So, I guess I have a LUSH bath bomb addiction and it can not be contained and therefore, must be shared. I am battling, for what is, the worst winter of my life thus far and truth be told, it sucks. My way of combat is spending a good hour in the gym, followed by a nice, long soothing bathe, which has been bombed by LUSH Bath Bombs. I like to buy in bulk and use as my discretion, whenever I need to calm my inner chaos out. Usually it is me, bath bomb, hot water, a glass of wine and solitude. LUSH bath bombs, as a rule are moisturizing, wonderfully scented and colour your water of their corresponding shade. I usually slip in 1/2 of a bath melt with it, but bath bombs soften your water so nicely, that you won’t feel dry either way. Sometimes, bath bombs pack in special “bursting” materials like flower petals, crackling candy or paper hearts, depending on the kind of bath bomb it is. I always look out for bath bombs with such hidden surprises. The price range varies from $3.95 to $10.95 and honestly, it is an indulgence; if you are a LUSH fan like yours truly, then you’d have no problem justifying dropping this amount on a one time bath.
Honey Bee Bath Bomb – $6.45
(+) deliciously sweet scent, moisturizing.
(-) kind of underwehlming
Phoenix Rising – $6.95
(+) Purple!!!!! & stimulatingly relaxing.
(-) Smell is like wayy too strong!
Tisty Tosty – $6.35
(+) Romantic scent and bursts out rose buds
(-) kind of blah if you are not in a romantic mood/single/lonely
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MAC Taupe Lipstick – CA $19
So, I have quite a brown lipstick complex – hey, I am a 90’s kid. Judge me all you want, but I have always thought it was kind of beneath me, for the lack of better words. But then I met MAC Taupe Lipstick and all was changed for the better. Brown lips are not a full on trend as of yet, but something tells me 90’s are about to make a comeback for better or for worse. I just hope that the deep wine brown lipstick is not packing its bags…
Anyhow, Taupe is just that brown lipstick which is modern, yet still reminiscent of the 90’s brown lip. What sets it apart is that its a lighter, more muted brown. It is not overpowering, dominating or any of those things; it is plain and simple a brown lipstick with very slight peachy tones. I can see this as an extremely flattering nude for deeper skin-tones, too! What I like about this is that it is a no-brainer for me, it goes with pretty much any look – simple or dramatic.
As the title suggests, this is a travel themed makeup look. Revlon gave me an opportunity to escape to Stockholm with their new launches, and I readily accepted – I have always been a bit of a travel freak, you know! I was provided with a bunch of amazing new products to come up with a look and this is what I came up with!
For eyes, it was the new Revlon ColorStay Shadowlinks in Onyx, as an all over lid wash and I smoked it out with a highlight colour Bone. I love the new eyeshadows, they are puny in size and big on blend-ability, with good colour pay-off. With a primer, these are some of the best drug store eyeshadows that I have tried. I also love the fact that there are a gazillion shades they come in and are very affordable at $3.99 a pop. I created a cat-eye with Revlon ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner in Black. I literally did this cat-eye in the matter of a minute or two – I’m clumsy, so I used a tape of course but the tip is super fine and precise. I finshed off with a coat of Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara – only a single coat because I didn’t want my lashes to compete with my cat-eye. For lips, it was obviously the new Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in Stockholm – more or less a staining liquid lipstick. This probably warrants a proper review, but in short, it is a must try. I love the shade Stockholm for fall, a browned berry, which is so spot on for the vamp lip trend that is here to stay!
If you are a Canadian resident aged over 18, you can win all of these products pictured above! Just follow me on instagram and like the picture containing the information regarding the contest. While you are at it, comment to tell me where would you like to “Jet-set” and tag a friend. That simple. Or maybe not, lol! Good luck!
