JolieBox September 2012

Posted on: Saturday, 22 September 2012

After a fairly average GlossyBox this month (which I may blog my thoughts on this weekend), I was hoping for some great things from JolieBox who remain my favourite beauty box for content. Having not received a dispatch e-mail, I was completely bemused as to what the postman had for me this morning - and even more confused when I opened it up to see the same boxes as last month (I had the pink one then, but this is one of the others that was part of the series). Maybe they had some spare stock, who knows, but I'm happy to have another colourful box to add to my little collection!


On first impressions I was a little horrified about how empty the black bag inside seemed - but then my beady little eyes clocked Balmi & Redken and I was sold. I LOVE this box - bear with me and you'll find out why.


On the front cover this month is Susan Chyi, the founder of Jelly Pong Pong (which she sold to investors last year) and her new company, So Susan Cosmetics. Jelly Pong Pong was featured in the July GlossyBox and So Susan had two products in last month's JolieBox. The magazine's a good one this month and nice and long, too.

 Balmi Lip Balm in Mint, RRP £4.99
I'd actually been wanting to buy this for a while so I was so pleased to find this nestled in my box. I also wanted the Mint flavour so this was perfect for me. I'm not sure what other flavours were included this month so I'll be interested to see what other people have got in theirs. It's described as "a lip balm containing SPF 15 to moisturise your lips and provide protection from harmful UVA rays". I put this on straight away and was so happy to feel how moisturising it is - it's actually a really soft balm inside and the ball shape means it applies to all of your lips easily. So happy with this!

Update: This was everything I wanted it to be and more. Whilst not as naturally beneficial as their American counterparts EOS, these are beautifully soft and smooth and apply like a dream. It keeps my lips feeling soft and nourished for hours and I adore the sweet minty scent. I'm definitely going to be purchasing some of the other 'flavours'.


I can't find an RRP for this but it's described as a "full size" by JolieBox. They say it's "a moisturising and reviving face mask with yummy fruit extracts for all skin types". Mango is one of my absolute favourite fruit scents so I can't wait to use this.

Update: On second inspection, I was disappointed to see how much alcohol was in these. Nonetheless, because I generally use natural "kind to skin ingredients", I didn't think a one off would do too much damage. I opened the packet and it was a very thick, transparent orange gloop and there was far too much of it to go on my face. It smelled vaguely of mango, and wasn't an unpleasant smell. This is a peel-off mask so it dries into a tacky film which you then peel off your face. It took a long time to dry because of the sheer amount of product and in all honesty didn't do much to my face so I wouldn't repurchase this.

Redken Align 12 Protective Straightening Lotion, 30ml, Full Size RRP £15.15
This is described as "the best selling lotion...controls hair for naturally straight results, whilst providing heat protection and banishes frizz". Although my hair is naturally pretty straight, Redken is a fantastic hair care brand and I will definitely be giving this a go. It's a generous sized 30ml product.

 Dr Bragi Bio Marine Exfoliant, Full Size RRP £25.00
The transparent packaging of this is a bit odd, but I've heard good things about this brand. JolieBox call it an Extra and describe it as "a marine based exfoliant to smooth, cleanse, brighten and renew tired skin". It's nice to see 2 sachets and this is right up my street so I'm looking forward to using this too.

Update: This is a brilliant product - it truly does what it says on the tin. I might consider repurchasing the full size when I've used up my other exfoliators - currently the L'Occitane Angelica exfoliator which I alternate with a Dermalogica one and an Elemis FreshSkin offering.


Twistband Hair Tie, RRP $2.00
This looks like it's an American brand - and is described as "a twistband to keep your pleats, buns and ponytails secured without leaving bumps in your hair afterwards". Great concept so I'll try this out and report back. Pretty cheap and cheerful but I like them anyway!



So that's the contents of this month's box and I'm pretty chuffed because I'll definitely use everything that's in there and it has a product I was planning on buying anyway. Have you had your box yet? Leave me your links/let me know what you got!

PS Apologies for the iPhone photos...I'm blogging in bed! X


No More Page 3!

Posted on: Friday, 21 September 2012

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Something a little different from me today, so if you want a beauty post, feast your eyes elsewhere!

Let me start by saying that in no way am I an ardent, bra-burning feminist, but like most women of today I believe that gender equality should be mandatory across all aspects of life and society and that sexist attitudes and actions have absolutely no place in the world we live in today.

