Sunday, 29 May 2016

Lush Father's Day 2016: The Modfather Bubble Bar

Hi everyone! As I said in my previous post, this year Lush have released a Father's Day range which has been an exciting surprise. I'm continuing my reviews with the bubble bar from the line.

Lush The Modfather Bubble Bar Review

Let's talk about The Modfather Bubble Bar!

Lush The Modfather Bubble Bar

The Modfather is a small, round and blue bubble bar with white and red circles laid on top. Jen's wonderfully thorough review tells me this design is based on the Royal Air Force roundel, which is a symbol worn by many of the people dressing in mod fashion during the sixties.

Lush The Modfather Bubble Bar in bath

I found the bubble bar quite difficult to break up (although I have really weak hands and wrists) so I had to dunk the whole thing in water to be able to crumble it. It immediately tinted the water blue and started creating loads of soft bubbles.

Lush The Modfather Bubble Bar in bath

The resulting bath was bright blue, with lovely soft water and mountains of bubbles! I used half the bar for the bath you see here. The Modfather has a very simple sweet orange scent thanks to the Brazilian orange oil it contains. I can find Lush's orange scented things a bit lacking in power, but this was nice and strong and it lingered on my skin too.

The Modfather costs £3.65 and is a great little bubble bar. My Dad hates baths so I can't see myself buying him one, but I definitely enjoyed using it!

Do you think your Dad would like anything from Lush for Father's Day?

Thursday, 26 May 2016

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+]: Review

Hi everyone! Since becoming a blogger, I've overhauled both my makeup collection and my skincare routine. Part of figuring out what works for my skin involves reading reviews and testing lots of things from different brands. When I stumbled across the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo, an anti-imperfection moisturiser, I knew I'd found something that worked for me. Of course, they then released a new version called Duo[+], so I had to try it and see if it was better!

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] Review

Let's talk about the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo[+]...

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+]

La Roche-Posay have got quite clinical, crisp branding that makes the products look like they're coming from someone who knows what they're doing, scientifically speaking... does that make any sense? The Effaclar Duo[+] comes in a skinny white tube containing 40ml of product for £15.50.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+]

In terms of ingredients, Effaclar Duo[+] contains most of the same stuff as the original Duo but with the addition of Procerad, a patented ceramide that helps clear and protect against further red and brown marks caused by breakouts. The other active ingredients clear and purify the skin, unclog pores and soothe redness. You can see results as quickly as 24 hours!

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+]

The nozzle on the tube means you can dispense a really accurate amount of the cream. The cream itself is very light and gel-like, with a clean citrus scent. It sinks into the skin instantly, almost mattifying without feeling drying. I actually use the Duo[+] as a serum before my moisturiser in the morning or facial oil in the evening. If I'm feeling lazy sometimes I'll just apply Duo[+] and I don't find my skin feels too dry or anything as it does moisturise too.

I was really impressed by the original Duo because it cleared the bumpiness I'd had in my cheeks for years and it helps to keep further breakouts at bay. In all honesty I haven't noticed a huge amount of difference since switching to the Duo[+]; my skin is still clear and bright and it's possible there are slightly fewer red marks, but I think because the original Duo sorted my skin out so well, there was less for the Duo[+] to fix! I'd highly recommend either of them and in fact I think they're only producing Duo[+] now anyway. If you've struggled with spots for a long time and haven't tried this, do give it a go because it really worked wonders for me and continues to do so.

What's your go-to when your skin is misbehaving?

Monday, 23 May 2016

Mascara Monday: Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara

Hi everyone! Last month's Mascara Monday featured a Max Factor mascara and so will this month's... in fact, you'll be seeing a fair amount of Max Factor appearing on the blog at the moment as I've been feeling spendy in Boots :P

Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara Review

Today I'll be showing you Max Factor's 2000 Calorie Mascara. This has been a mascara the brand have produced for quite some time I believe - over 20 years if I'm not mistaken. They must be doing something right for it to still be sold and enjoyed now!

Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara

The 2000 Calorie Mascara comes in a plain black tube with gold accents. I'm not sure how I feel about the product name...

Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara brush wand applicator

The brush is the standard plastic bristle type, designed to add volume and length.

Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara bare lashes

These are my bare lashes...

Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara swatch on lashes

And here they are with one coat of 2000 Calorie Mascara. This mascara is good for darkening my lashes, adding length and subtle volume without looking too clumpy. You can see why it's been sold for over 20 years because it does a great job! It's nothing groundbreaking, but it does exactly what it says on the tin. Even better, it's good for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers due to being fragrance free. It also dries quickly and is smudge proof.

At £7.99, this is one of Max Factor's cheaper products as they tend to price their items slightly higher than other high street brands. It's a great mascara to start with if you're new to Max Factor!

