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I know my last review was also a fresh face mask, but after that one, I bought myself another one virtually straight away! I had actually hoped for another pot of the Catastrophe Cosmetic, but sadly, as stated in my previous review, it was sold out! After talking with the helpful sales advisor, I settled on this one. The Sacred Truth, according to the sales assistant, contained ingredients such as green tea and rose absolute that would help to calm my skin down a bit and get rid of the redness around the now-reduced blemishes. This mask cost £5.95 from Lush.
When I got home, I went onto the website to find out a bit more about the mask. I was almost offended that the mask was designed for "mature" skin - at the tender age of 23 I hardly think of myself as over the hill, or even on it for that matter. However, it did contain a lot of ingredients that would hopefully calm my skin down and reduce the overall number of blemishes. I really like the slogan "food for your face" that Lush applies to its fresh face masks, especially as theses masks contain lots of lovely, fresh ingredients that nourish your skin and improve (hopefully!) its overall condition.
The mask itself is a dull green colour; on the website it looks like hummus but it is a bit greener than that. Some of the main ingredients are honey, fresh papaya, shea butter, ginseng and green tea, yet I could pick out no single ingredient that defines the scent of this mask. To put it simply, it smells like a lush store in a pot, to me anyway.
Lush recommends using the mask on clean skin, leaving it on for 5 - 10 minutes and applying a thick layer of the mask to get the maximum benefit of the ingredients. I apply the mask after cleansing, but I generally leave the mask on longer than 10 minutes as I never really time myself. The mask has never dried out completely, but I have found myself watching "Mrs Browns Boys" and felt like my face was cracking when I was laughing, so best set a timer or something! As with the other mask, even with a thick, generous layer of product I managed to get a good 4 or 5 masks out of that little pot!
As with all fresh face masks it needs to be kept in the fridge, so it is really cold and refreshing when applied. When I went into the living room with my family, several Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle jokes were cracked as it does look somewhat greener on your face than it does in the pot. After about 15 minutes, I washed it off then inspected my skin before toning and moisturising. My skin had a weird green hue to it after using this mask, almost like a residue, but my excellent toner took care of that. My face did feel lovely and soft and it smelled nice afterwards, but it was just a generic Lush smell tome, nothing special.
I don't feel that the ingredients lived up to what I had expected of this mask, but this could also have been down to the sales assistant not really identifying my needs properly. My skin was lovely and soft as well as fragrant, but the green tea, ginseng and rose absolute did not improve my skin enough over a couple of weeks to warrant buying this mask again. However, if you have ageing skin or just want something to moisturise it well, I can recommend this mask.
For those of you who regularly read my reviews, you will know what a huge fan I am of Lush products. I literally cannot get enough of them and if I only had to ask for one thing every Christmas, it would be something from their store. Sometimes I buy Lush products as a treat but more often than not I go in looking for a product that will solve a particular problem. In this case, I had wandered in to find a fresh face mask that would resolve my stress-related skin problems. I also just happened to have 5 cleaned out Lush tubs from other products which meant that I got this mask for free!! The actual price for Catastrophe Cosmetic is £5.95. This price might sound steep but I managed to get 4 or 5 (can't remember exactly) masks out of one tiny little pot and this was with a generous layer of product, so evened out over cost per use I think it is pretty good considering it is also freshly made using fresh ingredients.
There are some rather random ingredients in this mask, for example Irish moss, not something I would have ever attributed to good skin. There were plenty of fresh blueberries in my little tub, a super food that I eat frequently as they are an anti-oxidant which also benefits your skin as well as your insides. There is also rose absolute and chamomile which are said to reduce redness and irritation. Rose absolute was also used in a toner that I previously purchased from Lush and it definitely helped to reduce the visibility of my spots. I have such a pale complexion that they already look really red as it stands, so I really do need all the help I can get.
I applied the mask after I had cleansed on an evening. The mask has to be stored in the fridge, so it was lovely and cool when I applied it. Texture wise it is very thick and mud-mask like, so I didn't feel cheated by the quality of the product, yet it went a long way at the same time. I did not expect to get at least 4 masks out of such a small tub. It looked and smelled like a tasty little super food dessert!
I sat with it on for about 10 minutes - anywhere between 5 and 10 minutes is fine - then I washed it off with a cleansing cloth and warm water. It came off pretty easily and as soon as I had dabbed my skin dry it felt instantly smoother than before. Obviously I did not notice any drastic change in my skin straight away - it's a face mask not a miracle cream after all!
