Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Mascara Monday: Seventeen SUPERlash Mascara

Hi everyone! These monthly mascara posts are as much for my benefit than they are to share my thoughts with you guys, as I really like looking back over the different products I've tried and seeing how my tastes have changed. Today I'll be sharing a mascara from a budget beauty brand I've tried barely anything from.

Seventeen SUPERlash Mascara

Let's talk about the Seventeen SUPERlash Mascara!

Seventeen SUPERlash Mascara

Seventeen is a budget beauty brand available in Boots. This mascara stood out thanks to the fun Wonder Woman-esque red and yellow colourscheme!

Seventeen SUPERlash Mascara wand brush applicator

The mascara has a traditional fluffy bristle brush, with quite a thick and dry formula. SUPERlash actually contains microfibres to add more length and volume to the lashes - you can see the fibres sitting on the bristles here.

Seventeen SUPERlash Mascara bare lashes

Bare lashes!

Seventeen SUPERlash Mascara swatch on lashes

With one coat of SUPERlash. This mascara darkens and lengthens my lashes and it adds a bit of volume too - it definitely does what it says on the tin! I have found the formula quite dry so the mascara went clumpy sooner than I would have liked. It's not the best mascara ever, but it does the job!

I am actually surprised to see this mascara is £6.99 at full price (£3.99 on sale currently). I definitely don't think it deserves the higher price tag as I would put it on par with a brand like Collection, which is far cheaper and better quality!

What other Seventeen makeup products have you tried? Do you have any recommendations?

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Lush Mother's Day 2016: Rose Bombshell

Hi everyone! I'm kicking off my posts about the Mother's Day 2016 limited edition product releases today with a bath bomb review. This is actually a bath bomb that was released last year, but it's been totally revamped with a new look and scent so I decided to review it again.

Let's talk about Rose Bombshell!

Lush Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb 2016

Last year, Rose Bombshell was a large, creamy white bath bomb with a single rosebud stuck into the top. This year, it has a whole new look - bright pink, with moulded brighter pink roses and hints of green leaves decorating the surface. I definitely prefer the look of it this year as bright colours appeal to me :) The scent coming off this thing was really potent and it filled my bedroom as soon as I brought it home!

Lush Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb 2016 in bath

In the water, Rose Bombshell starts fizzing immediately and turning the water a gorgeous candyfloss pink. Lush have also changed the scent of Rose Bombshell... last year it was a heady floral fragrance of rose oil, orange flower absolute and rosewood oil. This year, it contains rose absolute, geranium oil, rose oil and Sicilian lemon oil. This gives it the same scent as Rose Jam! I found the sweetness came through more when the bath bomb was sat in my room, giving off an almost caramel fragrance. In the water, the fruity floral elements really packed a punch.

Lush Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb 2016 in bath

When the bath bomb finished fizzing, I was pleasantly surprised to find yellow rose petals and crystals of sea salt in the water, adding to the experience. The water was totally opaque and the gorgeous fruity floral scent made me feel so relaxed and pampered. The rose element was particularly strong and I could still smell it on my skin the next day!

Rose Bombshell has definitely been upgraded and whilst it is expensive at £3.95 for a single bath, it feels so luxurious. I fully intend to buy several of these (which I don't usually do) as I enjoyed it so much. Long story short, try it!

Do you think your Mum would like Rose Bombshell?

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Wax Wednesday: The Body Shop Glazed Apple Scented Candle

Hi everyone!

My Wax Wednesday feature fell a little by the wayside over the past couple of months as I just wasn't burning any candles. It's a real shame because I love scenting my room with different things and I have a pretty impressive scented wax collection so it deserves to be used! On that note, I'm going to try and get the feature going again. Today I have a candle that I picked up in the Boxing Day sales!

The Body Shop Glazed Apple Scented Candle

This candle is from The Body Shop and it has a Glazed Apple scent. Glazed Apple is a limited edition scent range that The Body Shop release at Christmas. It comes in a cute striped green box but the candle itself is fairly plain; 200g of white wax in a clear glass jar. In fact, the jar actually has no label or anything, so you have to recognise the scent by nose alone! I do wish the wax had been green or had come in a pretty festive jar.

