Lush Angels on Bare Skin Review

It’s not often that you’ll find me willing to pop into a Lush store… All those strong smells holed up in one place –  It’s enough to make me sneeze and sniffle for a good fifteen minutes. Yup, that’s exactly what it does to me if ever I pop in. Which I think, has actually been a grand total of two times.

I know a lot of people absolutely love Lush and it seems to be a bloggers dream, from what I’m reading and watching everywhere at the moment. There are literally tons of Lush hauls going down online! I have to admit it’s just not my thing. What’s with all those oddly shaped massive bath things and where the heck does one store them?!  I can’t actually comment on how good they make your soak in the tub, but I just don’t think I can squish any more into my tiny bathroom cabinet. You get me?

A few weeks ago I decided to step across the threshold of their Chelsea store to pick up a tub of Angels On Bare Skin cleanser. I’d read quite a few good reviews, so thought I’d give it a go and report back.

Before my purchase, I did the usual Google search and found a rather comical review on the Paula’s Choice website…

‘Angels on Bare Skin contains lavender and rose oils, and is not recommended. This recipe claims to be from the Middle Ages, which to our way of thinking is not a positive selling point! Back in those days, life expectancy was drastically short and bloodletting was the pinnacle of medicine!’

And it continues…

‘A gentle facial cleanser for all skin types, made to an authentic recipe from the Middle Ages for the use of anyone with a romantic disposition and a wish to be carried off by a knight in shining armor. The ground almonds exfoliate gently; rose and lavender calm and soothe.’

Amazing! However, as funny as the review was, I decided not to trust them 100% as I’ve tried Paula’s Choice products in the past and they have done the complete opposite of what they said they should. Tut. Tut. Naughty Paula!

Angels on Bare Skin

Back to the Angels On Bare Skin cleanser. Well, it’s quite nice, but not really a mind blowing product for me. First of all, it’s a little messy – You need to work it up into a lather in the palm of your hand, but there seems to be a knack and when I’m in a hurry, it’s not the easiest of things to do without leaving slight lumps, which I find drag on the skin just a tad. It also has a short shelf life of three months, which is both good and bad. Good because it means it really is full of natural ingredients, but bad because I never use anything up that quickly. I’m on the case with this one though, so as not to waste the £6.75 for the 100g tub. I’d definitely like to see this come in a few pounds cheaper, but what can you do?!

I find Angels On Bare Skin is best used in the morning as you wouldn’t really use this to effectively remove make-up. It does however, leave your skin feeling soft and doesn’t dry it out if you use it daily… Well, it hasn’t done that to my normal/dry skin as yet. It does feel quite calming on the skin, but I think there are better products out there for the price (one of which I’ll be reviewing very soon, #tease).

Whilst writing this post I had a brainwave and realised that I could be using this on the tops of my arms, which often get a little bumpy in the winter months. The lavender, rose and chamomile scent isn’t too offensive, and I think I’d much rather give it a go in the shower rather than have to clean up all the wasted product in the sink every morning! I’ll let you know how I get on.

Overall, it’s a nice enough product, which is pretty messy to apply and comes in at a price which is little more than I think it’s worth. some folk might love it, but I don’t think it’s for me and I probably won’t purchase another… Next please.

Lush angels on Bare Skin

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Colour Crush Lipsticks from The Body Shop

Some stores seem to continually have sales and money-off codes – I’m certainly not complaining, but it would be a whole lot easier for us all the prices were just consistently lower, instead of all this faffing about with promo codes, wouldn’t it? We all love what seems to be a bargain, don’t we? Since I signed up to The Body Shop mailing list over Christmas, I’ve had nothing but emails offering ‘40% off for this week only’ and ‘up to 50% off’ and so on – I’ve never really shopped in the store for make- up before (no reason other than I just haven’t got around to it with so many other products on offer), however last week, I got sucked in and purchased four (yes four) of their Colour Crush lipsticks.

I have to admit that I’ve been pretty rubbish at choosing the perfect lip colour to suits me. I tend to go for all the brights that I like the look of, buy them and then have to mix up different colours so they look good with my skin tone. I just can’t help myself when I see a colour that I like, even if it may not be the best one for me, it will definitely look good on my dressing table! Gah! I wish I was one of those people who suits everything. *sobs*

I’ve seen bloggers galore gushing over the Body Shop Colour Crush lipsticks, so decided I may as well finally give them a go and armed with a 40% off promo code I decided to top off my collection with a nice little selection of both the Colour Crush and Colour Crush Shine. After trialing them all, I have to say they are pretty good. They are very moisturising and there is a great selection of colours. The Colour Crush Shine is designed to be sheer wash of colour on the lip, and the other Colour Crush lipsticks really packs a punch, with some attractive bold brights.