You may have heard about the 'No More Page 3' campaign that's been getting a lot of media attention this past week. It's calling—quite simply—for the editor of everyone's favourite (!) red top The Sun to stop its Page 3 features. The petition sums up the cause more eloquently than I could, so here it is:
"We are asking Dominic Mohan to drop the bare boobs from The Sun newspaper.
We are asking very nicely. 
Please, Dominic. 
No More Page 3. 
George Alagiah doesn’t say, ‘And now let’s look at Courtney, 21, from Warrington’s bare breasts,’ in the middle of the 6 O’ Clock News, does he, Dominic? 
Philip and Holly don’t flash up pictures of Danni, 19, from Plymouth, in just her pants and a necklace, on This Morning, do they, Dominic? 
No, they don’t. There would be an outcry.  
And you shouldn’t show the naked breasts of young women in your widely read ‘family’ newspaper either. 
Consider this a long overdue outcry. 
Dominic, stop showing topless pictures of young women in Britain’s most widely read newspaper, stop conditioning your readers to view women as sex objects.Enough is enough. 
Thank you."
I personally believe that not only is Page 3 a derogatory and outdated feature, but the fact that it is accessible as freely as a pint of milk, and included in the supposedly respectable news media, is not right. In an overtly-sexualised society, seeing naked bodies is no rarity, but its inclusion in the opening pages of the most bought paper in Britain should no longer be accepted. Like many have said, I wouldn't want my own children to think that this was how women should be looked at—mindlessly ogled by millions on a daily basis, and I certainly wouldn't want my daughters to believe that as a woman they should expect that kind of attention based on the size of their chest. As a big-busted girl myself I feel that features like Page 3 do more harm than good in terms of inviting the kind of attention that for many women is not only unwanted but actually makes them feel very uncomfortable.

Most magazines featuring naked men and women are covered up and placed on the top shelf. Without going into my thoughts on that, that is where I believe these kind of ideas and images should stay—for now, at least. Away from the eyes of the many who don't want to see it, not to mention children, as an opt-in solution: not emblazoned boldly in the pages of the country's "favourite newspaper".

If you want to sign the petition then you can do so here.

Thanks for reading!

Quick Beauty Tips: Reuse Your Nail Polish Remover Pots

Posted on: Friday, 14 September 2012

The "1 second" (read: 30 seconds, but nonetheless great) nail polish remover pots have been all abuzz in the beauty world of late, and I've been a total convert to these little pots, mostly thanks to the fact they've saved me from one of the things I hate most in the world: manually scrubbing my nails against a cotton pad which ends up sticking to my nail.

These little beauties are £4.99 a pop, and given they don't last all that long (about a month for me and I use it 3 or 4 times a week), they are quite pricey. Although I've ordered myself 2 more (Bourjois are buy one get one half price at Boots at the moment by the way!), I got caught out the other night when, whilst trying to take off some particularly difficult nail polish, I noticed it was leaving a sticky film of grey sludge all over my fingers because of all the polish that gets left in there, and it was struggling to remove the nail polish.

To tide me over until my new pots arrived, I poured in 2 capfuls of a Sally Hansen nail polish remover - around the £2 mark at Tesco - and got to work as usual. To my surprise, this worked better than the original Bourjois remover had, removing the polish in a couple of seconds and didn't leave a film around my nails at all. It was honestly like having a brand new pot - and given I could refill it 7 or 8 times from a £2 bottle of nail polish remover - I make this a saving of around £35. So I don't think it's any magic Bourjois formula; more that the twisty sponge is the secret to the effectiveness of these pots.

Will you be reusing your pots with much cheaper nail polish remover? Let me know if it works as well for you as it did for me!

Beauty Blogging: My Experiences

Posted on: Thursday, 13 September 2012


I thought I'd do a post today on the world of blogging from the eyes of someone who is very much still starting out in a cyber world that was and is a very daunting and often intimidating place to set up camp. When I first started blogging here in 2010, I was procrastinating, blogging as a way to take my mind off the fact I had my A-Levels round the corner and should really have been revising for those instead. I think I soon got that message and, feeling disheartened after a couple of posts with sparse response, packed up my little online life and set sail for the summer holidays and University in the “real” world.

