Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Celebrate Christmas Cruelty-Free with Lush!

Limited Edition Lush Christmas goodies!

If you're an animal lover you probably already know that Lush are a Cruelty-free company. They have a long history of Fighting Animal Testing and they only source their ingredients from companies that do not commission tests on animals and that respect the environment. A few other ways in which Lush demonstrate strong ethics include:

* environmentally-friendly packaging, including 'Naked' packaging, where the customer can choose no wrapping at all on suitable products.
* charitable giving, for instance 100% of the money raised through Charity Pots sales goes to animal protection, human rights and environmental charities and grassroots organisations.
* ethical buying and a strict stance on animal testing
* campaigning for animal rights, human rights and environmental causes such as Anti-Shark Culling, marriage equality and the rights of asylum seekers.

All products are handmade locally in Lush kitchens with the freshest of ingredients. I'm a huge Lush fan, and it's reassuring to know that whether you're stocking up on the Limited Edition Christmas range for yourself this Christmas, or buying gifts for friends, you'll be supporting an ethical, cruelty-free brand. Here are some Lush goodies from the Christmas range Lush kindly sent to me.....

The one in the book looks perfect

Snowman FUN*
We've used the individual FUN colours before, but this Christmas creation is triple the FUN! For the uninitiated, FUN is a bubbler with multiple uses; as a soap, shampoo or bubblebath. It's especially great for kids, because they can mould it into various shapes and have a play (this also helps with making bath-time fun!). And boy, did my little man have fun playing with this!? (Yes). I think his exact words were "I'm having TOO much fun, Mummy!". He started off by making a terrifying nightmare-inducing snowman with the white, orange and black mouldable soaps. Then he washed with it, turning his skin orange. But it's soap so it lathers mildly and washes right off, leaving him smelling amazing (the ingredients include buchu, bergamot and Sicilian lemon essential oils). Needless to say the Snowman FUN was a big hit with my son. And continues to be (I store the remaining product in a snaplock Glad bag).

Pretty rosy pink goodness

Rose Jam Shower Gel*
My most favourite Lush products, generally speaking, are their soaps and shower gels. Rose Jam is in equal first position with Happy Hippy, in my opinion. The aroma of Rose Jam is just divine. It's girly, floral and so pretty. The rosy scent is uplifting, but there's also lemon, geranium oil, vanilla, goji berry and Turkish rose absolute. Last year I stocked up on Snow Fairy, this year I'm going for the Limited Edition Rose Jam so my soft, clean skin can smell like a bouquet of roses all year long. I've talked about Rose Jam before here.

Model is from Lush Fresh for Christmas book!

Santa Baby Lip Tint*
I'm so up in the air with this bright, bold orangey-red Santa Baby Lip Tint! Last year I thought it was too thick and hard to apply and wear, but this year I'm liking it more. The product is hard in the tin, but is easily picked up on the finger and is best applied over moisturised lips, since it sets matte and is not the most moisturising of formulas. As usual, though, Lush have nailed the scent, in this case a 'cinammon-sweet, cola-flavoured taste of Christmas.' It basically smells exactly like Lush Santa's Lip Scrub, which I love and use weekly. Ingredients include cherries, dates, carrot oil and Fair Trade shea butter.


Celebrate Body Lotion*
I'm loving this more than the calming Lush Dream Cream. Celebrate is 'a sumptuous body lotion with orange, almond oil and lime... and a splash of cognac to get you in the festive mood.' The white cream is rich, fairly thick and although most of it absorbs quickly, I've found the remainder does 'sit' on the skin for a while after application. However it really feels like it's nourishing and moisturising my skin, and the citrusy aroma is to die for. I'm currently applying Celebrate after my nightly shower because I absolutely adore going to bed smelling like a boozy fruit salad and waking up with baby soft skin. But it would be an equally amazing way to start off the day, especially since orange and lime are uplifting scents. Celebrate also contains cocoa butter for hydration. This is just a beautiful body lotion with an addictive scent. Love!

A cult classic!

Snow Fairy Shower Gel*
This is a bit of a cult Lush product, and it's easy to see (or smell!) why. This sparkly pink gel is super-sweet and smells like a mixture of musk lollies and fairy floss. Skin-softening seaweed is a recent addition to the Snow Fairy formula. Possibly too sweet for some, Snow Fairy is mega-hyped in beauty circles and an absolute best seller for Lush. I prefer Happy Hippy and Rose Jam, but this is such a fun, cheerful product, and it leaves me with soft, sweet-smelling skin. Side note - I let my son try it once in the shower and now he asks to use it every time!

