Friday, 18 April 2014

My Travel Makeup Bag

As some of you may know, I'm on holiday at the moment in Queensland and a trip wouldn't be complete without a 'What's in my travel make up bag' post. You may be looking a this thinking 'holy moly, how much make up does she need?!' and I will admit, I did go a bit overboard in terms of packing, but I have a biggish make up bag (from Ted Baker) so why not?!

First up, face products. A recent addition to my make up collection, the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, makes for a perfect base underneath a bunch of my trusty favourites- the Revlon ColorStay Foundation,  the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and Rimmel's Stay Matte translucent powder.

I, of course, had to bring along my trusty Nars Laguna Bronzer as well as a couple of blushes to keep me going. I decided to go for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blush in Diffused Heat (which I am in love with!) as well as the Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso.

For the eyes, I thought two little palettes would do just fine so I brought along the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, which I basically only use for my brows as you can probably tell, and the Wet N' Wild Comfort Zone palette which I've been loving, especially the left hand side!

I also threw in Stila's Kitten eyeshadow for good measure and my favourite eyeliner and mascara of the moment- the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner and the Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volume Mascara.

It's always a good idea to have options when it comes to lip colours, and obviously you can't go on holiday without a lip balm, so I brought along an EOS balm in Sweet Mint as well as a nice selection of lipsticks,glosses and crayons. I went for Topshop's lipstick in Macaroon, the YSL lipstick in Pink in Confidence, the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Sultry, MAC's Diva and a NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brûlée. Probably a few too many but oh well!

Hope you guys enjoyed reading about the products I've brought on holiday. If you want to keep up with my holiday, make sure to follow me on Twitter/Instagram! Have a great Easter!

Ash xx
Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Lush Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb Review

First of all, sorry for the lack of posts, I've been busy with uni work and assignments but I'm officially on break! I'm on break for a week but I am going away so I'm going to try and blog as much as I can but I can't guarantee anything. As I haven't been blogging much, I haven't yet had a chance to review any of the Lush Easter range, and with Easter being very soon, I have little time to do so but I am going to try and get up as many as possible! First up, the very bright and cheerful Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb!

The Lush Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb, is a bright pink, extremely sweet smelling, egg shaped bath bomb that turns the bath water a vibrant pink once popped in. Firstly, I'm obsessed with the smell. it is very, very sweet, and quite similar to Snow Fairy so if you're not into that, you may not be a huge fan of this one. Other than the scent and the physical appearance of the actual bath bomb, this one didn't do huge things for me. Lush seem to have a tendency to do a few select incredible bath bombs (think Golden Wonder) and then lots of pretty but unexciting ones. Sadly, the Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb was definitely unexciting. It fizzled out quite quickly and just gave you sweet, pink water, which quite frankly, I could get from some of the other bath bombs. Maybe I'm being a little harsh as it was still nice, but I was hoping for a bit more eggcitement.

I think I'm becoming quite the bath bomb snob so if you haven't tried as many Lush bath bombs as me, you may find this to be quite exciting. Either way, I still enjoyed using it but I'm not rushing back to grab another one!

Ash xx
Friday, 11 April 2014

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub Review

I have to admit, when I first smelt Soap and Glory's Sugar Crush, I wasn't completely sold. I wasn't blown away by the scent and quite frankly didn't understand what all the hype was about. However, I kept finding myself in the city, smelling it over and over again until I decided to just give it a go. Now after smelling it countless times, I can safely say I'm obsessed with the scent.

Soap and Glory's Sugar Crush Body Scrub is an exfoliating body scrub that contains brown sugar, lime, almond oil and macadamia grains. The lime scent is very different and quite strong, which is probably why I was put off at first. I didn't not like it but it was just a bit too much. However after smelling it so many times, I've gotten used to the strong scent and I really do like it. The scrub itself is a very thick paste, which works amazingly as an exfoliator. I just scoop out however much I need and scrub it all over my body, leaving me with smooth and delicious smelling skin. There is quite a bit of product in the tub however I tend to use quite a lot so I don't think it's going to last me very long but I'll definitely be repurchasing it, along with the body buttercream if I can get my hands on it.

Soap and Glory products can be purchased within Australia from Kit, which are usually within Myer stores. The Sugar Crush Body Scrub can be bought for $17.95.

What's your favourite Soap and Glory product?

Ash xx
Sunday, 6 April 2014

Lush Easter 2014 Collection

While I still really look forward to Easter for all the chocolate it brings, these days holidays always mean one thing to me. Lush. Lush never fails to amaze me with their holiday ranges, although this will be the first Lush Easter I've experienced. Being me I pretty much freaked out upon seeing this years Easter range and bought pretty much everything, with the eggception (see what I did there? Ha ha ha. No? Ok) of the Golden Egg as it was sold out and the Carrot Soap. Hopefully I'll be on my blogging game over the next couple of weeks so I'll be able to bring you guys detailed reviews of all of these beautiful products but for now I thought I'd just give you a quick overview of this years Lush Easter range.

Aren't these just the cutest bubble bars ever? The Bunch of Carrots Bubble Bar ($9.95) is quite literally a bunch of carrots fragranced with buchu, lemon, bergamot and carrot oil, perfect for soothing and rejuvenating the skin.

Next up, the Immaculate Eggceptions (both $11.95) in both Pink and Yellow. These giant eggs can be cracked to reveal a surprise inside which you can then use as a separate bath bomb or you can throw the whole thing in the bath, similar to the Love Locket bath bomb from Valentines. 

Am I the only one who thinks this bunny is adorable but also slightly creepy? I'm not sure red eyes were the way to go but whatever floats your boat! The Bunny Bubble Bar ($5.95) is inspired by Alice in Wonderland's White Rabbit and has flowers within it's tummy which will float once in the bath. Shea butter and coconut oil will also moisturise and soften your skin.

