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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Lush Weekly: #2 Showcase - FUN

Hi everyone,

We are back with another Lush Weekly post (Holla!) and today I will be showcasing one of my favourite Lush products. Like I said in my previous Lush Weekly post that this product is so underrated and I don't understand why because this 4-in-1 product is actually really awesome.
FUN is a cosmetic product with purpose. A portion of the sales (2.5%) goes to the Lush FUNd initiative. This initiative supports charities in Fukushima that helps children projects in the affected areas. Another reason why I love Lush is because of this! They are very involved in giving back and I think that's actually really awesome.
Lush usually comes out with a festive FUN bar around Christmas time. It is called Gold FUN and it's covered in golden lustres and it's scented with the yummy toffee Honey, I Washed the Kids scent. This year Lush released another new FUN bar called Snowman Kit FUN and it's scented with the Carrot soap scent from the Easter collection. Lush also has FUN bars that's available all year around. FUN is available in green, yellow, red, pink and blue and each FUN bar has a lovely scent. My favourite is pink FUN because it smells like candy.
FUN retails at R89.00 for 200g. FUN can be used for soap, shampoo, bubble bath, and play-dough.
You can purchase a bar of FUN in stores or at lush.co.za.

Until next time..
xx

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Review: Henna by The HeART of Henna

Hi everyone,

I recently attended the Souletu Spa pamper beauty event thanks to the lovely Shienaas from Nachi Blog.

They had various spoils at the event and one of them were henna tattoos. I was honestly really excited to get my hand done. I've used henna for my nails but I haven't gotten a henna hand pattern. And this is where I met the lovely Athiyah from The HeArt of Henna.

"Henna (Lawsonia inermis, also known as hina, the henna tree, the mignonette tree, and the Egyptian privet) is a flowering plant and the sole species of the Lawsonia genus. The English name "henna" comes from the Arabic حِنَّاء‎ (ALA-LC: ḥinnāʾ; pronounced [ħɪnˈnæːʔ]) or, colloquially حنا‎, loosely pronounced as /ħinna/.
The name henna also refers to the dye prepared from the plant and the art of temporary tattooing based on those dyes (see also Mehndi). Henna has been used since antiquity to dye skin, hair, and fingernails, as well as fabrics including silk, wool, and leather. The name is used in other skin and hair dyes, such as black henna and neutral henna, neither of which is derived from the henna plant."*
Athiya has been doing henna art for the past year and you would never say because she is so good at it.

I asked if she could do traditional bridal mehndi on my hand because I absolutely love the way it looks. I think she done an amazing job in such a short time. She had the option of black henna and red henna. Obviously I took black (to match the colour of my soul). I was a bit hesitant to take black because I haven't seen any menhdi patterns using black henna but I was happy that I did! The end results was beautiful!

I must say that using the black generic henna did not irritate my skin at all. Once it was dry, I just peeled it off and BAM! the colour was pitch black! Later that evening I had a shift at my second job and I got so many compliments from my colleagues and patrons.

This black henna print lasted for about a week before it started fading.
I managed to steal some time from Athiya's busy schedule for this mini interview. Hope you lovelies enjoy :)

1. When did your passion for henna art spark?
I guess that I have always been surrounded by an Indian cultural environment, as my dad is Indian. I am currently studying Surface Design. Not many people know what it is, so I guess ill all I can say is that it's designing and making surfaces that are aesthetically appealing, whether it be designing textiles, wallpaper or even home décor.

I treat Henna art on the skin as another surface that I would usually work on. All the pieces that I have created are unique and can never be the same as the next.

2. What was your most intricate design?
I don't see my work as being intricate. Its more a form of expression, individuality and based on what the person would like. However, I do like my work to be at its best and I wont do my art, just for the sake of doing it. If a piece will take me two hours to do, I will sit and do it (I have sat for a longer period with one person).  

Some of the most detailed pieces that I have done, has to be the bridal pieces. Many of the brides usually have both their arms fully covered, which usually takes me between 2hrs and 2.5 hrs, depending on the design.

3. How long does the henna usually last on the skin? Do you have any tips and tricks to help the stain last longer?
There are many different types of henna that are used. There is pure henna, which usually takes longer to get to its true pigment, and a generic, which stains quicker, but has a shorter life span.