I then toned and moisturised as normal. The next morning, I had noticed that the spots did look less red and more "contained". There didn't appear to be any additional skin breakout over the next few days and my skin did look calmer. I used this face mask twice a week during the first week then once a week after that. The Lush advisor recommended keeping the face mask in the fridge for 3 weeks maximum as the product would be past its best after that. I definitely kept it for at least 3 weeks, maybe an extra week (I lose track of time easily).
Catastrophe Cosmetic was packed with gorgeous blueberries and lots of other fresh and effective ingredients that helped bring my skin situation under control. It did not clear my skin completely, but I did not expect this and bought it merely to calm my skin down. After the first 2 applications, I saw a notable difference but continued with it until the pot was finished.
Almost £6 for a face mask might seem a bit steep, but for several applications and visible skin improvement, I would recommend it for that alone. Catastrophe Cosmetic suits troubled skin the most, but there are several options available depending on the problems that you are experiencing with your skin so I would highly recommend asking a Lush advisor to help you choose the best one for your skin.
What did I get from this face mask? Several luxurious face mask sessions that improved the general condition of my skin. It felt lovely, smelled gorgeous and it was packed with fresh blueberries which reassured me it was well worth the money. It calmed my skin down on the whole and as a result I felt more relaxed about my appearance, meaning any further impact on my skin was minimised. I would definitely buy this mask again. I have actually tried to purchase it twice since I finished it but it has been sold out at my local store, so I am guessing everyone else has discovered how effective it is, shame!
As some of you may know, I am a huge fan of Lush products, so when my scalp started causing me grief, off I went to find a solution from one of my favourite stores. I had used Lush shampoo bars before as I find them to be great - they work well, they take up very little space and are great for travelling. They are also very economical, lasting a good 3 months or so depending on how much you wash your hair. Soak and Float costs £5.25 per bar and it is available either online or in your local Lush store exclusively.
My scalp was itchy and flaky as a result of several environmental factors, stress and a change in water type being 2 of these, so this was a natural choice for me. I asked the assistant which one was the best for my problem and she immediately drew my attention to this one. She warned me that the smell is an acquired taste/scent; the only way that I can really describe it is tar mixed with a campfire smell. I personally love that medicinal smell you get with anti-dandruff hair products as it makes me think that it will actually do something to combat the problem. The overall campfire aroma is gorgeous - or I think so anyway - but definitely an acquired taste, a lot of people might be put off by this, but I love it.
For those who have never used a shampoo bar before, it is hardly rocket science; wet your hair as usual, lather the shampoo bar in your hands and massage into your scalp. I know some people literally rub the bar into their scalps but I prefer to do it like this. It produces a good amount of lather, although slightly thinner than a lot of liquid shampoos it is still more than sufficient for a good wash, coating all of my hair. I use it twice every time I wash my hair, but I would also do this with liquid shampoos so this is no reflection on it's effectiveness. I then apply my conditioner as normal and the rest of my hair care routine is the same. I gave it a good few goes before expecting any massive improvement, but it definitely worked; my scalp stopped being itchy, sore and flaky and my hair had that gorgeous smell of campfire for the whole day after! Whilst I was please with the results in the scalp department, I felt that it dried out my hair quite a bit. I have quite dry hair anyway, but after the first few washes, I upped the amount of conditioner than I put on my ends to combat it. I then switched it down to one lather and rinse with Soak and Float which also worked okay, but I was a bit disappointed that it dried my hair out whilst nourishing my dry scalp. It could just be my hair type though.
I would still recommend this product, but for people out there who have dry hair as well as dry scalps, I would take it easy on this shampoo. I maintain that it smells gorgeous, but it isn't for everyone! I would buy this product again, but also copious amounts of conditioner!
I am a big fan of trying new products in the hope of improving my skin, but I am also a huge fan of a bargain. I picked up 2 bottles of this in the sale online as they were ridiculously cheap and I needed something to replace the Roma water from Lush that was close to running out (see my other reviews for this). It was insanely cheap, less than £2 as there was an extra discount offered at the time of purchase and I believe the full retail price is around £4.
The packaging is simple, attractive and as above. The cucumber water has a very slight tinge of colour to it as can also be seen in the picture above, but when applied to cotton wool, it looks pretty much like water. The consistency of the cucumber water is, as stated, water, but the way that the lid is designed means that you can only discharge a limited amount of product at any one time to reduce spillage and make it last longer.
I exercise a strict skincare regime of the cleanse, tone, moisturise variety twice a day; first thing on a morning and last thing at night. I even do this when I am horrendously drunk - call me sad but I don't see why my skin should suffer and I always remove my make up when I get in. The whole point of a toner is to refresh your skin, remove any lingering oils or make up that have not been removed effectively by the cleanser and minimise pores. Once I have cleansed, I gently dry off my face with my towel and pop some of this cucumber water onto a cotton wool pad or ball. I then apply it to my face and neck in small circle motions. I also do this with my moisturiser as I have heard that doing so helps stimulate the circulation in your face and therefore increases blood flow, meaning that toxins are removed more effectively. No sooner than I have started to apply it, I feel this refreshing little tingle all over the skin and it feels as though a cool air is on my face. I do use it on my neck as well as it is important to keep it looking young; a lot of women neglect their necks and I refuse to be one of them.
