A Lush Christmas – Part Two

Welcome to part two of my reviews on this years Lush Christmas range – I hope you enjoyed the last blog and have managed to get your hands on some of their fantastic products! Here is the second batch of lovely products I’ve tried out from Lush’s Christmas range –

Thundersnow Bath Bomb

Thundersnow Bath Bomb is described as a “peppermint and cocoa absolute weather bomb” and some fellow Lushie’s have described it as smelling of mint chocolate chip icecream!

I’m not overly fussed on mint flavours so I was pleased that this smelt more of cocoa than peppermint, in fact the peppermint is surprisingly subtle.

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Thundersnow is quite a violent fizzer and really does look like a snow storm is going off in your bath water! The bath bomb contains popping candy which crackles like an icy hailstorm, and it takes a good ten to fifteen minutes to fully dissolve!

After the bath bomb has dissolved you are left with lovely turquoise water with pockets of fluffy white cloud like foam, which looks just like the sky would after a nasty storm has passed.

The scent is really refreshing and the cocoa butter contained in Thundersnow leaves your skin feeling really moisturised and soft. Although part of the Christmas range, it would be ideal in the hot summer months to cool and refresh the skin. I really enjoyed using Thundersnow, especially for the bath art and the crackling of the popping candy – one I would definitely use again!

Butterbear Bath Bomb

Butterbear is basically the Butterball Bath Bomb by another name over the Christmas season. It is only a small little bath bomb but certainly packs a moisture punch!

I hadn’t realised this until recently but apparently it is a small bath bomb because it is designed to be used alongside another bath bomb to add some additional oils and butters to moisturise the skin – I think I will have to try this next time!

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The scent is rather a straightforward one – you can mainly detect vanilla and cocoa butter but it also contains ylang ylang oils and a sprinkling of cocoa powder on top.

Butterbear is a fast fizzer which releases lots of tiny little beads of oil into the water, some of which stick to the side of the bath tub which is slightly annoying so don’t forget to scoop them up and use them before you get out!

A lovely version of a Lush classic, and one which is brilliant for the cold winter months to moisturise and replenish dry and damaged skin. Not as effective as the original Butterball bath bomb, but I think this is only because Butterbear is slightly smaller than the usual Butterball bath bomb, an excellent winter warmer!

The Snowman Bubbleroon

Named “bubbleroon” due to the design being similar to that of a mararon, I fell in love with this little guy when I first saw him as part of Lush’s Christmas collection!

I usually cut up and crumble all my bubble bars and put them in pots so they are ready to sprinkle under running bath water, but it was so hard cutting this little guy up! Look at his little face! It was very hard to chop up such a cute little creation!

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This little guy is made up from some great ingredients – cocoa butter, sicilian lemon oil, lemon myrtle oil, shea butter, soya milk powder and dried juniper berries for his little eyes and buttons!

He isn’t a particularly big bubble bar – you could probably get three uses out of it in total but to be honest I would recommend chopping him up and using half in one go to get a worthwhile bath out of it!

It is really hard to explain but once this bubble bar has been sprinkled under running water, under the mounds of fluffy snowy bubbles, the water almost looks like a snow storm! A white misty fog like water, it was really effective! The water was also incredibly soft and moisturising – I really didn’t want to get out the bath! I’m glad I bought a few of these to stock up – it won’t get any easier chopping up his little face before I crumble him into the bath though!

Christmas Cracker Bubble Bar

I loved the look and design of this one and when it arrived in my order I knew I was going to love it because the scent is amazing – it reminds me of those chewy lemon sherbet Refresher bar sweets!

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Apparently Christmas Cracker is not a new product but was redesigned to look far more attractive, and it seems to have worked, as Lushie’s are regularly reporting that they much prefer this new design.

This cracking design (ha ha do you see what I did there?!) is made up of cocoa butter, lemon myrtle oil, lime oil, and neroli oil and is even jam-packed with popping candy for extra effect.

Once it is crumbled under running water the lovely zesty refreshing fragrance fills the bathroom and makes it smell just like a lemon sherbet. It would be perfect for an early morning bath to awaken your senses and perk you up for a long busy day ahead!

The fragrance stays with you long after you leave the bath and I could still detect some of the fragrance on my skin several hours later. The lemon oil is great for cleansing the skin and clearing out your pores and the neroli oil has natural anti-inflammatory properties which makes it perfect for oily and blemished skin.

The bubble bar is a really good size and I think you would easily get four baths out of this one if you wanted to, I did use a third of the bubble bar in one go and found that this was perfect and produced lots of fluffy bubbles in a lovely orange shade of water. The sounds of popping candy were great as I was unwinding in the bath as well!

