Blogmas Day 10: Favourite Lush Christmas Products

So last year I got given one of Lush’s Christmas gifts by my girlfriend. This meant I got to try almost all of their Christmas collection last year. There were definitely favourites within what I got to try so I thought I’d share those with you and why I love them.

  1. The comforter bubble bar: This is definitely my favourite not only due to it’s colouring but it smells so good. It’s very sweet so if you don’t like sweet scents you might not like this. I actually like the scent of this so much I bought Paige a bottle of the shower gel :’). It’s also insanely bubble, which is perfect when you want a bubble bath. The only issue I have is that when you do crumble it under the tap it can get really oily and a little bit gross, but the bubbles are worth it. 20171205_162603
  2.  Intergalactic Bath Bomb: This one is just really pretty. Both in the bath and as a bath bomb. I don’t really have much to say about this other than its pretty, and smells good.20171205_162535
  3.  The Magic of Christmas: This is another bubble bar and it’s literally on a cinnamon stick which is pretty awesome. It not only looks very Christmassy but it also smells so amazing and like Christmas in a bubble bar. Not only does it smell gorgeous but the bubbles it creates are insane. 20171205_162429
  4.  Snow Angel: This is a bath melt and it creates such a nourishing bath that is also a little glittery which I love. My skin always feels so amazing after I’ve used a lush bath melt. I can’t remember what oil or butter they use but it works really well for my skin. Not only does it make me feel so good, but it also smells absolutely gorgeous but in a really subtle way. I do know that a lot of people struggle with how strong lush products smell, and this one doesn’t have that issue.  20171205_162515
  5.  Shoot for the Stars: This bath bomb has a very similar style to intergalactic, but I found it didn’t have as much of a wow factor as intergalactic which is why its lower on this list. It’s still a really awesome bath bomb and the fact it’s on this list when there are so many Christmassy products at Lush really speaks for its self. 20171205_162441
  6. Golden Wonder: This is a really good bath bomb for people who have never used it before. It’s a really fun sparkly bath bomb that has a really nice fresh scent, which is a bit surprising the first time you smell it. It creates a really nice bath and in the centre is a little surprise. 20171205_162415
  7.  Butter Bear: This is really similar to Snow Angel so I was a little bit unsure about whether or not to add this to this list, but it is such a novelty and a good bath melt that I really really love. This one is a little more buttery than snow angel hence the name and I do enjoy that aspect to it. It again makes my skin feel so good once I get out of the bath. The only thing I would say is a bit of a negative is that it can make your hair (if it gets in the water) really oily and a bit crazy. 20171205_162504So these are my favourite Christmas Lush Products! Let me know what your favourites are and if they’ve changed any of these products since last year? I haven’t used any of them yet this year.
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Blogmas Day 4: 2017 Favourites

