Saturday, November 26, 2011

Lush Holiday Haul...2011 with new Cam!

The Christmas Holiday is soon descending upon us and what better way to welcome the coming cold winter months than a little trip to Lush?
A few weeks ago, I had this real itch (not literally, of course) to take a trip to Lush and buy myself a face scrub. Seriously, my face was craving a face scrub. So, went to Lush and grab myself a few things. Oddly, the one thing I grabbed is also the one thing I forgot to photograph because it's at its new home in my bathroom. The scrub I bought is the Dark Angels scrub. It's black like soot but cleanses really well. More thorough review coming up later. For now, I wanted to share a few goodies I bought during my visit to Lush.
The Holiday season is usually, in my opinion, the best time to hit up Lush. They have all sorts of goodies that is only available during Christmas. It's also a perfect time to stock up on a few things. 
During my trip to Lush, in addition to the Dark Angels scrub, I also bought Coal Face Cleanser which I have been wanting to try for a while but passed up on. I have a very oily skin and its ingredients of ground up charcoal and licorice is suppose to be good at absorbing excess sebum and also acts as a mild exfoliator for those with oily skin. We shall see how this works once I give it a try. 

The one item that I didn't pick up last year was the Snow Globe Soap.By the time I wanted a piece it was completely sold out. If you are into that lemony, citrusy scent then this soap is for you. It's scent of citrus is a great wake-me-up for those mornings where it's challenging to even attempt to open your eyes! It is limited edition and is only available during the Christmas holiday- so give it a try! It's named a Snow Globe because as a whole, before the soap is cut, it really is shaped like a Snow Globe! 
A new item from Lush's Holiday line up is this sugar body scrub called Australian Igloo Sugar Scrub.It's shape is a cute Igloo...The scrubs are great for exfoliating your skin. A blend of pine, eucalyptus and sandalwood oils give this scrub a forest scent. 
My all time favorite product from Lush is the Mask of Magnaminty. Seriously, I can eat this. It is great to cleanse your skin and doubles as a mask for your face and body. Its clay base is great for cleansing and the peppermint oils give it that refreshing minty scent. LOVE!

The other facial cleanser that I wanted tor try is the holiday limited editiono Buche De Noel. At the store it's wrapped in seaweed and inside it is made up of ground almonds, cranberry, almond oils and it has a hint of brandy in it too. I have used this already which explains all the splat of residue on the lid. So far I really like it. It really softens your skin and it smells good. Still not sure what to do with the seaweed so I just dug into the product itself. 

Last, I asked for a sample of Helping Hands. It's great for really dry wintery hands...I got 2 so once I finish the sample I will buy the small size.

The Roundup:
These are my favorite items from Lush. Although some are holiday items (Snow Globe, Duche de Noel, and Australian Igloo Sugar Scrub), the rest are available year round. A product I skipped is the Its Raining Men shower gel. I still have a giant size waiting for me to use up. I also still have Summer Pudding left so I didn't purchase that either.
Snow Globe - soap prices are based on weight you picked (as is most soaps in Lush). You can request to have a specific size cut or let the SA's know you want x amount and they'll take care of it for you.
Buche De Noel - limited edition and retails for $12.95 US. The black container it comes in is recyclable so if you collect 5 pots you can exchange it for a free Fresh Face Mask.
Australian Igloo Sugar Scrub - limited edition as well. I suggest using this up as soon as you can. Don't leave it inside the bag for too long otherwise the oils will get absorbed and it wouldn't be the same scrub.

Visit your nearest Lush to locate a store near you or purchase online.

What have you picked up from Lush? Any favorite items- either from their holiday collection or their regular items?

Happy Lush Shopping!


