A Shopping Trip with Mumma Toasty

Friday, 18 April 2014

I'm back in England for Easter and currently enjoying all my home comforts, not to mention making the most of being able to spend time with my family and friends here. Something my mum and I love to do together is go shopping, so I thought I'd show you what I bought on our trip. She's the perfect shopping partner because she's not afraid to say what looks good and what looks absolutely terrible!

Shopping Trip

I thought it was about time to see whether double cleansing worked for me, plus I've been wanting to try a facial oil for a while. I haven't read a single bad thing about the Super Facialist range so I have high hopes.

My t-zone has been really clogged lately, and I wanted something that would help to sort it out. My beloved tea tree oil is still brilliant for drying out spots, as is toothpaste in an emergency, but I also have a few blackheads on my nose and chin. Yummy. I'm hoping that regular use of this mask will help to keep my pores clear and any blemishes at bay.

This was recommended to me as a good brush for applying bronzer as well as blusher, and I'm loving it so far 
 it's a great size and shape. In last week's #bbloggers chat I asked what other brushes by Real Techniques you'd recommend, and several people suggested the Setting Brush and the Expert Face Brush, so they are now on my wishlist.

Blue Bag

Royal Blue Bag, £20, Next
I was very kindly given a Next gift card for my birthday and picked up this lovely bag. I wasn't looking for one, but the colour caught my eye and despite the compact size it's surprisingly spacious inside.

I love my black everyday bag but sometimes it's just a bit too big  this is perfect for days when I need something smaller and as I wear a lot of black and grey it'll provide a lovely pop of colour (excuse the cliche!)

What have you been buying lately? Is there anything on your wishlist?

Liz Earle Vanilla & Saffron Silky Body Lotion

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Getting a Liz Earle order through the post makes my day, since they're always beautifully wrapped and come with a free sample. On this occasion I got a little sachet of Vanilla & Saffron Silky Body Lotion to try, so I thought I'd share my thoughts with you.

Liz Earle Vanilla & Saffron Silky Body Lotion

Vanilla products can often be a little too sweet but luckily the saffron in this balances the vanilla perfectly, creating a scent that is soft and comforting.

The texture is thicker than your average lotion but not as thick as a body butter, meaning that it sinks in quickly while still feeling luxurious.

My kin was left feeling hydrated and the scent lingered for hours and hours  but it was subtle rather than overpowering.

In spring and summer I like my body lotions to be fresh but I can see myself stocking up on this over winter for the days when I need to treat myself.

Liz Earle Vanilla & Saffron Body Lotion costs £14.50 for 250ml.

Lush Blousey Banana Shampoo

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

The hunt for a good shampoo has begun again. I had my hopes up when I tried Naked's Mild Shampoo. It was good at first, but after a few weeks of use I started to notice a burning sensation on my scalp after I washed it. I stopped using it and the burning disappeared, so I guess it won't be my holy grail after all!

I decided to abandon the aisles of Boots and Superdrug and popped into Lush's Cardiff store. The staff in there are always so lovely, and the woman who served me (I don't know her name but she was really helpful) sat me down and asked what my hair was like and what I wanted from a shampoo.

She brought out some samples of several products she thought might suit me and I tried them against my skin to see if they caused a reaction (only one did). There were a couple of solid shampoo bars (Soak and Float and Trichomania), a bottle of Fairly Traded Honey (which did not agree with me) and a pot of Blousey.

LUSH Blousey Banana Shampoo

The one I liked the most was Blousey (v), so of course it had to be the most expensive one. I nearly fell off my chair when I was told it costs £18 for a 240g pot! However, because it's quite rich you only need a tiny little bit each time, so it should last for ages, and by this point I was desperate to find something for my hair, so I bought it.

The main ingredient of Blousey is bananas but the mix of rosemary oil, juniper oil and spices that form part of the ingredients actually smell stronger. It doesn't look particularly appetizing but don't let that put you off! It has a lot of natural ingredients and is free from preservatives, but unlike some fresh products it doesn't need to be used up too quickly (mine doesn't expire until 2015).

LUSH Blousey Banana Shampoo

Unlike your average shampoo, Blousey doesn't lather, so I find that its best to apply it directly to your hair and then massage it into your scalp.

I'm really impressed with the difference it's made to my hair. Despite the lack of lather it washes out easily and leaves my roots feeling clean and silky. I've also noticed that I've had less frizz, which is probably because of how moisturising the shampoo is.

I have fine hair so I was worried it would weigh it down but as long as I don't use too much then my hair never looks lank or greasy, just happy and healthy. Finally!

Lush Blousey Banana Shampoo costs £18 for a 240g pot and is available instore and online here.

(v) = vegan
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