Lush Cinders Review

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I couldn’t do a series of Lush reviews at this time of year and not include Cinders. For any of you that have seen any of my Lush holiday hauls you’ll know this is my all-time favourite Lush product. I’m sure some of you will think this is quite boring, or just plain don’t like it, but I love it and always have several (either bought myself – I’ve been known to have purchased 10 in one go in the past… – or gifted by lovely people who know how much I love it) at this time of year.

I’ll be honest, if you want a bath product that actually does something, this isn’t for you. It doesn’t leave your skin amazingly soft and moisturised or anything like that. I love this so much purely for the experience. Cinders is a bath bomb, so another one that you pop into your bath once it’s full and it fizzes up, changing the water into a cosy orange colour. This smells of cinnamon, clove and sweet orange oil, perfect for the festive season, and so warm and comforting on cold nights. Along with the warm colour of the bath and the yummy scent, this also has popping candy, which crackles and pops in the water, leaving you feeling like you’re wrapped up in a cocoon of cosiness.

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That scent is to die for and I can never get enough of it. The past few years the scent has seemed a bit diluted, not as strong, and didn’t seem to crackle as much, but this year it is back to how I remember it being when I first discovered it – sweet, warm, and comforting with lots of crackles. This is the one thing I look for every year and hope Lush never discontinue it, I think I would cry if they did! It’s the perfect thing for a cold winters day and you’d better believe I’ll be grabbing more before they disappear for another year.

Available from Lush for £2.95

Lush The Magic Of Christmas Review

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This one has snuck it’s way into my festive Lush reviews as it was given to me by a friend recently. The Magic Of Christmas is a reusable bubble bar, so it creates bubbles, as you might imagine, but rather than crumbling it under a running tap, you swish it through the water with the help of the handy stick it comes attached to.

The stick in this case is a cinnamon stick, which smells amazing. Combine that with the clove in the bar itself, and the cosy orangey colour it turns the water, and you have something that’s quite similar to Cinders – which if you haven’t guessed by now is my favourite thing from Lush and they’ll be a review of it up on Monday (saved the best til last)!
Because of the way these bars are formulated, once you’ve swished and swirled them around in your water, you can just pop them on the side of your tub to dry and be used again in another bath. My only issue with this one was that it didn’t really create many bubbles, so instead I held it under my running tap. I’m not sure if that’s a common problem with these, or if my particular bar was “defective”, but if you have the same issue you might want to try what I did.
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Overall it was a lovely bath and I can’t get enough of that scent – Lush need to bring it out in shower gel form! Although it’s not quite as strongly scented as Cinders, you do get multiple baths out of it, so I’ll let it off. Plus it looks super cute and adds a little bit of fine gold glitter to your water, what more could you ask for?!
Available from Lush for £5.95

Lush Bar Humbug Review

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When I heard Lush had come out with their holiday selection I got online at the earliest possible opportunity and made a wish list of all the things I wanted to pick up. My wish list was a bit long in the end so I only ended up grabbing a select few but this one was at the top of my list (almost, nothing can replace Cinders in my heart!) The Comforter is one of my year-round favourites so when I saw Bar Humbug looked very similar with it’s swirly pattern, only purple and sparkly (!) I knew I had to have it.

All that being said, when I saw it in person I was a little bit disappointed. It still looks very pretty, all white and purple and silver glitter, but it’s so small compared to The Comforter! Of course the size is reflected in the price so it’s not all bad news, but I split this in half and used it in 2 baths whereas I feel like it would have been better all in one.

If you’re familiar with Lush’s bubble bars you could probably guess that this creates big, fluffy bubbles and turns the waters a pinky purple. The glitter is just an outer overly and doesn’t cover your tub in glitter so if that’s a concern don’t let that put you off. Bar Humbug contains bergamot, fennel and tarragon oils and Lush’s website describes it as having a liquorice scent. To me it smelled quite like their Dragons Egg bath bomb which smells like sherbet – maybe that’s just a weird association I’ve created thanks to the liquorice and sherbet sweets from my childhood?!

