Never Mind The Ballistics Bath Bomb

The Christmas season is nearly upon us with December fast approaching! Everyone’s out scrambling for presents and decorations and us Lushies are grabbing all the seasonal LUSH products we can! It’s not Christmas if you don’t have any Snow Fairy, am I right? Or Lord Of Misrule in my case.

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So one of the first bath bombs I’ve tried this year is Never Mind The Ballistics. It has the same look as both Roller Bath Bomb and Over and Over Bath Bomb; the typical bath bomb we know and love has a little twist going on with these. The top of the ball shaped bomb is covered in a bath melt layer. A little like drizzling melted chocolate over the top of a biscuit like Jaffa Cakes! Never Mind The Ballistics has a vibrant pink smothering on top of a bright yellow bomb. The scent is also reminiscent to a Jaffa cake, with it’s sickly sweet, orangey tang with an added extra of peach. 

It floats like a peachy Goddess in the water. Once in the water it’s beautiful to watch. First you get yellow coloured bubbles and the pink starts to melt very slowly to add the gorgeous oils to the water. Then it all kicks off when a vivid pink colour starts oozing its way out of the middle. Absolutely stunning!

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Although it’s not all about the appearance. Personally when I used this the scent didn’t remain for a long time while I was in the bath, but there was a slight peachy fragrance that remained on my skin when I dried off.  

The water itself felt soft and a little on the oily side, but not too oily. It contains fresh bananas and organic cocoa butter to soften your skin. My skin did feel a little oily after using it

I wouldn’t say this was my favourite Christmas product this year, but it is a nice one to try. After the hype around Roller I thought this would have been up there with that, but it falls a little short of that. It lacks the creaminess and powerful scent that Roller has. 

I would have to give this a rating of 6/10. It’s definitely one to pick up and try but I won’t be stocking up on this.

Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar (Halloween Exclusive)

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Shimmer shimmer in the bath, this little pumpkin will send you on a golden autumnal path. The lustre glistens in the light and the warming scent is just a delight! Bubbles foam up giving your water something more, this bar you will love for sure.

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Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar is hands down my favourite out of the Halloween range this year. Having now used all of the available products; Sparkly Pumpkin was definitely the all round best! It has a great design, looks awesome in the bath, feels amazing on the skin AND also smells AH-MA-ZING!!

The amount of Gold Glimmer Lustre on this pumpkin is frightening, but fab at the same time! It was one of the first items I picked up in the store and I was covered in glitter for the remainder of the day. I love the addition of lustre into bath bombs, bubble bars and shower gels because it gives your skin a lovely shimmer,  which makes the skin look fab. It also has some pieces of Cinnamon Stick on top to create the pumpkin stump.

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Sparkly Pumpkin’s scent is very warming and fresh; just like Autumn. The Juniper Berry Oil gives it that fresh and sweet fragrance, which takes away the Lime and Grapefruit Oil becoming the predominant fragrance. They both add a small amount of zesty-ness to the overall fragrance, but they don’t overpower the sweetness. Juniper Berry stimulates the mind with its’ refreshingly gorgeous scent.

As I previously mentioned the bubble bar makes your skin feel amazing. Once you have jumped into the water you can feel the oils at work. Juniper Berry Oil balances the skin, while the Grapefruit and Lime Oils brighten, cleanse and tone. 

The only issue I had with this is that I wanted more! The bubble bar is a little on the small side. 

Big, big favourite of mine 10/10.

Happy Halloween everyone! (Sorry it’s late)

Nightwing Shower Jelly (Halloween Exclusive)

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA BATMAN!!

Halloween scents are usually thought of as warming, spice, vanilla or pumpkin, but there’s a jelly that’s breaking all the rules. Nightwing Shower Jelly to be exact! You may know already that this zesty creature is back in the kitchen this week – it’s available as part of a gift set.

The name and shape of the jelly were based on a superhero comic that everyone is familiar with – Batman. Nightwing is the name of a character called Dick Grayson, who became Nightwing when he gave up the role of Robin. 

This bat shaped jelly is dark purple in colour and can be a little messy in the bath or shower. Although I think the colour adds to that gruesome element that Halloween is known for. You will be covered in a luscious purple foam of Nightwing goodness. I’ve read some other posts that suggest that it’s frightening to use in the shower, but I’ve never had an issue. Having used two now, I know the wings could be quite delicate and would rip after a while, but it doesn’t have a massive impact while using the product. Some people chop up their jellies anyway so there’s not a really big difference between the two.

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Let’s move onto the scent now. One word – LIME!!! It is extremely Lime-y. The fresh Lime juice and Lime oil definitely pack a zesty punch. There is no other scent to this; no creamy vanilla, or spicey cinnamon, no earthy patchouli, just a nice and simple citrus and uplifting scent. Nightwing also contains Aloe Vera Gel, which soothes your skin. Carrageenan Extract is fundamental to all of LUSH’s jellies. It’s used to mould the jelly shape and it’s moisturising for the skin. This jelly may not be as moisturising for your skin as others, but it does offer softer skin after using it.