The pure henna usually lasts about 2 weeks, depending on the care taken. When put on, it is best to have it on for a minimum of 3-4 hours. Ones it starts to get dry, its advisable to dab some lemon juice and sugar syrup. One can also cover it with cling wrap when its dry and sleep with it on until the next morning. DO NOT wash it off. Scrape it off gently and dust is off. After, rub a strong menthol ointment to ignite the pigment, such as Zumbak, Vicks, or Puma Balm. Do not be alarmed if the colour is a light orange, it will get darker as the days pass.

The generic henna is much more easier to use. Once put on, it will take between 1-2 hours to dry, and the pigment is at its richest. The colour will start fading much faster than the natural henna. This lasts for about a week.

4. I've seen some bad reactions to black henna, is the black henna that you use PPD free?
The generic henna that I use does not contain PPD, ammonia or harmful chemicals, however, it is advisable for the client to do a skin test 2 hours before usage.
   
5. Beside henna art, what else do you enjoy doing?
I'm an extremely sociable person, and love being around my family and friends. Art, design and being creative has always been a part of me, and always will be, thus in my spare time, I upcycle things. Taking things that are old and making something completely new and different.


Athiya does hands, full arms, back and bridal mehndi. You can check out her price list here.

Contact Athiya:
♡ Facebook - The HeART of Henna
♡ Email - athiyahcader@yahoo.com

Until next time..
xx

Monday, November 17, 2014

Lush Weeky: #1 Review - Northern Lights Bath Bomb

Hi everyone,

The last Lush bath bomb review I done was in June (omg). But now I'm back with a new Lush series on my blog called Lush Weekly. You can read all about it over here.

This week on Lush Weekly, I am reviewing the Northern Lights bath bomb. This bath bomb is a Halloween edition bath bomb but in South Africa, we got it part of the Christmas collection (Hey, I'm not complaining. At least we got it!).
What Lush has to say about this bath bomb:
Escape into relaxation with this bath bomb that gives an impressive display no matter where you are in the world. As the ends fizz away, the middle slowly dissolves to reveal blue and neon green, turning your water into a calming jasmine and ylang ylang-scented swirling night sky scattered with stars.

Ingredients: 
Sodium Bicarbonate (Sodium Bicarbonate), Citric Acid (Citric Acid), Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Sodium Laureth Sulfate), Lauryl Betaine (Lauryl Betaine), Perfume (Perfume), *Linalool (*Linalool), *Limonene (*Limonene), Hydroxycitronellal (Hydroxycitronellal), Lilial (Lilial), Colour 45410 (Colour 45410), Colour 42090 (Colour 42090), Colour 59040, White Edible Stars (Hydroxy propyl methyl cellulose, Glycerine, Gum Arabic, Sodium caoxy methyl Cellulose)

What The Jam Jar has to say about this bath bomb:
Oh, Northern Lights, the first time I laid eyes on you I knew I had to have you. The Northern Lights bath bomb is not your average round bath ballistic and I think that's what makes it a bit more special.

This bath bomb appealed to me because it's purple and it has adorable white stars layered on top of the bath bomb. I think the purple and the white contrasts well with each other. I thought the stars were Lush's biodegradable confetti but it wasn't! Once the stars hits the water, it becomes this creamy lotion that melts on the skin. UGH! HOW FREAKING AWESOME IS THAT?

The shape of this bath bomb is cylindrical-shape so it's kind of unique compared to Lush's other round bath bombs. It's supposed to twirl around in a circle but it didn't because I think the layer that was keeping the neon yellow layer was still busy dissolving. You can check out my Instagram video to see the full effect.
If you enjoy Lush's bestselling Christmas Eve bubble bar scent then you would definitely love this scent because these two products shares the same scent. I actually love when Lush duplicates the scent of an existing product because I'm not that fond of Lush bubble bars (I don't hate it or anything but it won't be the first thing on my Lush lust list) and the fact that they make products that I do enjoy, like bath bombs, I can still enjoy the scent. This jasmine absolute and ylang-ylang oil concoction is not really potent but kind of subtle and kind to the nose. The scent does fade after a while but I think my nose just got used to the scent because my mother could smell it after I had my bath.

Once this bath bomb hits the water it fizzes and turns the water into a blue, purple, and yellow spectacle. The outer layer seems to fizz and foam quicker than the rest of the bath bomb, once the outer layer dissolves, I was left with a slow fizzing bath bomb that created the Northern Lights phenomenon in my bath tub! Well, it was on a smaller scale obviously lol.

