Friday, 28 November 2014

LUSH Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar

Usually, Sundays are dressed in Lush on my blog but since there are currently so many LE products that I want to write about, and I am also trying out a couple of their other products, I decided to give them a little more space. Meaning, there's a chance that you'll be reading about them much more… And if you are wondering if I am in any way affiliated with them, the answer is „I wish!“

a new Lush bag is always a good sig ;)

Today I am going back to my Lush roots…

The reason I said that is because, in my opinion Lush experience, in most cases, starts with their bath products. I mean… All those fancy colors, glitter, shapes… What is there not to love? ;) That is how I got into Lush, and that is how I met this bubble bar- Lush Sparkly Pumpkin.

It is a glittery bronze and gold little pumpkin which was launched as a perfect „welcome“ to fall and Halloween. You can guess that it is a part of the Halloween LE collection and that is why I am writing about it now. There are some more left on their webshops and in their stores, so if you decide to buy one, I wanted to do this review.

This 100 g bubble bar costs 39 kunas in Croatia which is about 5.06 Euros/4 GBP/6.32$. A bit much, but any Lush junkie knows that that is their standard bubble bar price.

Its apperance is super cute. Starting from the shape of it and with the fact that it is frosted with bronze and gold glitter… Ugh… It was just adorable for me. Yes, it was a fall item but I think that its glowy appearance is perfect for the holidays, too. If you are worried that all this glitter will stain your bath tub too much, don't. It is beautiful but it disappears in water, so much, that I was sad not to see it anywhere.

Its scent is amazing for me, which wasn't really surprising since I love almost anything with ylang ylang. Lush says that it is a combination of ylang ylang and orange blossom, and to try to describe it, I would say that it first smells soft and creamy (?!), a bit sweet and then after some time in water, it smells like oranges. I would go even further and say that at first, when you put this bubble bar under your nose it smells like a sweet pumpkin pie, which could be an autosuggestion because its appearance, but it really does. In any case, the scent is very soft, subtle and nice.

This is how Lush describes it:
"Have fun in this warm and merry bubble bath that will add a little sparkle to your night. The exotic and energizing combination of ylang ylang and orange blossom will empower you in a second. It is perfect for long, realxing baths but be careful! Its magic lasts only until midnight..."

And a far as I am concerned, I agree. This is a bubble bath which will really enrich your „me time“. The water will have luxurious foam on the top with only small parts of orange underneath.


As with all of the Lush bubble bars, this one also needs to be crumbled under running water and then left to perform its magic.

For the purposes of this review, I cut mine in half, which is what I always do, but you should use this particular bar for at least two times because it developes such a rich foam that it would probably look like foamcopalipse in your bathroom if you would put the whole piece in.

THE END! See what I mean? ;)

For me, this was a very nice bath, which I recommend for some pampering time.

Sodium Bicarbonate, Tartaric acid, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, corn flour, Perfume, Juniperus communis, Citrus aurantifolia, Citrus paradisi, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 15510, Colour 45380, golden shimmer, Cinnamomum cassia

Have you tried some of their products from LE collections? Any favorites from their Holiday season line?
Tell me..
Love, beautyandbrains007

Sunday, 16 November 2014

LUSH Turkish Delight shower smoothie

Shower smoothie? Let me try to explain. It is a shower product that washes your body but much richer in texture than body cream or gel. It contains many nourishing oils (coconut and almond oil, as well as cocoa butter) which will leave your skin soft and smooth... Get it? Smooth. I would say that it is a soft and velvety soap.

To me, it smells like a freshly cut turkish rose, but the smell although very rose scented is also very clean and elegant. Even if you are not very fond of rose scents, I think that this one won't bother you. As I already said, its texture is buttery and heavy but in contact with water it soon becomes lighter and silky.
The idea behind this product is to offer a very nourishing product, full of rich oils which will take care of dry and sensitive skin. You should apply it on wet skin, rub it in, leave it on for a few seconds and then rinse off. My skin is normal and to be honest, it was squeaky clean after turkish delight. It didn't dry my skin out but I haven't really noticed all of these oils or butters listed in the ingredients.


