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Review ¦ Lush “Catastrophe Cosmetic” Fresh Face Mask

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Hello Bumbletons!

Now, I don’t know about you guys but the whole holiday season really does not do wonders for my skin. A few far too many mince pies and chocolates; an evening Baileys becoming the norm; staying up late to catch up with friends and wrap presents; freezing-outdoors-to-central-heated-indoors temperature fluctuations; and the general stress and mayhem of preparing for Christmas does not bode well for my already tempermental skin!

So when a friend recommended the Lush Fresh Face Masks to me, I wanted to try one out for myself.

Lush Fresh Face Masks

Lush have a range of 9 different Fresh Face Masks, each designed for different skin types or to combat different problems. For example, BB Seaweed is designed to soften and cool skin, whilst reducing redness; Brazened Honey detoxes dull skin to restore radiance; And Oatfix is designed to brighten and nourish dry skin.

Seeing how my skin really was feeling catastrophic, I decided to give Catastrophe Cosmetic a try! It is sold as a deep cleansing mask, packed full of blueberrys (natural antioxidants) and oils (Rose absolute and chammomile to reduce redness) to help soothe whilst cleaning.

As soon as I smelled Catastrophe Cosmetic in the Lush store, I knew I was onto a winner – it smells divine and I couldn’t wait to get home and smother my face with it… (Which got me thinking – when will it be socially acceptable to wear face masks shopping?)

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Price – At £5.75 for a little 75g pot, these do feel like quite an expensive purchase to someone who has only ever used the occasional face mask. However, a little goes a long way – I got 7 applications out of my pot and certainly didn’t skimp on product! This works out at 83p per application, which is 17% cheaper (for my budgeting brainy beauties!) than the “£1 a pack” facemasks you can buy and which ususally contain lots of excess chemicals.

Application –  The soft, clay-like texture of the mask makes it really easy to apply and washes off of your hands with just warm water.

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Wearing – The Fresh Face Masks are preservative free (hooray for natural products!) and  have to be kept in the fridge – Thus, my puffy face felt instantly calmed and refreshed after applying. It starts to dry quite quickly and does become rather cakey – like most face masks makes your face feel quite taut – I found that talking whilst wearing the mask resulted in tiny blue/green flakes falling all over my bed linen oops!

Results – After 15 minutes, I used a flannel and some warm water to gently wipe away the dried mask and instantly my skin look radiant and more nourished!

Things to Note – When buying this mask the lovely customer assistant did warn me that the properties of the mask would bring out any blemishes to the skin and start drying them out, thus it was a good idea to use it regularly to see the most benefits and I have to agree – After the first couple of uses, my skin did break out quite a bit more than usual. However, every time since then my skin has just had a gorgeous glow to it and any occasional blemishes I do get seem to get dried out much more quickly after using the mask.

Rating / Will I re-purchase? – 7/10 (it would be 10/10 if it wasn’t for the high price and blemish break outs!) and I have already repurchased!

So, have you tried any of the Lush Fresh Face Masks? Which one is your favourite?

Ciao for now!

xx Bumble Bree xx

PS – Lush are also super generous as well as organic, cruelty free and environmentally friendly… They will trade in 5 of your empty face mask pots for a brand new Fresh Face Mask – fabulous!

Review ¦ Rimmel Metal Rush – Nail Polish

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Hello Bumbletons!

Since my ‘Accidental Haul‘ earlier this week, I have been desperate to try out the new Rimmel Metal Rush Polish I came home with.

I picked up a bottle of “Pearly Queen”, and at only £3.99 a bottle, had to restrain myself from buying all four of the set.

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Shade No.100, Pearly Queen

Pearly Queen is the least understated of the four shades, however I love the subtlety of the colour combinations. True to the “Flip Your Colour” statement on the bottle, the pearlescent nature of the varnish makes your nails shimmer a purpley pink, then green, then lilac, all with a silvery undertone.

So, ready for this evening, I popped on a slick of “Collection 2000, 2-in-1 base coat” and then applied two coats of Pearly Queen. I finished off with a coat of the ‘Collection 2000, 2-in-1 topcoat” for some extra shine (and hopefully less chipping!).

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Yet again, Rimmel have produced an excellent quality product – The brush is a generous size (I painted my entire pinky finger nail with one stroke) and combined with a decent thickness of varnish leaves a gorgeous no-streak finish. Whilst the polish is shimmery, I wanted a glossier finish, which was easily obtained with a quick slick of clear topcoat – perfect!

My, oh my! How I LOVE this polish!! I think it’s the perfect touch for a classy New Years Eve look (and if you’re speedy, there is still time to whizz out and grab a bottle before you start getting ready to put on your gladrags for tonight!)

So, have any of the Metal Rush polishes have caught your eye?

Ciao for now!

xx Bumble Bree xx

Review ¦ Crest 3D Whitestrips – 2 Hour Express (Single Use)

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Hello Bumbletons!

First a little background (dental) history… As a child I had brilliant teeth; I went for regular check ups and have never needed a single filling, bridge or cap. I did chip one of my front teeth falling over once and one of my bottom teeth is slightly wonky (personally I like this – it adds character!), but other than that, my dentist always commented on how great a condition my teeth were in and off I would trot with a big sticker, and ironically, a lollipop!

