The Wall Street Crash

My lovely friend Kat, who’s a qualified makeup artist and is studying a degree in the subject, recently asked me if I’d be the model for a 1920’s makeup competition that she was taking part in. Now, if you don’t already know, I’m ridiculously uncomfortable in front of the camera. I can tolerate the odd “Matthew, take a photograph of me in front of this beautiful landmark” type thing, because I know it’s my camera and I could always delete it anyway. Again, when I’m feeling pretty fly (hands up if you just mumbled “for a white guy”), I’ll take a cheeky selfie. But, the idea of putting that power into the hands of a professional, meaning I’d be unable to double check and delete any images that made me look bad, gave me the jitters. She’s my friend, though, and I was absolutely over the moon to help her out. Either way, I got to dress up as a rich 1920’s lady of leisure and that was pretty exciting.

For me, a full face of makeup is made up of my trusty mascara, winged eyeliner, translucent power on my nose and a bit of red lippy. Being put into the hands of a makeup artist, who literally has a suitcase full of makeup with her, was pretty daunting. I was met with primer, foundation, a ridiculous number of different eye shadows, false lashes and lots of other things that I don’t even know the name of. Honestly, it felt weird but I definitely wouldn’t look too out of place during the 1920’s.

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The brief was “Wall Street Crash”. Kat’s plan was to do a full face of 1920’s inspired make-up, before sitting me down alongside lots of other models, as all of the makeup artists performed their special effects magic. I was expecting a pretty tense atmosphere but I actually had a really good time – Kat covered me in fake blood, cuts and bruises, whilst I just sat there and watched the world go by. There was such a range of different looks going on in the competition room. Some makeup artists went for realism, like Kat, and some took it to the other (far) end of the spectrum with stilettos in eyeballs or shards of glass sticking out of the model’s skin.

Kat’s overall look was incredible. It showed how I was trampled during the people’s rush to the banks, hence the huge bruising to one side of my face. It looks bloody painful, right!?

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Ouch…

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Didn’t she do such a good job!? If you want to have a look at her makeup artist Facebook page, you can click here! She posts all of her makeup work – from beauty makeup to special effects – on this page, so it’s definitely worth a like.

What do you think of the final look?

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Patisserie de Bain: Creme Pâtissière Review

If you’ve ever wanted to rub the sweet scent of vanilla all over your body, then you’re going to love me for introducing you to Patisserie de Bain.

I picked up this gorgeous gift set (which includes a shower gel, a body souffle and a vanilla-scented body scrubber) from Superdrug a couple of weeks ago. It was actually a free gift for buying two selected skincare products and I didn’t even realise what a little gem I had my hands on until I got home.

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Before I even gave the products a sniff, I did a quick bit of research to check if the company was cruelty-free, vegan friendly and/or owned by a nasty parent company. I was over the moon to discover that not only are all of the products cruelty-free but they’re almost all suitable for vegans. The exception to the rule here is the lip balm, which does include beeswax. Routine checks, done.

Simply opening up these products was heavenly. The vanilla scent hit me immediately and it’s really, really mouthwateringly realistic. Both products smell equally as beautiful, too. The shower gel does take a bit of effort to lather up nicely, but you really can’t complain too much as the scent lasts on your skin all day. The body souffle, which is just a fancy way of describing a body butter or body cream, is absolutely perfect. It’s thick, it’s moisturising and it dries quickly, leaving you smelling fantastic.

I’m in love with this set. I, stupidly, presumed that these scents would be the company’s only choices but I was so wrong. There’s a massive range of other scents, including lemon bon-bons, cranberries and cream and orange zest. You bet I’ll be going back for some more!

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Have you ever tried any Patisserie de Bain products?

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Lush Review | Fizzbanger Bath Bomb

Lush is practically famous for the extravagant displays that the majority of their bath bombs perform. The Fizzbanger Bath Bomb is very simple in appearance, but that doesn’t make it boring. It’s a citrus delight! The beautiful yellow outer shell protects a centre of bright blue, which fizzes and pops thanks to all that popping candy – the resulting colour is a toxic lime green.

I absolutely loved the final colour of the water from this bath bomb! I don’t recall ever having a green bath before, so it was a bit of a novelty too. Green is my favourite colour so I was sure to love it, but it definitely was a shock. Looking at that lovely yellow bath bomb, you wouldn’t imagine it creates something so green!

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The scent of Fizzbanger is what stands out to me the most. It has a very strong citrus smell on first sniff, but then you begin to pick up the apple and spicy undertones it has. It’s kind of like a sweet apple pie, with a little bit of cinnamon! It’s really lovely. I found that the scent didn’t last the entire time I was in the bath, but it lasted long enough to leave its scent on my skin which is a big thumbs up from me.