When I look at the cotton wool after use, there is always a little bit of missed make up or dirt that has come off my neck and I feel instantly better that I haven't let that dirt remain on my skin. As far as the pore minimising quality of toners goes, I don't have huge pores anyway, but the fact that the toner is always so cold and fresh indicates to me that it would minimise pores easily, as this is their natural reaction following exposure to cold liquid. I don't even keep it in the fridge; it is always nice and cold, therefore making it ideal as a follow up to sweaty exercise or even post-sunbathe in a hot country.
The cucumber water has a very light, delicate cucumber smell but above all, it smells fresh! My skin can get quite angry and irritated at times and I do feel that using this water helps to calm it down. This is also helped by the fact that it contains Community Trade organic aloe vera, which is renowned for helping to soothe problem skin.
Would I buy it again?
I paid such a small price for a product that smells amazing, works brilliantly and contains high quality natural and organic ingredients. It is also pretty long lasting; I have used half a bottle in around a month and a half, bearing in mind that it is used twice daily. I feel a million times better removing the grease and grime from my skin and I would be insane not to buy this again. I would most definitely buy it at full price as it is still so cheap for good quality skin care.
I am always looking for new breakfast or snack foods as these are my 2 favourite "meals" of the day. I have tried fruit loaves and things in the past, but never really made it to the end of one as they were too rich or sweet. When I saw this one from an old favourite, Warburtons, I had to give it a go. I paid around £1.20 for a 400g loaf from my nearest ASDA.
The slices are smaller than regular loaves, but each one is packed with a considerable amount of fruit. Each slice has 88 calories so some people might want to go easy on how much butter they put on the top!
I prefer mine toasted, on setting number 2 (no doubt something that varies for every toaster!). I either spread Clover or thin slices of mature cheddar onto it as soon as it's out of the toaster. That might sound weird but it tastes absolutely gorgeous!
The quality of the bread when toasted is good, it has a nice bite to it. There is always that worry with fruit bread that you are going to have some slices packed with fruit and some with the odd raisin, but each slice was packed with a reasonable number of raisins and they were all juicy and succulent. There is also a gorgeous zesty flavour of orange, not too overpowering but definitely there. It is tasty and very moreish; I don't even care about the calorie content if I'm in the mood for a few more pieces.
Despite the fact that it is high in calories for such small slices, I love 2 or 3 slices for breakfast. It also keeps me full for a surprisingly long amount of time, even though it is white bread. I can go 3-4 hours without feeling hungry and it does taste really, really good with mature cheddar sliced or grated on top of it! As part of a balanced diet, there really isn't any problem. There are around 9g of sugar per slice, so do go easy on it.....
I will definitely be buying it again, but not too frequently due to the sugar content. I do like to mix it up at breakfast time!
When I was younger, I never used to eat breakfast as it made me feel sick. I also used to go swimming several times a week early on a morning and I wouldn't eat until I got back. I never thought that breakfast would actually become such an integral part of my day. In fact, I think it is the meal that I enjoy the most!
The thing with breakfast is that it is so versatile; there are no limits. Some days, when I feel really hungry, I will rustle myself up an English breakfast. I refrain from saying "full" because I never have the full monty, I eat little and often so generally go for a few rashers of bacon, a load of mushrooms, a scrambled egg and black pudding if there is any in the fridge. I don't go for the baked beans or fried bread as for me, it is just not necessary and too heavy on a morning (she says after all of the above!).
Another cooked favourite of mine is pancakes; crepe style with butter maple syrup and a side of bacon or home made scotch pancakes. I generally put chocolate chips and/or raisins into the scotch pancakes, or spread some jam on the top of them to add a bit of flavour. Pastries are also a common breakfast food for me. When I lived in France, for the whole second year I would have pastries almost every morning as they were so cheap, readily available and delicious. I really miss my favourite Patisserie, but the pecan pastries or croissants from the supermarket are an "okay" substitute.
It has been a while, but I also love the occasional bagel on a morning, toasted with cream cheese and crispy smoked bacon or smoked salmon on the top. I do have the occasional raisin bagel, but unless I am having fresh fruit alongside my cooked breakfast, or a tasty pastry, it is generally a savoury breakfast over sweet.
The only drinks I really go for on a morning are water, green tea or fresh orange juice, plus espresso if I need to. It generally depends on which of the above options I go for.
