FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Lush 'Braziliant' Shampoo Bar and 'Jungle' Solid Conditioner

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Solid shampoo and conditioner. It's a strange concept really, isn't it? After Lush released their six new shampoo bars, one really caught my eye - 'Braziliant' - and so I thought I'd try it once my regular shampoo ran out. I snapped up one of their older products, 'Jungle', a shot too as scent wise I knew they'd work together beautifully. 
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Lush 'Braziliant' Shampoo Bar and 'Jungle' Solid Conditioner Review

Brazilliant's bright, fresh orange shade and fruity fragrance make this a product with a feel good, Summery vibe. Braziliant is packed with organic fresh orange juice (apparently full of hair loving nutrients, who knew?!), andrioba oil (highly moisturising nut oil), sweet orange oil (Lush say it lifts the spirits - well, it does smell amazing) and ylang ylang oil (as well as smelling incredible, used by aromatherapists to help tackle depression and stress) to create a shampoo that should improve your mood as well as your hair!

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Lush 'Braziliant' Shampoo Bar and 'Jungle' Solid Conditioner Review

As well as all the good stuff, Braziliant's main ingredient is SLS, which is obviously an issue for many people. 'Braziliant' also contains five more ingredients for scent as well as colouring. 

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Lush 'Braziliant' Shampoo Bar and 'Jungle' Solid Conditioner Review

'Jungle' is currently Lush's only solid conditioner and sounds like a real power house in writing! Jungle's main ingredient is the ever so nourishing cocoa butter - it then contains five ingredients to assist in its texture and general composition (including SLS, although mixed with cetearyl alcohol), soy lecithin, avocado, fig, ylang ylang, a few more oils for perfume and natural colourant. 

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Lush 'Braziliant' Shampoo Bar and 'Jungle' Solid Conditioner Review

'Jungle' feels like a more solid version of coconut oil and requires you to really work it to deposit any product on your hands before smoothing it on the hair. I can see myself getting a bit bored of working with this one, but we'll soon see!
Brazilliant - £5.75 for 55g product 
Jungle - £3.50 for 55g product

Available online at Lush, and in Lush stores.

Have you tried either of these Lush products? Or solid shampoos/ conditioners in general? What do you think to them? Let me know! Comments above!
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Makeup Revolution Lip Lavas - 'Forgiven' and 'Tremor'

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As usual, Makeup Revolution have taken it upon themselves to make a more affordable dupe or a pricey product - this time, duping Too Faced's 'Melted Lipsticks' with their 'Lip Lavas'. Essentially, these are like your regular lippies...but liquid and in a squeeze tube. I wondered if liquid lippies had any real point (besides mixing) when regular bullet lippies have been ideal for about 90 years? And so, I purchased a couple to test out...

Review Makeup Revolution Lip Lavas - 'Forgiven' and 'Tremor'

Lip Lavas come packaged like squeezy glosses, a tube with a felt applicator attached. The tubes are coloured to match(ish) the product itself, which is pretty handy if you buy a few of these! Simple, functional. I will say that when 'Forgiven' first arrived the applicator had become loose, however, I emailed and a new one quickly found its way to me with no fuss. Fast, no nonsense customer service!

Review Makeup Revolution Lip Lavas - 'Forgiven' and 'Tremor'

Above, I am wearing 'Forgiven' - a nudey yellow toned peach shade. I wouldn't straight up call it a nude, as it's too peachy (in my opinion) to really classify as one. If you're after a nude of a more natural or brown toned hue, 'Forgiven' aint the one. It is, however, a great shade for Spring and I imagine it would suit a wide range of skintones.

Review Makeup Revolution Lip Lavas - 'Forgiven' and 'Tremor'

This guy is 'Tremor', a bright, medium, slightly yellow toned pink which just about dips its toe ever so slightly into the coral side of the spectrum. When I swatched this I thought it would look awful on me, but I actually quite like it! It would definitely be a great Spring/ Summer shade and I can see many folk rockin' it with a tan.

Review Makeup Revolution Lip Lavas - 'Forgiven' and 'Tremor'

The formula is an odd one to describe...imagine melting a well pigmented, creamy lippy and that is basically it! I find them a tiny bit oily (nowhere near like OCC lip tars, though, and nowhere near as thin), so they do settle into lip lines a little but you can control this by applying just a thin layer - which is enough for decent coverage. I think they would be best worn over lipliners for full on colour with no risk of settling, but they can hold their own, too.

Wear wise, I'm impressed! For me, these last longer than traditional lipsticks and seem to wear down in layers, leaving an even hint of colour behind as opposed to a ring of lippy (attractive!)

