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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Review: Heaven's A Scrub Pink Lemonade Lip Scrub

Heaven’s A Scrub is a brand I’d never heard of until recently, but they sell homemade, completely natural products including bath bombs, solid moisturisers and a Pink Lemonade Lip Scrub*, that I’ll be reviewing today.

Made with natural ingredients, the lip scrub is perfect for prepping your lips for lipstick or generally getting rid of any dry bits. The Pink Lemonade flavour is gorgeous; in fact I may have eaten a few fingerfuls, in the name of beauty blogging of course!

The only issue I have with it is the size; I just think that the pot is way too small. The packaging is also a little plain, but for such a simple product that can be overlooked.

I’d be an awful blogger if I didn’t compare it to the Lush Lip Scrub that all bloggers seem to love (including me!). Now the Lush Lip Scrub is £5.25 (did it go up recently?! I’m sure I paid less!), which is think is crazy. I could literally make a massive bowl of it myself for that amount. Anyway, this leads me to something I realised when I compared the two side by side.

The HAS Lip Scrub is £1.50 for a 5g pot (sounds good right?) and the Lush Lip Scrub is £5.25, but for that you get 25g. So gram for gram the Lush Lip Scrub is actually cheaper, as 25g of HAS would set you back £7.50.

Bottom line: I prefer the Heaven’s A Scrub Lip Scrub, simply because it’s more gentle and gets rid of flaky bits without leaving my lips feeling like I’ve used a Brillo pad on them! But in terms of size/price, I’m a bit put off. If the pots were perhaps a little bigger and cheaper than the Lush Scrub then I’d definitely repurchase.

You can purchase Heaven’s A Scrub Pink Lemonade Lip Scrub, along with lots of other flavours, on the Heaven’s A Scrub website priced at £1.50/5g. If you use the code BLOGGER, you’ll get 10% off of your first order.

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Review: Lush Cupcake Fresh Face Mask

Most of my regular readers will know how much I love facemasks, be it Sudocrem, clay or even a cheeky sheet mask.

So when I found myself roaming around the Covent Garden Lush store a few weeks ago, I knew that I couldn’t just walk past the fresh facemask section without picking something up. The lovely guy in Lush said Cupcake would be great for my oily combination, and given that it smells exactly like chocolate I just had buy it.

What Lush say:
Cupcake fresh face mask has a rhassoul mud and cocoa powder base, which is a fantastic for absorbing dirt and the build-up of oil that causes acne.
The serious side of this mask has linseed infusion to nourish and soften the skin, fresh mint for toning, cocoa butter to moisturise and rhassoul mud to absorb grease and give a deep cleanse.

I almost want to hack into the Lush website and amend the description to
'Buy this mask if you’re desperate to wake up with a full-blown break out.' 
I really wasn’t impressed with it. It smelt lovely, and although it was a little pastey it applied okay too. But when I Instagrammed a picture of myself with the mask on, someone commented that she’d tried it and it broke her out.

Now I read reviews all of the time, and I don’t let negative reviews put me off trying things – most of the time anyway. So what she said didn’t really worry me. So many people love Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, but I wouldn’t use it on my deathbed – so it’s definitely fair to say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, or in this case – beauty blogger’s trash! Anyway, I digress.

Chocolate face + Chocolate mask = Freddy Krueger 

I generally apply masks in the evening; I find that they do wonders for my skin overnight, and although I don’t drink alcohol I can image that it’d be nice to lie back with a facemask and a glass of wine. So I applied this mask, left it on for about 10 minutes, rinsed, moisturised and went to bed. When I woke up my face looked like the Spot Fairy had visited it during the night. In fact, it looked like the Spot Fairy visited, liked what she saw and camped out! I was covered in whiteheads.

Really not impressed.

In the name of beauty blogging I decided to give it another try – but when I checked it was out of date. I love the fact that it’s fresh, but I was a tad annoyed that I couldn’t try it again.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Lush. Their cleansers are amazing, but Cupcake? No bueno.

If you’re crazy enough to want to try this (joke! – kinda) then Cupcake is available from Lush, in store and online priced at £5.95 for 75g.

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Haul - Boots, The Body Shop, Lush ...

I’m an Internet addict and try to buy most things online – simply because there’s nothing more convenient that having something delivered to your front door. However, this week I got a bit of a shopping bug and picked up a few things. 

Apologies for some of the pictures being out of focus – I didn’t realise until I got them off of my camera and couldn’t be bothered to retake! 

The Body Shop

 Deal – 3 for 2 on all skincare & makeup 

 I’ve read a lot about this mist and whilst I know it’ll never replace my Caudalie beauty elixir, I really want to try it. 

 I recently bought this is Pomegranate and Raspberry and it smells amazing so I couldn’t resist picking up another. 

This is a product for combination/oily skin so I’m hoping it’ll help keep the shine at bay. 

 Again, another product I’ve heard a lot about that I really want to try. Full review to come. 

 Think it’s about time I got one of these. Wish I’d got it in time for my birthday last month so I could’ve gotten my free gift! 

 Luckily I got this for free when I got my Love Your Body Card and it smells absolutely amazing. Edible, in fact! 

 The lovely lady in The Body Shop (Covent Garden) also gave me a sample of Aloe Calming Toner to try as well. 


Deal – 3 for 2 on toiletries. So annoyed that I went a couple of days before the points event! 

