I’ve only just realised how close we are to Halloween and I still hadn’t tried a couple of the Lush Halloween limited edition products so I had my first ever Lush Jelly Bomb bath with the Ectoplasm Jelly Bomb (£4.95) which was interesting and didn’t turn out quite as I expected it to.
The Jelly Bombs are a recent product type for Lush, I think it’s only been a few months since the first ones were released, and they claim to give you a jelly layer in the bath bomb alongside the normal fizzing. This version is limited edition for Halloween and is a mix of a sort of pastel neon yellow and a pastel purple with a ghost on the front, which I think is rather cute. They’re very crumbly in the outside so need to be wrapped in something if you want to keep any as they do leave a trail of bath bomb dust everywhere they sit.
Title: The Killing of Polly Carter
Author: Robert Thorogood
Publisher, date published: Harlequin Mira, 2015
The Killing of Polly Carter is the second book by Robert Thorogood and the second of the series of books based on the BBC detective series Death in Paradise. If you’ve seen the Tv show before you’ll be familiar with the characters, it’s based on the original group, and the setting in the Caribbean with the fictional island of St Marie. If you haven’t it has the feel of a modern day Agatha Christie set in a hot country with the same gentle style and unexpected twists in the story before the murderer is exposed at the end in a very Poirot-esque way by gathering all of the suspects together and going through them one by one.
It does have some light comedy and the TV series is a light one that most of the family can enjoy, maybe not the youngest members as they may either not understand or not like the actual murders or genre, but I’d say teens and up would be able to enjoy it depending on what they like. This book definitely goes for the same audience, fans of Agatha Christie style detective stories of all ages.
As the weather’s getting cooler it’s getting to be bath time of year, at least for me, so last month I stocked up on some bits from the Lush Halloween collection. The Monsters’ Ball Bath Bomb (£4.50) is a new shape for an old favourite scent. I say old favourite, it’s fairly recent compared to some but it does come back every year in some shape since it’s first release. It has the Day of the Dead, or Calacas, scent and seems to have an eye that’s a more moisturising solid bath oil formula. I like the fact it has something different and when they mix product types into one product and they do look cute with their one giant eye.
This is a fair sized bath bomb, which could be broken in two, and actually has a fairly obvious seem which used to mean they were easy to break, but it seems to be hard and may be more of a smash up and use the dust job rather than get two clean halves. As it does have layers it may mean you lose the effect if the pink and the blue swirling around but as they blend to become a deep purple in the end I don’t think it’ll make that much difference.
I’ve seen compressed face masks around for a while and not really known what they were so, when I saw these Compressed Face Masks from Beauty Bits Australia in TK Maxx a couple of months ago, I had to give them a try. They’re small, compressed face masks that you add liquid to so they grow and expand and become full sized sheet masks. With the amount of excess mask formula you end up with in sheet masks this seemed like the perfect way of using that up.
They had two varieties, one with the plain white sheet masks and this Assorted one which has a mix of charcoal infused black sheet masks along with the plain ones. This jar had ten of the charcoal infused ones and fifteen of the plain white sheet masks to make up the twenty five in the pack. These are no longer available in TK Maxx but I bought them for £9.99, at least that’s what the sticker says but I seem to remember it being less than that. There are a lot of companies doing these though so there might be a company that’s easier to find near you and this post might be helpful on deciding if you want to try them.
I wish I’d taken more photos, I’m still not that good at remembering to do that when out and about, as the shopping area was so nicely arranged, which sounds like an odd thing to say but not having aisles crammed in and there actually being space in all the shops was really nice. Add in the odd sky on Monday due to the storm in Ireland and the UK and I bet the lake would have looked great in them. With the five hours free parking and range of shops there I definitely recommend Rushden Lakes to anyone local as a place to spend an afternoon wandering and shopping. Though it does seem like most locals already know about it, I seem to have been slow on finding this.
Anyway, onto the shops themselves. Though I didn’t get what I originally planned to as there weren’t any of the long tops or tshirts that I liked in my size I did end up getting a few things. In the end I got things from Primark, Marks and Spencer, Holland and Barrett, Flying Tiger (a new favourite shop) and Boots, though it was fun wandering around the rest and I was very restrained when it came to the large beauty section in House of Fraser, I don’t think I’ve seen so much Urban Decay in person before!
