Thursday, July 2, 2015

Project Pan: Lush Edition 11 - 26


If you've been around the blog world for a while, you probably have come across a Project Pan series or two before. For those who don't know what Project Pan is, this is what it is about: basically, you go on a no-buy or low-buy until you use up the things you already have. I'm sure everyone has experienced that point where your bathroom or vanity is overfull of half-empty products, and yet you keep on buying more. The idea behind Project Pan is to (a) finish using the products you already own (or, if you hate them, throw them out!) and (b) not buy products that you already have. So I will be repurchasing things I finish, or buying things that I still need, but no more wasting money on things I already have in my collection. 

My stash of Lush bath bombs and bubble bars had grown to ridiculous proportions after Valentines Day, my birthday and Easter! (Especially when you consider that my apartment doesn't have a bath!) Now that winter has finally come around, I've been having a hot Lush bath or two every time I go visit my parents! When I started Project Pan, I told myself I was not going to buy another bath goodie until I had used up the ones I already had, and this weekend I finally hit that milestone!


11.  Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar
This Bubble Bar was part of this year's Valentines Day collection. It's beautifully girly, all pink and purple swirls, and stars and glitter! I used the whole thing at once and it gave plenty of bubbles and turned the water a soft pink. The scent was difficult to pinpoint, it was a generic Lushy sweet scent
Will I repurchase? I might pick one up again if they return next year, but only for the novelty factor.


12.  Fizzbanger
This one seems simple, but it's got a few tricks tucked up its sleeve! Fizzbanger has a complex toffee scent, and if you're not a fan of the sweeter Lush scents I'd recommend you give this one a sniff. Hiding beneath the yellow surface is a bright blue core, and as this bath bomb fizzes away, the colours swirl together to produce quite a show! The result is a bright green bath.
Will I repurchase? Yes I would. It was fun to watch, I liked the final colour (I was rather pleased I didn't end up with a pee-yellow bath!) and the scent was pleasant.


13.  Avobath
I was unsure what this bath bomb would end up smelling like, but was pleasantly surprised by the fresh lemongrass scent. This bath bomb gave the water a pale green hue (I added a chunk of a bubble bar in to add some bubbles) and made the water very soft and moisturizing - my skin felt so smooth afterwards from all the oils!
Will I repurchase? Maybe. It's not the most exciting bath bomb but it did leave my skin feeling good.


14.  Holly Golightly
This Christmas bubble bar had a deliciously spicy scent - think of all the best Christmas spices! I'd held back on using this one until winter was here, just knowing that those spices would be perfect for a cold winter's night! This bubble bar is massive, I cut it in half but you could probably stretch it further. The inside was bright green, which coloured the water, the glitter gave the bath a festive shimmer and it produced mountains of bubbles that held the scent. The scent was strong without being overpowering.
Will I repurchase? This one will definitely find its way into my shopping basket if it comes back for Christmas 2015!


15. Floating Flower
I bought this bath ballistic based on its scent - jasmine, one of my favourites! Floating Flower was part of this year's Valentines Day collection. It was absolutely beautiful to watch dissolve as it floated on the water, sending out waves of colour and foam!
Will I repurchase? Yes, if it returns.


16 & 17.  Golden Wonder
I love Golden Wonder so much, it's no surprise that I bought more than one this year! (I actually bought three - one I used on Christmas Day, and two more that I saved for when I needed a little something special!) I love the sweet orange scent, the turquoise water, the gold dust and the gold stars!
Will I repurchase? Yes: Me + Golden Wonder 4eva!


18.  Golden Egg
When I saw this year's Easter collection, I couldn't resist getting a Golden Egg! This bath melt didn't add much colour to the water, but it did give heaps of golden glitter and oils to moisturize the skin.
Will I repurchase? Maybe, if I'm feeling in a glittery mood!
(Fun factoid: I'd rinsed the bath out after using this product, but obviously not well enough, as the next day I got a whatsapp from my brother cursing me for the fact that he had ended up covered in fine gold glitter!)


19.  Ultraviolet
Blue, purple and green - this Easter edition bubble bar had all my favourite colours in one! It contains ylang ylang and has a lovely complex scent, not too sweet, not too sulty, just right. It's the same size as The Comforter and such, big enough that if you cut it into quarters you still get a luxurious amount of bubbles! Depending on the predominant colour in the section I used, my bath water changed either blue-green or violet.
Will I repurchase? Maybe. I love these big bubble bars, so if I needed another one when this one was released I would get it.


