Sunday, 27 October 2013

Lush Soot Ball Bath Bomb

I didn't think I would ever write a negative lush review but this is probably the first of their products that I have really hated.
Starting on a positive note it does look really cute and it smells amazing! The scent is quite spicy which I love, if you want the technical description Lush say it is the "burnt caramel scent of tonka absolute and earthy sandalwood" I don't have a clue what that means but it really was lovely and it lingered on my skin for hours after.

And on to the less positive...

In their description Lush say " Don't worry, Soot ball won't turn your water black." Emm was it just mine?? My water was completely black with the occasional orange swirl in it, it wasn't exactly pleasant to sit in haha ( the white was from some bubble bath i chucked in alongside)!
Also usually with lush bath bombs you can drop them in the water and let them fizzle away themselves but this one just sat at the bottom of the water like something lurking at the bottom of a swamp; I ended up holding it under the tap to get it to break up, hence the above pictures.
A few minutes in to the bath i ended up pulling the plug to get rid of most of the black and refill it with clean water and bubble bath. The black water was just making me feel dirty, it may be appropriate for Halloween but I can't think of anyone who would enjoy washing in black water. I was also paranoid it was going to stain my skin after seeing the state it was making of my bath ( and floor and tiles seriously it got everywhere!). I ended up bleaching the bath out straight after just incase it was left permanently black not really providing a relaxing bath environment.
Unlike other lush bath products I didn't notice any difference to my skin afterwards although maybe I didn't leave it in the bath long enough! Usually I can't get over how nice and soft my skin feels but not with this.
At £2.50 I'm not heart broken about wasting money but I definitely wouldn't buy it again or recommend it!

Maybe it was just me, Has anyone else tried this??

Much Love,

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

October Dark Romance Glossybox

I'm rarely negative with my glossybox reviews but this box was just one big disappointment! After reading the title of Dark Romance I was really excited to tear into this expecting dark plums, deep reds and smokey eyes but really I'm not sure any of the products fit the theme this month and I've noticed in my past few boxes that the themes may as well not exist anymore because the relevance is minimal! With October being the Halloween month I feel they could have gone all out and made the box a little bit different but no such luck.

First up I got this MeMeMe cheek and lip tint which is probably the only relevant product in the box this month. I have mixed feelings towards this brand, I've received a few of their items in previous boxes and although they are okay I've never been overwhelmed with their quality. This retails for £5.50 and is pretty similar to Benefits Benetint except when I swatched it on my hand it seems a lot harder to blend. Usually I wouldn't have minded seeing this product in my box but I think this about the third or fourth cheek tint they have sent me and really I'm not a fan! I would much rather use a cream or powder blush than a tint and I find using them on the lips just makes them dry and clearly shows off any imperfections!

Next up was a sample of Katy Perrys new fragrance Killer Queen. I think by now we all know my feelings towards receiving perfume samples. Ugh. Surely no one likes seeing these in their box!? You can pick them up at perfume counters or in magazines I don't want to pay for one! That said I do really like this fragrance (even if I had already smelled it in boots!) and will use it up, the whole two squirts that's in it anyway. The full size retails for £29.50 and comes quite a nice looking bottle.

Thirdly I picked out this Monu Illuminating Primer. I really like this brand and I love primers (weird statement but i do) so I was quite happy with this. The only downside is that it is illuminating and I prefer a matte look in the winter but I suppose that's personal preference and they can't please everyone! I will definitely use this up at some point though.

So this next sample pissed me off a wee bit Sachets? really. I can't believe they put sachets and a perfume vial in the same box. Its an illuminating bronzing product and although I will probably try this out it just feels like something that would come free in a magazine. Maybe I will love this and regret moaning about it but so far I'm not impressed. It also gives medium bronzing to the skin which makes me a little nervous as I'm so fair skinned that it could look ridiculously too dark for me. It retails for £29.95 available from the Vita Liberata website.

Last up is this Multi Vit Smoothie Serum from Premae. I know some may think of this as a sin but serum isn't really part of my current skincare routine. I don't know why it's just a step I always skip but I will definitely try and remember to add this before moisturising to give it a go. It also says you can mix this with foundation to create a BB cream and I love that it is all natural and cruelty free. Overall this is probably the highlight of my box but I can't help feel a little downhearted with the box in general.

