Lush All Good Things Gorilla Perfume

3.01.2015


Personally Lush All Good Things Gorilla Perfume is not a scent that I would wear but the sentiment and inspiration behind the scent resonated deep within and is far more profound than I had ever imagined...

"All Good Things pays tribute to a relationship that was much valued, now ended and celebrated as an irresistible fragrance. The cyclical nature of life is reflected in our connections with other humans. People slip in and out if our orbits, bringing ideas and inspirations into our hemispheres and the joy of collaboration and shared passions. When they must move on and leave us the sadness of the parting of ways is tempered as doors open to new possibilities, opportunities and fresh ideas in their absence."

Poignant and beautiful wouldn't you agree?

Lush All Good Things Gorilla Perfume is a blend of candyfloss, black pepper, cedarwood and tonka bean. Sweet yet bitter, dark yet light and masculine yet feminine at the same time. If ever there was a fragrance to tell a tale of two cities this is it. Oddly I have found when I am a little tired or down on the dumps this rings darker and more rich - like a cognac on my skin and unsurprisingly it is lighter and brighter, almost sugary sweet when I am more upbeat. The senses are a wonderful thing. I can hand on heart say that Lush All Good Things Gorilla Perfume does not remind me of any main stream fragrance (I am not all that familiar with the rest of Lush's fragrance line) and is utterly unisex. Ignore the yellow label, this is not an zing citrus scent, it is a medley of complex notes and emotions that you have to personally smell to understand. If you enjoy fragrances that can not be defined as one sex or the other this is for you.

Lush All Good Things Gorilla Perfume £10-£40 via Lush - link.
You can also purchase this in-store which I do recommend doing as scent is so subjective.

This post contains a press sample.

First Look - Lush Mother's Day Collection 2015

2.28.2015

Lush Mother's Day Collection 2015

Today a beautiful, bright box of Lush Mother's Day 2015 goodies landed on my doorstep and I couldn't wait to share the new collection. As you may or may not know I don't have a bath tub so all the lovely bath product testing falls on to my sister - it is a hard life eh? While she tests everything out here is a quick round up of what I was sent and my first impressions...

Lush Mother's Day Collection 2015

Lush Love You Mum Soap from £4.25

"Say it with flowers: this elegant, floral soap is made with mimosa and jasmine absolutes, and bergamot oil to uplift and refresh."

I seldom use solid soap, rather I reach for liquid hand soap, shower gel and what have you - I am going to make more of an effort to go old school and enjoy traditional soap. I may even pop into Lush and purchase a few bars for scattering throughout the house. Lush Love You Mum soap is rather floral in fragrance, it reminds me of a mild Spring day and would make a lovely gift for any loved one this coming Mothering Sunday. You could even purchase a large slice and cut it into smaller chunks and gift all those near and dear?

Lush Mother's Day Collection 2015


"Lovely in lilac, this super-scrummy, sweet and floral shower gel is filled with lustre for a touch of glamour."

At the moment I am not too sure how I feel about the fragrance of this shower gel, it smells rather chocolate yet fruity based to me. Isn't that the oddest combination? I can't decide if it is my cold playing tricks on me (most likely) or perhaps I need warm water to really make this product come to life in terms of scent. I am looking forward to trying this out tonight in the shower, I will use this all weekend long before popping up a full review. 

Lush Mother's Day Collection 2015


"We've put our trust in the most famous mother of all - Mother Nature - and blended fresh strawberry juice with luscious butters to give you soft, scrummy-scented skin."

I should point out that I only have a small 50g tub in-case you thought the price was rather high for such a small tub. The one in-store and online for that matter is nearly five times as big! This is a rich
cocoa butter based body moisturiser that is enriched with fruit extracts to protect, moisturise and soothe the skin. It has a strange but pleasant fragrance - think fruity cocoa butter and you won't go far wrong. The texture is beautiful - creamy almost akin with the consistency of soufflé that instantly hydrates and sinks into the skin. I have only tested this on my hands but will say I am nothing short of impressed!