This always sounds weird to say but this bath bomb makes the water feel softer. When I got out of the bath I didn't really have to moisturize because my skin felt soft. This is why I love Lush bath bombs. #LazyGirlHack.
Overall, I absolutely love this bath bomb and I can't wait to stock up on some more because damn, it's really amazing! No tub residue, no stained fingers (I'm looking at you Phoenix Rising. Learn from Northern Lights, bro) and the scent is lovely and that makes me happy.

Retailing for only R48.50 / 150g I personally think it is worth every rand.

Vegan?
Yes!

Would I buy this bath bomb again?
WHY WOULD YOU EVEN ASK THAT?? YES!

My next Lush Weekly post will showcase a product that's extremely underrated and it's flippen awesome!

Side note, sorry for the terrible images. 

Until next time..
xx

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Lush Weekly: Introduction

Hi everyone,

Some of you might know that I have a Lush problem. Yes, it's actually a bad problem. I hoard Lush products. I save up all my money and I spend it all on Lush products. And it all started on the 16th June 2013 when I made my first purchase of Space Girl bath bomb and The Comforter bubble bar. I remember that day. It was a good day. I was helped by the lovely Zoe whom I miss dearly.

Who knew it would get this out of hand? lol.

I posted my collection on Instagram a few months ago and the reactions I got was insane. I was lightly scolded by a Lushie that used to work at Lush as well because I still had Rose Jam from last year Christmas time (which I used up just before the Christmas collection). Recently I uploaded (and then deleted by accident because I am an idiot) my updated collection and this is what it looks like...before my Christmas haul.
I thought that I would do a Lush Weekly Blog series. It's probably been done by some other blogger before but hey, this would be my version of it.

So every week I will either review or showcase a Lush product that I love or that I don't fancy that much. I think this will help me burn through my collection quicker because some of the products in my collection expires July 2015 (cringes).

Wish me luck.

Until next time..
xx

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review: eos Smooth Stick Lip Balm

Hi everyone,

After this horrible post office strike I finally received my eos order! Yay! Some of you might know that I am a bit obsessed with eos lip balm. My bestie bought me some when he went to NYC and I think my obsession just got worse after that. I searched high and low to find an online store that wasn't crazy stupid with their eos lip balms and I finally found one!
What eos has to say about this lip balm:
eos lip balm in Pomegranate Raspberry is 95% organic, 100% natural, and paraben and petrolatum free. Packed with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil, eos keeps your lips moist, soft and sensationally smooth.

♡ Long-lasting moisture ♡ Shea butter & vitamin E ♡ Smoothes on clear
♡ Paraben-free ♡ Petrolatum-free ♡ Gluten-free
♡ 0.14 oz ♡ Phthalate-free

Ingredients:
Pomegranate Raspberry -
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Beeswax/Cera Alba (Cire D’abeille)*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Natural Flavor (Aroma), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil*, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract*, Linalool**. *Organic. **Component of Natural Flavor. Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.

Vanilla Bean -
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Beeswax/Cera Alba (Cire D'abeille)*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Natural Flavor (Aroma), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract*, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract*. *Organic. Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.
What The Jam Jar has to say about this lip balm:
I recently purchased eos Smooth Stick lip balm in Vanilla Bean and Pomegranate Raspberry and they are just as lovely as the eos Smooth Sphere lip balms. The Smooth Stick lip balms comes in 3 scents;
- Vanilla Bean
- Pomegranate Raspberry
- Sweet Mint

However, eos does out with different versions of the Smooth Stick lip balms as limited edition items like the Limited Edition Breast Cancer Awareness Collection that has a Strawberry Sorbet Smooth Stick lip balm with two other eos products.

There's not much difference between the two except the shape. I do prefer the Smooth Stick lip balms because fitting that in your pocket is so much easier than the Smooth Sphere lip balms. I have the Pomegranate Raspberry Smooth Sphere as well but it's nice to have something with the same scent that's easy to carry on my person.

The Smooth Sticks are really moisturizing. I like applying a thick layer at night because when I wake up my lips feels incredibly smooth.

The scent of both Smooth Stick lip balms are subtle and kind to the nose. I really enjoy eos scents because it's not that potent but it's still lovely.

The packaging is the same material as the Smooth Sphere lip balms. It feels like a velvety plastic material if that makes sense lol. One thing I don't like about the material it's made of is that it gets dirty very easily. My Honeysuckle Honeydew and Sweet Mint Smooth Spheres (My favourites and most used) are kind of gross looking now.

Overall, I really like this product and I would definitely get the Sweet Mint Smooth Stick to complete my collection.