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Anywho, this bubble bar was much like Yog Nog in the sense that it was nice enough but not really all that special, and I won’t be running out to grab a few more before they leave the shelves in January. I’ll probably just stick with The Comforter.

Available from Lush for £3.65

Lush Shoot For The Stars Review

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This is my favourite of Lush’s holiday bath products that I’ve tried so far this year. If you want to see my thoughts on everything else I’ve tried you can click to read my review of the Snow Angel Bath Melt, Five Gold Rings Bubble Bar, Yog Nog Bath Ballistic, and Needles and Pines Shower Jelly.

Onto Shoot For The Stars… This one is supposed to smell quite citrusy with Brazilian Orange and Bergamot oils, but to me it smells a bit like Lush’s Butterball for some reason. I could understand if I had been keeping this with a Butterball but I haven’t! Anyway, the scent is very nice and relaxing, soft and soothing.

What I love most about this bath bomb is what it does to my water. After you’ve run your bath and popped this in it takes its time to fizz out. Whilst it’s doing so, it covers the surface of your water with a milky froth and swirling colours of pink, blue, purple and yellow. It’s so pretty to watch but it doesn’t stop there. As the colourful swirls melt away the inky purple water is revealed and it is full of fine silver shimmer. It looks just like the night sky and is mesmerising.

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The downside of this is that the bottom of your bath is left covered in that silver shimmer, but it’s nothing a quick rinse won’t fix and the upsides far outweigh the down in my opinion. This is one that I definitely want to use again.

Available at Lush for £3.65

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Lush Needles & Pines Shower Jelly Review

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It has been years since I last had a shower jelly from Lush. It’s such an odd concept to get your head around when you first use them – a body wash that is in the form of jelly, like the wibble wobble kind.  I had originally wanted to get Santa’s Belly but when I smelled it in store it just didn’t appeal to me, so instead I picked up Needles and Pines.

To use it you could just take the entire thing out of it’s tub and rub it over your skin but I find it doesn’t really lather up all that great when used that way. I prefer to take a shower puff (shower lily, loofah, whatever you like to call them), break off a small piece of the shower jelly and scrunch it into the wet puff. When I use it this way it lathers up 10 times better, and the puff acts as a manual exfoliator, leaving you squeaky clean and smooth.

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Needles and Pines is a very accurate name for this product in my opinion. It has a fresh, pine tree smell, like fresh snow in the woods, and is definitely what I would call a unisex scent. Sometimes scents intended to be unisex can be just a touch too masculine, but this one is perfect and one that could easily be used year round.

Available from Lush for £3.75 (100ml)

Lush Yog Nog Review

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This is the least Christmassy bath of the one’s I’ve tried so far, so if you’re not into the all-out festivities, you might still be interested in Yog Nog (£3.95) To start off with, this is one of Lush’s bath ballistics. With these you just pop them into your bath once it’s full and watch them fizz up. Sometimes they fizz up quickly, but Yog Nog was slow to fizzle and had a couple of surprises for me…

The first surprise was that it turned my water a lime yellow colour – totally NOT what I was expecting! Given the yellow and white exterior I assumed this would add a diluted yellow hue to my water. The other surprise was that there were full on sticks of butter inside! Shea butter that is, not the regular kind you spread on toast obviously, but it did surprise me to find such big sticks of it. Usually when Lush have cocoa or shea butter in a product they are much, much smaller chunks which enables them to melt quickly into your water. The butter in this particular ballistic took quite a while to fully melt but my bath did become wonderfully moisturising, which I really needed – has anyone else’s skin become suddenly very dry?

Yog Nog has a lovely, subtle toffee scent that isn’t overly foodie, and a silvery lustre, which is my favourite kind of bath shimmer as you aren’t left covered in glitter! In general this is a nice bath, as long as the lime yellow water doesn’t put you off!

