Product Review: Lush Santa Lip Scrub

My lips have been really suffering recently due to cold mornings, heating and air con (why my office uses air con at this time of year I don’t know), as well as generally feeling run down. Not only were they feeling really dry, but they were unsightly and embarrassing, especially during meetings.

So, one evening after work I headed to Lush adamant that I wasn’t leaving without some miracle cure. To my relief I came across this amazing lip scrub which has significantly increased the feel and appearance of my lips.

I instantly fell in love firstly because this scrub is called ‘Santa’, clearly making it part of their Christmas range. It has this gorgeous smell that sings of Christmas, with aromas of cherries and dates Jumping out at you as you use it. It actually also smells a little like coca cola, which surprisingly is nice!

To use I literally take a finger tip full and gently apply in circular motions, focusing especially on those areas that need extra attention. I tend to do this for a few minutes before rinsing off with water. The shop assistant also told me it’s fine to lick off, which I haven’t done yet; but given how amazing it smells I can guarantee it tastes pretty delicious too.

It only took a day for me to notice a difference in the softness of my lips, so I can definitely recommend this for instant results. What’s great about this product is that it really isn’t harsh on your skin, as it almost dissolves when you use it. My only issue with this is that is leaves a faint red tinge behind. I’m not sure if that’s to do with the colour of the product, or that it had just given my skin an exfoliation. It did fade pretty quickly, but just to be safe I apply either before bed, or an hour or so before I know I have to go out.

I won’t be using this product everyday, but I definitely think a scrub once a week will be so beneficial in maintaining the condition by buffing away any dead skin.

 

I love to then follow this scrub with this lip balm by Kiehl’s. This product is so nourishing and really absorbs into your lips for when you need an intense treatment. Kiehl’s are great for giving out tester samples, so if you’re dubious about investing see if your local shop offers a sample size of this product!

I’m always looking for new ways to look after my lips during the winter, so would love to hear if you have any other suggestions!

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AW15 Beauty Wishlist

AW15 Beauty Wishlist

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eye Palette

I’ve been lusting after this eye palette for some time now! As a religious user of the Naked and Naked 2 palette, I was ecstatic when I heard of a new set of darker colours being released. The smoky eyes set is perfect for winter with the darker shades perfectly complimenting the colours that define the colder months. Equally, I also love that Urban Decay has stayed true to its beautifully soft colours that are so perfect for day to day wear to achieve a minimalist look. With a price tag of £38 it’s not the cheapest, but from personal experience I can definitely say that this is a brand worth investing in (especially if you love to experiment with eye colours)!

Burberry Beauty Burberry Kisses – Bright Plum No. 101

Burberry is always my favourite show at London Fashion Week, and when I saw the make up look this year my obsession was once again confirmed. I am besotted by this lip colour as not only it is gorgeous in itself, but it was so flattering against the different skin tones strutting down the catwalk. Of course, alongside these facts, it’s the perfect berry winter colour, so is definitely top of my wish list!

Eve Lom Moisturiser SPF 15

As the cold begins to creep in it’s so important to ensure that the skin on your face is kept as well looked after as your toes in your warm and cosy boots. So, to keep my skin moisturised and hydrated as the cold weather begins to take its toll, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect daily moisturiser. This one by Eve Lom not only enriches and nourishes the skin through deep hydration, but also acts as a great base for make up. Although I never regularly use any products from this brand because of their hefty price tag (this product is £40), I certainly think this would be a special product to invest in. I don’t think it will become a regular in my beauty cupboard, but definitely would be a perfect treat to myself and my skin!

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Nail Polish

If you regularly follow my blog you’ll realise I have a slight obsession with nail varnish, and making sure my nails are in tip top shape. I saw this polish recently and was hooked; this is such a great colour for Christmas time, and will be perfect for any nights out/Christmas parties when I want to add a bit of extra sparkle to my look. I’ve never owned a nail polish from Bobbi Brown, but going on past experience from their other products, I’m sure I won’t be disappointed!