Retail price: $3.99 (ZAR 43,84).
You can purchase eos products here.

Until next time..
xx

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Event: Lush South Africa Christmas 2014 Preview

Hi everyone,

Last week Thursday I attended Lush South Africa's Christmas preview and oh my...it was magical.

Upon arrival at the Superette in the Woodstock Exchange, I was greeted by the lovely Tanya and Nic and then proceeded to ohh and ahh over the new Christmas goodies!

This years Christmas collection has old favourites and some new goodies that has my heart already!

The ever popular Rose Jam and Snow Fairy shower gels are back again for another run and Lush introduced two new shower gels, Hot Toddy and So White. There are some brand new bath bombs as well like Dashing Santa and Butterbear.

Not forgetting bubble bars, there's not 1, not 2 but 3 brand new bubble bars; The Christmas Hedgehog, Drummers Drumming (Re-usable) and Holly Golightly. They've introduced 3 new soaps but I'm sure some hard core lushies can recognize the Baked Alaska's scent to last years Snow Globe.
The other two brand new soaps are Yog Nog which has a very warm and spicy scent and Reindeer Rock that shares the same scent as The Comforter bubble bar.

The new Snow Angel bath melt is a different type of bath melt, not only does it offers the amazing qualities of a bath melt hut it also offers the fizziness of Lush bath bombs.

The new Snowman FUN kit is definitely something I was excited about because you can build your own snowman! In the kit, you will receive 3 different colours, bright orange, white, and black, to make an adorable snowman! The Snowman FUN kit shares it's scent with a product from the Easter collection, Carrot Soap.

Keeping with the Snowman theme, Lush also created a shower jelly this year called Snowman Jelly. Based on the short story and snowman joke ‘Can anyone smell the carrots? Said the snowman’ this shower jelly shares the same scent as Carrot Soap as well.

With a total of 34 products this year excluding 2 products from the Halloween range and gift sets, I think we got really lucky this year.

We were challenged to build a Snowman using the Lush Snowman FUN kit at the Christmas 2014 Preview event. I was teamed with Roxanne (Rox Starr Diaries), Nicola (Wots For Lunch?) and Richard (Richard Wood) and our adorable Snowman won 1st prize! Whoohoo! We got a beautiful Knot Wrap gift that consisted of Baked Alaska Soap, Father Christmas Bath Bomb and The Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar. #Winning.


Northern Lights Demo:


Lush Christmas 2014 Products:
NEW Dashing Santa Bath Bomb - R48.50 
NEW Butterbear Bath Bomb - R38.50 
Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb - R46.50
Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb - R48.50
Shoot for the Stars Bath Bomb - R48.50
Cinders Bath Bomb - R34.50
Golden Wonder Bath Bomb - R65.00
So White Bath Bomb - R48.50
Father Christmas Bath Bomb - R48.50
NEW The Christmas Hedgehog Bubble Bar - R54.50
NEW Drummers Drumming Bubble Bar - R89.00
NEW Holly Golightly Bubble Bar - R82.50
The Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar - R54.50
Candy Mountain Bubble Bar - R48.50
Christmas Eve Bubble Bar - R48.50
Magic Wand Bubble Bar - R89.00
NEW Yog Nog Soap  - R45.50 for 100g
NEW Reindeer Rock Soap - R42.50 for 100g
NEW Baked Alaska Soap - R45.50 for 100g
Snowcake Soap - R45.50 for 100g
NEW Snow Angel Bath Melt - R65.00
Star Light Star Bright Bath Melt - R48.50
Melting Snowman Bath Melt - R45.50
NEW Snowman FUN - R89.00
Gold FUN - R89.00
NEW Hot Toddy Shower Gel - R70.00 | 100g, R135 | 250g, R225 | 500g
NEW So White Shower Gel - R75.00 | 100g , R140 | 250g, R235 | 500g
Snow Fairy Shower Gel - R65.00 | 100g, R120 | 250g, R195 | 500g
Rose Jam Shower Gel - R80.00 | 100g, R155 | 250g, R245 | 500g
NEW Snowman Shower Jelly - R70.00
Santa’s Lip Scrub - R95.00
Santa Baby Lip Tint - R95.00
Snow Fairy Sparkle Massage Bar - R78.00
Celebrate Hand and Body lotion - R215.00

Oh! by the way, Johannesburg Lushies, if you're good this year, you might be surprised in the new year with something special ;)

The entire Lush Christmas collection is expected to arrive in the upcoming week.

What will you be getting this year?

Until next time..
xx