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