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Friday, December 26, 2014

Lush Weekly: #6 Review - Enchanted Eye Cream

Hi everyone,

I've been slacking on my blog this week because work has been hectic but as of yesterday after 11:00am, I am now on holiday!! It's much deserved after a year of working myself silly lol.

This week on Lush Weekly I will be reviewing a facial product from Lush called Enchanted Eye Cream.
What Lush has to say about this eye cream:
Perfect for night and day. Only the finest,gentlest ingredients should be used on the body's finest skin.
Put this delicate potion of organic oils, lavender and soothing honey around your eyes to moisturise, refresh & minimise fine lines.

Ingredients:
Lavender Honey Water (Lavandula angustifolia), Stearic Acid (Stearic Acid), Organic Cold Pressed Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Glycerine (Glycerine), Cetearyl Alcohol (Cetearyl Alcohol), Triethanolamine (Triethanolamine), Propylparaben (Propylparaben)
What The Jam Jar has to say about this eye cream:
When I ordered products from lush.co.za I got to choose two samples and one of them was Enchanted Eye Cream. I used it for a few days and I noticed a slight difference around my under eye area. I was still not convinced. I then ordered another few products online and chose Enchanted Eye Cream again to test it out thoroughly before buying a full size product. Needless to say, I really enjoyed it because I eventually bought the full size.

For an eye cream, this is actually really runny. That being said, I honestly thought that it wouldn't moisturize my under eye area because it wasn't thick and creamy. And oh boy, was I wrong. I usually apply this cream at night and when I wake up, my under eye area looks fresh. I have wrinkles under my eyes (due to late nights and early mornings) and then I have fine wrinkles as well. I've noticed that after using this cream the fine wrinkles are slowly disappearing and my under eye area looks extremely hydrated and refreshed.
I have eczema around my eyes and this eye cream does not bother it at all which is a plus for me and would be a plus for anyone with sensitive skin.

One thing I dislike about this eye cream is the packaging. Yes it is hygienic because you have to dip your fingers in the product all the time and each pump delivers an untouched pea sized amount of product, however whenever I press down on the pump, the product squirts everywhere lol. I don't know if its just me but I find it very difficult to use the pump because the mechanism is so stiff.

Unfortunately, this eye cream doesn't do much for dark circles :( It does however live up to its promise by moisturising and minimising fine lines.

Enchanted Eye Cream retails for R195.00 | 45g.

Vegan?
Yes!

Would I buy this eye cream again?
Yes, I would.

Until next time..
xx

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Lush Weekly: #5 Haul - Lush Online

Hi everyone,

A few weeks ago, I placed my first online order at Lush.co.za. I always enjoy going into a Lush store because it's just so much better. I prefer going to the store because I want to feel and smell the products. Also, the Lush fairies are amazing. They are always friendly and helpful. I've bonded with the Lushies in Cavendish and going there always brightens up my day. You get to smell and feel the products and you can ask the Lushies to demo products before you purchase them.

My first Lush order was a 100g Fairy Ring soap. Fairy Ring soap is a limited edition Halloween product. I was extremely happy that we were able to order this online because I was a bit bummed that we were not getting all of the Halloween products. This was one of the products on my Lush lust list.
What Lush has to say about this Fairy Ring soap:
Who is the fairest one of all? Well, you will be after a bath or shower with our Fairy Ring soap! Handmade with fresh mushrooms, this mystical sudser is rich in nutrients for beautiful skin. It’s also scented with jasmine absolute, ylang ylang and vetivert oils to leave a bit of fairy dust fragrance behind. Plus, the soap base we use for this one is 100% palm-free, so you can feel good in or out of the shower!

I thought that this soap would have a very earthy scent because the featured ingredient is Rapeseed Oil but surprisingly it has a lovely sweet scent. I haven't used it yet so I cannot review it but I'm sure I will enjoy this soap.

I collected this order in store because I was not willing to pay courier charges for a soap and I was going to Lush Cavendish the weekend to purchase the Christmas products so I figured I might as well kill two birds with one stone.

