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Lush Valentine’s Day 2015 Collection

Lush Valentine's Day Collection 2015

I love a seasonal Lush collection. In fact it’s mostly what I buy – every year I go a bit crazy for Halloween and Christmas, then inevitably I’m still in the bath mood when the Valentine and Easter collections come along, then my obsession tails off until the following Halloween. So today I have some pieces from the Valentine’s Day collection and my opinion on then.

For a start, how cute does the collection look? Very Valentine’s Day appropriate. I bought most of the items apart from the Love Locket bath bomb (couldn’t bring myself to spend £6.95 on one bath bomb), the Cupid’s Love soap because I never use it and the two lip products.

Lush Valentine's Day Collection 2015 Lush Valentine's Day Collection 2015

First up is the Floating Flower bath bomb (£3.50). It is pretty fancy as it’s fizzing as it lasts a long time and has a few different colours hidden away, until it ultimately leaves your bath a soft pink colour. However, the scent is pure jasmine and it is so strong! I actually found it really overwhelming and not enjoyable at all and had to get out of the bath pretty quick! If you love jasmine, you’ll like this, but I’d recommend smelling it before you buy it as it’s not an “on-the-fence” scent.

Lush Valentine's Day Collection 2015

The Heart Throb bubble bar (£3.65) is based on their bubbleron range where it’s meant to look like a macaron and you twist it in half to use in two baths. The Valentine one is shaped like a heart (or actually a bit like a bum!) and has gold glitter in the middle. Again, the scent is floral but it’s softened slightly by the inclusion of vanilla. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it like I did the Floating Flower. It turns the bath a romantic red colour and actually adds moisturising properties to the water with shea butter so does some good.

Lush Valentine's Day Collection 2015

The Lonely Heart (£3.50) is another bubble bar which features gold glitter in red water, but this one smells great. It stands out from the rest of the collection as it has a predominately citrus smell with lemongrass and bergamot.

Lush Valentine's Day Collection 2015

Next is probably Lush’s most successful recent launch – the Unicorn Horn bubble bar (£3.25). Firstly, yes, it looks amazing – a pastel swirl studded with stars and dusted with an iridescent shimmer, and y’know unicorn’s are all the rage at the moment, so well done Lush. I am a bit surprised though because I thought that lavender was a bit of a marmite fragrance? The Unicorn Horn smells simply of strong, fresh lavender. Personally, I like lavender (we have it growing in our garden at home) but I know a lot of my friends can’t abide it. I stand corrected though! In the water, the pastel colours don’t really last but you get a good amount of bubbles to pretend you have floated away on a cloud to a magical unicorn land. If you want.

Lush Valentine's Day Collection 2015

Lastly, I picked up a small bottle of the Prince Charming shower gel (£4.75). Lush shower gel is expensive but I like it as a treat as the scent really lasts on the skin. This one smells of pomegranate juice so is very fresh and fruity.

Did you pick up any of the Valentine’s Day collection? What do you like the look of?

Sample Sampling | October


The risk of being addicted to beauty boxes and glossy magazines is that you inevitably end up with a crap ton of samples that you never use. So I’m on a mission to use mine! I have a large cabinet crammed full of skin care stuff (and a box of sachets) but because they’re “tidied away” i.e. out of sight, I do forget to use them. To tackle this I now keep a selection on my dressing table to force me to put them on my face. I’ll also be sharing my thoughts on them – mostly in a bid to help me decide if I want to buy them.


First up, something I’ve had for an embarrassingly long time – the Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean  Deep Cleansing Milk. This is the kind of cleanser you can really feel working. I can also see it working as it gives me a red face. My face flushes easily so this doesn’t worry me but I do think that they’ve reformulated it to be a bit gentler. It smells like peaches and menthol – very odd but strangely quite nice. Would I repurchase? Yes I would, or I’d at least be happy to see it in the obligatory S&G Christmas gift.


I actually used up two Vichy products – the Liftactiv Serum 10 Eyes and Lashes and the Liftactiv Serum 10 Youth Enhancing Serum. I didn’t really like either of these. I found that the eye serum balled up on your skin if you applied the teeniest amount too much and took a while to sink in. The Youth Enhancing Serum was better but I didn’t think it was anything special. They’re also really expensive (£24.50 for 15ml of the eye cream and £34.50 for 50ml of the serum) and I don’t think they justify the price tag so I won’t be adding them to the wishlist.