The only thing that may cause an issue is the jelly is quite watery in comparison to others. Again, I have read that this is what people have found. However, I keep mine in the freezer so I’ve not had this problem.

I purchased this for someone’s birthday last year when it was out in stores. They were a huge fan of Batman and hardly ever use any LUSH products and they loved it! SUCCESS!

This gets a safe 9/10 from me. It only loses a point because the scent doesn’t remain on your skin for that long. 

Vegan Friendly.

Pumpkin Bath Bomb (Halloween Exclusive)

October is such a beautiful time of year. The crisp and fresh air in the mornings, the pumpkin spiced lattes and other warming drinks, the warm heat from my coal fire and the spooky decorations everyone puts up for Halloween! Eeeek! It can’t possibly get any better than that right? Well think again because LUSH have given us an awesome selection of Halloween goodies to keep up this tradition. 

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If I had to choose my favourite Halloween product, for its scent, this year (excluding Lord of Misrule because of everyone loves that) it would have to be the Pumpkin Bath Bomb. The bomb has an intricate design and is carved just like a pumpkin. The colour of it is just so enticing, with a bright orange and yellow colour scheme. 

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The Autumn season reminds me of products that warm us up and this Pumpkin Bath Bomb does just that. It has that authentic cinnamon and nutmeg fragrance that the majority of us love. This is thanks to the warm and spicy scent of the pimento berry oil. I must say though that the vanilla absolute is the major player in this bomb. The sweet and rich scent of it at times takes over the spiciness. It reminds of a little bit of the pumpkin spiced latte that you get from Starbucks.

The pimento berry oil has warming properties not only on the body but on the mind too. It’s very useful to relieve tension and stress and can be great for muscle tension.

Pumpkin is quite a fast fizzer in the water and disappears quite quickly. The water changes to a vibrant orange just like a skin of a pumpkin. It doesn’t exactly put on a great show like other bath bombs do, but the scent you get from this makes up for it.

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An obvious 8.8/10 again. Halloween has been a great success so far! Let’s hope the other products keep up the same standard.

Keep your googly eyes peeled for my next Halloween Exclusive post.

Monster’s Ball Bath Bomb (Halloween Exclusive)

Halloween is finally here. Well at LUSH anyway. LUSH’s Halloween products for 2016 came crashing onto the scene last Friday and everyone has gone completely mad – including myself. There are sparkles, vibrant colours, old favourites and new exclusives for everyone to get their teeth into.

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I finally got around to using my first Halloween exclusive product yesterday; Monsters Ball bath bomb. It didn’t disappoint. Let’s just appreciate the design for a minute! I mean whoever came up with this design deserves a medal. It’s a cyclops, but such a cute cyclops! The bright pink body and little blue horns add to the fun and cuteness :). It also looks a little bit like Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc.

Some of you may already know that this cute little monster shares its’ scent with The Enchanter; a gorgeous citrus scent with a slight undertone of floral. The perfect blend of lime oil and neroli oils make this bath bomb an instant hit. The zesty lime oil cleanses and refreshes the skin, while neroli oil has a toning effect on your skin. The great thing about these 2 combined is that they offer a spooktastic boost to your mood! I must say it did just that to me. 

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There’s also a nice splash of fair trade organic cocoa butter and olibanum oil, otherwise known as frankincense. I don’t know why but the word olibanum makes me giggle. It’s just a funny word! Anyway, these help tone and soften the skin further. After using Monsters Ball I can honestly say that my skin felt really soft and my mood became much more positive. I would also say that there’s not an overload of these oils, so your skin will not feel oily or greasy. 

 

Monsters Ball has some fab ingredients and also looks spectacular in the water. I would liken it to the Twilight bath bomb, only because of the pinky and blue combination. It splutters out pink and blue bubbly froth while the cocoa butter eye slowly melts and gives off a slight yellow tinge. Once all of the creamy goodness has dissolved, the bath bomb leaves your water a deep purple colour – just like Twilight, but without the shimmer from the lustre. 

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This one is definitely one to stock up on if you love zesty bath bombs and are looking for softer skin. I know I’ll be getting some more when all the Christmas stuff arrives this weekend. My poor bank account!!

A firm favourite already for me, but I still have many more Halloween products to use. 10/10.

Related Products:

The Enchanter Bath Bomb

Calacas Shower Gel

Calacas Shower Jelly

Vegan friendly.

Cup O’ Coffee Face Mask

Calling all coffee lovers!

Powers of exfoliation, a fresh face mask full of stimulation and for the rest of the day you’ll be full of determination!

Once you’ve popped the lid off this, you will be invited into aromatic coffee shop. This is such a great mask to use in the morning before work, uni or school because the coffee infusion perks you up and stimulates both your senses and skin. The rich and strong roasted cocoa extract greatly adds to the overall aromatic experience. The mask also contains Fair Trade vanilla absolute, which gives it a slightly sweeter scent. Some may be put off by the scent as I know some people don’t like coffee. Just give this one a try. You’ll be amazed by the results and maybe you can look past the scent ;).