I know a lot of people skip breakfast as they don't have time, but I think if you really want to, you really can make time for it, unless you have small children, which I imagine can make it hard. It really does stop you snacking so much during the day though and it's better to have something fatty on a morning than a greasy takeaway on a night. Breakfast is a must for me as I can sometimes work 11 hours a day and I like to feel set up for the day.
I had read a lot about Graze boxes when I was still in France, but obviously I couldn't try them until I had moved back to the UK. For those of you who have no idea what Graze is or does, it is a website through which you can have natural and healthy snacks delivered to your door. My mother purchased a Groupon voucher which allowed me my first 4 Graze boxes for £5, which was great! The usual cost per box is £3.79 and Graze takes it by direct debit. You choose the frequency of the boxes, for example you can choose several days a week, once a week or every two weeks. I currently get them on Saturdays.
At the start, I got a box every week. If you pick Saturday as your box day, you will - without fail through my personal experience - have it on Saturday! Graze are extremely punctual and they actually send you an email when the Royal Mail have picked up your box to reassure you that it is on you way, which I think is a really nice touch. When I first saw the boxes online, I wasn't sure of the size of them and didn't think it would fit through the letterbox, but it fits through easily! The box is thinner than I would have expected, but everything in the box - the box itself, the little plastic snack boxes - are all recyclable, which I love as I am quite "green" these days!
There is a huge choice of snacks that you can receive through Graze, I will list a few of those later on in this review. It is worth mentioning that you cannot choose specific snacks for your box; you have to go onto graze.com and rate the snacks according to your personal taste. There are 4 options, Bin (this means you will never receive it but you can alter later if you change your mind), Try, Like (send occasionally) and Love (send regularly). There is also a small tick box with "send soon" written next to it which you can tick if you are really keen to try something, but this option is not always available on the snack that you may want to try. It is really useful though if there is something you don't particularly like, you can bin all of the items with that ingredient in them.
I won't list all the snacks, if you wish to know what is available you can check out the website. I will, however, list some of my favourite snacks since starting my Graze phase:
1)Fruity Ploughmans - apple and pear chutney with mini poppy seed flatbreads - a really tasty combination, not something I would ever think to try as a combination on my own....
2) Toffee Apple - granny smith apple slices with toffee sauce - a gorgeously thick toffee sauce with flavoursome apple slices, only had this once but it was delicious!
3)Apple Cosmo - lime infused sultanas, cranberries and apple. The combination of these flavours and textures is absolutely gorgeous! I have had this several times and I think that lime infused sultanas are genius and seriously addictive!
4)Chilli and garlic olives - there are actually tine pieces of fresh chilli and a fair amount of garlic on these, it's a delicious savoury combination and I have had these once or twice now as well.
There are some very tasty snacks in the Graze range, some lovely fruit/nut/seed/chocolate combinations. There is always a leaflet included with the snacks to give you all of the nutritional information that you could want regarding the snacks in your box. I won't list all of the snacks on here, as I have said, but there are over 100 different snack options so I have not tried them all myself yet. Some of the flavour combinations are genius and I could easily eat a massive quantity of some of them! The portion sizes looked smaller than I expected but given the nature of the food, it is a really good portion size for filling you up for a reasonable amount of time. Some of the snacks are really high in fibre, some have less than 100 calories, some are equivalent to one of your 5 a day; every snack has its advantage.
The site itself is simple yet attractive and easy to navigate with beautiful and realistic pictures of the snacks themselves (although the boxes looked bigger to me online, the snacks themselves looked as promised!) You can log on and change the frequency of your box whenever you want.
When writing this review, I was tied between giving it 4 stars or 5, the only down side being the price. At close to £4 a box, it seems a bit expensive for what it is. That said, I decided to try buying my own dried fruit and nuts to see if it worked out any cheaper. It did not. I ended up buying larger quantities and getting bored before I reached the end of the bag. I felt it was important to try this before giving my opinion on Graze as I had heard it from a few fellow Graze loving friends. For me, Graze is the better option and they have unique combinations that I have not seen offered anywhere else.
Now time to sign off I think, I have nothing but praise for Graze. the snacks are gorgeous, delivery is flawless, the quality is excellent and it is so much healthier than many other snacks!
In the last couple of years (ish), I have started paying a lot more attention to my skin and moisturising it a lot more regularly than I used to. I have always been a big fan of Body Shop products as I find them excellent and natural smelling compared to other cosmetic brands. I went into the shop for a wander one day and I ended up trying it and falling in love with it. As soon as I had been paid next, I went and bought myself a tube. It was around £10 a tube, which is quite excessive for a tube of hand cream, but I was pretty confident that I was investing in a quality product. I guessed I would find out shortly. I have also since purchased other tubes of this cream at £5 - it seems to frequently be on offer for 50% off, yet the staff always tell me that it is one of their best sellers. At £5 I can say that it is definitely a steal, but onto my review of the product itself....
