Friday, 29 May 2015

Lush Pot O' Gold Shower Jelly Review


As part of their seasonal Easter release Lush brought out this cute shower jelly called "Pot O' Gold", I missed the original release but this is listed on Ebay very regularly for a decent price so I snapped one up to try.

Pot O' Gold is stunning to look at, it really is a semi-molton metallic gold with that amazing gooey, squishy  jelly quality that you just want to poke your finger in. It is just luxurious to look at and smells divine! 


 Scent wise Lush say it contains fresh pineapple juice, sweet orange oil and vanilla absolute. It is sweet but not sickly It almost has a honey quality to it which I love. It smells gorgous in the pot and only is exaggerated in the shower when it hits warm water!


There is some questions on the best way to use a shower Jelly as they really are a jelly-like consistency and therefore not the easiest thing you use. You can use the whole jelly and rub it over your body. I however cut mine into centimeter or so chunks to use (you could also just break bits off if you rather!).  My photo below has had some usage so you will have more chunks out of your own jelly.

I find that this doesn't lather up very much so it is easy to be fooled into the idea that it isn't cleaning you or working into your skin but it really is.

I have found that this product is very effective at making you feel clean in the shower and makes my skin feel soft too.  It is also vegan! I am very happy with this purchase and know that it will last for a good amount of time and produce some very decadent showers!

Do you own this product? What do you think?

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Beauty Besties Introduction

Welcome to Beauty Besties a new feature where myself and the Alyssia from Alyssia Rose will be bringing you weekly posts all about beauty! Each week will have a new theme, and we will each write a post to go along with that theme so you will get two different perspectives on the same point.
 
 
 
My Profile:
1. What is your Skintype?
My skin is very oily and I have constant battles with it. I have struggled over the last few years to find my dream routine and product but I might finally be there.
2. What is your must have beauty product?
Eyeliner! I use a Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof eyeliner and love it! I have about five of these. I feel I don't look awake with a quick bit of liner! A close second for me is lipstick though.
3. If you were stranded on an island and could only use either foundation or mascara, which would you pick and why?
Foundation for sure! My skin is in quite a bad state after battling with oily skin and hormonal acne and I get quite self conscious about it. Although if I was on a stranded island this might not be as much of an issue!
4. Favourite High End brand VS Fav Drugstore brand?

I do love a bit of Estee Lauder. Oh and MAC! Their lipsticks are magical. As for budget brands I really like  Makeup Revolution and I find for the ultra cheap price Natural Collection is really great too! I like the fact that they are all natural which is something that a lot of higher end brands can't boast about.
5. Favourite Mascara?
 
They're Real by Benefit really separates my lashes and lasts all day. I wanted to love Roller Lash but for me it just didn't look as good. Most days I don't wear mascara as I have naturally dark lashes and I am too lazy, espically if I have to go to work. This is something I should start to improve on. 



Alyssia's Profile:

When I started blogging I ran a nail blog called Rose Tint My Nails, and that is how I met Kerrie! After starting Alyssiarose I decided to give up my nail blog and focus on a blog more about my lifestyle, with a bit of beauty thrown in. I have always been obsessed with beauty and when I was a teenager I would spend hours and hours watching Youtube makeup tutorials, and I still do even now. This year I finally got around to training as a makeup artist, something I have wanted to do since graduating university a couple of years ago, and now I am finally starting down the path to become a TV and Film makeup artist. With all that in mind I thought it was about time that I started blogging about beauty more!

1. What is your Skintype?

I always used to think that I was combination, but more recently I have noticed that my skin is much more oily than combination, especially around my T-zone.

2. What is your must have beauty product?

Whenever I wear makeup I HAVE to wear eyeliner. I literally cannot wear a look without some form of eyeliner. I’m a massive fan of a cat eye, and I find the best way to achieve that is with a felt eyeliner pen. At the moment I am using a double ended one from Makeup Revolution and it saves me so much time!

3. If you were stranded on an island and could only use either foundation or mascara, which would you pick and why?

Mascara hands down, because my eyes are my best feature and they would be lost without luscious lashes to frame them.

4. Favourite High End brand VS Fav Drugstore brand?

My Favourite ‘high end’ brand is probably Benefit, and not just because I work for them either. Their products really work, and the package is fun and bright. I think overall the best thing about Benefit is they don’t have a million products that all do the same thing, they find something that works, and stick to it. My favourite drugstore brand is a bit of a tough one, for price it would have to be Makeup Revolution, as you can’t beat them on price, and you still get a decent quality product. However if I were to pick based on quality alone, I would probably say Bourjous. Though I only own 3 Bourjous products, which are all lipsticks, they are by far my favourite of any I own. I will be expanding my Bourjous collection very soon!


5. Favourite Mascara?

At the minute I am obsessed with Benefit’s Roller Lash, and I was before I even started working for Benefit! I got the mini tester with Elle Magazine in February and ever since I got it I have been unable to put it down. I have really long lashes, but they are pin straight, and I find it so hard to give them curl and volume, but somehow roller lash seems to work for me. The brush has these little hooks that grab your lashes, and you don’t have to wiggle it through your lashes for good results, you simply roll it up and it curls your lashes. I honestly can’t ever see myself using another mascara, I am that obsessed with it.
 
