Review: Lush Angels On Bare Skin

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Angels on Bare Skin is a solid cleanser for gentle skin by Lush.  When I say a ‘solid cleanser’, that means you take a pea sized piece of the cleanser and mix it with a small amount of water to make a paste and then apply to skin.  The cleanser is inspired by a medieval recipe with rose and lavender and it looks and smells a little medieval to be honest but don’t let the smell/appearance put you off.

Once mixed with water the cleanser has small granules to gently exfoliate the skin.  As someone who has perpetually sensitive skin as well as combination skin, I was unsure how my skin would react to this cleanser but just after a few washes my skin felt softer, less agitated and had none of the tightness other cleansers had caused.

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While the cleanser looks a little scary in the pot, it really does do everything it says on the pot.  Another perk is that a little of the cleanser goes a long way.

Review: Lush’s Honey Trap Lipbalm

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Recently, I toddled into my local Lush store for the very first time and purchased a few delicious smelling goodies.  One of those goodies was a Lush lip balm called Honey Trap which comes in a cute little silver tin.  Lip balm are quite possibly one item I buy on a very frequent basis.  I don’t have overly dry lips but I tend to lick my lips a lot if I don’t have a balm on hand and this really dries my lips out.   I usually apply lip balm as part of my nightly routine so that everything including my lips are well moisturised.

Honey Trap is a delicious smelling balm which is made up of white chocolate and honey.  For me it is super moisturising and lasts a good while before I re-apply and I tend to re-apply frequently but I haven’t even made a dent in the amount of product in the tin so this leads me to believe that the balm will last me for a while.

Ultimately, would I repurchase this particular lip balm?  Definitely, this to me seems to be one of the better lip balms on the market which actually does its job.  I highly recommend this balm.

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Lush Haul

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I’ve read a lot of blog posts and watched a lot of youtube videos in which people talk about and rave about Lush and their products but so far I have resisted going into the store myself.  You could say I’m somewhat of a Lush virgin.  But yesterday I decided to go into my local Lush store just for a little looksey, a little window shopping.  Let me just say first off that the store smells heavenly, although if a lot of strong scents don’t sit well with you then you probably wouldn’t agree with me.  As a Lush newbie, I wasn’t too sure where to start but the girls who work there were lovely and very helpful without being pushy, they even gave me two free soap samples even though I said I was merely looking.  In the end I did make a purchase which I am very happy with.

The first thing I got was Angels On Bare Skin which is a solid face cleanser.  I thought I would try this because I have problem skin in that it is sensitive, prone to breakouts, oily on my T zone and dry around my nose and cheeks and the myriad of over the counter products I have tried have not appeared to help improve my skin.  All Lush products are made from natural, organic ingredients and the Angels On Bare Skin is based on a recipe originating from the Medieval period.

Next up is the Eau Roma Water which is a facial toner which can be used as a spray directly on the face or applied using a cotton pad.

The final item I purchased was a lip balm which is something I always carry as my lips get quite dry – this lip balm is called Honey Trap which is a combination of honey and white chocolate and smells amazing and tastes just as amazing.

From my first encounter I am really impressed with Lush, with both their products and their service.

Review: Revlon Just Bitten Balm in Honey

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I’ve always been more of a lip balm rather than a lipstick kind of girl.  Glosses are always too glossy – some are just too sticky while lipstick tends not to last and I’m slightly colour shy.  I was initially a tad reluctant to try the new Revlon Just Bitten Balm/stain.  I chose to try the colour ‘Honey’ – which, in my own personal, humble opinion turns out to be my lips but better.  The colour is an amazing dusky rose colour which is, for the colour shy, the perfect colour it adds a bit of colour and glossiness to the lips without saying ‘hello, look at me, I’m wearing lippie’.

What I like:

– The packaging – I really like the design, it is like a big coloured pencil or crayon with a twistable bottom to control how much is exposed/used.

– The texture – glossy but not the sticky texture so many glosses have, it’s more of a balm texture with some lovely, buildable colour.

What I don’t like:

Nothing.  Zilch.  Nada.  Can’t think of one bad thing……

This post is also published on the nzgirl website.

Review: Maybelline Fit Me Foundation

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I’ve heard/read many reviews about this foundation – many of which were really good.  There are many great qualities to this foundation but it’s not quite the right one for me.  I tried it and realised I just had to break up with it.

What’s right:

The foundation’s coverage is medium and more on the matt side than dewy which is good for me as I have combination skin – oily through the t-zone with dry patches on the cheeks.  I also like that a little really does go a long way.

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What’s not so right:

The colour match:  As I am rather naturally pale, I chose the lightest shade avaliable – 120, this was still a couple of shades too dark for me and ended up looking rather muddy.  I also thought the foundation would benefit from a pump dispenser to control the amount of product used.

Have you tried Maybelline Fit me – what were your thoughts?