The Fluffy Egg Bath Ballistic ($5.50) is probably one of my favourites of the range due to it's very sweet, candy smelling fragrance. It also really reminds me of the Think Pink Bath Bomb which I love!

Another one of my favourites, the extremely fresh and invigorating Brightside Bubble Bar ($10.50). This smells very citrusy and fresh and obviously looks extremely bright and beyond gorgeous!

All of these gorgeous products, plus a few more, are now available in store and online for a limited time so make sure you hop (I'll stop now) into your local Lush and pick up a few! 

Make sure to let me know which of these appeals to you the most!

Have a great week!

Ash xx
Thursday, 3 April 2014

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms

l-r: Audacious, Shameless, Elusive, Complex, Unapologetic 

l-r: Striking, Mischievous, Standout, Sultry

*Drum roll please* They're here! I literally can't even tell you how long I've waited for these babies to be available in Australia, even though I was totally impatient and bought them online instead. I bought a whopping 9 shades off of All Cosmetics Wholesale for $6.99 each, opposed to $17.95 each over here (although Priceline currently have a buy one get one free offer). I'm completely in love with them and am impatiently awaiting the arrival of four of the lacquer shades which I ordered online from Priceline. Anyway, here are my thoughts!

The Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms are the next lot of crayon releases from Revlon following the original Colorburst Balms. While there were a few pretty shades, I can't say I was overly keen on the originals. The scent definitely wasn't a huge favourite of mine and I just thought a lot of the colours were a bit hard to wear. However I can say that I'm definitely impressed with the matte versions of these. The Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms have an extremely creamy matte texture and sit very comfortably on the lips. In my personal opinion, I do find these to be more of a satin finish with a very slight matte texture, which I do really like. This means they're not drying at all and still have a slight sheen to them. 

The colour payoff is literally insane. They are so pigmented, both in swatches and on the lips, however they can be worn slightly sheer. To get a slightly sheer colour, I first applied lip balm and then with a light hand applied one of these, which gave a gorgeous flush of colour. I'm not sure if it's just me, but I think they've altered the fragrance a bit. There's still a distinct peppermint scent, but it seems less 'in your face' than the original balms. I really, really love all of these but my favourites of the range are definitely Shameless, Striking, Sultry and Standout (I must have a thing for the letter 'S').

Shades (l-r in swatches)
Audacious- bright coral orange
Shameless- deep, dark purple
Elusive- blue toned pink
Complex- peachy caramel nude
Unapologetic- bright coral pink
Striking- neutral cherry red
Mischievous- muted light orange
Standout- deep berry red
Sultry- muted brown toned plum

Overall I'm really impressed with these and can't wait to try the lacquer balms! I'd definitely recommend trying some of these or at least swatching them because they really are lovely!

Have you tried the Revlon Matte Balms? What are your favourite shades?

Ash xx
Wednesday, 2 April 2014

March Favourites | Monthly Faves 2014

March has just completely flown by for me. Between uni, work, blogging, friends and family, etc, I feel as if I haven't had a chance to breathe. Nevertheless that hasn't stopped me from doing a whole lot of online shopping in my spare moments, and funnily enough all of my March favourites are new products! I tried to keep my selection relatively small as I always end up rambling on and I'm sure I bore you all but here are my March favourites!

I've been loving lots of cheek products this month, but top of the list have been the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat and The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer. Diffused Heat is such a beautiful colour both in the pan and once applied to the cheeks, which leaves you looking so glowy and radiant.  The Mary-Lou Manizer, on the other hand, is one of the most intense highlighters I've ever come across, in a good way of course. When you use a light hand, it gives your cheekbones the most gorgeous champagne toned highlight, however if you don't, it can leave you resembling that of a disco ball. On the topic of face products, I've also (surprisingly) been loving the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer. I'm not a huge primer person as I'm still not completely sold that they do a whole lot, but I have really been enjoying this as it does seem to decrease the appearance of pores under my foundation.

I've definitely been loving some eye products this month, despite not being a huge eye make up person (I'm all for the cheeks and lips). I recently discovered the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner and I am obsessed. Seriously, you need it. Best liquid eyeliner ever. I'm also completely sold on the Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara. This has definitely overtaken the Covergirl Clump Crusher for me, it really is the most perfect mascara. Ever.

Random favourites time! Music wise I've been loving 5 Second's of Summer's new EP, the single Last Night by The Vamps and Kodaline's album, In a Perfect World. I have a very varied taste in music as you can probably tell. I obsess over bands like 5SOS and One Direction but then I also love bands such as Kodaline. I actually have tickets to Kodaline in 9 days and 5SOS sometime in May which I am very excited about! TV wise, I won't bore you with my usual favourites (other than The Following. You must watch The Following), but as for new shows- I recently started watching Puberty Blues which is an Australian teenage drama type show, and despite the fact that most Australian shows are usually terrible, I'm actually really enjoying it!

 I haven't seen that many new movies this month as I've mainly been watching old ones that I own but the ones I have seen include Prisoners, The Spectacular Now and Adult World, all of which I really enjoyed. I also saw Vampire Academy as I am a huge fan of the books, and even though from the trailer it looked like the worst movie ever, I still owed it to myself to watch it. I didn't completely hate it but if you've seen it and didn't like it, I really recommend reading the books as they are amazing.

On a completely random note I've really been loving my bedroom! I recently had the wall separating my room and the spare room knocked down so I now have a room twice the size! I also got quite a bit of new stuff to fill it up so definitely expect a room tour soon when I actually have time to clean it up and sort things out!

What have you been loving this month?

Ash xx