Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask – Review

Boy has this review been a long time coming! Well any review lately considering I haven’t written one since February… Oops… If you’re curious why this is the case then make sure to go and read my latest post. It’ll all be explained there.

As the old saying goes, no time like the present and before I go to bed I am going to quickly type up this review! I’ve been thinking about what I’ve wanted to say on it for ages and after a lovely relaxing bath with a Lush bath melt and this on my face I know exactly what I want to say.

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I picked up the Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask by Elizavecca at the start of this year on my birthday. I had seen TK Maxx selling it online for months and at a bargain of £9.99 and I never bought one. I always left it thinking I would find one in one of their stores to pick up, but I never did. I’d always have a look for it as well whenever I went in! Of course I eventually found it and it was definitely worth the wait!

This face mask has been spoken about and raved by various beauty bloggers and I can see why. Not only is it a great mask for the skin but it’s really fun too! If you haven’t heard about what this face mask does I will of course be telling you in this review… As well as showing you.

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First of all I’ll quickly go into detail about the packaging. As you can see from the first picture it comes in a cardboard box but the product itself is in a round pot. My box has a sticker on it that tells you all of the information about the product in English, but various people I’ve read and watched talking about this product haven’t had any English directions on their packaging. I know you can pick this up from Amazon so if you do that just be aware yours may be all in Korean. You can always Google search what to do, or even look it up on YouTube.

There are some fakes of these floating around so be careful when ordering online, or even picking up in store. Elizavecca products have a special sticker on their products that say “ELIZAVECCA ORIGINAL” and an original number you need to scrape off to reveal. Snazzy, huh?

It doesn’t state how much product you actually get in the tub but it does say that it lasts 12 months from the product being opened, which seems good to me!

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Inside the pot itself you have a thick plastic lid that keeps the product protected as well as a white spatula for applying the mask to your face. I love that the mask comes with this tool as it makes it so much easier to apply to the skin!

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The plastic lid is vital for this product as it needs oxygen to get it to activate and work. This means you have to be quick when applying this to the skin. The longer you leave the plastic lid off the more oxygen will get to the product, which could leave you with a ruined face mask. Not what you want if you’ve spent a tenner on it!

As you can see from the face mask it is a dark grey colour and looks airy, almost like a mouse affect. It reminds me of a thick gel when applying to the skin and has a lovely cooling feeling, which will be great for hot summer evenings.

On the directions it states to apply evenly onto dry skin. After a while the mask will bubble up to twice it’s size! It states that it’ll do this in 6 minutes. After this time you are to apply a tiny bit of water to the mask and massage for 2 minutes. Then wash off with warm water.

I like to apply this face mask before a bath or shower so that it makes for it being washed off easier.

I decided to take some pictures when I applied this mask, after 3 minutes, after 6 minutes and after massaging the mask with water for 2 minutes. I didn’t bother getting any after pictures as there isn’t a noticeable difference. I will go into more detail about that though. By the way, please excuse any silly faces I made when taking the pictures. How could I not when I look like a rain cloud? 😛

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After application

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3 minutes after application

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3 minutes after application

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6 minutes after application

 

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6 minutes after application

 

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After massaging for 2 minutes

As you can see from the pictures the mask does bubble up in a short period of time! I have to say when you first apply it to the skin and it starts to bubble, it’s really itchy! My nose always feels tingly and like I need to constantly itch at it. This is because the bubbles in the mask are popping and working to draw out any crap in your pores and skin.

Although this doesn’t show any visible evidence of doing anything to the skin, I do find that my skin feels lovely and soft after use, especially on my cheeks! I find it gives my skin a lovely boost of hydration too, which is what I needed throughout the chilly months at the start of this year.

I’ve used this face mask on Dane before as he wanted to give it a go himself. He was sort of my little guinea pig in seeing how it works on blackheads on the nose. Neither of us noticed anything different from before we applied the mask to when we washed it off, which was a shame. But even Dane said it made his skin feel lovely and soft which I was happy about.

Overall what do I think of this mask? I think it’s a fun addition for any face mask lover to add to their bathroom cupboard. I love using this once a month as a fun treat during a relaxing bath. I love Korean beauty products and I knew when I heard about this one that I would love it! Elizavecca is a great Korean beauty brand to try so keep your eyes peeled for her products in TK Maxx, they go for amazing prices in there!

