When I saw that Lush were coming out with new products I had to check some of them out and the new range of jelly face masks really intrigued me so I decided to get the two that seemed like they’d suit my skin needs the most. They come in the same size pots at the older style fresh face masks so I thought I’d get a few face masks out of each. They also claim to be self preserving and don’t need to be kept in the fridge which are both real bonuses for me as that is one thing about the older style that puts me off getting them more. These face masks are cruelty free, all Lush products are, and it says these specifically are suitable for vegans.
FOMO is aimed at evening skin tone and calming your skin with Calamine, Kaolin and Rose Absolute. It’s a solid jelly that you take a piece off, rub between your hands and then apply it to your face for five to ten minutes before washing off so I was interested to see how this would work. The new jelly range is available online or in stores and cost £6.95. I’m not sure if they’re included in the masks that you can get free with the black and clear pots, I’ll have to ask next time I go in as that’s how I get all my Lush face masks at the moment.
Today’s review is on a few of the products from a company that I found on Instagram; Happy Place Cosmetics. I think we all have those companies we find on Instagram, the ones with the pretty products that pop up in the search when we’re scrolling. Normally they seem to be either too expensive or from America with postage and packaging that doubles the cost of the order but Happy Place Cosmetics are based in the U.K. and do a range of skin care, bath and body products as well as quite a wide range of solid brush cleansers. I do like trying indie brands and the fact they’re in the U.K. and cruelty free meant I had to at least look at them, then a few things may have ended up in my basket. Though, to be honest, I was rather restrained with this order, I could have ordered a lot more.
It was the solid brush cleansers that first caught my eye and when they had a restock of all the scents they have ever done and it included Gummy Bear I had to make an order. Unfortunately I managed to miss out on the half price offer, damn my indecisiveness, so I only got the one when I could have got two but I added a couple of bath dusts (broken up bath bombs) and a lip scrub and made an order. I may already have a second one planned, this company could turn into an expensive find.
I have been on the lookout for a good cruelty free roll on deodorant or anti perspirant that is easily available in the UK, which seems to have been harder than I thought. For some reason I just don’t get on with creams,or rather not skin doesn’t, and there’s only so many times I’m willing to try them.
In a recent Holland and Barrett online window shopping trip I saw a couple of the Dr Organic deodorants in my recommended products and given how much I’ve liked their products in the past j thought I’d give them a go. At the time they were in a buy one get one half price offer but normally cost £5.79, some still are in the buy one get one half price offer as well. They have a large range of scents available, I think even more than in their standard product range, at least as many. These range from very feminine scents, like the rose one, to more unisex scents and I think the Dead Sea Minerals one definitely fits into that category. The other scent I chose was the Vitamin E deodorant, which is somewhere in the middle and could be a unisex scent though it has some floral hints to it.
I’ve never been great with eyeliner, especially liquid eyeliner, but I do keep trying to learn as I love the cat eye looks and the precision you get with a liquid so I am always happy when I get one in a free set or as part of a gift. In the Marks and Spencer advent calendar one of the gifts was a mini version of the Eyeko London Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Pitch Black. I have had a play around with it, though the cat eye look is still elusive, so I thought I’d do a proper review. This one is a mini at 1.2g but the full sized one is 2g and costs £12 from the Marks and Spencer website.
I don’t think this is a new product, it seems to have been around for a while, but as I’ve tried a few liquid eyeliners over the years I’m always interested to see the ones other people have liked or disliked so thought it might be interesting to someone. I seem to be good at finding things years after they’re released. Does anyone else find that they find something they think is great and new and everyone else already knows all about it?
I did a mini review of this Autograph Ultra Shine Twist-Up Lip Colour when I first got it in the Marks and Spencer advent calendar but I’ve been using it for a few months and have had a better chance to really try it out. I haven’t seen much on these lip colours from Marks and Spencer which has surprised me when this one has definitely impressed me a lot. These cost £9.50 each though they seem to have changed the name as I am 90% sure that this Ultra Shine is the same as the Ultimate Shine one that is on the website here as it includes the colour Nude and has exactly the same packaging.
