Review: Tropic Organic Elixir Oil

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Anything made in the UK, especially beauty products, is practically an endagered species so when Tropic Skincare wrote to me asking if I wanted to review this product I very enthusiastically said yes, and…I’ll admit it. The bottle design was also a huge factor for me. I mean look at it! It’s so beautiful!

“The ‘hero ingredient’ is Moringa Oil, derived from the ‘Miracle Tree’. Boasting 1,700 antioxidants and enriched with natural Vitamin C”

When I opened the bottle, even though I have a horrific sense of smell, the smell reminded me so much of the smell of oil paints. Definitely not the best smell for a facial oil. Since it contains Pomegranate oil (one of my favorite smells) I was hoping it would smell like that, but it wasn’t the case.

They recommend to use this just before you sleep, which is the only time you could use it really owing to the smell. The oil is also surprisingly thick, for some reason I expected the oil to be runnier, but it turned out to be a good thing as the cap doesn’t have a rubber band between the glass bottle and the metal lid so it does leak a little unless it’s kept upright.

Basics:

  • £30.00
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-Free
  • Make in the UK

The lid is so small it’t not really possible for it to pour out easily and the oil is quite unusual, feels like a ‘dry’ oil if that makes any sense. If you store it upright the slightly leaky lid is not a problem, but when it arrived obviously it was lying down flat and when I took it out of the packet I could feel oil around the edge of the cap.

The claim of this oil is to “improve skin elasticity, giving noticeably smoother, more supple and youthful skin in just 4 weeks”. Given I’m only 21 the youthful thing wasn’t really going to show up on me, but I did try it out over 4 weeks to really test it’s claims and see if it made a difference.

 Ingredients: Kiwi Seed Oil, Organic Rosehip Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Natural Vitamin E and Moringa Oil.

To be perfectly honest I didn’t really notice a difference with this oil other than being moisturising.  It didn’t really do anything remarkably different (or at least nothing that I could notice for my skin) and though I have a dreadful sense of smell the oil paint smell of this is one that I really cannot stand.

Would I recommend this product? No not really. I didn’t find it really made any significant difference to my skin, the expensive price and slightly faulty lid (though admitedly a beautifully designed bottle) would not make me purchase this. It’s a decent mosturiser if you like oils like myself, but frankly I didn’t find it to be worth the money.

For the website here

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Review: Lush Sex Bomb

If they’d called this one Gun’s and Roses I’d get it, but Sex Bomb? For something that looks and smells like this it seems like a bit of a gimmick. Oh Lush, you and your product names! Not quite on the level of NARS though (thank goodness!) Lush don’t you dare get any ideas!

“This ballistic is packed full of every sensual, relaxing oil we could find. Clary sage, jasmine and ylang ylang, blended into a classic musk base”

Like with all the bath bombs I never use them in one go. As soon as I photograph them I like to break it up into fourths to try so as to get as much use out of them as possible. Some bath bombs break really easily, but this one? So hard to break! I felt like a deserved a medal when I finally managed it.

Lush do seem to have a thing for adding little things into their bath bombs. I can’t remember which bath bomb it was (I think it was Dragon Egg?) where they added a blob of glitter in the middle (which made me itch like hell by the way). The paper rose in this one was cool at first, but a soggy rice paper ros pink pulp floating around you in the bath like some kind of mucus jellyfish is not terribly appealing.

Basics: 

  • £3.20
  • Vegan (synthetic musk)
  • Cruelty Free

I think, like most Lush products, some people will find the smell terribly off putting. I ADORE sweet and floral smells, but I think because of the musk in this one some people will think it smells a tad “old lady-ish”. The smell of this one is particularly strong (even for Lush products).

I can’t really place why but I don’t like the smell of this one, I think it’s the quite heavy musky smell that put’s me off.  When you pop it in the water it turns it a bright pink which I loved! With some of the bath bombs I’ve found the smell doesn’t really linger, not the case with this one, my bathroom (and myself) still smelt of it even that day after.

