SHOP MY FAVOURITES

Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Face Mask

My obsession for Lush products is forever growing! I popped into Lush a couple months back, looking for a thick, intensive mask for my problematic skin. I started breaking out again and got into the old habit of picking my spots (naughty, I know). The picking had then led to marks and then scarring- it was like a vicious circle. 


Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Face Mask  |  Lush  |  £6.50

"A calming and moisturising fresh face mask packed with blueberries, calamine and chamomile, rose and almond oils to soothe and soften the skin. We use wholesome blueberries as they are rich in vitamins and minerals, including the antioxidant vitamins A, C and E that help to protect the skin from damage."

I was approached by one of their lovely workers and told her what I was looking for; a mask that will clear up my skin, balance the oils and leave it feeling refreshed as well as moisturised. She recommended a few of the masks and allowed me to try them on the back of my hands but the blueberry-packed Catastrophe Cosmetic had won me over. 


I apply a generous amount of the mask all over my face using a No7 flat foundation brush, leaving the under eye area and around the mouth bare. I have always used a brush to apply my masks, it easier to apply an even layer on the face and much less messy!

The mask actually contains fresh blueberry bits and you can see them as its applied to the face. I leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes depending on how much time I have. Sometimes it's even stretched to 20 minutes which is completely fine (for my skin away!) 


Like all Lush products, even this has its skincare benefits;

blueberries: protects and soothes the skin
calamine powder: gently calming for delicate skin
chamomile blue oil: calms and soothes
almond oil: improves complexion, moisturises and relieves the skin
irish moss gel: softens and soothes
vitamins A C E: nourishes, moisturises, protects and brightens
rose oil: works as an antiseptic on the skin

The mask is clay based and as it's made from fresh ingredients it must be kept in the fridge. It does dry pretty quick and I noticed that within 6 minutes when I wiggle my nose and cheeks, the mask does crumble off. After washing the mask off with warm water, I splash cold water onto my face to close the pores- REMEMBER TO ALWAYS DO THIS!


I finished off by using my favourite toner (review here) and moisturiser. I have no downside to this fabulous mask- it really is amazing. I use it once or twice a week before going to bed and I wake up with a clear and smooth looking face. I couldn't recommend it more, especially to those with problematic skin like mine. Lush masks usually expire after 3 months but you do get enough product in a tub to last you till the expiration date so nothing goes to waste.

Have you tried Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic?

Cleansing Routine: Winter Skin Problems

Days are getting colder, moisturisers get thicker and skincare regime should definitely be stronger. As winter approaches us (although here in London, it feels like it's already here) some areas of my face tends to get super dry and patchy looking under my foundation.


Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish  |  John Lewis  |  £19.75

When it comes to skincare, I usually stick to my holy-grail Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish (review here) because I've been using it for ages and I can never fault it. However, recently I have changed up my cleansing routine for the winter months, I needed to use something a little more oil-based to retain the moisture on my face- focusing the dry areas which are around my nose and on my chin. 


The Body Shop Camomille Silky Cleansing Oil  |  TBS  |  £10.00

"This silky-soft cleanser will effortlessly remove make-up from the whole face quickly and effectively, leaving skin feeling clean, refreshed and clear of impurities. It's the ultimate time-saver."

Here's a product I've used quite a lot this month and it has definitely helped with my dry patches. I use one pump of the cleanse and polish and one pump of the cleansing oil and mix them together in the palm of my hands. I then rub it onto my face full of makeup (even water proof makeup), working around my hairline first and leaving the eye area last (or else the black mascara and eye liner will get everywhere). Don't worry it does not burn the eyes.



I run the muslin cloth under a hot (but not burning) tap and wipe off all the makeup. I do this twice to make sure all the makeup has been removed. It's not the kind of oil that leaves an oily residue behind even after washing it off so not to worry.



The scent is lovely- especially mixed with the cleanse and polish. The cleansing oil can be used on its own by using an extra pump into the palm of your hands and you will definitely get the same results however, it tends to be quite runny. Since my recent microdermabrasion (eek, review up soon) this is just an amazing new cleansing routine for me. My skin has been feeling smooth like a baby's bottom and I have not had any breakouts so thumbs up to that! 

Have you tried The Body Shop's Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil?

Secret Santa Gifts & Stocking Fillers For Her

It's that time of year again, where the Secret Santa begins at work, home or even between friends. There's even a couple 'Bloggers Secret Santa' about in the blogsphere that you can get involved in with people in the UK and US. Here, I've grouped together my favourite picks for the girls and a selection of stocking fillers. (click here to read the guide for the guys)











Lyndsey Loves Private Launch Event

Last week I attended an exclusive, private launch at Chloe's Beauty Bar in Brentwood for Lyndsey Loves. There was a fabulous red carpet at the entrance with a lovely lady serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. At the event, I was able to view Lyndsey's (the owner) range of products from cards to stationary to bath and body goodies and lovely scented candles. 