It's not available online anymore and I want to kick myself for not getting more!

Retail price: R54.60 | 100g

My second order was to get First Snow Sparkling Dusting Powder and I added a few other products in my cart that were not in stores yet.
What Lush has to say about this First Snow sparkling dusting powder:
Leave your skin sparkling and scented with our First Snow Sparkling Dusting Powder. Packed with an uplifting blend of merry-making essential oils like sweet orange, cognac and lime, it’s the perfect companion for every holiday party. It’s also filled with glittering sparkles to make your skin look like it’s been kissed by twinkling snowflakes. Pair it with our Celebrate Hand and Body Lotion for an intoxicating scent that will follow you from dusk ‘til dawn.

I absolutely love the scent of this powder. At the Lush Christmas Preview Event, the Lushies were making it rain with First Snow on everyone and everything. It shares the same scent with Golden Wonder bath bomb and Celebrate hand and body lotion. This is probably my all time favourite Lush scent. I like the fact that this dusting powder has a beautiful shimmer to it.

Retail price: R120.00 | 30g

What Lush has to say about this Hot Toddy shower gel:
Ruby red and cinnamon scented, our sparkling Hot Toddy shower gel will transport your senses to the warmest reaches of your mind. Come in from the cold and lather up with a fresh ginger infusion and cinnamon leaf oil mix that will keep you cozy on the chilliest days. It'll even leave a delectable, cinnamon-y scent on your skin that's not overpowering - unlike a certain cinnamon-y, heart-shaped candy...any guesses?

Since the Lush Christmas Preview Event I was on the hunt for this shower gel! It smells amazing and it has the perfect lather. I searched high and low and visited every Lush store in Cape Town until I caved and bought a gift box that had a 100g Hot Toddy shower gel in it. When I got home I saw it was available online and a nabbed a 500g bottle before it was sold out. 

Retail price: R70.00 | 100g, R135 | 250g, R225 | 500g

What Lush has to say about Snowcake soap:
Our classic holiday soap is back once again; how could we live through winter without it?! This soft, creamy soap is made with soothing rose and benzoin resinoid (known for its sweet vanilla ice-cream essence) making it wonderfully soothing on dry, winter skin. The almond icing and marzipan fragrance is just what you need during the season of sweet indulgences - it smells good enough to eat! Lather up with our creamy Snowcake and you'll see why it has become a LUSH Christmas classic.

Snowcake is a Lush classic. I didn't manage to get it last year Christmas so I was very excited to get it this year. However, I am somewhat disappointed by it. The scent isn't that amazing. I haven't use it but I'm sure once I do use it I will be less disappointed because let's be real, Lush soaps are amazing.

Retail price: R45.50 | 100g

Lush offers you two samples and sometimes they throw in an extra sample to try out. I chose Enchanted Eye Cream, Ro's Argon, Grease Lightening and another Enchanted Eye Cream. I ended up buying Enchanted Eye Cream because I fell inlove with the sample pots I got. It will be reviewed in my next Lush Weekly post :)

Lush courier charges are actually pretty affordable. The price ranges from R45.00 to R90.00 depending on the weight of the package. All packages are delivered to your door unless you choose to pick it up in store. You will receive a tracking number as well to keep track of your package.
Delivery in Cape Town is really fast. I don't remember waiting long for my package. I think I got it in less than a week. 

One thing I dislike about the store is that they don't stock all the products which is kind of understandable because certain products won't last in courier conditions (if that makes sense?)

I would high recommend giving Lush South Africa's online store a try if you are not near any Lush stores.

Until next time..
xx

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Lush Weekly: #4 Review - Sparkler Bath Bomb

Hi everyone,

It's that time of the week again...IT'S LUSH WEEKLY TIME! Lol. Okay, I'm done.
This week on Lush Weekly, I have another Halloween / Christmas bath bomb that I will be reviewing. This beauty is called Sparkler bath bomb. I know I said in my previous Lush Weekly post that I will be writing about my recent Lush online haul. But I really can't allow this review to lay in my draft box any longer.
What Lush has to say about this bath bomb:
A crackling and fizzing Rose Jam-scented bath bomb that makes bath night fireworks night. The soothingly-fragranced bomb fizzes and crackles in an explosion of colour, spinning around the bath turning it into a fiery, shimmering display.

