Review: Dead Sea Spa Magik Masks

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For once I thought I’d dabble outside of my favourite Lush masks and try a few new products. Although it’s not a product I’ve reviewed before on my blog the Dead Sea Spa Magic Algimud Face Mask(**) face mask is one of my favourites, I like it so much I though I’d give these other two masks from the brand a try.

Basics: Both around £8 • Cruelty Free

I’d tried the mud mask a few years ago and I vaguely remember that I didn’t like it at the time, now that I’ve tried it again I remember why. Simply put it’s just not good,  it might just be me and my skin, but I doubt it.

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Mud Mask (Right Side Swatch • £8):

It’s not often I think something absolutely terrible, but this one really is. The consistency is lovely, creamy and easy to apply. But it really didn’t do anything for my skin and it left a horrible ashy residue on my skin that I really had to scrub at to remove.  Even when I tried to use it on my legs it just got stuck/clogged every single pore. It’s not because of lack of exfoliation or dry skin either, I exfoliate and I moisturise very regularly, it didn’t stop my skin from looking like I’d rubbed a graphite pen all over it once I’d attempted to wash the mask off.

Delicate Boosting Mask (Left Side Swatch • £8.33):

My favourite hands down (not that there was much competition). It warms up slightly when it’s applied, its so moisturising that when when I was about to wash it off I noticed that my lips were moisturised too like the moisture had traveled along my skin. It really is a fantastic product. Easy to apply, a creamy texture, very moisturising without being oily and quite easy to wash off compared to some mud or clay face masks. Perfect for when your skin is dry but also not in the mood for a slightly heavier clay mask which requires a little more work to wash off.

It is recommended for sensitive skin but I’d be a little wary. I have combination skin and I have one area on my cheek that easily flares up, it was a little sensitive after I used this mask (it calmed down after 10 minutes) so I’d imagine anyone with very sensitive skin would react in a similar way just all over their face.

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Obviously I hated the mud mask, but as for the boosting mask I think it’s a fantastic product. So far I’ve used it about four times and I’m guesstimating that I’ll get another ten uses of the whole tube. A great mask for when your skin is dry and needs a little moisture.

You can get the boosting mask here (**)

The Zodiacs: Leo

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Leo is one of those symbols where you can’t really do anything else (hair wise) other than big blond golden hair. I did briefly consider a red wig but it just didn’t work with the feel of Leo. Other than a peacock I always thought lions were quite showy animals, and I wanted to keep that “look at me I’m fabulous” feel in the look.

The look for me had to be a mixture of showgirls meets masquerade

The first thing I thought of when planning the look for Leo was a masquerade and lots of gold. Leo’s are described as confident, ambitious, loyal and encouraging but also pretentious, domineering and vain. I wanted to have the masquerade mask partly drawn onto the skin and party coming from it with the Leo symbol cut into the patterns.

The Zodiacs- LeoThe Confidence of a Leo

If you want to replicate this look I’ve made it easy, the template for the cut outs are linked bellow. You can just print them out, trace them, cut them out and then paint them gold to match the ones I wore.  If you’re not sure how to make a transfer then I have a tutorial for that here which should make it easy.

You can download the face patterns here

If you download the pattern you’ll notice there is another one at the bottom, well, you’ll want to keep that (or start cutting them out) because those are the patterns I’ll be using for Gemini.

I hope you like the tutorial :)

Review: Lush Brightside Bubble Bar

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Before I mention anything else about this bath bomb I just have to point out the best thing about it. It smells amazing!  Think oranges bathing in sweets kind smell, strong and sickly sweet, but exactly the kind of smell I adore.

Contains mandarin, bergamot and tangerin

I’m not fond of keeping any lush bath products in the bathroom or they crumble a little with the moisture, so normally I keep them wrapped up in my t-shirt or sock draw and the smell lingers for ages even after I’ve taken the bubble/bath bomb out of them. When I did get around to using it I only really needed to use about a third of the bar to get the water bright orange and smelling like a little piece of heaven.

Lush 2 lUSH Bath Bomb

For a bubble bar it’s not the most bubbly of bubble bars, I always hold these directly under the tap so that I get as many bubbles as possible out of them. If you’re more of a bubble-ageddon type person the amount of bubbles might be a little disappointing. Personally I don’t want “death by bubble inhalation” to be on my tombstone, so this amount is just perfect.