If you want to pick up one of these masks for yourselves then that may be easier said than done. Whilst I even struggled to find mine I eventually did. These used to be available on Amazon quite a lot but sadly it now looks like the fakes have taken over. Make sure you’re not buying the fake mask! You’ll know it’s fake as that one has GREEN packaging whilst Elizavecca’s has GREY packaging. Same goes for the product itself. It will also have a completely different label and picture of the pig on the front.

What do you think of the bubble clay mask? Will you be giving it a go, or have you already? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time take care all and I hope you’re having a lovely week so far.

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Big Beauty Haul

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Why do I always do this? Say I’ll save money and then spend it as soon as payday comes. Oh dear.

Saturday me and Dane popped out to buy some stuff for the house and as we always do when we have to make a shopping trip like that we pop to Homesense, because Homesense is amazing!

I ended up spending quite a lot of money in the beauty section there as well as at Boots.

So I decided to show you all what I bought as there are some real gems in this haul. Enjoy!

As well as Homesense I also popped into Boots as well as The Body Shop for some freebies.

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I picked up so many sheet masks when I was in Homesense… I could have easily picked up more but I had to watch my money. I picked up three Tony Moly masks, two avocado and one red wine. I’ve got a couple of these masks already (tea tree, lemon and aloe vera). These cost £1.99 each… Which wasn’t cheap in my eyes as I’ve bought these before for a £1 each. I’ve never heard of this brand before but I also picked up some by a brand called Forever Young. These are in the green tea pore control version but they had quite a few different types. I settled on these as Dane has big pores, I love green tea and these will help to calm down my oily t-zone. You get five of these in a packet and they cost £4.99 so these seem more reasonable than the price of the Tony Moly ones.

Another Koren beauty item I picked up is the Etude House lip gel patch. I have heard about these time and time again over the past couple of years and have always wanted to try it out for myself. So when I saw two of these up for grabs I knew I had to pick them both up. As I’m writing this blog post I currently have one on my lips. It feels like jelly and surprisingly sticks onto the lips fairly easy. It smells of sweet cherries and you can really feel it working. I left it on for 20 minutes and it left my lips feeling lovely and soft! These cost me £1.99 each which isn’t cheap. I’ll look on eBay for these in future!

The next two things I picked up are by a brand called Caim & Able who are an Australian beauty brand. I picked up one of their bath salts and body scrubs. They had a couple of different ones in stock but I had my eyes on these two. The bath salts are coconut and lime which sounds right up my street! I love things like this so I’m really excited to use this soon! It’ll be lovely to use before going out in the daytime on my days off work. The body scrub is clementine and coffee and I LOVE coffee body scrubs! They’re great for cellulite which is what I’ll be using this for. These cost £7.99 each, I don’t think you can pick them up in the UK. If I love these I’ll be making sure to review them.

The final thing I picked up from Homesense was something for Dane. It’s some ingrown eliminating pads by Bliss. He’s always having problems with ingrown hairs on his face so I picked these up for him to try. If they’re any good I may have to steal a couple myself to try. These are meant to cost £28.00 but I picked them up for £5.99.

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My next stop (as I mentioned) was Boots as well as The Body Shop for my freebie face mask samples. I got two which are British Rose and Ethiopian Honey. These will be exciting to try soon.

In Boots I picked up a couple of things I needed, as well as a couple of treats too. I needed some new hand wash for the bathroom and I really love the Baylis and Harding ones as they keep my hands looking and feeling soft and smooth. This is in the scent eton mess and although I am not a fan of the dessert I love the smell of this! It’s making me feel all Christmassy as well which is always good! This was just over £2.00.

I repurchased another bottle of my favourite shampoo which is the botanical shine shampoo by Liz Earle. It’s sulfate free and only costs £10! You get 200ml which isn’t loads but it lasts me a good couple of months which suits me fine. I love this stuff and as it’s for all hair types anyone can use it.

I got a couple of make up items too, including a clear mascara which by Collection which I used on my eyebrows to keep them in place. This is cheap as anything at £1.99 and it lasts months! As well as that I also picked up two Maybelline items as they were on buy one get one half price. I picked up the new baby lips shade in chai tea latte. I’m not a fan of the Starbucks drink but these smells delicious! Really warm and comforting, perfect for autumn which is looming. It’s a dark red shade like burgundy but when applied to the lips it looks a dark pink almost raspberry shade. I know I’ll be wearing this loads for the rest of the year. My final purchase was one my mom told me about and encouraged me to buy, which is one of Maybelline’s new lip products called colour drama intense lip paint. I picked up the shade vamped up which is an intense dark purple. I applied a little bit to my lips and it looks and feels amazing! This is definitely a product you can work with as with the more you apply the more intense the colour pay off gets! I can’t wait to wear this throughout autumn and winter.

