Review: Lush Cupcake Facemask

Might not be the best face mask to have if you’re craving chocolate, you might end up licking your face, but this is one of the Lush face masks that I consistently forget how good it is. Being a bit of a chocolate addict it’s pretty hard to put this on my face without wanting to eat it off.

“Linseed infusion to nourish and soften the skin, fresh mint for toning, cocoa butter to moisturise and rhassoul mud to absorb grease and give a deep cleanse”

It’s marketed as a mask for teenagers and like all the Lush face masks (apart from Mask of Magnaminty) it needs to be kept in the fridge since it has no presevatives, and so has a limited shelf life.

Though this is marketed towards acne prone teenagers I don’t think anyone with severe cystic acne or sensitive skin would appreciate this one too much, it is quite exfoliating and I’d imagine that when your face is sore and sensitive the last thing you want on your skin is something which is even mildly abrasive.


  • 2.1 oz
  • £5.95
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-Free
  • 4 week shelf life

Lush recommend removing this with warm water but personally I don’t like to do that. What I normally do it wait till it’s dry and then just rub it off my skin, washing off the little bits I’ve missed when most of it’s rubbed off. You would think that this would actually be rougher on your skin than using water but it’s actually much gentler, well at least for me.

One thing I would recommend you do if you try this is to mix a little filltered water with it to make the consistency less like batter, I’ve found it varies from batch to batch. Some are very thick and heavy and others are mixed perfectly.

Ingredients: Rhassoul Mud, Linseed Infusion, Glycerine, Talc,Cocoa Powder, Cocoa Butter, Fresh Mint,Sandalwood Oil, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute,Spearmint Oil, Peppermint Oil, *Limonene, Perfume

My skin reacts quite funnily to this. With my combination skin you would think a mask that’s aimed towards oily acne prone teenage skin would make my skin quite dry. But it actually leaves it quite moisturized and I’ve noticed that my skin seems to produce more oil after using it (in a regulating kind of way), which for me is perfect as with the autumn/winter my skin always starts moving on the dry side.

Overall my experiences with this mask is that it’s very good at regulating my skin. I would not recommend it for anyone who has dry or very sensitive skin. Its really great for cooling your skin and redness, but bear in mind that the peppermint oil can be irritating for some people. So if you’re not sure then just ask for a tester at the Lush store :)

You can get this mask at any Lush shop or here

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My Favorite Make Up and Beauty Books (Part 1)

Little fact about about me. I ADORE books! There is nothing more relaxing than snuggling up on the couch with a good or interesting book and a cup of tea. Over the years I’ve collected a little library of various books so I want to talk about my favorites.

I’ve had this book for years, before I went ahead and bought it I borrowed it countless times from my local library till I could save up the money to buy it.

This is the book that kicked off my obsession with makeup, beauty and skincare. I have bought many, MANY books all about makeup, skincare exc. but none of them cover such a wide variety of topics such as this book.

“Each chapter covers a different aspect of well-being and shows us how to make life-enhancing changes to improve health, diet, appearance, physical fitness, and emotional harmony”

Also the topics that it does cover it doesn’t just offer a few tips and just move on. For example the section on physical health it had many different exercises for Pilates, not just four or five, explained what muscles exactly it worked on all the while demonstrating and illustrating the moves clearly and beautifully.

Sometimes with books like this the makeup tips can be quite out dated but it’s not the case with this book. There are one or two looks that I think are a bit hideous (the makeup for red hair skin tones and Asian skin tones I think are completely unimaginative), but in general it covers all the different types of makeup and explains well what they are for and how to use them (or not use them).

And as for the looks in the book that I’m not fond of, well, that’s what You Tube is for :)

The last thing I love about this book is that it doesn’t just focus on Caucasian hair, skin and makeup. It uses many different models in the pictures and has sections on black hair (though a small section), which most beauty books completely overlook.

One downside is, while it has a few picture tutorials makeup for very pale skin, red hair complexions and Asian skin tones it has nothing for black skin tones which is the one big drawback .

This book is perfect for anyone who is a budding beauty enthusiast, loves DIY beauty, or just wants a pretty thorough book covering a wide range of beauty topics.

You can buy this book here

Review: Lush R&B Hair Moisturiser

One good thing about my hair when it was short is I didn’t get friz, insane curl yes, but friz no.

Now that my hair is longer it tends to get really, really frizzy, and as I want to donate it again as soon as it’s long enough I’m trying to keep it in good condition.

Even though the ends (and middle) of my hair is dry, my roots get oily really quickly which is why I don’t like conditioners which are built into shampoos, so I thought I’d give this one a shot.


  • 100g
  • £10.95
  • Cruelty-free

My sister absolutely adores this products and swears by it, she has much coarser hair with very tight curls so I was quite interested to see how this would work out for me.

The smell of this (like most Lush stuff) is quite strong, a predominant smell of orange-blossom and jasmine with hints of coconut.  You will either love it or hate it, if you are someone who get’s overpowered by strong smells this probably isn’t the product for you. People will think you’re wearing perfume, that’s how strong it is! 

This product also claims to prevent split ends and that (if applied regularly after washing your hair and after swimming) it certainly does.

Bellow is a picture of my hair after I came back from holiday, and considering the amount of abuse I put it though (constant sun exposure + salt water) not to mention I haven’t trimmed it in over 3-4 months, it really did uphold it’s claim.

When I first bought this pot the price was a bit of a kick in the gut, but now that I’ve used it for a a month or two (these photos are after using it for 2 months) I can tell you that a little goes a long, loooong way!

Tip: If you can, get a sample size of this product before you buy. This is a love or hate product.

I have reasonably thick wavy hair and I just need a blob the size of a 50p to properly cover the ends of my hair. If you have very fine hair I wouldn’t recommend this product, I think you would find it far too heavy.

