Friday, 19 December 2014

First Impressions - LUSH Bûche de Noël

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about LUSH's Bûche de Noël! I picked up a tester pot of this cleanser from LUSH last week to test out because I absolutely hate the smell. I'm a huge smell person, and if I don't like the smell of something I just won't be able to use it because it will make me want to vomit. I wanted to get this mini review out super quick because this is a limited edition Christmas product!
 What Does It Do?
"Fans of Angels on Bare Skin will love this holiday take on our best-selling classic face and body cleanser. Lovely on all skin types, Bûche de Noël is the cleanser that’s good enough to eat (but we don’t recommend it!). Named for the French dessert, ours is loaded with fresh ingredients for glowing skin: ground almonds gently exfoliate away rough skin while softening almond oil and nutrient-rich seaweed hydrate and nourish. Fresh Satsuma oranges brighten up dull complexions and we’ve snuck in a shot of brandy to cleanse and tone. Wash up with this Christmas-y cleanser for luminous skin all winter long!

Features

  • Hot toddy: We add a splash of brandy to warm up skin (and keep spirits bright) on cold wintery days.
  • Fresh faced: Tired complexions get a radiance boost from brightening Satsuma oranges.
  • Scrub-a-dub-dub: Scrub your whole body with gently exfoliating ground almonds.
Ground Almonds (Prunus dulcis) , Kaolin , Glycerine , Fresh Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) , Dried Cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon) , Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao) , Brandy , Almond Essential Oil (Prunus Amygdalus amara) , Almond Essential Oil (Prunus dulcis) , Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides) , Cedarwood Oil (Cupressus funebris) , *Linalool , *Cinnamal , Fragrance , Nori Seaweed (Fucus vesiculosus) , Nori Seaweed (Algae) (1)
I fully agree with the first sentence of the description, it has the same feel as my absolute favourite LUSH cleanser, Angels On Bare Skin and basically does the same job, but smells awful. But to be completely honest, it felt exactly the same as Angels on Bare Skin.

Would I Purchase This Product?
Absolutely not. I can't even use the rest of the tester pot as I find the smell so awful. I haven't said a lot about this product because it is exactly the same as Angels On Bare Skin so if you would like to read that review to find out about this cleanser, click the little link there and have a good read!

Has anyone else smelt this product? Did you like the scent or did you find it as awful as me? 

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Review - GEO Magic Brown Lens

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be reveiwing the GEO Magic Brown lenses that I talked about in the last store review I did on Pinky Paradise!
I purchased these lenses during Pinky Paradise's half price sale, so they cost me $9.95USD (plus shipping) which is incredibly decent, considering my daily clear prescription contacts cost $60NZD for one months worth ($46USD). I don't wear clear monthly lenses because I only wear contacts when I go outside the house (which is only 2-5 days a week for work/performances), so dailies are cheaper than monthlies for me (and it's still stupidly expensive).
 Lens Info
Brand / GEO
Origin / South Korea
Diameter / 14.2mm
Base Curve / 8.6mm
Water Content / 38%
Life Span / Yearly

The Magic Brown lenses are quite light, and all one colour. They have a subtle spiral that fades into the clear middle of the lens which helps it transition to your natural eye colour. These are great for emphasizing your natural eye colour rather than trying to change the colour.
They're a little darker than my natural eye colour, but they sort of give the illusion that I just have a very dark natural limbal ring since they're not too enlarging. When I wore them nobody asked about them (when I wear other lenses I do get asked about them) which makes me think they're quite natural.
Like I mentioned in the Store Review, the left lens did not agree with my left eye. I get a little redness normally, so this is what my right eye would look like anyway, however the left eye looked awful.  I assumed something had gotten into my eye while wearing the lenses (eyelash, dirt etc) because they were brand new and I'm really careful about eye hygiene and cleaning lenses.
When I wore the lenses for review/photographing purposes I found the left eye still so uncomfortable that after one hour I had to take them out. I won't wear these lenses again, but I might order them to try them out again because I like the colour and style.