What mascara are you using at the moment?

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Lush Father's Day 2016: Smuggler's Soul Facial Scrub

Hi everyone! Lush's seasonal collections aren't particularly evenly spaced out: Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and Easter all happen fairly close together, and then it's a long wait until Halloween. However, this year Lush released a surprise Father's Day collection which is very exciting! I think it's great to see a range focusing on men, as whilst Lush products can be used by everyone, their customer base is predominantly female and I think sometimes men can feel a bit left out.

The range is nice and varied, with skincare, haircare, bath products and soap making up the collection. I have one of the skincare items to show you today. 

Lush Smuggler's Soul Facial Scrub Review

Let's talk about this Smuggler's Soul Facial Scrub!

Lush Smuggler's Soul Facial Scrub

The facial scrub comes in Lush's classic black and white packaging. You get 100g for £8.95. I believe  the first Smuggler's Soul product Lush have released is a Gorilla perfume that features sandalwood quite heavily, and a number of the Father's Day products bear the same name and scent.

Lush Smuggler's Soul Facial Scrub ingredients

As you might expect, you use this facial scrub by rubbing it on your face to scrub away dead skin. In terms of ingredients, bamboo stem extract creates the exfoliation as the granules buff the skin. Argan oil, extra virgin olive oil, organic rose hip oil and organic shea butter provide vitamins and moisture. The scent comes from the rosewood, sandalwood, Madagascan vetivert, tagetes and lemongrass oils.

Lush Smuggler's Soul Facial Scrub swatch

I'm afraid I forgot to take a photo of the open pot but you can still see what the scrub looks like in this finger swatch!

This Smuggler's Soul Facial Scrub has a very light, almost whipped consistency and is a pale creamy colour. Once I started to rub it into my skin I could feel how densely packed with scrubby particles it is, but they feel really fine so it's almost like a skin polish. I found this left my face feeling so smooth and soft with minimal effort. Even though this contains several quite potent smelling oils, I found the scent clean, refreshing, slightly woody and not too masculine. 

I was initially a bit put off by the price of this, but because it's more like a skin polish than a sparse scrub you need to use barely any each time. I love the clean scent and how easily it smooths the skin - I also think it would be scrubby enough to use on the body or even the feet, because the harder you rub the harder the scrub!

I'd highly recommend this product from the Father's Day range and I actually hope Lush make it permanent, or at least introduce this facial polish formula in a different scent in future. It really is great! I'll be reviewing the rest of the Father's Day range in my upcoming Lush posts, although I don't intend to review everything from the range as I can't use Lush's haircare and I don't need any more body lotion!

Do you like the sound of Smuggler's Soul?

Friday, 20 May 2016

Max Factor Lipfinity Long Lasting Lipstick in Evermore Lush: Review & Swatches

Hi everyone!

Max Factor is one of my favourite high street brands, and whilst it is a little pricier than others I do think you get great quality products. I have a new lipstick from them to show you today!

Max Factor Lipfinity Long Lasting Lipstick in Evermore Lush

Max Factor Lipfinity Long Lasting Lipstick in Evermore Lush

Max Factor use a lot of gold in their packaging, and this lipstick is no exception. It comes in a gold plastic metallic tube, with a clear lid so you can see the shade of the bullet inside. 

Max Factor Lipfinity Long Lasting Lipstick in Evermore Lush

This has a slanted, flat shape which isn't my preference as I prefer more pointy lipstick bullets. I find it helps me to apply it more precisely, especially as I'm clumsy enough with lipstick!

Max Factor Lipfinity Long Lasting Lipstick in Evermore Lush swatch on arm

Evermore Lush is a deep rosey nude. I wanted a shade that was easy to wear everyday but still obvious enough to see! As you can see, the lipstick is lovely and pigmented. It feels creamy too due to the lip conditioners and nourishing oils the lipstick contains so it's comfortable when worn.

Max Factor Lipfinity Long Lasting Lipstick in Evermore Lush swatch on lips

Here I am wearing it! I love the sheen the lipstick has and the moisturising formula means it's very forgiving, even on dry skin.

Max Factor Lipfinity Long Lasting Lipstick in Evermore Lush swatch on lips

With the rest of my face! Max Factor claim this lipstick has up to 8 hours of wear (hence the Long Lasting in the name) without drying out the lips. This particular shade doesn't last the full 8 hours, but it's still very impressive and sticks about for around 5 hours if you don't eat and drinks. It's comfortable to wear due to how moisturising it is and it fades evenly. I love it!

This lipstick costs £8.99 and is on par with high end formulas such as MAC. The shade range is really impressive too - I'd recommend picking one up if you're in the market for a new lipstick.

What's your favourite high street lipstick?