Too bad it left my bath a lovely shade of pink too! 

Overall I don’t think I’ll be re-purchasing this bath bomb. Not terribly fond of the smell, the mucus flower or the pink stain it left on my bath tub.

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Review: Lush Floating Island

This one kind of looks a bit like a cheese doesn’t it? Thankfully it doesn’t smell like one (could you imagine?) but it was funny how many of you though I was going to do a blog post on cheese when I posted a picture of this on my Instagram. 

“Ride the tide of skin softening surf to arrive at your very own floating island”

Unlike some bath bombs which at times could easily be cannon balls in disguise these are so easy to cut! Like a mixture of cheese and short bread type consistency (great…now I really fancy eating some shortbread). As you can see in the picture above there was a slight amount of glitter on these but I think it had rubbed off from an other product in the shop.

As usual I cut this one up and only really used about a fourth per bath. This product isn’t really meant to be a bath bomb so don’t expect a tone of bubbles, even if you hold it right under the tap you only get a few weak bubbles, it’s more of a skin softener and bath melt.

Basics:

  • £3.85
  • Vegan 
  • Cruelty Free 
  • Preservative Free

The thing I loved about this one is the smell and how amazingly soft your skin feels. The smell isn’t over-powering like most Lush products have a reputation of being, a soft warm smell of cocoa butter and vanilla. It turns the bath water a milky colour when you put it the water, made me feel a little like Cleopatra haha!  If you used the whole thing at once it would take a fair while to dissolve.

One thing to point out, be careful when you get out of the bath with this one. Makes the bath slippery as anything! If you’re a bubble bath manic I think you’ll find this one quite disappointing. But it you want something which smells warm and cosy while leaving your skin soft and moisturised then you might want to give this one a try.

You can get this online or in a local Lush

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Review: Lush Dream Cream

I should have written a review on this one ages ago but for some reason I kept forgetting about it even though it’s an essential on my skin-care routine. Though it’s described as a hand and body lotion I also use it on my face from time to time.

“A soothing and cooling cream that is designed to go on even the most sensitive and easily upset skins”

I still use my Enzymion face cream everyday but in the winter I sometimes need a heavier cream to protect my skin so I use this one probably every other day on my cheeks, corner of my eyes and forehead where my skin needs a little more protection.

I had been using the Manuka Honey Rescue cream for my winter cream but since I’ve finished that one this one has replaced it as a firm favorite. Oh and it’s fantastic for calming down razor burns!

Basics:

  • £10.95
  • 240g
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan

It’s not the most affordable of the Lush creams but I love it! It comes in a HUGE pot and I’m nowhere near half way through it and I’ve had it for about 4 months now. That’s party because I’m a bit of a miser with my application but it really is a decent amount of product too.

When I get really stressed my skin gets what I suppose is a bit of a mild form of eczema all over my cheeks and my face puffs up like a balloon, get’s SO itch and red (not a nice image I know) but stress really messes me up! Especially my skin. When that happens this and Embryolisse is so far the only thing I have found that I can put on my skin and calm it down.

Product tip: If you don’t exfoliate this product wont sink in and will just sit on the surface of your skin

It does contain Methylparaben and Propylparaben which is disappointing. But considering it contains oat milk which spoils very easily I can understand why they would include them, otherwise the cream would go off in a week and for £10 a pot you don’t really want it to spoil before you can finish it. 

The smell of this is very…oaty. You will either like it or hate it. The texture is creamy/oily, at first it can feel a bit heavy and then after a minute or two it sinks into your skin leaving it feeling moisturised and plump.

One thing I will say is make sure you’re not allergic to any of the essential oils in this product if you’re getting this for easily irritated eczma prone skin. Some people like myself are fine with it, but for others it can cause a nasty reaction.

