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About Me Married to my true blue kiwi bloke and have been together for 21 years, Loving mummy to my beautifully sweet young children. I love having blue hair, trying new things and I believe in challenging oneself. Muscle car enthusiast/petrol-head <3

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Overall rating:
2.7/5
13th June, 2017 at 10:38 am
Lush Rose Queen Bath Bomb Review
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Just Rosey

I got this baby as a birthday gift from a friend. She knew how much I loved Rose Jam so thought I might like a rose scented bath bomb. It is very girly and pretty when you first lay eyes on it. It is a light pink colour with dried flower petals sticking out every so often. It definitely smells of roses but not as sweet as Rose Jam. I am not usually a fan of rose scents so for that reason I am not really excited about it. But forward I go incase I fall in love.

I put it in the bath and it fizzes to reveal a rosey pink colour which is lighter than the colour of the bomb itself. Once all the fizz dispersed I was left with dried flower petals all through my bath and the scent of roses which was actually quite pleasant.....shock! After 10 minutes in the bath I got over the smell and it became nauseating. The petals stuck everywhere and was actually more annoying than anything. I don't really know what purpose they serve to be honest. They brought the experience of the bath down three notches instantly. I had to hand pick them out and dispose of them which was time consuming and annoying.

The bomb itself did not end up being friends with my skin. I am usually left smooth and velvety after a lush bath but this one left it squeaky and dry feeling. I was not impressed with it as a whole. It does have good points but the bad outweigh those. I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase nor would I recommend it to anyone unless they adored rose scents and having floating petal islands in their bath water.

Tips: If you don't want to spend a while picking petals out of a tub, do not proceed!

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Haha yesss those pesky petals!! Thanks lovely xx

I wish you'd reviewed this before I took my plunge lol... those petals!!!! Great review beautiful

Overall rating:
4.7/5
6th June, 2016 at 10:17 pm
Mellow Liquid Lip Paint in Puerto Rico Review
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So good I want more

Thank you Beauty Review for having this in the Rewards Vault, without it I would probably not have tried this liquid lip product.

First the packaging is simple, not overstated and yet sturdy (the courier tried their hardest I am sure). It is a clear sleek liquid lippy tube with shiny gold lid and print. Easy to apply doe foot liquid applicator applies the liquid with ease and it smooths on like butter with great precision.

The colour is a little darker than I thought at first but it looks like a slightly more chocolate nude on my lips with slight grey-ish undertones. I really like how it feels on, not drying but yet it stays put for those kisses, does come off a bit when eating and drinking and it does need re-application after lunch.

I am actually really impressed by this lip product that I am already eyeing up other colours in the range (Tehran and Tokyo are top of my list)

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Thank you Rajvee2588 :) I love this lipstick! It has been my go too colour ever since

After the reading the review I want to try this lipstick.

Heehee charly that is the problem isn't it... deciding which ones to get... start alphabetically and work your way through ;) 3 jump out at me straight away but that's the colour family I usually levitate to :D

Omg I've been drooling over their website lately but I can't decide what colour I want. Now I just want ALL the colours!!

Overall rating:
2.7/5
10th February, 2016 at 2:01 pm
Lush Buche de Noel Review
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Only Average...

I bought this with no expectations then high expectations after reading more about it, first it was in my cart, then out then in and well once it arrived I was already underwhelmed. For the price, I was expecting a larger pot but it's only the next size up from the smallest tub, Ok I can live with that if it performs as well as I hoped. It smelled nothing like I was expecting... like a slightly stale almond was mixed in, it had a moderate piece of thin seaweed perched on top and the cranberries were huge!! It smells faintly of brandy but I really had to smell it a lot to pick that, and the seaweed doesn't smell... luckily.

I endeavored to use this until I loved it or it ran out... which ever came first (hoping for the love), but I am almost out and still find it just barely suitable for my skin. My skin does feel soft but it also has a slightly oily feel after rinsing.

It's not too rough given it is ground up nuts, the idea is to make a paste in your hand but I prefer to ball a bit up and wet my face, then smear it all around until it looks like I have a face mask of it on. It does have a lot of fallout so I recommend using it in the shower if possible.

I wished it had done more for my skin but I am about to stop using it in the eleventh hour as I can no longer take the blemishes that have re-emerged after finally getting on top of them previously (I still have about 1/3rd of the tub left and it is due to expire in the next couple of weeks).

I wished I had sampled this first before purchasing as I doubt I would have purchased it.