I brushed my teeth twice a day and had a high calcium diet – admittedly, I did eat a few too many sweets,  but I rarely drank fizzy drinks, and never touched tea or coffee and obviously did not smoke or drink red wine…

Then, as a university student, I started drinking a LOT of Coke…  I told myself I “needed” the caffiene and sugar, and as I have never been a coffee fan, I figured Coca-cola was the next best thing. Suffice to say, my pearly whites, after 3 years of being a coke-swilling-university-student, were not so pearly white!

Since then, I have tried every whitening toothpaste around and my twice-daily dental hygiene routine now includes an electric toothbrush, floss, interdental brushes, and industrial strength mouthwash… but still I felt my teeth were a bit on the yellow side.

Then a couple of weeks ago I was watching one of my favourite YouTube Beauties, TessChristine123, and saw THIS video pop up – in it, she talks about how she whitens her teeth using Crest 3D Whitestrips.

I decided to pop on over to Ebay and buy a single use pack for £6.91 (HERE)… and now here I am reviewing them!

So here are my thoughts on Crest 3D Whitestrips – 2 Hour Express

The Packaging:

My Whitestrips arrived in a little card holder, complete with instruction booklet. The instructions are really clear and easy to follow and underneath is a section for “Frequently Asked Question” to alleviate any concerns users may have. I liked the fact that the strips come in their own, individual foil packet – you could easily bulk buy a few and take them with you when travelling.PRODUCT (3)

Application:

In a pack you get two strips – one for your upper teeth and one for your lower set. These are both on the same piece of plastic and are super easy to peel off for application. Crest 3D packaging

To apply, you take a strip (the booklet recommends you do the bottom set first, i.e the shorter strip), peel it from the backing, then align the straight edge with the gumline of your teeth.. like so..APPLICATION (2)

Then you just fold over the top piece (with the triangular notches), repeat with the top strip and wait for 2 hours!

Wearing:

Now let’s be honest – Wearing teeth whitening strips is hardly glamourous… but I was still able to talk on the phone whilst wearing them with no problems and had my housemates seen me wearing them, I wouldn’t have died from embarrassment!

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Some of the product reviews I read online, before purchasing the strips, mentioned discomfort whilst wearing the strips and some sensitivity afterwards. Now – whilst wearing, I can honestly say I felt no discomfort at all. Infact, at one point I forgot I was wearing them and made myself a sandwich, oops!  They did make my mouth water quite a lot to start with (gross, I know, sorry!), but after a few minutes this stopped.

However… (bearing in mind I have quite sensitive teeth anyway..) A few hours later, my teeth felt quite sensitive and tingly, as though I was repeatedly biting into an ice lolly. It wasn’t bad enough to prevent me from talking, eating or drinking, but it was a bit annoying and bothered me a bit whilst trying to fall asleep.

I found the top strip was the perfect length and covered all my front teeth and along the sides where my “smile” shows. The bottom strip, however, was a little bit short – I would have liked it to go further around the sides of my teeth, but I suppose the strips are only really meant for the teeth you show when you do a normal smile, which they do.

Results:

Hmmm.

If I’m honest, I’m a bit disappointed with the results! I took the photos in the exact same lighting – the only difference  is that I was wearing Elizabeth Arden 8 hour Repair Cream on my lips in the “before” photos, hence why they look slightly darker:
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The strips have lightened my teeth a little – I think it’s more noticeable in “Real Life” rather than on screen (apologies for my shocking quality of photo and chapped lips!!). I wasn’t exactly amazed by the results, or rewarded with bright white gnashers as I thought I would be.

Therefore, I have also purchased the “Crest 3D White –  Professional Effects Strips”, which are worn for 30 minutes a day for 14 days. I feel that with a longer period of time, I will have better results – I will review those too!

Rating:

I give these an overall 5/10.

They were reasonably priced (no more than some whitening toothpastes), easy to apply and had minimal side effects. Whilst I don’t have a blindingly white smile now, I do feel that at least my teeth look properly clean and that the yellowness has been slightly muted.

I think someone who hasn’t abused their teeth with coca-cola for several years (and therefore have lots of staining to overcome) would have better results and I think that for the same price (£6.91) as a couple of drinks down the pub, they’re worth a try!

So, has anyone else had better luck with these strips? Please let me know in the comments below!

Ciao for now!

xx Bumble Bree xx

Review ¦ Rimmel Precious Stones – Nail Polish

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Good Afternoon Bumbletons!

Now, I’ve never really been much of a ‘nails’ kinda gal, but when I saw the ‘Precious Stones’ polishes by Rimmel, I didn’t hesitate in buying both colours – ‘Ruby Crush’ and ‘Diamond Dust’.SAM_0720

At £3.99 a bottle, they’re not too much of a splurge yet feel like a complete luxury. The ‘Ruby Crush’ is my favourite shade and has been perfect for the Christmas holidays.

I used ‘No.7 Stay Perfect’ in the ‘Rose Truffle’ shade as a base coat and then applied a single coat of the Rimmel Precious Stones. It applied fairly evenly, helped I think by the generous sized and tapered shaped brush. I did have to do a little ‘dabbing’ with the brush to evenly distribute the glitter, but in all honesty it only took the tiniest bit of effort.Rimmel_Precious_Stones

I’m really pleased with the result – I’ll let you know how well it wears, whether it chips much and so on, however one of the benefits to glitter polishes is that they are super easy to retouch if you do smudge or chip!

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So, now I just need to find the secret to removing glitter nail polishes – the bane of any girls life! Any suggestions?

Ciao for now!

 xx Bumble Bree xx