My love for cosmetics continued meanwhile and it was in May of this year, (again around exam time—notice a pattern?) that I put pen to paper again and began blogging more regularly. I've posted around 100 times since then, had around 8000 views, and gained 35 followers. For most bloggers, that is an absolutely paltry set of stats. For me, I'm happy: my readers interact with my blog regularly and I have had some really overwhelming, lovely feedback from people. I've hidden my follower count for the simple fact that I believe it is a platform on which you are exposing yourself to a pretty instantaneous judgement. For many people, low follower count = shit blog content. Without wanting to blow my own trumpet, I like what I post, I believe I write fluently and have opinions worth writing about. I would much rather someone stumbled across my blog and had a good read of what I had to say before making their 'to follow or not to follow' decision, rather than seeing how few followers I had and instantly writing me off as a boring blogger with boring posts and boring opinions.

So why do I not have followers, I ask myself. Do I not blog enough? Is my blog not pretty enough? Where am I putting a foot wrong? I am determined to let my blog gain its readership naturally (when people stumble upon my blog and genuinely like it) so I always knew it would be slow-going. I'd rather have 5 readers who enjoyed reading my ramblings than 500 who signed up because I was offering 2 MAC lipsticks in a giveaway. I don't want to irritate my Facebook friends or Twitter followers by advertising my wares all over their timelines—I know that Social Networking is absolutely crucial to building your online presence but this is a large part of what I do for my day job (also in the beauty industry) and quite honestly I feel a significant degree of trepidation about putting myself out there in such a way for all my “real life” friends, especially when half of them are blokes who would probably just unfriend me or unfollow me anyway.

The majority of my hits are unique visitors redirected from Google Search. Depressingly, one of the top link-backs is from the search 'Crazy Nude' (from a By Terry lipgloss I reviewed back in May, but I'm guessing this wasn't what the Googlers were after). Another large bulk are GlossyBox and JolieBox posts: get in there quick, and you get the stats, I suppose. To me, stat counting is a depressing part of blogging life. Sometimes I'll refresh my idle screen after two hours, to find I've had seven hits. I should be pleased: 7 real-life lovely people have come and looked at my blog. Instead, sometimes, I feel like throwing in the towel. It's a Catch-22: I'm not out there to shamelessly self-promote, because it's just not really me, and I don't want to feel like I'm “buying” my followers with competitions; at the same time, I feel like my blog is a little 'lost' amongst a sea of prettier, more individual, more popular bloggers, and maybe if I did exactly what they did, I could have a part of that too.

I've had a couple of companies approach me which has been a nice reassuring boost in the right direction, that my blog is doing the right things, and that I can be a 'proper' blogger. I never wanted to monetise my blog and I certainly never set foot in this for freebies: two things that do come to bloggers who put in time, hard work and effort to make their sites truly brand friendly, but this is a bonus as I'm sure many will agree. I would never ever want to bemoan another blogger's success and I hope that is not inferred at all in this post: it is simply a big, tangled web of my thoughts on blogging and my experience. Whether you are looking back on when your blog was just a little sprite, or are just starting out, hopefully you will feel akin to some of these thoughts. I hope I haven't come across too glum about it all! I love blogging, it's my hobby, and I will plod along from where I am now. I don't want to go against my values and if that means I remain a small beauty blog then so be it: I just hope you all continue to enjoy what I write and leave the lovely comments that I have felt really heartened by. So for now, I think, I'll stay in my little corner.

Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation

Posted on: Tuesday, 11 September 2012







Photos taken after 6 hours of wear - hopefully you can still see the 'glow' that this gives!

Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation, £28

This was another much-hyped release of 2012 which got the blogging world talking. Following in the footsteps of YSL Touche Eclat, the illuminating concealer of all illuminating concealers, this had a lot to live up to for a lot of women. I'll start by saying that for me, Touche Eclat never lived up to its hype. In simple terms, it just didn't do anything. I tend to go for medium to full foundation coverage and apply a lot of concealer—my cheeks and nose are very red and I have small burst capillaries around my under eyes and eyelids (get back, green eyed monsters!) I had to use Touche Eclat on top of 'normal' concealers because it was just not strong enough on its own, and even then I didn't feel like it did much illuminating. So that's still in my make up drawer about four years after I first bought it!

Quite often I will snap up a new release without doing my homework, but because of my experience with Touche Eclat I wanted to make sure this would work for me. Luckily it seemed to offer what I needed from a foundation, and I suppose it was the comparisons to my all-time favourite foundation—NARS Sheer Glow—that sealed the deal for me. I guessed at a colour (I know—major sin), BR30, and I'm pleased to say that I really, really love this foundation.