I hope you are as excited about our new challenges as I am!
 
 



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Saturday, 16 May 2015

Ethereal Lacquer Lilac Haze


Etheral Lacquer Lilac Haze is from the Limited Edition Summer Cocktails Duo and is what the name suggests a lilac toned polish packed with holographic shimmer. In the bottle it also has a pinkish coppery shift. On the nail I feel some of this magical shift seems to have dissolved which is a shame but the holographic bend is really magical.
 

This polish reminds me alot of China Glaze OMG. My swatches show two coats and Seche Vite topcoat. Obviously my photos are with the flash on to capture the insane rainbow of holographic goodness. Like alot of light polishes this was a little thin to start with but built well on the nail with minimal effort, although I let this polish fully dry between coats to stop and dragging marks (but this is standard with holographic polishes)

If you are wondering you can make your own Lilac Haze (drink) by following these instructions:

Lilac Haze
2 ounces Botanist gin
3/4 ounces lilac simple syrup
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce Poli Miele Honey Grappa liqueur
Shake and serve over ice in a rocks glass

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Thursday, 14 May 2015

LUSH Happy Hippy Review

Photo from lushusa.com 




First of all let me explain why there is a stock photo instead of my own, I received a large sample of this shower gel to try in a recent swap. Sadly it was not in the orginal packaging and in fact much to look at at all.

Lush is one of those brands that I love but cannot always justify spending money on. This sample was my first Shower Gel and I wasn't really sure what to expect. The consistency is quite thick almost like a liquified jelly and seems to coat the skin more than a highstreet shower gel. I also found I had to work slightly harder to get the gel to lather up. yet it seemed that you only needed a small amount for your whole body (my small sample gave me a week's worth of washes). Most importantly of course your skin feels soft and clean afterwards too!

The scent is amazing, it is really strong and yet at the same time not at all overpowering. It lingered in my bathroom for ages afterwards even with only the smallest amount being used! The main ingredient in this shower gel is grapefruit but it is mixed with the scent of frankincense and bergamot and sits somewhere in between fruity and spicy and is just hard to pin down.

For me this is a great shower gel to use in the morning, it is certainly feel awakening. I would repurchase this in a bigger size bottle in the future! 
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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Jindie Nails Screaming Halloween


Jindie Nails Screaming Halloween is a polish from Llarowe's A Box Indied. Yes it is a Halloween themed polish but I am trying to post some of the manicure's that somehow got popped into a new new folder on my computer and therefore never found their way to the blog.  Sorry!

This is a mixture of  mustard yellow and slimy green and is just awfully horrifying on the nail (in the best way of course!) in fact I am quite partial to these kind of 'ugly' colours. 

There are also loads of scattered neon glitters and black star glitter. This is three coats with Seche Vite topcoat.

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Thursday, 30 April 2015

MyPure Review: Munio Candela Green Bath Therapy - Peppermint

I don't really have many opportunities to take a bath, it is more of a grab a shower while you can schedule for me. So when I do get some 'me time' I like to make it count with a decadent and pampering bathtime.

Hence why I decided to try Munio Candela's Green Bath Therapy from MyPure who sells loads of natural, organic and ethical beauty and wellbeing products. 


Munio Candela is a handmade Latvian company who specalise in aromatherapy include candles and these incredible Bath Therapy sachets.  Everything the company uses is 100% natural so you know exactly what is in the products you buy. There are no nasty additives or anything artificial.

The sachet itself is 25 grams in size and arrives in a lovely presentation box. I love the simple cardboard design that screams 'eco friendly' and yet also wouldn't look out of place in a luxury spa! 


The scent I have here is peppermint. The herbs themselves have been hand picked in the Latvian countryside. You can just feel the love and attention that has gone into this product.
 

The premise is simple this is basically a herbal tea infusion for your bath. The instructions say to place the sachet into half a liter of hot water and then after letting it 'stew' and infuse to add it into your bath. However I decided to hang this underneath my warm water tap and the water runs and peculates through the sachet. I love the fact that as soon as the warm water hits the sachet you get a instant mint hit that really awakens the senses.

After I had run my bath I squeezed out any water remaining in the sachet and then used the linen as a exfoliating mitt which worked really well too!


 Peppermint has lots of amazing properties and this works wonders to help you de-stress. It also is supposed to "stimulate the mind and improve circulation". Futhermore I found that I could get a second use out of this product too!


In all this is a fabulous luxury product and would also make an amazing gift! I really enjoyed using it in the bath and would highly recommend!

The product above was sent to me for review. All opinions are honest and all information is correct at the time of writing. For more information please refer to my disclosure and PR policy.
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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

My Pure Review: Lovea Papaya Firming Body Gel

Today I am bringing you a review from MyPure who sell many different brands of organic, vegan and natural beauty and makeup.

With the sun starting to come out and a little more skin on show I decided it would be the perfect time to try Lovea's Papaya Firming Body Gel. 

While I am only 24 and my jiggly bits aren't as jiggly as they could be who doesn't love a bit of firming action!

