Beauty · Health · Life · self-care · skincare · Uncategorized

Clean and Sweet Handcare Kit from LUSH

I was very interested to see that LUSH started to provide some new offerings. Now, it’s been quite a while since I’ve ordered from LUSH as their prices keep increasing and I can’t justify it, especially when I have all manner of lotions and potions to use up, but I thought that I’d treat myself. They released three handcare kit boxes that are small enough to fit through your letterbox, though I also ordered a Comforter bubble bar and body spray so I got mine delivered as usual rather than through the letterbox.

I opted for the Clean and Sweet Handcare Kit which contains four items and is the cheapest of the three boxes at £22. They also have Clean and Calm at £27 as well as Clean and Fresh As at £25.

The Clean and Sweet Handcare kit contains:-

  • Honey I Washed the Kids Soap (100g) (Currently £5)
  • Milky Bar Soap (120g) (Currently £5)
  • Helping Hands Hand Cream (45g) (Currently £9 per 100g)
  • Tiny Hands Solid Hand Cream (60g) (Currently unavailable outside of set)

The Honey I Washed the Kids Soap was one of my first forays into LUSH. It smells AMAZING and I actually have a cut block of it in my soap stash. Now, it’s shaped in to these individual bars which looks a little more presentable but I found the cut slices more presentable. Also, it was a lot cheaper… One reason I have so much of a soap stash is it was more like £3.40 a bar when I purchased them. I’m glad I wrapped them up in polypropylene and preserved them… I recently got a bar out from several Christmases ago and it smells as fresh as the day I got it.. but I digress!

This is a really nice little set. I won’t write a long review of the individual products. They’re as you’d expect from LUSH. The fragrances are mild and inoffensive, sweet and clean smelling – It feels like a nice treat and indulgent to use the products from the set. The serum can leave your hands feeling a bit greasy and it doesn’t sink in like the hand cream so that’s worth noting. Tiny Hands and Milky Bar are Vegan but the other two products contain Honey and are therefore not vegan.

A lot of people are struggling with hand care in this pandemic, especially with further hand washing or drying out of hands from alcohol gel so this might be a nice gift for a loved one or yourself if your hands are going through the ringer. If you’re getting it for yourself and aren’t bothered about the hand serum, I’d just get the products individually and save a couple of quid. Because the box is small and thin, it fits through the letterbox which means you don’t have to worry about waiting in for the postie. The card box can be recycled and the packing peanuts dissolve in water. LUSH will also recycle the black pot – take back 5 when this pandemic is over and you can get a free fresh face mask!

Wash your hands with one of the soaps, use the moisturising cream afterwards and massage the solid serum in to your hands when they need some extra TLC.

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a beauty post and I figured it was long overdue. I don’t often buy beauty products anymore but I have missed posting about them and a little TLC is good for us all!

I hope you are all safe and well!

Beauty · skincare · Subscription Boxes · Uncategorized

Dollar Shave Club – Just for Men?

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You’ve probably heard of Dollar Shave Club by now; if not, do you live under a rock? I’ve seen so many American YouTubers include DSC partnerships in their videos – Although the US offerings are different the UK offerings. I decided to order myself a trial box and put it to the test. Is it just for men? Would it be better than other razors I’ve tried?

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The box took a few days to arrive after I ordered it. Not really speedy delivery, but that didn’t bother me. Also; it seems that the package was despatched from continental Europe, so accounting for that, delivery time was not bad at all.

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The trial box has four items in. The razor handle, a pack of four razor cartridges, a tube of shave butter and a little 16 page magazine which is great for those moments when you head to the bathroom and think you’re just gonna pee so you don’t take your phone but you end up actually having to take a dump. I believe the magazines content is different every month, and it’s actually pretty cool. One thing that I didn’t see mentioned on the website (though I may have missed it) but that did come with the welcome card was that they donate a portion of sales of the box to charity.

This particular set is called “The Executive”, which, I’d associate with a dude, but like macho-sounding shower gels, it doesn’t mean you have to be macho to use it. The razor head cartridges are housed in a cardboard sleeve. Each cartridge contains 6 stainless steel blades, a trimmer edge and lubricating strip. On their own, four of the cartridges ship for £8 a month; which seems a little pricey compared to the £5 price tag that the trial box carries. The razor handle is quite weighty. But how about their functioning?

