Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Wonderblur

In the same package as the Smoky poppy range and the Hemp Soap on a rope I also received The Body Shop's new Drops of Youth Wonderblur*. Now this is one of those products that doesn't specify state what it's supposed to be. When I first saw it I assumed it was a makeup primer, but I'm not sure that's what The Body Shop intend it to be. On the box it says to use after your moisturiser as the last step of your skincare regime so I think it's actually intended as a skincare product. 

The Body Shop Wonderblur



The aim of the product is to smooth the skins texture leaving an even, matte finish and to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores. So you can see why I thought this might be a makeup primer. Also this is a silicone based product that instantly makes me think of Benefit's Porefessional, which I have to say I'm not a fan of. It's a while since I've tried Porefessional but if I remember correctly this comes out as a kind of flesh coloured gel? This one has a more solid consistency, is white and reminds me of the filling of After Eight mints or Fry's Peppermint creams. This does have to be melted a little by the heat of your fingertips before it starts to spread and it's actually quite a strange feeling product. It kind of feels a little 'bitty' until it fully melts down. I actually prefer this to Porefessional in terms of consistency and how it spreads as I always thought Porefessional was quite difficult to spread across the skin. To me it always felt like it disappeared as soon as I started applying it.

It terms of how it makes my skin feel, yes it does make it feel very smooth. I don't really have any fine lines, so I'm not sure how it performs with these but it does appear to blur pores a little. This apparently provides 12 hours moisturisation but I didn't think it felt like a particularly moisturising product when applying and I didn't notice this throughout the day. 

I did go for using this as a primer and I wasn't keen on it for this use, which is unsurprising as I'm not a fan of silicone based primers. Although it did make my skin smooth I wasn't keen on how my makeup applied over the top and how it held up through the day. So I don't think this is a product that I would use as a primer. Although to be honest I don't think I would use this as a skincare product either because I'm just not keen on silicone feeling products, so this is just not really a product for me. If you're a fan of Porefessional then this might be a product you'd be interested in trying.

Drops of Youth Wonderblur is £16 and is available in store and on The Body Shop website.

Would you try this as a possible dupe of Porefessional?

*PR sample

 

Monday, 30 March 2015

Lush Fluffy egg bath bomb

You know I recently posted about using my Hoppity Poppity bath bomb (I've just discovered this was actually right at the beginning of this month, where does the time go!)? Well the next day I jumped right back in the bath and used Fluffy egg*. That's a habit I definitely can't afford to keep up! If you'd like to read about Hoppity Poppity my post is here and you can read about the Lush Easter collection here.

Lush Fluffy egg bath bomb

Lush Fluffy egg bath bomb


Like Hoppity Poppity this is quite a quick dissolver, taking maybe a minute to a minute and a half to disappear.  As you can probably just see in the picture above this one is quite a fizzer and if it's near the edge of the bath you'll notice it spits little pink dots up the side of the bath. Almost instantly this turns the water a lovely candy pink colour and you're greeted with that candy sweet Snow Fairy fragrance. I don't think the scent on this one is quite as strong as Hoppity Poppity and didn't last as long either. I can't actually remember if I could smell this through the whole bath, but I was really pleased that I could actually smell this one at least while it was disolving. Any foam/froth that this produces while fizzing away disappears as soon as it does and you're just left with the candy pink water.

Unfortunately I can't remember what my skin felt like after coming out of the bath but as there's no skin conditioning ingredients in there I'm guessing my skin didn't feel any better than when I went in. Although I think I prefer Hoppity Poppity because of his amazing fragrance this is a really nice reasonably priced bath bomb.

Fluffy egg is £2.95 and is available in store and on the Lush website. 

Have you tried Fluffy egg?

*PR sample

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Thursday, 26 March 2015

angelica nail colour Scented collection

This year I decided I wanted to try as many new nail varnish brands as possible, including indie, budget and high-end brands. Unfortunately my current financial situation has slightly put pay to that, but I spotted a tweet from angelica nail colour on Twitter looking for people to review one of their new ranges and they kindly sent me their new Scented collection* to try out.

angelica nail colour Scented collection

angelica nail colour Scented collection

angelica nail colour Scented collection
When I opened the parcel I actually ooh'ed at the pretty spring pastel-ness of the shades. I'm not always a fan of pastel shades because I think some just don't suit me and also they're often difficult to apply, but there's no denying that the shades are very pretty.

