If I Wasn’t On A Spending Ban…

If you aren’t subscribed to my beauty/lifestyle YouTube channel you may not know that I am currently undertaking a Project 10 Pan, which means I am on a spending ban for the time being. I only have a week left of my Project and with my 30th birthday looming I am dying to buy some new beauty bits and pieces. Here’s a few things that I wish I could go out and buy right now:

 

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Bath Tea (£12) – interesting idea and I wouldn’t mind trying this out

Also like the sound of the Eau de Cologne too.. (£19) The Body Shop currently have 40% off – if you were thinking of picking something up, now’s the time!

Sanctuary Resurface & Refine Ultra Polish (£12) – I heard MissBudgetBeauty talk about this in her recent empties saying how she suffers with bumpy, less-than-perfect skin on her arms, chest and back. I struggle with that too and since she raved about how great this was I want to see if it’ll work for me too.

Lush! Pretty much any bath products and I haven’t absolutely none!!

Benefit Roller Lash mascara (£19.50) – the only Benefit mascara I’ve tried is Bad Gal and I wasn’t a fan so I’d like to give them another go and try out this new one.

What have you guys been lusting after lately?





Review: Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic

Lush catastrophe cosmetic fresh face mask blueberry thegirlinspired skincare

I’m a big fan of Lush but tend to go in for more of the bath products. Over the past 4 years I have been saving up my empty Lush face mask pots as when you have 5 you can take them into any store for them to recycle and you can choose a fresh face mask for free.

Helping save the planet + free face mask = win-win!
The one I picked up this time was Catastrophe Cosmetic, which is one I’ve never tried before. I have some irritated patches on my face and a couple of small breakouts threatening, and this mask claims to calm and soothe whilst mildly exfoliating the skin.

Lush catastrophe cosmetic fresh face mask blueberry thegirlinspired skincare

 

This leaves my skin feeling so soft and looking really plumped up. I do get a couple of small breakouts a couple of days after using this but that’s what face masks generally do – they help bring the dirt and grim to the surface of the skin so it can be eliminated.As this contains a lot of fresh ingredients you do have to keep these masks in the fridge to prevent them from going off (they have a very short shelf life so need to be used up pretty quickly too). I would recommend letting the mask sit at room temperature for a few minutes before using because although the cold mask feels lovely to apply it is quite a dry mask so goes on a little patchy until it’s warmed up a little. It also has a tendency to flake off so I would recommend using this whilst in the bath to prevent it falling off all over your house!

At £6.50 for a 75g pot it is on the pricy side but I like to pick up a Lush face mask every so often as a treat and this is one I would definitely repurchase.

 

Lush catastrophe cosmetic fresh face mask blueberry thegirlinspired skincare

What’s your favourite Lush face mask?

IMATS/London Haul

**Prepare for a picture heavy post!**
As I’m sure most of you are aware, it was IMATS a couple of weekends ago (for those that don’t know it’s an International Makeup Artist Trade Show that takes place for one weekend, each year, all over the world). Last year was my first time going and I loved it, you can read about my experience here, and watch my haul video here. I knew I wanted to go again so this year I went with my friend, Carla (after much persuasion from me Carla has just started up her own blog so go over and show her some love cause she’s amazing!)
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We got the train at stupid-o-clock in the morning and rocked up to the Olympia National Hall around 9am. First stop on our list was Nars. Unfortunately they didn’t really have any of the products I was after so I just got this cute little Andy Warhol set. The eyeshadows are gorgeous and have such a beautiful, glowy sheen, and the lipgloss is seriously amazing too.

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I picked up another pink Z Palette because these come in so handy for storing together eyeshadows, blushes and the like. I’ve literally only just finished filling up my first one and I have another which is almost full of my MAC eyeshadows so I wanted to get this as back up for when I need it. I also bought 3 brushes from Crown Brush. I picked some up last year and was really impressed with the quality and price. I think I paid around £3-4 for each of these and they are so soft and work really well.

