Thursday, October 12, 2017

Halloween & Christmas Lush haul

Dear readers,

today I'm going to share what I bought from the Halloween & Christmas collection from Lush. I already shared a photo on my Instagram account but I will now enlighten you with more information about the products.

I'm going to start this haul off with the Halloween collection, than the Christmas collection and than the other stuff I got from Lush.

I got the 'Sparkly pumpkin' bubble bar. I saw that the also have this one in pink and I actually wanted both but I knew I had to choose since I couldn't get both. I don't actually own a bath but my mom does so I sometimes go over to her house to take a bath. I decided to go for the 'Sparkly pumpkin' and not for the 'Pink pumpkin' because I wanted a more fruity aroma than a jasmine aroma.

This bubble bar main aromas are juniper berry, lime and grapefruit.

I got this bubble bar for €5.37. 

The next product is the 'Pumpkin' bath bomb. I'm going to be honest I got this one because it screams Halloween.
The main aromas of this bath bomb are Pimento berry, cinnamon bark & vanilla.

Lush about this bath bomb:
'Serve yourself up a slab of sweet pumpkin pie, dripping in spice and sauciness - it's even more satisfying in bath bomb form. Sweet, comforting vanilla absolute and spicy cinammon evoke the rich, biscuity fragrance of home-baking and stacked desserts, ensuring that you feel toasty from top to toe. A soak with this pumpkin-shaped bomb is more satisfying than a belly full of pudding.'

I got this bath bomb for €4.55.

I also got the 'Monsters ball' bath bomb. I absolutely love the colour combination of blue and pink. The main aromas in this bath bomb are lime, neroli, Himalayan rock salt & olibanum.

Lush about this bath bomb:
'Eye spy with this little eye something beginning with BOO! This monster mash-up of lime and neroli oils is a sure fire way to get the party started. Toss into a hot bath and watch it go. Olibanum oil relaxes and leaves you feelin’ Franken-fine all night long.'

I got this bath bomb for €4.92.

The last bath product I got from the Halloween collection is of course the cat face 'Bewitched' bubble bar. I needed to have this one so bad because it looks so much like my cat. It's so cute!
The main aromas in this bubble bar are olibanum & bergamot.

Lush about this bubble bar:
'After a busy day whizzing around on a broomstick, ground yourself with olibanum and be spellbound by bergamot. Twitch your nose and breathe in this familiar blackberry scent. Whether in this life or one of the other eight, you'd be a fool to let this pass you by!'

I got this bubble bar for €5.37.

I only got one thing from the Christmas collection because like I mentioned before I don't own my own bath. So I'm not sure how many baths I'm going to take between Halloween and Christmas. Since Christmas is further I can always buy more Christmas themed Lush products in the upcoming months.

I decided to go for 'Shoot for the stars' bath bomb because it looks soo pretty. The main aromas of this bath bomb are cocoa, orange, coconut & bergamot.

Lush about this bath bomb:
'Honey-scented sparkles of Brazilian orange and bergamot waltz with swirling, golden stars, creating a world of cobalt colour. As the calming blanket of shimmering, midnight blue unfolds, Brazilian orange and bergamot oils combine to send your mood rocketing up to the stars.'

I got this bath bomb for €4.92.

The reason I decided to order in the first place was because I was running out of my favourite shampoo and they only sell the shampoo online. It's the 'Cynthia Sylvia stout' shampoo and it's the holy grail when it comes to hair products. I already wrote a complete review so to read my whole opinion about this gorgeous shampoo click here.

Lush about this shampoo:
'A gentle shampoo made with beer, vinegar, and lemon juice to give your locks a glossy sheen. Tradition has it that lemon juice and beer are great for the hair, so we’ve added lots to this shampoo. Lemon juice is also a terrific cleanser, whilst stout is rich in protein, which helps give the hair body and strength.'

I got the 500g bottle for €19.79.

Lush also included a little sample to the box, the 'Herbalism'. I used to use this product a lot to get rid of my acne, which worked and I'm excited to bring it back in my routine again.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

MAC haul ~ September 2017

Dear readers,

I'm back with a MAC haul and ready to share the things I bought this month.