I did find the bubble bar to be moisturising but not as much as I had anticipated – I wasn’t sure why why this was as it does have cocoa butter in? Still, this wouldn’t put me off from buying several more of these beauties – I really enjoyed using it and have bought a couple of them for family and friends too so I hope they enjoy it as much as I did!

My Two Front Teeth Bubble Bar

I was unsure about this one – I get the idea, that it is based on the song “all I want for Christmas is my two front teeth” but still, it is a bit of a strange one!

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I did love the sound of the ingredients though – lavender oil, tonka absolute, vanilla absolute and neroil oil! Lovely. I could only really detect the scent of vanilla and tonka absolute and the scent of lavender was barely detectable at all, however the bath was so relaxing, I knew one of the main ingredients must have been lavender!

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The bubble bar made a bath full of lovely soft, relaxing bubbles and turned the bath water into a beautiful shade of light purple. The water was really moisturising and this was another bath that I spent as long as I could in!

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I’m not particularly keen on the design, and it isn’t a massive bubble bar (you could stretch it to three baths but I think it would be far more worthwhile splitting the bubble bar into two uses), but the smell is lovely enough to make me buy some more to last me over the next few months. At least I won’t feel as bad cutting and chopping this one up as I do with the Snowman Bubbleroon!

Berry Berry Shower gel

I couldn’t wait to try this – it is a bright green shower gel full of glitter which smells of berries – perfect! It isn’t particularly Christmassy I would say, but was still one of the products on the top of my list to try from the Lush festive range.

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Berry Berry is made up of cranberry infusion, sweet wild orange oil, fresh blueberry juice, bergamot oil and olive leaf absolute. Cranberry is known for its cleansing anti-oxidants.

The gel itself is quite thick and produces a really lovely fluffy lather so I think this bottle will last me ages! It left my skin feeling lovely and soft and moisturised, however Berry Berry shower gel is also now available in the “naked” version, and fellow Lushie’s have reported that the naked version of the product is more moisturising than the shower gel in a bottle version – I think I will have to invest in one of these to test out the theory!

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I hope they will bring this scent out in a bubble bar or bath bomb version!

Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly

I have to admit I am not a massive fan of shower jellies. I’ve got a few stocked up and I’ve already made a promise to myself that I won’t buy anymore as they tend to be the last product I reach for to be honest….

One Lushie recommended putting the jellies into a food mixer to make them into a mushy-liquid type consistency to make them easier to use but I haven’t attempted to try this yet, I’m worried how they will turn out!

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Anyway, I ordered one of these to try because I wanted to know what the scent was like and when it arrived I was pleased to find that it is shaped into a half-sphere shape rather than the normal “tub” shape. This made it easier to get in and out of the pot, and a million times easier to use in the shower as it was a perfect shape to hold in the palm of your hand whilst running it over your skin.

With the other shaped jellies I find they slip out of your hand and are incredibly difficult to hold onto, or break off or are really difficult to get to lather up.

The added glitter to the top of the jelly was a bonus too, it made it feel all the more Christmassy!

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Santa’s Belly contains lots of lovely ingredients including star anise infusion, carrageenan (seaweed) extract, fresh apple juice, red grape juice, bergamot oil, rose absolute, neroil oil and orange flower absolute! Wow!

I think the most prominent smell in this jelly is the apple scent – quite strong but fresh and crisp smelling. You can almost detect the rose smell as well, but don’t let this put you off if you aren’t a fan of flowery scents – I’ve already bought a couple more of these for stocking fillers for the guys as it is an almost musky rather than flowery aroma.

This shower jelly is easier than normal jellies to lather up, and leaves your skin feeling very silky smooth. It is still quite tricky to keep hold of but gets easier with practice! If you are struggling then you can always lather them up in a shower pouf or sponge, which is just as effective. The scent is long-lasting and I was still able to smell it several hours after using it in the shower.

Not necessarily one of my favourite scents, but I would say it was my favourite shower jelly, I’m pleased I bought a few as stocking fillers as they have a lovely all round scent and are a bit of a novelty item as well!

Santa Baby Lip Scrub – Pot

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this lip scrub – I meant to get one last year and didn’t get round to it! The only lip scrub I use on a regular basis is the bubblegum flavoured one so I was looking forward trying a new flavour.

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The Lush lip scrubs are incredible – simply scoop some out of the pot on your fingertip and slather all over your lips and then give it a good rub to exfoliate and leave your lips feeling soft and smooth. Don’t rub too hard though – it really does the trick and can leave your lips feeling a bit sore if you aren’t careful!