The packaging is still as above and it looks more expensive than it actually is, not unlike L'Occitane packaging. The cream itself is quite thick and you only need a very small amount, so the tube does go a long way. The smell itself is quite hard to describe. Having never tried the drug myself, I can only comment that it smells very natural and raw. There was a guy at uni who used to smoke insane amounts of it and I remember his grinder smell; that is very much like this cream. Some say it smells like freshly cut grass, if that helps for people who have never experienced the smell. This cream can be quite sickly if used on a frequent aka daily basis, I sometimes take a break from it as I find myself cringing at the smell after a month or so of daily use.
My hands get dry very quickly as I use them for many chores and errands on a daily basis; I think that it is so important to take care of your hands as you do use them for so many things. Cleaning liquids and gels, handling lots of paper, long walks on a col and windy beach....they all play a part in ruining my poor mits, hence the reason I find it important to give them some rehab. I apply this cream on a daily basis at night time when I go to bed. It sinks into my skin pretty quickly and my hands never feel greasy. The smell lingers for quite a while, which is lovely for a while but I generally take a break every month or so for a few days. I can always still smell them in the morning. My skin gets really, really dry to the point where it can crack as I sometimes I over wash my hands between chores. I find that this cream offers instant relief to my skin, it revitalises it and makes it feel silky smooth right away after the cream has been absorbed into my skin.
A tube of this cream generally lasts me about 3 months or so and I do use it quite liberally when my hands are in desperate need of TLC, but people with regular skin could get away with using smaller quantities and making it last even longer. I always keep a tube in my handbag for when my hands are in need during the day and it has become a beauty must for me.
I sometimes suffer from an itchy or flaky scalp and as I often wear black for work, any dry skin shows up really easily, which can be quite embarrassing as you can imagine. I originally purchased this on behalf of my mother. I went for the 400ml bottle at £6 - but I got 10% off with my loyalty card.
Packaging and appearance
The packaging is exactly as above with a flip top that is easy to open and close - nothing worse than an awkward one when you're in the shower! It is also easy to squeeze, but you don't need to squeeze it that hard.
The shampoo itself
£6 might seem like a bit excessive for a bottle of shampoo, but I would rather pay a bit more for something that didn't want to make me slice my scalp open. It has a reasonably thick consistency; a little goes a long way and it is very economical in that respect. The shampoo lathers up really easily and it takes just a few seconds for the smell of ginger to become apparent. It is quite a strong smell, but very natural. For anyone who has ever used root ginger as a hangover cure, it smells exactly like fresh ginger. The smell is very strong, for some people maybe too strong, but it definitely tickles your senses as you use it. I tend to shower on mornings and it definitely wakes my nose up! Very refreshing!
After a good bit of usage, I feel confident to give an honest and useful opinion on how good it is for my hair. To begin with I think it is important to mention that my hair is quite dry anyway and it still feels a little dry but it also leaves my hair really, really shiny which is a lovely and somewhat unexpected bonus. The main reason for using this shampoo was to settle my scalp and I do feel that it has greatly improved it. It feels a lot less irritated, I have less of an urge to scratch, there is a lot less flakiness and my scalp actually feels at peace (finally).
The only negative thing for me was the smell. As refreshing as it was, I actually didn't like smelling it all day long for the first day every time I washed it; the smell was just too strong to me. For some this might be a bonus, but for me it was just too much. For this reason, this shampoo gets 4 stars instead of 5. I would use it occasionally in the future as and when needed but not one of my regular beauty staples. Sorry Body Shop!
I am a huge fan of Lush products and you will see from some of my previous reviews just how much. I love the simple yet attractive packaging, the natural ingredients and the fact that they are against animal testing.
Why did I buy this product?
When I go into Lush, I generally don't have a shopping list, but wait and see where the mood takes me. When I was shopping in York, the sales assistant suggested this shower gel to me as I adore the "Honey I Washed the Kids" soap - think I still need to write a review on that, actually! The initial small was amazing and as I am generally impressed by Lush products, I figured I would give it a go.
How much did it cost?
I only bought a small bottle to try it out. It was around £4, according to the website it is £4.25 for the smallest bottle, which is ideal if you are trying a new product and are not sure if you will like it or not.
How long does it last?