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Available from Lush

Lush Five Gold Rings Review

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Five Gold Rings is the second of my Lush Holiday Product Reviews, you can see my first one on Snow Angel here. With this one you get five individual orange rings, covered in gold glitter and threaded onto a piece of orange string, all for £4.95. These are bubble bars, so you just need to break a ring off of the string and crumble it under running water to give you soft, fluffy bubbles and golden yellow water with gold glitter flecks floating throughout.

Five Gold Rings is scented with vanilla, tonka and gardenia, and due to the size of the rings it’s not an overpowering scent.  It actually smells a lot like the Vanilla Fountain ballistic Lush used to do, but softer.

Speaking of size, these rings are a lot smaller than I thought they were going to be. I wish they were ever-so-slightly bigger as they don’t quite give me enough bubbles for my liking. Don’t get me wrong, there’s enough to cover the surface of my bath, but I feel like if they were bigger, the bubbles would hang around for a bit longer before dissolving.

I do really like the format of these individual bubble bars as one product though. You could say I’m a lazy bather – if adding products into my bath involves too much work I tend not to bother, that’s why I’ve favoured the ballistics more recently! The fact that Five Gold Rings is already portioned out into individual baths just makes for easier use. Otherwise you have to either section them out yourself (which I’ve found sometimes requires the use of a knife and is just a bit too much hassle for me – like I said, lazy!), or you wind up having just one, more expensive, bath!

This wasn’t quite as moisturising as I would have liked but it was nice all the same and I probably would repurchase it if Lush comes out with it again next year, just because they are so easy to grab and go!

Available from Lush

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Rapidlash Eyelash Enhancing Serum Review

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This blogpost has been a long time in the making. I’d wanted to try Rapidlash for the longest time but couldn’t bring myself to spend £40 on something I wasn’t sure would really do anything. Well I managed to find it on Amazon for £20 and knew I had to get it. Now let me preface this review by saying I didn’t have completely awful lashes to begin with. They weren’t super short and had a little bit of a curl to them, but they had become a bit sparse and I was finding several lashes would fall out, particularly when removing my makeup.

I knew I wanted to review this serum to let you guys know if it worked so I took before pictures as well as weekly pictures for 6 weeks, and finally the after pictures. I’ve collaged the pictures at the bottom of this post so you can see the results but let’s start off with how I got on each week:

The first thing to note is that the product is easy to apply. It has a thin eyeliner style brush which you use in a similar way to how you would apply liquid eyeliner. Just swipe it along your lash line and you’re done – pretty simple. I did this every evening after washing my face for the following 6 weeks and I never had any irritation from it.

The morning after first using this my lashes immediately felt like they were in better condition. In the first 3 weeks my lashes gradually felt healthier and stronger, the individual lashes looked thicker and the fall out I was experiencing had dramatically reduced. There was no improvement to the length just yet but I could see new lashes starting to grow in.

Weeks 4 and 5 I got a little disheartened as I didn’t really see any further improvement. My lashes had all but stopped falling out, they continued to look thick and still felt healthy and strong, however still no increase in the length. They mostly just felt better.

By week 6 all of a sudden I noticed my lashes looked longer, especially when wearing mascara. Other people also noticed the difference and commented on it. Finally I was getting all the results I wanted to see.

Since then I have skipped using Rapidlash and noticed I started to have lashes falling out again and they just generally didn’t feel as well conditioned. I now use this product a few times a week to maintain the health, thickness and length of my lashes that I love.

As you’ll see from the pictures below not a whole lot seemed to be happening for weeks then all of a sudden I had massive lashes. So if you’ve tried something like this for a couple of weeks and got disheartened because you weren’t seeing any results, try persisting for a few more weeks. If you’ve wanted to try Rapidlash but were skeptical about whether or not it would work, I would definitely recommend it. Like I said, my lashes weren’t terrible to begin with but as you’ll see from the pictures Rapidlash made a huge difference for me.

So now onto the pictures!!

Rapidlash Review Eyelash Enhancing Serum

Start with Makeup

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Week One

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Week Two

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Week Three

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Week Four

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Week Five

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Week Six

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After with Makeup

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Before (top) and After (bottom)

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I got my Rapidlash from here on Amazon.

