Friday, February 26, 2010

Lipbalms :)

I've never came across anyone on youtube talking about lipbalms in general, so I thought it would be great to give my opinion on them. I thought this would be an appropriate time to discuss these because about two days ago there was a chopping block scare. You know when they go to discontinue scents? ALL the solid perfumes were on the fond farewell's page. I was like "I HAVE TO MAKE A VIDEO NOW TO LET PEOPLE KNOW!" So now that the scare is over, i can now plan out what I have to say.

I don't have many of these because just recently, about five months ago, they lowered the prices of the lip balms. with the lip balms, they used to cost about $8.95 and went down to $6.95

First off, I never taste anything from the lip balms.
My favorite is Honey Trap, it's got the same scent as Mange too massage bar as well as chox away soap. To me, it smells sort of playdoughy as well as minty. As you know, scents alter within products, so some products won't smell the same as others, but essentially their the same scent. The ingredients include oat infusion, almond oil, peppermint oil, white chocolate, olive oil, wheatgerm oil, honey, sweet orange oil and vanilla absolute. The texture is very thick for me, almost like lemony flutter. I personally feel that this lip balm is very long lasting for me as well as moisturizing. I can put it on during the night, and I can still feel it in the morning. I do feel that my lips get sort of tingly, due to the peppermint oil in it. The bad thing about it though is that I don't wear it out because like I've always said, I don't like scents that other people can smell or I feel like they're judging me thinking I smell or something :S

Next is Chocolate Whipstick. Chocolate whipstick is supposed to smell like "chocolate oranges" but to me it smells like a Tootsie Roll. It's got similar ingredients to Honey trap, excluding the peppermint oil and it includes tangerine oil, orange oil and cocoa absolute. It goes to show how little ingredients to alter the scent and texture of a product. In my opinion the texture of this is much like mousse, and it doesn't really glide on to my fingers like other lip balms do, but it comes in a clump. It does leave your lips sort of brown tinted, but not "pure brown". I don't like this one for the reason that for me, it's hard to apply. For the time being on my lips, it is moisturizing and slick, but when it starts to wear off, it dries up my lips.

None of your beeswax is the second vegan lip balm that i've tried from lush. the first being let them eat cake which was the first. It's extra virgin coconut oil, fresh lemon infusion, mandarin oil and vanilla absolute. It's got a scent like a dreamsicle but lemon scented. Similar to each peach massage bar. The one reason I hate using vegan lip balms is because they both have an abrasive texture. Probably because the melting and cooling process is different, but I don't like anything that is abrasives on my lips, besides lip scrubs. I find that it defeats the purpose of being a lip balm because if your lips are being exfoliated, wouldn't you have to wipe the product off? I find it annoying, so that's why I don't use this one too much.

Lite lip lip balm. I only got this because they were being discontinued and the first ingredient is a marshallow herb. In it is Apricot kernel oil, corn oil, olive oil, rose absolute, I find this one to be more like a gloss, than a real balm. It gives off a slick feeling, but it doesn't moisturize my lips heavily.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I really need to start planning on what I say..

Alright, I know I haven't posted in a while, but I'm going to start planning out what to say on my videos, since I waste 3 hours just making a video and I keep forgetting what to say. So for tomorrow, this is what I'm planning to say for one of the videos! :)

Hey everyone! So today i will be talking about products, or gift boxes that are good as gifts for those who have never tried lush before. First off, I would advise not getting a gift box. Gift boxes from lush are fairly expensive, and they usually cost more than when the products are bought individually. Unless you buy a gift box during christmas, or holiday times it's not worth it because you most likely get a 15% discount coupon on all round gifts. I've seen someone people on the forums who have, but it's hit or miss.

Second, lush's packaging is also very hit or miss. Some things come as a MESS in the box, but others come packed very neat and clean. I would not suggest getting a large gift box, unless you've checked it yourself to see if anything is broken or not. Personally, I like to buy everything separately andeither wrap it myself, or have it gift wrapped in cellophane ($3.95). You get to control the amount of cuttable stuff added into the package, like the soaps.

UNLESS you know what the person likes, whether it be florals, fruity, or earthy scents, I would probably aim for items that are less prone to be an offensive smell. I would also probably want to know if this person you're giving the gift to, if they like to take bathes. As you know, many people find that taking baths as "sitting in your own dirt" so this is crucial to know when buying products.