Basics: £4.75 • Cruelty Free  • Vegan •

Unlike the last bath bomb I reviewed I found this one was really kind to my skin. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it was moisturising, but it definitely softened the water which, as anyone who lives in the south of England knows, is always a good thing. You just need some dark chocolate, the lush spa soundtrack on in the background and a hot cup of coconut milk and it’s the perfect bath.

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I think this bar has managed to sneak it’s way up into my favourite Lush bath-time treats along with Floating Island. It smells like heaven, looks good enough to eat and for me at least it’s the perfect amount of bubbles. Nothing more to say about it really except I absolutely love it.

You can get it here

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Special Effects: Sewing Accident

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I’m really worried that one day I will actually hurt myself and nobody will believe me because I keep posting videos like this. This one is so, so simple and all you really need is red lipstick and eyelash glue if that’s all you have to hand.

The last tutorial I did like this was of a peeled finger 

If you can though latex will look a tiny bit better, and with a bit of blue eyeshadow at the entry point you can make the needle look like it’s been in your finger for a little too long and the skin has started to bruise or get severely infected.

I hope you like the tutorial :)

The Zodiacs: Scorpio

1920's Scorpio

And the third look in my Zodiac’s series! I very, very nearly made a scorpion headdress for this look, but I thought it would be a much too literal approach to this look, so I decided to go for something a little more subtle. One thing I did want to keep in though was that pattern of a scorpions sting in the eyeliner, so in the end that got added to the lower lid on the outer corner.

You can see my last Zodiac look here 

For the lower lid I decided I wanted to use small sequins to make the look a little more fun. I still wanted to keep that sharp, edgy look for Scorpio, but didn’t want to make her look cold and unfeeling in the process.

Eyes of the Scorpion

The Twelve Zodiacs Scorpio

Scorpio Makeup

I don’t know how many of you noticed but I managed to get the shape of the Scorpio symbol into the corner of the eye which I was quite pleased about. Plus I think most of you know how much I like my intricate eyeliner, so it was a really fun challenge. Originally I was going to go for a much harsher lip, but as you’ll see in the video I ended up going for a mixture of red and black to get a more muted colour. The eyes were harsh enough and I didn’t want the lips to distract from them.

I hope you like the tutorial :)

New Giveaway!

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This giveaway is slightly larger than usual, but I’m excited about IMATS NY so I’m going to celebrate a little and give away a bit more this month. This giveaway set includes pretty much everything, mascara, eyeshadow, brushes and even a brush shampoo.

Next week’s video will be Scorpio for my Zodiac series

While we’re on the topic of next week I have filmed two videos for my second channel, on on four different techniques for blending and on on how to transfer drawings. I’m not sure which one will be up first, but I’ve been promising these art tutorials for a while so it’s a relief to finally have filmed them.

Good luck with the griveaway and I’ll have a new video for you next week

Review: Lush Solid Shampoo | Honey I Washed My Hair

Honey I Washed My Hair

I had promised myself that I would wait until I’d finished Braziliant before I tried this one but I just couldn’t do it, it was sitting on my my review pile taunting  me so I had to give in.  Now that I have tried it though I’m not so sure which one I prefer more, this one or Braziliant. They’re both so good!

Basics: £5.75  •  Cruelty Free •  Toffee Scented  •  55g

Honey is one of those ingredients my hair (and skin) absolutely loves. It is moisturising without leaving my hair in a heavy oily mess. Including honey, this shampoo bar also contains wild orange and bergamot oils. So it smells amazing!

Lush Solid Shampoo Honey I Washed My Hair

It froths up so nicely! A couple of scrubs will leave your hair completely covered in a thick lather. I mentioned in my Braziliant review that the SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) in it was a little irritating to my scalp. Even though this one also has SLS, I noticed my scalp wasn’t as irritated, which is probably down to the honey in it.

Honey

Although Braziliant is my preferred scent, out of the two of these I think I prefer Honey I Washed my hair just a little bit more because it doesn’t irritate my hair line. A few years ago, I got really badly burnt on holiday and ever since then the skin along my hairline get’s irritated very fast, which is one of the reasons why I try to avoid shampoos with a myriad of chemical ingredients. I had absolutely no problem with this shampoo. I love it! Sorry Braziliant, I still love you, but you’ve been replaced.