You can get this in a Lush store or online

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Review: Lush Avobath Bath Bomb

I think out of all the Lush bath bombs I’ve tried this is one of my favorites, I’ve probably already bought around 3 of these, possibly four if you include this one. The main reason I like this one so much is the smell. A citrus and lemongrass smell with avocado and olive oil to moisturise.

“Use this when your skin is thirsty and your mind is blocked”

It’s not the most spectacular of the Lush bath bombs, its not really a bubble bath (if you hold it right under the tap it will bubble slightly) and it has a miniscule amount of faint shimmer (which for me is a good thing). It’s essentially a scented bath softener with slight moisturising properties which smells amazing and calms you right down.

I don’t know if Lush have been making their Lush bath bombs tougher but this one was like trying to break a cannon ball! Took me ages to break it into pieces (I like to use about a fourth in each bath). After you’ve used this in the bath the smell probably stays on your skin for an hour or two which is slightly disappointing, but when you’re actually having the bath it smells so amazing!

Basics:

  •  £3.20
  • Cruelty-Free
  • Vegan 
  • Handmade
Bellow you can see what the water looks like with just half the bath bomb. Like I said, not the most exciting bath bomb of all time, but if you’re just looking for something which relaxes you and moderately moisturises your skin then I highly suggest you give this one a shot!

My favorite way to use this?  A few candles, some nice music (possibly a drink of hot chocolate on the side) and this…perfect!

You can get this online or at a local lush store.

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My Skincare Favorites: Breath of Fresh Air

It’s quite funny that before trying this product I’ve always thought that toners were a bit of a con, when I first started getting into skin care a few years ago the first toner I tried out dried my skin out something chronic.

I don’t know what on earth possessed me to buy this a few months ago, but since then I’ve gotten through the first one and re-purchased a second one. Absolutely love it!

I had tried the tea tree toner on a whim before this one (was the last few months of uni at the time and I have to admit, I bought quite a few impulse buys just as a bad form of stress relief). Ended up really kicking myself for that one since it was the same price as this one and was pretty much just water and tea tree which is easy enough to make yourself (and cheaper!).

Basics:

  • Cruelty Free
  • Vegan
  • 150 grams = £3.95
  • 250 grams =£7.25
This one however has a lot more ingredients and I’ve noticed that my skin really loves anything with seaweed in it. While I wouldn’t call this a “nessasary” item in my skin care routine (to be honest you don’t really “need” more than a moisturiser, cleanser, exfoliator and sunscreen) but it’s just one of those products that I absolutely love! It leaves the skin feeling so fresh, clean and ‘balanced’ if that makes any sense.

I tend to use this when ever my skin just needs a pick me up. In the summer for example I like to put it in a little spray bottle and carry it around in my bag to spray on my face when I’m feeling a bit hot and bothered. I also tend to use it in the morning instead of washing my face.

“The sea breeze captured in a bottle”

My skin does NOT like heavy water or fouride, dries my skin out like CRAZY, so in the morning I tend to spray my face with this and clean my skin with a cotton bud to get rid of any muck which has settled on my skin overnight.

One thing I do love it for is traveling, especially on airplanes! Obviously you can’t bring a full sized bottle with you on the plane, I de-pot mine into one of those little spray travel bottles, it really helps your skin feel perky and alive, especially on long haul flights or anywhere with heavy air conditioning.

The 250 grams bottle lasts me roughly 6 months, so while it is quite pricy it does last a while before you have to (or want to) re-purchase.

The bottle itself is one thing I don’t like. Unless I’m just unlucky every single one I have tried could easily be used as a water gun, no fine mist just a shot of water shooting at your face. So what I do is pour half of this (well…more like a quater) into a spray bottle from Superdrug and use that instead.

You can get this HERE 

Review: Lush Dark Angels

And another Lush review! I got a sample for this one around the same as I got the Lush Herbalism cleanser and after using the tester up I liked it enough to get the full sized product.