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There wasn’t really anything else that caught my eye at IMATS, so after having a wander around all the stalls we headed over to Oxford Street for a bit more shopping. I spotted Muji so quickly popped in there to pick up a set of acrylic storage drawers as I’ve heard good things about them. With re-doing my girlcave I knew I wanted to have something proper to keep my everyday makeup in and these are perfect. I got the narrower but deeper 2 drawer set and it pretty much holds everything I need it to.

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Next was Topshop. I wasn’t too fussed about looking at the clothes as I’m not really a fan, but I wanted to check out the makeup. I ended up buying 2 highlighter products – one gold toned powder highlight in Sunbeam and one silver toned Glow Stick cream highlighter in Party Up. I’ve tried both of these and they look gorgeous on. I’m really into a glowy, highlighted cheek at the moment.

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Then we went onto Primark for some bargains. I picked up 3 thin, marl effect t-shirts in grey, lilac and heather – super comfy and soft; this amazing pair of blue mirrored aviator style sunglasses – serious love!; and some fairy lights as I thought they would look really pretty in my room.

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After all that shopping we needed to refuel so stopped at Eat for some lunch. We had wanted to go to Forever21 and Victoria’s Secret but the Gay Pride Parade got in our way so that’ll have to be another time. We headed back to the station and whilst waiting for our train I somehow manage to do a little bit more shopping…

It feels like it’s been ages since I bought anything from Lush. I picked up a couple of old favourites as well as something new to try. I decided I wanted to give their Big shampoo a go so I picked that up, then grabbed the American Cream conditioner as well because the scent is amazing and it stays in your hair. I love Dream Cream so got a large tub of that which will last ages as you only need a little bit but it’s the self-preserving formula so I don’t need to worry about it going off. Lastly, I got a couple of bath products – Dream Time bath melt as I haven’t had that in a while, and of course I had to get my all time favourite year-round product, The Comforter. This is the product that started my love affair with Lush so obviously I had to pick up one of these, and the best part is I’ll get at least 3 baths out of this!

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So there you have it! If you want to watch a video of me rambling about these products a bit more then you can watch that video below. Did you go to IMATS? If so tell me what you got! Yes I know I’m nosy!!

Lush Holiday Haul 2013

Lush Holiday Haul
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. Especially when it comes to Lush products. The holiday stuff that Lush comes out with each year are always my favourite things. In fact, my most favourite thing that Lush does ever is their Cinders Bath Ballistic, so I always make sure to stock up on them when the holidays roll around.So, of course, as soon as Lush came out with their holiday collection this year I had to pick up some of the cute new additions, as well as grab a few old favourites. Here’s what I bought:

❤ Bombardino
❤ Luxury Lush Pud
❤ Snowman
❤ Christmas Panguin
❤ Candy Mountain
❤ Cinders x4!!

I also grabbed a small tin of Charity Pot at the checkout, because it was only £1, the money goes towards charity (hence the name!) and why not?!

Check out my video below if you want to know a little more about each of these..

Review: Lush Lord of Misrule

Lush Lord of Misrule
Happy Halloween everyone! Today’s post is going to be a review on the Lush Lord of Misrule bath ballistic which I hauled here. When I went to Lush I knew I wanted to try out each of the Halloween goodies, but when I picked them up I have to admit this one didn’t really grab my interest. Well, I have to say that after using all 3 this one is actually my favourite of the bunch. 
Lush Lord of Misrule
First of all the smell is lovely; a powdery vanilla with the warmth of patchouli oil and black pepper. It scented up my bathroom without being overpowering and was the perfect scent for a chilly autumn evening. I filled up my bath and popped this in, and it took quite a while to fizz out – about 5 minutes I’d say.
Lush Lord of Misrule

To begin with there was a green and white foamy layer whilst this guy was fizzing up. As the foam dispersed it gave way to a gorgeous red wine colour that was on the verge of being deep raspberry. It’s such a cool colour to have your bath water turn, if you’re into that sort of thing, and very appropriate for Halloween, but it kind of freaked me out when I looked at it for too long! 

Lush Lord of Misrule
After around 5 minutes, as the foam was giving way to the berry coloured water, the popping candy kicked in and there was loads of crackles. I think this is the most I have ever heard a bath product crackle and it just made me feel so cosy. 
 