I also had a sample of the Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Moisturiser. Now this I did like. It was light, hydrating, with a pleasant soft fragrance and made my skin feel fab. It definitely lived up to it’s claims of calming sensitive skin as well. However, it is a tad pricey (£36.00 for 118ml) and I must say that I get the same result with The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream which you can usually get at half price. So I won’t be repurchasing immediately, but it’s staying in my mind in case I go crazy and fancy treating myself one day.


The Elemis Spa Treat Your Feet Foot Cream was included in the British Beauty Blogger Dream Box with Latest in Beauty. This stuff is lovely, it’s thick and pampering and it smells like eucalyptus and lavender so it’s perfect for a little indulgence a the end of the day. I’d definitely pick this up again. It sends me to sleep-town.


So I only had one sachet of the L’Oreal Skin Perfection Day Moisturiser so I don’t have a lot to say about it, except that I want more! Seemed lovely.

Lastly, a perfume sample. This is the Lacoste Eau de Lacoste Sensuelle. I would have never picked up this perfume as I don’t love the bottle design (I know, I’m a snob) but I actually love it. It’s a slightly spicy evening fragrance but still very sweet, which I like. Would buy this for sure.

And that’s my samples for this month. Let me know if you like this post and what samples you’ve been using up lately. I’ve got some good ones on the go at the moment, but you’ll have to wait ’til next month to find out what they are now!


Latest in Beauty | Build Your Own Beauty Box

Latest in Beauty Build Your Own Beauty Box

As I’m a bit obsessed with beauty boxes, I was really intrigued to try the Latest in Beauty service that allows you to build your own box. Their menu has a mixture of make up, skin care and hair products and there are a selection of full size and deluxe samples available. Prices range from £1 – £8 depending on size and brand so you can tailor your box to your budget.

Latest in Beauty Build Your Own Beauty Box

I went for a mix of face, body and hair stuff:

Sanctuary Resurface and Refine Ultra Polish (£1)
Percy & Reed Abundantly Bouncy Volumising Mousse (£2)
Dr Nick Lowe Sebum Control Cleanser (£3)
Murad Osmolyte Tonic (£3)
Jurlique Calendula Redness Rescue Soothing Moisturising Cream (£3.50)

When my box first arrived the Jurlique product was missing and in its place was the Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation (not totally sure what that even is). However, the LIB customer service team were very helpful and sent me my missing product within in a few days which was good. I was a bit disappointed in the state of the original box when it arrived though! Not the fault of LIB, Yodel had squished it through the letter box, completely bursting it open. Luckily, none of the contents were damaged. I really, really, really wish companies would stop using Yodel, they are simply atrocious.  I’ve had nothing but bad experiences with deliveries from them and I know a lot of other people have the same complaints.

Moving on, my box came to a grand total of £12.50 plus £3.95 for delivery (a bit pricey considering the service!). There’s no minimum order so you could spend less than this is you only wanted a couple of items.

Latest in Beauty also do collection boxes such as collaborations with Glamour or British Beauty Blogger so when I’m looking at theses, I’ll definitely be checking out what’s in their BYOB section too.

This month I’ll also be getting Glossybox and my first Memebox should be arriving – exciting times! What beauty boxes do you like?


British Beauty Blogger Dream Box

British Beauty Blogger Latest in Beauty Dream Box

Recently Jane of British Beauty Blogger released her third beauty box. She wanted to offer something different to the normal subscription boxes and create carefully curated boxes packed with items that she has used and recommends. Jane comes across as extremely honest so to say that she recommends an item is a big accolade. This time around Latest in Beauty were on board to fulfil the orders. This was the first of the BBB boxes that I have got, having missed out on the first two and been gutted about it. It was only £19.95 with free postage and mine arrived within a few days of it being released.

BBB LIB Beauty Box

Look how packed this is! There’s no way they could have fit anymore in this. It’s like a beauty jigsaw. There was a great mix of make up, skin care and body care items.

BBB LIB Beauty Box Makeup

Here are the make-up items. First up the Lola Kubuki Brush. This feels really lovely, soft and dense – how you want a brush to be really! I don’t have a kabuki brush so happy about this.

An eyeshadow and brow palette from Makeup Revolution in the shade ‘Make Believe’. I like that this is a mix of a few neutrals, a couple of brights and some darker, wearable colours. I’m sure I’ll get a few looks out of this.