So that was what I picked up over the weekend! I’m meant to be saving money, which I will be doing now.

What have you been buying recently? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you all had a lovely weekend.

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September ’16 Wish List

Gosh I really struggled to get this wish list put together this month and I really don’t know why! I did feel like I was lusting after more things coming up to September but alas that doesn’t appear to be the case.

I managed to scrape a list together mind and I can actually see September being a very naughty month for me… I would have included the Kat Von D items I’m hoping to pick up from Debenhams mid September but I want to have a separate post for that.

But for now here is my wish list for September, woohoo!

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  • Beauty Bakerie Matte Lip Whip in She’s Just Jelly – £15.95 (link)

As regular readers of my blog will know I love wearing lipsticks and especially liquid lipsticks. Although I love my Jeffree Star Cosmetics liquid lipsticks I am always open to trying other brands. I have heard nothing but great things about Beauty Bakerie and would love to give their matte lip whips a go! I’ve had my eye on She’s Just Jelly which is a lovely dark purple shade, which will be perfect for autumn and winter.

  • Oh K! Cherry Blossom Hand Cream – £6.50 (link)

I’ve heard quite a bit about Oh K! recently from various bloggers and it looks like such an adorable brand, very kawaii! I have wanted something from the range for quite a while now but I hadn’t quite seen anything I liked the look of until now. I love hand cream and can never get enough of it, I put this down to my eczema… But how adorable is the packaging for this hand cream??? It’s an adorable panda and I would make sure to keep reusing the pot after using the hand cream up. Plus it has a cherry blossom scent, can’t get any better than that eh? I’ll be keeping my eye on this and picking it up when I need a treat.

  • Blink-182 California Album – £4.99 (link)

I have listened to this album already… Many times in fact and I love it so much! I haven’t listened to an album like this for a long time where I just want to keep listening to it, so I’m really pleased about that as you may have guessed. The band just seem better off without Tom DeLonge and instead with Matt Skiba. I always preferred +44 because their music just wasn’t kiddy and silly all the time. If you loved +44 like I did then you will love Blink-182 now Tom has gone!  I don’t know if I’ll buy this as a CD, instead I might just pick it up on iTunes. I can’t believe how cheap CD’s are now!

  • Soft Kitty Clothing Pastel Pika Dress – £17.00 (link)

I’m a sucker for lycra clothing, usually Black Milk Clothing but 1. they’re super expensive and 2. they haven’t yet released a Pokemon collection. I recently discovered Soft Kitty Clothing through a seller on Depop and decided to check out the clothing on their website for myself. Well there really are some little gems on there, including this dress. I’m a massive Pokemon nerd so this dress is really up my street, and at £17.00 it’s a complete bargain too. I don’t know if I’ll ever buy this to be honest as whilst I am brave enough to wear all sorts out and about, I don’t know if I would be able to feel confident in this dress… I guess teamed up with some nice shoes and a cool jacket I could pull it off… We shall see. I would love if they made an Eeveelutions or Mew dress.

  • Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask – £10.57 (link)

If you haven’t heard or seen people talking about this mask on blogs and YouTube then you need to crawl up from under your rock and get searching. This is a Korean face mask that everyone seems to be trying at the moment. It’s a mask that reacts with oxygen to foam up and expand, and let me tell you it looks really cool! I’ll pop the link to where Bunny over at grav3yardgirl tried it. I really want to give this a go as not only does it look cool but it actually sounds like an awesome face mask to try.

  • Village Candle Wax Melts in Sugarplum Fairy – £3.90 (link)

Village Candle are a brand I haven’t tried before but Dane has and they are beautiful candles. Just as good as Yankee Candle’s to be honest. Near to where I live someone was selling these in a store so I got to smell pretty much all the scents. Sadly when I went to go and purchase this she had left and was only selling online from then on. Was a real shame to be honest but meh at least I can buy from her online. Sugarplum Fairy is a scent that I can’t really describe… All I can say about it is that it smells sweet and reminds me of something I would have smelt and fallen in love with as a child. I’m burning wax tarts like crazy of late so I would love to add these to my collection in the future.