Applied on top of my Bella Pierre Primer* and with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush, this foundation is an absolute dream. Medium coverage and enough to blot out the major redness on my cheeks, the photos above were taken a full 6 hours after first application, with no touch-ups whatsoever. Pretty good, I think! Like most YSL products this has a scent, but it is light, fresh, quite floral and definitely not offensive, even to those of you who religiously use scent-free products.

I think I got the colour match pretty much spot on and I think this might do a better job than my NARS Sheer Glow at neutralising my cool undertones. I can see this quickly becoming my go-to foundation – it's light, breathable yet provides just the right amount of coverage and lasts all day.

Have you tried Le Teint Touche Eclat? Do you love it as much as I do, or did it fail to live up to its expectations?

NOTD: Essie 'Cute As A Button'

Posted on: Monday, 10 September 2012





Essie 'Cute As A Button', £7.99 from Boots/Superdrug

Today's NOTD is a throwback to Summer 2009, when Essie released this classic favourite - Cute As A Button. Described as a "juicy persimmon delight", this is a warm-toned bright coral. I'm wearing this to clutch on to the remnants of summer, despite the fact it is drizzling and pretty damn cold outside! 

This is one of the polishes that Essie brought out for their diffusion line for Boots and Superdrug, bottles of cult-classic colours with a newly improved wide pro brush. I ordered my bottle online so I have the old, thinner brush (which I actually like better - shock horror). This is one of Essie's better formulas and it applied beautifully, requiring 2 coats for full opacity and 3 for a more 'airbrushed' look.

This is a very bright polish so perhaps not totally office-friendly (oops), but one to think about when the warmer weather draws round in 9 months time (sob).

Do you have Cute As A Button? What do you think of it?

How Much Is Your Face Worth?

Posted on: Saturday, 8 September 2012

My second post of the day! This never happens. I thought I'd do the 'How Much Is Your Face Worth' tag that's been popular on the beauty blog circuit lately...



  1. Bella Pierre Primer - £45.00
  2. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation - £29.50
  3. bareMinerals Correcting Concealer - £21.00
  4. bareMinerals Foundation - £24.00
  5. NARS Illuminator - £22.00
  6. MAC MSF Light Year - £21.50
  7. NARS Laguna Bronzer - £25.00
  8. NARS Torrid Blush - £21.00
  9. MAC Shy Girl Lipstick - £14.00
  10. NARS Greek Holiday Lipgloss - £17.50
  11. MAC Eyeshadow Satin Taupe - £12.00
  12. MAC Eyeshadow Carbon - £12.00
  13. Kryolan Satin Powder - around £6.00
  14. MaxFactor False Lash Effect Mascara - £10.99
  15. MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack - £14.00
  16. Bella Pierre Brow Kit - £45.99
TOTAL - £341.48

I'll be the first to admit that that is a shocking amount of money and one of the highest totals I've seen of this tag. That being said, there are also things I use so sparingly I'm unlikely to ever run out (some eyeshadows, my NARS Illuminator, the MSF, and the NARS blushes for instance). I also spend an absolute pittance on things like clothes, shoes and bags, so my monthly expenditure on the "unnecessaries" is probably not as huge as it sounds. This is my most expensive daily make up routine - I'm not averse to drug store brands whatsoever - so if you take into account that some days I'll wear a spattering of Rimmel's Wake Me Up foundation (£7.99), a lick of mascara (£10.99) and some Revlon Lip Butter (£7.99), that would take the total way down to £26.97, and wear this kind of make up for nights out and when I have time to sit down and really "put my face on" then it also is not quite so appalling. End of me making excuses, trying to convince myself it's not as bad as it seems!

Have you done this tag? Leave me the link below and I'll come and have a look!

NARS Venice Lipstick








NARS Sheer Lipstick in Venice, £17.50

Last weekend I picked up this beautiful lipstick from NARS at House of Fraser in Westfields. In terms of quality I believe NARS lipsticks are second to none: pigmented, moisturising, long-lasting and with a beautiful colour range. They have three types: satin, sheer and semi-matte, and I own lipsticks from all three ranges - there is not a single one that falls short. 