 John Frieda Full Repair Full Body Shampoo & Conditioner 
 I’ve been trying to go sulphate-free for a while and although this isn’t sulphate-free, I’ve read good reviews on the whole line. I’m sure I’ll get through them pretty quickly as they seem a bit small, but we’ll see. 

My hair looks really thick but that’s only because there’s so much of it, the strands themselves are thin and weak so I’m hoping this will help with the breakage! 

 I’ve been addicted to this toothpaste since a sample appeared in the last Carmine box. Definitely noticed a difference in the whiteness of my teeth. 

 I actually hate mouthwash, but I guess it’s all worth it in the pursuit of whiter teeth! 


 Deal – Half price & 2 for £7.49 

  Blogged here, this is one of my favourite products. It’s a definite must-have and I use it all year round. It’s usually around the £5 mark, but was on offer for £2.43 so I had to pick two up! 

At two for £7.49, it would have been a crime for me not to have picked up the last items to complete the Full Repair line. “Revives overstyled hair”? I’m sold. 

I used to blow dry my hair every day, however I’ve now learnt the error of my ways and for the last year I’ve tried not to blow dry more than twice a week. I don’t currently use a heat protection spray so hopefully I’ll notice a difference when using this. 


Another product that smells like food. I’m really tempted to dip my finger in and try it because it smells like chocolate. But I’ll resist. The guy in Lush said this is a great mask for oily skin so I’m going to give it a whirl. 

The rest of my Lush items were actually for The Boy and I thought it’d be cute to gift-wrap them, Lush style. And also because I wanted the scarf to wear in my hair … 

 The Boy is a little obsessed with bubble baths (he’s such a big kid!) and this smelt too good to pass up. Plus it’s got glitter it in and it’ll be hilarious to see him covered in shimmer! 

 Slightly more ‘manly’, but still smells amazing! 

 Don’t think I’ll be able to convince him to get into a pink bath, so this one is more for me. These are all of the ‘beauty’ items I bought this week, taking advantage of some amazing deals!

Have you been shopping this week?

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Collective Haul ...

Warning: Picture heavy post!

Went into Boots last week and they seem to have everything on offer – 3 for 2! – So thought it’d be a crime not to pick some stuff up.

I did get a lot more than what’s here but everything else for a beauty box for the boy, since he’s jealous of all of mine! Haha

Tresemme Split End Sealing Serum
Fade Out Original Moisturising Cream
Fade Out Nourishing Night Cream
Fade Out Anti Shadow Brightening Eye Cream
St Ives Apricot Scrub
White Glo Toothpaste (x3)

Tresemme Split End Sealing Serum
I chemically straighten my hair every six weeks, which ends up leaving it dry and brittle and murdering my ends. I’ve been looking for something like this to help me tame them.

Fade Out Original Moisturising Cream | Fade Out Nourishing Night Cream | Face Out Anti Shadow Brightening Eye Cream
I actually read about these creams on Lea’s blog here. The reviews generally seem pretty decent too. My Clarins Day & Night creams are running low and I can’t afford to spend £80 on two moisturisers so decided to grab these for Project: Face. 

They stink and tingle when you apply them (sting, if you’ve applied too much), but I’ll do a full review once I’ve given them a few weeks. These were on offer as well, so I saved myself £10!

St Ives Apricot Scrub
I was lucky enough to get sent a sample of this about a month ago and have been addicted ever since. Scrubs never seem to be ‘scrubby’ enough for me but this one really exfoliates.

White Glo Toothpaste
Since getting this in the last Carmine box (RIP!) I’ve been truly addicted. I went out and bought it as soon as my sample ran out, but found that once that had run out and I switched back to a normal toothpaste for a few days, the ‘wow’ factor had gone and my teeth were really dull again. I got the tea and coffee drinkers formula to try out too, hopefully this will prolong the whiteness if I run out again.

It’s not the cheapest toothpaste at £4 a tube, but with a toothbrush and floss sticks in every pack and visibly whiter teeth, you can’t go wrong! And 3 for 2? I’m sold.

I’ve read a few posts about the Lush Lip Scrubs recently, and as the boy was going shopping I asked (read: begged) him to pick one up for me.

I asked for the bubblegum flavour, as I’m a bit funny with mint sometimes. Smells and tastes amazing, although the aftertaste is a little weird but I think that’s because of the oils.

I’ll spare you the full review, since everyone has been there, done it, and got the tee!

As I mentioned before, I chemically straighten my hair every six weeks and last week I was waaay overdue. I rushed out to get one, admittedly wearing a hat to hide my Medusa mane and some very scruffy clothes, and stumbled across a Sleek counter in the hair shop …

I don’t own any Sleek items, but a lot of the ladies over on BBS rave about the Sleek Rose Gold blush so when I saw the counter I had to have a look!

I only bought two things – watching the pennies! :( The Rose Gold looked a little too ‘rich’ for me.

First up is a blush in Pomegranate. It’s a lovely, deep pink and compliments my skin tone well. But it’s very pigmented so I have to be careful with how I apply it otherwise I look like a clown.

The second thing I bought was the sleek brow pencil in brown. Black pencils make my brows look too heavy, so this brown one fills them in nicely and keeps them natural looking.

So that’s it. Time to tighten the purse strings for a while!

Have you tried any of these products before?

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