  • Build A Bear Pokemon Eevee Set – £48.50 (link)

I have saved the best until last for this post and this is definitely something I will be buying as soon as I am paid (in 6 days!!!!!) as I really want it! I heard about the rumor of an Eevee joining the Build A Bear store but I didn’t quite believe it… That is until pictures leaked. Due to all the leaks and excitement around this teddy Build A Bear decided to release it early. AHHH! At the time of writing this post the Eevee came out today, and has already sold out in America. I know it’s expensive but there is a reason for that. You get the Eevee, two outfits, a voice box inside so it can speak and a limited edition Pokemon card exclusively for Build A Bear. I really want to order this right now, but I’m skint so I won’t be able to. Plus it’s now out of stock in the UK… Sad times. This is so damn cute! I’d end up keeping it downstairs in the living room to snuggle into whilst watching TV with Dane. I’m such a big kid, I don’t even care!

So that was my wish list for September! What goodies do you have your eye on this month? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time all take care and I hope you’re having a lovely weekend so far.

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August ’16 Favourites

I can’t believe it’s September… This year has really flown by and I don’t know if that’s a good or a bad thing. To think in just a couple of days me and Dane have had the keys to our house for three months. WOW that has REALLY flown by! Not just that but we’ve now been living here over a month. Oh dear I feel so grown up and awesome and stuff. 😛

Since moving into the house I feel like I’ve discovered some amazing new products and I’m excited to talk about those today.

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  • L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Mask in Detox (link)

This was a new purchase in August but one I really fell in love with throughout the month as it’s such a great mask! I use it as a once maybe twice a week treat. I don’t want to talk too much about this as I only reviewed it a couple of days ago, so I’ll leave the link here so you can read a bit more about it.

  • NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Stone Fox (link)

I didn’t think I’d love this lipstick as much as I did due to the colour… I bought it on a whim and as a treat as I had wanted it for quite a while but it sat in my drawer for about a month as I was too anxious to wear it out. As soon as I put this on though and went out with it I just couldn’t stop wearing it! I even wear it to work and get so many compliments on it. It reminds me of a liquid lipstick but much more comfortable to wear. I’ve already bought another shade, Cherry Skies. I’ll definitely be reviewing this very soon.

  • Lush The Comforter Shower Cream (link)

After settling into the house I went into my box of Lush goodies and took out some treats to keep in the bathroom to use. This included lots of bath bombs, bubble bars and of course shower gels and creams. I forgot how much I love The Comforter shower cream and although I only have the small bottle a little bit of this cream goes a long way. It leaves me smelling like Ribena and feeling soft and smooth! Eventually I want to get the huge 1KG bottle of this stuff.

  • Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot Powder (link)

I wanted to pick up a new face powder that I could use all the time, as I’ve been using a lot of my Chanel powder lately and I want to try and keep that for days off work. I had been looking around for ages for a decent one and finally stumbled across this. From using it so far it really does mattify my face and leaves it looking good for at least 8 hours. I also bought the primer to match this which works really well with the powder. A little bit of this goes a very long way, which is great.

  • St. Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub (link)

I have nothing but great things to say about this face scrub! I use this twice a week to make sure to get rid of any dead skin cells, as well as any rough patches on my face (mostly my cheeks) from where my skin has dried out over the days in between using this. I picked it up on a whim as it was on an offer at the time (£3 from Sainsburys to be exact) and I’m so glad I did. The only problem I have with it is the bits of scrub get “stuck” in my eyebrows and it can take ages to get every bit out. I’ll definitely be buying this again in the future though.

So those were my favourites throughout August. What products were you loving throughout August? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time take care all and have a lovely day.

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L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Face Mask in Detox – Review

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These masks are pretty much everywhere at the moment since they came out about a month ago and I knew that I would want to pick up the Detox mask at least. I am a sucker for face masks to be honest, especially ones that are charcoal based as I find they work the best on my skin.

Not only did L’Oreal come out with the face mask I picked up, but also two others, Purity mask and Glow mask. Of course as I’ve mentioned I picked up the Detox mask.

This face mask pretty much tells you in the name what it’s going to do to the skin. “The charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out impurities and clarify normal, congested skin. The creamy texture of this deep cleansing face mask detoxifies the skin’s surface and works deep into the pores, leaving the skin looking clarified and beautified.