I thoroughly enjoyed this one and would recommend it to anyone that wanted something fun to add to their bath. You can pick Lord of Misrule up from Lush for £3.30.
 
~x Jenna

Lush Lord of Misrule
 

Review: Lush Pumkin

Lush Pumkin

Pumkin is another cute bath product from Lush’s Halloween collection this year. This is a bubble bar that took inspiration from it’s Mother’s Day counterpart – Mumkin. With this guy you crumble him under running bath water to create bubbles.

Lush Pumkin

To be honest I was a little disappointed with this one. It didn’t create big bubbles like I was expecting, they were more frothy and seemed to disappear quite quickly. This bubble bar contains ylang ylang oil and orange flower absolute, which is supposed to leave you feeling uplifted and refreshed, but I’m sad to say I could barely detect any scent from this. I don’t know, maybe I just got a bad one.

Lush Pumkin

It did turn my water a lovely rusty, bright orange colour and didn’t leave any marks behind in my tub afterwards, unlike Soot Ball – you can read my review of that one here – so that was a good thing. I don’t want to completely write this one off and tell you guys not to bother as, like I said, maybe I got a bad one, I was just a bit underwhelmed with it.

You can pick up Pumkin from Lush for £2.75

~x Jenna

Lush Pumkin

Review: Lush Soot Ball

Lush Soot Ball
If you’re subscribed to my YouTube Channel you may have seen me haul Lush’s Halloween bath products for this year. Before now I’ve never really been all that interested in the Halloween items, it’s the Christmas stuff that draws in me, but this year the Halloween goodies were just too cute to resist!
I picked up one each of Soot Ball, Pumkin and Lord of Misrule, and Soot Ball was the one I was most excited about. He looks so cute with his googley eyes and I’d heard he was filled with a golden lustre, so of course this is the one I had to try first!

 

Lush Soot Ball
I popped him into my bath and watched him fizz up, creating a frothy foamy layer on top of the water. It took a little while for him to fizzle out, this isn’t one of those bath bombs that you plop in the water and it’s completely gone before you’ve even had chance to set foot in your tub. This ballistic turned my water a yellowy-orange colour – not the most attractive I have to admit, but I can live with it for the golden lustre that also appeared. Oh how I love that lustre! It’s the same as in my beloved Dragon’s Egg ballistic. It’s a very fine shimmer rather than glitter which means you are not left looking like Edward Cullen when you get out of the bath. The lustre shimmers and undulates in the water and is so beautiful and mesmerising – honestly I could stare at it for ages. 
 
Lush Soot Ball
The scent has a powdery sweetness to it, like sherbet but softer. Lush’s website says this little guy contains frankincense, which is known for its calming and grounding effect on the mind, and tonka absolute and sandalwood oil which mix to create a sweet and spicy fragrance. I wouldn’t say it was a particularly spicy scent and it definitely isn’t too overpowering, just a lovely calming scent.

 

Lush Soot Ball
It also contains cocoa butter and shea butter which left my skin feeling moisturised after the bath, bonus! The only downside to this product that I found was that once I had emptied my bath water I was left with an almost black tide mark around the edge – trust me I was not dirty enough to cause that! But that was my only issue and it wiped away easily enough so not really an issue in my eyes.
You can pick up Soot Ball from Lush for £2.50
 
~x Jenna

Lush Halloween Haul

Lush Halloween Haul

Lush is one of my big loves. I get obsessed over the Holiday goodies they come out with every year but I’ve never been overly keen on the Halloween range. This year however the products were just too darn cute to resist!

I picked up one each of Soot Ball, Pumkin and Lord of Misrule and can’t wait to try each of them. I plan on doing reviews of each on this blog once I have tried them out so be on the look out for those. Soot Ball is the one I am most drawn to and the one I would purchase were I only to allow myself one (but I’m greedy so had to get all three!) so that will probably be the one I use up first.

You can pick these up from Lush’s website here. For reference Soot Ball is £2.50, Pumkin is £2.75, and Lord of Misrule is £3.30. If you want to get a first look at each of them you can watch my haul below.

~x Jenna