Saturday, 19 April 2014

Lush 'Tender Is The Night' Massage Bar

I've got another Lush review for you this week - the Tender Is The Night massage bar! This bar was originally released for Valentines Day and has been kept on as part of Lush's permanent line. 

Out of the massage bars that I've tried from Lush so far (From Dusk 'Til Dawn and Snow Fairy if you're interested, both very nice), Tender Is The Night is by far my favourite! It has such an amazing scent - vanilla, jasmine and ylang ylang, all of which really come through. Although the smell of this massage bar is fairly strong and heady, no one scent overpowers the others, and they work beautifully together to create a gorgeous sweetly floral scent that I can't get enough of! 

As with all of Lush's massage bars, Tender Is The Night starts to melt and release its oils at the temperature of your skin - this can get a bit messy with some of Lush's creamier bars, but Tender Is The Night is fairly solid. Despite it not being particularly creamy, it still leaves the skin super soft and feeling very pampered in deed! 

Have you tried any of Lush's massage bars? Which one is your favourite? 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

It's Raining Men - Lush Honey Shower Gel

Before I get in to the main post, I just want to quickly say how happy and grateful I am for reaching 100 followers on Bloglovin'! I know it's not that many to some, but to me it's pretty amazing as I never thought that many people would really want to read what I have to say, as I just started this blog as a hobby and a way to take my mind off things. Thank you guys so much, and I have a special little post planned to celebrate, so keep your eyes peeled for that! Anyway, on to today's post... 

I'm not a big fan of showers - I take them, of course, but I much prefer baths however showers are often necessary as they're much quicker (usually... I'm terrible at speedy showers though) and easier first thing in the morning. Because showers really aren't one of my favourite things, I like to use really lovely shower gels to make them more enjoyable; enter Lush's It's Raining Men

It's no secret that I ab-so-LUTE-ly love Lush (as I'm sure everyone does!) but for some reason, until fairly recently, I'd only ever gone for their bath products - as where I live at uni only has a shower, I thought it was about time I branched out a bit and gave their shower gels a try! 

It's Raining Men is a sweet, honey scented gel and which smells just delicious! It's not edible though, as much as it even looks like real honey haha. It's not overly sweet or sickly like some honey scents can be, and manages to be somewhat fresh at the same time - probably due the sweet wild orange and bergamot oils it is infused with, to help 'add brightness and lift the mood'. 

I've found that It's Raining Men lathers up really well, especially when using a shower puff and with one of them a little really does go a long way. The little 100g bottle I owned lasted me nearly three months, which I think is really good. I haven't noticed that the scent really lingers on the skin after the shower, which for me is a shame, but it makes the actual shower a much more pleasant experience nonetheless. 

The only downside to this shower gel is, as with all of Lush's shower gels, the price. I had the smallest sized bottle and it cost £4.50. The 'regular' size of 250g is fairly pricey at £8.95, and the larger sized bottle is even more. For comparison, if you want to have a slightly more indulgent shower gel than your usual high street/drugstore offering, The Body Shop's 250ml shower gels are £4. However, as Lush's shower gels are so lovely, and It's Raining Men smells so amazing, I can definitely see myself purchasing it again despite it being a bit pricey - I adore the scent so much I want it back in my life soon!

Have you tried any of Lush's shower gels? Which one is your favourite? 

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Seventeen Phwoarr Paint Concealer

In recent months, I've found that my skin scars from blemishes and dark marks are visible on my skin for weeks afterwards. I wanted to find a good concealer that would cover them all, but it had to be inexpensive as I knew it would be a product I planned to use rather liberally every day. 

Seventeen isn't a brand I usually go for - in fact, I never look at their products - but after hearing a lot of good things about their Phwoarr Paint Concealer, I thought I would give it a try. 

Seventeen's Phwoarr Paint Concealer has actually been formulated for use under the eyes, but as I wanted to use it on the rest of my face I decided to go a shade darker and get it in shade 'Medium' instead of 'Light'. I think if I had got the lighter shade it would have just highlighted any marks - not what I want! It's pretty heavy-duty stuff for an under-eye concealer, but I can see how it would work as it's nice and creamy, and I haven't found it to be drying.

I've decided to show you what this stuff can do on a mole on the back of my arm, instead of a blemish - I didn't think a great big close-up of a spot on my face would be very nice, haha! As you can see, Seventeen's Phwoarr Paint Concealer does a pretty good job of covering it - the scarring left by my blemishes isn't as dark as that, so you can imagine that it pretty much covers them completely. 

On my arm, the shade 'Medium' doesn't look like a very good match for my skintone - it looks fairly orange - but somehow it blends well on my face and doesn't look wrong. As I mentioned before, the formula of this concealer is creamy despite how thick it is, blends easily over blemishes/other marks, and doesn't accentuate dry patches. It has been likened to Benefit's Boi-ing Concealer and even been called a dupe for it, but as I've never tried the Benefit offering I can't comment on that. 

The only criticism I would have is that is isn't available in many shades - just the two, 'Light' and 'Medium', in fact. Really, I would have preferred a shade that was somewhere between two, as Medium isn't a perfect match and it's going over it with my foundation that really makes it seemless. Also, there's just no option for darker skinned guys and gals. However, overall I do really like this concealer, and the colour match is for me only a minor issue as I always wear it with foundation so completely blending it with my bare skin isn't a problem. It does the job, plus as it's so cheap, you can't really go wrong ;)

Have you tried Seventeen's Phwoarr Paint Concealer? What did you think? What about Seventeen's other products? I'd love to know your thoughts on the brand!