I didn't really keep track how long it lasted to the day, but due to the reasonably thick consistency, you only need a very small amount - I use a shower puff so it creates a lovely lather and lasts that bit longer. It smells absolutely incredible and the whole bathroom smells amazing afterwards - it smells of honey more than anything else; it is a rich, gorgeous, luxurious smell and once I open the bottle, I cannot get enough of it. It is very good for moisturising for the skin as well; I have quite dry skin but it always feels really nice and dewy for a good few hours after a shower with this gel, like my skin has had a good drink of moisture. I don't have to use much body lotion afterwards and the smell lingers for hours, it is brilliant.
Would I buy this product again?
Yes but in a bigger bottle! It is great for my skin, it feels and smells amazing, the smell lasts all day long so there is no need for perfume. I would recommend buying a bigger bottle if you like the smell, even if you have not tried it before, as it is much more cost effective. I plan on running down my insanely huge cosmetics collection and keeping things to a minimum of a few products, but this one is a keeper.
To be honest, vanilla scented stuff never really used to do it for me as I think it can come across quite sickly. However, I was gifted a bottle of this for my birthday last year and being a fan of all things Lush, I felt it only fair that I give it a try!
Price: £11.75 for 250g - in my opinion this is okay for a body lotion and even though some people believe that Lush products are quite expensive, I think that when you take into account how long the products last, it works out very cheaply; the fact that they are also high quality, gorgeous products is just a huge bonus.
Availability: Both online at lush.co.uk and in-store
Packaging: Standard lush packaging as pictured above - recyclable which is great but I wouldn't mind a more adapted bottle for when you get down to a certain level of product towards the end of the bottle. I think that Lush packaging is very simple but effective and attractive at the same time.
I have used this body lotion on and off for over a year as I like to alternate between a few favourite products for my skin and I tend to go through phases, but I really do love the way that it leaves my skin feeling after I use it. It sinks into my skin quite quickly and it leaves my skin feeling really soft all day long. Some people recommend heating body lotion between your hands or something to allow it to sink into the skin quicker but I have never done this and I still find it to be very effective. A small amount goes quite a long way and you will find a bottle lasting you a good few months in total. It is not too runny or too thick.
When in Lush recently, the manager told me that Lush creams and lotions generally have about a year in terms of expiration - they can be used afterwards but they are most effective when still fresh. Some of the unique ingredients in this work hard to rejuvenate skin and I find it great also for when I have really dried out elbows or legs; no job is too big or too small for Vanilla Dee-Lite! I love using it after a long, hot bath or shower.
For me, the smell is, quite frankly, heavenly! I just took my bottle to smell it as I write this. It is also worth mentioning that the smell lasts all day long and there is no need for perfume as it leaves a delicate but gorgeous vanilla scent. Vanilla Dee-Lite also contains coconut, illipe butters and kiwi fruit, which I cannot smell, but there is that definite hint of coconut and something that reminds me of shea butter, for those of you who have ever used it. It really does linger all day or all night and if you use it just before you go to bed, you wake up to find that you also now have a bed that smells of your body lotion! I love this personally, but just bear that in mind.
Would I use it again?
Well, it smells gorgeous, it leaves my skin feeling soft, it is packed full of beautiful, natural ingredients which makes me feel even better about using it and it leaves my bedsheets and clothes smelling gorgeous as well as saving me a fortune on perfume - what more could I want from a body lotion? It lasts ages so it is also good value for money on top of everything else! I always have a bottle of this on the go now, definitely a vanilla convert for Lush products at least!
I have 2 dogs at home, an Italian Spinone (Lottie) and a Tibetan Terrier, but only the Italian Spinone likes to carry things round in her mouth and give them to people, so when I saw this on offer in Pets at Home I had to get it for her. I got my little one some dog treats so she didn't feel left out! The RRP for this at Pets at home was £5.99 but it was on offer for 50% off, meaning that I got it for an absolute bargain of £2.99. This mallard toy comes in a variety of sizes; I ended up purchasing the Large as our dog is like a small pony. You can also purchase the same thing online for around the £6 mark, on Amazon you can definitely get them.
It is identical to the one pictured above in terms of colouring and it has very soft "fur" if you will. There is a squeaker, or should I say a "quacker", inside the duck. It is very well put together and I haven't noticed any manufacturing faults; if anything I would say that the stitching is very well done and also extremely strong to deter the dog from ripping it apart.
Before I move onto anything else, I feel it is important to say that Lottie bounded over to me and took the duck from me as soon as I pulled it out of the carrier bag - I didn't even have time to remove the sticker. I eventually managed to pry it off her several times that night and removed the sticker bit by bit. She did actually have one of these mallards that came with her as a puppy (obviously it was a lot smaller) and she seemed thrilled to have one more adapted to her size! Dad confessed to me that he had thrown her little one away several days before as it was so worn out.
