which filled the bath. I did think the petals looked a bit sad to be honest, but I loved the resulting green water. The scent was nice but it didn't linger particularly.

This bath bomb cost £3.35 in store and is slightly more expensive at £3.95 when it appears on the Kitchen. It's not one I would rush to try again because whilst the colour change was fun, the scent wasn't anything special and it didn't last particularly well.

What Oxford Street bath bombs have you managed to try so far?

P.S.  I want to take the time credit the wonderful Jen of All Things Lush UK.  She's an absolute superstar when it comes to Lush reviews and her posts have helped me fill in any gaps in terms of ingredients for my reviews - the fact that these exclusives aren't on the website can make it hard to know what's in everything!  Do check out her blog and give her a follow because she's great.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Max Factor Masterpiece Colour Precision Eye Shadow in Golden Green & Excess Intensity Longwear Eyeliner in Green: Review & Swatches

I think Max Factor is one of my favourite high street brands. The prices are a little higher, but more often than not I'm really pleased with the products I've tried. Today I have one hit and a miss to share with you!

Max Factor Masterpiece Colour Precision Eye Shadow in Golden Green & Excess Intensity Longwear Eyeliner in Green Review

Let's talk about the Masterpiece Colour Precision Eye Shadow in Golden Green and the Excess Intensity Longwear Eyeliner in Green.


Max Factor Masterpiece Colour Precision Eye Shadow in Golden Green

I'm not usually a big fan of cream eye shadows, but I loved the pretty colour of this one and I was intrigued by the formula. The eye shadow comes in a transparent plastic tube that allows you to see how much product is left. I of course opted for Golden Green, but there are 4 other more neutral shades available.

Max Factor Masterpiece Colour Precision Eye Shadow in Golden Green wand applicator

The wand has a spongy doefoot applicator that works well with the consistency of the product. 

Max Factor Masterpiece Colour Precision Eye Shadow in Golden Green swatch on arm

The product has a light, almost moussey cream texture that feels cooling on the skin. It's pigmented but not overly so meaning you can build up to the desired intensity. Golden Green is a pretty cool-toned olive green. I'll show it on my eyes at the bottom of the post!


Max Factor Excess Intensity Longwear Eyeliner in Green

This is an automatic eyeliner in a fun electric green shade - I love wearing a pop of liner on the lid as an easy go-to makeup look, and so I gravitate towards liners like this. The packaging is fairly basic, but it features a colour coded lid which is handy if you have several of the other 8 shades available.

Max Factor Excess Intensity Longwear Eyeliner in Green

The nib is thin and flat, very much like an automatic pencil. You twist up from the bottom to expose more of the eyeliner. Unfortunately, once I twisted it up it wouldn't twist back down - I don't know if this is a problem with just my particular eyeliner or if this is a packaging issue across the board.

Max Factor Excess Intensity Longwear Eyeliner in Green swatches on arm

The shade Green is stunning - a vibrant lime green with a slightly shimmery finish. Unfortunately, I found the liner wasn't as pigmented or creamy as I'd have liked, and I had to press quite hard to get this level of colour payoff... doesn't bode well for using it on the delicate eyelids!

Max Factor Masterpiece Colour Precision Eye Shadow in Golden Green & Excess Intensity Longwear Eyeliner in Green on eyes

In this photo I am wearing the Colour Precision Eye Shadow all over my lid and the Excess Intensity Longwear Eyeliner as my eyeliner. The eyeshadow applies easily and dries down fairly quickly - I simply blended out the edges with my fingers. It wears well, with very very minor creasing after several hours that is only really visible if you take up close photos! The eyeliner on the other hand was a nightmare to apply. I had to use lots of pressure to get a solid line of colour and the nib kept snapping - I probably got more eyeliner on the floor than I did on my eyes, and I actually found the pencil ran out after only being used around 5 times due to how much product wastage there was. Once on it looked and wore well, but it's not worth it!

I really like the eye shadow but the eyeliner is a waste of money due to how difficult it is to apply and how much product gets wasted. I've actually had a similar negative experience with a Max Factor eyeliner before (see here) so I don't think I'll buy one from them again - I'll stick to their other products, which I love.

What's your favourite high street brand?