Was anyone else majorly disappointed with this months box or am I on my own here?
Hopefully Glossybox step up their game next month because I'm really looking forward to the Christmas box after loving them in the past!

Much Love,

Monday, 14 October 2013

October Wishlist

October Wishlist

Being at uni is torturous for me its far too close to the shops meaning pretty much every day I'm wandering around using all my will power not to plunge into the depths of my overdraft. Today was not one of my finer days I went to Zara with the intention of buying a beautiful coat I have been eyeing up for about a week now and it was completely sold out and its nowhere to be seen on their website! Heartbroken, I instead bought a jacket in Topshop and then a coat in Primark to try and ease the pain. I think i need professional help, i have a shopping problem. I have now vowed I won't buy myself another single item of clothing until after I have completed my Christmas shopping so if you see any haul posts or tweets feel free to slap me, i must be strong!
That said if I wasn't on this spending ban here's what I would be after:

1) Black Pug Socks
River Island
If an exception to the ban was to be made it would be for these! Pugs and socks whats not to love!? I think i would be willing to sacrifice lunch one day to pick these up...

2) Black Leather Zip Boots
I've been after a pair of boots like these for ages now! There are similar ones in all the shops right now but i love the zip detailing on these so prettttyy!

3) Mix Tunic Dress
I've seen this dress popping up on a lot of outfit posts recently and for good reason its so perfect! I love the mix of prints and the burnt red colour of this its perfect to layer up for the Autumn weather.

4) Polka Dot Dress
I just thought this would be so easy to fling on for uni with tights and a cardi and still look well put together. Also I'm a bit obsessed with the monochrome look right now so the pattern of this drew me in straight away!

5) Purple Paisley Jumper
£35 (28 for ten days only!)
I love the colour and the print of this jumper so much! The weather right now just makes me want to be warm and cosy so I badly want this in my wardrobe!

6) Quilted Jumper
Topshop call this peach but i would definitely say it was baby pink! This would be so comfy yet stylish to just chuck on with leggings or for a more put together look over a collared shirt  and skater skirt. I'm already visualizing wearing this even though i may have to accept it can never be mine!

7) Grey Leggings
River Island
I've never actually owned grey leggings and i just loved the speckled pattern on these and the leather side details they would be so versatile!

8) High Waisted Treggings
Sticking with a black/grey theme today it seems. These would look so nice as a statement piece with just a plain black or white tee and for £28 in Topshop I think that's quite a reasonable price!

I'm only just realising there was a lot of Topshop in this wishlist so apologies but I really do love them haha!
What's on everyone elses wishlists this month?
 Feel free to leave links below and I will check them out

Much Love xx

Saturday, 12 October 2013

FABB Glasgow

The amazing freebies we got at FABB!
Last Saturday I went to my first ever Bloggers event and I'm so happy I did! FABB events (Fashion And Beauty Bloggers) is organised by two bloggers Tor (That's Peachy) and Ray (Who is She) who did an absolutely amazing job of putting the whole thing together, if there is one near you I fully recommend going! 

I was so nervous about heading to the event alone but after some twitter stalking ( that sounds a lot more creepy than i wanted it to) I managed to meet up with a group of girls in central station, who were all really lovely, and we headed to the event at Fanneli's Italian Restaurant in Merchant Square together.

When we got there we were greeted by Ray & Tor and given an amazing goodie bag full of products to try out! As if that wasn't enough pretty much every company we talked to on the day handed out some freebies too! By the end I felt like a crazy bag lady lugging everything back home, not that i'm complaining!

The brands there on the day included: Mallzee, Cocoa Brown, Tropic Skincare, Crystal Clear, Lush, Appointedd, The Pokey hat and The Beauty Kitchen. There was also a digital guest book and Tammy from DIY nails was there doing amazing job on several bloggers eager to have their nails done!
The brands representatives were all so friendly and it was great to discover companies I had never heard of before especially The beauty kitchen which is an 100% natural company set up by a husband and wife duo and based in Glasgow. Along with some other goodies (including an amaaazing body scurb) they gave away a voucher to go along and have a go at making your own beauty product in their store which i will definitely be putting to good use!