20.  Sunny Side
Sunny Side almost rivals Golden Egg in terms of glitteriness! This bubble bar is citrus scented and produces lots of bubbles!
Will I repurchase? Maybe, if I'm in the mood for some glitter.

21 & 22. Butterball
Butterball isn't the most exciting bath bomb, but I do like combining it with bubble bars (here I used one with Sunny Side, and one with The Comforter). It's perfect for dry skin, as it contains lots of cocoa butter. It's smaller than normal bath bombs and is a little bit cheaper as well.
Will I repurchase? Yes, this is an oldie but goodie.


23. The Comforter
I can see why this one is a cult favourite! The Comforter smells of cassis (blackcurrent) and turns your bathwater pink with plenty of soft, scented bubbles! I use a quarter when doing some Lush mixology, or a half when I am feeling very very indulgent!
Will I repurchase? Yes, absolutely!


24. Granny Takes A Dip
Now this one was really pretty to watch dissolve! As each ring takes its turn to fizz into the water, it adds streaks of bright colour! The ginger, pepper and lemon scent is perfect for winter, too.
Will I repurchase? Yes, this one was fun!


25.  Phoenix Rising
Phoenix Rising has a strong cinnamon scent, so definitely one for those who prefer headier fragrances. This one gives the water such beautiful colour and puts on a good show! The glitter and luster makes this bath worthy of royalty!
Will I repurchase? Yes, this one was fun!


26. Honey Bee
Honey Bee's caramel scent is a Lush staple, used in several products. This one aims to cleanse and purify the skin, and is a great addition to a pamper evening.
Will I repurchase? Maybe. It's not the most exciting bath bomb but it did leave my skin feeling good.

Phew, that was exhausting! Let me know in the comments section which of these bath goodies is your favourite, and which ones you want to try next!

Essence "Gel" Polish in Electric!


I haven't been wearing nail polish much of late, but one polish that I have reached for a few times recently is this gorgeous cobalt blue polish from Essence. The formulation is lovely, opaque and streak-free, and I can normally get 4 days chip free, even when working in the lab.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Adventures in Counted Cross Stitch #1

The problem with crafting is that once you're in, you're in. It's very easy to get hooked! In addition to becoming a crocheter, I recently picked up counted cross stitch. I wondered where to start, and then I saw these small kits tucked away on a shelf in PNA, and with my love of all things Christmas, I just had to pick out all the Christmas-themed ones! I've now done each pattern that I bought once - hopefully by the time December comes around I will have plenty done to use for a variety of purposes! Here are the designs I have done so far, I just still need to iron the guideline folds out. So far, I think the little reindeer is my favourite!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

REN Hot Cloth Cleanser

REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser

REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser

I had been seeing this product pop up everywhere on social media, so I was ecstatic when I received it to try out! The Rosa Centifolia range is aimed at daily cleansing for all skin types and comprises of gentle but effective products that contain a natural rose extract complex that tones, softens and soothes skin. According to the REN website, the Hot Cloth Cleanser is "A rich two-phase cleanser that purifies, decongests, gently exfoliates and removes all make-up. It leaves skin refreshed, radiant, smoothed and replenished without dryness or tightness."

The product itself is a rich white cream, and massaging it into your skin feels more like putting on a moisturiser than a cleanser! After rubbing it into my skin, I soak a face cloth in hot water, wring it out and then hold the hot cloth against my face for a few moments before gently removing the cleanser. To my pleasant surprise, my skin feels so beautifully clean after using this cleanser, with the bonus of no tightness or dry feeling. (And a hot cloth cleanse is always so nice on a cold winter's evening!) The cleanser does have a distinctive rose scent, and while I'm not the biggest fan of rose scents, I didn't mind this one. I did note that this cleanser did indeed remove all of my makeup (going over my skin with a cotton pad soaked in bioderma micellar water didn't pick up anything expect some leftover mascara, and that's just because I don't like rubbing at my eyes at all).

Overall, I'm really enjoying using this cleanser! REN's products are usually a winner in my book, and this offering is no exception! The ultimate decider: Would I repurchase this product? Yes - I definitely will!