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The packaging for this face mask is really nice and basic, nothing too over the top but nice enough that you can leave this on your bedside table, or on the side in the bathroom. It’s a glass jar which I really liked too as it felt like it was something “expensive” which makes a nice change from sachets and Lush’s plastic black tubs.

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You get 50ml of product and a little but of this goes a hell of a long way! I’ve only used this three times so far and it still looks like quite a bit in the jar.

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I like to pop this mask on all over my face before I jump into the bath, as it makes it easier to wash off. I leave it on until it dries from a dark grey to a light grey and then I’ll wash it off.

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After using this it always leaves my skin looking and feeling soft, smooth, clean and amazing! The pores on my nose aren’t large or noticeable until you look REALLY close up and thus don’t really looked clogged or congested. However, after using this face mask my pores look smaller and cleared! Dane has noticeable blackheads on his nose so I decided to use him as my guinea pig to see if it works on really tough pores. It did to be honest! His pores looked clearly and they’d shrunk a little. We only used it on his nose as he isn’t a massive fan of face masks.

It states that this is for normal and congested skin, but with charcoal face masks I find that they’re always better suited for combination skin, which is what I have. I could get away with just using this on my t-zone, but I love using it all over my face for a weekly treat.

Overall I absolutely love this face mask! To be perfectly honest I really want to buy the other two face masks to try too. Boots currently have these face masks on offer for £5.00 each, instead of £7.99 to introduce them to the store. If you have combination skin like myself this will really help mattify your t-zone! Otherwise I don’t see why anyone can’t give this a go to be honest.

What do you think of the Pure Clay masks? Do you like the look of any in particular? If so which one? Or have you already picked one of these up? Make sure to let me know your thoughts on them in the comments!

Until next time take care all and I hope you have a lovely bank holiday weekend.

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Lush Christmas 2016

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Woohoo it’s part two of my post(s) about the Lush Halloween and Christmas collections that recently leaked. This post is by far going to be my favourite of the two as I love Christmas time at Lush. They bring out my favourite Lush items and whenever I visit a store I always just feel so Christmassy and reminiscent of the Christmases before.

I am super excited for the collection this year, even though I am extremely sad and disappointed to say goodbye to Yog Nog bath bomb and Yog Nog soap. As a “sorry” for this I expected a shower cream to be announced but as of yet there is no news of this. There is a replacement for Yog Nog of course, which I will talk about at some point in the post.

I am going to talk about the new products that I am excited about this year, as well as any updated and new changes to some old favourites. By the way these aren’t in any sort of order.

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Two of my favourite Christmas bath bombs are on this page, those being Shoot For The Stars bath bomb and of course So White bath bomb. They’ve revamped them this year and I really like the look of them both. The gold stars in Shoot For The Stars are meant to be bath melts, which will be lovely!

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Some old favourites again, including a new favourite last year that being Stardust bath bomb. Lush listened to its customers and their constant complains of Stardust’s breaking easily in transit and instead made the bath bomb sturdier. I just hope it doesn’t cost more money now as it was a good price before. I’m unsure of what I think about Never Mind The Ballistics bath bomb right now… It doesn’t really ring to a Christmas vibe to me. We shall see.

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I never got to give Northern Lights bath bomb a go when it came out a couple of years back but it’s come back this year and I know a lot of Lushies who are really happy about this! I wouldn’t mind giving Satsuma bath bomb a go to be honest but I’m not overly fussed if I don’t get the chance to. I’ve still got two Father Christmas bath bombs to use, as well as a Snow Angel luxury bath melt.

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I love Snowie bubble bar so damn much and I think it’s easy to see why. It’s of course a bubble bar that is in tribute to the late David Bowie and it’s such a little cutie. I wish they would keep him all year around.

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I am so bloody happy that The Christmas Penguin bubble bar is back! I wanted to buy him last year and I couldn’t find him anywhere. Well I’m sure he wasn’t around last year anyway! Of course a firm favourite Candy Mountain bubble bar is back as well which I’m pleased about too. I still have one of my Peeping Santa bubble bars from last year. I’ll be using that soon.

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I don’t think anything has made me so happy on this list as the Santasaurus reusable bubble bar has. I was worried it would be something horrible smelling (well to me anyway) but I was delighted when I read that it smells of toffee! I wonder if this is to replace Yog Nog somehow? Jester reusable bubble bar also sounds really nice with its citrus scented bubbles.