Make Up For Ever Artist Palette (LE) – $48 CAN
Another day, another eyeshadow palette, but a great one at that. Make Up For Ever recently relaunched their eyeshadows with a “gel” formula, honestly, in terms of texture its just powder, but I’ll go with it. Anyhow, this is a fantastic way to test out the much lauded Make Up For Ever’s newest eyeshadow launches for much less; a single eyeshadow retails for $24 CAN, so you get to try out eight eyeshadows for the price of two, which is a steal in my opinion. I also love the make and content of the palette; thankfully it is not just another nude palette, it has a nice mix of colours ranging from taupe, bronze, gold, teal and purples. The eyeshadows are flawlessly pigmented and blend like woah. I love the packaging, it is cute and compact, easy to travel with and along with the equally compact Clinique All About Shadow 8-Pan Palette, I have all my travelling eyeshadow needs covered. The brushes included are misleading as they don’t do much, unfortunately. Overall, I think it is a solid palette and worthy of your attention and an amazingly affordable way to try out Make Up For Ever’s newest eyeshadows.
Swatches to follow..
In case you are wondering, what’s with the “update”, you may want to refer to this article. Anyhow, the skinny is that my shopping experience with Indian Roots has been a far cry from perfect; in fact, I have never had such a poor experience with an online shopping channel and as did many of you. I did realize that Indian Roots was a very new business and from what I reckon, these past few months have been a great learning curve for the business as well. These people are really making the effort to improve their practice and I think the attempt is genuine.
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette – $64 CAN
A 12 eyeshadow ensemble palette with a rose hued theme. The eyeshadows mostly range from pinks of all shades and finishes and a few taupes and a single black shade with reddish glitter. Overall, an encompassing palette with shades of pink, which works fine for olive skin tone like mine. I think this is one and done for all the possible pink hued eyeshadows I could possibly need. The eyeshadows are nicely pigmented and work fabulously together, blending effortlessly. Honestly, I don’t have much flaws to pick out with this one besides fallout of some glitter heavy shades like Blackheart. I love the idea of including taupes in this palette too, in fact, shades like Factory, Mugshot and Darkside are what makes me love this palette, as opposed to just like. The dual ended brush included is also quite functional. Overall, I feel it is a good palette, with rose hued, but not “extremely pink” eyeshadows of varying finishes and is good value for money!
Sephora Collection The Painter: Airbrush Sponge / $15 CAN
So, the Beauty Blender, really did begin a trend of sort, now didn’t it? There has been a surge of numerous different makeup sponges in all sorts of colours popping up left, right and centre. Sephora is not going to leave this party unattended, by any means. This one, as the name suggests, is the airbrush sponge, meant to give a flawless finish to your foundation and whatever liquids you may desire to apply on your face.
African Paradise Body Conditioner* ($39.95)
Dreaming of Africa? Urges to travel so strong, that it is impossible to wait? No problem, take a sensual trip to Africa right away with LUSH’s newest offering! Made with finest of ingredients courtesy of Africa, which include shea butter, moringa oil, aloe gel, with a spicy kick of clove bud oil and sandalwood oil. If you are not yet drooling already, wait till you take this bad boy to the shower. Body conditioners are much like hair conditioners, you shower like you should and then apply this like a lotion all over your body in the shower. The steam of the shower helps your skin absorb the moisture and the subtle scents. After you are done, you rinse off the conditioner and bask in the glory of your baby soft skin. The consistency is also perfect for use, glides over easily in a perfect amount.
I just wanted to do a quick FOTD with mini reviews of my newest acquisitions and obsessions, which are all things pink. I’m sure you have read about these products before, so nothing groundbreaking or novel here, but of course, my two cents…
First up is MAC Twig, which would possibly be one of the most universally wearable lipstick in MAC’s inventory. It is one lipstick I’d recommend without any hesitations to makeup newbies or oldbies alike. It is a satin finish, so plenty of pigment and a semi-matte finish are a given. It is a great anyone, anytime, anywhere shade!
LUSH Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie – $34.95
Long time no review, so here we are with my latest (or rather dated) musing. I’m an absolute LUSHIE, so it must come at absolutely no surprise that I make a comeback with yet another LUSH product. From someone who lives in the Canadian Prairies, dryness is a constant battle. Anything that promises comfort is more than welcome in my stash. I’m a big fan of LUSH’s shower smoothies, previously having fallen in love with Ro’s Argan and Almond & Coconut smoothie and I was ready to fall head over heels with this one, as well.