Monday, April 27, 2015

LUSH 2015 Mother's Day Range!

Part of the Lush 2015 Mother's Day range

I recently received a beautiful, bright purple flowery box from Lush containing a selection of products from their Mother's Day range! These products are Limited Edition; they are made just for Mother's Day and are available now to buy in-store and online until May 11th. And in case you haven't got around to Googling it, Mother's Day this year falls on Sunday 10th May! If you're a Lush Lover like me, you'll be keen to get in-store and smell everything new! They also have beautiful Gift Sets available if you want to spoil your Mum with multiple Lush goodies. Here are some of the lovely products on offer this year......

Yummy Mummy shower gel
My all-time favourite line of Lush products are their shower gels, closely followed by their soaps. They just make such beautifully fragranced shower gels, and Yummy Mummy is no exception. This gorgeous lilac-hued floral gel leaves me smelling like a fresh bouquet of flowers. There are tiny shimmering silver sparkles in there, too, making it extra special. I love the gel's thick consistency, and the addition of seaweed extract left my skin super-soft. If you love the smell of fresh flowers, you will definitely appreciate this bloomin' product!

Love You Mum soap
I love the deep red colour, however this mimosa, jasmine absolute and bergamot oil-scented product is not my favourite smelling soap. It gives a thick, pale pink lather which is definitely low on the bubble scale. I found this a bit awkward to hold at first, however after a bit of fiddling I found an advantage to the novel flower shape; if you hold the soap with the flat side against your palm, the petals actually give you a lovely, gentle massage as you soap your body! Or you can flip it and use the petal knobs (lol) as finger holds for a super-smooth soaping. This individual red flower soap is a press sample only and the Love You Mum soap available for public purchase is the full floral patterned block one displayed here.

Rose Bombshell bath bomb
I experienced such a lovely, relaxing bath with this rosy delight! Under hot water, the white outer edge crumbles to reveal pink inside and rose petals, resulting in pale pink bath water with petals floating on top (see photo above)! The scent is floral and subtle enough to not be overwhelming. The ingredients include soya milk powder, orange flower absolute, rosewood and Turkish rose oils. Afterwards, my skin was soft to the touch and sweetly fragranced. I might invest in a couple of these bombs before they sell out, because this girly, pink, rosy bath experience was an absolute joy!

Mother Superior bubble bar
I'm leaving this cherry blossom scented bar for my son to use, because he likes the face on it, despite my husband saying it resembles a cat's anus. I can only imagine this bright bar turns the water blue, fills the bath with bubbles and the room with the smell of cherry blossoms! This remains to be seen, but that's my best guess based on the available information. The bar itself smells sweet and floral, and the ingredients include Sicilian lemon oil, orange blossom infusion, jasmine and mimosa absolute. My son can't wait to try his Mother Superior bubble bar!

Yummy Mummy body conditioner
Lush body conditioners are quite unique in that you use them like you would a hair conditioner, but on your body! So after you've cleaned yourself, apply the conditioner on your skin, then rinse it off. The result is wonderfully soft, smooth, moisturised and beautifully fragranced skin, and no need to apply a body moisturiser once you're out of the shower! Speaking of fragrance, Yummy Mummy smells delightful. The ingredients include fresh strawberry juice, murumuru and Fair Trade Organic cocoa butter. This is my favourite Lush body conditioner thus far. OK, I've only tried two, but this is better than the exotic African Paradise (here's my review of that) in my opinion!

Bloomin' Awesome Box!

Disclaimer: All products were provided for consideration. This is a non-sponsored post and all reviews are my honest opinion.

Which product takes your fancy from the Lush Mother's Day range?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Movie Review: While We're Young

Cast: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Driver, Charles Grodin, Adam Horovitz.
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Director: Noah Baumbach

Written and Directed by Noah Baumbach, While We're Young tells the story of Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts), a middle-aged couple whose lives are turned upside down after they befriend a young, hipster couple, Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried). Josh is a documentary filmmaker who has been working on the same film for nearly a decade. His life has come to a standstill, and in his own words, the only two feelings he has left are "wistful and disdainful". But when he meets exciting young couple Jamie and Darby, he feels invigorated, both in his career and his marriage. They are spontaneous, fun, and everything Josh and Cornelia are not. But of course, not everything is as it seems. Don't worry, NO SPOILERS here!

I really liked this honest, funny, yet moving film. I was engaged, liked the characters and even related to some of the feelings portrayed. I like it when actors predominantly known for their comedy roles (in this case Ben Stiller) take on something a little deeper and more meaningful. Case in point; Adam Sandler in Punch Drunk Love. Check that out if you haven't already, it's a beautiful little gem. I digress! I'm a big fan of TV's Girls, and Adam Driver is good in this (he plays Hannah's love interest in Girls). The only thing that annoyed me was the dialogue where Driver's character says "see?" at the end of way too many sentences. Overkill! But that's a tiny point that hardly detracts from a fresh, poignant, funny and enjoyable film.

In researching Noah Baumbach, I notice he also wrote and directed multiple films on my To Watch list: Greenberg (also starring Ben Stiller), Frances Ha (Adam Driver is in this) and Kicking And Screaming (Parker Posey and Eric Stoltz, two of my favourites). 

While We're Young is screening now in Australian cinemas.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Adore Beauty Benefit Cosmetics GWP!

Don't you love it when your staple products are nearly kaput and you see a GWP (Gift With Purchase, as if you didn't know) offer directly related to products you needed to buy anyway? It's the perfect combination of incredible timing, good fortune and well, bad luck for my husband, because he has to hear me blab excitedly about beauty products and GWP deals for way too long!

Benefit Cosmetics are one of my favourite brands, so when I opened an email from Adore Beauty offering a 7-piece gift set with any Benefit spend of $89 or more, I knew I needed to take advantage. I was due to buy a new Ooh La Lift and Erase Paste anyway. I just needed to add a dual pencil sharpener to my order ($9, trust me, the cheapest way to reach the qualifying spend. I tried many product combinations like the sad cheap arse I am) and holy guacamole, that gift set was mine! Here's everything I got:

Benefit Erase Paste in Fair
Benefit Ooh La Lift
Benefit Dual Pencil Sharpener

GWP comprising:
POREfessional License To Blot Oil-Blotting Stick 1.4g
POREfessional PRO Balm 3.0 mL
POREfessional Agent Zero Shine PRO Powder sachet
They're Real! Remover 7.5mL
They're Real! Push Up Liner mini
They're Real! Mascara 3.0g
Roller Lash Mascara 3.0g

Green People Intensive Repair Shampoo 5ml sachet
La Roche-Posay Lipid-Replenishing Body Balm 7ml sachet
Tim Tam!

I'm not sure if this particular GWP is still running, as I received another Adore Beauty email a few days after with a bunch of new GWPs! Check the current promotions on their site for the latest deals. By the way, this is not sponsored, I'm in no way affiliated with Adore Beauty and I paid for this order entirely with my own money! Just wanted to share my excitement for the great deals you can get at Adore Beauty.