Regular lens wearers - have you got any idea why one lens would irritate my eye so much in comparison to the other eye? I've never had this issue with clear prescription lenses!
I just can't wear the left lens, which makes this pair of lenses more than a little bit useless! I have no idea why the lens would make my eye look like this, but it sure doesn't look healthy and I don't want to potentially risk ruining my vision for a $10 set of lenses, so I will be throwing this pair out. However I did really like the colour and style of these lenses so I would probably try a fresh pair out! ^.^

What I Love
- Right lens is very comfortable
- Natural enlargement
- Authentic GEO
- Not overly drying


What I Don't Love
- I can't wear the left lens

Final Thoughts
I really enjoyed the right lens but not the left (obviously). The right lens was really comfortable, not extremely drying on my dry eyes and gave me a nice everyday enlargement that nobody questioned (it's only a little irritating when you have to explain why you're wearing contact lenses). Like I said before, I would purchase the Magic Brown lenses again, potentially in different colours too because I just liked the look of the lenses so much!

 Do you prefer natural looking lenses, or unnatural/dolly looking lenses?

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Manicure Tuesday? - Born Pretty Store

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Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be showing you some super cute nail designs I created with some nail art supplies that I was sent by Born Pretty Store! I decided to post this on a Tuesday so I don't interrupt my regular posting schedule (and also because I wanted to keep posting Christmassy nails! ^.^)
I chose some very feminine water decals, gold rose studs and water droplet studs! These are very much my style of nail art supplies, and things that I will definitely use on a day to day basis for my manicures.

I love the combination of these water decals, but I hate how the horse and carriage has so little room to cut between - you would need some super long nails to fit that decal on one nail without trimming it! The carriage by itself barely fits on my widest nail!
I used Picture Polishes Tiffany for the minty green colour, and OPI's My Second Honeymoon for the pink. The decals were super easy to apply and look amazing on my nails. I put a coat of OPI's Don't Touch My Tutu over the top of the decals to create a pastely/filtered look which makes the decals look incredibly cute! The pictures make it look a little blurry, but it looks lovely in real life ^.^


The gold rose studs are chunkier than they look and tend to over whelm my small nails slightly (especially when I have short nails!), but they are absolutely gorgeous and wear really well. The Water Drop studs look absolutely amazing, like actual little water droplets! They don't fade or deteriorate when you put a top coat over them either which I love!
I created a subtle grey gradient with OPI's My Pointe Exactly and topped it off with the matching glitter, Pirouette My Whistle. I used the small silver balls and diamond studs I had bought from Born Pretty Store previously to create a little center piece for the water droplet studs. I absolutely love the look of the water droplet studs and this manicure!


Nail Art Water Decals Transfers Crown Shield Rings Pattern #T332  
These dainty decals look super cute and princessey! They remind me of little stackable rings which I think are just gorgeous. I don't really like the four little shield decals and I probably won't use them, but the rest of the decals are so pretty!

I used OPI's Care To Danse? for the pinky purple base and added the gold water decals to three of the nails, and popped the rose stud and some swarovski crystal studs on my ring finger. The gold decals look like the popular flash tattoo's that are trending right now and I just think they look so cute and princessey! ^.^

Thank you so much to Born Pretty Store for sending me these nail art supplies to review! I hope you guys enjoyed this extra post this week ^.^

Monday, 15 December 2014

Manicure Monday - Festive Fairy Lights

Hello Princesses!

Today I have really easy, festive manicure featuring a Christmas tree, terrible fairy lights and candy cane stripes! ^.^
I chose to use a white base for this manicure, and Color Club's Ho Ho Holly for the green and gold sparkled tree. I used a thin striper brush and a black polish to create the looped fairy lights, and dotted some random coloured fairy lights onto the strand. I used Sally Hansens red polish with the Color Club to create the messy candy cane stripes on my pinkie, (at least they're moderately straight this time - I'm getting better at drawing straight lines! ^.^)
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