This lipstick is called Venice, is one of the Sheer formulas, and is described as a 'soft frosted pink'. If you're thinking MAC Angel, think again; this is considerably more frosted than Angel, and seeing as I was reluctant to get that, buying this was going way beyond my comfort zones. I normally go for bold, fairly matte shades and I suppose I always associated frosted lipsticks with older women. Someone online described frosty lipsticks as "hooker lipsticks", so, you know - that kind of thing.

Luckily, I love this lipstick. The frost is more of a sheen, the shimmer is classy (if that makes sense) and it feels so smooth and luxurious on the lips. I think this will become a winter staple for me - it's such a soft, true light pink, without verging on sickly pastel pink or "granny" pink (I feel awful saying that)!

Have you tried Venice before? I'd never heard of it before I bought it. What do you think of it?

How I Deal With: Fine Hair

Posted on: Thursday, 6 September 2012

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How I Deal With Fine Hair

My relationship with my hair is a funny thing. By nature I have long, mostly straight, very fine blonde hair. My childhood memories of it are mostly having my mum hack a comb through it after it had been drenched in some sort of “no tears” detangling spray. Both my mum and my dad have fine hair, so I was kind of screwed from the get go, but like in most aspects of life, you have to make the best of what you have and I certainly think you can have it tougher than having fine hair.

Here's what I like about my fine hair:
  • whilst it may be fine, I have a lot of it. This makes disguising its fineness pretty easy.
  • I know that waking up to a hair disaster is a rare occurrence—whilst the first words that come to mind on many a morning are 'limp' and 'lifeless', I never have to turn on my GHDs in a panic to tame frizz or flyaways
  • it is, at the height of its craziness, quite wavy. This looks nice!
Here's what I don't like about my fine hair:
  • there is NO natural volume to my hair
  • I have an oily scalp. Combine this with fine hair = quick to get greasy, looks dead and unhappy
  • it tangles constantly. It tangles on contact with pretty much anything, so after a day hanging down the back of my jumper or t-shirt I normally have a miniature dreadlock to contend with in the evening.
  • It is near on impossible to style my hair with heat and get it to stay in place, at least not without copious amounts of hairspray
  • Wearing extensions is a bit of a bitch because the hair isn't thick enough for them to really grip on to, so after a night out I look like a bedraggled mess with half of them falling out
Here's what I do to maximise my fine hair and keep it in good condition:
  • Luckily, I'm a fan of beachy waves. This is about as extreme as I can get my hair to go without having to pulverise it with heavy duty hair spray and electrics.
  • Looking after my split ends is really important. Because my hair is quite vulnerable, it splits quickly and easily. So detangling & repairing is kind of a two step, simultaneous process that I have to keep going pretty much all the time.
    • Hair Oils: A godsend. I like MoroccanOil as a general hair oil - it's around £30 for 100ml (you can get it in smaller bottles). If this is out of your budget, you should try Agadir Argan Oil Treatment*. It's half the price & has pretty much the exact same ingredients. I know it isn't raved about or even well known on the beauty blogging circuit but I cannot discern any real difference between it and its more upmarket, popular counterpart. If you are fine-haired like me, use sparingly. A 5p sized blob in your hand should do the trick. I rub the oil into my hands and then lightly run it through my hair, avoiding roots, with my fingers. If I feel like I'm in danger of split ends or my hair is drier than usual, I pour out a tiny bit more oil and massage this just into the tips of the hair. Kerastase Elixir Ultime Millennium Rose is designed especially for us finer-haired females (and males, I suppose), and is an incredibly lightweight beautifying oil for the hair. Whilst MoroccanOil & Agadir are thick and viscous oils, Elixir Ultime - though still containing argan oil - is a much lighter fluid. It doesn't weigh down your hair in the slightest, something you desperately need when you struggle to maintain an ounce of volume, like me.
    • Minimal Heat: Since I've stopped straightening my hair and allowing it, wherever possible, to dry naturally, my hair has grown at lightning speed and felt like it's never been healthier. The ills of heat treatment are well documented so you don't need my advice on that, but keeping heat away from your hair as much as possible is in my eyes the way forward. For volume, I use Velcro Sleep-In Rollers which are around the £15 mark for 2 sets. Whilst they do work in your sleep, I've had amazing results from wearing them during the day for 4-5 hours so if you know in advance you are going out for the night/out for dinner then this is a great way to avoid using heat on your hair whilst still achieving some major volume.
    • Volumising Products: I alternate between Kerastase Bain Volumactive/Lait Volumintense and Pureology PureVolume shampoo & conditioner to give my hair added bounce. For treatments, Macadamia's Deep Repair Masque has done my hair wonders, and I also love the Pureology Repair Essential Repair Instant Repair Leave-In Treatment.
    • Brushing: keeping fine hair tangle-free is absolutely vital to maintaining its health and its condition, and for this I cannot recommend the Tangle Teezer highly enough. It doesn't break the bank, and gets tangles out efficiently, painlessly and without damaging the hair. I lost mine for a few hours the other day (as you do) so had to brush my hair with one of my pre-Tangle Teezer paddle brushes, and the difference was blindingly apparent. Dragging a brush through your hair, ripping half of it out and having a static mess of flyaways is no fun: the Tangle Teezer will answer your prayers.
And that's pretty much it for how I look after my fine hair and try to maximise its pretty pathetic potential. If you are a fellow fine-haired person I'd love to hear your tips/favourite products/how you manage your hair!

