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!)