Ingredients:
Sodium Bicarbonate (Sodium Bicarbonate), Citric Acid (Citric Acid), Rose Oil (Rosa damascena), Egyptian Geranium Oil (Pelargonium graveolens), Sicilian Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid), Popping Candy, Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Sodium Laureth Sulfate), Lauryl Betaine (Lauryl Betaine), Perfume (Perfume), *Limonene (*Limonene), Coumarin (Coumarin), Citronellol (Citronellol), Geraniol (Geraniol), Colour 47005, Colour 15510 (Colour 15510), Colour 14700 (Colour 14700), Gold Glimmer Lustre (Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Iron Oxides, Silica)
What The Jam Jar has to say about this bath bomb:
Rose Jam is probably the most loved scent at Lush during the festive season (and not forgetting Snow Fairy). Even though Lush does carry products with the exact same scent as Rose Jam, when Rose Jam shower gel hits the stores we still go crazy for it! And this year, I'm certain that most of us went crazy for the Sparkler bath bomb because it has the same scent as the lovely Rose Jam shower gel. However, Sparkler's scent is a bit subtle compared to Rose Jam, Rose Jam Bubbleroon and Ro's Argon Body Conditioner, which is lovely. It's not over powering, it's perfect!

When I first saw this bath bomb I wasn't too impressed because it's just a plain yellow cylinder shaped bath bomb. Nothing special, right? Uh, wrong! Sparkler is made has two parts, the yellow outter bit and then the red and gold glitter inner bit. Once tossed in the tub, the yellow bit starts to foam away and then the red and gold glitter starts spewing out. It is definitely a "fiery, shimmering display". I was really surprised that this bath bomb fizzed and foamed for a while actually. It fizzed for about 10 - 15 minutes.
I try to stay away from reading other peoples reviews on a bath bomb before I use it because I want to experience the bath bomb with a "clear" mind sort of so I was not expecting all the gorgeous glitter. I panicked when it didn't stop spewing out of the bath bomb. All I could think of was "OMG, my mother is going to slaughter me". Once the bath bomb was completely dissolved, I was left with a beautiful bath covered in gold glitters! My bath water reminded me a bit of Sunny Side bubble bar.

Like the Northern Lights bath bomb, Sparkler has the same cylindrical-shape as well. A very unique shaped bath bomb in my opinion.
If I had to choose over Northern Lights and Sparkler, I would definitely pick the Sparkler because the scent is amazing and because it looks like a plain and simple bath bomb but once you put it in the tub, it turns into this gorgeous firework display in the tub!

Tub residue? Nope.
Soft skin? Yep.
Glitter everywhere? Double YEP!

The Sparkler bath bomb retails for R48.50. This would be the perfect Christmas gift or just an end of year gift (Secrete Santa vibes).

Sparkler Bath Bomb:
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Vegan?
Yes!

Would I buy this bath bomb again?
HELLZ YES!

My next Lush Weekly post will be all about my recent Lush online haul. Promise.

Until next time..
xx

Monday, December 8, 2014

Review: Sustainable.co.za Eco-Friendly Online Store

Hi everyone,

Recently I received some awesome fairy lights from Sustainable.co.za. Sustainable.co.za is an online store that specialises in providing Eco-friendly household items to improve our environmental footprint. Not only do they sell Eco-friendly products but they also provide information about our  local and global environmental situation and guidance on how we can improve our environmental footprint.
Sustainable.co.za has a wide variety of Eco-friendly lighting that will make this years Christmas even more magical and way more friendly to the environment. Their Eco-Christmas lights will definitely add a whimsical touch to your Christmas decor this year. Personally I do not celebrate Christmas because I am Muslim but I love using fairy lights in my photography.