August Favourites

Posted on: Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Apologies for my monthly favourites being a little late again! Hope you enjoy.






1 – MAC Venus Lipstick [Sold Out] 
MAC's Venus lipstick from the Heavenly Creatures Collection has been my go-to lipstick for some weeks now, and I reviewed it in full here. The perfect medium pink and a Lustre formula meant this was always going to be a winner for me, and I'm really glad I bit the bullet and bought it because I believe it's now sold out both in store and online (boo hoo). I went into MAC at Westfield yesterday and the only lipstick they had left was Cusp of Dawn, a fairly average neutral, which displeased me somewhat as I was hoping to grab a couple more of Venus and also Fire Sign (a muted, soft red). Hopefully they will repromote it with another collection in the future, but for now this will probably sit in my lip drawer unused because I don't ever want it to end! I jest, but you get the message—I love this lipstick.



2 – bareMinerals* foundation SPF15 in Golden Medium, RRP £24
If you have read my blog a while then a) thank you and b) you may know that in June I managed to get my hands on some of the bareMinerals powder foundation. The shade I got was Golden Medium which is obviously MUCH too yellow for my ravaged red skin, but I have found that, over the summer months and whilst I've been slathering on Xen Tan, this has been the perfect “golden glow” addition to my make up routine. Now that autumn is well and truly here, this may not be used until next summer, but I will absolutely be purchasing the correct shade for my skin so that I can swirl, tap and buff to my heart's content over the cooler months. I particularly enjoy using this over a tinted moisturiser/pure concealer base as it just gives the most flawless complexion and gives me the extra bit of coverage over my redness that I need when I'm not using a foundation. Speaking of, I probably wouldn't put this over the top of foundation again; I did once and I felt a bit “caked”. But, seriously, this is 10/10 for me—I thought life could get no better than having my NARS Sheer Glow by my side—but now I think I could never live without my little bareMinerals pot.


3 – Kérastase Elixir Ultime Milennium Rose, RRP £34.50 (I bought mine through work where it retails for £27.55)
Kérastase's original Elixir Ultime has been a popular hair oil for a while, albeit a pricey one so I know it's not up everyone's street especially when there are cheaper alternatives out there - L'Oreal Mythic Oil is one of my personal favourites which I talked about here in last month's favourites post. This year the brand have brought out three new oils under the Elixir Ultime umbrella designed for specific hair types - one for damaged hair (in a green bottle), one for colour treated hair (in a pink bottle) and this one, designed specifically for fine and/or sensitised hair. My hair is very very fine so when the press release landed in my inbox I knew it wouldn't be long before I snapped this up. This oil is very lightweight - much like the Mythic Oil - so if you're looking for something Moroccan Oil-esque, this isn't similar in terms of texture, though it is made with argan oil - as well as camellia, pracaxi and maize oils. This is an expensive choice but a worthwhile purchase and I will savour this!


4 – Macadamia Deep Repair Masque, RRP £23.95
I first mentioned this when I bought it back in May and this has remained a staple in my hair routine. My first ever Macadamia purchase—the shampoo and conditioner—were massively disappointing so, against my better judgement, I bought this. Thankfully it is amazing, honestly the best hair mask I have ever tried. It is pricy but I'm less than half way through the 250ml tub after 3 months so I'd consider it a worthwhile investment.