The shades are Strawberry, Peppermint, Mango and Blueberry, which also corresponds with the scent of each nail varnish. Unfortunately my camera has bleached out some of the colours a little and turned Peppermint to a blue in my nail swatch. The picture at the top is closest to the correct colours. They come in pretty little rectangular shape bottles and have a pretty standard sized brush. The bottles are pretty enough but I do think you can tell that they're only £2.75 each. 

As I thought they would be they're not the easiest nail varnishes to apply, but this is to be expected with pastel shades. They're quite thin so I would say you need three coats to get them to an even, opaque coverage, although I have only used two coats on some of the nail swatches above. I was surprised to find that they dry to a pretty glossy finish, I haven't used a top coat in the photos above.

In terms of the scent I wouldn't say that it's particularly a selling point of these nail varnishes. Mango was the strongest but it was still quite subtle. Strawberry and Peppermint you could just about smell but it was accompanied by a typical nail varnish type smell and to be honest I couldn't smell Blueberry at all. 

In general they're nice little nail varnishes. You can't expect an awful lot for £2.75 each and they delivered more than I expected from them. You can buy the Scented collection on the angelica nail colour website and I believe they may also be available in Primark stores.

Have you tried any angelica nail varnishes?

*PR sample

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Nail art - Triangle tips

I've had the pictures of this design for a while now and just haven't got round to posting about it, so I haven't got an awful lot to say about it as I can't really remember doing it. I realise I've been a bit slack on the nail art front recently and haven't posted any for a while (apart from the one that went up a week ago that was supposed to go up after this one), must do better!

Nail art - Triangle tips


Nail art - Triangle tips

Nail art - Triangle tips
Nail art - Triangle tips
Apologies that the light was pretty bad when I took the photos of my nails but improved when I took the last photo, so they look different. I normally don't have very long before my nails start chipping or don't look good enough for photos, so if the light is bad for a few days I might not get any pictures at all and have to recreate the design again in the future.

This is kind of a different take on white tips, making them into almost triangles rather than just a strip over the white part of the nail. To do it I just painted the base colour and once this was completely dry used masking tape to make the triangle shape. I then painted on the white and removed the masking tape before this started to dry and then once dry I applied a top coat. The white wasn't quite enough to fully cover the red but I quite like the effect it gave with the red slightly showing through.

What do you think of triangle tips?

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Saturday, 21 March 2015

Lush Rose bubble bar

Having tried several of Lush's bath bombs recently and deciding that I much prefer a bath with bubbles I decided to treat myself to a couple of bubble bars from the Mothers day range after having a particular bad day. I picked up Rose and Ultraviolet.

Lush Mothers day Rose bubble bar
Lush Mothers day Rose bubble bar
I decided to go for Rose because it's reasonably priced (for Lush) at just £2.95, looks very pretty and I don't mind rose as a scent. As it's a small bubble bar I decided to use the whole thing for one bath. The idea with bubble bars is to crumble it under the running water, but when I went to do this I realised this is a bit of a problem for me. The bath in my house doesn't have any power behind the hot water, so you can't run the hot and the cold at the same time because the cold just overpowers the hot and you end up with a cold bath. So you have to run about 4 inches of cold water into the bottom of the bath and then fill up the rest with hot water. This means though that the hot water is far too hot to actually put your hand under so I had to crumble it around where the water was running rather than under it. So I'm not sure if this meant that it produced less bubbles then it would normally do.

Although I could smell the rose scent when sniffing the bar I couldn't smell it when I was crumbling it under the water or in the bath. It tinged the bath a light pink colour and produced a reasonable amount of bubbles but I wasn't swamped by them, which I think is kind of what you want in a bubble bath! Although the bubble bar looks quite glittery I didn't particularly notice this in the bath and none of it stuck to me when I came out. 

This one contains fair trade organic cocoa butter, lemon oil, sweet orange oil and organic rose hip oil but again I didn't notice the oil on the water (although it's likely this was covered by the bubbles) and although I forgot to actually check I don't remember my skin feeling particularly nourished.

It's an ok bubble bar but even though it's one of the cheapest I'm not sure it's really worth it for one, maybe two baths. The Lush Rose bubble bar is still available on the Lush website (I'm not sure if it's still available in store) but as this is part of the Mothers day collection it may not be around for much longer.

Have you tried Rose bubble bar?