It’s a slow fizz meaning it sticks around for much longer! It also means there’s enough time for a very simple display. Unlike the multitude of colours a lot of other Lush bath bombs produce, Fizzbanger sticks with yellows and blues. They can swirl together like a Catherine wheel or the overpowering yellow can creates little rays of sunshine in the tub. Either way, it puts on a good show.

Once the bath bomb has completely fizzed away, you’re left with the lime green resulting water and a white creamy layer on the surface. This is incredibly moisturising so I sat there soaking myself in it’s loveliness for a very long time – it was one of the nicest baths I’ve had in a while! It’s a pretty all-around great bath bomb to be honest. I do highly recommend it.

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Lush’s Fizzbanger is a simple looking bath bomb with a simple but effective performance once it’s plopped in the tub and a very, very beautifully sweet scent. I can imagine this will go down a treat in the autumn months!

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Massive Lush Haul!

What a surprise! I splurged a little. By now, I’m certain you understand my love for Lush. Although it started with a simple love for their bath bombs, it eventually blossomed into a part of my daily life. Now, I’m always eager to try anything that Lush has to offer!

Alongside the scrubs, shampoos, creams and lip products will always be a giant box of bath bombs though. I don’t ever bathe without a bath product because, after a couple of years of continuous Lush baths, they feel weird and boring. When I see my supply of go-to products dwindling, I know it’s time for a trip to my Lush store. That place is just heaven. If you didn’t know, Lush are completely cruelty-free, all products are suitable for vegetarians and there are a lot of vegan products too! On top of that, everything smells divine… You always know when you’re about to pass a Lush store in the street – you can smell those places a mile off.

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So, what did I stock up on?

Big Blue: Full of seaweed and sea salt, this is the only bath bomb that makes me feel like a mermaid. I generally pair it with a glittery bubble bar called Sunnyside which transforms the blue water into a turquoise, glitter-filled paradise.

Frozen: Originally I bought this for the Frozen film hype because I wanted to feel like Elsa for a while. It turns out that Frozen is one of the best bath bombs I’ve ever tried. It’s full of silver glitter which completely sparkles against the deep blue bath water. I’ve already reviewed this product (one of my favourites) which you can read here.

Superdad: Superdad, which is part of Lush’s Father’s Day range, is a very large bath bomb that I’ve heard only good things about. I’ll be trying and reviewing this bomb soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

Lava Lamp: I had super high expectations for Lava Lamp, yet after recently using and reviewing it, I found it too oily and messy to enjoy. I won’t be purchasing this product again. You can read my review here.

Intergalactic: This is one of those products with the whole package. It’s incredibly beautiful in and out the bath, it smells divine, it feels great and it’s completely reminiscent of a galaxy! My review for this beautiful bath bomb can be found here.

The Comforter: It’s probably one of the most popular bubble bars and that’s completely understandable. The Comforter creates bright pink bath water, fluffy white bubbles and lasts for at least 4 bubble bars so it’s incredible value for money too. It smells beautiful and makes me feel so girly for the evening! You can’t argue with that.

Dragon’s Egg: Arguably (definitely arguably, because I can’t decide completely), Dragon’s Egg is my favourite bath bomb. That’s why I bought two. I rave on about it all the time because words cannot describe how utterly perfect this product is. It’s everything. You can read my full review here if you want to learn more about how much I love it!

Avobath: See, Avobath is probably on par with Dragon’s Egg for me. That’s why I can’t decide which one I prefer! Whilst Dragon’s Egg is full of glitter and surprising colours, Avobath is simple because it doesn’t need to show off. It’s perfect for evening baths because it’s mellow scent and mellow performance is ideal for a wind-down.

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Have you tried any of these products?

I always love to stock up on my favourites!

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Lush Review | Sunflower Bubble Bar

Admittedly, this review is a little late. Lush’s Sunflower bubble bar was a Mother’s Day exclusive, meaning it’s not being sold anymore (not for another year, at least). Despite that, this product is just too beautiful not to share with you and, because it was so well received this year, there’s a chance that it’ll be back again next year! Get your fingers crossed, because it’s a good one.

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Look at that beautiful thing. The colours are incredibly bright and uplifting. Orange is completely perfect for Mother’s Day – it’s a happy colour! The photograph doesn’t actually do it’s size justice (my fault, I apologise) because the product is in fact way larger than my hand. Its huge. Easily, it’s the largest Lush product I’ve tried so far. I’ve used this bubble bar twice already and I’m maybe only a quarter of the way through finishing it! It was an absolute bargain. I actually picked this product up in a Mother’s Day gift set as it was only being sold as an individual product exclusively at London’s Oxford Street store, meaning mine was even better value for money.

