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Bath & Body

Loving Lush’s Christmas Gifts!

Dear Santa,

I would like a Christmas gift from Lush :) ….

 

Best Wishes…

Three limited edition Christmas products all wrapped up in one beautiful gift. With best-selling Christmas classics Satsumo Santa and So White bath ballistics and the brand new Superstars bubble bar.

Best Wishes gift contains :

  • Satsuma Santa Bath Bomb
  • So White Bath Bomb
  • Superstars Bubble Bar
  • £10.50

 

Secret Santa…

This gift comes in a choice of green or red paper. Inside this festive wrap you’ll find a special star-shaped piece of our wonderfully creamy Snowcake soap plus a warming wintry Li’l Lush Pud bath ballistic.

Secret  Santa Gift contains :

  • Snowcake Soap (in a star shape 60g)
  • Li’l Lush Pud Bath Bomb
  • £5.50

 

Merry and Bright…

Merry and Bright Gift Contains :

  • Northern Lights Soap (100g)
  • Glogg Shower Gel (100g)
  • £8.50

 

Here are a few of my favourite single Christmas items – they would be a great addition to a gift or stocking. (I have already gone to town with them!)

 

Lush L’il Pud Bath Ballistic

Clove powder warms you up when you’re chilled to the bone, while aloe vera extract and rose absolute soothe dry, winter skin. Inspired by traditional British Christmas pudding made of figs. It has the scrumptious almond-icing scent of o Snowcake soap.

Cinders Bath Ballistic…

Cinders is inspired by crackling fairytale hearths, this sweet and spicy treat is meant to warm and relax you. Cinnamon leaf oil heats things up while almond oil soften up your skin.

These are such a great idea for Kriskindle pressies and stocking fillers. I love Lush, particularly at Christmas. The gift sets are affordable, good quality and presented well.

Is there anyone who doesn’t enjoy Lush??

General

Stocking Fillers from Sally Hansen…

As promised I’m back with more Christmas gift ideas. These would be perfect for school friends, kriskindle or stocking fillers.

 

1 Salon Effects Polish Strips

Love these so much! This shade is perfect for Christmas and New Years. They last ages too. I blogged about these recently with a ‘how to apply’ and pictures (Link).

 

2. Complete Salon Manicure in All Fired Up

This is my favourite Sally Hansen shade (Swatches here). Creamy, easy to apply, dries quickly and lasts well.

 

3. Airbrush Legs

I don’t think I have met an Irish girl who doens’t have a bottle of this stashed in their press for party emergencies. Instant colour, easy to apply, covers imperfections  as well as providing a little tan, doesn’t come off on clothes or in the rain, washes off in the shower. Despite the name, I have actually used this on my arms too. Love!!

 

4. Lip Inflation

This is an affordable lip boosting gloss. It gives a little tingle and did actually plumped my lips. This shade is a sheer peach, perfect alone of over a lipstick.

That’s it for the stocking fillers today, I’ll be back tomorrow with more!

Hauls, Make-up, Skin Care

The Body Shop Christmas 2011…

I love this time of year, Christmas collection time. Here’s a little look at the products I got from The Body Shop’s collection. I did a little experimentation with some Christmas decs for a more interesting photo :) I was delighted with myself….

 

More pictures

Firstly, skincare. I have Cranberry Joy Body Lotion and Candied Ginger Body Wash…

These smell amazing. The ginger shower gel is my favourite of the two, it’s more Christmassy. The lotion is light and sweet.

The Sparkler was so popular last year that it has been repromoted…

I adore the bottle, it looks beautiful on my dresser. It wafts a light shimmer on the skin. Christmas party appropriate.

 

Time for this years palette – 4 Step Smokey Eyes. This one is in Golden Brown…

It comes with a visual tutorial which is handy.

 

And for the swatches….

More on the palette later :)

 

There are also a variety of High Shine Mini lip treatments…

Left to right: Beige Sparkle, Coral Sparkle, Purple Sparkle, Pink Sparkle

Each mini tube contains 6ml of product. They’re very glossy with lashings of sparkle. The smell quite nice, passion fruit I think.

I think I’ll record a Christmas party tutorial using the range!

 

Any thoughts on the collection?


Make-up, Make-up Brushes / Tools, Previews/Launches

Laura Mercier Christmas 2010

I’m a fan of Laura Mercier products. They are expensive though so I tend to wait until Christmas and ask Santa :) Well I am very good after all!

I was having a little snoop at the Christmas collection for this year. I’m excited about the travel brush set. The palette also looks nice although I have never tried Laura Mercier eye shadows. Maybe you could advise :) *Update – I hear the palette is quite small!

Eye Colour Sampler (Limited Edition)

Portable case with a double-ended Eye Colour/Smudge brush with 8 shadows.