A full size Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. This mascara is around the £20 mark alone! The packaging is very luxe – rose gold, matte metallic with a good weight. I’ve used this and it is very good. The brush is huge and you only need one coat for thick, black lashes. Look at the size of the brush:Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

Back to the box. There was a selection of full size Essie nail polishes – I received the pink ‘Style Hunter’ and was pleased and surprised to discover that this (and the other shades in the boxes) were from the brand new summer collection. It is from the diffusion line so has a nice thick, flat brush.

Next up is a Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick Kisses lipstick sample. I got the classic red ‘So Marilyn’ shade. I expected to find this a bit gimmicky and a waste but actually the packaging won me over – I’m a sucker for presentation it seems and these are super cute. I haven’t used this yet, waiting for an occasion that calls for a red lip.

Lastly on the make up selection is the Bourjois Cream Blush in the shade ‘Nude Velvet’. I already have this and I can’t see myself running out of it anytime soon (although I do love it) so I’ll give this to a friend, I’ll be happy to share the love for this.

BBB LIB Beauty Box Skin care

La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water Spray! What is it? I have no idea but apparently softens and refreshes you skin with a quick, cooling spray. It’s one of these French pharmacy brands that everyone raves about so I’m looking forward to trying it out.

We also got a small sample of Benefit’s It’s Potent! Eye Cream. The thing I love about this is that it is a proper mini – same packaging, just smaller. I have one of these already and the small size lasts me a good few weeks, and I definitely need to keep putting cream on my crows feet!

I love that Bee Good have been included with their Honey & Wild Water Mint Cleansing Water. Honey has amazing healing and cleansing benefits and I’m excited to incorporate this into my routine. Yey for bee-keepers!

I’ve not opened the Ren Satin Perfection BB Cream yet as I’ve heard it’s quite dark so probably wouldn’t suit me. I’ll probably give this to a friend with a warmer complexion to me to try.

BB LIB Beauty Box Body Care

There was a few different scents in the Kneipp Herbal Bath Oil and I received ‘Enjoy Life’ which is a really lovely floral lemon scent. It’s very strong so if you’re not a fan of lemon it may be on the overpowering side for you but I love it.

I thought the Janjira Hand Wash was a bit strange. The idea is good – everyone uses handwash but I think the screw cap is a bit of a faff. It would definitely be useful for someone travelling though as a just in case.

I’ve never heard of Roger & Gallet before but a sample of their Gingembre Rogue fragrance was included. Oh my word, it smells amazing. Very sweet and fresh so right up my street. I think I’ll be buying this and checking out their other fragrances very soon.

So I assumed that the L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Lotion was for the body so I included it in this photo but turns out that you use it after toner so it must be for the face. Oops!

Lastly, we received a small, but decent sized sample of Elemis Treat Your Feet Foot Cream. This is great for the summer, everyone need to pamper their feet when it’s warm and you’re going to be getting them out on show. It should be a law or something.

BBB LIB Beauty Box

When you see all the products together you realise what a great box this has been. This is worth well over £100 for under £20. Insane! Can’t wait until Jane’s next box. When it’s announced, make sure you mark your calendars, if this one is anything to go by I’m sure it will sell out in a snap.

Did you get your hands on one of thee? Were you pleased with it?

Bomb Cosmetics Cranberry & Lime Scrub

Bomb Cosmetics Cranberry and LimeI recently received this mammoth sized Cranberry and Lime Shower Scrub free with an order from the ever-awesome Bomb Cosmetics. As it’s part of the permanent range and available on their website I thought I’d review it for you. I always have a pot of two of Flake Away or The Breakfast Scrub from Soap & Glory stashed in my bathroom, both of which I love, so the standard for a new scrub is pretty high.

Bomb Cosmetics Cranberry and Lime ScrubAs you can see from the photo, this is a salt-based scrub with fine grains and cranberry seed to mix things up. The oils tend to settle so you need to give it a quick stir (with your finger is fine) before use. Unfortunately the bottom of my pot was cracked to the oils is slowly leaking out. It’s not a huge problem as I have the pot sitting in a small round tupperware dish and I just pour it back in before use. I didn’t bother to contact Bomb to ask for a swap which I’m sure they would honour so this doesn’t put me off ordering in future, but worth mentioning. The leaking oil is scenting my bathroom rather nicely at the moment!