This product can be applied to dry or wet hair, my favorite method is applying it to wet hair right after I have washed it.

It’s described as a hair moisturiser but it’s has a slight styling-cream property, I love using this right before I put my hair in curlers to keep my hair moisturized and provide a bit of hold for when I take my hair out.

You can get this product at a local Lush store or online here.

Review: Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation

Disclaimer: I purchased one of the powders myself and the other was provided to me for review.

Most of the time in my tutorials only really see me wearing a skin 79 BB cream but in the summer this becomes worn almost as much as my skin 79 BB cream.

Unfortunately since I bought this foundation over a year ago I haven’t had many opportunities to wear it in England as the weather as been a little bleak, but when I went on holiday a few weeks ago this became an essential. If you live in a hot country or planing on visiting a hot country and want a foundation that won’t melt off I can highly recommend this.

On the few occasions that I did bother wearing makeup while on holiday this powder was just amazing. It was hot as hell at some points but it didn’t budge at all. You can’t really apply with with a fluffy brush though, you need something quite dense like the Sigma Kabuki brush to really buff it into the skin or it just ends up looking powdery and cakey.


  • £12.49
  • SPF 15
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • 10g

Also Lilly Lolo is one of the few brands that provide mineral makeup to really, really pale skin like mine. I tend to avoid the sun at all times of the year and always wear suncream so my skin doesn’t tend to change much and I’m generally either in the colour China Doll or Blondie.

Recently they have changed the packaging from the old dispenser (left) to the new one (right) which is much better, my first pot of this as you can see ended up having a lot of product just falling around everywhere and the new one is much cleaner.

Unfortunately Lilly Lolo still have quite a poor selection of mineral foundations for darker skin tones. Anything darker than dark beige isn’t really catered to. I also found that, quite like a BB Cream, my skin quite likes this foundation and looks and feels better after using it.

If you have heavy acne this won’t perfectly cover it as it has light to medium coverage, depending on how much you layer it. I have worn this on a few occasions when I had acne (one time even when I had a quite nasty case of sunburn) and it did a great job of covering it without irritation, and to be honest in some cases I think it helped!

I was planning on doing a hot weather makeup makeup tutorial this year featuring this product but then it occurred to me it would make more sense next year when summer comes around again so expect to see this product again then :)

You can purchase this product from the Lilly Lolo website here, or from Cocktail Cosmetics here.

Have you tried mineral makeup before?

Review: Bee Lovely Hand Cream

Disclaimer: Item provided for review

I don’t think I could have been sent this hand cream at a better time really.

I had recently found out that my favorite hand cream which I’d been using for years, Yves Rocher Arnica hand cream, had recently changed it’s animal testing policy and so was no longer cruelty-free, and I was on the hunt for a new favorite.


  • Cruelty free
  • 50ml
  • 5% of the RRP will be donated to charity
  • Costs £10
  • Paraben and SLS free

I was able to test this cream out while I was on holiday and it really did a fantastic job. For a hand cream that’s branded around honey it really doesn’t smell of honey, rather of orange blossom and I end up constantly smelling my hands when I use it, even though the smell only really lasts about an hour.

It has quite a thick consistency but it’s not a heavy cream.

I found it took around 5 minutes to sink into my skin, but once it was there it really didn’t budge and kept my hands feeling moisturized and smooth all day.

Is it the most amazing hand cream I have ever tried? No. Is it a very good hand cream? Yes.

I was really impressed with how well it protected my hands on holiday from all the salt and sun, so I can quite confidently say that unless I find an other cruelty-free brand that makes a better hand cream this is my firm favorite.

You don’t need much, just a small 5p size will be sufficient for your whole hand so I suspect it’ll take me a few months to get through this bottle.

Also Neils Yard are also trying to raise awareness with this line of products for a petition which is hoping to encourage England to join France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia in these banning powerful pesticides.

“Neonicotinoid pesticides have been linked to the dramatic loss of honeybees around the world. British beekeepers have lost up to 80% of their hives in recent years, more than any other country in Europe”

If you want to find out more about the petition you can read about it here.

It’s a bit silly but I love the packaging for this product, I try my best to overlook packaging but I really do appreciate it when I feel that the graphic designers have taken their time to create a visually interesting and presentable product.

You can buy this product directly from Neal’s Yard or from Amazon.

Have you tried any products from Neal’s Yard?

Review: BB Skin 79

On a day-to-day basis I cannot be bothered with makeup, I’d rather spend that time in bed.

But for those days where I have to go into Uni I like to wear a BB cream to protect my skin from all the rubbish in the air.

I know this is slightly off topic but one day I did little test to see how much dirt built up on my skin when I go to Uni compared to a normal day…it was disgusting!

After that I’ve started to wear a BB cream to protect my skin and I noticed a massive improvement to my skin.

I bought this one after my sister bought herself one and started raving about it. I had just finished my Misha BB cream and although I liked it, after pinching a bit of Nicky’s I was sold and bought my self one.

A funny thing I noticed is that my skin just seems to absorb it. Every night when I clean my face it’s like my skin has eaten most of the BB cream.

I bought this one on e-bay (no shocker there) and it arrived within 2 weeks, which was surprising considering it came from South Korea.


  • Good for your skin
  • £11.10 (postage included)
  • Sleek packaging
  • Bought on e-bay
  • Comes with two sachets and a small tube

Despite being stupidly pale this BB works for my skin tone, it’s not a perfect match, but with a bit of blending it’s fine.

The only con I can think of is I can’t find any information regarding whether they are cruelty-free or not.

I haven’t found anything to imply that they are not cruelty free which is a good sign, but I have sent an email to the company to be able to know for sure if they are cruelty free.

I will update this post when I receive their reply :)