Lush Mother's Day Collection 2015


"Give us today our daily bath and deliver us from uncleanliness with delicate floral bubbles that unfurl like cherry blossoms in the spring."

A huge bubble bar that will last several baths, it smells utterly divine (get it?) - lightly floral yet with a hint of citrus. I think this will be a crowd pleaser and the item that sells out the quickest. Isn't the design fun? I realise it is meant to be a nod to Mary Mother of Christ but all I see is a Nun and at other times a screaming baby ha!

Lush Mother's Day Collection 2015


"Bursting with rose petals, this bomb is a floral spectacle in your bath. Soya milk powder blends with orange flower absolute, rosewood and Turkish rose oils for a beautiful, skin-softening experience."

This is so pretty and delicate to look at that I am almost glad that I don't have to be the one that has to dunk it into a bath. Apparently when added to water this not only softens the water as well as fragrancing but changes the water into a pale, pink hue. Lovely! I know not everyone enjoys rose scents but this is rather enjoyable - uplifting yet creamy at the same time. If you find rose fragrances to be a little too mature and musky this will be a pleasant surprise.

Look out for full reviews in the coming week or so!
Do any of the products appeal to you?

This post contains press samples.

Birchbox Pick Your Benefit Sample Box (March 2015)

Birchbox Pick Your Benefit Sample Box (March 2015)

This month all Birchbox subscribers have the chance to pick their Benefit Mascara sample (it closed on the 22nd of February for existing members) which includes the yet to launch Benefit Roller Lash Mascara as well as the other two best selling options: Bad Gal Lash and They're Real. Pretty cool huh? I think we all enjoy surprises within the box but given the chance every now and then having the option to pick what would best suit our tastes.

Birchbox Pick Your Benefit Sample Box (March 2015)

March Birchbox offering is a collaboration with Habitat with a "Do Try This at Home" theme, I'd bookmark the Birchbox site as they do promise some rather exciting content involving Habitat - I'm hoping for some D.I.Y inspiration. Anyway here is what is inside the March box alongside your chosen Benefit Mascara.

Birchbox Pick Your Benefit Sample Box (March 2015)

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara - C'mon you didn't think I'd ask for any other did you? Benefit Roller Lash is quickly becoming my holy grail mascara. It lifts, separates and to a certain extent curls my long yet fine and flimsy lashes. If you like a wide eye look this is the mascara for you. I'd also say if you have yet to try it this is the perfect opportunity as the full size tube is close to £20!

Catherine Malandrino Style de Paris - There is very few fragrance samples within beauty boxes that I have ever enjoyed but I am pleased to say that Catherine Malandrino Style de Paris is beautiful. It reminds ever so slightly of Britney Spears Fantasy Eau de Parfum only more sophisticated.

TanOrganic Self Tanning Oil - As a self tanning addict I was excited to see this dinky little bottle of oil, as well as producing a natural, glowing tan this also moisturises and nourishes the skin. If you like to fake it but never bake it and find typically self tanners to be drying this could be the answer.

Janjira Pomegrante and Acai Facial Scrub - A combination of fruit extracts and vitamin E combine to create a deeply cleansing facial scrub that leaves the skin brightened and softened. I have yet to try this but have rubbed a little on my hands and rather enjoy the texture. Not to mention it smells wonderful.

A Perfect Heritage by Penny Vincezi (chapter extract) - A full chapter of such novel to enjoy before deciding if it is for you or not. I'd like to see more novels included within beauty boxes, even if it is just a chapter or two.

Birchbox and Habitat Notebook - a dinky, pocket sized notebook that has been designed by Habitat especially for Birchbox subscribers. Ideal for making notes on the go!

A great little box wouldn't you agree? I'm also sure I am not the only one who welcomes the addition of choice. Word on the street is that we will also be able to pick a sample of choice in the next two boxes too!

You can order and pick your Benefit Mascara sample here (£10 + £2.95 p&p)  - link.

This post contains a press sample.

