I was delighted when my Lush Hello Gorgeous Gift Box* came to the door. I just love a huge box full of beauty goodies and this box does not skimp on content. It contains an array of treats to ‘shower, soften and bathe your way to gorgeousness’. 

Lush are a really eco-friendly company whose packaging can be easily recycled or reused. With a box as pretty as ‘Hello Gorgeous’, who would ever want to throw it away? It is also adorned with the cutest pink ribbon! What I love most about Lush, is that the majority of their products are vegan or vegetarian society approved, making them accessible to everyone! Everything is fresh, handmade and effective. Lush even inform you of the person or team who prepared your product, and when they did so. As lush ingredients are natural, it is best to use their products as soon as possible, if you can resist them that is!
 The beautiful navy floral print box includes: the ‘Think Pink Bath Ballistic’, ‘The Comforter Bubble Bar’ (200g), ‘Vanilla Dee-lite’ (100g), ‘Rub Rub Rub shower scrub’ (140g) and a trial size ‘Gorgeous moisturiser’ (10g).
The centerpiece of this Gift Box (funny, considering it is the smallest product!) is the introduction of the ‘Gorgeous moisturiser’. This facial moisturiser is their self-confessed greatest to date, containing 6 plant oils and fruit juices. It smells delicious and a key scent is indistinguishable! It is a very light, offering a real softness to the skin.
The ‘Vanilla Dee-Lite’ body lotion went on very thick but surprisingly sank into my skin within minutes, leaving a lovely and subtle scent of vanilla that lasted the day. It reminds me of a nice vanilla scented perfume. The use of fresh ingredients such as kiwi also impressed me, this bottle is filled to the brim with a variety of skin conditioning greats!
Rub Rub Rub shower scrub impressed me also, appealing as a unisex product (although apparently ‘blossom-scented’) and infused with mineral-rich sea salt. It has a fresh smell and a really gritty feel, exfoliating away any dry skin. It also lathers up like a shower gel, leaving you with a truly invigorating and squeaky clean feel.  You can even use it on your hair!
‘The Comforter’ bubble bar is Lush’s best selling bubble bar and I can see why. It has a swirled appearance and strong blackcurrant scent. Crumbling it under the tap it encouraged a mountain of bubbles in my bath and left me smelling very sweet.
Another sweet treat is the ‘Think Pink’ bath ballistic. This cute little bomb is adorned with 3 flowers and scents of vanilla, tonka and lavender.  Placing it my bath I was amazed by an explosion of glitter and shaped confetti (I shall let is surprise you!). It really is a mood booster and the bath quickly transformed into the most wonderful shade of pink.
Overall, this box is fabulous! With some delicious and sweet-smelling products that will leave you feeling as gorgeous as Lush promised. It is also great value for money, so I advise you treat yourself or someone special!
Have you ever received a Lush gift box? What is your favourite Lush product?
 
Stephanie xox

MyMix Foundation in Fair01

MyFace Cosmetics MyMix Foundation in Fair01 review

I find foundation to be the most basic and important product in any beauty regime, it can really make or break a look.

First step is to find the right colour for you. This is something I often struggle with, it would genuinely shock you the amount of money I have wasted with my naivety when on the hunt for the perfect foundation. The next step is deciding the type of foundation you want, be it liquid, powder of mouse. I opt for liquid, finding it to working better on my normal/dry skin.
I decided to try out MyFace Cosmetics MyMix Foundation in Fair01*. MyFace Cosmetics work via a simple and effective system when it comes to their products, placing them into one of three categories: fair, medium and medium/dark. With this in mind, they use well-known celebrities to give you an understanding of what tiers (labeled from 1 to 3, the latter being the darkest) you fall into within the category. I found this extremely helpful, matching my skin tone (Fair01) to the likes of Scarlett Johansson and Emma Watson in seconds.
I found the contents to be quite fluid and this was rather frustrating. This in mind, I applied the foundation using my finger tips and my well-loved ‘dot’ method (I shall show this one day!) and the coverage was lovely. It felt like a second skin with its matt finish and clean smell. After a day of wear it was still firmly on, and my skin looked bright and felt wonderfully smooth. I was amazed that it had not dried it out and left my face feeling hydrated.

So, did MyFace Cosmetics MyMix Foundation in Fair01 offer the healthy glow they promised?

My answer is yes!This is the perfect foundation for normal/dry/combination skin tones (I find liquid foundations on oily skin tend to wear off quickly but it may work with a primer). However, the ‘colour-correcting formula’ can only go so far. I believe the product to sufficiently reduce redness but am doubtful as to whether it would work as an entire cover up on acne prone skin.

I also adored the colour match method, it is as flawless as the foundation and guarantees a perfect match every time! The packaging is also a bonus, the tube is sleek, making it easy to slip into the smallest of bags. With impressive coverage and delightful texture, there is no need to worry about top ups!
You will feel the fairest of them all! If you are as pale as me that is…
 
Stephanie xox

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Percy & Reed 'Va-Va Voom Volume' Travel Pack

Percy & Reed Va-Va Voom Volume Travel Pack review

A relaxing bath after a long day is one of the nicest ways to spend your evening. Even better, is trying out your new Va-Va Voom Volume Travel Pack* by Percy & Reed.

Percy & Reed are masterminds in the world of hair care. Hairdressers themselves, they know exactly how to work your locks.  After opening up a salon in London the duo started working on their own range of hair care products. Va-Va-Voom Volume Travel Pack was born!

So, as one can expect, the ‘Volumising Shampoo’ and ‘Volumising Conditioner’ first. What strikes me instantly with Percy & Reed products is the incredible and individual smells of each item, utterly delicious and noticeable. The shampoo is scented with blackcurrant extract.

