Bomb Cosmetics Spring 2015

3.28.2015

Bomb Cosmetics Spring 2015

As so many of us are Lush fans I thought I'd share a similar brand that offers lots of bath and body products, along with home fragrance. If you are not familiar with Bomb Cosmetics I urge you to visit their site and perhaps treat yourself to an indulgent bath product or two, I personally recommend the candles. If you are stuck for some recommendations here is what is new for the brand this Spring...


Bomb Cosmetics Vanilla Honey Lazy Days Candle £7.99 - link
As with all Bomb Cosmetics candles this comes beautifully packaged, various tones of yellow wax scented with a mild, milky sweet honey and vanilla fragrance. I'm not a huge a fan of honey scents in general but this is rather pleasant - the vanilla note prevents it from becoming too sickly sweet. A great mellow home scent that will last for hours on end.

Bomb Cosmetics Spring 2015

Bomb Cosmetics Peppermint Patch Soap 100g/£2.50 - link
A fresh, cooling mint scented soap that will wake and revive even the deepest of sleepers come their morning shower. Bomb Cosmetics Peppermint Patch Soap is not recommended for use on the face rather it is best used as a hand soap or as an alternative to shower gel. It is a mild formula that will not strip the skin of its natural moisture yet is deeply cleansing.

Bomb Cosmetics Spring 2015

Bomb Cosmetics Summer Cherry Soap 100g/£2.50 - link
Identical in formula to the soap above only with a different design and scent. If like myself you enjoy fruity fragrances, particularly cherry scents then this is the soap for you. It is bright, uplifting and very sweet - a beautiful feminine fragrance.

Bomb Cosmetics Spring 2015

Bomb Cosmetics Distant Shores Cocoa Swirl £2.99 - link
A hybrid product - a bath fizzer/bomb that gentle fragrances and tints the water, all the while releasing a trail of indulgent cocoa and shea butter behind to soften and moisturise the skin. If you have dry skin or perhaps just want to nourish your body while you bath this should be the next bath treat you purchase. In terms of scent thanks to the notes of pineapple and coconut, combined with the coco butter this smells exactly like sun tan lotion - a great form of escapism when the weather is less than favourable. Unlike your typical bath bomb this can be reused up to three times!

Bomb Cosmetics Spring 2015

Bomb Cosmetics Fairytale Fantasy Bath Blaster £2.29 - link
Not only is this bath bomb beautifully designed and very aptly named but it smells wonderful - like Bulgarian rose. It contains notes of pure Rosemary and Cedarwood essential oils along with natural butters to both scent and soothe the skin. Once in the water this fizzes like crazy, gently tinting the water a pretty pink and softening as it goes. A beautiful treat for young and old(er) princesses alike ha!

Bomb Cosmetics Spring 2015

Bomb Cosmetics Over the Rainbow Bath Blaster £2.29 - link
One of the most intricately designed bath bombs I have ever seen, not only does this feature a mini rainbow but also glitter a plenty. This is sure to brighten up even the dullest of days with uplifting notes of Jasmine and Clary Sage essential oils which are again combined with natural butters to keep the skin soft and supple. A great gift for anyone a little under the weather or even just to cheer yourself up!

Have you tried Bomb Cosmetics?
What are your thoughts?

Free Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash

3.27.2015

Free Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash

Just a little heads up that should you spend over £45 online at Origins, or at your local Origins counter you will receive a full sized bottle of Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash. It is currently one sample per person and running on a while stocks last concept. If you have yet to try Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash let me give you a quick low down.

"Origins gentle, frothy face wash carefully does both jobs without cancelling each other out. It helps to seek out oil, soaks it up then keeps it well in-check, while it balances and protects dry prone zones. And Broadleaf Kelp breaks down dirt, disperses excess oil and sends dullness down the drain. Skin feels comfortably refreshed after cleansing, never tight, pulled or parched."

Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash a soft, minty scented face wash which has a creamy consistency that is technically a foaming facial cleanser but isn't at all sudsy. Frothy really is the best way to describe this, when combined with water this produces gentle and soft, small bubbles that gently cleanse the skin without irritation. I can also vouch that even with continued use Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash does not dry out the skin, rather it leaves my skin feeling soft, well cleansed and oddly blemish free which may be due to the oil control aspect. In all honesty I can not say that the cleanser has in any way brightened my skin but if you are looking for a quick, non-drying and easy way to cleanse you really could do a lot worse!

If you were already planning an Origins splurge there is no better time than the present.

Instant Beauty Fixes

Instant Beauty Fixes

Admit it you are more often than not pushed for time? A lengthy facial when you have a hundred and one other things to do may seem more of a hindrance than a treat, never mind factoring in the cost. Wither it is adding a little radiance to your skin, busting a blemish or preventing the signs of ageing I have collected together my favourite instant beauty fixes - heck some of them you can even pop on while you work!