Great Facial SPF Options for Every Budget SPF

Great Facial SPF Options for Every Budget SPF

As a youngster I religiously watched E! and I can recall one fresh, faced but in her 40's red headed actress/singer, telling Joan Rivers that her skin care secret was daily SPF. Now the name or occupation of such lady now escapes me nor is it all the important but rather the life lesson I took away is. I can not recall a day in which I haven't applied SPF before make-up application to ensure I don't prematurely age and to prevent skin cancer. If you think I am coming across as a little preachy or holier than thou; keep in mind as a young teen I abused both sun oil and the tanning beds, there is not an ounce of judgement in my body in regards to the sun care.

When you think about it the two areas that are exposed to the elements about 365 days a year are the hands and face, hence why they are the quickest to show signs of ageing and general sun damage. Annoyingly I do find tracking down a good SPF for the face easier said than done. You want a light formulation that is: non-greasy, won't clog the pores, won't irritate sensitised or acne prone skin, doesn't leave you shiny, won't alter any make-up applied on top and offers both UVA and UVB protection. Luckily I have been on the case for over two years and have narrowed down my top 5 choices...

Great Facial SPF Options for Every Budget SPF

Estee Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant & UV Defense SPF 50 (£30.60) - For the last year or so Estee Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant & UV Defense SPF 50 has been my go to product, I rather like that it is a light, easy to apply lotion that quickly sinks into my skin doesn't alter any make-up applied on top nor is it greasy. A generally worry for most is that daily SPF can lead to blocked pores, blackheads and blemishes - I can safely say that I have been using this for over a year, daily and it has not encouraged my skin to behave any differently. A word of warning - you do have to allow this to fully absorb (a good 10 mins or so) before applying make-up, so this may not be ideal for those in a rush. Another heads up would be to warn you that this is fragranced so if you have extra sensitive skin you may want to avoid. Estee Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant & UV Defense SPF 50has a creamy texture that seems to suit normal to dry skin best but like I have said I use this all the time even when my skin is at it's oiliest and have had no problems. As this is a SPF 50 I even pack this when I am in warmer/sunnier climates than merry ol' Glasgow.

Asda's Anti-Age Facial Sun Crème (£4) - Annoyingly this choice tends to be seasonal i.e my local store only stocks this from around May to late August so I do tend to stock up when I notice it on the shelf Asda's Anti-Age Facial Sun Creme is dermalogically tested but does have a slight scent, it reminds me a little of Sudocreme but not quite as strong. It helps to prevent the appearance of sun induced brown spots, wrinkles and due to the vitamin E and green tea elements you also have extra protection from free radicals. Asda's Anti-Age Facial Sun Crème is moisturising without being overly thick nor is it sticky, I apply it first thing in the morning after my usual moisturiser and allow it to soak in - this takes less than a minute and then I apply my primer/foundation on top. Of course all primers and foundations are different but I don't find my foundation etc to slip or slide on top of this, in-fact I don't find it to affect my foundation one way or the other. If you find yourself burning throughout the day you can also apply this on top of your make-up, it may remove some powder based products but does not leave the skin shiny or greasy. Oh and I should mention it only costs £4 a tube.

Great Facial SPF Options for Every Budget SPF

Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Defense SPF 45 (£23.40) - If you don't wear make-up frequently and/or are looking to brighten as well as protect the skin you could do a lot worse than Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Defense SPF 45. Now is different and I mean it. It is so light that once applied to the skin you can not see it or feel it. Yes Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Defense SPF 45 does have a slight tint but once on the skin it disappears in colour but helps to brighten the skin. In the past I have experienced break outs which I accredit to SPF usage, large almost cystic under the skin spots which took forever and a day to heal so it is with caution that I approach any new facial product. As this is by Clinique who are renowned for their testing standards and lack of perfume I knew I would be good in hands. Two weeks of continuous use and guess what not a break out in sight! Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Defense SPF 45 is super gentle, quickly absorbed into the skin, is in no way heavy or greasy and best of all it doesn't interfere with the wear of make-up. Regular use can also help fade and prevent future age spots. In a word? Wonderful! 

