Lush Avobath

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LUSH AVOBATH: £3.35

This was a bit of an odd choice for a night bather like me, as its lemongrass and bergamot oils are very peppy and can wake you up a bit. However I tried this one when I had a bit of a cold and it cleared up my wooly head nicely. A good one to have in a light, cooler summer bath or just to compliment the clearer spring days. I didn’t find it to be super super moisturising as it claimed, just normal Lush moisturising, but all in all a pretty good bath!

Overall would I repurchase?

Eh – it’s not my favourite but maybe one for those of you who aren’t a fan of Lush’s usual glitter bells and whistles.

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Makeup Revolution Brow Kit

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MAKEUP REVOLUTION FOCUS & FIX BROW KIT: £2.50

First of all I apologise for the slightly shifty photos! I thought I’d taken photos of this when I first got it and it was all clean and sparkly, but unfortunately I went to review it and -boof! Not there. So alas I’ve had to take photos as it is now, which is why it’s a bit scruffy. It’s also worth noting that this kit comes with an adorable pair of mini tweezers as well as a brush but they have been lost to the depths of time (and my makeup bag).

Anyway, on to the actual product! I inherited my Mum’s non-existent eyebrows (sorry mum but I really did) and I have lived through the perils of having naturally dark brown hair and sparse, blonde (slightly red?) eyebrows. Of course my scarlet ‘fire’ ombre isn’t my natural hair colour – I wish! – but seriously, I have terrible eyebrows. 

Luckily for £2.50 I am beyond impressed with this Makeup Revolution palette. Three shades of brow powder (I use the darkest) plus wax, a mini brush and mini tweezers. Pigmented but not so much you’re scared to put it on your brush, it stays put all day on me and the wax keeps everything in place whilst locking down any stray hairs. 

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Overall would I repurchase?

For £2.50 this is so worth the money and I am so impressed!

Shopping List | Makeup Revolution

I’m back with another post from my shopping list series and this time I’m lusting after Makeup Revolution! If you haven’t heard of them they’re a budget beauty brand that packs a punch and I’ve loved everything I’ve bought from them so far. Expect plenty of high quality dupes for brands such as Urban Decay, Too Faced and Lorac.

Lip Lavas in Firestorm & Tremor : £3.00 each (dupe for Too Faced Melted lipsticks)

Iconic Pro 1 Eyeshadow Palette: £6.99 (dupe for Lorac Pro palette)

Ultra Blush and Contour Palette in Golden Sugar: £6.00

Brow Dual Ultra Brow Arch & Shape in Medium: £3.50 (dupe for Soap & Glory Archery)

Atomic Lipstick in Make It Right: £1.00

Pro Looks Eyeshadow Palette in Big Love: £6.00 (dupe for Too Faced The Return of Sexy Palette)

Iconic 3 Eyeshadow Palette: £4.00 (dupe for Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette)

I Heart Chocolate Eye Palette: £7.99 (dupe for Too Faced Chocolate Palette)

FOTD Feat. Luke Cutforth!

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(why does my head look weirdly long in this photo?)

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(can you see my red fringe poking out at the end?)

Last week I went out for lunch and just so happened to stumble across lukeisnotsexy! It was really nice to go to a YouTube meet-up that wasn’t a hellish weekend of tears and queues (I’m looking at you SitC), and I think the above pic is the least-awkward selfie I’ve ever taken with someone who has no idea who I am – score! The highlight of the day has got to be either seeing Luke skateboard around one of our famous fountains or my friends fangirling.

Products used:

► Benefit The Porefessional

► Rimmel Lasting Foundation

► Benefit Bo-ing Concealer

► Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

► L’Oreal Superliner (Black)

► Urban Decay Naked Palette (Virgin, Naked and Buck)

► Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara

► Makeup Revolution Focus & Fix Brow Kit

► Revlon Matte Balm (Standout)

► Benefit Hoola Bronzer

► MUA Highlighter (Peach Lights)

Mani Monday | Speckled Blue

CIATE PEPPERMINTY: £9.00

CIATE BROCADE PARADE: £9.00

MATTE TOPCOAT

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Ciate Pepperminty

Number of coats needed: 2

Days gone without chipping: 4

Colour: Spot on pastel turquoise.