The venue was decorated with lovely pink and grey balloons- my favourite colour combo!


(currently out of stock, but keep an eye out on the website)

Believe it or not, till a few years ago, I actually thought unicorns were real! The lip balm smells like spearmint and pink cotton candy, good enough to eat really (please don't try this at home)

sweet almond: moisturises, nourishes and softens
natural beeswax: moisturises and protects 
jojoba: treats dry lips
vitamin E: soothes and relieves 
cocoa butter: smoothes and softens
grape seed oil: treats chapped lips
shea butter: protects and improves the skins barrier

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Thick canvas makeup bags with brass zipper and lined with waterproof black nylon on the inside. These bags are great for makeup on the go and for travelling purposes. But you can choose to put whatever you like in them.

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Enchanting bouquet of delicious nutmeg and vanilla.

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MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers

As you know, I am a sucker for a matte lippy! So when I laid my eyes on these babies, I just had to try them. MUA released their Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers earlier this year and I picked up the colours Tranquility, Halcyon and Atomic. I have to say at such a cheap price and high quality pigmentation, they definitely are a makeup stash must have!

MUA Luxe Lip Lacquers  |  £3.00  |  Superdrugs

"Smooch your way to red carpet glamour with MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers. Long-lasting and kiss proof, these intense formulas come in five rich, vampy shades. Encased in chic frosted glass packaging, these lacquers glide on with the ease of gloss, drying in seconds into a matte velvety texture."

The packaging is very chic and expensive looking. It comes in a frosted glass tube with gold 'MUA LUXE LONDON' lettering on the wand. As I wasn't able to swatch these shades before buying, I just picked up any random 3 that looked good in colour by looking at the tube.


Tranquility is a lovely nude colour with slight pink undertones. I would say it is a shade (or two) lighter than Halycon. 


Halcyon is a nude colour with pink undertones. A better suited nude for people with darker skin tones.


Atomic is a gorg red with orange undertones. A great lip staple- kinda reminds me of MAC So chaud, don't ya think?

Like all matte lipsticks, before applying I like to use a lip scrub (review here), apply some lip balm and use a lip liner to ensure the lip lacquer lasts longer. The wand application makes it easy to line around the lips and then fill it in. After applying, it dries within seconds and I would say the lacquers can last up to 3-4 hours without retouching, which is great for a product costing only £3. Superdrugs always have a 3 for 2 deal on all their makeup ranges, so watch out for those for an even better bargain!


Have you tried these Luxe Lip Lacquers? Which colour is your favourite?

Lush BRIGHTSIDE Bubble Bar

I have a crazyyy obsession with citrus scents! From face masks to brush cleaners to room scents. I stopped by Lush a few days ago and was drawn to this distinctive citrus scent in the bath bomb area. Yes, I smelt every single bath bomb and eventually found the amazing Brightside Bubble Bar. 

Lush Brightside Bubble Bar  |  £4.75  |  Lush

"When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle! Hop in the bath with one of these uplifting bubble bars, Sicilian mandarin, bergamot and tangerine essential oils to help you look on the bright side of life!"

I was so excited, I used this as soon as I got home that night. And ohhhh my not only did it fill up my bathroom with its amazing orange-y citrus-y scent but it also made the bath water turn into that fab autumn-y orange!


I ran my bath as usual, and crumbled in a quarter of the bubble bar under the hot tap. I then let it do its magic and the pieces of bubble bar left a beautiful bubbly ombre in the bathtub. I felt so relaxed and the scent even lingered on my skin for a good 3-4 hours. 

Like all Lush products, even this has its own skin benefits;

tangerine oil: uplifting fragrance and tones the skin
bergamot oil: uplifting and cleansing


It also contains the amazing gardenia extract which is great for relaxation as it treats irritability, headaches and tension (perfect for me every night). I will definitely be purchasing this again!

What's your favourite Lush bath product(s)?

Lush Lip Scrubs: Winter Skin Problems

We've come to that time of year where our skin dries up immensely, and its such a pain right? We have to change up our wardrobe as well as the all important skincare regime! Some people add more things, some people take away things and only use one strong product. Lets get down to business, do these lip scrubs even work?

Lush Lip Scrub  |  £5.50  |  Lush

Well, lip scrubs are definitely not just for winter, I actually use mine all year round- especially the days where I reach for bold, matte lipsticks. As 'matte' can be quite drying, imagine how your lips feel without any moisture throughout the day and when it comes it taking it off, its such a chore its like ripping off the skin!


Only in London we witness all seasons in 1 day, one minutes its super windy, then the sun appears, leaves flying into our face and then it starts to rain. So with the horrible, constant weather changes, my lips tend to dry up so much. I have a bad habit of licking them, which makes them dry up even more- to the point where they nearly start to peel- yes I must definitely stop that habit.





