A selection of the new breed of Lush’s solid have now come up from Lush Oxford Street, one of them being a reimagined You’ve Been Mangoed. The once yellow brick is now a lurid green lump of various oils and butters that could only ever be found in Lush. It packs an extreme punch, making my bathroom smell like a sherbet lemon factory for a good few hours so beware if you’re not a fan of citrusy scents. In fact I don’t think I could detect any hint of mango in this – lime was the over-riding smell, making it feel a little bit like bathing in 7UP or a seriously fruity Margarita.
It was actually a nice pick-me-up on my cold January evening, and I can imagine this being the perfect antidote to the winter sniffles as it would give your sinuses a good kick up the backside. All those moisturising oils left my skin feeling define too, so if this is what being ‘mangoed’ feels like I’d probably do it again!
First Aid Beauty is a brand I’ve wanted to try for at least a year after hearing such good things about it in the blogging world, so I couldn’t help treating myself to a couple of their Christmas gift sets.
This Cleanse & Exfoliate set is one of those and features smaller sizes of the Face Cleanser and 10 Facial Radiance Pads, both of which have a cult following but it’s the cleanser that really does it for me. The texture of it is unlike anything I’ve used before – it’s lightly whipped but still super creamy, and seems to have an almost pearlised luminescence to it that probably doesn’t do anything but really looks the part. Although it’s definitely a gentle enough cleanser to use everyday, I’m currently using it once a week as my exfoliant. It leaves my skin feeling ridiculously silky soft but without stripping it at all, or even feeling like I’m using an exfoliant. I don’t know how it does it to be honest, but I’m so glad it does. Favourite cleanser ever? That’s a tough one, but it’s absolutely up there with the best of them. Full-size purchase here I come…
The Facial Radiance Pads are a nice addition to my skincare routine but didn’t blow me away as much as the cleanser did. Once again you could use these everyday, as despite leaving my skin feeling soft and toned there wasn’t a trace of anything astringent or harsh. I’ve been using them instead of a cleanser on no-makeup days, but as those days have been few and far between recently I’m not even half way the 10 pad sample. I can imagine these being amazing if you have super dry skin that needs a daily exfoliant, or sensitive skin that looks dull but needs something really gentle to brighten it up. Personally though I wouldn’t repurchase these, as I think the cleanser performs exactly the same job but better and works out cheaper in the long run.
Overall though I am so impressed by my first dip in to First Aid Beauty. I will update you when I’ve had time to roadtest my other products from the brand, which I now have very high expectations for!
While on my weekly jaunt around Boots I couldn’t help but notice that there were four new shades of the Revlon Matte Balms, one of my favourite lipstick formulas of all time. A cheeky 3 for 2 offer persuaded me to pick up Fiery, Fierce and Passionate, leaving out Enchanting which I thought would be too light/peachy for me. Luckily the new shades are as gorgeous as the other colours I own, and they all have the same non-drying, super long lasting formula. Fab.
Fierce is definitely my favourite out of the three – a dark, neutral/slightly warm-toned 90s brown that is so popular as of late. Kylie Jenner would be proud.
Fiery is a rich, slightly blue, slightly brown toned berry red that reminds me of Rimmel 107. My only criticism is that it did tend to settle on dry areas of my lips, giving them an odd red/brown patchy look. this only happened after a good six hours of wear though and not every time I wore it.
I expected Passionate to be darker and more plumy than it is, but the shade itself is still a gorgeous bright pink that will take me well in to spring and summer.
This is really it folks. The highlighter to end all highlighters. After spending countless hours and pounds on various dupes and substitutes, I finally caved in and bought myself The Balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer. And wow-eee – I was not disappointed.
If you haven’t heard of it before, basically this is a super-glowy powder that packs a serious highlighting punch but without any chunky glitter or obvious shimmer particles. As ever it was completely pointless trying to capture its true beauty on camera, but a quick google search shows you the many who have nearly managed it. It blends like a dream, bringing life and light to the tops of my cheekbones but without making me look like a potato rolled in glitter (seriously – it has been known).
Is a glorified face powder ever worth £17.50? Probably not. But if it’s within your price range, I really really would recommend it. I highly doubt I could ever be without this now, though I know I won’t be repurchasing any time soon as the weighty mirrored compact will last me forever!