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Rezee you may have same skin type as me then, I know some people love this & it works wonders but for normal to oily types I don't think this is the best product. Wanted to love it but just not possible :( I hope your blemishes clear up swiftly x

I just wrote my review on this and mentioned the breakouts I'm now getting. This product must be the reason for them, my chin and nose look awful :(

Overall rating:
4.3/5
18th May, 2016 at 7:22 pm
Lush Pink Flamingo Bubble Bar Review
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Pretty pink flamingo bubbles

I bought this for my daughter (who loves flamingos) as a birthday treat, sadly the one I ordered online arrived decapitated so I did a mad dash to the local Lush store to pick up a replacement. She loved it! (and I get to enjoy the broken one secretly lol). It smells very fruity (I think berry) and not quite as sweet as other pink Lush treats. She loved her Magic wand at Christmas and if you liked that scent you may well like the flamingo bubble bar too. It has a fruitier scent to it than the sweet smell of the magic wand and about half as many uses. My daughter only got 3 baths out of her bar and already craves another flamingo to replace hers... luckily I have a spare.

It foams well and leaves the water a beautiful bright hue of pink (the small section of orange washes away really quickly).

There is no sparkle or shimmer with this one unlike Magic wand. It leaves our skin feeling soft but after a while it starts to feel a little dry. This isn't like other bubble bars that you need to crumple as it dissolves in the water by swirling around and therefor you avoid the skin grabby feeling some bars leave your hands with.

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MareeB the pink star wand from last Christmas... it smells nice and sweet but I like the Flamingo one better (IMO) :D

Magic wand? that sounds intriguing pintsize...

Overall rating:
5.0/5
16th June, 2016 at 2:27 pm
Mellow Liquid Lip Paint in Puerto Rico Review
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Smooth Dreamy Creamy

I was lucky enough to pick this up in the last vault, and it fast became a favorite.

This color is pastel brownish nude tone. I feel that it looks surprisingly glamorous on the lips, I love it and I reach for it a lot when i’m wearing a full face of makeup. It looks really bizzare however, if you’re wearing a very minimal amount of makeup, you gotta go heavy to pull it off.

The packaging is simple, practical and stylish, with a sturdy plastic tube and a traditional, ‘regular’ sized doe-foot applicator.

The consistency is quite creamy, glides on smoothly and dries quickly. It’s not quite opaque, but nearly after a couple of coats. It feels really light on my lips and is non-drying.

Wear wise, touch ups are required after eating, but it seems to cling on reasonably well.

I love this lip paint, this color, and i’m setting my sights on a few more colors from the range.

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Oooh Okay, good to know, will have to check that out..

Yeah I think the brand originated in NZ but I thought they were produced in the US... Where in NZ can you get them? Would rather get them here if I can!

Pretty sure this is a NZ based company... you can absolutely get them in nz :D The Mellow Eye shadow was in the BBBE NZ brands box :) Isn't that great

On their website you can change it to NZ$ and you get free shipping for over NZ$40, so I think it's shipped from NZ.

Overall rating:
5.0/5
11th June, 2016 at 2:36 pm
Billion Dollar Brows Mad About Brows Review
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Billion Dollar Brows Baby!

I never thought I could love a brow powder, until I got my hands on this little beauty. I managed to snag this in the vault, I'd had my eye on it for a while as I'm constantly changing my hair colour and thought it would be a handy product to have in my arsenal, so I was super lucky to get this.

Packaging: Love this packaging! The palette is sleek and compact, making it great for travel. There's no extra bulk, no unnecessary frills - you get a decent sized mirror that's excellent quality, there's a good amount of space between the pans, the shades are labelled (thank you BDB!), there's a slot for the brush and the magnetic closure is strong. The cardboard is hefty, nice and thick and covered with a material that's easily cleaned. A lot of companies could take note from this packaging!

Scent: Very faint cosmetic scent but it's only noticeable if you stick your nose right up to the product.

Shades: Blonde - this is an interesting shade, it's on the cooler end of the spectrum but I feel like it has almost a hint of purple to it and just a touch of warmth. Light Brown - this is a light/medium warm toned brown with a touch of red in it. Taupe - this is the most universal of the four shades, it's a medium cool toned brown with a slight ashy-ness to it. Raven - this is, in my opinion the only let down of the palette. It's a true cool toned black. I think this shade would have been better replaced with a deep cool brown.

Product: I'll start with the wax since that's the first thing you use from the palette. It's very smooth, lightly tacky but not sticky. It doesn't feel greasy or wet and it's quite stiff in the pan. It's absolutely clear and it just melts into the skin/hairs perfectly. The powders are just as great quality. They aren't your typical coloured powder formula, they are definitely not comparable to eyeshadows. In the pan they are very stiff, there is little to no product kick up, they're not dusty in the slightest and they're incredibly smooth. I think it's for this reason that they're so good, the pigmentation is high and application is great since they're so smooth, whereas using eyeshadows for your brows can be a little difficult since the formula is often very soft, creamy and can give off a lot of dust/product kick up. On my brows this lasts all day, 6+ hours and there is no fading or smudging or melting. They stay just as crisp as when I first apply them. The double ended brush that this comes with is actually good too, the angled brush is too large for my liking to use with powder but it's great to apply the wax and the spooli is a good size to comb through the brows.

