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Review | Lush Aqua Marina

Monday, 28 January 2013

LUSH Aqua Marina Cleanser - £6.25/100g

"Our pink squishy cleanser that was inspired by mermaids. An ocean of ingredients to soothe and calm the skin.
We make a mixture of carrageen extract, vegetable glycerine, Irish moss gel and aloe vera gel. We mix in fine sea salt, sweet wild orange oil and patchouli oil. Then we bind these together with calamine powder and kaolin. Finally we roll the mix inside a large sheet of nori seaweed - to create a huge facial sushi."

For my first Lush review I'll be giving my opinion on the Aqua Marina cleanser. I'd wanted this for a while as I thought it might be a good cleanser for my sensitive skin and luckily my mum got it in a Lush gift set for Christmas and gave me it to use. 
First of all, it comes in the standard Lush black tub but you'll probably need to use a spoon or something similar to get the actual product out because it's quite thick and feels a lot like clay. I made the mistake of using my fingers the first time I tried it and ended up with it all under my nails, gross! Before I tried it I was slightly dubious about how it would smell as I'd read reviews where people had said it smelt slightly funky though personally I didn't mind, I actually found it quite refreshing so don't be put off by other reviews but go in to the store and have a good sniff of it before you purchase

To use it you take a pea-sized amount and mix it with water to form a paste or milk then massage it in to your skin and wash off with warm water. I found that it was slightly difficult to get the right consistency with no lumps and also messy to apply with having to mix it then rub it on your face, I ended up with little bits of seaweed everywhere! 
After using it my skin felt clean and smooth, plus it left me with minimised pores but that could be because my skin felt a lot tighter when I had washed and dried my face. Luckily my skin wasn't actually dry, just firmer and my moisturiser soaked in quickly afterwards. Another plus was that I have very sensitive skin which can sometimes react quite badly but my skin was fine whilst using it and after using it there were still no redness or sore patches on my face. 
My main con was that I was dissapointed by the fact that although this claims to be a cleanser, it didn't remove my makeup very well. I'd say it's more of a cleanser that you'd use as part of your every day skincare routine to make sure your skin is completely clean than a cleanser you'd use to remove makeup and dirt right down in your pores.

Overall, I liked Aqua Marina but I don't think it did enough for me to want to repurchase it. I do think it's very good value for money though as you pay £6.25 for this tub which looks tiny, but you only use a pea sized amount every time so it'll last a while! To me personally, I can get the same or better results from other products that I use for a lot cheaper, especially as it didn't remove my makeup properly. Although it is good for sensitive skin so if you often react badly to other products then I'd recommend trying this. 
I may try this again in the future, probably in the Summer because I tend to get really bad hayfever and I'm interested in seeing what this does on my skin when it flares up again.


Lush Wishlist Part 002 - Face Scrubs, Masks & Creams

Friday, 25 January 2013

The second part of my Lush wishlist is going to be focusing on face scrubs, masks and creams. This will include products designed to treat spots, cleanse your skin, moisturize it, make it glow, something for everyone and every skin type!
My skin is normally quite dry and sensitive, I don't get spots often so I suppose I'm fairly lucky with that but I do get dry patches and can be very sensitive to some products which makes it difficult to find something that works for me.
I've never tried a Lush face product before but I'm hoping that they'll be gentle on my skin and work better than some other products due to the natural fruit, vegetables and essential oils that are often used by Lush. If I find one that I really like then I'll definitely start using it as a part of my daily skincare routine (as long as it isn't too expensive!)

one - Let The Good Times Roll:
"A Maize In, gentle facial wash.

We popped corn oil, polenta, maize flour and cinnamon in here.  The perfect recipe to gently exfoliate, moisturise and soften your skin for those times when you want to get ready for close-ups.
Let The Good Times Roll is a gentle treat for the skin, leaving you soft to the touch with a lingering buttery caramel popcorn fragrance – when you look and feel this good you can give your Body Double the day off!"

 two - Angels On Bare Skin:
"As gentle and beautiful as being kissed by angels.
Sometimes the best ideas are the old ones. This cleanser is based on an age old formula that uses the best of ingredients to amazing effects. Angels on Bare Skin evens out skin tone, reduces redness and improves the health and appearance of your skin – giving a natural healthy glow. The ground almonds in this product release their goodness and turn to an almond milk on your hand when you add water."

three - Cosmetic Warrior:
"Are you at war with your face? Don’t do battle with your spots – coax them into surrender.
This is the front line of defence for spot-prone skin."

four - Aqua Marina:
"Marina, Aqua Marina. You're magic to me. A beautiful mystery.
Our pink squishy cleanser that was inspired by mermaids. An ocean of ingredients to soothe and calm the skin. We make a mixture of carrageen extract, vegetable glycerine, Irish moss gel and aloe vera gel. We mix in fine sea salt, sweet wild orange oil and patchouli oil. Then we bind these together with calamine powder and kaolin. Finally we roll the mix inside a large sheet of nori seaweed - to create a huge facial sushi."

