Sunday, 29 April 2012

Lush : Volcano Foot Mask

A little weekend treat for my feet on a dreary day. After soaking and scrubbing my feet I slapped a load of Lush Volcano foot mask to my soles and wrapped them in cling film. As I waited the 20 minutes recommended, I could feel the mask really cooling the skin and tingling my toes which felt lovely and soothing after a day of stomping around town. As I washed the mask off I massaged my feet to feel the bits of pumice in the mix smooth the skin. The only downsides to this product are that it doesn't smell great, but then neither do feet, and it is a little messy. But the pro's far outway the cons as afterwards my feet felt so "clean" (I do wash them in the shower but this was a whole new level of clean!!) They were left so refreshed, smooth & soft I can't wait to do it again next weekend!

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

April Empties

L-R Batiste Dry Shampoo Dark & deep Brown, Rimmel Glam eyes day2night Mascara, Redken Extreme Rescue Force, Joico K-Pak Intense Reconstructer, Xen Tan Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe, Lush Dreamwash

Over the month of April I have compiled this lovely bunch of packaging, not for any old reason, I have done so to show you what products I have used/loved/hated/repurchased/can't wait to throw away.
Starting with hair, Batiste Dry Shampoo in Dark & Deep Brown was probably purchased by me because it was on offer and I needed a dry shampoo. Im not hugely fussy with dry shampoo whichever is on offer suits me and this did the job. I would buy it again if it was on offer, if not I would probably use something else. 
This sample size Redken Extreme Rescue Force (now called "strength builder" (£17.25) was given to me by my ma, It's a protein treatment for damaged hair. I was expecting this to soften and smooth my hair, but what it actually does is much more useful. This made my hair feel "strong" again. using this as a weekly treatment I have found my hair less prone to splitting and snapping off, thanks to this I am looking into more Redken Extreme products to purchase full size, let me know if you have any recommendations on that front?
Joico K-Pak Intense Reconstructer (£13.95)  is a intense moisture treatment for dry hair, this did a good job of making my hair smooth and soft but I didn't feel it had any "reconstructing" properties like the Redken treatment did. It's ok, but it's nothing to write home about, I think there are better products on the market considering the price. 
Rimmel Glam Eyes Day2Night Mascara (£7.99) is another one of those "because it was on offer" purchases. I think I paid a fiver for it, I fiver well spent I say. I really do like this mascara, I love the way the small comb works to separate and lengthen, then if you want volume you can add it with the 2nd step, or not. It works both ways. again, I'm not hugely fussy about mascara and I like to try new ones all the time, so while I wont be purchasing this again straight away, I would consider it in the future. 
Xen-Tan Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe (£29.70) So the price makes me want to die a little but the truth is I cannot live without this product. You may have noticed in the photo that I even cut the bottle to scrape out the last little drops of this before my new one arrived. It's the best tan ever. Nuff said.  (full review here)
Lush Dreamwash (£9.25) I wash recommended this because of my dry eczema prone skin, It's supposed to soothe and calm irritated skin and hydrate without drying. I wasn't the biggest fan of this I have to say, while it was nice and soothing and non-drying, it was plain weird. I like a shower gel that lathers up nicely and feels like it's cleaning your skin, Dreamwash doesn't lather very well and I find myself using a lot of product per use (not great when your paying almost a tenner!) It also leaves an odd waterproof type effect to the skin which I don't like, lastly it sticks around the plughole in the shower as a milky gross froth which, quite honestly, freaks me out. On a better note, to replace this, I'm now using Lush's Honey I washed the Kids soap and It's Raining men shower gel which I both love!

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

A little Lush haul

Sorry I've been a little MIA on the blog lately, lack of funds has sadly meant that I'm simply not buying as many lovely thing to share with you guys and have been left feeling a bit uninspired. excuses, excuses.
I decided a cheap little treat was in order so got myself down to lush to pick up a few goodies. I mainly wanted a treat for my feet, as like many others probably do,  I tend to neglect them. I was advised that the Volcano foot mask was a staff favourite and would be just the ticket for my poor little trotters. Volcano is a 10 minute mask with clay, pumice and tomatoes to deodorise, cleanse and soften the skin on the feet. Smells awful, works a treat. review to come soon!
I love products with honey in them! Anything honey gets my vote, and since it helps with soothing my eczema prone skin I had to try the popular "Honey I Washed the Kids" soap. If you don't like the smell of sweet, toffee or caramel, then this isn't gong to be the soap for you I'm afraid. At the till I was kindly give a generous sample of  Lust soap, which shares the same scent as the Lust perfume funnily enough. This has a very strong scent of jasmine which I'm not overly keen on, maybe I'll leave it in the shower in hope Sam will use it instead!