Overall, lip lavas are well pigmented, last well, great for mixing shades and fab cheap dupes for the Too Faced equivalent. 

PRICE: £2.99
AVAILABILITY - Online and Superdrug stores.

Have you got any lip lavas? Take your fancy? Let me know! Comments above!
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Lush Cosmetics 'Big Blue' - Or, 'The Biggest Lush Bath Bomb Fail to Date'

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When you combine the sea, bright blue, seaweed and a mention of mermaids what do you get? SOMETHING I WANT, THAT'S WHAT. So that's how I was sold on Lush 'Big Blue', a bath bomb full of vitamin and mineral rich kelp, lemon oil, sea salt and lavender - Lush described it as 'evoking a Summer's day at the seaside' and reviews described it as fit for a mermaid - oh, how far from the truth that really was...

Lush Cosmetics 'Big Blue' - Or, 'The Biggest Lush Bath Bomb Fail to Date'

Now, mine and Blue's friendship started well. The beautiful oceanic scent, the vibrant colour...but soon, it became evident we just weren't meant to be friends. Upon placing 'Big Blue' in the bath, I noticed how quickly it fizzed away to nothingness. I soon realised this was because at least 1/3 of the 'Big Blue' is just seaweed, not bomb.

Lush Cosmetics 'Big Blue' Review - Or, 'The Biggest Lush Bath Bomb Fail to Date'

A suspicious looking pile of scraggly black stuff lay waiting for me on the bottom of the tub - seaweed. 'It can't be as grim as it looks,' I thought, 'It's just seaweed...' After about five minutes the seaweed became slimy to the touch, turning the water equally slimy in the process. It felt revolting and reminded me of stagnant pond water - I had to get out!


After my five minute slime bath, I then spent a further five minutes swishing a sieve about the water to get the seaweed out, a further five wiping the tub down and rising it clean of slime trails and another five scrubbing seaweed out of the sieve. After all that fuss and effort cleaning up, I felt grubbier after a bath with 'Big Blue' than before! 

Lush Cosmetics 'Big Blue' Review - Or, 'The Biggest Lush Bath Bomb Fail to Date'
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Among the major downsides however, there were a few perks. The scent is lovely and it made my skin feel very soft - however, so do plenty of bath bombs that don't leave me in need of a sieve and feeing like I've been sat in a dirty pond...

Overall, I can't recommend 'Big Blue' - it's more fitting for a swamp monster than a mermaid!

However, if you're still curious, you can get it online or in store priced at £3.35.

Have you tried 'Big Blue'? What's your fave Lush item? Had any Lush fails? Let me know! Comments up top!

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Bargain Falsies From...Primark!

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Falsies. They're hard to avoid these days. We see them everywhere - whether flicking through a magazine, watching the TV, scrolling through Instagram or just going out for drinks at the weekend. I'd say their popularity has grown over the last couple of years thanks to the '110% done up, Kim K' beauty everyone is trying to emanate. Whether you're getting glammed up or just messing about, cheapy falsies are always handy to have, and I recently discovered Primark stock some fantastic styles...

Bargain Primark False Lashes Falsies Review

I picked up three - natural, define and sultry (I think there was a fourth fuller style) for just £1 each. Yup - £1 - winner! 

Bargain Primark False Lashes Falsies Review

Natural have a mix of long and short strands, which breaks up the lash edge to give a more...well...natural finish. Their flared shape will help to elongate the eye and make it appear wider. These do have a black band, so I'd recommend applying over dark eyeliner to conceal it a little.

Bargain Primark False Lashes Falsies Review

Define are quite glam, definitely best suited to a full on make-up look than something natural! I think these would great with a dark smokey eye, as whispy lashes can often look a bit insignificant with dark make-up. The heavier style makes these best suited to big eyes, as they could look quite over bearing on small eyes (like mine, eep!)

Bargain Primark False Lashes Falsies Review

Sultry are somewhat whispy and add drama without looking too drag queen. If you have naturally long lashes, you might be able to get these to work for more neutral looks, but generally I think something a little heavier would balance these more. 

They all come with a little tube of adhesive, great for quick fixes when you're out on the town. The bands on each are flexible and slim, making them super easy to apply. All in all, some great bargain lashes at £1 each!

Do you buy Primark falsies? Have you tried anything else in their beauty range? Let me know! Comments up top!