Overall: I really love this product and I can't wait to try out the Blonde shade when I return to platinum hair. The quality of this is truly exceptional and I recommend it to anyone who, like me, changes hair colour often or to makeup artists looking for a good brow palette.

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Sounds like the perfect kit for anyone and everyone. Thanks for writing a great review xx

Overall rating:
5.0/5
3rd June, 2016 at 11:09 pm
NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator Review
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Glow baby!

For the longest time this was always sold out on the New Zealand websites, I couldn't find this for months until NYX cosmetics opened their range in one of the Farmers stores. I was beyond excited to check out the new display and this was the item at the top of my list, I needed to get my hands on this! The tube was smaller than I expected but it really does pack a punch! I walked out with Gleam, which is a pinky highlight and I couldn't wait to use this.

I have had this highlight for under a year and there is still half a tube left. You need only the smallest amount and the uses of this highlight are nearly endless!

One way to use this is to mix a small amount with your liquid foundation, it gives a beautiful glow to your skin. Another way is to dab a tiny amount on your cheeks, cupids bow and down the middle of your nose, If Im wanting the ultimate glow factor then I add a light dusting of powdered highlight on top. But be warned, you only add the extra if you want to be seen by space!

My favorite way to use this is to firstly apply my BB cream all over my face. Once thats done I squeeze a small amount of liquid highlight to the back of my hand and with a sponge I lightly dab this over my cheeks and on my colar bones, It adds a glow without being too over the top.

I will be repurchasing this again, for the price it is very cheap and you can use this in many ways. It is worth every penny!

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Great review. This sounds amazing and so reasonably priced too.

I NEED this in my life, thanks for the fantastic review xxx

Overall rating:
4.3/5
8th June, 2016 at 12:12 pm
OPI Suzi's Hungary Again Review
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Hot hot pink

OPI has a reputation for being a superior quality nail polish and this colour is no exception.

It applies cleanly and effortlessly, dries quickly (not super quick but certainly faster than some other brands), and the pigmentation is excellent with 2-3 coats (I usually only do two coats and this colour doesn't really need three, but if it looks streaky I will add a third). The colour itself is a hot pink or as my daughter likes to call it... flamingo pink.

It has excellent shine too and it lasts a good 2-3 days without chips with no top coat or touch ups.

Tips: Prolong the wear of this polish by using a base and top coat and apply fresh top coat every other day.

A great bright bold colour to wear alone or as a statement nail or nail art

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Thank you trudijoy, I'm glad it was helpful to you and I hope you enjoy the nail polish too. Your friends toddler sounds like a wee sweetie xx

Yay I grabbed this in the vault; can't WAIT to get it on my nails. Love the review, told me everything I was hoping to hear and then some (hehe flamingo pink - or 'finiminow' as my friends toddler girl pronounces it)

Overall rating:
3.3/5
24th November, 2015 at 7:56 am
Lush Candy Mountain Review
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Bubbles underwhelming and scent too

I bought this (okay, I bought 4... on a whim... online), and I had high expectations I guess that these bubbles would copiously fill the room with a small amount of product (these aren't as big as their other bubble bars) and the scent is soft vanilla (kind of like the old Bazooka Joe bubble gum).

It crumbles easily under pressure and when immersed in water it dissolve faster than others I have used. the Bath water turn a cloudy white shade mostly with hardly a bit of pink in sight and the subtle shimmer on the bar doesn't linger either.

I have to say that I thought this would be ultra sweet (given the name Candy Mountain) and full of huge bubbles but I am left underwhelmed by this one but that is probably also because I have so many of the Lush brands other bubble bars that I feel surpass expectations or have a much nicer scent. I have re-gifted the ones I haven't opened and the one I have opened I am using up in my kids baths.

I rated this a little higher than I would normally due to the fact that the bubble cone looks like a unicorns horn so it makes a perfect wee gift for little girls (and grown up girls too).

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Naw, thanks darling xx haha yes, well, we love unicorns no matter our age :D

You write amazing reviews Pintsize, I like how you rated it higher because of the unicorn shape hehe :)

Overall rating:
4.3/5
6th April, 2016 at 6:56 pm
Lush Buche de Noel Review
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Almond Goodness!!

I received a generous sample of this from my lovely friend Pintsize. I had no idea she didn't like it but it explains why my 'sample' was so big ;-). It arrived and I couldn't stop touching the greyish gloop.

The smell of this was lovely and nutty. It had chunks of both almonds and cranberries, but I quite liked the lumps as it provided a slight exfoliation. The cranberries also seeped their lovely red color out slightly so it wasn't an entirely grey product.

This didn't bubble, not that I expected it to. It applied messily but it felt really nice, and my face felt gloriously clean and moisturized after I had used it, whereas my skin usually feels dry and tight. I really liked this stuff so I reckon I'd repurchase!

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I am so so pleased you liked it :D xx