Friday, 27 December 2013

Review: Lush Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb

We have finally come to the end of my Christmas Lush reviews but I thought I'd do a quick post on my  most recent bath bomb addition- the Lord of Misrule, which is actually a Halloween product I think!

The Lord of Misrule bath bomb is a light teal/green colour with pink specks and a purple centre. As the bomb dissolves in the bath, it gives way to bright green foam and deep pink/wine coloured bath water. Like most Lush bath bombs, it has a subtle, sweet yet slightly spicy fragrance which I honestly have no idea how to describe. The scent itself includes fair trade vanilla absolute, black pepper and patchouli oil but don't let that scare you off as it really is a nice, relaxing scent. According to other reviews it also contains popping candy which is meant to pop and fizz in the water however I didn't notice anything so maybe it differs in each country.

Overall, the Lord of Misrule bath bomb wasn't my favourite of the huge amount of bombs I've tried recently but it definitely wasn't the worst. It's a gorgeous colour and smells amazing so money well spent! You can purchase the Lord of Misrule bath bomb online for $5.50.
Monday, 23 December 2013

Lush Bombardino Bath Bomb

We're finally coming to the end of my Lush holiday posts (there might be a one or two more) but today I'm here with the Lush Bombardino bath bomb. First of all, can we talk about how cute this little guy is?! He's inspired by an apres ski drink made from egg nog, brandy and whipped cream (which I'm assuming is what the white top of his head is meant to resemble). The smell is somewhat creamy and buttery along with zesty hints of lemon and contains ingredients such as cocoa butter (which makes it extremely moisturising), bergamot oil, sicilian lemon oil, vanilla absolute and chocolate drops for eyes!

Bombardino fizzled away relatively quickly and left the water a bright yellow with may not be all that appealing to some but it's not something that bothers me. Definitely a great Lush product for a nice relaxing eventing and something I would recommend. You can pick up this little guy online and in Lush stores for $5.50.

Ash xx

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette (Swatches)

Strange- pale pink/cream matte
Dust- pale pink shimmer with micro glitter 
Burnout- peachy pink satin
Limit- dusty rose matte
Buzz- rose gold shimmer with micro glitter
Trick- pink toned gold/copper with micro glitter

Nooner- medium dusty pink/brown matte
Liar- pinky mauve shimmer
Factory- pinky bronze satin
Mugshot- taupe shimmer
Darkside- deep taupe satin
Blackheart- dark brown/black satin with red micro shimmer

The beautiful Urban Decay Naked 3 palette recently came into my possession thanks to my amazingly brilliant best friend who managed to get it for me for Christmas, she knows me too well! The beauty world has been a flutter over the last few weeks with the news of the latest addition to the Naked franchise and the second I saw the beautiful neutral, rose toned shades, I knew I had to have it!

The Naked 3 palette contains 12 brand new Urban Decay shades, all of which are only available in the palette and has a variety of finishes including matte/satins and shimmers, however the shimmers make up most of it. The shades range from very wearable daytime pinks to a smoky black with rose flecks, perfect for a night time smoky eye and like the previous Naked palettes, most are highly pigmented and easy to use/blend. The Naked 3 palette comes in the same sturdy metal tin as the Naked 2 but this one is of course rose gold to match the tune of the eyeshadows. Like the other palettes it also comes with a brush which is decent quality and will make a lovely addition to my rather small brush collection. Each Urban Decay Naked 3 palette also comes with samples of the four Urban Decay Primer Potions: Original, Sin, Eden and an anti-aging one.

My favourite shades of the lot which I can see myself wearing a lot in the near future are Buzz, Trick, Nooner and Mugshot but Darkside is also a very beautiful and unique shade. The least exciting of the bunch is definitely Strange as it doesn't show up very well and lacks a bit of excitement as a highlight (Bootycall from Naked 2 is definitely a better highlight!).

Overall I'm completely obsessed with the Naked 3 palette and while I haven't had a chance to test it for an extended period of time, I'm sure we'll get on just fine. I do however love the Naked 2 palette which is cooler toned while this one is definitely warmer and rosier so I'm not sure which will be better for my skin tone. 