5 – Kryolan Eyeshadow 555, RRP around £6
This was in my July GlossyBox and whilst I'd rather have had the HD Brows Palette, this has turned out to be a superstar eyeshadow. A pretty, shimmery pink powder, I instantly thought it would fall out all over my face and turn me into a glittering wreck, but that was not the case at all. Beautiful application, great wear time and the prettiest pale pink, I think this eyeshadow would suit just about anyone. I was pleased to see that, although pretty hard to get hold of, Kryolan's huge range of eyeshadows retail for about £6, so if you were on the hunt for a new eyeshadow I would definitely recommend one of these.


6 – Decleor Hydra Floral Anti Pollution Mask, RRP £26.50
This is a Sunday night staple for me these days. A light, flowery mask, you apply it to the face and leave it for 10 minutes before washing off. It's designed for dehydrated skin and removes all the nasty impurities that the air transfers over to your skin, so I feel well and truly clean after using this. Another fairly pricy product but if you are only using it once a week, again it is a pretty decent investment.


7 – Tesco Wake Up Coconut and Mango Shower Creme, RRP £1
Yes, I know, it's Tesco. I normally would turn my nose up at it - don't judge me. But good lord this stuff is incredible. Not only is it only £1, it is the perfect lathery formula, and – the best part – it smells like a J. Lo perfume I had when I was about 14 (Live I think it was called) so it transports me back there. If you've never smelled the perfume, think beaches, cocktails, sunshine, that kind of thing. It's probably the nicest shower gel I've EVER used. Go and buy this and I promise you will not be disappointed!


8 - L'Oreal Paris Rouge Caresse in Nude Ingenue, RRP £7.99
I know these little lipsticks have been done to death on the beauty circuit but this shade has been so perfect for me this summer. A beautiful, slightly rosy nude, this is not a deathly nude and gives a healthy, pretty colour to the lips. I can't say much else about it, but I've been reaching for it a lot this month, and it's something I will probably repurchase forever.


9 - MAC Mineralize SkinFinish in Light Year, [Sold Out]
See my post here for a full review. This is now sadly sold out but will hopefully last me a long while! It's the most perfect nudey-pinky-champagney mix of colours and sits so beautifully on the skin. I think this would definitely be too a) pink and b) shimmery to be worn all over the face, but as a brow highlight, cheek highlight or blush it is perfect. A summer favourite that sadly may not get much use over winter when I prefer a much more matte finish.

So that's it for my August favourites. If you've done a similar post or video, leave me the link below and I'll head on over for a cheeky peek.

Lush 'Honey I Washed the Kids' Soap - Review

Posted on: Monday, 3 September 2012

Lush Honey I Washed the Kids Soap, £3.40 per 100g (this bar set me back £6.26)





Some slightly less forgiving flash shots
Having been through a Lush obsession a few years ago, I struck it off in favour of companies that I considered a bit less gimmicky. I hadn't done my homework on the brand and thought that I should be spending my money on more dermatologically solid products. Having eventually done my homework this year, and having seen a multitude of fresh-faced bloggers talking about their love for Lush, as well as enjoying a gorgeous chocolatey massage bar bought for me by my boyfriend a few months back, I revisited my past and popped in to Lush in Nottingham, picking up Miranda (review to follow), a Bubblegum Lip Scrub (post here), and this—Honey I Washed the Kids, a beautiful honeycomb-embellished soap that the sales rep promised me was great for sensitive skin and a moisturising dream. My skin isn't particularly sensitive, rather dry and scaly—mmm—so that wasn't really the turning point for me, but I'd heard of it a number of times, read great reviews and knew it was one of their bestsellers. I think what actually swayed me was the sales rep telling me I could melt the honeycomb topping in the bath—more on that later.

The Lush blurb:
“People have swarmed around this best-selling soap since we first invented it. You can wash the kids in this if you want, but make sure you get your share of this honey toffee-scented addictive soap! Don't blame us if a fight breaks out over it—buy several to avoid family rifts. The family that washes together stays together.”
You can probably see why I used to think the brand was gimmicky! But, alas, I have repented and now am in love. This bar contains a lot of natural ingredients—rapeseed oil, coconut oil, beeswax, sweet wild orange oil, borage oil etc—and feels beautifully soft on the skin, lathers up nicely and leaves you smelling lovely.

If you're ever in Lush and this takes your fancy, I would thoroughly recommend taking the plunge!

Have you tried this? What are your Lush favourites?

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