This is how Lush describes it:
"A decadent shower cleanser to leave you feeling soft and smelling of roses. We've packed this gentle wash full of delicate damask roses as well as rich cocoa butter and almond oil to leave you feeling soft all over. Scoop this out of the pot and work all over your body before rinsing off in the shower or bath. It’s so thick, a little goes a long way."

I've read many reviews of this product and they were all raves about how good it was... But for me, it was just OK. With its price tag and all the ingredients, honestly, I expected more. If you are interested in this product, you can buy it on Lush sites worldwide or go to their store, which I recommend just to be safe that you like its scent. In Croatia it comes in a plastic recyclable 200 g pot which costs 174 kunas (about 28.42$, 22.86 Euros, 18.16 GBP). So, it is quite expensive! On the other hand, I had a 50 g pot that lasted me for more than a month, so a 200 g pot will last you a very long time. 

In my opinion, this is not a must have product but if you are interested in it, you are more than welcome to try it, and if you do, please let my know your impressions. And if you are wondering why my pot looks like it saw better times, I wiped some dust from bath bombs off with a wet cloth and this was the result.

What about you? Have you tried this product? Interested? Not for you? 

Tell me...

Love, beautyandbrains007

Saturday, 15 November 2014

My new in...

One would think that I stopped my beauty obsession since I don't write as often but a small look at these boxes will let you know that you got it all wrong.

In September (yes, you read it right) net a porter offered free shipping which resulted in my Charlotte Tilbury madness. Mostly, Charlotte Tilbury, but we weren't exactly exclusive.

But since you have to take care of your skin first in order for it to look nice with makeup on, let me start with non-makeup beauty products. The majority was bought at hqhair during sales/discounts and Vichy Idealia Serum was a present from my mom, also bought on sale for 20% less. What can I say? Our family loves dicounts. ;)

One of my first choices was Glam Glow hydrating face mask (I really want to try the other version, too) that I have been wanting for a long time.

Elemis also has my full attention but I decided to go into our relationship with small steps, starting with a daily gel cleanser/exfoliator. Nuxe Reve de miel lip balm is a cult product here in Europe, so I couldn't be the only one "stuck" with Korres ( I am joking, Korres is my favorite!). Caudalie is almost always a good choice, and now when this tube is almost gone, I can say that we are having a great time together, and Murad cream was so affordable that I had to throw it in my cart. is makeup where I became crazy!

I've been on a Charlotte Tilbury kick. My first order was Lip Cheat in Pillow talk and Lustre Lip Gloss in the shade High Society, which blew me away so much that I bought crazy amount of her products, mostly lip products.

Charlotte Tilbury is not available in Croatia, but you can buy her products online on net a porter and on her official site. Usually, I would prefer her official site since there you can find everything from her range, and shipping for Croatia is 9 GBP, which isn't cheap, but with net a porter's normal shipping in mind (25 Euros), it's a bargain. During free shipping on net a porter you just don't have a lot to think about besides- BUY! :)

Later I ordered more lip cheat pencils in the shades Kiss 'N' Tell, Iconic Nude and one more Pillow Talk (which my mother bought me after seeing how obsessed I am with it), I also had to try her  K.I.S.S.I.N.G. lipsticks, so I bought two shades Penelope Pink and Nude Kate, and made a full circle with one more gloss in the shade Seduction. The only non-lip product was her eye pencile in the shade Audrey.

One more brand which I am really intereted in and which, unfortunately, isn't available in Croatia is Laura Mercier. So, I went for a safe choice and bought two caviar sticks in the shades Rose Gold and Amethyst. I purchased Anastasia's brow wiz pencil in the shade Taupe (love you, Anastasia), and lastly something from the drugstore range, Bourjois matte primer.

all together now!

That was my catch for September, October and most of the November.

Have you been shopping? Do you like what I chose?

Tell me...

Love, beautyandbrains007