Instant Beauty Fixes

FaceD Instant Hydrating Anti-Ageing Masks £7.99 - £14.99 for packs of five
(exclusive to Llyods Pharmacy's)

FaceD offer two types of face masks: one for the entire face and one to target the delicate eye area. Both have been formulated with three different types of Hyaluronic Acid to encourage the skin to absorb and retain water. They also contain active ingredients to help brighten the skin and gently reduce signs of skin discolouration be it from environmental damage, stress or the sun. Both types of sheet masks are gentle, free from parabens, perfume and alcohol, deeply hydrating, quick to use (15 minutes is all they require) and leave the skin feeling and looking plumper from the first use. If you choose to use said masks regularly they can help to permanently reduce wrinkles and expression lines - not too shabby for something that you can pick up in your local pharmacy and only requires 15 minutes of your time.

Instant Beauty Fixes

Sarah Chapman Spot Stickers £22 via Space.NK - link.

I hate to liken blemishes to cold sores but every now and then I get a tingly feeling on my face and know that a large, blemish is on its way. Now I carry around the Sarah Chapman Spot Stickers for such emergencies, these nifty little patches which contain salicylic acid, P Refinyl, retinol-like Sytenol A and Vitamin C to calm, reduce redness, de-congest and speed up spot recovery and preventing scarring. On the skin these patches are all but invisible so you can pop one on at any time and let it work its magic. The good news is that although they are sticky patches they do not rip or tug at the skin when removing meaning you are less than likely to damage the skin surrounding the blemish. Super clever and a new handbag must have.

Instant Beauty Fixes

Frownies £16.95 via Amazon - link

It has taken me quite a while to get my head around Frownies, initially I wrote them off as nothing more than fancy stickers - which in essence they are but stick with them (terrible pun) and you may be surprised. In a nutshell Frownies stop you from creasing a certain area of your face by holding it taunt, which is what the packaging states in a roundabout way. Some say it is like a non-invasive and natural Botox and with continuous use, it re-trains the way you move your face. Frownies are little brown patches that you place on any area of the face you want to prevent lines from appearing and for best use you are meant to leave one in place for at least three hours. On the skin they feel like pore strips, tight but not too uncomfortable. Out of curiosity I have tested these little patches out for over three months now and have noticed that I naturally frown less, which in turn should mean less lines in the future. Anything that I can sleep in that will help improve my skin in some form or other is always going to get a heads up from me.

Who said beauty is time?

This post contains both press samples and items I have purchased.


MAC Cinderella Collection

MAC Cinderella Collection

I understand that the majority of this collection has sold out online and in-store, I also fully comprehend that for most the packaging ran a little on the bland side. Those who have read this site for years (I began four years ago) will know only too well I am a MAC girl. There was a time I bought every limited edition collection - a pricey habit that I have somewhat grown out of, walking past a MAC counter is still dangerous. Truth be told I save my splurges for the truly special collections, one of which I did think would be MAC Cinderella. When it first went online I missed out, then last week it was re-stocked I decided to treat both my sister and myself to a few pieces and the rest the say is history. Is this the most exciting collection MAC have produced? No, heck some may even say the shades and packaging are safe but on the plus side it is all very wearable.

MAC Cinderella Collection
MAC Cinderella Collection

A quick note on the packaging a.k.a the current bone of contention, I'm going to put it out there - I do rather like it. Yes it is a little childish (growing up Disney Cinderella was my favourite film) but the pale iridescent lilac come blue tone speaks to me and the gold writing is a pretty touch. Admittedly MAC should have taken the Cinderella concept and ran with it - pumpkins, glass slippers, the clock striking ten and what not but I guess it is, what it is. You can't win them all.

MAC Cinderella Collection
MAC Cinderella Collection
MAC Cinderella Collection
MAC Cinderella Collection

MAC Mystery Princess Beauty Powder £23
Essentially a cool toned beige highlighting powder that is intended to give a lit from within glow. Sadly the formulation is a little chalky and dry, resulting in the fine glitter particles within this powder settling in my enlarged pores. On the plus side it is a very subtle highlighter meaning it can be used as an illuminating face powder to set make-up or as a light, shimmery eyeshadow should you wish. A great concept but the formulation does need a little work. If you do find this on counter or should more stock arrive online skip this if you have anything deeper than a medium skin tone, as it will appear chalky on deeper complexions.

MAC Cinderella Collection
MAC Cinderella Collection
MAC Cinderella Collection
MAC Cinderella Collection

MAC Coupe D'Chic Iridescent Pressed Powder £23
As soon as I opened this (I didn't Google swatches etc before ordering) I was instantly reminded of NARS Orgasm Blush. MAC are a little lofty in their description of this product - my guess is that it is intended to be a multi-purpose product much like above. Personally I find the light peachy pink tone of this powder best suited to the cheeks as an illuminating blush. The pigmentation isn't great and although the glitter is fine I find it translates on to the skin quite heavily making it less than ideal for day time wear. If you have a pale complexion this worn alone will be enough to give you a light, illuminating peachy pink punch of colour to the cheeks, should you have a medium to deep complexion this will either be a highlighting powder, or something you apply over the top of blush for added radiance. Again the powder is dry and a little chalky - I really don't know what else to say other than I am rather disappointed.