Not only is this mask a great wake up call, but it has amazing benefits for your skin. Kaolin cleanses and exfoliates the skin and vetivert oil moistures and gives your skin a nice, smooth finish. The main exfoliation part of this mask is the coffee grains. They gently scrub away any dry skin and remove dead skin, leaving your skin feeling fresh and looking healthy. 

After using the mask, the appearance of your face will look brighter and healthier, but not so much can be said about the appearance of the mask itself. It’s a brown, muddy and gloopy mixture, but don’t judge a book by its’ cover!

Cup O’ Coffee doubles up as body and face mask, so you can get maximum use out of this pot. Having used this on both my face and body, I can vouch for its’ magical wonders. My face always feels like a million dollars after using it! I occasionally use this on my back too. Having to carry around a bag or shoulder bag, sometimes I get red blotches or blemishes on my shoulder and back. This mask gets rid of all that.

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I usually use this mask once or twice a week depending on my schedule. I think anymore than that and you may dry out your skin. I tried to keep it for my busiest days in uni, so I could feel more alert and awake when I attended lectures or meetings.

As a coffee lover, who you’ll find in Starbucks 24/7, there’s no doubt that this product gets a comfortable 10/10 from me!

Vegan friendly.

Who doesn’t want sparkly teeth?

Very rarely you’ll find someone posting about LUSH’s lovely tooth cleaning products, which I find a tad odd because they work so well. Yes, we’re all so used to cleaning our teeth with the usual paste or gel, but nothing works better (for me) than LUSH’s toothy tabs and powders. They deserve much more limelight than they are currently receiving. 

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Currently I own 2 bottles of toothy tabs and 1 tub of powder; Limelight and Dirty Toothy Tabs and Tooth Fairy Tooth Powder. The tablets are quite strange to begin with but are simple to get used to. You need to pop one in your mouth and crunch it to release their foamy goodness. I’ve been so used to rubbing paste around my mouth that these tabs freaked me out initially; I was worrying that I’d end up swallowing one by accident! The texture reminds me so much of those Palma Violet sweets; maybe a little more softer though. Your teeth will be all sparkly and clean thanks to the sodium bicarbonate in each of the toothy tab products. 

 

Limelight offers something a little different to your traditional mint taste with its’ lime and lemon oils. When I first spoke to someone in store about their toothy products I knew I wanted to have something a little more interesting and citrus was the answer. I’m a big citrus fan (as you may know from my previous posts) so grabbing these tabs was a no brainer. After using them the first time I noticed a big difference with the colour of my teeth, but the real difference was after a few days when my family started commenting on how white my teeth were. It was such an amazing feeling! Using these also brings the fun factor to brushing teeth because they contain baobab fruit powder which creates a sherbet, fizzing type sensation, which I didn’t mind at all. 

 

With the Dirty Toothy Tabs you have something that we’re all used to, spearmint. It’s a much more traditional tasting tooth cleaner, which may be comforting for first time users. I would definitely recommend Dirty for people who haven’t tried these before. I found Dirty had the same effects that Limelight had, but it was better for breath. Now, thankfully I don’t suffer with morning breath at all so I don’t really need anything strong to combat this. However, if you do suffer with it then I would recommend the Miles of Smiles Toothy Tabs because they pack a minty punch! I had a sample of these and they blew my mouth off! If you love minty freshness then you’ll love them!

Other samples I’ve tried are Oral Pleasure and Boom! Toothy Tabs. I can’t fully remember what Oral Pleasure was like, but I seem to remember they were odd. I’ll update this part of the post once I’ve had more. Boom! on the other hand I do remember. These are my favourite out of all the ones I’ve tried and probably the weirdest of all. They create this grey foam in your mouth which makes you like you’re dressing up for Halloween! It contains charcoal and black pepper oil which gives it a warming sensation but also a deep clean. The great thing about these are that they make your teeth feel so white and squeaky clean! I’ve never felt anything like it.

Now onto the Tooth Powders. These are more user friendly than the tabs because you can just dip your toothbrush in the pot and scrub away. It doesn’t feel as weird as crunching a tablet in your mouth. My little tub of Tooth Fairy is gorgeous. The sweet, strawberry taste is right down my street and would be for any fans of this. It contains glitter too which creates a little sparkle on your teeth. I must say I was impressed with this and enjoyed it a lot. Tooth Fairy has improved the whiteness of my teeth and the overall feel of them too. 

After using all these products my teeth still felt squeaky clean after eating and drinking coffee which surprised me! Go and get yourself some samples and use them for a few days and you’ll find the same results will show for you too :).

Limelight – 8/10

Dirty – 7/10

Miles of Smiles – 6/10

Boom! – 9/10

Tooth Fairy – 9/10