SkinCeuticals Brightening UV Defence (£27) - This is a light cream based product that not only offers protection against UV (UVA/UVB) rays but also a high SPF factor of 30; it lightly moisturises but not so much that those like myself with oily skin need to worry. Over time this helps to even out the skin tone while adding a slight brightening effect with each application. It sinks instantly into the skin and settles to a matte finish which makes it a great starting point in any facial routine including us that wear foundation - oddly I find it helps to prolong any make-up applied on top which was quite the surprise. Out of all the SPF options I have listed today I would deem this to be the heaviest on the skin and the one I tend to use in the Winter months as I find my skin appreciates the texture more. If you have dry skin I would say this is one you would more than appreciate. A little goes a long way and as it has an SPF30 it is also suitable for those sunny days meaning one bottle will suit all weather which is not only a time saver but in the long run money saved too! I know this isn't exactly economically sound of me but I swear by this as a hand cream.

Great Facial SPF Options for Every Budget SPF

Clarins UV Plus Day Screen Multi-Protection SPF50 (launches on the 8th of March) - I've saved this until last as it has yet to launch but trust me it is worth the wait! This is a light, non-tinted liquid lotion - that is a breeze to apply, quickly absorbed, not at all greasy nor tacky in texture and won't clog the pores. Not to mention it is oil free and will protect the skin from both UVA and UVB rays as well as general environmental damage such as pollution and city living. Make-up glides on top of it and does not change in texture or tone should that be a worry. It is also kind to sensitised and blemished complexions - it is neither hydrating nor drying making it suitable for all. As sunscreen does have a tendency to leave us all a little greasy shall we say, this contains anti-shine technology which helps to reduce shine throughout the day and is compatible with all day creams. I like that the packaging is almost basic meaning men will be less than self concious purchasing/using this product. You really can't ask for more. Yes it is pricey but the little 30ml tube will last you a good few months and is worth every penny.

Annoyingly it does seem that most facial SPF options come with a £20+ price tag if you have any other recommendations please do share as this has become a pricey staple product. One that I did not get on with at all is Soap and Glory Sunshield - initially it was great but eventually it became to heavy/oily for my complexion. Such a shame as it is so affordable and accessible too!


New Pixi Fairy Dust Shades for 2015 Review

2.27.2015

New Pixi Fairy Dust Shades for 2015

Fun fact, it is now the 27th of February 2015 and I have only just noticed, while quickly skim reading this post that I had referred to the year as 2014. Does anyone else still do that? Or am I just really slow on the uptake? Living in the past aside I have two new shades of Pixi Fairy Dust to share, if you like loose pigments that are slightly less messy to apply then this post is for you!

New Pixi Fairy Dust Shades for 2015
New Pixi Fairy Dust Shades for 2015
New Pixi Fairy Dust Shades for 2015

Typically I skip pigment style eyeshadows as I find them tricky to apply and dare I say it a little messy, less than ideal if you are in a rush but there is no denying pigments tend to offer the prettiest finishes. The Pixi Fairy Dusts come in small little transparent pots with an in-built sturdy foam applicator. Typically I am not a fan of foam eyeshadow applicators but the domed, tapered style works well with the loose formula and is especially wonderful at precision application - think the lash line. What I will say is that the in-built sponge is pretty firm so it does apply the eyeshadow fairly heavily - for a softer approach you may want to dab on and then blend out with a fluffy eyeshadow brush.

New Pixi Fairy Dust Shades for 2015
New Pixi Fairy Dust Shades for 2015
New Pixi Fairy Dust Shades for 2015
New Pixi Fairy Dust Shades for 2015

The Pixi Fairy Dusts are not a new addition to the Pixi make-up line but the two new shades are: Silver Glow - an almost matte silver come blue shade that works wonderfully blended within a smoky eye look. It reminds me a lot of MAC Print Eyeshadow. Next up we have Olive Glow which is as you can imagine a bright, golden toned olive green that looks wonderful on tanned and deep skin tones. I can not wait to use this come the Summer months - it is pretty similar to MAC Scrumptious Olive Eyeshadow if looking for a dupe/comparison shade.