Review: Possibility No Fuss Pot Peppermint Ice Cream Cleansing Face Mask

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Boy is that a long name! My friend got me this face mask for my birthday and I hadn’t gotten around to using it until the other day when my face suddenly started breaking out. My skin has been fine for ages but all of a sudden I had spots popping up on my chin, nose, forehead, all over the place! I was going to use my Sanctuary Thermal Detox Mask but decided to give this a try instead.

The first thing I noticed was the scent – this does not smell like peppermint ice cream, it smells like peppermint toothpaste. That doesn’t overly bother me but the scent does stick around the whole time the mask is on your face, so just something to note. The next thing I noticed was the texture, this is like your typical clay mask – very thick but creamy to apply and it sets within minutes to the point you lose all ability to make facial expressions. One thing that really surprised me with this was the fact it really made my skin tingle. Products don’t tend to give me a tingly feeling, especially ones as low budget as this but I like it, I feel like it’s really getting in there and doing something.

The packaging says to apply this to clean, dry skin and leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing off. I did just that, with the help of a muslin cloth, and was left with very clean feeling skin. My face felt a little bit tight but not uncomfortably so, and my pores looked a lot less noticeable. Whether or not this is doing anything good deep down I don’t know, but it feels like it is, and isn’t that a big part of it?

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You get 30g worth of product in this pot and for some reason I thought I was going to use at least half of it up with one use, but I barely used a quarter of it. It’s such good value for money where the quantity is concerned, however the “lid” to this pot is of the peel-back foil variety, so no way of sealing this back up for use at a later date. That’s the one big downfall with this mask. I think the idea of having it in a little pot is sweet, but it either needs to come in a “one use” size or have some way of being sealed back up, otherwise your leftover product is just going to dry out before you have a chance to use it all up.

Possibility No Fuss Pot Peppermint Ice Cream Cleansing Face Mask thegirlinspired skincare

I’ve found this on Fragrance Direct for 99p, so if you do end up having to throw some of it out because it’s dried out it’s not the end of the world. However, if you did want to make sure you used up every last drop it might be fun to have a couple of friends round for a girly night in and all use this face mask. Just an idea!

Review: Kérastase Cristalliste Lait Cristal

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Of all the Kérastase products I’ve tried from various beauty boxes, not that I’ve tried a whole lot, I’ve not rated any of them until now.. In the last My Little Box that I received back in May the Kérastase Lait Cristal was included and I was very meh about it. Like I said, I’d not rated any I’d tried previously and didn’t hold out any hope for this one either, so it sat in my beauty cupboard for a couple of months.

Well, the shampoo and conditioner I’m currently trying to use up has been quite drying on my hair and I’ve decided to mix in deep conditioners to hopefully help improve the look and feel of my hair. With that in mind I dove into my hair stash and decided I might as well give this Kérastase one a try, and if it was no good I could get rid of it so it no longer took up valuable space on my haircare shelf.

Now I never normally blow dry my hair as typically I’ll wash my hair in the evening and let it air dry overnight. But I was feeling lazy one night so ended up washing my hair the next morning which meant I needed to blow dry it before heading off to work for the day. So I’m not sure if it was just this product, or maybe a combination of that plus the blow drying but Oh My God my hair felt so soft and silky, and with a body to it that I have missed in recent times.

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This rinse out conditioner is more on the thin side, so even whilst applying it I didn’t think it would do anything for my poor dry, damaged hair. But the thinness means it’s a really weightless formula which left my hair bouncy and, as promised on the packaging, free-flowing and silky.

I don’t know if this will be a long lasting effect or if the results are just surface level, but it’s the first time I’ve been impressed by any product from Kérastase so I will actually be using this one up rather than just getting rid of it for a change.

Have any of you tried anything from Kérastase  What did you think? Do you have a holy grail hair product you would recommend from the brand?

Available from Amazon for £8.95