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Skincare
So just a little background, I have very dry skin, to the point, I thought it might be psoriasis (spoilers it’s not). I’ve tried some products but this year I really tried to do something with my skin to fix it. I haven’t yet found the perfect solution (give me products to try! I need help!). I have found two products that are helping, at least a little bit.
Cetaphil – this is my go to, honestly, it sinks in quickly and makes my skin feel like silk. This sometimes does need some help though
Drunk Elephant – specifically Marula Oil, I’ve only had a sample of this. It’s working really well at the moment.
I do need some help with my skincare routine. If you know of any good (dry skin!) cleansers or toners or exfoliants do let me know! I’d love to try them
Make-up
Revlon Colourstay 24hr foundation – I’ve already done a whole review on this, its good, would recommend this to anyone with dry skin. It’s not perfect but it’s close.
Revlon Photoready Eye Art: Peach – I recently purchased this and oh.my.god. it is sooo good, long-lasting, incredibly pigmented, gorgeous glittering and very easy to work with. It’s easy to create both subtle and crazy looks and I’ve never had a problem with it
Maybelline Noveau Master Strobing Stick – This cream illuminator is absolutely stunning. Easy to apply, so so creamy and pigmented beyond belief, it is such a gorgeous highlighter. I recommend this 100%
Lush Lustre – I’ve owned this for…. way to long, and I’m only halfway through it. I use it for EVERYTHING. It’s a perfume, it’s a highlight, its an eyeshadow, I’ve used it as a hair perfume, as a body bronzer, I’ve even used it as a lipstick highlight. If you’ve got sensitive anything, only use it new because I could see how this could be a dangerous product, but I’ve been bred pretty tough so my body hasn’t rejected it yet. Thank God.
Elf brushes – Cheap, easy to use, easy to clean, decent brushes.
Fifth Avenue Setting Spray – Cheap, easy to use, does its job.
Clothing 
Target Workout Shorts – they fit well, they cost me $8 and I wear them for everything, probably too much
Dakine Bag – I purchased this from my co-op at Uni, it’s such a good, sturdy bag and it holds so much! It’s got like three secret pockets which are perfect when you need to hide gifts, or food or car keys. It holds all my Uni textbooks (which is impressive) and I’ve never got a sore back wearing it. 10/10 would recommend.
Zoella Make Up Bag – I basically live between two houses, so I needed a toiletries bag that could hold everything from shampoo bottles to most of my makeup. The Zoella Bag(s) (I own two) fulfil this task beautifully. The smaller one I have fits a nights worth of makeup with easy while the bigger one fulfils all my toiletries needs with ease.
Millers Trenchcoat – I needed a good jacket. The only jumper I wore before then was my leaver’s jacket, and people were getting annoyed. So I walked around the biggest shopping centre in South Perth for about 4 hours. Eventually, I tried on this gorgeous Millers coat, I was going to buy it that day (at more than I could really afford) but the sales person said to wait till Monday cause there was a 50% off sale. It was well worth the money. I wore it every.single.day during winter, legitimately, it’s my favourite. I’m sad it’s summer because I want to wear it so much. IT HAS POCKETS YOU CAN FIT A BOOK IN, LIKE A BIG BOOK. Definitely get one.
Netflix Shows 
Brooklyn Nine-Nine – a cop show that makes you laugh, that I can also fall asleep too
How I Met Your Mother – a classic that never stops making me laugh, or getting emotional
Victoria – ooooh so good, Jenna Coleman does an amazing job. It’s probably not super accurate but I love it, I’m impatiently awaiting the next season
The Royals – Informative, nostalgic, and fuels my love for the monarchy

Revlon Colour Stay Foundation Review

Finding the correct colour foundation for my face at a reasonable price is the bane of my existence. Luckily, I’ve found the Revlon Colour Stay foundation for normal to dry skin. This foundation is a drugstore foundation that offers buildable coverage and a demi-matte finish, as advertised. As my skin is so dry at the moment it can sometimes look a bit cakey even with a moisturizer and primer underneath. It does have some lasting power and I usually only need around 2 coats to create a full coverage look and once set my powdered contour and highlight palettes tend to blend nicely into it. The real draw card though is the amazing range of colours on offer.  As my skin is so dry I do find that the lasting power is a little compromised and it does cake around my nose and fine lines. This doesn’t bother me too much as I don’t really wear foundation or makeup for large periods of time.

As I am quite pale and I don’t really like fake tanning or real tanning it can be quite hard to find a foundation that matches my skin tone enough to be able to work well. I have I think the third lightest shade and it is possible a little too light but it has the right undertones for my skin so I don’t mind darkening it a little bit with a bronzer once it’s applied. The foundations have the same basic colour with 3 different undertones which make it a really versatile brand and they will have a shade that will fit almost any skin tone which is just amazing.

Here are some photos of me wearing the product

As you can see (although these do have a filter on them) the foundation matches my neck and skin really well. There is minimal photographic dryness. and it just works as a really good base to be able to play around with.

The price point for this is really good. It’s around 14-20 AUD for 30mL which is a lot of foundation! It has a pump applicator which is my preference and comes in a solid glass bottle; unnecessary but adds a certain upmarket feel. I’m in the shade buff/chamois, although I could probably go up a shade (apparently I got a small tan?)

Overall I give this foundation a 7/10. As far as drugstore foundations go its right up there. It applies smoothly, evenly and is very buildable. It’s always lasted as long as I’ve needed foundation. It’s not tacky or hard to use and it does everything its advertised to do. I highly recommend this foundation for all skin types and tones as it is just such a good formula.

Review of Neutrogena Hydroboost Mask

The Neutrogena Hydroboost mask is a sheet mask that promises to make ‘skin looks hydrated, radiant and glowing’ it also states that the mask has a special fabric contour to go to all the crevices of the face.

The directions state to cleanse the face before use, so as I haven’t worn makeup at all I used one of my amie makeup wipes just to get any dead skin cells and oil off my face.

At first, I was really surprised at how liquidy the mask was. Although it is a sheet mask there is just so much liquid surrounding it. I don’t really like sheet masks as I really like the process of putting on the cream and clay masks and washing them off when there done. This one I feel very easily could have been a non-sheet mask as it was just so liquidy within the packaging.