New Pixi Fairy Dust Shades for 2015
New Pixi Fairy Dust Shades for 2015
New Pixi Fairy Dust Shades for 2015

If you are familiar with loose eyeshadow pigments then the formulation of the Pixi Fairy Dusts will not come as a surprise - a powdery soft texture, high levels of pigmentation, easy to blend but a little messy at times due to the fall out. Silver Glow is slightly drier in texture compared to the shimmer shades but still softer than your average eyeshadow and not at all chalky. The loose formula of both Pixi Fairy Dusts tend to wear better on my oily lids compared to your typical eyeshadow; with a primer around 10 hours, without around 8 hours. The Pixi Fairy Dusts also apply wonderfully wet, more so the metallic shades - they almost look like real metal on the skin. In a nutshell they are easier to apply than your typical pigment, beautifully pigmented, in pretty shades and long wearing - all you'd want from an eyeshadow and more.

You can find all 8 shades of the Pixi Fairy Dust shades via Pixi for £10 each - link

This post contains press samples.


My First Givenchy Products

My First Givenchy Products

I'm sure most will be surprised to hear there is a good few brands within the beauty world that I have yet to discover. I have been blogging for nearly four years but every now and then brands some what fly under my radar or are simply too expensive to just splurge. One said brand is Givenchy, I have admired the brand form a far but never plucked up the courage to hone in and make a purchase. Givenchy doesn't come cheap so I wanted to make sure that anything I did decide on would be well loved and used.

My First Givenchy Products

Each cosmetic brand somewhat has a distinctive style and iconic product and in the case of Givenchy it is is all about their prism shaped powder products and of course their Phenomen'Eyes Mascara. It will come of little surprise that this is exactly what I have, a pretty neutral yet perfect for evening wear eyeshadow palette and a mascara that does somewhat look torturous. I am a little way off from writing off my full review of each product just yet but let me share my initial thoughts on each luxurious product.

My First Givenchy Products
My First Givenchy Products

Givenchy Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Palette in Impertinence £37 via Escentual
There are so many beautiful shade variations of the Givenchy Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Palette that I would be surprised if I don't add to my collection before the year is over (I mean we are only in February after all). The Givenchy packaging in general oddly reminds me of Dior cosmetics not that this is a criticism - luxe, function and from what I can so far tell robust. Let's forget all about the packaging and focus on the beautiful shades within: a metallic pewter, a metallic yet glitter based navy, a bright bronze come gold that is again metallic and a true white satin based eyeshadow to highlight. I have only applied each shade once thus far but can report they are silky soft, beautifully pigmented and very much high quality. The beauty of this little quad is that you have the perfect colour palette for a muted day look as well as the option to create a strong, smoked out evening look with next to no effort. If like myself you have blue/grey eyes you need this palette - talk about making my eyes pop. Oh mama!

My First Givenchy Products

Givenchy Phenomen'Eyes Mascara £23 via Escentual
I have spoke time and time again about my fine, flimsy eyelashes that don't hold a curl and are easily weighed down. So far the only mascara that has really opened my eyes and somewhat curled my eyelashes without looking bizarre is Benefit Roller Lash but Givenchy Phenomen'Eyes Mascara may soon well join that list. Admittedly this mascara will take a little getting used to due to the the shape of the spoolie - a round ball in which you use vertically to tease the eyelashes upwards. It does look a little scary but trust me it is fairly easy to use and perfect for those who love lash separation. I am currently sporting it - I applied at 7am and so far, so good! No smudging, smearing or flaking. I will update in a week or so once I have fully tested it but I do think this may become a contender for my favourite mascara of the year.

In a nutshell I am kicking myself for not trying out Givenchy cosmetics sooner and will more than likely purchase a blush and an eyeshadow palette in the coming months. Do you have any recommendations?
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