My skin is definitely acne prone and I’ve been using the Black Magic face wash from One Hand Washes the Other for years but the customs charges I always get hit with make it so much more expensive so I’ve been on the lookout for a replacement that’s easy to access in the UK and this Dr Organic Tea Tree Deep Pore Charcoal Mask might be the closest I’ve found yet.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while you might be aware that I am a fan of the Dr Organic range, or at least a fair amount of their products, as they often seem to work for my skin and hair plus, as a brand, they’re cruelty free and use a lot of natural ingredients. This particular mask, or face wash as I’ve also been using it for, is also vegan friendly. As far as I’m aware Dr Organic is exclusive to Holland and Barrett’s here in the UK and this mask is part of the skin clear range which includes a face wash and moisturiser. It costs £6.99 for the 100ml tube and can be found online or in some of their stores.
Until recently the Primark I go to hasn’t had that much of a range of the beauty products that have been seeing everywhere on blogs, so when I went in and they had some colours I liked the look of I got them. They didn’t have a huge range, I think this was one of two metallic lip kits and there were two mattes, but enough to try them out and at £3 each for a set with a lip liner and a liquid lipstick it seemed like a great deal to give them a go.
The colour I’ve got is from the Get Lippy Metallic Collection and is a sort of coppery coral kind of metallic colour called Molten Lava. The liquid lipstick and lip liner are both the same colour, I’m assuming they’re both called Molten Lava as well, and I haven’t seen any of these available separately. Unfortunately Primark don’t sell online so it’s either risk paying over the odds on eBay or a similar site or go into the stores and see what they have in stock.
In a recent haul I bought a range of the current Christmas products from Lush, the first of the new products that I’ve tried is the Lush Christmas Sweater Bath Bomb (£4.50). It’s a slightly warmer winter scent, great for cold days when you want a hot bath to warm you up, but has a hint of a sweet citrus in there for me too.
I have to say that I really like the look of this one and it’s a fair sized product too, it’s one of the larger style bath bombs, like fizzbanger or the dragons egg that they’ve had in their permanent line. You could definitely get two baths out of this no problem, if you can manage to break it in two, though you would lose a bit of the fizzing and colours effect that you get with it whole due to the layers but I think it’s worth it to get an extra bath. It’s not the strongest scented Lush product out there but I think it’d do two baths fine.
Considering I don’t really do highlighting I seem to have jumped in the deep end with my first proper highlighting products, if you don’t count ones in face palettes, with the Tony Moly rainbow one and now this Sleek Distorted Dreams Highlighting Palette. I think it’s one of the most colourful, least subtle highlighter palettes I’ve found and I kind of love that about it.
I did only really get this palette as it’s part of an offer in Boots where you get this and the three matte metallic lip colours for £15 (you can find the set here online) and each of the lip colours costs £4.99 so this was essentially 3p so it seemed too good an offer to pass up. Plus look at the colours, they’re just so pretty! On its own this palette costs £10.99 and contains five highlighters; three creams and two powders, with five different colours. I’d say two were duochrome type highlighters, two are more shimmer and one is a mix of both with added glitter in the mix so these aren’t you’re everyday highlighting products, or not for me anyway. It does say on the box that they’re multipurpose so I’ve given them a bit of a go for other uses too which was fun to play around with.
I feel like I’ve had to do this a few times recently but I’m starting this post saying sorry about another computer issue! It seems to be stuck typing \ all the time so sorry if any rogue back slashes appear in this post, I think I caught them all but one or two might sneak through! Also these photos have been taken on my iPad. Hopefully normal service will resume shortly but it may be time to admit the computer has had enough. It seems a bit like it’s one thing after the other recently doesn’t it? Anyway, on with the scheduled post!
I may not buy as much Lush any more, six years ago this blog would have pretty much been 90% Lush, but I seem to always have a bit of a weakness when it comes to their Christmas range. This year, like in recent years, they have a mix of returning favourites alongside new scents and products. I did end up getting more than I originally planned with a mix of new and old and I think I’m most interested in the newest product type of the solid shower gel, to see how it compares to the traditional bottles and their jellies.
I bought quite a range of products types, though I mainly stuck with bath products as I know some of their skin care products in the past work for me but then it’s a rush of finding a new one that works when the stash runs out. I would also say that, going by my past experiences, the shower gels and similar tend to be the most consistent when it comes to scent, bubble bars tend to be ok but dry out and lose scent over time more than they used to so try not to stash too many early on in the season.