And speaking of scents, this one is incredible. The most noticeable element is the lime – this smells like a margarita! The cranberry adds an extra layer of fruitiness and the whole effect is very zesty and refreshing. After use, it linger on the skin but the notes of sage become a bit stronger, leaving a lovely herby, fresh scent. This, I think, makes the scrub a lot more unisex than the Soap & Glory ones I usually use and I have noticed the bf dipping into it.

It leaves your skin feeling well moisturised and smooth. The oils mean that this is best before you go to bed so that they have the night to soak in and do their magic, otherwise I’d recommend a moisturising body wash after the scrub so you don’t have that oily feeling for the rest of the day.

I’ve really been enjoying this scrub. At £7.99 for a 365ml tub I think It’s a great deal and would certainly repurchase.

Bomb Cosmetics Lucky Dip Haul

Bomb Cosmetics Lucky Dip HaulI am apparently easily tempted by the words “Mystery Box”. This big pink box of joy was £30 from Bomb Cosmetics. It offered around £50 of value and contains 24 products. The products would be bath bombs, bath creamers and bars of soap so I was really excited to see what I would receive. Turned out to be better than I expected with bath brulees, bath mallows and even a candle.

Bath Bomb Soap slicesI got three soap slices: Sunny Side Up; Violet Crush; Sud Seduction.

Bomb Cosmetics Bath BombsBath bombs from top, left to right: Sun Junky; Pina Colada; Beach Bomb; Snowflake’s Chance; Deck the Halls, Candy Love; Bluebell Bellini; Magnolia Blossom.

Bomb Cosmetics Bath CreamersBath Creamers from top, left to right: Promised Land; Petal to the Metal; Wild Garden; Musk at Dusk; Love is the Drug; Purple Passion; Big in Japan.

Bomb Cosmetics Bath MallowsBath Mallows left to right: Bergamot and Sunflower; Pearly King; Martian Skies.

Bomb Cosmetics Bath BruleesBath Brulees left to right: Robins Nest; Power to the Parma.

Bomb Cosmetics Paintpot candlePaint Tin Candle: Berry Burst

Bomb cosmeticsI also bought myself a new candle (Marshmallow Root) and as my order was over £35, I got a free, full size Cranberry and Lime Shower Scrub which smells amazing.

Overall, I’m really happy with my haul. I was expecting mostly Christmas stuff, and there is a couple but also some summer products and regular products. I was also really happy with the candle as I wasn’t expecting it and it is a lovely scent (super stong, berry scent). I’ve had a look on the website and it looks as though some of the products are still available so I might do reviews on these – I don’t really want to review anything you can’t get anymore, but if there is anything in particular you want to see in more detail, do let me know.

Have you used anything from Bomb Cosmetics? Any favourites?

G Spa Gel Bath Review

G spa gel bathIt’s that time of year again where you just can’t beat a good bath. Now we all love Lush, but I have something a little different for you – the G Spa Bath Gel. As you may guess, this luxury bath soak turns an ordinary bath into a gel filled spa experience. To use, you simply run your bath (don’t add any oils or bubbles) and once full, add the blue ‘Step 1′ sachet.

IMG_6179 IMG_6185The water instantly turns a bright blue colour and the gel begins to form.

Gel spaAfter a few minutes the gel thickens. It takes around 5 minutes to completely gellify the bath. The bath itself is a really nice experience. The gel is very strongly scented with lavender, bergamot and jasmine resulting in a lovely relaxing fragrance that I really enjoyed. The thick gel feels really warm for ages, supports your body in the bath and softens your skin. The whole thing feels like a very indulgent bath treat.

G spa gel bathUnfortunately, it is slightly let down when it’s time to get out of the bath. ‘Step 2′ is salts which dissolve the gels. They do, but not completely. I waited for 5 minutes before getting out of the bath and there were still bits of gel evident. Especially on me. I had to rinse myself off with the shower to get rid of them before dressing – not so relaxing. An hour later and they were still in the tub. I rinsed them away and just have to hope that it’s not going to block up my plug hole!

Despite this, the G Spa Bath Gel was a really nice treat but a bit of a novelty. You can buy two sets on Prezzybox here for £9.99, quite a bargain. I’d split these into two gifts along with some candles to treat two lovely ladies to a home spa experience.