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Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Lush Spot Treatments | Review

I've always heard fantastic things about the natural skin care store, LUSH, but i've never previously dared to venture further than the occasional shower gel or bath bomb. However, after reading many positive reviews by one of my favourite beauty bloggers, Zoe (aka Zoella), backed up by the customer comments on the website, I decided to give it a go.

My skin has broken out A LOT recently and it's making me feel utterly rubbish. After browsing the 'Spot Treatments' section of their website, I plumped for a small bottle of Tea Tree Toner Water and a Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask with rather high expectations.

Upon ordering I was told to expect my delivery within 7 days which was slightly disheartening as I was desperate to clear up my skin quickly. Despite this, less than 48 hours later, I received my little Lush box in the post which was a delightful surprise. I was also pleasantly surprised to find two free tester samples of Coolaulin Conditioner popped in amongst the eco friendly packaging, nice once Lush!

The Tea Tree Toner Water cost me a very reasonable £3.95. As directed, I spritzed it evenly over my face and have continued to do so every day since. Initially, the natural scent is a bit overpowering, but only for 30 seconds or so after which time it dries without leaving the smell of antiseptic lingering on your skin. So far I've only been using this product for five days yet already I am noticing results. My face now feels fresher and although my spots haven't fully cleared, the redness has cleared meaning they are far less noticeable.

The Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask came in at £5.95 which I feel is quite extravagant considering it has a shelf life of only 3 weeks. Saying this, Lush offers a free Fresh Face Mask in exchange for 5 empty pots returned which is excellent if you're going to buy them anyway. The product is antibacterial and contains tea tree oil and garlic so unsurprisingly, it also has a rather overpowering scent for the recommended 10 minute application. However, i'd argue it's worth putting up with if the mask gives results. Admittedly, I've only used this once so far but again I found the unsightly red swelling of spots was immediately soothed.


I absolutely love free samples! I really appreciate being able to try before I buy a full bottle of product, especially considering the fairly high prices for larger bottles in Lush. The smell is more of an earthy coconut than the typical sickly sweet coconut you get from a lot of products which I think is an interesting change. I have very thin hair which means conditioning often leaves it oily and limp. In light of this, I found the Coolaulin Conditioner too heavy for my hair and gave the second sample to my sister who has thick, curly hair and loved it! If you have that sort of hair we'd definitely recommend the product but if you have thinner hair like me, steer well clear.

Hopefully reading this will help you out when trying to choose between the vast amount of products Lush have to offer. Overall, I'm impressed with the service as well as the products. I'll definitely be back to try out some others so i'll let you know how it goes.

Love Anna x

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Christmas Wishlist

It's the first of December and if you ask me, you're never too old for an advent calendar. What better way to wake up than with a little chocolate boost? Okay so i'm slightly overexcited to begin poking open the little doors but the countdown to Christmas is by far the best part of the year! I absolutely love all the beautiful decorations and lights and songs and FOOD. I've had to draw a line at stuffing my list up the chimney for Santa, so I've decided to share my wishlist with you instead. I don't know about you, but I like reading this sort of post to get gift ideas other than the usual Superdrug gift sets and chocolate.

Since Kate Middleton was spotted wearing this dress, it's become THE piece of the season. It's so simple yet so classy. I've been so close to buying it myself for the last month or so but sadly, the student life doesn't allow for £46 on a dress. Sigh. This is definitely top of my list this year, i'd be happy with this and nothing else!

I am a self confessed Vansaholic and I don't wear many other shoes, especially for college as I have quite a long walk. I already have a few other colours and I wear them with everything but I feel a black pair would look nicer with some outfits.

You might remember me mentioning this product in my Inside My Makeup Bag post earlier this year. Sadly my original one got lost in a club (i'm still grieving) and I'm desperate for a replacement. Chubby Sticks are really hydrating and come in gorgeous colours, my first one was pink but this time i'd like to try a redder shade. I'm a bit of a hopeless case when it comes to lipstick but this is one of the few products i've found to be really wearable and not too overwhelming against my pale skin.

As someone who suffers from horribly oily skin, I'm always on the look out for a miracle makeup product to help me out. Recently I had a free Bare Minerals consultation in Boots and the lovely lady who worked at the stand tried out some pieces from the starter kit on me. I was really impressed with how natural yet full the coverage was! It's quite a pricey brand but it's supposedly healthy on the skin and natural and all that. Plus, the starter kit includes primer, foundation, blusher, mineral veil (basically setting powder) and three brushes which works out at a fairly reasonable price.

The tartan trend has gone crazy this winter and I've unashamedly jumped right on the bandwagon. I already have a tartan print dress which i love love love but I think the scarfs are really cute so i'm after one of those too! I really like this one I found on Pinterest and Urban Outfitters have some pretty snazzy ones as well. 

This is a bit of a random addition to a beauty and fashion wishlist but hey, my phone has too look fashionable too, right? I've been after a Sighh phone case for such a long time and i've finally picked out my favourite. I love the Bitchin' Bubble case because it sums me up so well, who could resist one of these? Sighh have the prettiest cases ever so it's definitely worth a look on the website if you're after something a bit different.

That's all for now ladies (or men who knows) so if you're in a bit of a pickle thinking of gift ideas, I'd recommend all of these beauties.

Love, Anna x