Products from left to right: Dazzleglass, pigment, Nicki Minaj lipstick & Fix spray.
 I walked in the MAC store and saw that they had a new Dazzleglass collection. Of course I had to swatch them all. That's when I fell head of heels for the colour 'Rags to riches'. MAC descripts this glass as a 'Plum-pink with teal and red pearl'. I absolutely love how sparkly and pink this glass is! I got it for €11.70.

I also decided to take a look at the pigment section because I love the MAC pigments. When I saw the colour 'Teal' I immediately thought of a look I could create with it. Which I did on Tuesday so If you want to see that look than click here. I got this pigment for €13.80

I also came across the Nicki Minaj lipstick collections and oh my what a gorgeous colours. If it was up to me I would buy them! I decided to choose one and I went for the colour 'MMMMMM'. I still giggle about the name. MAC descripts this colour as a 'Dirty rose nude', it's absolutely gorgeous. I got the lipstick for €11.70. I'm not going to lie I'm probably going back for more!

The last thing I got is the Prep+Prime 'Fix +' spray. I ran out of it so I needed a new one. I got it for €10.50.

The swatches from left to right:
The first swatch is the Nicki Minaj lipstick in 'MMMMMM'. The second swatch is the pigment in 'Teal'. The last swatch is the Dazzleglass in 'Rags to riches'.

I'm also trying to get my hands on the new Rollerwheel liquid liner but my local MAC store has problems with restocking the item. I'm very curious about an eyeliner with a wheel instead of a brush.


Monday, September 25, 2017

Review: Bioré Deep cleansing charcoal pore strips.

Dear readers,

the past few weeks I have been testing the 'Bioré  Deep cleansing charcoal pore strips'. So I decided to start this week of with a clean nose and a review.

I have done a 'five different brands of pore strips' review in my early blogger years. And I really liked comparing the different effects from different brands and price categories. So when this new brand with nose pore strips popped up I decided to give them a try and review them on my blog, as little extension from my earlier reviews.

Bioré about the strips:
'DEEP CLEANSING CHARCOAL PORE STRIPS work like a magnet, instantly locking onto and drawing out deep-down dirt & oil that can cause blackheads. Infused with natural charcoal, these innovative pore strips draw out excess oil for the deepest clean. In just 10 minutes, you'll remove weeks' worth of build-up and see 3x less oil. With natural charcoal, known for its ability to draw out and trap deep-down impurities.'

The instructions are simple: wash your face before using this strip. Apply some water and put the strip on.

I prefer to use hot water before applying a nose strip because the hot water opens op the pores but for this review I decided to follow the instructions.

Things I noticed apply the pore strip:
The strip is made of some weird soft material on the outside, some velvet-y sort of soft. It applies easy but it doesn't really feels like its sticking to the whole nose. Somehow the strip doesn't stick to the tip of the nose. Which is annoying because there is a lot of dirt on the tip of my nose. The strips turns stiff very quickly, which I think is a good thing.

WARNING gross pictures coming up!

I decided to take some close up pictures of my nose pores before and after I used the Bioré pore strips to see if it's really as deep cleansing as they claim. I do have to mention that a lot of the glue didn't come off with the pore strip when removing the strip. So I had to clean my nose with Tea tree before taking the after shot. This means that I don't know how much of the cleansing came from the strip.

On the close up of the pore strip photo you can see a lot of dirt. I'm not sure if it's more than normal or it's because of the contrast between the white dirt and the black background. This is why I decided to do the gross close ups of my nose. Looking at those pictures you can tell that most of the pores that were stuffed before are now empty.

When comparing these pore strips to previews pore strips I used I would say that they're average. They do the job okay but there are pore strips that are way better.

When looking at the claims that Bioré says the pore strips are suppose to do I would say it's somewhat accurate. The pore strips does work instantly, I don't have an oily nose so I don't if it removes the oil that cause black heads  & it doesn't infuse anything because all that stays behind is the glue and blackness from the strips.