five - Celestial:
"Transport sensitive skin to a higher plane.
Every ingredient in this cream has been carefully chosen because they are angelically good on sensitive skins. We put the petals from fresh dove orchids in almond oil and leave them to steep overnight until they give up their goodness into the oil. We then take that oil and add almond milk, cocoa butter, vanilla infusion and vegetable glycerine to create a delicate cream that will moisturise without inflaming difficult skin."

six - Grease Lightning:
"Strikes the spot with lightning precision.
This is for those times when something erupts on your face and you just need it gone as soon as possible. Grease Lightning is a clever combination of natural ingredients that attack spots without taking it out on the rest of your skin."

seven - Enchanted:
"Bewitchingly beautiful eye cream.
The skin around the eye is particularly thin and delicate. It needs specialist care if you wish to moisturise that area. Creams need to not be too heavy or fatty as too much oil can make the area puffy. We have kept this product very delicate and simple, with just the right amount of mild ingredients to help you keep the skin plumped and hydrated without puffiness or irritation."

eight - Brazened Honey:
"Been burning the candle both ends? A detox mask to put things right.
It’s hard to stick to all the rules. Eight hours sleep a night, two litres of water a day, plenty of exercise, five fruit and veg etc. This mask is for when you have overdone things and let the rules slide. A detox to get tired and dull skin back to being radiant and glowing."

nine - Love Lettuce:
"Lettuce show you the way to lovely skin.
This mask is a seaweed gel with exfoliating granules through it. Ideal for those who want to clear away dead skin and brighten the face, whilst also gently treating it to softening ingredients."
"Does your skin feel washed up and abandoned? Get it ship-shape with coconuts and lime.
When you think of a sea spray on your face, you can imagine the cleaning salt, the coolness and the freshness. We have tried to capture this in Ocean Salt - but without leaving you feeling dried out and tight, like the sea is prone to doing. We have taken lashings of fine sea salt to scrub and clean and mixed it with lots of great things that will moisturise and treat the skin."

January Sales Haul

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

I never really do sale shopping as usually I can't find anything that I want, but this year I was just browsing the River Island and Urban Outfitters websites and came across a few things that I really liked. I also got two tops which I forgot to take pictures of and they're currently in the wash but I'll probably feature them in some OOTD posts soon. 

Christmas bauble - £3.00 - Urban Outfitters

Kitten ears headband & studded headband - £3.00 each - River Island

Rug - £22.00 - Urban Outfitters

Gears of  War 3 & Superbad - £10.00 & £3.00

What were your best sale finds, do you normally go sale shopping as soon as they start or wait a few days? I never really do sales so I'd love to know if you all think I should start!

A Little Snow Was Here and There, Disseminated in Her Hair

Monday, 21 January 2013

I bet by now you're all sick of seeing pictures of snow, but I love snow so I thought I'd share mine too. Winter has always been my favourite time of the year, mainly because of the cold weather. I love going out and seeing all the fields around us covered in frost and snow, I think it's one of the most beautiful things you can see, even if it does freeze your fingers off! 
I live on the edge of Lincolnshire/Cambridgeshire and we never really have as much snow as 'Up North' does but this year we've been lucky enough to have loads. It's been snowing on and off here for a week but I woke up this morning to about 2 inches of the cold, glittery goodness and promptly went out in my pyjamas with the cat. Tonks really loves the snow, it's hilarious to watch her in it because she'll bounce around like a rabbit and then try attack the snowflakes, so funny!

Are you a snow lover or hater, have you been out in it to build a snowman or go sledging? Let me know! :)

Lush Wishlist Part 001 - Soaps & Bars

Thursday, 17 January 2013

I've decided to do a series of posts on Lush and some of the amazing creations from there which I like the look of or plan on buying. Eventually I'm hoping to go through them all and either purchase or find samples of each  product, then review them and tell you all what I thought! I'm quite excited to do this as I've always loved Lush but never really branched out with what I buy from there, mainly just sticking to the bath bombs or Christmas range, so this definitely gives me an excuse to be more adventurous. 
I'd also be interested in getting recommendations of what to try or hearing your opinions of certain products on my wishlists so feel free to leave a comment telling me what you think or if you have a review for one of the items on your blog, leave the link for that and I'll be sure to check it out.

I'm starting this off with soaps and bars (massage and body butter bars). I've included the ones which I would like to try the most and Lush's description with the link to each underneath. I try to look for things which will benefit my skin or scents that I think I'd enjoy so you may not agree with all of my choices but take a look around the Lush website and you're almost guaranteed to find something that you'll like!

one - Sexy Peel Soap:
"This is a marmalade citrus hit to get you up in the morning.
If you struggle to get your five-a-day, then it’s because they’re in here instead. Organic orange peel, lemon peel, fresh lemon and orange juice, lime peel, lime essential oil, grapefruit oil, lime juice and lemon oil. All that squeezing leaves us exhausted, so that you can use this when you’re exhausted."