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Makeup Revolution 'Black Velvet' Palette

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I should probably state that this isn't turning into a Makeup Revolution blog, I swear! It's just that with so little time these days, eyeshadow palettes are pretty short and sweet to write about (although not to photograph, holy moly) and Makeup Revolution are constantly coming out with new palettes too pretty not to share. Today I'm sharing their 'Black Velvet' palette, which I think may just be my favourite so far...

Makeup Revolution Black Velvet Eyeshadow Palette Review

'Black Velvet' contains 16 shades apparently inspired by the luxe fabric itself, I'd kind of expect more opulent, perhaps gothic shades if this were the case, however instead we have a palette of warm neutrals...Not that I'm complaining, however this wouldn't be a Makeup Revolution review without me questioning the naming!


With 13 matte shades and 3 shimmers, 'Black Velvet' is the palette people have been begging Makeup Revolution for for quite some time - a sophisticated palette with a somewhat mature feel. 


As you can see, it's pretty freakin' beaut'. Flash killed the intensity of some shades a bit, but you get the jist! Personally I love warm neutrals, they suit my skintone perfectly. The only shade that seems out of place in this palette is the steel blue, I'd have gone with a cranberry myself as it would work better with the other shades. There are also two cream shades which are virtually identical...Dupes and rogues aside, it's a well considered palette.


The texture of these shadows is closer to the new formulas in their 'Iconic Pro' palettes than of their regular palettes - buttery smooth, well pigmented mattes and shimmers that blend like a dream. The pale shades are pretty weak, definitely best for subtle highlights rather than bold colour.

The only drawbacks are the weak pale shades and the velvety cover attracting dust and fluff, looking a bit messy. Besides that - beautiful shades, great formula, versatile and a bargain at £7.99 - what more could you ask for?

Available online at Makeup Revolution at £7.99

Does 'Black Velvet' take your fancy? What's on your wishlist? Let me know! Comments above!

* PR sample. All opinions 100% my own and 100% honest - as always! *






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VEGGIE TASTY: Yu! Vegan and Vegetarian Healthy Snacks

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High in fruit content, high in fibre content, no added sugar, one of your five a day and low calories - Yu! have got it down with their vegan and vegetarian healthy snacks. In a bid to do a little more in the 'Veggie Tasty' series, today I'm taking a break from the norm and chatting about these beauts!


Yu! fruit chews, stars and hearts and yogurt coated chews come in mini servings, which I'd say makes them a bit better suited to kiddies lunch boxes than a snack for an adult! However, if you just fancy a little something sweet without attacking a big bag of Wine Gums - they're ideal. Plus - they taste fantastic.


The ingredients list contains no nasties - just a few fruit and plant derived ingredients with names you actually recognise. I'd feel happier giving these to kids and toddlers than the usual rubbish you tend to find in supermarkets - in fact, I've put a few packs in my 19 month old nephew's snack box. After all, Yu! were actually created with kids in mind...

What's more, the chews are entirely vegan (not the yoghurt coated ones, of course!)

Available in the home baking sections of Tescos and Sainsburys, as well as the snacking section of Waitrose. RRP £2 for 5 packets.

* Products received for review purposes. All opinions 100% mine and 100% honest - as always! *

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REVIEW: Makeup Revlution 'Iconic Pro 2' Palette

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I'm pretty sure Makeup Revolution have truly earned their dupe master crown with two of their newer releases, the 'Iconic Pro' palettes. These guys are spot on dupes of the Lorac pro palettes, the swatch comparisons I've shown the shades are mostly identical, with only a few being a touch out. Whether or not you're after a Lorac dupe or just some nice new colours, 'Iconic Pro 2' has you covered...


With a mix of soft neutral and deeper shades, mattes and neutrals, cool and warm - this palette is ideal for a multitude of looks. I've been wearing the brown and goldy shades paired with bolder colours along the lower lashline for my 'work look' - I'd love an excuse to wear that gorgeous red smoked out with the black as it would make a killer night out look (somebody take me for cocktails!)

 The formula for these palettes is a bit more luxe than their standard palettes, with the mattes in particular gliding on like a dream. The shimmers are beautifully pigmented, but (as always) I find they look their best over a sticky base. This palette also comes with a double sided synthetic brush, with a handy blending brush on one end and a rather useless paddle brush on the other.


Aren't these shades just wonderful?! It's so easy to make a really lovely look, especially if neutrals with a pop are your thing.

Overall a great 'go to' palette for creating looks you don't have to think too hard about, a bargain at £6.99 for 16 shades, well pigmented and all around just a great little addition to any make-up bag.

RRP - £6.99
Availability - Larger Superdrug stores and online.

What do you think to 'Iconic Pro 2'? What has caught your eye from Makeup Revolution lately? Comments above!

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