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I was so damn excited when I saw that Snow Fairy got a FUN this year! For £5.00 I will be stocking up on these bad boys to use in the bath! Reindeer And Robin FUN sounds delicious too as it is said to smell of cola. NOM!

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Urgh Lush soap… I’m not a massive fan of the stuff as it either dries my skin out and causes my eczema to flare, or it gives me allergic reactions. ICK! The only two soaps I have been able to use and enjoy from the Christmas limited edition is Reindeer Rock soap and Yog Nog soap. Sadly they have discontinued the latter, but have kept Reindeer Rock on and changed it a little. I’ll be excited to pick up a newer version of it. It smells and reminds me of The Comforter.

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I am so damn excited for the roulades this year! I am sad that the Yog Nog bath bomb and soap have gone, but Lush haven’t upset me completely as they’ve brought it out in a roulade form. They’ve also done the same with Candy Cane which was also a soap for a while. I’ll definitely be trying both. I’ve never tried a roulade before so it’ll be exciting to give them both a go.

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Snow Fairy! That is all I have to say!

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I’m not a massive fan of the shower jelly that Lush have brought out for Christmas for quite a while now. I do rather like the sound of the Papa Noel face jelly mind. I don’t get how it works though other than breaking off a piece and applying it to the skin. These are soon going to become a regular thing to Lush if you ask me as I have already seen leaked images of a bunny shaped one for Easter…

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I am so pleased that Lush brought back the Salt And Peppermint Bark body scrub as I wanted to try it so badly last year and I never got the chance to. Now I can! YAY!

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Oh my I am excited for everything on this page! Most of all the Snow Fairy body conditioner. I love Snow Fairy as it’s just one of my favourite scents and reminds me to when I was a child. I wanted to pick up Christingle body conditioner last year but I never got a chance to. I’ll definitely be picking up both this year. It also looks like they’ve made two sizes instead of just he one this year which is great for trying before committing to a  larger pot!

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Fairy Dust dusting powder came out last year and I was given a bottle by my friend Sophie that her sister no longer wanted. I haven’t used it much to be perfectly honest but it smells amazing and I’ll be using it quite a bit throughout the colder months. I love the sound of Mr. Sandman dusting powder as it’s obviously Twilight scented and would make a lovely edition to my evening routine.

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I love the lip products Lush bring out at Christmas as they’re always really pretty and taste amazing! The Santa Baby lip tint and scrub both taste and smell of cola which is good of course. NOW Lush are bringing out a blackcurrant offering called Sugar Plum Fairy. OMG YES YES YES! I will probably buy both of them, especially the lip tint. Come on it’s purple. 😛

So those were my briefs thoughts on the new Christmas products leaked for 2016. It’s a shame they have leaked so early but Lush needn’t worry to be honest as it will just show them what products we’re all loving or not loving as much… I am once again sad about Yog Nog. I really hope it comes back!

What products do you like the look of for Christmas? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time take care all and I hope you’re having a lovely bank holiday weekend.

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Lush Prince Of Darkness Fresh Face Mask – Review

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Well I haven’t written a Lush review for quite a while now, have I? I don’t actually know why I went on some sort of hiatus with it, but I’m sure I have my reasons. When I think about it, I’m sure it’s because the majority of products I own at the moment are exclusives from Christmas… I can’t imagine how many Lushies are jealous of me right now.

I finally have a review for you all though today, one that is sadly an exclusive to Lush Oxford Street store, but I do hope deep down that it’ll be available all over the UK soon. Quite frankly this face mask is too damn good for just the Oxford Street store to keep away from so many people!

I recently went to London to pay my friend Sophi a visit, and do some shopping! One of the last places we went to was Lush and I knew from the moment I booked the train tickets for London that I would be going into the store and picking this up. I didn’t actually pay for this face mask, as it was free with my five black pots that I returned to the store! I’m already saving up my next lot of five to take back and get another face mask.

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The face mask I picked up was the Prince Of Darkness, and over the month I’ve owned it, it has become my favourite face mask EVER. I didn’t know that I would like it so much, even after the member of staff tried it on the back of my hand in the store. It has just made such an improvement to my skin in so many ways. I noticed I didn’t have any blemishes a week after I started to use it, and due to it containing sea salt, it helped to give my skin a good scrub and left my skin feeling really soft.

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As you can see from the image above it’s described as, “We’re on a crazy train, heading for scrubbed up skin with charcoal and sea salt packed into this mask”.