You can get it here

Review: Kiko Lipgloss Stick in Pearley Strawberry Pink

Kiko Lipgloss Pencil Review

I know the whole Korean gradient lip is going out of trend at the moment, not that I really follow trends, but I mainly bought this lipgloss stick (along with Burgundy) so I could mix the two colours for that effect. In the end, Magenta worked better with this lipgloss than Burgundy.

Basics: £6.90 . 2.84g . Made in Italy . Cruelty Free

On it’s own this colour is beautiful. It’s described as pink, but on the lips it translates to more of a peach/nude colour. It’s lovely either for an everyday colour or even bridal if you want to balance out heavier eye makeup with a subtle lip colour.

Kiko Creamy Lipgloss in 102

102 Kiko Swatch

I love that they added the teeniest, tiniest hint of gold shimmer in this. I think that without it the colour could have been quite a bland pink/nude but the gold shimmer just makes that little bit warmer and lively. Quite surprisingly I’ve ended up using this colour quite a bit, even though in general I do prefer darker reds and burgundies. The perfect addition to a is-she-or-isn’t-she-wearing-makeup look.

You can get this here 

The Zodiacs: Aries

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Yes, I made another pair of horns. I think by this time next week, after I’ve uploaded the tutorial for this on my second channel, I’ll had done three different tutorials on how to make horns. This one has to be my strangest one yet though, I use old shopping bags and garden wire, yes, it’s an odd combination of materials, but you have to admit they look pretty awesome!

This weeks Zodiac was Aries

With this whole zodiac series I didn’t want to limit myself to the colours and personalities which are usually attributed to the various zodiacs. There is so much history and mythology with each Zodiac and I wanted that to be a source of inspiration too. Some of them will be more inspired by the animal assigned to the zodiac and others will be inspired more by the history and mythology behind it.

Close Up of Aires MakeupAires The Ram

Fire is the element usually attributed to Aires and the Golden Ram is where the symbol of the horns comes from for this star sign, so that is what I decided to use as the main inspiration for this look.

I would like to incorporate the symbol of each Zodiac into the eye makeup

I had been half tempted to go for more of a flame-like pattern around the eyes, a little like my Fire Makeup look I did a while ago, but in the end I decided to stick to my idea of working the symbol of each zodiac into the eye makeup a little and keep everything else around it reasonably simple.

The Ram

So this is the next look in my Zodiac’s series! I’m not sure which one I’ll be doing next, in theory Sagittarius since all the props are made for that, but I also have all the props for my Real Life Disney: Ariel look made as well, and that tutorial involves a webbed hand makeup tutorial. So I’m not sure, we’ll have to wait and see :)

I hope you like the tutorial! :D

Review: Lipgloss Stick in Burgundy

Kiko Creamy Lipgloss

Red’s, burgundy’s and anything on the dark side are my kind of shades when it comes to lip colours. Every so often I think; “Yeah why not, I’ll try pink” and then I remember that I’m just not a pink girl, and I go back to my favourites.

 Basics: £6.90 . 2.84g . Burgundy . Made in Italy . Cruelty Free

The packaging is simple, the pencil winds up at the bottom (so no need to sharpen it) it’s light, small enough to put in your pocket, and the formula is un-flavoured and tasteless. In a good way that is. The texture is also lovely, it’s not too runny and holds nicely without being overly sticky (a personal pet peeve of mine).

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Now that I’ve mentioned the good I’ll move on to what was not so good. With a name like “Burgundy” I expected it to be a little more pigmented that this, or at least a little darker.

The colour was pretty, just not what I expected

I had hoped to wear this colour for a night out when I just wanted something quick, simple and dark, but this colour is just…red? I will probably wear it a lot as a day colour, or over a darker matte lipstick to give it more shine. It is perfect for that ‘just ate strawberries’ colour, but I wouldn’t call it Burgundy.

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It’s a lipgloss, so it doesn’t really have the staying power of a lipstick. It will last around four hours before you need to top up,  I’ve had it last up to six, though that was without drinking or eating anything, and even then it was starting to look a little worn.

Overall I do like this lipgloss stick, it’s a lovely day colour, but don’t expect anything as dark and mysterious as burgundy from it, not matter how much you try to layer the colour.

You can get this here