The Lush Lip Scrub in Bubblegum has been my saviour! Its also available in Popcorn, Mint Julips and the Christmas limited edition, Cola. I am obsessed with matte lipsticks so the scrub is like a 'must-have'. It removes the excess layer of dead, peeling skin and leaves a smooth base for a smooth application. The smell is aahhhmazing, its exactly like bubblegum and the best thing is- you can even lick it off and it tastes like bubblegum. However, I don't really like the thought of licking off my dead skin, eek!





A little does go a long way. I like to dip my finger in once and pat the scrub onto my upper and lower lips. I then scrub back and forth for 10-15 seconds and then let the scrub works its magic. The longer you scrub, the softer the lips, however, DO NOT OVER SCRUB! After rinsing it off, my lips are left feeling super moisturised and I finish off by applying a light lip moisturiser. 

EBAY FINDS #1 Collegen Crystal Eyelid Patch Review: Submission

My under eyes were ridiculously dark and dry and I am no good with consistency when it comes to eye creams. I always forget and I am very impatient. I was searching for eye patches online but I was hesitant on spending lots of money. Then I came across these Collegen Crystal Eyelid Patches on Ebay for so cheap, I thought why not give them a try, my under eyes couldn't get any worse.

Collegen Crystal Eyelid Patch  |  £5.00 for a pack of 10  |  Ebay






BEFORE

Each pack comes with 2 white moist patches. I place one patch underneath each eye. It gives a cooling sensation underneath the eyes and you will be able to feel the moisture seeping through. I leave them on for 15-20 minutes and when you remove the patches, you'll see there is no moisture left on them.





AFTER

I noticed a difference after 2 weeks of using these products. I use them twice a week (2 packets a week). I've restocked on them, I think they are great for the price. And I will keep stocking up as they do an amazing job of reducing the pigmentation and puffiness under my eyes.

Lush Herbalism Fresh Cleanser Review


Okay ladies and gents! This isn't what you think it is. I was casually shopping in Lush and came upon this weird, weed-looking cleanser for the face and body. Its in a solid form and green in colour (obviously). After 4 weeks of using this product, I can definitely say its left my face feeling refreshed and shine/oil-free.


Lush Herbalism
100g £6.75 / 250g £16.88

"Nettles, rosemary and rice bran vinegar work to cleanse the skin, removing dirt and grease, leaving bright and beautifully clean skin. Chamomile blue oil and rose absolute are used for balancing skin tone"

I have been using the Lush Herbalism cleanser as a mild exfoliator, twice a day. It's not a makeup removing cleanser, but it does an amazing job of gently scrubbing away dead skin and fading away my acne/blemish scars. 

It has the same concept as Lush Angels on Bare Skin (review here). I take a pea sized amount into my palm and mix into a paste with a little water. I then massage the paste into my face avoiding the sensitive eye area. I do this for 2-3 minutes and rinse with warm water. Like all cleansers and exfoliators, its important to splash cold water at the end to close your pores. 



Like all Lush products, even this has its own skin benefits;

sweet almond: has moisturising qualities and promotes blood circulation
glycerin: improves appearance of the skin
nettle: improves skin irritation
vinegar: soothes and tones skin
rosemary: balances and restores damaged skin
rice bran: rich in vitamins and nutrients
sage oil: antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties

It also contains the amazing kaolin clay which works wonders on blemish prone and sensitive skin. Kaolin purifies and nourishes all skin types and eliminates the unwanted dirt on the top layer of the skin. It also repairs damaged skin hence why it is perfect for blemish/acne prone skin. 

As it is in a solid, crumbly form, it was a little messy to use- but its all worth it! I would definitely repurchase and recommend to everyone- especially those with sensitive and blemish prone skin. 

If I Could Only Pick One Item From...

I was rummaging through my makeup stash the other day and I noticed so many doubles and just like Rebecca, even I noticed the pattern of my product buying- I either have quite a few products from a brand or I haven't enjoyed any products at all from a brand. So if I could only pick one item from some of my favourite brands here are what they would be:

Maxi Delight Bronzer  | £8.99 |  Boots

Little Round Blusher Pots  |  £7.99  | Boots

Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks  | £8.99 |  Boots

Bourjois Paris Maxi Delight Bronzer: Bourjois has an amazing range of blushes! Their Little Round Blusher Pot in Santal was the first ever blush I purchased back when I was 13. Its definitely a timeless blusher, and super pigmented. Their Rough Edition Velvet lipstick which was released earlier this year is also another one of my favourites (review here). It's available in 8 gorgeous colours- so do check them out! However, their Maxi Delight Bronzer has won it for me. Not only is it the perfect bronzing colour for my complexion but it also gives a healthy, glowy finish and can be worn all year round. 
Deep Cleansing Mask  | £14.50 |  John Lewis