Like all the fresh face masks this only comes in one size, 75g which costs a shocking £6.95! I say shocking because for how much you get, both in size and shelf life it is a rip off to be honest. I did feel like I needed to use this mask more than I would do a normal face mask because I worried I wouldn’t get my monies worth! This being said, it is now over a week since it’s sell by date and I’m still using it. Due to it being a fresh face mask, you’re also meant to keep this in the fridge… Which I only did for a couple of days. Other than that I kept it on the side of my bath, and I didn’t find any issues came up with it. It didn’t cause my skin to break out, nor did it grow mold or change the product itself.

I know this is probably Lush covering their backs, or just suggesting to keep it in the fridge so it feels nice on the skin. I get that! But for anyone who worries that they don’t keep it in the fridge, or use it after the expiry date then don’t panic. If the product doesn’t seem right, then chances are it isn’t. I know from face mask samples I have had in the past Lush have told me they’ll be good for up to three weeks. Within a couple of days in the fridge they went moldy! GROSS!

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Anyway, onto the product itself now! As the title (in my mind) suggests, this product wasn’t going to all pretty and pink, it was going to be dark. I thought it might be purple when I first heard about it last year when it was released, but alas it’s black. This is due to one of the ingredients being charcoal, which of course is black. I didn’t know until I tried it out in the shop that this also contained sea salt, which is good for scrubbing the skin. Due to this being s mask that helps to cleanse and scrub, it is great for all skin types, especially people who suffer with greasy skin… So teenagers. 😛

The first thing I noticed about this mask when I first applied it to my skin is the smell, it smells very much like Vicks VapoRub which has a strong eucalyptus scent to it. It doesn’t actually say that it contains this in the ingredients so God knows what I can smell! It also has a slight warming sensation to it, which I found to be nice, and reminded me of what you would get at a spa treatment. However, I know a lot of people who have commented on this factor, and stated how it put them off using the mask. Oh dear! One final thing that I really liked about this mask is how it doesn’t dry, it stays wet, even after 20 minutes of wearing it. This means it won’t flake and crumble everywhere if you decide to walk around the house wearing it.

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The consistency of the mask itself isn’t thin, but it isn’t super thick either. It could be slightly in between but with a bit of a thicker side to it, which I really like as it feels like a little bit of this goes a really long way. Of course due to the sea salt it is grainy so don’t be alarmed when you apply this onto your face.

I like to wear this face mask either before or during a bath so that when it has had its 15 minutes on my face I can get a bit of water on my hands and start to exfoliate my skin with the mask before washing it off. It feels like a real treat when I do this, and leaves my skin feeling baby soft afterwards.

Not only have I used this as a face mask but also as a face scrub in the shower too. I grab a good chunk and just rub and scrub it all over my face. The mask itself is so thick that you can get away with doing this. I use it on dry skin so that it really does give my skin a good scrubbing. As well as my face I’ve also used this on the tops of my arms, thighs, and my bum to try and see how it works as a scrub. It didn’t quite have the same affect as it did on my face, but it did the job and was a nice treat.

I leave this on for 10-15 minutes, sometimes 20 if I fancy watching some YouTube videos in the bath for a while, or playing a game on my phone. It never feels like it’s burning my skin, and as someone who suffers from sensitive skin, this is a good thing!

So why is this face mask so good for you? Well charcoal is great for basically pulling out any muck and crap in your skin, especially blackheads. I have noticed mine have gotten smaller a tad since using this mask, which is good! Charcoal is also great for greasy skin, and as I suffer with an oily T-zone I have also found this section of my skin improve, which is amazing! The sea salt has helped to remove any dead skin, so this mask is great for all sorts really.

I didn’t actually expect to love this face mask as much as I have, and I really wish that Oxford Street was closer to home so I could pick this up every month or so to use in my weekly routine. Alas, this isn’t the case sadly… If you are lucky enough to be near that store (or at least traveling to London anytime soon), then I suggest that you go and try this out soon! Whether you buy it, or get a sample, I do suggest you give it a go.

Will I be attempting to get my hands on this again soon? OH HELL YEAH! It is worth every penny, and the next time I’m down in London I’ll be picking up enough to last me until the end of the year!

Have you tried Prince Of Darkness? Make sure to let me know what you think of it! Maybe you didn’t have a good experience with it like I did? Then please make sure to let me know about that too.

Until next time all, take care and have a great weekend!

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