Conclusion: I think these pore strips are the pore strips to start with when you're new with these kind of things. They're around €7 which isn't cheap but also isn't that expensive. They do a decent job and give okay results. For me, personally, I don't think I will buy them again because I have used better pore strips than these. However, I'm going to give all the other pore strips in Bioré collection a try because I think they might have one in their collection that more suitable for me.

What's your favourite brand of pore strip?

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Review: Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette

Dear readers,

today I'm going to review the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette. It arrived in the mail last week but because I'm feeling ill it took me over a week to put this article together.

Anastasia about this palette:
An essential eye shadow collection, Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette features 14 shades that range from grungy mattes to bold metallics with an underground edge. Complement to best-selling Modern Renaissance Palette. '

This is my second product from Anastasia ever. I wanted to try something new and different and since BeautyBay just started to sell this palette I decided to buy it and give it a try. I have heard a lot about this palette online and I have seen a lot of beauty gurus use this palette. I still didn't know what to expect from it because some products get really hyped and aren't that good.

When it first arrived I was impressed by the packaging, the palette itself has a suede top. I'm also impressed by the brushes that are included with this palette, they're high quality! I normally don't even look at the brushes or sponge tip applicators included with palettes because they're not that good. So this was a nice surprise.

I was also very impressed with the pigmentation of the shadows themselves. I swatched them without a base to show the quality of the shades by themselves. They're highly pigmented, you only need a little bit for an intense look. ' Cube'  and ' Electric'  are less pigmented than the other shadows.
I do find the shadows a bit hard to blend because they're so pigmented. It easily becomes one dark blur instead of an eyelook with gradient. I also think these shadows are a bit too powdery. Which means I have to clean up under my eyes after I finish my eyelook.

Overall I'm happy that I bought the palette but I wouldn't recommend it. Yes it's contains super pigmented eyeshadows but it takes a lot of skill to properly work with them. Also I don't think the shadows themselves are worth €50, a lot of the price is in the palette and brushes themselves and that's not why I buy an eyeshadow palette.

What do you think about this palette?

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Unboxing: Loot Crate Animation ~ July 2017

Dear readers,

today's article is pretty different from any other article I have done so far. I'm going to unbox the Loot Crate from July 2017 with the theme Animation.
When I saw that Loot Crate was going to realise a Crate with 'Rick and Morty', 'Bobs burgers', 'Futurama' & 'Ninja Turtles' I knew I needed to have it. Because I'm obsessed with 'Rick and Morty', 'Bobs burgers' & 'Futurama'.

The box is pretty filled up with lots of goodies and I'm loving it so far.

The most hyped thing out of this box is the 'Rick "Peace among worlds" figure'. I'm super in love with this figure and I'm planning on making it my new desk mascot.

The scene the figure replicates is from season 2, episode 6 "The ricks must be crazy". It's the moment Rick and Morty just arrived in the microverse and Rick tells Morty: 'I told them it means "Peace among worlds". The Base this figure is standing on looks like the ramp of the spaceship.

The second item I saw in the box is the 'Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles tutle van shirt'. I really like the shirt even though I ordered it, by accident, a size to big (size: L).
I'm not the biggest Ninja turtles fan but I have seen a bunch of episodes. So I expected this to be my least favourite item but I'm surprised. I do like it a lot.

The third item is the '#Lootpins' and it's Gene from Bob's Burgers in his cute little burger suit.

The fourth item is the 'Bob's burgers recipe cards in a box'.

I have been wanting the Bob's burgers cookbook since it got announced and now I have the limited edition card version of it! They made this cards in a box edition just for Loot Crate. Loot Crate even converted the inside of the box (everything came in) to look like the restaurant from Bob's burgers.

I already tried one of the recipes 'Bet it all on black garlic burger' and I love it! I'm definitely going to try some more recipes in the near future.

The fifth and last item is the 'Futurama Slurm koozies 2-pack'. I do like these koozies because they're always good to have around. But I do think they could've gone into a lot of different directions with Futurama. I feel like Loot Crate went all the way with 'Rick and Morty' & 'Bob's burgers' but kind of put Futurama to the side. Non the less I do love Slurm!

Overall I think this Loot Crate was the best Loot Crate ever. It came with so much nice stuff from the shows I'm obsessed with.

What's your favourite item from this Loot Crate?