Do you have a favourite Lush Christmas product?

*Disclaimer: All products were provided for my consideration. This is not a sponsored post. All reviews are my honest opinion.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thoughts on my Priceline 40% Off Makeup Haul!

Complete haulage

Did you go crazy in the recent Priceline 40% off makeup sale? I know I did. I couldn't get to a store, so put through an online order. I deliberately spent just over $100 to get Free Delivery, because I wasn't missing out on that. I'm pretty happy with this haul. Check out what I got....

Face of Australia goodies
Face of Australia
Screen Siren nail enamel in Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend
I couldn't resist this gorgeous pop of bright fuchsia. My first purchase from the Screen Siren collection.

Divine Shine Lip Plumper in Lavish Instinct
A favourite of mine. An effective, affordable plumper. This flattering, sparkly shade looks really pretty on the lips, too.
High Definition Brow Kit
Very impressed with this, and I'm actually preferring it to my Benefit Brows A-Go-Go kit!

Revlon products

Photoready Eye Primer + Brightener

I reviewed this in my recent November Empties post where I lied and said I wouldn't repurchase. I do love it, but I didn't know it would soon be majorly discounted! My pants are officially on fire.
Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner in Electric Blue
I fell in love with this after seeing it on Kat's blog Kitsch Snitch and knew it had to be mine. I hope it suits me!

Cheeks and lips

Bourjois & Lip Smacker
Bourjois Blush in Lilas D'Or
These baked powder blushes are so cute and they smell lovely. I was happy to add to my collection with this pretty pot.

Lip Smacker Lip Gloss in Coca Cola Cherry
I admit I purely got this to get my total above $100 for the free delivery! If it's crap, who cares? It was only $2.99.

Maybe she's born with it. Maybe it's....

Superstay 14 Hr Mega Watt lipstick in Coral Beam
Majorly disappointed with this shade! I'm failing to see any 'coral' in this pale baby pink. This shade misleadingly displays much darker on the Priceline website. This looks ridiculous on me. Boo!
Color Tattoo Metal 24 Hr Eyeshadow in Barely Branded
I first saw this on Jenny's blog My Funny Valentine and I'm looking forward to using it as both a cream eyeshadow and a highlighter as she suggests. So far I'm loving the creamy, smooth formula.

From Apocalips to Provocalips!

Lasting Finish by Kate lipstick in 12 Coralicious
I love this range by Kate Moss. The colours are great, the formula is excellent and they are only $12 full-priced (so I jumped when they were 40% off!). I think this is my third number 12 now. A definite favourite!
Provocalips 16 Hr Lip Colour in Make Your Move
This is where beauty blogs come in handy with helpful shade swatches! Very happy with the colour I picked, the flattering nude Make You Move, after checking out reviews and swatches of the entire range on Kitsch Snitch.

Digging for Australis gold!

AC/ME Metallic Finish Eyeshadow in Jay Zed

I've been lusting after a metallic gold eyeshadow for ages, so this was an exciting purchase for me. But what a weird product! The metallic gold foil effect on the lids is not disappointing; bold, sparkly as hell and just as pretty. The texture is a malleable cream which takes a little getting used to. But it would be remiss of me not to mention this product's one major fault. If you touch your eyelids at any point after application, the gold comes clear off and sticks to your finger, actually leaving a bare patch where the shadow was on the lids. I've never seen this before! Luckily, you can re-apply over the patch and it covers seamlessly. But you have to be very aware of not touching your eyelids when wearing this glittery goodness. I might play around with different primers under Jay Zed and see how that goes.

Link your Priceline hauls below so I can check them out!

Disclaimer: All product were purchased by me and all thoughts are my honest opinion.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Getting 'Trashy' with my Furless Mani!

So I decided to get wild and release my inner goth/punk rocker chick (if that's even a thing) with Furless nail lacquer in 'Trashy'. It's a deep, dark red from the Grunge range of polishes* that also includes Bitch (black), Rogue (grey) and Grunge (dark green) which I blogged about here. I think Punk (dark purple) may also be part of the Grunge range, however I was sent two Trashys and no Punk, so I'm only guessing. Either that or the lovelies at Furless are trying to say I'm a complete tart. LOL!

This is just one coat as the formula was quite thick, and I finished with Max Factor Nailfinity Glossy Top Coat to seal it in.

*Disclaimer: Furless Cosmetics kindly sent me the Grunge range of nail polishes, including Trashy, for consideration. All opinions are my own.