As I got this from a friend, who I think got from another friend, I'm not completely sure of where you fellow Australians can get your hands on this beauty and wherever I do seem to find is sold out. For example here where it retails for £37.00 or around $68. Be sure to leave a comment if you know where it is available! 

Ash xx
Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara

I think it's about time I introduced all of my lovely followers to the newest edition of my favourite mascara's ever- the Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless mascara. It's not very often I add new mascaras to my routine as I'm so completely content with my Covergirl Clump Crusher mascara, but after hearing about this one countless times from bloggers and vloggers that I wholeheartedly trust for beauty advice, I thought it was about time I picked it up.

The Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless mascara claims to help your lashes grow longer and stronger and while I can't really say that I've noticed this, it works wonders on a day to day basis. It doesn't add a huge amount of volume (which is where my Clump Crusher comes in) but it adds a huge amount of length which you can probably see in the photos and stays on all day. The only negatives I have with this is the fact that I accidentally bought brown instead of black, but that's not Rimmel's fault, and that it does transfer under and above my lashes. However the Covergirl mascara does that too, so a quick fix up is all that's needed. Pictured above is the Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless all by itself so you can only imagine what it looks like layered with the Clump Crusher!

Have you tried this beauty of a mascara? What did you think of it?

Ash xx
Monday, 16 December 2013

The Evolution of Smooth

The EOS lip balms are literally the cutest lip balms I've ever seen and after countless trips to Walgreens when I was in the US, I simply couldn't resist coming home with a couple (or four). The EOS balms are 100% natural, include no artificial colouring and provide a decent amount of moisture, all while being incredibly cute. They definitely aren't the most moisturising lip balms out there but if you're looking for something just to pop on every now and then, these are great! They apply smoothly and easily and are definitely some of my favourite lip balms out there, along with the Fresh lip treatments. I have four flavours in Strawberry Sorbet, Summer Fruit, Honeysuckle Honeydew and Lemon Drop. They all smell amazing but I'd have to say Strawberry Sorbet is my favourite and definitely my most used!

Unfortunately they aren't that readily available in Australia and I'm unsure of where you can get them from. If you know any sites that ship to Australia make sure to let me know because there's a blueberry one and a vanilla one that are calling my name! Have a great week!

Ash xx
Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Lush Cinders Bath Bomb

The Lush Cinders Bath Bomb is another well loved Lush Christmas product amongst bloggers, and while I didn't think I would be as keen on this one as some of the others because of the scent, I have definitely been converted.

Cinders is a warm yellowy colour with bits of red popping candy throughout which are supposed to make popping sounds when placed in the water but unfortunately did nothing for me. However, this aside, the scent is lovely enough to overrule the negatives. As Cinders lands in the water, it begins to quickly fizz away leaving nothing but the warm and comforting scent of cinnamon and orange oil.  Cinders turns the bath water an almost fluro yellow, complete with shimmer, which some people may not be too keen on but I'm willing to overlook.

While this definitely isn't one of my favourite bath bombs due to the colour of the water and the lack of 'pop', it's still lovely for a quick bath on a night when you just need a little me time and I would probably purchase it again (and I probably will!). You can get Cinders online or in store at Lush for $5.25

Don't forget you can win some other Lush goodies in my latest Christmas giveaway here!

Ash xx
Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Lush So White Bath Bomb

It's been a good week since my last Lush post so today I'm here with a review of the Lush So White Bath Bomb. Lush's So White is another bath product from the Christmas range and while it isn't as exciting as some of my past reviewed products, it still made for a lovely bath!

The bath bomb itself is pretty simple looking with a white outside and a pinky/purple centre (mine was slightly broken when it arrived so you can see the centre), which turns the bath water a pretty pale pink and covers the tub in a layer of froth. The scent is a really fresh and crisp apple scent with hints of orange. So White takes a fairly long time to fizz out but the crisp aroma lingers in the room for a while resulting in a very long and relaxing bath.

The Lush So White bath bomb definitely isn't one of the obvious picks from the Christmas collection as it's not that exciting to look at but it really is a hidden gem. If you love fresh, fruity but not too overpowering scents like me, this baby is definitely for you!