When it’s on it a very cold, fresh feeling. It doesn’t move around a lot which is nice and you only need to leave it on for 15 minutes. I’ve tried this in winter and it was a bit too cold for my liking but I can imagine in summer this would be a really refreshing mask.

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It did make my skin a little bit fresher and the dryness of my T-zone and cheeks has gone down a little bit. For $15 it did a pretty good job, especially as you do get 5 of them but I don’t think I would necessarily purchase them again as the fabric just feels weird on my face and it didn’t really contour around my eyes and nose as well as I would have liked, as that is one of it’s selling points.

I hope you liked my little review! Have fun adventuring!

Blogmas Day 4: November Favourites

Although I’m not a pure beauty blogger, and I don’t think I ever will be, I love using new products and finding things that make my skin look and feel better. I also love reading and watching favourites posts as it gives me new ideas for what may work for me. I have 5 different categories for you and hopefully, you find a new product that works for you.

Make Up

Okay so as I’ve never done a favourites before I’ve also included some of my favourite products just in general. So my favourite foundation at the moment is the Elf flawless foundation. It’s not only cheap but it also is a pretty good foundation. As soon as I can afford something better I will be investing in a better-suited foundation as this is a bit too orange for me. A lot of the foundations in Australia are very very orange toned as they assume everyone is tanned which I am not and I am extremely pink toned so even though this is good, I haven’t yet found a perfect foundation for me.

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I hate to say it but it’s their lightest shade and it’s too dark for me in winter…  $13

I then use the NYX wonder stick creme contour and highlight as I find it blends really nicely in with the Elf foundation. Not only do the colours in this really compliment my skin tones, possibly better then my foundation does, they also blend so so easily and it took about 10 minutes off my makeup routine as before this I had to set my creme foundation with a powder then blend a contour powder out which is really difficult for me as my skin is so dry that if you don’t pat-blend its just cakey and kinda gross so having this has saved me looking like a cake all day every day.

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It was given to me as a gift so I don’t have prices for you sorry

Now my favourite eyeliner is a new piece for November and oh my god it is honestly the best eyeliner I’ve used ever, even better than the Stila eyeliner I had a couple of months ago and it was something like $3. Not only does it apply really easily (I’m still a bit of a novice at winged eyeliner) it stays on for as long as you want it to but is also pretty easy to remove when you need it to come off; I honestly can’t recommend this eyeliner enough.

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I’ve only ever made a mistake once with this and it was so easy to fix. Honestly the best eyeliner ever.

Next, Up we have my 2 favourite lipsticks. First, is Jeffree Star’s Unicorn Blood. Although it is one of my favourite lipsticks I wouldn’t repurchase it as after around 3 months the quality of it went down quite a bit and it now takes around 30 minutes to fully dry which can be annoying when I’m in a rush, so I am looking for recommendations for a new matte lip that is near the same colour. I also have been wearing it with Lush’s golden body Lustre (probably really bad for me but I like the look it gives) it is a bit more expensive at around $30 AUD

My second favourite lipstick is the Rimmel Kate Moss 107 lipstick. I bought it because of Zoella’s obsession with it around 2 years ago and honestly, I understand it. For me, it’s a really versatile shade that changes depending on the lip liner I have underneath it. When I’m using a darker lip liner it looks almost berry toned but if I use a brighter red lip liner it goes into this very Christmassy red that just looks so good. The quality of the photo swatches don’t really live up to the change that does occur and from memory, it’s around the $25 mark.

Finally, for makeup, we have the Lush golden Lustre body glitter. I know that it is supposed to be used mainly as a body glitter hence the name but I’ve been absolutely loving it as highlight, eyeshadow literally anything. I actually got given this as a present from someone who worked at Lush for a ball I went to around 2 years ago and I’ve only just hit the halfway mark of the bottle. I would highly highly recommend this product for anyone who wanted a highlight colour that is a bit different to what others would be wearing. It is $15

Bath Products

I only have one item for this category and it is the Lush ‘Lord of Misrule’ bath bomb. Sadly my favourite ever bath bomb didn’t get repeated this year but this one is a close second. It smells absolutely amazing and the colour it makes the bath is absolutely gorgeous. It is $7.95

So that’s it for my November favourites. I hope you enjoyed them and if you have any recommendations for skincare/makeup let me know in the comments as I would love some new products to try it.