It’s described as a facial cleanser but to be honest I think it’s more of a face scrub. There is no way I’d use this daily,however it is absolutely perfect for a face scrub.

“Rhassoul mud, charcoal and black sugar combine to create a very absorbent and exfoliating cleanser”

I’ve noticed that depending on the pot you buy some have a topping of black sugar lying on the top, and some have the black sugar evenly mixed in the product. If you get one with a topping grind that up and mix it back into the product or you might find that it is a bit on the face shredding side of a scrub.

This, like a lot of Lush products, isn’t the neatest product to use. It’s much more suited to using in the shower than over the skin because of the mess it leaves behind, but so long as you don’t mind giving the sink a quick wipe after using it’s not too bad.

Basics:

  • 100g
  • £6.25
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-Free

The first time I used this I got a whole load of spots along my cheeks, but since I’d been able to feel those spots under my skin for a good few weeks previously I was pretty sure it was just Dark Angels bringing all the rubbish to the surface. After a few weeks my skin had cleared up and the spots were gone.

I really like using this one as a face mask too. The charcoal in this product I’ve found is fantastic for reducing my blackheads and ensuring that no dirt gets to creep into my skin. One strange thing that happens with this product I’ve noticed is that it tends to cling to dead skin cells or dry skin.

“We invented this as an alternative to Angels on Bare Skin for people with oilier skins”

If my skin is very dehydrated Dark Angels leaves a dark grey stain on the skin, and if there’s an area where I haven’t scrubbed off the dead skin the charcoal sticks to it.

I suppose that’s a good thing if you want to make sure that you haven’t missed any areas on your face but if you have dry skin you might want to give this product a wide berth.

As much as this is fantastic for keeping my skin clear I wouldn’t recommend this for someone who has severe breakouts as it would just irritate the heck out of your skin. This is the kind of face scrub you would use if your skin is in pretty good condition, maybe one or two break outs, and you have oily skin to normal skin.

You can get this at a Lush store or online.

Review: Lush The Comforter Bubble Bar

If it looks like a marshmallow and smells like a marshmallow it’s a…Lush Bath bomb?

To be more accurate this smells (strongly) of sweets and looks like pink and white cotton candy got scrambled. Have to admit even though I’m not fond of things that smell like sweets I do really like this one, especially in the winter when it’s cold, maybe feeling a bit down, this just brings my mood right back up.

If you’re using this and you really want LOTS of bubbles the trick is to hold it right under the tap (don’t crumble it let it dissolve in the water) and you’ll get a bubble bath fluff matchine (as the last picture will demonstrate).

Basics:

  • Vegan
  • Cruelty Free
  • £4.25

I would describe the smell as sweets and berries, but sweet in a warm comforting way rather than a sticky ugh way, another thing to note is you do NOT need to use the whole thing in one go.

What I do is break it into four pieces so that I use it up more slowly, and providing you hold it under the tap while you’re filling the Bath you still get loads of bubbles.

Oh and did I mention it turns the bath pink? And no, your skin wont be stained pink after using it, (lol that would be a sight), like a fake tan that decided to go for the sunburnt look over the oopaloopa look.

“We wanted a bath that gave the same sense of safety and calm that your favourite teddy, your comfort blanket or a snuggly scarf gives”

This is one of my favorite bath bombs, I do kind of wish it was round so that I could fit it in the storage tube Lush sell, but then again the round bath bombs are a NIGHTMARE to break up into four pieces.

I think my neighbors think I have anger issues from when I’ve had to wrap up the regular bath bombs in a towel and whack it on the floor to break it into pieces.

I think the day a piece shot out of the towel and re-bounded into my eye (I’m a loud screamer) didn’t help.

Missile bath bomb fragments aside I love, love this one. One of my favorites for just forgetting my problems for an hour, relaxing music, hot bath and a hot chocolate…bliss!

 If you liked the look of this one you can get it at your local Lush or online HERE.