The Lush So White Bath Bomb is available at Lush stores and online for $5.50

Ash xx
Friday, 22 November 2013

Bioderma Crealine H20 Cleanser Review

If you saw my Priceline haul, you would have seen that Bioderma is now available in Australia! Yay! The Bioderma Crealine H20 Cleanser has quickly become my favourite make up remover and has definitely made it into my list of holy grail products!

The Bioderma Crealine H20 Cleanser is a gentle, fragrance free micellar solution which removes make up and leaves you feeling fresh and free of any impurities. It feels just like water and doesn't have that alcohol smell which is common with many make up removers. It removes absolutely any make up including that hard to remove eye make up and doesn't irritate the skin what so ever! It can take a few cotton pads to remove all my make up but I can usually get away with one, depending on how heavy I've gone in terms of eye make up.

This is my second bottle of Bioderma and it was only when I got home that I realised this was different to the first bottle I had. The first bottle was Sensibio while this one is Crealine. I'm not sure what the technical difference is as they seem to have the same effect. Overall this is by far the best make up remover I have used and would recommend it to anyone if you haven't tried it already!

Ash xx
Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Priceline Sale Haul

If you're from Australia, I'm sure you were just as excited as me for the 40% off sale on cosmetics at Priceline and just had to take advantage of it! I ended up getting a few things that I definitely don't need but I was probably going to buy them at some point right?!

Firstly I stocked up on a couple of my everyday products such as the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum which I stocked up on a couple of weeks ago but unfortunately got the wrong colour in. This is one of my favourite foundations and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone! I also stocked up on my go to powder, the Rimmel Stay Matte in Transparent and the Bioderma Crealine H20 which unfortunately was the only product I got that wasn't on sale as the sale only includes cosmetics.

Now for the not so essential products! I decided that I needed to try a new eyeliner as the only one I ever use is the Topshop Magic Liner so I picked up the Bourjois Liner Feutre, which has a thin felt tip. I also decided to try the Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless mascara after seeing it raved about on countless Youtube channels.

Lastly, no trip to Priceline would be complete without a few nail polishes. I bought another Rimmel Salon Pro nail polish in Cocktail Passion as the formula of these are just flawless, an Essie polish in Bahama Mama and a Face of Australia glitter polish in Disco Inferno. I was desperate to find the Revlon by Marchesa nail wraps but unfortunately they were all sold out and they're also sold out online! I might have to go back for a second round at another store to find them!

Did you take part in the sale? What did you get? I'd love to know!

Ash xx
Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Lush Golden Wonder Bath Ballistic

I know, I know! Sorry for all the Lush posts recently but I've been busy and they're really easy to do because all I have to do is have a bath! Plus, they seem to be enjoyed so why not?!

Lush Golden Wonder is a gold, present shaped bath ballistic, another product from the recent Christmas range. Golden Wonder is described by Lush as having a champagne like fragrance with orange oil, cognac oil and lime oil. The scent is quite fresh and uplifting, while still being calming and relaxing. Right up my alley! 

Golden Wonder starts by fizzing away the outer layer which is gold and covered in glitter. It's then followed by the middle layer which turns the bath water a pretty greeny-blue colour and omits lots of tiny little gold stars, joining the glitter to make a gorgeous, sparkly teal blue coloured bath.

Golden Wonder is on the more pricey side of the bath bombs at $7.50 but it is way too pretty not to try! I definitely recommend getting down to a Lush store and checking out the new Christmas range!

Ash xx
Sunday, 17 November 2013

Rimmel Space Dust Nail Polish

I finally got around to trying the gorgeous new Space Dust nail range from Rimmel and I am oh so in love! The Space Dust nail range is packed with micro shimmer, lots and lots of glitter and are opaque in roughly two to three coats. They have a textured feel which I am usually not a fan of however the glitter is very fine meaning that the texture is quite slight. I got three shades- Moon Walking, Shooting Star and Aurora.

Rimmel Moon Walking is purple with silver micro shimmer and larger light purple glitters. Rimmel Shooting Star has silver shimmer complete with large silver glitters. Shooting Star is my favourite of the bunch and the one that I'm most likely to wear. Lastly, Rimmel Aurora is a light pink champagne colour, also with larger glitters running throughout.

As I said, I'm not a huge fan of the textured trend and I always find myself adding a topcoat for smoothness, but these are gorgeous! I can definitely see myself wearing these, especially Shooting Star closer to Christmas time as they aren't too textured and instead give a little bit of edge compared to my usual nail job.