Instant Boost Skin Tonic  | £13.25 |  John Lewis

Superskin Concentrate  | £40.50 |  John Lewis

Gentle Face Exfoliator  | £14.00 |  John Lewis

Hot Cloth Cleanse & Polish  | £13.25 |  John Lewis

Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate: As you know, the Liz Earle range takes up so much space on my dresser. It's the most effective, affordable high end product I own and I can't stress how amazing it works on my skin. Since my acne breakout, I have used the Cleanse & Polish (review here) in conjunction with the Skin Tonic (review here), Deep Cleansing Mask (review here) and and Gentle Face Exfoliator (review here) to maintain clear and healthy looking skin. The Superskin Concentrate (review here) is my ultimate favourite by far. As soon as I breakout with a spot, by using this as a night time moisturiser, it dries out the spot till it disappears. It's also great for treating pigmented areas. 


True Match Foundation  | £9.99 |  Boots

Million Lashes Range  | £10.99 |  Boots

LOreal Paris Million Lashes So Couture: The LOreal True Match foundation has been one of my favourite drugstore foundations. It is lightweight, easy to blend and has a wide range of colours. The Million Lashes So Couture is my perfect mascara (look here). After 2 coats, I'm definitely good to go and it really does look like I have fake lashes on! I definitely think I should explore the LOreal range a bit more, what do you guys recommend? 

Kate Lasting Finish Lipstick Range  | £5.49 |  Boots

Nail Polish Range  | £3.69 - £4.49 |  Boots

Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil: Rimmel's Kate Moss lipstick range has some amazing, pigmented colours (I think I have them all, obsessed much?). They have a colour to suit every complexion and are dead cheap. Like Barry M, Rimmel have a wide range of nail varnishes which are available in different finishes; matte, scented, glitter and shiny. They are famously known for their '60 second' polishes which does exactly what it says on it tin. The eyebrow pencil is the best brow filler I have ever used! It is long-wearing, easy to control and comes with a brow brush- that's 2-in-1 right there.



Studio Skin 15 Hour Hydrating Foundation  | £28.00 |  Boots

Primer Range  | £12.50 - £28.00 |  Boots

Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation: Smashbox is known for their popular wide range of primers for every type of skin. They are a bit on the pricey side, however, you only need a pea-size amount to cover the whole face. I've used the hydrating primer and the photo finish foundation and they make a great base for your favourite foundation. My favourite foundation ever has to be Smashbox Studio Skin. Its the only foundation which is my exact skin tone and is lightweight and hydrating with great coverage. It does not transfer, melt off or leave the skin feeling oily. 



Sunshield Superfluid  | £15.00 |  Boots

Supercat Liner  | £6.00 | Boots

Kick Ass Pressed Powder  | £12.00 |  Boots

One Heck of A Blot  | £12.00 |  Boots

Soap & Glory Sunshield Superfluid SPF 50+: The entire Soap & Glory bath and body range have such edible scents that I could just eat them all (please don't try this at home). The fabulous Supercat liner is an amazing intense black and very easy to use- its just like using a pen! I've heard great things about their Kick Ass Pressed Powder and One Heck Of A Blot so I must definitely get hold of those. I have to go for their shocking SPF 50+ Sunshield Superfluid, whoever thought an SPF that high would be available for so cheap? I have listed this as an A* moisturiser for acne prone skin (read here) however, it's great for all skin types. 


Baked Bronzers  | £3.95 |  Elf website

Lipsticks  | £1.95 |  Elf website

Brush set  | £12.00 | Elf website

Elf Baked Bronzer in Los Cabos: Elf is a great American cosmetics brand with quality products for low prices. I have their brush set which was my first brush collection. It's great for beginners, affordable and does the job. I also own 2 of their basic lipsticks in Posh and Seductive. They are gorgeous pinks which are highly pigmented and moisturising. I saw their Baked Bronzer first on full-time blogger/vlogger Judy (itsjudytime, itsjudyslife, itsmommyslife). It looked the perfect bronzing colour and I just had to get my hands on that beauty! And I'm glad I did!


Eyeshadow Palettes  | £7.99 |  Boots

Contour Kit  | £6.49 |  Boots

Lipsticks  | £4.99 |  Boots

Brow Kit  | £8.49 |  Boots

Sleek Makeup Face Contour Kit in Medium: Sleek has a huge range of lipsticks. They come in so many different shades and finishes such as matte and sheen which are my favourites. My favourite bold lipsticks are all from Sleek, so do check them out. Sleek has to be my overall favourite drugstore brand. From lipsticks to blushers, brow kits to eyeshadow palettes and matte lip glosses to my favourite- their contour kit. It comes in 'sleek' packaging which a dark, matte pressed powder and an illuminating highlighter.