Overall score? 4.5/5

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Ciate Brocade Parade 

Number of coats needed: ½ for the finish in the pic, can be layered

Days gone without chipping: 4

Colour: Speckled black and white micro spots, with larger flecks of silver/metallic lilac and white hexagons.

Overall score? 5/5

Lush Dragon’s Egg

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LUSH DRAGON’S EGG BATH BOMB: £3.35

Okay first things first – why on earth is this pink? I’ve had multiple Dragon’s Eggs in my Lush-filled years and they’ve all (as described) been a yellow/goldy/orange colour. The Lush website even describes it as “changing the colour of your water to a gorgeous citrusy gold”, so why mine ended up a bright fuchsia colour is a mystery. Regardless it all worked out for the best as I actually much prefer a pink bath to a yellow one! The main scents in this one are lemons, bergamot and jasmine – invigorating enough if you’re a morning bath person, but not too sharp or zesty if you’re a bedtime bather like me.

Overall would I repurchase? 

While Dragon’s Egg is nice it’s not my favourite, although if they were always pink like this one I’d like them a lot more!

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EDIT!

Oops! I have since been informed by debraaaa12 and Lush on Twitter that this in fact a So White bath boob – whoops! Ah well. You know you’ve got too many bath bombs when you’re not even 100% sure which one you’re using 🙂

Body Shop Tea Tree Toner

THE BODY SHOP TEA TREE TONER: £5.00

As a fan of The Body Shop Cool & Creamy Tea Tree Face Wash I decided to give a few more products from the range a go, starting with this Tea Tree Toner. Ah. Big mistake.

Maybe my skin just wasn’t oily enough or didn’t have enough blemishes to warrant this product, but whatever the reason this stuff was like paint stripper on my skin. Far from feeling ‘cool and creamy’ like the cleanser from the same range, it was just so abrasive and stripping on my combination skin. Oh and did I mention the scent? Think Mr. Muscle does wood varnish.

However as I always say in posts like these skincare is such a personal, unpredictable thing. What I hate you might love and you only have to look all the four and five stars reviews on The Body Shop website to see that’s true.

Overall would I repurchase?

Nope and this is actually going straight in the bin! I still might be tempted to try the Tea Tree Face Scrub though (will I ever learn?).

Argan Oil – For Your Feet?

ARGAN OIL FOOT PACK: £1.00 

Ah the joys of Poundland. It’s truly amazing what crap you can buy when everything’s just one solitary pound and some purchases are definitely conducted with more sanity than others. Alas, this was one of those ‘did I seriously buy this’ moments. Still, I think the comedy value of me sliding round the house for half an hour was definitely worth it. 

If you’ve never tried one of these foot packs before (what have you been doing with your life? actually having one?) they’re basically socks made out of plastic bag material soaked in a thin moisturiser. I’m not going to lie – putting them on is an act of true courage. It takes a special kind of person to slide their foot in to a boot shaped plastic bag filled with an icey cold, slimey substance *shudders*. Yet still the fun has only just begun! Need to pop to the fridge or stand up for any reason at all? Have fun with that. It’s truly a character defining experience to be trapped in a constantly slippery limbo, that feels like you’re walking on a bouncy castle that’s just been slathered in vaseline. Don’t attempt to make any sudden movements or you’ll probably end up sharing a head-first smooch with your carpet.

Did they moisturise my feet? Not really.

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Overall would I repurchase?

Unless there is an urgent call requiring me to sub in for a Chuckle Brother and I need to provide a sketch, I doubt these will be needed again in the near future. Or ever. 

Maybelline Colour Tattoo

MAYBELLINE 24HR COLOUR TATTOO in IMMORTAL CHARCOAL: £4.99

While anyone who has not heard of the Maybelline Colour Tattoos must have been living under a rock for two years (or is just a sane non-beauty-obsessed person i.e. not me), it’s only recently that I’ve started getting back in to mine. For those who need a quick low down they’re a smooth, gel cream eyeshadow that lasts forever on the eye and makes for a great base. The one swatched above is the shade Immortal Charcoal a deep shimmery grey that actually comes out looking pretty blue on my lid, although most grey shadows do this on me. 

Overall would I repurchase?

There are so many more shades that I want to try that I am waiting for a 3 for 2 offer on them! Pink Gold, On and On Bronze, Eternal Gold….