Needless to say i was most excited to see Lush there being as obsessed as I am. It was great getting to hear all about their new Christmas releases this year and when i was in store a few days ago one of the girls recognised me from the event which was lovely!
I also really loved talking to a girl from Cocoa Brown - a fake tan originally from Ireland but that has just launched at superdrug in the UK! It smells amazing and I've already used it once and loved it so expect a review after i've got some more use out of it!

I barely remembered to take any photos on the day (I really am a terrible blogger) so to see some photos from the day check out the photographers facebook where there is a whole album much better than i would of ever taken anyway! Link Here.

All the girls I had a chance to meet and talk to on the day were so lovely and I have no idea why I was so nervous beforehand now!
I really hope there is another bloggers event in Glasgow soon and i would love the chance to see everyone again and hopefully chat for longer without having to rush off to work!

Cocoa Brown, The Beauty Kitchen & Eilidh from MaisyMeow getting her nails done!

Also I quickly want to mention that i set up a new twitter account seperate from my personal one so feel free to follow me @AnUninventive
Much Love

Friday, 4 October 2013

Lush Pumkin Bubble Bar!

Halloween is one of my favourite times of year and one of the best parts of any holiday season... Lush's limited edition products, yep i'm that sad that this really excites me!

Bubble Bars are always a hit for me and this one was no exception, simply crumble it under running water and it creates a load of bubbles in your bath. I used this all in one go but i definitely could of broke it into chunks and used it on separate occasions.

I am terrible at describing scents, Lush describe this as "ylang ylang oils and orange flower" I'm not entirely sure what those even are but the scent of this really is gorgeous not too overpowering or strong but just a nice kind of fruity smell that lingered on my skin for hours afterwards!

The bubbles created lasted for pretty much the whole time i was in the bath and my skin felt lovely when i was getting out. The bath water goes a rusty kind of brown/orange colour which i wasn't really a fan of but i suppose it is fitting with the pumpkin theme!

No staining was left in the bath afterwards which is always a plus and all that remained in the bath was the little liquorice stump from the top of the pumpkin!

If you want to get your hands on one of these i would be quick! They are available at £2.75 each but are already sold out on the website. If you want to view more details from the website they are still available (here).

Have you tried any of the Halloween products this year??
Much Love

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Charles Worthington Strength & Repair Heat Protection

First off I'm really sorry for the shitty iphone photo but i really wanted to get a post up about this before i did my favourites for September because this is definitely in there!

When it comes to heat defence I've tried a lot of products from creams, shampoos and the obvious sprays but to be honest I was never really sure if any of them worked. Tresemme seems to be the most popular option of heat defence but I think I'm in the minority that doesn't like it; I find it makes my hair too wet and I never notice any difference in the condition of my hair after use. This is the first spray I've used that I see a clear noticeable difference afterwards.

I have been using this spray for about three weeks now on pretty much a daily basis and the ends of my hair look so much healthier! The spray is fine and therefore doesn't make your hair too wet so that it feels like your frazzling it with your straighteners like others.. *cough* Tresemme.
As well as improving the condition of my hair this also makes it feel soft, look shiney and smell amazing, honestly after using it for the first time I felt like i had just walked out of the hairdressers it really lives up to its "salon at home" name. I found the smell also lingered in my hair all day which i really love as to me it just made it feel clean and healthy.

The instructions say to spray liberally on damp hair which i do after towel drying but i also use this on those "inbetween wash days" if i'm going to be using hot tools to style my hair and it gives the same effects. The bottle also claims its safe for colour treated hair and even better against animal testing so I think this is fast on its way to becoming a regular repurchase for me.

The spray nozzle of this is the little fire extinguisher (probably not the correct way to describe it but you know what i mean right?!) like a lot of sprays however it can also be locked which i love because it means I can chuck this in my bag if I'm staying at my boyfriends and not worry about anything pressing against it and the product leaking!

The only downside i can see for some is potentially the price at £6.99 for 200ml it's a little pricey for a heat defence spray but i think this is definitely worth it and i'm willing to pay that little extra for a good quality product.

The link to this on the boots website is here if anyone wants to check it out!

Has anyone else tried this product?
If not whats your favourite heat defence product?

Much love, xx