Lush french kiss bubble bar | Review

I don’t take baths very often as I’m more of a shower person however when I do I like to have something special as a treat. I had never used a bubble bar from Lush before but when I was last in Lush a couple weeks ago french kiss caught me eye. My favourite scent is lavender and french kiss contains lavender oil & lavender absolute to create a relaxing and calming surrounding so I was instantly attracted to it, french kiss also contains coconut oil for its moisturising properties and rosemary oil for relaxation. To use a bubble bar just crumble part of the bar under the running tap to create multitude of luxurious bubbles - the best thing is you can use bubble bars multiple times unlike bath bombs so £4.25 for 3-4 baths isn’t so bad.

What have you been loving from Lush recently?

~ Jade xx

Current favourites | #4

It's time for the fourth instalment of my current favourites posts - previous posts can be seen here, here, and here.

On days where I don’t have a lot of time to get ready or I really cannot be bothered with eyeshadow and liner I’ll reach for the Rimmel scandeleyes shadow paint in rich russet. This liquid eyeshadow lasts all day and is super quick and easy to apply. Just swipe across the lid and blend out the edges with your finger or a brush. Simple.

I love the matte Kate Moss lipsticks but had never tried the non-matte formula. I picked up the Kate Moss x Rimmel lipstick in shade 16 a few weeks ago and have been loving it. It’s a pinky-peachy colour which is perfect for spring/summer and the formula is non-drying and long lasting.

I cannot go without primer in my makeup routine and recently I’ve been using the Rimmel stay matte primer. It is a cream-like formula which creates a perfectly matte base for my foundation and helps keep my makeup in place and last all day.

I’ve been using the Neal’s yard frankincense hydrating cream* as my night cream recently - you can use it as a day cream but it’s too oily for my skin to use under makeup - and I’ve been loving it. It’s good for your skin as Neal’s yard use organic ingredients and the frankincense helps to rejuvenate tired and dull skin.

I’ve been dealing with very damaged hair recently from having ombré for nearly two years and bleaching every few months so I’ve been using the Moroccan oil light* to help soften the ends. I run two pumps through damp hair and it adds shine but also softens and improves the look of my split ends.

My current go to nail colours are the OPI nail lacquers in I just can’t cope-cabana* & Kiss me I’m Brazilian* from the new OPI Brazil collection. They’re a little different to what I would normally reach for as deep plums tend to be more my thing all year round but the bright yellow and bright pink are super summer-y and add some colour to my normal all-black everything wardrobe.

What have you been loving recently?

~ Jade xx

Maybelline superstay better skin foundation | Review

A while ago both Lucy and I were in the market for a new foundation. This offering from Maybelline was new to the high street at the time so we thought we’d both give it a try and review it as we have different skin types.

“Dull, blotchy, uneven skin? Visibly improves your skin every minute you're in it. Our first hydrating foundation with Actyl C and SPF 20. Flawless all-day coverage. The formula helps skin look more radiant, fresher and even, with all-day wear.”

Jade’s thoughts:

Starting with the positives this foundation really does last all day. I’ve found I need to powder about half way through my day but my makeup is still in one place at the end of day which never happens with my oily skin. Along with the longevity the wear of this foundation is great too as it wears evenly. So, I don’t get a oily t-zone and then the rest of my makeup looks the same which is what typically happens. This foundation also contains SPF 20 which makes it great not just for summer but year round as a daily foundation - just not for night time, the flashback is ridiculous! The price is also great at only £8.99.

However, I also have many problems with this foundation. The foundation itself is very thick for a liquid which makes it difficult to blend into the skin and can look heavy and mask-like even without powder. This I have a problem with as although I like to have a decent amount of coverage from my foundation I don’t like it to look like I’m wearing a lot of foundation. The colour range is very very limited. All the shades have pink undertones so if you have a tan or are olive skinned - like me - it’s really hard to find the right match. I’m also not a fan of the packaging as I think it looks quite cheap - despite being a high street product. My last point isn’t really a positive or a negative but the foundation claims to help improve your skin whilst you’re wearing it which isn’t something I’ve noticed over the month I’ve been wearing it. (I'm wearing this foundation in this FOTD post)

Lucy's thoughts:

I have very mixed feelings about this foundation. I love the look it gives my skin and the overall product is a winner in my eyes but it doesn’t suit my skin type, which is combination.
What I love about this foundation is the coverage it gives. It makes your skin look 'flawless'- as it suggests- and covers most of my imperfections without having to use a concealer. It doesn’t make my skin look cakey either - when I first put it on - and the colour is the best match I have found for my skin out of all of the foundations I have tried as it is light and quite pink-y toned.
However, I cannot powder to set this foundation in the morning when I put it on as it makes it look very cakey and heavy and does not look natural-or nice- what so ever. This is a pain as I have to take my powder and brush out with me in case I get shiny in the day, which I wouldn’t normally have to do.  My skin tends to get dry in between my eyebrows, my temples and sometimes around my chin, but I also get oily on my nose and around that area. I find that this foundation doesn't sit well on my dry patches and goes slightly patchy. So, I would definitely not recommend this foundation for people with dry skin as it has a matte finish. But it does last quite well on any oily patches I get.

As a solution to this issue I have been mixing this with my Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation as it's more sheer and slightly too dark for my skin, the combination of the two creates a perfect natural coverage and colour for me. 

What new products have you been trying?

~ Jade and Lucy xx

Photography information

Canon 600D with 18-55mm lens, Canon 24mm lens or Sigma 70-300mm lens. Canon EOS M with 18-55mm lens or Canon 24mm lens. Any edited photos are edited using Photoshop CS6. Picture source is given for any photo used that is not directly ours.