P.S. Photos were taken from my new cam! More on it later...will do a quick post!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Rescue Beauty Lounge: Scrangie - Limited Edition, Haul & Photos

A month ago, I received an email from Rescue Beauty Lounge about their Bring It Back shades (Part 2 or BIB2). Every once in a while, Rescue Beauty brings back their most sought-after, coveted shades. I, as a late comer to the Rescue Beauty craze, is scrambling to get my hands on as many as I can when the opportunity presents itself. This time I ordered as soon as I got that email. And last week, a box was at home waiting for me. There are 6 six shades available for BIB2: Scrangie, Mismas, Orbis, Locavore, 360 and Anne. I ordered 3 of the six and their pictures are below. Of course I'm going to pick up anything purple:) As always, Rescue Beauty always delivers the best when it comes to the unique names and shades of their lacquers. First off, the packaging on these are so pretty. I was surprised by the color red- makes it very classy. I'm going to do a more thorough review of each of the shades as soon as I get to try them out. Today, I will be posting pictures and my thoughts about Scrangie. 

Scrangie is a gorgeous purple that has blue irredescent shimmer througout. You can also detect a hint of green shimmer in it as well. The lacquer applied well, about 2 coats for me. I always apply a top coat for a more shiny effect. Scrangie looks even better in the sunlight. It's slowly becoming one of my favorites.

I wanted to post this review along with pictures today because all 6 colors are available for purchase at the Rescue Beauty site. Each lacquer retails for $18US.

Tip: Check back with the site in early December because they are doing another round of Bring It Back shades. Can't wait!

What do you think? Have you tried Rescue Beauty lacquers before?

Until next time,

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters: Haul, Swatches & Review

The new line from Revlon is all the rage right now. Here are my picks from Revlon's Color Burst Lip Butters.
I happen to see an almost half empty display when I went to Rite Aid a couple of weeks ago. I was about to pass up on this but the packaging caught my eye. There wasn't much on the display so I only bought one at first (Sugar Plum). I was hesitant to pick more than one because as with any new product, it's hard to determine color, texture and whether you'll like at all just by looking at the packaging. Besides, I like to swatch everything as much as I can. Anyway, I went back to Rite Aid to buy one more and the rest I bought at CVS. In total, I have 6 Lip Butters:
From L to R: Lollipop, Candy Apple, Sugar Plum, Red Velvet, Raspberry Pie, Cherry Tart

Here are my thoughts on the Lip Butters: 
  • Packaging is great. It's practical and gives you an idea and visual of what the product looks like.
  • Translucent tube with an argyle, triangular pattern (just like the regular colorburst lipstick packaging)
  • Love the fact that the tops of the cover is clear so you can see the color inside
  • It's a cross between a lipstick, lip balm and lip gloss
  • They are moisturizing, creamy, non-sticky and very pigmented (not all are sheer as they might seem)
  • There's a very slight vanilla scent
  • Comes in a variety of colors from nude, light pastel to bright and then deep shade
  • Contains good for you ingredients: jojoba  seed oil, shea butter, mango butter
  • The wear is about 2 hours for me but I don't mind re-applying
  • Comes in 20 shades (more for us to choose from! Yay!)

Lollipop: bright fuschia pink with a hint of lavender
Candy Apple: slight deeper shimmery red
Sugar Plum: sheer mauve pink
Red Velvet: deep shimmery burgundy
Raspberry Pie: bright berry pink
Cherry Tart: shimmery pinky red

Overall verdict:
I love! I can't wait to get more! Ha ha! I love these so much that I got my cousin in Australia some too...
I'm on the hunt for a couple more which seem to be sold out at every drugstore I went to. I highly recommend these if you are contemplating on getting them. As far as I know, these are not limited edition so you'll find them at your nearest drugstore. I found mine at Rite and CVS. I hear that Target and Walgreens are starting to sell as well but I haven't seem them at my local Target or Walgreens.

Price range: between $6 - $8. Take advantage if there's a sale or special deal such as buy 1 get 1 half off kind of thing.

Availability: Rite Aid, CVS Pharmacy (keep an eye out at your local Target, Walgreens, Walmart & KMart if  you have them in your area)

Have you tried the Lip Butters yet?

xoxo, Lynn


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