Products I reccomend for gifts -
-Sweetie soap stack -
the reason for this one is because it's got 2 out of 3 best sellers, It's a bit cheaper than buying them seperately, because they are weighed at the lush factory. That's good because no matter how much each bars weigh, they still stay at the same price.
For example -ANGELS DELIGHT SOAP- This soap weights 124 grams, which in stores they would usually charge you for that extra 24 grams, because they weigh it, but when it's already packaged, they wont.
- Buttercup gift box You're paying about 4 dollars for the packaging.
Think one is nice because theres only two products, which are also best sellers. I often feel bad when people recieve a small gift from me, but the wrapping paper is also cute so it adds to the appeal. Just be aware to let the person know that butterball is full of cocoa butter bits so they don't freak out :)
- Viva Lush Vegas
I find this one to be the most versatile out of many boxes, because not only does it have a sweet product, but it also have floral and citrus. It's a good box for those who like florals, because it includes PYCR massage bar which is exclusive to the gift.

I would not reccomend skin or haircare, because it's a personal preference.
For soap, if I didn't know what the other person would like, I would buy maybe 3 chunks of soap at $5 each with different scents. For example, Ice blue, Sexy Peel and honey I washed the kids. or Sultana, demon in the dark and god mother. It's just a good mix of scents to give, and you won't have to spend $10 on a chunk of HIWTK that they probably would dislike.

As for bath bombs, butterball is always a good one, so is big blue. You might want to warn whoever you're giving this too that theres stuff inside and you might want to give it to them socked before use. That's also a bad thing with their bombs because the best ones always have some obnoxious stuff in there and most people are turned off by that type of thing. Avobath and sex bomb are also two popular ones, but one is citrus and one is floral, two scents that people are sensitve too.

Bubble bars are harder because they contain SLS in them which dries out skin and is more likely to irritate skin. I would be careful and not add this one as a gift, but if you had to, i feel that ma bar or the comforter is best. Ma bar is a nice chocolatey honey scent, but might turn off people due to the color change. Comforter is a good one because it's a large bubble bar and it has a nice cream and currant note. some people feel that this scent smells like 'cat pee'.

you can always add a melt, but I find those are pretty luxury, so it's your decision to pay for the price or not.
Same thing goes for lush's lotions which are also pretty pricey.

Massage bars are GREAT for winter or dry skin. Definately not something you'd give to someone in the spring or summer, as they're pretty greasy. I think each peach, as well as soft coeur and SFF are pretty harmless scent wise. I know some people find that SFF has a "strawberry yogurt vomit" scent, but I haven't really heard anything bad on each peach or soft coeur.

Shower jellies are sometimes hard to give because most people don't even know how to approach using it. I would leave it out, unless you let them know how to use it. Most people find that it falls down the drain and are freaked out by the texture. I am sure this is great as a kids gift, but for older friends, this isn't the greatest idea. Awesome as a gag gift though.

The last is shower gels. All of them have very dominant strong smells, so it's hard to pick which one would be nice for someone. You should ask their preference, if you do buy them a shower gel.

So that's it, and I hope you enjoy :)

Monday, January 11, 2010

I know it's been awhile!

i know I haven't been updating awhile! I'm sorry, it's justthat I haven't been motivated by updating this blog lately. I would LOVE to write up reviews, but I'm just too lazy to write paragraphs and stuff like that.

From now on, I may upload videos of bath cocktails here, because my tub is yellow, so I don't like showing it on youtube.

So tonight, I thought that I'd melt up some massage bars. Heavanilli & SFF is to die for! Each peach and SFF tonight! :)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Holiday review Draft

These reviews are just some of my thoughts on the holiday products, this will be updated as I accumulate more holiday products, but for now, I'll just review the ones I've used.
Pictures and ratings will come later. (it's almost midnight!)

Candy Cane -
This holiday inspired bubble bar is like the first cousin of creamy candy. Dressed up in pink and white swirl, it's exactly like creamy candy without the cocoa butter chunks. I absolutely love this bubble bar. Usually I don't like the rockstar family scent, but this one is no doubt, the best. The scent is strong and sugary. The only was I can describe it, is similarly scented to 'Aquolina's pink sugar' perfume. The bubble bar makes great bubbles with just a third of the bar, will repurchase as many I can get my hands on.

Strawberry Santa shower jelly -
It's a shower jelly that's out for the holidays. It's a jolly red color and actually shaped like Santa! It's got a chemically, sweet, artifical strawberry scent. It has the same scent as the retro bubble bar 'Two Timing Tart'. I don't remember much about this one, althought from what I remember, it was VERY rubbery. I liked this as a foam soap though, as it was hard to scrub on to my shower pouf. I'd still repurchase it, as the scent was sort of appealing to me.

