The clever sales girl saw me picking up a Strawberry Feels massage bar, and swiftly moved in to demonstrate how well it went with the Vanilla Dusting powder. She was right, and my boyfriend who was with me did not try to hide how much he liked it too. So I bought both. This dusting powder smells almost exactly like the Vanilla De-lite lotion, which I also own and love. It's a grown up, not overly sickly-sweet scent. I'm not a fan of body powders, but this one seems to sink into the skin and take off any greasy-ness from lotions/massage bars. Strawberry Feels used to be off limits except for bedtime, because otherwise I felt too greasy...not anymore! This product certainly isn't essential but it's certainly lovely.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Roberto Cavalli Eau de Parfum
blushie 9/26/2012 10:55:00 PM
This perfume smells amazing on my friend; like a musky-powder with floral overtones and perhaps some spice too. It's not sweet at all and on her it smells so sexy and mature without broaching into territory that only women over 55 can pull off well...I was looking forward to trying it. On me however...it's headache inducing and it smells so cheap! It's just heavy florals that punch me in the nose every time I catch a whiff. No dimension like when my friend wears it. If it was the same on me as it is on her, I would give this a 5...on me it's a 2, so I've gone half wayish with 3. DEFINITELY try this one on in person before you commit to it. The difference of this perfume between me and her is astounding. I wanted to buy a bottle, but I'm going to have to settle for smelling it when my friend walks past at work!
This really exceeded my expectations. Extra Wow Lash is kind of a lame name. Priceline was doing a spend $20 on Rimmel and get a giftpack, and this was included. It volumises and lengthens lashes, without clumping like some volumising formulas do. It looks good all day, and the brush is the perfect size. Rimmel's come far since I last tried thrm, I'vee recommended this to my sister and I'll buy again.
Sex Bomb is a very feminine bathbomb...it smells like musky jasmine which is great on a girl, but maybe not on a guy if you're thinking of taking a bath together with this (in my opinion anyway!). It fizzes away quickly and zooms around on the bottom of the bath, making the bath a deep magenta. What I loved is that unlike some other Lush bathbombs, the scent didn't fizz away with the bomb and it's stayed on my skin. However this strong scent is what I think made my skin feel a little bit irritated during the bath. It's fine now, but I will probably cut the bomb up and just use half next time. The rose looks so pretty when it's dry, but turns into soggy, gelatinous clumps in the water, which I had to pull out of the drain at the end. This is only a minor issue though,I will buy this again.
What a let down! In the shop and at home, this bomb had such a clean, refreshing scent. A bit like the Christmas bath bomb So White.Combined with clay and salt, I thought it would make a fragrant bath that really cleansed the skin...buh-bow. The wonderful scent vapourises into thin air as soon as it hits the water, and there was no noticeable effect on my skin either. The water turns a pretty green, but it's not enough to justify the price. The points are for how pretty my room smelled beforehand. If I could, I would score this 1.5.
Bath Treatments -LUSH - Dragon's Egg Bath Ballistic
blushie 8/30/2012 5:10:00 AM
This bath bomb is so much fun! I have no idea why I waited so long to try it. For some reason I thought I didn't like the scent, so I've always avoided it. After reading all the good reviews on here, I decided to re-sniff it next time I was in Lush. Thank goodness I did, it's my favourite sort of scent; citrusy-floral with a bit of bergamot and a creamy scent too once it's dissolved. Like some others have said, it's got a orange sherbert sort of smell. It fizzes slowly at first, and then the middle goes off like a cracker (I'm exaggerating). White foam, orange water and stacks of gold glitter are left behind. It's moisturising and smells wonderful. The only thing keeping it from a 5 is the confetti that gets squishy once it's in the water, and the glitter all over the bath, me and then the bed (my boyfriend even woke up with stray glitter specks on him! It spreads like headlice in a kindy class). I'll definitely buy it again though, I can suck up the inconvenience for it.
This stuff is amazing and the only mud mask that works for me. If I get a massive, painful pimple that refuses to budge, putting this on it for 20minutes or so pretty much guarantees things will come to a head within 12 hours (pun intended). This is also the reason I avoid using it close to events, because it draws out everything. I find if I get into the habit of using it once or twice a week on my t zone, my complexion quickly improves and my skin feels much softer and more refined. Best of all, it's cheap. It can be a bit drying, but it is a mud mask so that's to be expected.
Shampoo -John Frieda - Go Blonder Lightening Shampoo
blushie 7/22/2012 5:39:00 AM
If this was just a regular shampoo, I'd say it's pretty good. It leaves my hair soft, manageable and with volume. However, as a lightening shampoo, it's just average. I've been using it for nearly a month now and the lightening effects are barely noticeable. I have ashy blonde hair. I use it in conjunction with the conditioner too, so there's no reason why it shouldn't work. Thank goodness I got it on sale. When I finish it, I'll go back to Lush's Daddy-o shampoo which works insanely well. That actually makes my hair blonde and in quite a short time period too.