Ash xx
Friday, 15 November 2013

Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb

The Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb is another Lush product from the Christmas collection which I simply couldn't resist. The bath bomb itself is absolutely gorgeous! It has a purple base and white top along with multi colour dots which turns the water a deep magenta colour. 

This is one of the quickest bath bombs I've ever used, it only takes around 2 minutes to completely fizz out. The scent is the same as the Twilight range, a lovely lavender with hints of vanilla, although the lavender definitely isn't overpowering and is instead quite subtle. 

Overall I really enjoyed this and would definitely repurchase! I may refrain from purchasing it again this year though as I've still got a ton of Lush Christmas products to get through! You can get this baby on the Lush website or in Australian Lush stores for $6.75.

Do you think you'll be purchasing the Luxury Lush Pud?

Ash xx
Monday, 11 November 2013

Lush Shoot for the Stars Bath Bomb

I cannot tell you how excited I am that I can finally start blogging about Christmas related products! To start my Christmas posts, I decided to start with a gorgeous Lush bath bomb from the Christmas collection. I placed a huge Lush order the other week and unfortunately when it arrived a lot of the products were either broken or melted (darn you Australian weather). I am going to take them into a store to have them exchanged but until then I thought I'd do weekly posts on the products that survived, starting with the gorgeous Shoot for the Stars Bath Bomb!

Shoot for the Stars is one of the prettiest bath products I have ever seen. The bath bomb itself is a gorgeous blue with bit of pink and purple, and then of course a bright yellow shooting star. When placed in the water it fizzles until it turns the water a pale blue/lavender colour before deepening to a bright purple with very subtle bits of silver glitter, leaving the water looking like the night sky. The scent itself is the same as the Honey I Washed the Kids soap which includes orange oil, bergamot and creamy honey, but to me it just smells like honey (I'm horrible with scents okay). The scent is quite strong before placed in the water but it becomes quite faint as it fizzes away. I usually only like fresh and fruity scents but I do quite like this one as it isn't too overpowering. Overall it's a very pretty and nice smelling bath bomb that I'd definitely recommend!

Have you tried any of the Lush Christmas collection?

Ash xx
Thursday, 7 November 2013

Top Spring/Summer Lipsticks

I'm really getting into a summery mood now that the weather is a bit warmer so I thought I'd share some of my choices for the prettiest summer lipsticks with you! I tried to choose a broad range of colours even though a couple of these don't suit me all that well. Let me know if you've tried any of these or what your go to lipsticks for summer are! Also just a friendly reminder that I now have a Twitter and I'd really love it if you followed me! (No pressure)

Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids in Shocking Coral
Shocking Coral is an extremely bright coral pink colour with a gorgeous creamy texture. Unfortunately my camera didn't quite pick up the brightness of this pretty thing but it really is bright!

Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti
Tutti Frutti is a sheer and glossy tangerine orange which is definitely my go to for a more muted orange colour. This one has caused some debate as some people seem to find it patchy but I don't find that it is so love it!

MAC Lipstick in Saint Germain
Saint Germain is a bright but pale, blue toned pink with an Amplified finish. You definitely won't see me wearing this around too often as it just does't suit my pale skin very well but I'm sure it would look great with a summer tan!

Maybelline Color Whisper Lipstick in Who Wore It Red-er
Who Wore It Red-er is a very pink toned red with a beautiful glossy finish. This is definitely my favourite of these six and I've never really noticed how pretty it is before. Definitely going to be wearing it more often!

MAC Lipstick in Saigon Summer
MAC's Saigon Summer is a semi-opaque medium toned orange with gold shimmer. Perfect for the warmer months!

Revlon Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake
For a less daring summer? Strawberry Shortcake is a blue toned light pink with a silvery shimmer however it is just warm enough for me to pull off. This would be a perfect everyday summer lipstick!

Have a good day!

Ash xx
Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Eyeball Nails | Nails of the Day

Two posts in one day? Crazy right? I did some Halloween nails so I thought I had better share them with you guys today considering it's Halloween tomorrow. These are very simple and easy to do if you have a steady hand. I started by applying a base coat followed by two coats of the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polish in White On. I then painted large circles using OPI's No Room for the Blues using a small paintbrush, followed by a smaller black circle using OPI's Black Onyx. I then added a smaller white circle on top of the black and added small red lines as seen in the picture.