Shades Include: Sparkling Dew, Chocolate, Latte, Pink Tulip, Ultra Violet, Pink Copper, Mica and Black Ice

 

 

Travel Brush Set (Limited Edition)

Four double-ended Laura Mercier brushes and a Finishing Brush presented in a zipper case.

Set includes: Brow Definer/Brow Grooming and Finishing Brush, Secret Camouflage/Camouflage Powder, Flat Eye Liner/Smudge, All Over Eye Colour/Ponytail.

 

 

 

Mini Lip Glace Set (Limited Edition)

Five-colour collection for sparkle, gloss and shine.

Shades Include: Sparking, Violet, After Hours, Bare Beige and Rose

 

Do any of these stand out to you? Do you like Laura Mercier products?

Previews/Launches, Skin Care

Yes to Carrrots Christmas Sets

I really like Yes to Carrots products. I’m all on for anything natural and gentle.

At the moment I’m using the Body Butter, shower gel and shampoo. Last Christmas I bought myself a gift set as a way to try out a few of the products. I like sets in general since they are usually more cost effective than buying the products separately. This year I’d like to try some of the Yes to Tomatoes range which is probably more suited to my skin.

Here’s a little look at the sets available this Christmas…

Yes to Carrots Body Care Kit  €21.99

  • Yes To Carrots Hand Cream (100ml Tube)
  • Yes To Carrots Body Scrub (200ml Tub)
  • Yes To Carrot Body Butter Full Size (250ml Tub)

Yes to Crarrots Carrot Loving Care Set

  • Carrots Moisturizing Day Cream (18 ml Tube)
  • Carrots Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser (18ml Tube)
  • Carrots Body Butter (30ml Jar)
  • Carrots Shower Gel (60ml Bottle)


Yes To Carrots Shower Kit   €19.99

  • Yes To Carrots Shampoo (500ml Bottle)
  • Yes To Carrots Conditioner (500ml Bottle)
  • Yes To Carrots Shower Gel (500ml Bottle)

I think I’ll buy the Body Care Kit for myself. I have yet to come across any of their products that I don’t like so it’ll be money well spent.

What are your thoughts on Yes to Carrots? Do you buy sets often?

I’ll be back this afternoon with a post on my mac eyeshadows.

 

Skin Care

Stocking Fillers from The Body Shop

Tis the time of year to start out Christmas shopping. Here are some stocking fillers from The Body Shop if you fancy a nosy.

For Little Princesses: Born Lippy Fruity Lip Balms €16.50


“Little madams will love the sweet fruity flavors of these glossy lip balms. Presented in a giant lollipop stick, there are five lip balms to choose from: strawberry, raspberry, shimmer satsuma, watermelon and passion berry. Each contains Community Fair Trade beeswax from Northern Cameroon, which helps to condition and moisturise lips. Liptastic!”

 

For Little Adventurers: Animal Soaps Gift €6.00

“Turn bath time into playtime with this bag of five colorful animal soaps. Little boys and girls will love getting in a lather with the elephant, rhino, bear, whale and turtle. It’s all good, clean fun! “

 

Benefit, Make-up

Boots Exclusive – Benefit Sha-La-Lovely Christmas Set

Finally an exclusive that’s available on this side of the water!

The kit contains

  • Boi-ing concealer in 02
  • Creaseless cream shadow
  • Three powder eye shadows
  • Badgal Lash Mini Mascara
  • Eye Bright
  • Concealer Brush
  • Double Ended eyeshadow brush
  • Full lesson.

I like the idea of having so many products in one box. I could pop this in my handbag with a lipgloss and save myself lugging around a half tonne of products.

I bought the Benefit Realness of Concealness kit a few years ago. Although I loved it, I found that I used up the boing concealer within a few weeks. I would love if the concealer pan in Benefit palettes were slightly bigger since most people would use a concealer up much faster than eyebright.

The set costs €36 / £25 – definitely not a drugstore price but if you like Benefit products or wanted a little introduction to the brand then this could be a good option for you. I have to say that I’m not a big fan of Badgal mascara. I’m also not sure I like the idea of eyebright  in pan form. The pencil is so easy to use and is one of my favourite products but in a pan? Surely that will be too much work.

It’s also a Boots exclusive. Nothing like the word ‘exclusive’ to start the queues forming although it’s worth thinking about whether you need everything in the box before you commit. I always consider the price against the value of the products and how much use I could get out of them. Then I ask myself if there is any other product(s) I would prefer to spend that money on. If I still want it at this stage then it’s a good buy. For now, I think I will pass on this one. The other Benefit sets I was talking about before appeal to me more.

Have you ever bought a Benefit set?

Drugstore Make-up, Make-up, Previews/Launches

No7 Tis the Season to be Twinkly – Christmas Limited Edition 2010

No 7 have launched their Christmas Limited Edition collection. I thought you might want a little look since No 7 is so accessible.

MirrorBall Highlighter Compact (limited edition)


MirrorBall Palette


MirrorBall Lipstick


MirrorBall Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencils


Christmas Glitter Mascara


Christmas Collection Eyeshadow Palette in Candycane

Most of the products in the collection come in multiple shades.