 All Lovea products are certified organic and entire range is suitable for vegetarians so I was was very interested to see what this product was like.


The gel was packaged in a sturdy plastic container with a screw top. There is also a plastic lid inside the tub which helps to contain the gel from escaping during transit. I was surprised at how big this tub was- it contains 200ml of product and for the price (£7.99) this makes it a real steal!

This gel can be used all over the body in the places that require a little bit of firming. It contains Papaya extract which hydrates and tones the skin as well as caffeine to perk up and stimulate your skin cells.

First of all let me tell you about the scent, this smells like tropical fruit juice, it literally makes my mouth water. The papaya in this product also helps to scent it and makes it smell amazing. I could even smell it faintly after it had been absorbed into my skin which I think is a really lovely touch.  


Consistency wise this feels like a semi-liquid jelly and I found it very pleasing to apply. It reminds me of being a kid and wanting to play with your bowl full of jelly at teatime. It absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving any residue or stickiness. It just seems to melt straight into your skin! Straight away I could notice that my skin started to feel firmer and more taut, without feeling at all uncomfortable. I could also see a slight difference in my d├ęcolletage area after applying this product, where my skin just looked slightly firmer.

The biggest impact of this product was the fact that as I could feel my skin was a little firmer it made me feel more confident about my body.  I think this is a great product to use before you hit the beach and I would really recommend it. I know this is a go to product for me now and I wouldn't be without it!

Don't forget to check out the full range of natural products over at the MyPure website!


The product above was sent to me for review. All opinions are honest and all information is correct at the time of writing. For more information please refer to my disclosure and PR policy.
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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Australis Velourlips: HO-CHEE-MIN

My matte lipstick obsession reached new heights when I got these Australis Velourlips imported from 'down under'. The first swatch and review I have to share with you is Ho-Chee-Min which is the shade I was most unsure about.


Ho-Chee-Min is a baby pink creme with a peachy undertone. It is very cool toned and sits in that territory of 'love it or hate it' pink.


It comes with a traditional doe-foot sponge applicator that is good for even application and precision.

So on the lips what is it like?


First let me say that while it is a super ultra matte finish (which I adore) it is a bit difficult to apply which is a slight let down. I think this is down to how light the colour is and this makes it apply slightly streakily.   


For a matte lipstick this doesn't feel drying on the lips at all. Sadly on my yellow toned skin this colour just looked a little at odds which is a shame as the colour is just perfect for spring and summer!


What are your go to lipstick shades for Spring and Summer?
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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

My Skinacare Favourites of the moment

As a blogger there is an innate sense within me to always try new products, it is only really amazing superstar products that get put on the 'repurchase' list. I have decided to share a couple of these products with you today that I am either running very low on or have just repurchased.


Chuckling Goat Probiotic Skin Lotion (for Troubled Skin)
I have raved about this product before (here) and this is still my go to lotion to combat my oily skin and hormonal acne. I slather this product on before bed and it is amazing at helping me combat any problem areas. Chuckling Goat has rebranded this product as the Break-Out Magic Lotion and it now comes in a pump type bottle for handier application. My last bottle of this lasted me for ages and I have just bought two more of these!
£6.95 for 50ml available at www.chucklinggoat.co.uk

Good Things Deep Pore Anti-Blemish Lotion
This product smells amazing! It is scented with Wild Strawberries and Fig and is just so scrummy! There are just so many harsh products on the market for problem skin it is great to see a brand that takes a more gentle approach. Even though it is called a lotion I think of this as a toner and use it after cleansing at night. I have found that this product helps remove any last traces of makeup or cleanser and reduced the size of my pores too. For the scent alone this is worth a repurchase.
£4.99 for 200ml available at www.boots.com

Lush Tea Tree Water
This isn't my first repurchase of Lush's Tea Tree Water- this is maybe my fourth or fifth bottle. This is so refreshing and I use this several times a day. Especially now in the summer this is my go to product for cooling down. The infusion of Tea Tree is antibacterial and has the bonus of helping my skin too!
£7.95 for 250g (or £4.25 for 100g) available at www.lush.co.uk

No7 Beautiful Skin Quick Thinking Wipes
These are a little on the pricey side but Boots tend to have £5 off vouchers floating around very regularly and I always snap up a couple of packets. I know that makeup removing wipes aren't the best way of cleaning your face but these are great for the occasional use and when I just want to get my makeup off quickly. I know it sounds funny but these wipes are really wet so you don't have to scrub at your face to get your makeup removed.
£7.00 for 30 wipes available at www.boots.com

What are the products that you keep going back to?

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Monday, 20 April 2015

Instagram #NOTD

While my blog is less busy nowadays you will still find me posting on Instagram (you can follow me here). Here are so #NOTD  that haven't made it to the blog. Enjoy!


Manglaze Butt Taco and Gothic Gala (un-named blue polish)


Barry M In A Heart Beat and Polish Me Silly Blurple


Testing out the new Barry M Sunset Polishes


Cult Nails Lets Get Dirty and KB Shimmer Scribble Me This
 

Ethereal Lacquer Lilac Haze

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