Holiday bubble bar -
A red bubble bar coated with red glitter. Don't be fooled, it's not another sunny side. Theres no glitter inside the bar as well, so it wont give the same effect. It's strongly scented with cloves and florals, it's supposed to smell like a spicy carnation. (didn't even know carnations had a scent!) With the same scent as potion lotion, it's scent is aquired. It has a weird note, I don't know what it is, it just smells - well, weird. It makes GREAT bubbles though. I used to use a spa machine with all my bubble bars, and this bubble bar didn't need any at all! I won't be suprised if many people don't end up liking this. Holiday's scent isnt very sweet, and I don't like spicy scents that aren't balanced out with sweetness.

Snow Fairy Shower Gel -
This shower gel is VERY popular. Within a few days, all of it is off the store's shelves. I have no problem buying a few 500ml, because it is about $5 less than the rest of the large sized shower gels. At first, I was smelling this at with a friend at the store, and we both agreed it didn't smell too nice. The next time, I got this in the 'snow fairy' gift during the 75% off sale. (I believe it costed me only $3-4) I LOVE the scent of this. It reminds me of this thai cream soda syrup we put into crushed ice. The scent is just like, candy fluff, MMM melt and godmother soap, there is also a snowfairy solid perfume comming out and another, fruiter version of MMM melt for christmas. It's got a very sweet scent, something close to Robotussin bubble gum medicine. The shower gel has lovely blue glitters in each bottle, and no it doesn't last on your skin.

Mr Butterball -
The same as butterball except it's shaped. It's actually a little bit bigger than the original and yet it costs a dollar less than butterball too. It's a GREAT buy. I would suggest if you like butterball, stock up now! Like always, butterball isn't going to be an "OH, I LOVE THIS SO MUCH" bath type of thing, it's just to moisturize the bath. I cocktail this with anything, just to add some moisture. It's subtle, and not over powering at all.

LUSH PORN as of April 09.

These are some pictures of when my stash was "small". I say small because these pictures accumlated from 6 months ago. If you saw my YT videos, I have way more than this.
I'm now proud to say that my "bath box" (storage where I keep all my melts, bombs and bubble bars is very empty! I can now store it all in one compartment rather than two!)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Ocean Salt

Rating - *** (3)
Price - *1/2

Ocean salt is apparently, is one of the best selling products that Lush offers. In my opinion, it definately isnt.

Ocean salt is a face and body scrub. It comes in two sizes, which is reasonable because obviously not many people are going to pay money for the larger size, aka $34. If you are curious about ocean sat, definately ask for a sample or if you want to purchase it, go for the smaller size. The smaller size takes ages to use up if you only use it for your face. The larger bottle is more for body use, rather than facial use.

First of all, initially, I bought a small size of ocean salt, and it worked pretty nicely on my face, but $20 for a facial scrub? No way, I'll stick to my St Ive's apricot scrub. I don't care how great it is, if I have to spend let's say, $40 a year rather than $15, that's ridiculous!
By the way, many people find this product very hard to use or hate it because they are using it wrong.
- mix the WHOLE thing. I've recieved so many complaints of ocean salt scratching their faces off because it's so hard, because they're litterally putting raw salt chunks on their face.
- Never use warm or hot water to open your pores before using this product. The salt will iritate your skin and might give you a very painful rash.

I bought a large ocean salt some time ago, and I haven't used it since I bought it. I was supposed to use it on my body, but now I stick to the A sugar scrub. It exfoliates so much better than OC and it cost way less for about 5-6 uses. Not to get too carried away, but if you're looking into buying a body exfoliator without moisture, definately get the sugar scrub than the ocean salt.

Ocean salt is also very drying, so if you have dry skin, try not to use this too often, while more combo to oily skins like myself, can use this product up to twice a week. Make sure you don't over do it, or you'll strip the natural oils in your face.

I gave this product a generous three stars is because I do use this in unison with Lemony Flutter, a cuticle butter lush sells for about $14. The cuticle butter is quite pricey, so I also use helping hands, or any very moisturizing product you have on hand. (you can even use a massage bar)
For this hand treatment, you liberally coat your hands with whatever you're using and rub together. Then add the ocean salt and exfoliate at the same time.
After you feel like it's time, just rinse off. (you'll definately need a towel if you're using lemony flutter, it's very greasy) voila! the reveal of very soft and supple hands.

Overall review - Won't be buying again, no matter how much other's rave about it. Truly, a waste of my money.

I'm sorry!

Blah, I've been neglecting this blog! I've got so much work going on, hopefully you guys have seen my new youtube videos.

I have reviews on the holiday products (already written, just needs to be typed) and ocean salt, they're just in drafts. They will be up after this week! ( I have a really busy week, I hope you guys don't mind!)