Related: Dragon’s Egg Review

Another lovely feature of Sunflower is the centre of dried sunflower petals. As you begin to break down the bubble bar, you eventually make your way to these and they float around in your tub. When I first started using Lush bath products, I got a little freaked out with things floated around but I quickly got used to it after my horrendous freak out with Big Blue… I jumped into the deep blue and beautiful looking bath water which was, unknowingly to me, packed full of seaweed. I screamed my face off for Matt to come and help me, cowering in one end of the tub whilst he Googled what the hell was going on. That, I’m telling you, was one of the most eventful baths ever.

Anyway, because of the bright oranges, you won’t be surprised to find out it leaves a beautiful golden yellow bath water. Perfect.

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Like every Lush product I’ve tried so far, it smells divine. It’s very sweet and because of the Sicilian lemon oil it has the very familiar lemony scent that I adore! It didn’t fade much throughout the process of both (very long and luxurious) baths which is a fantastic benefit, especially considering how many baths I will eventually be able to get out of this one bubble bar.

Although I very rarely do this, I left the best thing about this product until last. It creates, without a doubt, the softest and most velvety bubble bath I’ve ever had. I felt like I’d been dipped into a bath of healing potion, full of magic, creamy white bubbles and a scent to die for. I could have laid in that tub for a thousand years..

I’ve yet to be let down my a seasonal product. Lush, you’re amazing.

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Lush Hand Care Routine

I’ve recently become pretty obsessed with keeping my hands and nails well kept and in good condition. Dry hands were something that didn’t affect me up until a few years ago when adulting became unavoidable. Daily life takes its toll, like it has to eventually! So, when I started to notice my once-delicate little hands becoming slightly rough, I made a point of trying to reverse and prevent it from becoming a problem in the future.

Since then, I’m pleased to say my hands are just as lovely as they were when I was young and carefree (albeit, I do have way longer and nicer nails now). It’s all thanks to these two wonderful products!

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Before finding (and falling in love with) Lush Cosmetics, I would use simple hand care products such as compact, scented hand creams that could easily slot in my handbag. I’d always forget I had them with me though so the habit never stuck.

Then, Lush came along and brightened both my life and my hands.

In March, Lush’s Mother’s Day range was released and I excitedly picked up a gift box to try out some of the new products. As well as a lovely selection of bath bombs, bubble bars and shower gels, the gift box also included two lovely hand care products. Lemony Flutter is a beautiful, lemon scented cuticle butter and Helping Hands is an unbelievably softening hand cream with a subtle almond scent. Both of them are fantastic and I’ve been using them ever since.

Before bed, I always use my hand cream first as it’s very creamy formula means it takes a little while of rubbing before it all ‘soaks’ into your skin. I finish with the lemony cuticle butter – it’s such a great way to relax before bed! I’ve not only noticed a dramatic change for the better in the condition of my of my cuticles, but I can also end the night with my all-time favourite scent. I think it’s a lot like the Avobath scent which, again, is my favourite smell on the planet. Beautiful.

I go to sleep and wake up with incredibly soft hands! I’m finally happy with them too. I know this may sound a bit silly but I feel like my hands actually belong on a grown-up lady now. Taking care of yourself in the smallest little ways can do wonders.

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Lush Review | Golden Egg Bath Bomb

If you’re looking for something a little bit more luxurious then I think Lush’s Golden Egg is the one for you. A few of the limited edition Lush product I review have been and gone by the time I write them up, but luckily this one is still actually available to buy. So, if you like what you see, your heart won’t drop when you find out it’s not available anymore!

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Unlike the majority of other Lush reviews I write, this isn’t actually a bath bomb and, in fact, instead is called a bath bomb melt. That’s because it’s bath bomb centre is surrounded by a deep layer of cocoa butter that leaves your skin feeling ridiculously soft and smooth. It’s recommended to leave these until they’ve melted before getting into the bath, and that’s plenty of time for all of the cocoa butter, olive oil and glitter to distribute around the bath.

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I know what you’re thinking though… All that glitter. Is it annoying? Does it venture into unwanted places? Do you leave the bath looking like a sparkly fairy? No, to all of the above. It’s actually really pleasant. The glitter is the first to come away from the product, and it eventually floats to the bottom of the tub until you wobble about, shaking it up like a snow globe.

I’m not a fan of yellow, to be honest, but I kind of got over it. Golden Egg is so yellow that it’s hard to ignore. It didn’t matter in the end. The smell of this product is so beautiful that the colour of the bath water was completely at the back of my mind. It has a toffee scent – it’s super sugary and super sweet. It smells slightly chocolatey too.

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Overall, I’d completely recommend snapping up this product before it’s gone for another full year. The golden colour of the water, the clouds of glitter, the toffee scent and the moisturising abilities are all as wonderful as each other. Lovely!

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