Review: Each Peach Massage Bar

After having finished my second bar of this recently I figured I really should do a review on this gorgeous little bar, it smells so nice (but unlike the name suggests it smells nothing remotely like Peaches).

“With this massage bar, we have combined cocoa butter, shea butter, avocado butter and mango kernal butter”

I really should have a tag devoted to all things which smell nice, I’m such a sucker for things which smell nice (and scents strong enough for me to be able to smell in the first place).

Because these are hand made in batches some of these vary in colour as you can see above. Ooooh and just in case you didn’t know Lush have started uploading videos on You Tube showing how they make their products which are so fun to watch.

Basics:

  • £5.50
  • 65g
  • Hand made
  • Vega/Cruelty-free
  • Long lasting

The tin isn’t entirely necessary but is quite handy to keep this quick-melting bar in unless you keep it in the fridge.

These bars really do last an age. I haven’t compared properly to see if a solid bar last longer than a tub of moisturizer but I’m pretty sure it would.

“The fruit oils give a lovely lighthearted fragrance that smells of summer and sun”

The minute you have it in your hand it starts to melt on your skin pretty quickly and can slip around a bit like a wet soap bar but isn’t too difficult to use. The oils in it will take a bit of time to sink into your skin though.

If you’ve applied this all over your skin after the bath/shower it seems to take less time for your skin to absorb it. But if you apply it strait to your skin in then you are going to have to give it a while (and I do mean a while) to sink in or you will stick to your clothes.

Tip: Keep this out of the sun (or in the fridge) unless you want a scented puddle.

If you’re not applying this right after a shower of bath I’d recommend you keep to applying just in areas that clothes won’t cover. Some people will hate it for that reason but I love it. Especially in the winter if I’m wearing a short skirt I love applying it on my legs and hands to protect them from the cold (and smell lovely).

The smell lasts for ages! It’s a bit like the Lush R&B Hair Moisturiser in the sense that people will think you’re wearing perfume, that’s how strong the smell it.

Ooooh and before I forget, one thing I love to do is rub this product all over my hands and then run it through the ends of my hair. It keeps my hair moisturized and you get this lovely summery whiff of lime/lemon, .

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

Review: Face Front Loose Pigments

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When it comes to Face Front’s makeup their pigments really are their strong point. I’m a fan of their blushes and I think they can count me a fan of their loose pigments now too.

Basics:

  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • 5g
  • $11.50 0r £8

The texture of these remind me quite a bit of the Barry M Dazzle dusts, a loose but highly pigmented bundle of powder.

  • Bitter Dark: This colour and Feeling Deep are almost the same. The only difference between this colour and feeling deep is feeling deep has more sparkle and is a slightly more red toned.
  • Bold Gold: A slightly opaque pigment but easy enough to layer if you want more coverage. Would be beautiful for a spring bridal look.
  • Aqua Marina: Pretty much the loose pigment of Unknown Planet, slightly sheer but layerable (if that’s a word?)
  • Feeling Deep: The glittery flamboyant cousin of Bitter Dark, the glitter does have a tendancy to just blow away which isn’t very good.

  • Fierce Contender: This colour is just begging me to use it in an Indian bridal look! So shiny! (magpie instincts kicking in).
  • Butter Me Up: So similar to a Dazzle Dust by Barry, can’t remember the name off the top of my head, but it’s a lovely coppery gold colour.
  • Sea Salt: Also very similar to a Barry Dazzle Dust in Blue Iridescent, just every slightly finer than Blue Iridescent.

(All swatches were done with one swipe and without primer)

I really loved these loose pigments, I’m my mind they are comparable to the Barry M Dazzle Dusts and you all know how highly I rate those!

One negative is I’m not too fond of the packaging as with a dispenser like that the product has a tendency to get extremely messy, I might just remove the top all together.

If you liked the look of these you can purchase them here from the Face Front website here.

Or if you’re from the UK you can purchase them here.

Do you prefer loose pigments or pressed eye shadows?