"Create a festive atmosphere in your home and garden without the high electricity bill. Our range of LED and solar Christmas lights are ideal for any festive setting. String solar fairly lights in your garden for that winter wonderland look, use brightly coloured LED rope to decorate your entertainment area, or delight your children with one of our LED Santa Claus lighting." 
*Sustainable.co.za

Starting with rope lights, these lights are perfect for running them through gutters or around window frames and door frames. The rope lights give off little to no heat when switched on. The life span of the LED lights is on average 20,000 hours or more. It's a good investment that can be used over and over and not just during festive season. Available in green, red, blue and yellow.

Sustainable.co.za has a show stopper item that is sure to make the neighborhood stare in amazement. There is an option of having a flashing Christmas tree or Santa, with it's bright and vivid colour, it will definitely turn heads. Made from LED lights, there is no glass, bulbs or filaments that can break easily.

Solar Jars would be a hit this year because not only is it an awesome decor item but it's also a great gift! Charge these babies up during the day and set them on the table for lovely lighting around the dinner table or fill it up with mini gifts and give them to a friend or family member.
Perfect Eco-friendly Christmas decor and gift? YES!
These solar jars are perfect for South Africa's struggle with electricity and a certain electricity company not following their load shedding schedule (We're looking at you Eskom). Lights went off hours later than expected? No worries, get one of these babies, let it charge and BAM, light! Thank me later.

** Please note Sustainable.co.za will be closed from the 19th December 2014 at 12h00 and re-open on the 5th January 2015 at 08h00. They will not be processing any further orders after 12h00 on Wednesday 17th December 2014. So, get ordering!!!

I will be reviewing Sustainable.co.za Elbro - LED White Light Chain! Keep an eye out for that post because I will be showing you how to create heart shaped bokeh :) In the mean time, check out their recent blog post about 10 amazing DIY Eco-Friendly lighting ideas.
Until next time..
xx

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Lush Weekly: #3 Review - Father Christmas Bath Bomb

Hi everyone,

This week on Lush Weekly I will be reviewing the Father Christmas bath bomb. I want to review as much of the Christmas range now before the festive season is over and Lush will no longer stock any of the Christmas range products. It's a sad situation because this years Christmas range is all kinds of awesome.

Gosh, just look at this happy little chappy. Too bad his face is going to fizz away. Aw.
What Lush has to say about this bath bomb:
A festive bath bomb to bring Santa's presence into the bath. Once you pop this jolly bomb in your bath, it turns your water from bright red to vivid green. This year, Father Christmas will fill your bathroom with the popular sweet scent of Snow Fairy. All we want for Christmas is this Santa, baby!
Ingredients:
Sodium Bicarbonate (Sodium Bicarbonate), Citric Acid (Citric Acid), Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Sodium Laureth Sulfate), Lauryl Betaine (Lauryl Betaine), Perfume (Perfume), Synthetic Musk (Synthetic Musk), Methyl Ionone (Methyl Ionone), Benzyl Benzoate (Benzyl Benzoate), Colour 19140 (Colour 19140), Colour 42090 (Colour 42090), Colour 14700 (Colour 14700)
What The Jam Jar has to say about this bath bomb:
This adorable bath bomb is one of the bigger round bath bombs. It can be used all at once or split into two. Personally, I don't condone splitting bath bombs because I want you to experience a bath bomb in all its glory and not half of it's glory lol. Kidding, it's your bath bomb. Do whatever.

When I popped this into the bath I was expecting a colour burst of red and then green but all I saw was a pale red, white foam and then this amazing shade of green! So that was kind of disappointing. The green is really pretty, though. When reading the description of this bath bomb I thought it sounded quite festive but the fact that it didn't turn the water bright red, as promised by Lush, it was a bit disappointing. I expected the green but I did not expect it to be as vibrant as it was. It's seriously beautiful and it leaves the water looking amazing!