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The lip scrubs are made of caster sugar which is what gives them their exfoliation qualities, and Santa Baby contains extract of cherries and dates in jojoba oil which give it its delicate but lovely smell. Santa Baby is also full of lovely scented oils to moisturise your lips and create the overall “cola” flavoured scent, including extra virgin coconut oil, lime oil, aniseed oil, and black pepper oil!

As an added bonus it also contains little red hearts for effect! I love the scent and I love the lip scrub products so this one is a win-win! A couple of lucky people will find a pot of this in their Christmas Eve boxes this year too!

Santa Baby Lip Scrub – Naked Version

This year Lush have really gone all out to try and reduce the amount of packaging their products come in, so one of these fantastic creations are their lip scrubs in a “naked” packaging free version!

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They are almost like little bars of soap and if you read my Halloween Lush blog which included a review of the Black Rose Naked lip scrub you’ll know I wasn’t too keen on the thought of these to start with! I was concerned with the germ factor seeing as you would be holding the scrub on one end and then applying it to your lips with the other, but as soon as I used the Black Rose naked lip scrub I was a complete convert!

The naked lip scrubs are far easier to use and far less messy and you also have far more control over how abrasive you are with the scrub when applying it to your lips. I find the texture much nicer as it is gritty but not crumbly and messy and also find it to be far more moisturising than its potted lip scrub equivalent! I urge you to give these a try!

Tree-D Bath Melt

I love the design of this one! It comes in two halves which you slot together and it looks really effective! Be careful when storing bath melts, particularly this time of year with warm houses and the heating on as they do start to melt much easier than other Lush products!

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Tree-D melts really slowly when you put it in the bath water and it’s really quite mesmerising! It smells amazing, and contains some fantastic ingredients including Cocoa butter, almond oil, tangerine oil, and grapefruit oil!

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The tangerine and grapefruit oil are uplifting and great for refreshing and toning, and the almond oil is brilliant hydration for the skin and hair.

Once Tree-D has completely dissolved you are left with a lovely green coloured bath water which is full of lovely moisturising and scented oils! Tree-O is probably my favourite bath melt so far! If you don’t want to use it all at once then just use one half at a time, that makes this £4.50 purchase even better value for money!

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Highly recommended! A lovely Christmas themed product ideal for those cold winter months – I’m definitely going to stock up on a few of these on my next Lush visit!

Candy Cane Roulade Shower Smoothie

I’m not a massive fan of really strong mint flavoured products – I like softer spearmint scents rather than peppermint flavours but I was looking forward to trying this product as it sounded like a perfect combination! A shower scrub, soap and moisturiser all rolled into one!

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I was a bit disappointed when it arrived, it isn’t as solid as the soaps and so where it had got slightly warm and was wrapped in a cellophane wrapper, it had started to “sweat” and leaked a bit over the other products which was a bit frustrating.

The shower smoothie contains fresh mint and cypress oil. The scent is definitely minty but is by no means overpowering, more a sweet and refreshing minty smell, which is where I suppose the Candy Cane name came from!

The roulade itself is just like a candy cane – red and white striped – with the red layer being made from honeydew melon pulp. This holds the softer, creamy layer together and also makes it easier to keep a grasp on while in the shower. Candy Cane roulade also contains cocoa butter and cedar wood oil to moisturise your skin, and when you use it, it gives off a lovely invigorating minty sweet smell which lasts throughout your shower and on your skin for some time after.

I was a bit disappointed at the amount of lather it produces (I do like a lot of lather!) but I wonder if this is because I didn’t use the whole bar and only cut a chunk off instead (as I do with all my soap products). A fellow Lushie recommended breaking a piece off and then lathering it between your hands before putting it on your skin which is more effective than trying to lather it on your skin – I will give this a go next time and see how I get on.

I found after using it that my skin was lovely and soft and moisturised but overall I was a bit non-plussed about this product, perhaps because minty products are not my favourite. Plus the £6.95 price tag for a relatively small product was a bit off-putting, especially because the chunk I cut off to use was nearly all gone after just one shower!

Would I buy this product again? Probably not I’m afraid!

Saucy Snowcake Soap

This is going to sound rather strange but I am still a bit undecided about this soap! It looks absolutely amazing and I love the design and most of its ingredients, but there’s one of the ingredients that makes the scent a little bit strange…. I haven’t quite figured it out yet!

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Apparently this soap is a re-invention of the Snowcake soap, which was very popular with Lushie’s, so this new design has been met with a mixture of both positive and negative reviews.

Saucy Snowcake’s ingredients are a mixture of regular, popular ones such as cranberries, rose absolute, organic clove infusion and cassie absolute, and then some more unusual ingredients like white breadcrumbs and cashews! It also contains cocoa butter and coconut oil for moisturising purposes.