So, what did I think of the Percy & Reed Va-Va Voom Volume Travel Pack?

After this sleek and squeaky clean experience, I attempted to add some volume and shine with the remaining products. I half towel dried and half blow dried my hair and began to experiment. I started with the ‘Bodifying Cream’, working it from root to tip as instructed and immediately started seeing results and bounce!

Having quite thick hair, I often use a variety of additional products and this set is just perfect, containing literally everything you need. Following the oh so useful styling tips along the bottle, I used the ‘No Oil Oil’ (for fine hair unfortunately, but understandable as this is a volumising kit and us thick haired ladies are usually satisfied with the size of our manes) and ‘Volumising Mousse’ in unison: ‘Expect glossy, voluminous weightless movement and finish when you mix the Volumising Mousse with No Oil Oil for fine hair’. 

I got what I was promised and was left with shiny, full and wonderful smelling hair! Percy & Reed also claim that the violet extract and consistently used pro-vitamin B5 in the ‘No Oil Oil’ repairs and protects damaged hair. As for the ‘Volumising Mousse’, it did not leave the nasty gunk usually associated with this kind of product. I finished this off with a pretty well holding spritz of the ‘Session Hold Hairspray’.

Overall, I think this little kit is fabulous, containing everything you need for beautiful and glamorous hair every time. The little styling tips offer a  personal touch, giving you a step-by-step guide as if Percy & Reed were personally at your disposal. It is also not particularly time-consuming and do-able daily! The kit is priced at £24 and includes all of the above.

It looks like Percy & Reed are my new hair Gods! Have you tried any Percy & Reed products? 

Stephanie xox

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Flowerbomb Viktor & Rolf perfume review

Flowerbomb Viktor & Rolf review

Viktor & Rolf”s Flowerbomb of 2005 has got to be one of the nicest floral smelling perfumes on the  market.
It is my all time favourite fragrance. Holding a place upon my dresser in its exquisite multi-faceted, diamond inspired, bottle for over three years now.

So, what do I think of Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf?

Flowerbomb is a sophisticated scent, an mille-fleur explosion, oozing with femininity. Its top notes include fresh green tea and fragrant bergamot.
Like the previously reviewed Alien by Thierry Mugler, the perfume is dominated by the richly feminine sambac jasmine. The heart of Flowerbomb also contains a floral mix of the Dutch centifolia rose, sweet freesia and the tropical cattleya orchid, as sweet as any flower.
The base notes are a contrasting mix of musk, patchouli and sweet powder. The musk aiding the staying power of the fragrance. Flowerbomb is available in eua de parfum and eau de toilette, the concentrated EDP had an incredible staying ability. The cheaper, but equally as exquisite EDT, shares its impressive lingering nature but for the sake of a few pounds its worth opting for the EDP. The patchouli promotes Flowerbombs oriental scent, acting as a background to the floral setting as the powder leaves the skin soft to the touch and smelling glamorous.
 Just writing this makes me want to splash out on another bottle and I advise you sample it also!

Have you tried Alien by Thierry Mugler? What is your favourite perfume?

Stephanie xox

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they are real benefit mascara

A They’re Real! Mascara by Benefit review

They’re Real! Mascara by Benefit is a miracle worker. Benefit is famous for its flawless array of cosmetics. I myself probably own about a 1/4 of this season’s collection!

They’re Real! mascara however, goes way beyond my original expectations. I suffer from ridiculously short lashes, but with the introduction of this little beauty, the worry is no more. Just take a peek at the pictures within this post (hey I know my lashes are a tad clumpy but I am a writer, not a makeup expert!), I find the results rather amazing!

The mascara is jet black, aiding the brush for a dramatic finish as it lengthens and lifts the lashes. The brush itself is designed with a rounded and larger tip, enabling you to also use it vertically on the individual lashes, adding volume as you go.

So, what did I think of the They’re Real! Mascara by Benefit?

The strong and spaced bristles separate the lashes as you sweep up to your desired look.Horizontally, the brush is to be used in a zig-zag motion to aid the final look. I myself find the less traditional vertical method works wonders.

Beware however, that this makeup miracle is not entirely waterproof and definitely not something to wear if you plan on seeing a sad movie with the boyfriend.

On the plus If you buy this today from Benefits official website, your They’re Real! purchase will be accompanied by a free travel sized version for only £20.50! Although pricier than the average mascara you get guaranteed quality every time. Making They’re Real! a must for any makeup enthusiast who desires luscious lashes.

What do you think of the They’re Real Mascara by Benefit? Do you already own it? 

Stephanie xox

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ALIEN THIERRY MUGLER PERFUME

Alien Thierry Mugler review

So, I  recently got my hands on the gorgeous Alien by Thierry Mugler.

This edition is a gorgeous eau de parfum 15ml refillable stone. Amethyst in colour, this jewel inspired bottle is multi-faceted and protected by golden claws.

Looking rather expensive and undeniably luxurious, it is truly unique addition to any perfume lovers dresser.

So, what do I think of Alien by Thierry Mugler?

Alien is strong, distinctive and rich. The ingredients include jasmine sambac, cashmeran wood and white amber and the combination is bewitchingly exotic. Although floral, the wood and amber scents overpower.

The smell is sensual and is more of a evening scent, lasting as long as you do on a night out! For the day time I prefer to stick to something a little less sophisticated and a little more floral and fruity (think CKIN2U for her ).

Alien is a must buy and a classic since its début in 2005. The top note is the sambac jasmine, while its heart is taken by the cashmeran and solar notes. The base is left to the white amber, a mix that is exotic and breathtaking.

Although a tad more expensive, Alien is definitely worth it! Buy it here  and give in to its charm, you will be the belle of the ball!

Have you tried Alien by Thierry Mugler? What is your favourite perfume?

Stephanie xox

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