two - Sea Vegetable Soap:
"Peer into the ocean. A deep blue bar for using under water.
The handfuls of seaweed in this soap don’t just look stunning, they are mineral rich and skin softening. You’ll start to feel the effects as you’re washing. This is the perfect soap for banishing nasties due to the sea salt and antiseptic lavender oil."

three - The Godmother Soap:
"For hands that do more than just wishes. 
Godmother is much kinder on your skin than liquid soap, which is full of preservatives and antibacterial chemicals. Stop using those nasty pump soaps please and switch to this. Keep a bar by your kitchen sink and reach for it whenever you need to wash your hands. Use it all around the house – perfect for washing after any household chores." 

four - Buffy:
"Buffs your backside and slays dead skin, leaving you angel soft.
Ground rice, ground almonds and ground aduki beans make Buffy a triple threat to dead skin and lumpy bumpy bits. They are tough enough to polish away the dead, without being too harsh on your skin. Cocoa butter and shea butter make sure that the skin is left moisturised and dewy soft. Lavender oil is a great oil for soothing the skin and calming the mind." 

five - Each Peach: 
"Fruity bar that will leave you feeling just peachy.
A lovely rich massage bar with beautiful fruit oils. With this massage bar, we have combined cocoa butter, shea butter, avocado butter and mango kernal butter. Which means this is not just very emollient and moisturising for the skin, but will give a good slip when it is being worked over the body."

six - Schnuggle:
"If sleeping’s a struggle, try a little Schnuggle.
When you’ve had a busy day it can sometimes be hard to unwind, but here’s a wonder bar that will soften and moisturise your skin while leaving it with a soft, relaxing fragrance that’ll have you nodding off as soon as your head hits the pillow. Schnuggle is a little different from our other body butters, as it contains kaolin and absorbent powders which moisturise without leaving an oily feeling. If you like a smooth, matte feel just rub the bar gently over damp skin in the shower and rinse off. You’ll emerge feeling silky soft and ready for bed."

seven - Bewitched:
"If you’re bothered and bewildered, try getting Bewitched.
Most of our massage bars are made with calming sleepy-time essential oils for using last thing at night, but Bewitched is one of the few that we make which will actually help wake you up. It contains zesty lime oil to lift the spirits, mixed with the floral tones of chamomile, violet and jojoba to massage away your troubles. If you’re a fan of Each Peach and Two’s a Pair you’ll love Bewitched – it’s a little more subtle than the full-on zing of Each Peach, but it has the same cheery and uplifting quality."

Florida in Instagram - Part 3

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

hogwarts | comics | breakfast buffet
disney lipsmackers | seaworld | dolphins 
hogwarts at night | honeydukes chocolate | waiting for the parade and fireworks at the magic kingdom
wishes fireworks


Primark Haul - January 2013

Monday, 14 January 2013

Me and my mum went to Primark the other day to have a proper look around the new store and see if there was anything we liked. I did initially want a new jacket and a onesie but they didn't have any so I got a few other things instead. I'm really loving Primark at the moment, probably because I've never really had the chance to go there a lot as I didn't live near a store but I also think that the quality and variety of what they sell has improved a lot recently, they seem a lot more up to date with the latest styles too. I already want to go back in the next few weeks to have a look for the new Disco Pants that everyone's been talking about! 

More tea towels - £1.20 each
Leather look studded flats - £8.00 down from £10.00

Cable knit socks - £2.50
Cross earrings and jewel necklace - £1.50 and £1.00 down from £2.00

Camo tote bag - £1.50

Cuffed sweatpants - £7.00

Floral print pyjama bottoms - £6.00
Have any of you tried on Primarks disco pants? What were they like compared to the American Apparel versions, I'm dying to know!  

Day Out To Hunstanton

Saturday, 12 January 2013

On Saturday my mum, Grandad, his dog and I all went to Hunstanton beach. We only live an hour away and it's our nearest beach (other than Skegness which we hate) so we left at 9 and got a McDonalds breakfast and coffee on the way! We normally park at Old Hunstanton which is a cute little village then walk along the beach to Hunstanton town to get some chips and doughnuts then walk back. It's an interesting walk to do because it's all along the bottom of the cliffs and there's loads of little rock pools on the way to explore. Afterwards we went and had a look around some of the shops in the Village including the Antiques and Craft shop where I got some old postcards for 50p each. It wasn't as cold as we expected even though there's supposedly snow on the way, but we all wrapped up warm anyway just to make sure. I'll admit that it's not one of the nicest looking beaches around and there's no big sand dunes to roll down like at Harlech (my favourite beaches are in Wales and Cornwall) but it's still beautiful in it's own way! Do any of you know of some good beaches around England, what are your favourites? I've got a New Years Resolution to start travelling more and I always love going to beaches so any recommendations would be welcome!  
Sunset | Being grumpy listening to Now That's What I Call Disney in the car

The bottom of the cliffs here are Red Chalk, the top is White Chalk!

Loads of razor shells had been washed up, so much fun to walk on!

Mum, Grandad and Muffin the dog exploring the rock pools.

Hunstanton in the distance.
Love doughnuts! | My postcards from the antique shop
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