As someone who suffers with dry lips, these are a great option. They apply smoothly and I much prefer them to the Rimmel Kate lipsticks, which really aren’t sitting well on my lips at all. The staying power is pretty average – I’m yet to try something that doesn’t need reapplying on a night out – but they do leave a nice stain on the lips, which will see you though to the next application. After testing these out I’m keen to try out more of the Body Shop’s make up selection, but I’ve still got a lot to get through before I shop there again and I’m still to find a lipstick that I swear by…

Colour Crush Lipsticks from The Body Shop

Colour Crush Magenta de Rouge

Colour Crush Shine Lipsticks – 14 Magenta de Rouge and 15 Fuchsia Flirt

Body Shop 105 Coral Cutie

110 ‘Coral Blush and 101 ‘Red Siren’

Colour Crush Lipsticks Swatches

Swatches from left to right…
110 Coral Blush, 101 Red Siren, 14 Magenta de Rouge and 15 Fuchsia Flirt.

I’m not sure how long the Body Shop sale will last for, but head HERE to see if it is still running.

Have you got a favourite lipstick I should be testing out?

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

I’ve been left with a very swollen face since I had my tooth implant last Friday and it has only just started to die down today. Oddly, as soon as it puffed up, I lost all redness and my skin was clear for the first time in ages, but alas, as it slowly deflates it’s all coming back. What’s the heck is that all about?! About a month before my appointment, I decided to slightly change my skin care routine in a bid to try and fight for my right to a good complexion, and one of the products I tested out was the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads (quite a mouthful eh!).

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads are designed to brighten, tone and exfoliate the skin. There are 60 pads in a pot and each is saturated with what seem to me like quite low levels of lactic and glycolic acids; cucumber and Indian gooseberry (for toning) as well as lemon peel and licorice root (for brightening). They contain no parabens, harsh chemicals or colourants and are said to improve skin clarity, reduce visible pores and diminish the appearance of fine lines. Marvellous!

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

After trying these out for about three weeks, I did feel that there was an improvement in the redness of my skin, and overall they seemed to have a calming effect when used on a daily basis. They were also very softening. For one of the trial weeks, I used them twice a day and things looked even better again. My skin looked a little brighter and the pads were a refreshing boost to my morning routine. I didn’t however notice any improvement to my pores and when it comes to fine lines… I have absolutely no idea! Who can tell these things in such a short time, without using a microscope?!

Would I buy them again? Hmm, I’m not sure actually. They come in at around £20 a pop and if you use them twice a day that’s a monthly installment that could be used more effectivly elsewhere. I feel that they are worth a try if not only for the refreshing feel they give after cleansing, however I do wonder if they would have as many benefits for those that are used to more abrasive products on their skin. Saying that, I did wipe one on my fiancee’s face one day and he said it stung a little. He’s a bit of a weed don’t you know! I might just find myself adding it to my basket again, but probably as an ‘every now and then’ option. I still swear by my dermalogica daily microfoliant and like to use that as often as possible – so far that’s been my favourite form of exfoliation.

If I’m totally honest the thing that has given my skin the best boost has been my daily kale and cucumber juice, but I really really can’t hack it every day. So, on with my quest to find a full skin routine that suits me best…

Have you tried the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads? What do you think?

Escentual French Pharmacy Brand Haul

Whenever we go to France, I spend quite a lot of my time trying to sneak into the pharmacies, to see if I can stock up on any new skincare products. I generally have a very small window of time to do this before Alex starts huffing and puffing and it’s always a bit of a mission because 1) I don’t speak the language well enough to know what exactly I’m actually looking at and 2) I’m always wondering if it would be cheaper to purchase it online in the UK.

Since we last went to Paris I’ve become a lot more aware of the popular French skincare brands, which means things should be a bit quicker and easier when we head there again this Summer. Alex will be pleased! However, if I’m totally honest, I feel like nothing seems to be working for me at the moment – even those recommended and raved-about products that every other blogger seems to swear by. I mean, I’m in my mid-thirties and my skin is definitely worse than it has ever been. What’s that about? Sad times.

When I was on a mission to change my routine the other week, I decided to head over to Escentual, as they have had up to a third off French Pharmacy brands throughout the the whole of March. I managed to fill up my basket pretty quickly (never a problem) and soon after checkout, this little lot was delivered to my door…

French Pharmacy Brands

Klorane Nettle Shampoo

I got into a nasty habit of washing my hair daily quite a long time ago and I’m not quite sure how it happened, but now many years down the line my hair gets greasy after 24 hours and near impossible to ignore if I’m heading out. Since I’ve been working from home I’ve reduced the washes to as few as I can, but it’s still not great. The  Klorane Nettle Shampoo is aimed at oil control, so I’m going to give it a shot and see if there are any improvements.

