Monday, January 19

VALENTINES DAY LUSH HAUL

Whilst at work, I have to walk past Lush when i'm on my way to grab some lunch so naturally, i had to go in and check out the new valentines collection. I was a little apprehensive, expecting some sickly sweet scents to go along with the pink hues, however I fell in love with some of the gorgeous pieces and wanted to share them with you too!
A regular in the Lush line but one of my all time favourites. I always have to grab one of these, this is a citrus scent bubble bar which has a strong smell of orange and tangerine. I also adore the look of this one, the shades are so uplifting and bright and make your bath a super cool shade. I usually get two baths out of this and crumble it under the tap to create bubbles.
This bath bomb is HUGE. And the best part about it? If you shake it lightly, there is another small heart hiding inside; amaaazing. I knew I wanted this bomb as the gentleman who was helping in the store said it lasts up to five baths which would be amazing. This smells really lovely and has vanilla extract which is one of my favourite scents. Chuck this one into the bath whilst the water is running and you will be inundated with bubble goodness.
THE MAGIC WAND BUBBLE STICK
This product is no longer avaliable as it is part of the Christmas collection but they still had some in my local store on 50% off. I'm not the biggest fan of this scent, it's their most popular Snow Fairy scent which is a bit sweet and bubblegum-y for me. However I love the concept as you can stir it in your bath and you get instant bubbles.
This is super cool, a kind of macaroon-esque shaped bubble bar with gold glitter decoration. This scent is a bit more floral with Frangipani but super moisturising and softening for your skin with shea butter and vanilla.
Ah, the comforter. My absolute new favourite. My favourite used to be Brightside and for some reason I never smelt the Comforter before however with the Cassis which gives off the most beautiful blackcurrent scent. This one, like the Brightside bubble bar, lasts about two baths and creates lovely bubbles when crumbled under the tap.
If you like Jasmine, buy this! It's a super floral scented bath bomb with a very pretty design. I'm not crazy about Jasmine but I do find it quite relaxing and was intrigued by the colours in this bath bomb.

Let me know your favourite Lush product and if you have tried any of the above! I really wanted to get the unicorn horn bath bomb but my local store didn't have any in stock, but I will be checking back!

Saturday, January 17

SMASHBOX FULL EXPOSURE PALETTE

For so long I have had the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette on my wishlist. The gorgeous neutral tones and symmetry of the matte and shimmer shades are so eye catching from the beauty counter. Smashbox aren't a brand I have reached for previously however i've heard many times that their primer is worthy of everyone's makeup collection. I often peak at their new launches and their neutral palette, complete with seven matte shades and seven shimmers, from champagnes to the perfect shadow black for a smokey eye, was inevitably making its way to my dressing table.
The palette originally came out back in February and was a smart move for the brand. Neutral palettes have been beauty's top sellers since the search for that perfect palette became every beauty lovers main ambition. Smashbox played it safe, and rightfully so with neutral toned shades in both shimmer and matte, from base colours to deep smokey blacks to cover all basis.
The packaging is a lovely soft, Nars-esque palette complete with large mirror and dual ended brush. There's not too much excess packaging and it is definitely small enough for a travel set. The palette I purchased came with a Smashbox Full Exposure mascara sample which was a lovely added extra, and actually a very good mascara!
You can see from the swatches above that each shimmer has a matte counterpart. The shadows are very soft and buttery however I was ever so slightly dissapointed by their pigmentation when applying to the lid, but they are very buildable and this also makes them very fool proof!
If you are a palette addict or just looking for a simple portable set of lovely wearable shades, I would recommend this palette. Go on, give it a go!

Tuesday, September 9

BARRY M AUTUMN WINTER NAIL COLLECTION

Queen of nail polish? Well, Barry M of course, and in particular their Gelly Hi Shine collection. When they announced they were releasing an Autumn/Winter collection I knew instantly it was right up my street. Move over pale pastel shades, there's nothing but deep, beautiful earthy tones here.
chilli - cardamon - paprika - mustard £3.99
I know, so pretty! There are two other shades to complete this range, a dark brown with a rusty purple undertone and a cloudy grey. All the above shades are swatched with only one coat and already are pretty opaque. Three coats and you are good to go for days.
I am obsessed with this mustard colour in general but I think my favourite is Paprika, it just screams Autumn!