Have you guys got anything planned for Halloween? I'd love to hear about your plans!

Ash xx

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub Review

Lush's Bubblegum lip scrub is one of the most raved about products in the beauty blogging world so I thought it was about time I reviewed it. Lush's lip scrubs are essentially made of castor sugar, to remove any dry bits from your lips, jojoba oil to moisturise, and flavouring to make it smell (and taste!) delicious! All you do is simply rub it over your lips and then lick it off, which leaves your lips feeling smooth and moisturised. There are four different flavours available within the lip scrub range but bubblegum is the only one I own (though I will certainly be picking up the new cola version for Christmas!). The bubblegum lip scrub is a very sweet and smells more of candy floss than bubblegum but oh well! This is definitely one of my favourite lip products and is perfect to use before applying lipstick- definitely high on my recommendations list! The only downside is the price ($9.95 in Australia) as it is very simple to make at home, however I don't have the patience or the energy so I would still probably repurchase it!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway here and follow me on Twitter!

Have a good week!

Ash xx
Thursday, 17 October 2013

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments

Back when I was in the US I decided that it was finally time to purchase some of the Fresh Sugar lip treatments after hearing about all the hype surrounding them. However I couldn't quite justify the price tag for one of the full sized ones so instead opted for the trio of mini's including Passion, Honey and Berry. The Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments are thick, tinted lip balms which have a slightly waxy feeling about them, meaning they stay on the lips for a long time while providing a fair bit of moisture. They leave your lips feeling incredibly soft and moisturised although I've found that if you apply them too often they can have an opposite effect and instead dry out your lips.

My only negative is the fact that they are a bit soft in the tube and tend to get damaged quite easily which you can see in the second image, however this may only be on the mini versions as  the actual product is so thin inside the tube. All of them provide a decent amount of pigmentation with Passion as a pinky red, Honey as browny colour and Berry as well, a berry colour. Overall these are some of my favourite lip balms on the market and are definitely worth investing in if you're willing to shell out $22.50 for a full size version of one from Sephora, however they do currently have some mini sets available. I definitely want to get my hands on a full size version of Rose if I can find them anywhere online or in Australia.

Have you tried any of the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments? Don't forget to enter my giveaway!

Ash xx
Friday, 11 October 2013

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish: Stereo Rose

MAC's Mineralize Skin Finish in Stereo Rose is possibly my favourite blush of all time (although I am loving Benefit's Coralista at the moment) so it's only fair that it get's featured on my blog. Stereo Rose is described as a "coral with golden bronze shimmering nuances". While it is definitely a coral, it does have some pink tones with golden/champagne shimmer. It has a very frosty finish, almost metallic like, but I don't find that it emphasises your pores as long as you use a light hand and build it up a bit at a time as it is also quite pigmented. Stereo Rose lasts for around 6-7 hours before it starts to fade and become patchy. I bought this when I was in America as part of the Apres Chic collection and for some reason, I didn't use it for a very long time but now I use it almost everyday. It's safe to say I love it! It is very difficult to get your hands on but you can get it here

If you haven't already, make sure you enter my giveaway below to win a set of NCLA nail wraps of your choice!

Ash xx

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Friday, 27 September 2013

Benefit They're Real Mascara Review

Benefit's They're Real mascara has been hugely hyped since it's release and I have definitely jumped on the bandwagon. This is my second purchase of this baby and it is definitely one of my favourite mascaras. It's a little more on the pricey side and retails for $23 on the Benefit website (minus postage). Australians, this is available at Myer for $38. The above photo is two coats of They're Real.

They're Real has a plastic wand with stiff bristles which provides amazing length and a decent amount of volume too. It coats each individual lash with it's clump free black formula, however if you apply too many coats it can be a little thick and clump prone. The wand also has a little spiky ball on the end (that you can't see all that well in my photo) which allows you to get all the tiny lashes in the corners of your eye. If you're willing to spend a little extra and are after a mascara that will really pop- this is definitely the one!

Have you tried Benefit's They're Real? What do you think of it?

Ash xx