Charlotte Tilbury Bronzer Brush

This is the most luxury product on my wish list at £60 (I can dream!). I’ve never really spent a lot on my make up brushes, and actually consider them to be the least important part of my make up bag. I know that the key to flawless make up is a great set of brushes to apply with, however I would always much rather buy a new lipstick/eye liner than invest in a good set of brushes. But after seeing the Charlotte Tilbury collection of brushes I am starting to change my mind. I’ve chosen to feature the bronzer brush as after all this is a winter wish list, so I need as much help as possible to get some colour in my face! Whilst I can’t see myself buying this any time soon, it’s definitely a great product to daydream over.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my first wish list! Would love to hear if anyone else is dying to get their hands on these products!

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The One Product You Need For Your Nails – Sally Hansen Advanced Hard As Nails

 

If you regularly follow my posts, I’m sure you will recognise this product. I haven’t actually posted specifically about how great this strengthening nail varnish is so I thought I would!

I can’t remember the first time I used this product, which is a testament to how much I love it, as it’s been a staple item in my beauty cupboard for years and years. I always use this as a base coat under colour, and generally use it as a top coat to give my nails extra strength. As a treatment, it’s also fantastic and has really helped to strengthen my weak, splitting nails. I apply one coat every other day for around a week, and then remove and repeat. I definitely don’t do this as much as I should, but even every so often makes a huge difference in the condition of my nails, and the appearance of my hands!

Now for the technical ‘stuff’…

The nylon formula fortifies nails and helps prevent chipping, splitting and peeling; as well as the retinol and copper peptide formula which helps to hydrate parched nails. The omega 3 and soy formula also helps diminish the look of ridges!

At £4.75 a bottle you really can’t go wrong with this strengthening nail varnish!! There is a clear and natural colour available in this particular varnish. I use the natural shade, as I find it adds a pretty glaze to my nails when I’m not wearing anything else! Would love to hear of any other treatments you’ve tried.

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Cheat Your Way To Perfect Nails! 

 

If there’s one thing I’ve always struggled with it’s maintaining strong nails. But, what I discovered a few years ago is the importance of maintaining good cuticle health to ensure your nails are as happy as can be!

I was recommended this Jessica Phenomen Oil for my cuticles by a beauty therapist, and it is the most amazing thing!! She told me that if I use one thing on my nails, make it this, as it’s so strengthening.

It firstly smells absolutely divine (I wish I there was a smell cam). And even better, this little pot goes such a long way!! I’ve had this for a good year now and it still looks untouched. I was told to use a small amount of this everyday before bed, but it’s more like once or twice a week depending on when I remember! But, this still is a good amount for leaving your cuticles feeling nourished. I basically take the applicator and dab a small amount on each cuticle then gently rub in. I also use the Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment to make sure my hands also feel super moisturised. The combination of the two products tricks my hands into thinking they’ve spent a day at a spa!

 

A great alternative to this oil that I’ve found is this Vaseline intensive care cream, which is a two in one targeted hand and nail cream. It’s not as effective as using the oil alongside a hand cream, but if you use this daily it will definitely make a difference!

My final tip for helping your nails to be as strong as can be it to use a strengthening nail polish. I use this Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Nail Polish either alone, or as a base coat if I’m painting my nails. If you want this to act as a targeted treatment then build up layers every other day. I don’t have the patience to do this often, but when I do I can really see the results!  Would love to hear if of any other cuticle targeted products!

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A Red For All Occasions

  

This Seed nail varnish is one of my favourite nail colours at the moment! I’m always quite boring when it comes to my nails, as I tend to find a colour and stick to it. So, at the moment this is my go to colour, which I love as it’s such a classic red. I’m going away over the bank holiday weekend, so have painted my fingers and toes in the same colour as I think it’ll look great on the beach!

  

I’ve also used Sally Hansen Hard As Nails for both my base coat and then as a top coat, just to give my nails some extra strength. It also gives a great shine!

This varnish is from my trip to Australia earlier this year (surprise surprise), so I’ll be sad when it runs out!I found it in a clothing store called Seed which was AMAZING and reminded me of somewhere like Whistles. I remember there being other colours to choose from, so I’m kicking myself for not stocking up! I don’t think the store ship out to the UK, although if anyone knows differently please let me know!!

Until then, I will be on a hunt for a similar colour in the UK!