30 March 2015

Lush Haul



Today I'll be getting my beauty blogger on and sharing my most recent purchases from Lush! 

Now, I have a very important confession to make: I am a recent Lush convertee. Two months ago, I just thought of Lush as a place to buy really nice smelling bath bombs. I knew they did loads of products but because everything they sell is made from natural ingredients, I didn't actually expect any of it to work. What did I know? Nothing. Turns out everything they sell works better than any the chemical-infused crap I already own. 

Oh, but just in case you're picturing me careering around Lush with a wicker basket, buying everything in sight, these weren't products weren't all bought in one go...

They were bought in two. 

Yes, I can fully imagine myself turning into a Lush-monster - but I will be the best smelling, softest skinned monster you've ever met. 


Hair and body

Big Sea Salt Shampoo

Hello. My name is Nikki and I'm a sufferer of flat, limp, boring hair. Raise your hands if you're a fellow victim! Big promises soft, volumised, shiny tresses - which is basically my dream come true. I'm only two washes in, but I can confirm that it already feels very clean, soft and shiny. It looks a bit more voluminous but nothing madly noticeable yet - I like to think this will build over time. The shampoo itself is a sort of clear ectoplasm with big ole grains of salt in. Sound bizarre, huh? It's actually super refreshing and exfoliating. But only use a small dollop, a little goes a long way here - be warned!

American Cream Conditioner

A good conditioner is a necessity, especially with a drying shampoo like Big. American Cream seemed like the best conditioner for my hair type (the others seemed to be more geared towards super dry, damaged or curly hair), but as I hadn't read any reviews, I just got the small bottle. When I first used it, I noticed that although it looks like a super thick product, it seemed to disappear on my hair instantly. This left me wondering whether it would do anything at all. However, my ends feel super soft and healthy, so I guess it worked it's magic! Oh, and it's smells like milkshake. Bonus points for that.

Dreamwash Shower Smoothie

This shower smoothie feels almost clay-like when you scoop it out of the pot - but it has this really calming, soothing smell from all the chamomile, calamine and rose absolute - I instantly liked it. Initial reaction upon use? It actually felt quite matte and dry in the shower, but after I dried off my skin felt all soft, silky and nourished. No idea how that works. But who am I to question the Lush Gods and their magic formulas? Apparently this is a sure fix for redness/eczema sort of problems, so if you suffer from either of those, give it a go. I'll be repurchasing simply for the soothing smell.



Face


I feel like my skincare routine needs it's own post, so I'll try and keep this pretty brief to avoid repeating myself later on. I thought my skin was a lost cause that I'd have to surrender to meds (*shudder*), but a month or so ago, I did a total skincare overhaul and it's made such a difference.

Herbalism Face & Body Cleanser 

The name says it all! This green herb-y pot of goodness is made from nettles, rosemary, rice bran, almonds and plenty of other natural ingredients which are all rich in vitamins and minerals and work absolute wonders. After using this, my skin felt super soft - and cleaner than it ever had been from using chemical-based cleansers. Says it all really.

Grease Lightning Spot Treatment

Or the miracle elixir, as I like to call it. It's a sort of watery gel that dries within 30 seconds and zaps any problem areas. It's antibacterial, antiseptic and packed with soothing ingredients like witch hazel and tea tree. It works better as a preventative measure than as a treatment for full-blown spots - at the first warning sign, I dab some of this on and problem solved! 

Enzymion Facial Moisturiser

I didn't use a moisturiser in my old skincare routine (which I'll get to in my next post). That was naughty and bad, because even oily skin needs a moisturiser to rebalance everything after cleansing. I have annoying combination skin, but I've found this is light and gentle yet nourishing. I'm certainly not a moisturiser-pro - and if I'm honest, I only got this because it was a little cheaper than the Vanishing Cream moisturiser I originally wanted to try! But I'm really liking this so far. 

Bubblegum Lip Scrub

I probably didn't need this, but OH MY GOD it smells so wonderfully delicious (as does their Mint Julip flavour). The change in season always leaves me prone to cracked lips (and dry hands) and my penchant for red lipstick doesn't help. This stuff has been really handy in a) removing the little bits of lipstick that seem impossible to get off and b) making my lips feel all new and lovely again. And they smell divine. Just sayin'. 



After my second trip to Lush last weekend, I felt super relaxed. I think that was partly from the amazing scents - but it was also because I finally felt in control of my formerly rubbish skin. I'm now super excited to see the results in the coming weeks. Squee!