As this is a Marks and Spencer product it is cruelty free, this one carries the leaping bunny logo and is suitable for vegans and vegetarians. They have a fairly good range of colours with neutrals, reds, berries and a pink but there isn’t a huge number of different shades. I can’t find anywhere that gives an actual value to the amount of product in these but I have taken a couple of photos next to a Soap and Glory one that says it has 1.5g to give an idea of the amount of product you get.
For years I’ve been using Simple face wipes s they’re great for removing makeup, especially on lower energy days, and they’re quite refreshing on hot days as a bit of a pick me up in the middle of the day. Recently I bought some different ones as I know I should exfoliate more and there are the Kind to Skin Exfoliating Facial Wipes. These look like standard facial wipes but have a more exfoliating side and a smoother side.
They cost £3.49 from Boots and have 25 wipes in the pack. At the moment they’re in the 3 for £5 offer in Boots so you actually get three for less than the price of two, it’s worth looking at other Simple products there at the moment as well.
I love hand creams, I seem to have about five or six of them most of the time, and am on a quest to find the perfect one. In the Boxing Day sales I bought a couple of Lush gift sets, this Love and Light Hand Cream was in one of them which is why it’s a smaller tub. You can find the Love and Light Hand Cream in Lush stores or in their online store for £7.95 for 100g or £13.95 for 220g.
They do a range of hand creams and I have found them fairly successful in the past, though they did discontinue my favourite Smitten a while ago. This one is fairly strongly scented, it has the scent of the Orange Blossom perfume and the other products in that range.
I was planning on doing this post on Friday but ended up having a tooth out and took me a while to get over it. It’s only a small post as I went shopping on Thursday last week and popped into Lush. I didn’t get much but I wanted to post this as a couple of these are limited edition Easter and won’t be around for much longer.
As I was in store I got to have a look at all of the products in person and I was tempted by some of the others but these stood out for me. I haven’t been in a Lush store in ages, I think the last time was years ago, I used to find that they jumped on you as soon as you went inside the store which put me off and then they got better but I just wasn’t into Lush. I’m still not a huge fan of them as the consistency of the products isn’t great when it comes to certain products, mainly the bath products and the soaps, and the prices are getting higher. I did find that last week when I went in the products did seem to be pretty well scented, even when surrounded by the general Lush store smell, so maybe they’re getting better again.
Two of the three products I got are limited edition Easter products; the Humpty Dumpty bath bomb (when did they change from bath ballistics to bath bombs?) and the Bouncy Bunnies shower jellies. The other is the Big Bang bubble bar which I liked the sound of but wanted to smell in person before I got it. This post is kind of a first impressions and review type post, I have tried the shower jelly but not the two bath products.
This is part of a gift set I bought in the Boxing Day sales from Holland and Barrett, it came with a face serum and a face scrub and was in the buy one get one for 1p so I basically got it for free with my Snail Gel set. Normally this can be bought on its own for £7.49 and within the UK it is only available in Holland and Barrett, at least Dr Organic claim to be exclusive to them. This face mask is both vegan and vegetarian friendly as well as not being tested on animals.
The whole Rose Otto range has a nice rose scent, it’s fairly sweet and light and really reminds me of the scent of Turkish delight. The general benefits from the Rose Otto range claims to be anti-aging, though the ingredients are also moisturising and oil reducing, at least in the face mask. It includes china clay, aloe vera and chamomile which will help to reduce redness and should calm your skin and possibly help if you have acne prone skin (from past products I’ve bought with these ingredients in anyway), though it doesn’t seem to be aimed at that and says it helps to reduce pores and stimulate circulation to make your skin look younger.
I’ve been using Steamcream for years and have so many of these tins around but I realised I’ve never reviewed it on my blog. It’s one of those products that’s great for my sensitive skin so I thought it might be good to share even though it’s become more expensive over the past few years. I do love the tins and kind of collect them, they’re great to keep things in for travel like jewellery or other creams as I’ve never had them leak. Some of the designs seem to be permanent, or at least around for a long time, when others sell out quickly.
Steamcream is a cream that uses steam to infuse the ingredients into the base (as far as I understand anyway) and most of the ingredients are known for calming your skin. It is available in a few places, my local big Tesco has started stocking them, though their own website often has offers when you buy more than one and it costs £13.95 to get one. I have also found them on the ASOS website and I’ve bought a few from Wowcher when they have offers on two tin sets.