Lush Mini Product Reviews! (Blogmas, Day 16 )

Hi my lovelies,

For today’s post, I’m reviewing my new purchases from Lush! I’m a huge fan of Lush, and I picked up a good few things the last time I was there, a lot of which I haven’t used before. It’s not really Christmassy, but some of this is from their Christmas collection, so I thought I’d slip this in there for something a bit different! If you saw my Manchester Haul, you’ll know what I bought, but here I’m being a little more in depth!

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Birchbox X Tatler November 2016 – Shake Your Tail Feather!

Hi my lovelies,

So November’s Birchbox is somewhat of a milestone for me – this is my twelfth box, meaning as of November I’ve been subscribed to Birchbox for a full year! I’ve really taken the time lately to consider where I’m at product wise, as well as financially, and I’m both happy and sad to say that December’s box (next month) will likely be my last, at least for now. I’ve achieved my goal of finding new products and new brands that work for me in these last 12 months, and I definitely have some new faves thanks to Birchbox.

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This month, Birchbox has teamed up with Tatler magazine to pick out some fab products, and I do believe this is one of the best all around boxes I’ve had so far (although one of the makeup items is not the best for me). The box is gorgeous, and really matches in with the teal and white decor in my bedroom, so I’m going to use it to keep knick knacks and samples in. Tatler isn’t really a magazine I go for (I’m a dedicated Elle reader), but they’ve definitely done great on the product front!

Last month my box was really hit and miss, with some hero products (Oribe, represent!) and some duds, so I’m really pleased with the products I received this month as there only seems to be one “miss” in here.

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So what was in my box this month? (Plus mini reviews)

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Review: Lush Eau Roma Toner Water!

Hi my lovelies,

Today’s post is going to be a quick one: all about the Eau Roma toner water from Lush! I’ve been using a Clinique toner for a while, but it turned out to be a bit too harsh for me, and I’ve been looking for something to switch to. Step in Lush’s Eau Roma water, which is meant to be seriously gentle on my skin.

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This toner has Rose Water and Lavender in there as active ingredients. Rose water helps to calm down the skin and help with any redness, while Lavender will hydrate and balance your complexion, according to the Lush website.

I’ve been using this both morning and night, after my cleanser and before any serums or moisturiser to make sure this really sinks in to my skin and works its magic. Just a few spritzes on my face like a setting spray, and then I pat it in gently with my fingers. Normally I leave it around 30 seconds or so to dry before putting anything else on afterwards. I have combination/oily skin, so I tend to have dry patches (around my forehead and cheeks mostly) and really oily spots (around my nose and chin especially, but it could be anywhere).

Pros:

I’ve found that this is really gentle even on my super sensitive skin, and it does live up to its claim of soothing redness – I’ve noticed my skin is far less red after incorporating this into my routine, and any breakouts I have go away sooner (a mix of this and my Origins Out of trouble mask, I expect). Unlike other cleansers, it’s more soothing and hydrating than astringent, and doesn’t have any alcohol in there (something my skin is really grateful for). This hydrates my dry patches and doesn’t irritate my skin at all either! I’ve found (although this might be from face masks) that there is less texture on my skin lately too, and that can’t be a coincidence. It also smells really good, if you’re into that.

Cons

If you’re really oily, I don’t think this will do much for you or your skin as it isn’t oily but it isn’t mattifying either. It’ll just add to the product on your face, which could make you oilier throughout the day. If you’re looking for a toner that’s going to revitalise or brighten your skin, this isn’t the one for you either, as it’s meant to calm and soothe.

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I’m a big fan of Lush products in general, because I know they’re handmade, cruelty free, and as natural as possible. This Toner was recommended to me by a follower (seriously, thank you times a million and please give me more recommendations), and while I normally don’t look to Lush for skincare, It’s going to be definitely in the mix when I’m looking in the future!

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Needless to say, I’m pretty impressed by this toner water, and since it’s going to be a while (sadly) until my next Lush trip, I’ve stocked up on the big bottle of this as it’s now integrated into my daily and nightly routine!

This toner water is £4.50 for 100g and £8.50 for 250g, and you can pick it up from any Lush store, or from the Lush Website. 

I’d love to know what you guys think of this toner, and what your favourite Lush products are, so please let me know! If you have any recommendations about what to pick up on my next trip to Lush, please don’t hesitate to enable me!

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More Posts from me:

 Beauty Top 5 – Face Masks!  || Birchbox September 2016! ||August Faves and Fails! || Beauty Bay Makeup Haul! || The 7 Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag || Look Incredible Beauty Box Unboxing – August 2016!|| An Update on my Colourpop Haul! ||  Review: Jeffree Star Liquid Lipsticks in Mannequin and Rose Matter|| The Best Beauty Blending Sponge? ||

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Review: Sleek Power Plump Lip Pencils!