It's been several weeks since I finished my second bottle of Daddyo, and I only realised how much I love it now it's gone. My hair is an ash blonde, and I liked the idea of making it brighter and blonder without bleaching it. This really works. My natural highlights look so blonde and my hair goes from being quite dull to a bright, golden/ash blonde. I started seeing a guy about 6 weeks ago. Last night he said "I'm sure you were blonder when I met you"...so it definitely makes a noticeable difference. It's also a good shampoo; it leave my hair soft, manageable and it smells great as well. It doesn't need to be used everyday to make a noticeable difference either. I bought John Friedas "Go Blonder" shampoo and conditioner yesterday. I suppose I'll try them out for a little while, but I should have just gone back to Lush and stocked up on some more Daddyo. If they ever discontinue this shampoo, I'll cry.
This colour looks quite vampy in the tube however on the lips it really depends on how much you apply. I usually apply it pretty lightly, to give an 'I've just drunk some raspberry cordial" effect. It really brightens up my whole complexion without much effort. A heavier hand and it looks like a colour that would have been popular in the 1940s for daywear (it's not an intense red like Chanel Dragon etc, it's much softer in my opinion). The texture is great; it feels lightweight, semi-matte and lasts quite a while. No lipbrush is required either. I only really wear it in the cooler months, since it clashes with colours I like to wear in the summer. But it's getting quite a workout now it's cold here in southern Australia. I think this colour would suit a variety of complexions, but it seems to really suit fairer people, regardless of hair/eye colour.
Lipstick -Revlon - Colorburst Lip Butter - Berry Smoothie
blushie 6/16/2012 5:31:00 AM
This is a really natural looking colour. It manages to make my lips look full and healthy without looking like anything else is on my lips except balm. I was hoping this lip butter would be more of a red/maroon berry than the pinky/brown berry that it is, but it's still lovely. I'm not keen on the gold shimmer, luckily it is quite fine so it's not too obvious or gritty on the lips. Unlike some of the colours in the lip butters, this one would likely suit a wide variety of complexions.
Lips -Revlon - Colorburst Lip Butter in Sweet Tart
blushie 6/14/2012 12:50:00 AM
I thought this might be really bright, but in fact it is a warm rosy pink on my fair skin ( I wish it was a bit more "bubblegum" on me!). There's no shimmer, which I like. It's easy to choose a level of opacity, from just a tint to practically a lipstick. It seems much softer in texture than my first lip butter Strawberry Shortcake, I am worried it will "smush" easier. I do wish it was a little more moisturising, but my mum says she's done away with balms since using these, so it's really dependent on what sort of moisture levels your lips need. I know some people dislike the lack of staying power, but with a name like "lip butter", it makes no promises to be long-lasting, and so I think that's to be expected. I love these lip-butters, they flatter my teenage sister, me in my 20s and my mum in her late 40s and I think they'd be a colour (or 5) for everyone. I know I will be buying more over the next few weeks!
This soap is great. I've had it for nearly 6 months, and it hasn't turned crusty or lost its scent. It's a very strong scent, so I don't use this all the time (especially if I plan on wearing perfume). It's a strong, juicy scent of citrus and patchouli, I think it's really refreshing and uplifting. My mum says it reminds her of old rockers, so it's definitely not a scent for everyone. It lasts for ages too, so make sure you like the scent quite a bit before you use it! As for its soapy properties, it lathers well but like most soaps it's a bit drying (another reason I don't use it every day). I still give it 4 though, because I use it mainly for the fragrance and to be honest, I've never found a soap that doesn't dry my skin a little-that's just the nature of soap.
This is what I chose for my Back-to-MAC or whatever the program is called when you take back 6 empty products and get a free lipstick. I don't have any bright rosy-pink lipsticks, and I was expecting it to be the sort of lipstick I'd only feel comfortable enough wearing at night. Suprisingly, it suits my colouring so well that it doesnt look too wild for day either (neutral-cool, very pale, ash blonde with blue/grey eyes). This lipstick is a little bit drying, but nothing that a bit of blistex can't handle. It's very long-lasting and does stain the lips, which doesn't bother me but it might if you're planning to put on a nude lipstick later on. I love how this brightens my complexion and makes my teeth look whiter. Personally, I love the vanilla scent too. I'll be back right away as soon as I run out to re-purchase.
Lush advertises this conditioner for difficult to manage hair in need of moisture. My hair isn't particularly unruly or dry, so I was afraid it would be way too heavy and leave my hair lank. I loved the scent so much though, I decided to give it a go anyway. In all honesty, I think this is more suited to normal hair. I didn't notice an increase in my hair's moisture. It was just like any other conditioner I've tried...it does the job but it's nothing special. I can imagine people who bought it in the hope of restoring their hair would be disappointed. It smells delicious though, and I didn't find it too strong (it faded over time and didn't overwhelm my normal perfumes). A nice conditioner, but since it doesn't do anything remarkable, I'll just stick with normal conditioners that are half the price and do the same thing.