The Body Shop Glazed Apple Scented Candle

In terms of scent, Glazed Apple smells just like Apple Hubba Bubba, so think a sweet but sour fizzy apple scent. It's delicious! The throw could be better as it's not that noticeable when you burn it in the room, but you can smell it when you leave and come back in. I've also found it doesn't burn all that evenly but my room has been quite cold which could be affecting the wax pooling.

I believe I got my candle in the sale for £5 and I'm glad I didn't pay more for it as I'm not that impressed with the throw or the candle itself. The Body Shop do some great other home fragrance products though - I've actually reviewed the fragrance oil from the same scent range and would recommend you go for that over one of their candles.

Have you tried any other candles from The Body Shop? What did you think?

January 2016 Favourites

Hi everyone!

If I'm honest, January was a tough month for me. Work has been so, so stressful that I barely even noticed what products I was using or enjoying. These picks were a bit of desperate grabbing I must admit!

January 2016 Favourites

I'm yet to review this gorgeous cream highlighter but it's top of my list because I really want to share it with you. You need the tiniest amount for a beautiful, long-lasting pearly glow and the moussey texture feels lovely on the skin too.

I'm always on my feet at work and I've recently joined the gym so my feet have been through the mill a little more than usual recently. This ultra nourishing cream has a lovely minty scent and refreshes my feet, leaving them soft and supple in the morning.

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Sultry

I lost this shade on a drunken night out last year (oops) and repurchased it recently. The deep rosey nude is ultra sophisticated and the soft matte minty formula is the best on the highstreet. I can't get enough!

This is another item I'm yet to review since buying it in the Boxing Day sales. The acid shimmery chartreuse shade speaks to me and the long wearing, pigmented formula is perfect. I know the colour isn't for everyone but I think it's beautiful!

What have you been enjoying this month? I hope you all had a better January than I did!

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Lush Valentine's Day 2016: Round Up

Hi everyone! When Lush bring out their seasonal releases, they usually include some products from previous years. Today I'll be rounding up the products I've reviewed before. All web images are taken from lush.co.uk.

Prince Charming Shower Gel/Cream (£4.95 - £27/95)
(review of 2014 version here)

Lush Prince Charming Shower Gel ReviewLush Prince Charming Shower Gel swatch

This shower gel was re-released this year as a shower cream, which has a thicker and more moisturising formula. It still has the sweet yet tangy fragrance due to the marshmallow root, sandalwood oil and grapefruit oil. I personally didn't like the woody undertone which is why I didn't repurchase this year but I know most people love Prince Charming!

Unicorn Horn (£4.25)
(review of 2015 version here)

Lush Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar

People went crazy for this bubble bar last year - it looks just like a magical unicorn horn! This year, Lush have done away with the little candy stars and the swirl of lavender through it and have added a heavier covering of lustre to the surface. I have to admit I prefer the older version as I think the lavender colour was in keeping with the soothing scent and the stars were really cute. In the water, the new bar turns the water more pink due to the colour change and the scent is a little stronger.

The Kiss Lip Scrub (£5.50)
(review of Mint Julips here)

Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub

I didn't review this Valentine's Day lip scrub as I've already reviewed one of Lush's other flavours and my review of the formula still stands. The Kiss contains little edible hearts and has a sweet and fruity taste, with the sugar and oils both exfoliating and moisturising the lips.

Roses All The Way (£4.25)

I didn't review this as I don't like soaps. However, the heart-shaped rose design is really gorgeous! It contains fresh rose petal infusion, rose syrup and rose oil to leave your skin smelling lovely.

The Kiss Lip Gloss (£5.95) 
(review here)

Lush The Kiss Lip Gloss

Lush The Kiss Lip Gloss

Lush The Kiss Lip Gloss swatch on arm and lips

This was a new release from this year, and unfortunately I didn't like it. I really enjoyed the sweet taste and the way it looks on, but the formula goes all mushy and lumpy when you try to apply it - bleh! It was previously released in tin format I believe and this would have worked better.

Lover Lamp (£3.95)
(review here)

Lush Lover Lamp Bath Bomb

Lush Lover Lamp Bath Bomb in bath

This new bath bomb was an instant favourite! The sweet orange scent and bath full of edible hearts stole the show for me.

Did you pick anything up from this year's Valentine's Day range? I'm moving onto Mother's Day next!