It was visible (or audible) early on that the squeaker worked an absolute dream! It really sounds a lot more like a duck than your typical squeaker inside a toy, so that I was impressed with (although somewhat less impressed at 7am the morning after). The duck slept upstairs after that. Lottie literally beats the living daylights out of this duck just to make it squeak; if it doesn't squeak, she will persist until it does! She became very attached very quickly to this toy just after Christmas and she still carries it about the place now. Amazingly it is still intact and showing no signs of wear or tear. God help you if you want to take it from her; you will be met by a firm grip and a warning growl as if to say "don't you even think about it". Having already withstood a fair few weeks of playing and recalling how much her other duck put up with over the years, the quality really is impeccable and in my opinion definitely reinforced to withstand many a playtime.
I had honestly been thinking about getting her a big duck toy, so the fact that it was half price was just a pure bonus. They seem sturdily made and withstand some pretty tough play from our huge but gorgeous dog. I wholeheartedly recommend these to anyone with a gundog or any other dog that happens to have hunting instincts, just maybe don't take them to the park to see the real thing straight after! You can also get this toy in a variety of other birds such as a swan, Canadian goose and a pheasant. I might have to get her one of these for her next birthday or something!
I am a frequent user of products from the likes of Body Shop and Lush, but at Christmas and my last birthday I was gifted rather a lot of stuff from the Body Shop and I have been slowly working my way through it all ever since. One of the products that I was given was this cute little lip butter pot which I believe retails at around £4 online including postage if you spend below a certain amount.
The packaging is still identical to that pictured above. For those of you who have tried their body butters or body scrubs, it is exactly the same style tub but on a much smaller scale. It is a very "cute" version! The container is made of plastic and it contains 10ml/8.5g of product. I see nothing on the tub that suggests it is recyclable.
The product is of a reasonably thick consistency and very little product goes a long way. If you keep it in a cold place it will go reasonably firm and obviously it will go a lot softer if you keep it somewhere warm, but the same rule applies, it lasts for ages. I have been using this lemon butter a few times a day for the past few months - even more regularly of late due to this appallingly cold and windy weather - and I find that it creates a lovely shield from the cold for my lips and I no longer have to deal with chapped lips which are so unattractive as well as being uncomfortable. The lemon smell is heavenly; I remember when I first opened it I remembered being amazed at how much it smelled like actual lemons, not synthetic or sweet and sickly. It might just be me but I smell a faint hint of sherbet lemon in there too, in the nicest possible way. I am not usually a fan of lemon smelling products but I find this very appealing. On application it does not feel greasy to me and sinks into my lips reasonably quickly. It also leaves my lips with a gorgeous, glossy, natural looking shine which is a total bonus, really.
£4 might seem like a lot for a lip balm when you can get a Vaseline for around the £1 - £2 mark, but sometimes it is nice to have something different. Plus, it lasts a really, really long time, it has a beautiful fragrance and it is very effective at keeping dry lips at bay.
Would I buy it again?
Okay, so I never actually bought it in the first place but I maybe have 1/4 of the tub left now and will eventually have to make a decision when it runs out......at the moment I have several other lip balms to use (and then review!), but when I find myself in need of another lip balm I will most definitely buy this again. FYI, it also tastes really good!! Most definitely recommended.
I haven't gotten round to reviewing my Kindle yet - probably as I spend so much time reading it - but I was fortunate enough to be given one for Christmas. I knew that I would want a cover for it but there was so much choice on Amazon and I didn't want to pay £50 for a cover just because it had a light built in; I didn't see the point. In the end I settled for this one from Amazon and it cost me £8.98 which was an absolute bargain. The brand of the cover is TeckNet. This is engraved in the top right hand corner of the cover but doesn't affect the appearance at all.
It said online that it was good for the Amazon Kindle Keyboard or Kindle 3 and as I have the keyboard model it was compatible with my Kindle. It also stated that it was made out of a synthetic leather and as far as I am aware it is only available in the purple. There were several things that attracted me to this particular cover;
Protection for my Kindle
But there were many more advantages that I began to discover. As you can see from the picture above, there is space for credit cards or bank cards and you can also fit a few folded sheets of paper behind them if you want; I actually have my little Kindle introductory guide in there. This is VERY handy for people who travel as you can put your tickets and cash card in there without much rummaging; separate safe place for passport needed, however.
The Kindle is held in place by the 2 bottom corners being fixed and the top 2 being elastic, meaning that you slip the Kindle in and secure it using the top 2 elastics. It is the perfect fit; easy to removed if you want to but also stays completely secure if you prefer to read it in the Kindle cover.