Hi my lovelies,

So as you’re probably aware of by now, I am ridiculously obsessed with Sleek Makeup’s Solstice Highlighter palette! Lately I’ve been giving this brand a bit more of a try and picked up some of their new Power Plump Lip Pencils from Boots to test out, and that’s what this post is all about!

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Product: Tingly lipstick pencils that plump up your lips to make them look fuller for that Kylie Jenner look. These come in six shades and I picked up three from Boots!

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Review: New Jeffree Star Liquid Lipsticks – Mannequin and Rose Matter!

Hi my lovelies,

I finally bought my very first Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks! (yay!). I’ve heard for ages that these are SO good and the formula is great, lasting power is great, they’re comfortable to wear etc, and I have been waiting for the perfect moment to finally get my hands on some. These sell out super super quickly, and there’s only one main stockist here in the UK (Go look up Cocktail Cosmetics if you want to get your hands on some when they restock), so it’s really difficult to actually get the chance to buy some before they are all gone!

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When I saw the announcement from CC that they were getting these two new shades in stock , I impatiently kept the website open in my browser at work (there was a lot of refreshing involved), and bought these two gorgeous shades straight away (along with a few Morphe brushes because I couldn’t help myself).

Onto the review!

The Shades:

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Review: L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation!

Hi my lovelies,

So today’s post is going to be all about the new foundation craze – cushion foundations! This trend started in Korea, and huge brands such as Lancome have released their own versions of this format of foundation, but L’Oreal is the first more affordable drugstore brand to bring out their own, and I knew I had to try it! I’ve had this one for a couple of weeks and given it a really good test, so here’s what I think!

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For those of you in the US, this (weirdly) has a different name over there; you’ll know this as the L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation. Not sure why it’s called something different, but there we go! It’s also been out in the states for ages  – why do we always get things last?!

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The Best Beauty Blending Sponge?? Beauty Blender VS Real Techniques VS Spectrum Collections!

Hi my lovelies,

So this is a post that that’s been in the works for a couple of weeks, and pretty requested from you guys since I first mentioned it! I’ve been testing out the Beauty Blender against the Real Techniques and the Spectrum Collections make up sponges for a good few weeks now, and I think I can talk about the pros and cons of all three now!

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What I did: They say your foundation can only be as good as the tools you use to apply it, so I gave all three of these a try with two foundations – one high street (Revlon Colorstay) and one higher end (Clinique Beyond Perfecting), and I used my usual concealer and powder combos with them too!

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Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Palette and Lipsticks – First Impressions and Swatches!

Hi my lovelies,

Today is the day I have waited for ever since its announcement: The new Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Palette is mine! I was buzzing with excitement the night before this went on sale, and ordered it along with two of the lipsticks as soon as it was released! As you all may know, Alice in Wonderland is one of my favourite things ever in the entire world, so I knew this had to be mine!

This post is going to be my first impressions and thoughts on the palette and lipsticks, and swatches of all of the shades!

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The packaging is kaleidoscope inspired and super colourful which given the wacky and wonderful setting of the movie, I think it fits really well. There’s also a big theme of butterflies in this palette, as the caterpillar and metamorphosis is a big theme through the book and I hope the movie too!

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Review: Sleek Solstice Highlight Palette!

Hi my lovelies,

So I’m back with another beauty review and this time it’s Sleek Makeup’s Solstice Highlight palette! I bought this a while back, but I’ve been wanting to do a full review of it since I got it, so here we go! Spring has got me obsessed with highlighting and getting that glow everyone is looking for, so this palette has been one of my most used makeup items over the last couple of months!

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Sleek is a great, affordable brand in my opinion and this highlight palette has 4 different shades in there for just £10, so each colour costs just £2.50 – a bargain in my opinion!

Packaging

This palette comes in a really pretty gold mirrored compact (which was really difficult to photograph properly) with the Sleek logo prominent of the front. I think the gold makes this product look a lot more expensive than it is, and really reflects (ha!) the theme of the palette – Solstice A.K.A the sun! There’s a big mirror in the lid, which is always a plus. One thing I don’t really like though is because the packaging is mirrored, it’s prone to getting fingerprints all over it!

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Shades

In here are four shades, each one giving a completely different effect.

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Review: Ciate X Olivia Palermo – Cheekbone Cheat Blush/Bronzer duo!

Hi my lovelies,

So I was in my local TK Maxx recently (again) and spied these little lovelies over in the makeup section. They had two different shades, and I picked this up in the shade Bluff Point. This is the lighter of the two shades, with a bronzer suited more to my paler skin, and a pink toned blush.

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I really liked the Ciate eyeliner I picked up previously, and their nail polishes are among my favourites, so when I saw that this was on sale at TK Maxx for only £5.99 (It has a £25 RRP), I had to try it out!

On with the review!

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