Father Christmas is kind of a new bath bomb, it's still the same as previous years except one major difference, the scent has changed. Yes, there is another additional to the Snow Fairy scent range. I was a bit confused as to why they changed the scent because the appearance does not really match the scent. When I see the Father Christmas bath bomb my mind is prepared to smell a citrus scent not a sweet candy floss scent. I did enjoy the scent but I was just confused lol. The reason why I enjoyed it was because it wasn't as potent as the Snow Fairy shower gel. It's subtle but still nice and sweet. I do enjoy the Snow Fairy scent but in small dosages.

This bath bomb fizzes quick and then slow. The outer bit (pale red and white) foams for a bit before releasing this quick fizzing vibrant green colour. It is a solid bath bomb so the green bit does take a bit longer to fizz away than the pale red and white bit. It's not an extremely slow fizzer but it does fizz kind of slow due to it being solid.

Like all Lush bath bombs, it leaves the water feeling soft and it was relaxing to just lay in a green bath filled with the aroma of a subtle Snow Fairy scent.
Overall, I definitely enjoyed this bath bomb. Yes, it's not the most visual bath bomb but it is nice. The green fizz was really nice and the scent was amazing as well. The scent actually lingered on my skin for quite sometime.

The Father Christmas bath bomb retails for R48.50 for 200g of bath bomb. 

Vegan?
Yes!

Would I buy this bath bomb again?
Yes, I would.

My next Lush Weekly post will be all about my recent Lush online haul.

Until next time..
xx

Monday, December 1, 2014

Review: The Galileo Open Air Cinema

Hi everyone,

Last week Thursday I experienced my first Galileo Open Air Cinema movie and it was flippen ah-ma-zing!
The Galileo Open Air Cinema is definitely a unique way to see your favourite classic old school movies. 

They screen movies at different locations on different days of the week; 
♡ Tuesday - Hillcrest Quarry
♡ Wednesday -  Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
♡ Thursday - V&A Waterfront
♡ and once a month on a Saturday - Cape Winelands (Somerset West to Stellenbosch)
The V&A Waterfront screening is held on the Croquet Lawn that is situated above the Ulundi Parking Garage. Doors open at 6:00pm and the movie starts after sunset which is around 7:45pm - 8:15pm. 

Once we got our blanket and backrest chair thing-a-bob (You don't have to hire a blanket because you are allowed to bring your own but I highly suggest hiring a backrest chair thing-a-bob because a) it's comfy and b) it's part of the The Galileo experience), we took a seat on the lawn within the guide tape and before the movie started we got some yummy eats from the local food vendors while jamming to some tunes. I really enjoyed the nachos and chilli poppers from The Mexican Nacho. It was probably the best nachos I've ever eaten and it makes my basic nachos seem lame lol. My sister and I also enjoyed freshly made popcorn with Smarties (which I added lol) while watching the movie.

The Galileo has a "roaming photo-booth" where a Galileo staff member comes to each group with awesome props to take some cool shots of the patrons for the night before the movie starts. I think it's cool that they have entertainment before the movie.
The movie commences immediately after sunset. The quality of the equipment that is used for the screening is fantastic! I honestly thought that the sound wouldn't be the best of quality because we were sitting outside and sound travels, oh boy was I wrong. The sound was crystal clear and the quality of the screen was really good as well.

The Galileo Open Air Cinema is the perfect way to spend an evening with your family, friends or your significant other. It's a great treat for family or friends visiting from different countries for the festive season. The experience alone is something really amazing. You get to watch your favourite old school movie "under a ceiling of stars".  

The atmosphere is spectacular and I can assure you that The Galileo Open Air Cinema will leave you wanting more! 
The Galileo Open Air Cinema movies range from Action to Drama and Romantic Comedies to Horrors so there is a genre to suit everyone's fancy. You can check out the upcoming movies here.

I highly suggest that you give The Galileo Open Air Cinema a try. It's a really fun experience. My sister and I really enjoyed ourselves. The vibe was awesome, the food was amazing and The Galileo Open Air Cinema staff were extremely friendly and helpful.

Prices range from R70 to R95, which I think is pretty reasonable. You can find all ticket information here. To get updates from The Galileo Open Air Cinema, Like them on Facebook or Follow them on Twitter.

Until next time..
xx