MAC Cinderella Collection
MAC Cinderella Collection
MAC Cinderella Collection
MAC Cinderella Collection

MAC Cinderella Lipsticks £17 each
I put my hands up and admit that I am an idiot, in a wave of panic I ordered both shades when really MAC Free as a Butterfly is not at all a shade I will ever wear. I have not swatched nor tested it as I won't wear it and think the best thing to do is either sell it on to someone who will cherish it or send it back to MAC for a refund. MAC Free as a Butterfly is a light, golden toned nude that reminds me a little of MAC Gel Lipstick - a shade that does not suit me at all. On the flip side MAC Royal Ball Lipstick is a shade I will get a lot of use out of - a light, peachy pink that has a slight golden tone. On the lips it does translate a little nude but it is not flat nor does it drain my face of colour. The formula is Lustre so it is not the most pigmented of finishes, rather than mask the lips in colour it adds a hint of a tint, while being fairly hydrating. In all honesty I should have only bought the lipstick.

So there we have it MAC Cinderella; the collection I am still a little on the fence about.


Limited Edition Elemis British Botanical Shower Cream Review

3.26.2015

Limited Edition Elemis British Botanical Shower Cream

The newest Elemis launch - Elemis British Botanical Shower Cream, only landed on my doorstep this morning but I couldn't wait to take it for a spin after a mini-gym work out. This limited edition shower cream not only smells like a fresh Spring meadow but gently moisturises the skin as it cleanses.

"Harnessing the powerhouse of ingredients grown in the idyllic British countryside, this aromatic shower cream is expertly blended with soothing Lavender, Chamomile and uplifting Geranium and Palmarosa. Omega-rich Echium oil works to hydrate and nourish the skin, whilst vitamin and mineral rich organic Oats and Rosemary gently cleanse the skin, for a truly restorative in-shower experience."

There are very few shower products that I'd recommend for both night and day use as far as fragrance is concerned; in the morning I require something punchy to help awaken me from my slumber, in the evening I want something calming. Oddly the limited edition Elemis British Botanical Shower Cream covers both bases, the uplifting notes of Geranium and Palmarosa are ideal for awakening and the lavender and chamomile have you covered come night fall. Fragrance aside the formula is beautiful - silky, non-drying yet cleansing. I may have only just began testing this but I can vouch that it leaves the skin feeling supple, soft and comfortable - if you are not prone to dryness this could be the ideal 2-in-1 product that allows you to occasionally skip body moisturiser. 

A lovely, Spring ready treat for the skin and senses.

Elemis British Botanical Shower Cream £24/200ml via Feel Unique - link.

Maybelline Baby Dr Rescue Lip Balms Hit the UK

Maybelline Baby Dr Rescue Lip Balms UK

I'm not the biggest fan of Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balms and have openly stated so a good few times. Yes they are pretty eye catching in their bright packaging glory, yes the fruity scents do make them some what appealing but when you really get down to it, the balm itself is mediocre. It doesn't heal the lips, nor is it all that moisturising and since the Baby Lips Balms cost more than Carmex or Blistex - it is pretty easy to see why I don't have one in every pocket. However Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue Lip Balms are something else and the good news is that they have hit the UK and are now available via Superdrug! Can I get a hallelujah?

"Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Lip Balm provides care that soothes sore lips, with a hit of eucalyptus, and combats dryness. Available in natural tints to even out lip tone for healthier-looking lips. In 1 minute, lips feel soothed. In 1 day, lips look less dry. In 1 week, lips are reborn."

Maybelline Baby Dr Rescue Lip Balms UK

In a nutshell the above blurb is true - well the lips being reborn is a little far fetched but hey that is the cosmetic industry for you! The Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue Lip Balms are medicated so they heal and soothe chapped lips - on the lips they create a mild tingling sensation, a lot like Carmex lip balm but with a much lighter texture which is altogether cooling. The lighter formula glides on to the lips with such ease, making a great base for any other lip product you may want to apply on top. From the first use my lips did feel better - by that I mean less flaky and dare I say it hydrated. The scent of all the Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue Lip Balms is eucalyptus based, I rather like it but if you aren't so keen I wouldn't worry too much as the fragrance doesn't linger around for any length of time.
Maybelline Baby Dr Rescue Lip Balms UK

The Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue Lip Balms come in various tints as well an un- tinted version: Too Cool which is my personal favourite. I also Coral Crave, which is intended to deposit a light peachy pink tint to the lips. It doesn't. My sister purchased the entire line up and the only one that you can really see on the lips in terms of a tint is Soothing Sorbet and neither of us have overly pigmented lips, it is the only downside of this lip balm range. If you are looking for a pigmented tinted lip balms the Dr Rescue Lip Balms won't be for you but if you do want a budget, medicated lip balm that works you could do a lot worse! I am surprised there has been no advert campaigns or buzz about this range hitting the UK, given how hyped up the original Maybelline Baby Lips line was!

Maybelline Baby Dr Rescue Lip Balms £3.49 each via Superdrug - link.






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