The cover closes securely with a magnetic clasp on the back. I read several reviews on Amazon before I bought this and people didn't seem to realise this prior to purchase along with the fact that synthetic leather means that it is not real. It drives me crazy when people do not read product descriptions properly. It snaps shut quickly and easily and once closed, the cover protects the Kindle well, keeping it snug but it doesn't press into the screen or put pressure on it anywhere else; the fit is very comfortable. One piece of advice; if you want this, please check that it is compatible with your Kindle regarding the dimensions, the newer models are smaller/slimmer so it would not fit them.
I really do love the colour and quality of the cover. It does look very good for synthetic leather and it is a gorgeous plum purple colour like the one pictured above (taken from Amazon). I also find it to have extra protective qualities; I have dropped it once or twice and the Kindle itself has never been damaged. My flatmate has one of the expensive ones with the light and my cover works just as well for what I want it to do. It holds the Kindle securely, it offers protection when I put it in my bag, it makes travelling that bit easier for documents and credit cards as well as looking very pretty!! Also, despite being dropped a few times, the case has never shown any scratches or wear and tear after several months of use and it is easy to wipe clean.
I think for the money this is an incredibly good buy and to be honest I did not see many Kindle covers that were purple, even in the more expensive ones. It is cheap, effective and whilst I originally purchased it as a cover "to tide me over until I found a really nice expensive one", I have no desire whatsoever to find a more expensive cover, this does everything that I want it to with the bonus of being a lovely colour as well. It makes no sense to buy another one, this one is perfect!!
I remember reading one of these recently and I enjoyed reading it even more than product reviews, so I figured I would write my own. Plus after a lovely, relaxing end to a massively long week, I feel I have achieved an appropriate mindset for such a review. The heavenly glass of Bordeaux that I have just drank has no influence on the following content. Honestly.
1) Family and Hubby to Be
I felt these had to be grouped together as they are one and the same. I get along SO well with all of my family and we speak almost every day, we have such a laugh. As for the fiance, I met him when I was au-pairing in Rome 2 summers ago and a whirlwind romance led to finding the love of my life. I feel blessed. Between my family and him and his family, I consider myself very, very lucky.
People who have dogs will understand....I have an Italian Spinone and a Tibetan Terrier who I generally miss more than my family when I'm abroad. One is little and cheeky and the other is HUGE and thinks she's a lapdog. They have the best personalities and I can always count on the best cuddles.
The rest are in no particular order.....
Who can live without their friends?? They make me laugh, are there for me when I need them and they know me so well it scares me. They're in various different countries so sadly I don't get to see them all the time but I appreciate them just the same and we're pretty good at staying in touch.
I adore cooking so naturally I spend hours looking through cookbooks. I love the fantastic photography, trying new and interesting combinations of flavours and reading the little stories and anecdotes that the chefs include.
Pretty obvious given the above. That said I am skinny! Sometimes nothing beats sundried tomatoes in seasoned oil, buffalo mozzarella and ham. Or equally, some good cheese, baguette and a good bottle of red. Living in France and Italy has really made me appreciate the variety of food we have available to us a few short hours away.
Nothing beats it after a long and stressful day. Or just because my watch hit "wine o'clock". I have now passed this little phrase onto my German and French friends, it's catching :)
I love chilling with a book - or my new favourite gadget, the Kindle. No particular favourite genre, mainly fiction and crime/thrillers though. I love a good guessing game! I also LOVE second hand book shops, never know what you will find!
8) The Beach
Back at home in the North East, I live 2 minutes from the beach and I go there every chance I can get, often with my doggies. I love the sea air, the sound of the waves and the endless sand, along with the sense of freedom I get when I walk/run there.
No matter where I end up travelling, living or staying for a few months, I always love that feeling of being Home Sweet Home with my family, dogs and that sense of familiarity.
10) Clean Bedsheets
I adore that cotton fresh smell so much!
11) LUSH Baths
Showers are the everyday preference due to quickness and a busy schedule, but on a Sunday I love having a huge, hot, sweet-smelling bath wit some LUSH bath-bomb or bubble bath bar or suchlike. It makes me so happy lying there until my skin is super wrinkled.
If I had ordered my list by preference, this would be a lot nearer the top! I speak 4 languages and hope to learn several more when uni is over and other things are not my focus. That said, I speak 3 of the languages that I already know fluently and on a daily basis (obviously English being one of them!) and I love it. I also adore travelling, especially to new place with new people, new languages, new cultures, new sights. Life is too short to stay in the same place for your entire life without seeing the world!
I love buying clothes way too much and I have 3 wardrobes in 3 countries. I like my money where I can see it, hanging in my wardrobe, as Carrie Bradshaw would say!
Healthy and absolutely delicious!!
I hope you enjoyed this and it made you a little bit happy :)