N.B: I'm the first to note that over-brimming enthusiasm can sound a bit suspicious on blogs. So I'd like to reassure you that this post is in no way sponsored by or affiliated with Lush. These reviews are 100% honest and all of the products were bought by me - in fact, I'm thinking of sending my next paycheque straight to their HQ. Saves time, eh? xx
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21 March 2015

My Little Super Box review

Sorry for the quiet time, I finally started watching Breaking Bad and it's every bit as addictive as the rumours suggested. But I'm back - with another box!

If you saw my last review, you'll know I loved the My Little Frenchie Box from the My Little Box subscription service. It probably won't come as a surprise to learn that I decided to continue my subscription - and was incredibly excited to receive the latest box!


What's in the box?



This month's box includes:
  • Superstickers - stickers for superheroes, duh!
  • My Little World magazine
  • Kerastase Cristal conditioner 
  • Caudalie hand and nail cream
  • Lip and cheek pen
  • A grey tee shirt
Just like last time, everything was beautifully presented and there were lovely illustrations everywhere. A* ! 




Beauty


I'm pretty excited about using the Kerastase conditioner - I'm not the sort of person to splash out on expensive hair products (to me, Aussie is the height of luxury) so it'll be interesting to see if it makes an actual difference to the ole barnet. I'll keep you posted. 

I don't actually use hand cream very often, but this Caudalie stuff arrived at the right time - the change of season has left my hands feeling quite dry and icky lately (does this happen to anyone else?). Given its price tag, I'm expecting great results. 

The 'pencil bluff' is a pretty cool idea - one product to act as both a lipstick and a blusher - I'm all about saving make-up bag space. I received a coral colour, which isn't my favourite (quite jealous of the subscribers who got the red colour!). But it's a great blush colour, with a hint of sparkle, and it gives quite a retro 60's-looking lip - which, actually, is kind of cool, even if it's not my usual colour. 



Life


I loved this month's magazine. Empowering girl-power pieces, an interview with WishWishWish (who is my all-time favourite blogger) and plenty of brightly hued, pop-art inspired photo spreads. And check out the pull-out pages for your wall. 10/10 for sassiness. 

But the big 'life' piece for this month's box was the grey tee! I've had a nosy on Instagram and spotted three different versions: one says 'I believe I can fly', another 'we can be heroes just for one day', and also, 'somewhere over the rainbow'. You can't go wrong with an inspirational song lyric.  

The tee shirt also fits really well - which is a first for me - and I love the rolled sleeves.  

I thought I'd take a sassy snap to show it off. Die-hard fans of my blogs might remember this feather tattoo



The lyric on my tee reminds me of this Langston Hughes poem:

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die,
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go,
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow. 

Keep dreaming big, ladies. And never, ever give up. x
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5 March 2015

Bring on Spring



Snap happy


As you can see, I'm a bit excited about my new(ish) bag. I'd been lusting after it for months - purely because it was camera-shaped and a bit glittery - before I stumbled across it in the January sales. It's back to full-price now, so I'm feeling pretty smug.

It's only downside is that my purse is too chunky to fit inside. Whoops. So now I'm reliving my Uni days, where my bag merely contains a crumpled fiver and a bank card. 

I also found this lovely Dahlia dress in the sale, which I'd been trawling for months after receiving a voucher way back in September (thanks BU crew, I hope you guys approve of my purchase!). I thought I'd jump straight into dressing for Spring - I don't know about you, but I'm getting bored of scarves and tights now! 

Excuse my pale pins, I'll work on them... 


Dahlia, darling


I love a good chiffon smock - primarily because it hides all manner of sins. In fact, I'd say these sort of dresses take up around 25% of my wardrobe. But this one is extra-cool, with it's pretty bell sleeves and edgier open back style. I certainly feel like I'm on the verge of Springtime in this! 

I'm super happy with my purchase, and I think this was a pretty good staple wardrobe investment. I'll certainly be wearing this as the weather warms up - and I'll undoubtedly be donning a floral crown to feel flowery and festive! But for chillier days, I'll simply add Chelsea boots, tights and a leather jacket and voilĂ , Autumn-Winter outfit sorted. 

I'm wearing...

Dress - Dahlia | Bag - Accessorize | Shoes - New Look (similar)


Editing these snaps has made me feel pretty excited about Spring being just around the corner. What are you most looking forward to? x
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