The soaps middle layer is the ground cashew nuts which are designed to exfoliate, which they do very well, but which are also a little bit scratchy so be careful! The soap itself does not produce much lather at all which is a real downside for me, but the cranberry top layer is very fruity and uplifting which is a nice touch. The soap also did leave my skin feeling really soft and moisturised, so as I say, I am a bit torn about this product…..

I am going to use it a few more times and see how I get on – if you guys invest in one I would be really interested to hear what you think of it!!

Anyway, that wraps up the second edition of my Lush Christmas range blogs! I will hopefully see you tomorrow for the third instalment for even more lovely, festive Lush treats!

Kylie Lip Kits and Glosses

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Hello makeup lovers! It’s about time I wrote a blog about some of my favourite makeup products!

I wasn’t sure about writing a blog about Kylie Lip kits, as although I love makeup and cosmetics, I’m not very outgoing with the colours I choose and I tend to stick with “safe” colours such as varying shades of nudes!

However I do love the Kylie Lip Kits and glosses and have already ordered several, so I think they are definitely worth a mention!

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One thing I do find frustrating about the Kylie Cosmetics range is that items are currently only available to order directly through the Kylie Cosmetics website and, living in the UK, this means high delivery charges and then, even more annoyingly, customs charges are then charged on top! This means reasonably priced cosmetics end up costing you a pretty penny in the end! My advice? Make a note which items you want to order and keep an open for buy one get one free offers on the lip kits! These buy one get one free offers do come up quite regularly and will of course save you money on products and money on postage if you buy a few items at a time! Keep your eyes peeled on the Kylie Cosmetics Instagram page where these special offers are usually announced! Make sure you get in early though as products sell out very, very fast!

The Kylie Lip Kits consist of one liquid lipstick and one pencil liner. I’ve only bought the matte variety of kits so far but they are also available in the velvet variety. The lip liner is an ultra long wearing lip liner with a creamy texture which glides on very easily. The lip liner can be sharpened in most standard sized sharpeners. The matte liquid lipstick contains a “high intensity pigment” which is extremely long wearing but also very moisturising, so the long wearing of the lipstick does not dry out your lips.

Anyway, the Kylie Kip Kit and glosses I have tried so far are:

Maliboo Lip Kit

Maliboo is recommended for use on fair to light and light to medium skin tones and is a light cool-tone nude colour.

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Maliboo

It is my favourite lip kit colour so far and I’ve already stocked up in case it is discontinued!

Moon Lip Kit

Moon is recommended for use on light to medium skin tones and is a taupe nude colour.

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Top to bottom Maliboo and Moon

Exposed Lip Kit

Exposed is a warm mid-tone beige colour.

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Top to bottom Maliboo, Moon and Exposed

Dolce K Lip Kit

Dolce K is a deep beige nude colour.

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Top to bottom Maliboo, Moon, Exposed and Dolce K

and the glosses I have tried so far are:

King K Metal Matte Lipstick

King K is a soft metallic gold colour. The Metal Lipstick gives you bold metallic lips with a creamy feel and smooth texture.

While this is a long wearing formula, again it does not dry out your lips. Throughout the day your lips remain moisturised with a shimmering metallic finish.

Many people layer the King K lipstick over the top of their favourite matte lipstick for an ultra-dramatic look.

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Top to bottom Maliboo, Moon, Exposed, Dolce K and King K

Literally Gloss

Literally is a neutral mid-tone nude. I especially love this gloss because Kylie Cosmetics sent it to me for free when I placed an order during their last buy one get one free offer, as an apology for making me wait for my order because some items were out of stock! Bonus!

The glosses are again ultra-pigmented and glide on the lips smoothly and evenly. A blend of vitamin E and highly moisturising ingredients provide hydration and moisturise the lips, while natural lip enhancers provide volume.

Again you can wear the Literally Gloss alone or layer on top of your favorite Matte Liquid Lipstick.

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Top to bottom Maliboo, Moon, Exposed, Dolce K, King K and Literally

I hope this has given you an idea of the product – as I tend to go for the same nude/neutral colours, here is an idea of some of the other shades which are currently available:

Pumpkin (a dirty mid orange tone)

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Wicked (a deep violet)

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Mink (a rich taupe brown)

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Kristen (a warm brown berry)

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Vixen (a “blackened vampy plum)

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Mary Jo K (a deep red)

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22 (a vibrant burnt orange)

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As these products are only currently available directly through the Kylie Cosmetics website, please please be wary of all the fakes that are doing the rounds on places like eBay. Even the fakes are very difficult to spot so cost wise, if they look too good to be true, they probably are – don’t waste your money or risk buying cosmetics filled with god knows what ingredients!!

A really highly recommended product – I just hope they will soon be more easily available in UK stores!