Unfortunately, it does contain Sodium laureth sulfate, which is something I’ve been trying to avoid, but I might rotate this with other shampoos and hope for the best. I’m thinking that maybe it contains a little less SLS, as it doesn’t seem to foam as easily as a lot of other shampoos I’ve used in the past… Can’t be sure though. No science expert here!

Avene Cold Cream

The Avene Cold Cream is a fair bit lighter to apply than the La Roche-Posay Lipikar Lait that I’ve been using for the winter months. It seems to have good reviews, and the large bottles always last quite some time. One thing that has annoyed me with the consistency of the Lipikar Lait is that I can’t actually get any out via the pump (due to the thicker consistency) now it is running low. I think I’m going to try and transfer it to a smaller pot and use it as my travel cream and stick with the Avene for daily use.

The Cicaplast hand cream is absolutely amazing and I’ll definitely be gifting a few of theses sometime soon. Not much else to say about that really… As good as hand cream gets!

Caudalie

I definitely only bought the La Roche-Posay Thermal Water because it was a cute mini can and was only a few pounds. I’m not convinced I really need it, but if we get a heatwave sometime soon then I’m sure I’ll be more than happy that I’ve got it!

I’ve been tempted to try the Caudalie Beauty Elixir quite a few times, but never quite made the purchase due to it’s hefty price tag. Not being something that I class as ‘essential skincare’, I decided to leave it until now. Anyway, I snuck this one into my order and will give it go to see how I get on with it. It does smell lovely and fresh and claims to boosts radiance, minimizes pore size as well as set make-up – All of which I need help with!

Vichy Dermablend

Annoyingly, all of the products that I invested a little more money in have ran out all at once. I’ve absolutely loved using my Clarins Multi-Active Night Youth Recovery Cream, but didn’t really want to spend as much on my night cream this time round. I thought I’d test out the  La Roche-Posay’s Nutritic Intense Riche, and at £11 for 50ml it has definitely been worth the change. I wouldn’t say it’s as good as the Clarins, but at this price point I’d say it’s worth the purchase.

I decided to buy Vichy’s Dermablend Setting Powder for use in the warmer months. The reviews for this are good and I actually quite liked it the way it sat on my skin when I used it for the first time last weekend. I’m looking forward to testing it out more when my skin has decided to repair itself.

Nuxe Lip Balm

Yup, another lip balm to add to my collection!  This Nuxe balm is a greatly talked-about product amongst bloggers. I don’t know if I would have ever got round to paying full price for this because I’ve still got a ton of balms to get through, but I’m not one to miss out on a good offer! It’s a nice balm – smells more like lemon than honey, but is nourishing and I like the little pot. Sold!

Do you have any French Pharmacy favourites / recommendations? I’d love to hear them.

Dry Lip Saviours

I’m not quite sure how it  happened, but I seem to have accumulated quite an array of lip care products. Last weekend, I was having a little clear out of my dressing table and just kept pulling out one after the other… Where are those dry lip saviours when you actually need them, eh? Not in my bag, that’s for sure!

Unfortunately, I often suffer from dry cracked lips, even though I drink a lot of water and try very hard to keep out of the winter wind. For many years, I have just used the original Vaseline tin, but somewhere along the way my collection seems to have been growing from one tin to all of this… and there are definitely more floating about somewhere in this house.

Dry Lip Saviours

My most recent purchases were two Maybelline Baby Lip Balm Repair sticks. I’m currently using them daily as I work from home and they just add a bit of glam to my day face. I tend not to wear make-up unless i leave the house, so it’s great to add a  little lip colour to brighten things up. They provide nice sheer colour that you can build on, which isn’t greatly long lasting, but make my lips feel soft and hydrated for a lot longer. They smell amazing and are just £2.99 – Often on offer in both Boots and Superdrug.

Maybelline Baby Lip Balm

Who hasn’t had one of these Vaseline tins at one point or another… I’m not so keen on the smell of the Pink Bubbly and I don’t think I’d buy it again. However, I love the Paint The Town red lip tint. It’s great for using when I’m working outside on the club door, as there’s never enough time to whip out a mirror and apply more lipstick (yes, I need a mirror for lipstick application). I use the original on my elbows, face and hands as well, which is certainly not something you want to do with the tint!

Vaseline

I’m in two minds about the Ren Vita Mineral Lip Balm. On one hand it’s a great balm – very thick and long lasting on the lips – but then there is the hefty £9 price tag to consider. I guess it’s larger than some other balms and will last longer, but it’s always hard to part with that amount of money when other cheaper products have the same effects. I love the tube and for some reason I find myself applying it more often when it’s in my bag because it feels really great. Not the best tactic for something so expensive.

Ren Vita Mineral Lip Balm

Finally, not much to say about these two really, other than I keep them by my bed and they are my absolute best solutions for chapped lips. Best used overnight for lovely soft morning lips.

Lip Saviours

What products do you love to keep your lips feeling in tip-top condition?