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October 31, 2014

Upcoming Lush Releases: New Shampoo and Massage Bars

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I was recently scanning the pages of the latest Lush catalogue and I spotted quite a few new products that are part of an upcoming release. I've asked in store at Lush on South Molton Street and the sales assistant told me that the massage bars are due in store on November 1st and the shampoo bars are due in store on November 21st. These new shampoo and massage bars might not be of interest to everyone but I'm certainly excited. There's a massage bar full of coffee beans (coffee beans!) that I'm particularly lusting over and a shampoo bar packed full of argan oil (and with a witty name too). If you're keen to know more then all the information on these products are available in Lush's catalogue which can be picked up for free in Lush stores.

 Do you use Lush's shampoo or massage bars?

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October Beauty Favourites

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Where does time go? I feel as though October has just sped me through life at an alarmingly fast pace and now it's time for me to share my favourite beauty products from the last month. Some are new discoveries but there are a couple of much loved favourites that have been around a while.

First up is my beauty front runner for October - if you can't already identify it then please let me introduce to you Living Nature's Lipstick in Summer Rain*. This is has been my berry lip of choice this month and I've worn it a lot! It has a really lovely moisturising texture which means that its easy to wear even with dry lips (which is how I'd describe mine at the moment). I like to wear it patted on my lips as a stain and as a full on berry lip. 

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap in Green Tea* has been making life much easier for me this month and I've really enjoyed using it to wash my make-up brushes. If you missed my post about this beauty I'd redirect you there as I spoke some serious praise about its virtues.

My skin was pretty dry at the beginning of the month but I've discovered two products that have made all the difference - Roger and Gallet's Fleur de Figuier Ultra Nourishing Oil* and A Passion for Natural's Aloe Vera Body Butter*. Which one I use has depended on where I'm going and what I'm doing. After a shower I really like applying Roger & Gallet's body oil onto damp skin as it absorbs so quickly and leaves my skin soft and delicately scented. If I'm looking to apply something to dry skin then I reach for A Passion for Natural's body butter which really deeply hydrates my skin but doesn't take ages to absorb. It doesn't have much in the way of a scent, so it's great if you're looking for something effective that won't interfere with your perfume. 

My face mask favourite of the month has definitely been Antipodes' Aura Manuka Honey Mask. I had relatively clear skin for most of the month but in the last ten days I had a hormonal break out that nothing has seemed to clear up. This face mask has helped cleanse my skin without stripping it and I find the scent and texture really luxurious.

I've included MaxFactor's Masterpiece Mascara as my last favourite because it is definitely the product that I've worn the most this month. I wear mascara everyday and this has been my go-to daytime mascara for a long time now. Often my everyday beauty picks can miss out on the spot light so I thought I'd give it a fair share of the lime light this month. I've actually finished this mascara up (well, technically it's past it's sell by date) so I won't be wearing it next month but I'd highly recommend it and I would consider repurchasing it again in the future!

What have been some of your beauty favourites this month?

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October 30, 2014

Out with the Old (and very quickly in with the new)

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Just when I think I'm about to bid a beloved beauty item farewell I remember that I've already got a back-up somewhere in my beauty stash. Thus was the case with Origins' Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. I finally finished up the 75ml bottle that I picked up last Christmas and its promptly being replaced with a new tube that I was gifted for my birthday in July. I think I expected to finish it more quickly than I did, but I've got about three or four really gorgeous face masks in my collection now and I'm just not as reliant on Origins' Clear Improvement Mask as I used to be. That being said, I still think it is great for a deep pore detox and I reach for it at least once every fortnight. It is one of those skincare "extras" that I really like having to hand and I'm so glad I already had a replacement ready to go!

What beauty products do you regularly repurchase?

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October Beauty Empties

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image of products Ive used up this month

I don't have a huge empties post for you today but I do have quite a few make-up bits and pieces to which I'm finally saying good bye, as well as some much loved products from Lush and & Other Stories.

 First up is Kiko's Eyebrow Marker which I thought might be a good budget dupe for Cosmetics A La Carte's Brow Ink. Sadly, it isn't. I found that the Kiko's Eyebrow Marker dried out really quickly and I didn't get enough use out of it to feel able to recommend it, I won't be repurchasing it again. 

Similarly, I'm also saying goodbye to Seventeen's Tattoo Me Semi Permenant Liquid Eyeliner because it's dried up and gone a bit gloopy. I absolutely loved this eyeliner, I definitely would recommend it but it lasts almost exactly 9 months after which it is unworkable. This is fine if you're loyal to your make-up but because I chop and change my routine quite a lot I didn't get as much use out of it as I had hoped. 

I've finally decided to part ways with my final tube of Collection's Lasting Perfection Concealer. I've used about four of these so far and I'd definitely recommend it. However, at the moment I'm trialling one from Maybelline, after which I'm hoping to find a natural and cruelty free concealer that I can stick with so I won't be repurchasing this one from Collection. 

There are three mascaras leaving my stash - W7's Eyelust Mascara*, MaxFactor's False Lash Effect Mascara and MaxFactor's Masterpiece Mascara. I did not get along well with W7's option, but I loved both my MaxFactor mascaras - especially the Masterpiece mascara which was great for everyday wear! I'd recommend it if you like long, defined lashes in a formula that doesn't smudge but is still easy to remove.

I picked up this Morrocan Tea Body Lotion from & Other Stories ages ago and I've been using it very sparingly to try and make it last! I absolutely love the scent - it's vey fresh - and although it is a very light moisturiser I like to use it when I want something that is going to sink in quickly. It isn't an intensive hydrator, but it's nice if you want a body lotion and scent all in one. I definitely consider repurchasing it. 

Last up is Lush's I Love Juicy Shampoo which I picked up in my Lush boxing day sales haul last Christmas. Although a small 100ml bottle might seem expensive if you use I Love Juicy as a clarifying treatment then it will last for ages and totally justify the price. I really enjoyed using it and I'd definitely consider repurchasing the shampoo although I'd like to try Lush's Rehab Shampoo or a Bumble and Bumble option next. 

Have you tried anything that I mentioned in today's post? What products are you sad to say goodbye to this month?

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