What are your thoughts on No7 cosmetics? Does anything in this collection stand out to you?

Make-up, Previews/Launches

YSL Holiday 2010

When I saw the promo image for YSL Holiday / Christmas 2010 I wanted to have a closer look at what was available. Here’s a little look…

Golden Gloss


Rouge Pur Shine Rose Metallique


Ombre Duolumiere No 33

 

La Lacque Gold


Metallic Colorama Palette

I’m not sure if any of the products really appeal to me. The promo image is amazing and drew me in. The products look like so many others.

All products are available now.

What are your thoughts on the collection?

*If your from the UK or Ireland don’t forget to have a look at this weeks giveaway :)

General, Make-up

I have my eye on some Make-up Sets

You may or may not know, I’m heading to Chicago next month. Now, shopping will be minimal but I am planning some treats from Sephora.

Whilst in Sephora in The Water Tower last Christmas I was overwhelmed by the sampler and gift sets available. I settled on a fragrance sampler but stayed away from the make-up kits. This was mainly because my make-up list was the length of my arm. This year, there is nothing I need so I’ll be trying a sampler set or two.

Here are a few that I’m considering. Maybe you could help me decide!

Sephora Beauty in a Box – Nars Junkie $69 ($121 value)

  • Essential Eye Palette: Night Star, Galapagos, Nepal, Ondine, Thunderball, Unconditional Love
  • Ophelia Lip Gloss
  • Mini Multiple in Orgasm
  • Mini Bronzer in Laguna

 

Sephora Beauty in a Box: Sparkle til Dawn $36 ($77 value)

  • Eye Primer
  • Made in Manhattan eyeshadow
  • Nano Eyeliner in Glitter Black
  • Glitter in eyeliner in Gold & Silver
  • Lash Plumper in Ultra Black
  • Nectar Shine Lip Gloss in Coconut

 

 

Sephora Favourites Glitz & Glam (minis) $39  ($121 value)

  • Lorac Perfectly Lit in Spotlight
  • Josie Maran Bronzing Argan Oil
  • Tate Lock n Roll 12-Hour Eye Shadow in Bronze
  • Tarte Natural Cheek Stain in Glam
  • Tarina Tarantone Sparklicity Pure
  • Tarina Tarantino Gen Gloss in Disco Nap
  • Bare Mineral Minerla Veil in Illuminating
  • Sephora Collection Electro Liner in Copper
  • Lorac 3D Gloss in 3D
  • Nars Orgasm Illuminator
  • Tarte Smooth Operator Illuminating Serum

 

 

Sephora Beauty in a Box – Too Faced The Nude Review $38 ($86 value)

  • Eyeshadow Duo in Teddy Bear & Heaven
  • Primed & Poreless face Primer
  • Lash Injection Mascara in Pitch Black
  • Shadow Insurance Primer
  • Pink Leopard Bronzer
  • Lip of Luxury in Centerfold

I want all four. What do you think?

Make-up, Previews/Launches

Dior – The Minaudiere Christmas / Holiday 2010

If you fancy a drool this afternoon have a little look at what Dior have available this season….

Dior Red Cannage Travel Eye Palette


Dior Red Cannage Travel Lip Palette

 

Dior Deluxe Travel Palette ($75)



The clutch has me intrigued – so classy and chic. However, it’s a bit on the pricey side. (£59 / $75 and I will update with euro prices asap).

I’m a little on the fence regarding dior products. Then again, thanks to the hefty price tag that usually accompanies their products my experience is limited to a lipstick, an eyeshadow quad, gloss and a foundation. All four were only ok, maybe it was my choices. Do you have any Dior favourites?

The collection will be available in Debenhams at the end of October.

What do you think of the holiday / Christmas collection this year?

Make-up, Previews/Launches

Kat Von D Holiday 2010

If you have been reading my blog or watching my You Tube videos for a long time you may have heard me chatting about Kat Von D’s make-up range. I picked up 2 of the eyeshadow palettes whilst in Chicago last December. Well I loved the palettes. I even recorded a video tutorial or two using the palette as inspiration.

I was happy to hear that Kat has launched another Christmas/Holiday Collection for 2010. Here is a little look…

Kat Von D Tattoo Chronicles Palette Volume 1

 

Kat Von D Adora Collection 1


Kat Von D Painted Love Lipstick Set

Personally I love the look of the lipstick set. The eyeshadows are not unlike shadows in my collection so it would be silly to buy these…in theory :) I like the quality of the eye palettes I have tried so far, although one is slightly better quality than the other. I had really low expectation since it’s a celebrity line but I was delighted to be so wrong.

Unfortunately the Kat Von D line is only available in Sephora. I might be heading across the Atlantic closer to Christmas, if I do I’ll be stopping to have a look.

Have you tried any of the Kat Von D line?