Well, it has been a couple of days since I shaved and my legs still feel lovely. The razor yielded a very close shave without having to go back over any of the same spots. The handle weight was perfectly balanced and it felt better to hold and use than my Friction Free Shaving Razor or any of the other cartridge razors I’ve used before. It also gave me the closest shave. I wondered if it’s because it’s aimed at coarse man-face hair; but I remember I once used to use mens gillette razors on my legs and this was still better. So, I decided to try it down in my southern regions to see how it would cope with /that/ hair and also to see if the shave butter would corrode ones lady-parts.

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I used it just with soap suds on my arm-pits, but also used the shave butter when I shaved my legs. While “Dr Carver” isn’t really the most reassuring name for a shave product, I can gladly say that it carved nothing aside from the excess hair that I wanted to be rid of. It smells clean and fresh, but very inoffensive. I’m sensitive to some things and was concerned the butter would leave my skin feeling slippery/oily; it did not. It helped the razor glide along my legs, but it also rinsed off the razor easily and didn’t clog it up. So once I was done shaving my legs and was happy with the result, I decided to tackle my lady-garden. DSC has no mention about where is okay to use the shave butter, it just says to use it in shaveable places… so I thought I’d give it a go and report back so nobody else need suffer a bush-fire.

I’m pleased to report that it did not cause any burning or stinging to my downstairs – though of course we’re all different and some are more sensitive than others. I was a heavy Lush bath bomb user and touch wood *touches some wood* I’ve never had thrush, but some women only need to look at a bath bomb to suffer. My shave was satisfactory and less irritating than usual methods. I admittedly usually suffer from razor bumps on my bikini-line the following day but the balm seems to have worked a treat there.

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I think that’s about it really! In conclusion? No, it’s not just for men. I’d rather have a better shave with something less girly than a more feminine razor that doesn’t quite make the cut. You can order your Dollar Shave Club Trial Box for £5 via their website. It’s £8 each month after that unless you downgrade or choose deliveries to be every 2 months instead of monthly, though you can cancel anytime, so you could just get the trial box and cancel if you’d like. I would really recommend it.

Have you tried Dollar Shave Club or any other shave subscription box before? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Beauty · DIY/Tutorials · home · nails · skincare · Uncategorized

Easy DIY: Nail Oil

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Hi guys!

My previous blog was full of a lot of nail posts. A lot of people requested I did something nail-care related, so I thought I’d share my very simple DIY nail oil with you which is also great on face and body too! It’s fast absorbing, results are visible after a very short period of usage and it doesn’t leave you feeling greasy! On top of that, it’s crazy easy, so anyone can whip it up; and you only need three things. It also makes a great gift.

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The things you will need are:

  • Jojoba Oil (Cold pressed is best!)
  • Vitamin E oil (or gel, as long as it’s pure)
  • Empty amber glass pipette bottle
  • Essential Oil fragrance eg Lavender Oil (Optional)

You don’t have to use amber bottles, but they help provide UV protection for the contents, so they will help avoid any deterioration. Blue bottles also work too. Generally, it’s better to just keep anything with essential oils in a dark glass bottle.

First of all, remove the lid from your empty amber glass bottle and put it to one side. It should be pretty obvious, but this is where your nail oil will be going.

Next, add the vitamin E oil/gel. Gel will help the oil have a thicker consistency, but it’s not as easy to obtain – nor as cheap (in my experience) so here we’re just using oil. You need to fill the bottle up 1/5th to 1/4 with the vitamin E oil. If your hands are particularly ragged, go for the quarter.

Next, fill up the bottle to half way with the Jojoba oil. Replace the lid and roll the bottle and invert it a few times (as opposed to shaking it) so the oils combine. Remove the lid and fill up almost the rest of the way – you need to make sure there is enough room for the pipette and your fragrance oil if you choose to add any; personally, I don’t bother.

Optional Step: Add a couple of drops of your fragrance essential oil if you choose too. Lavender also has anti-bacterial properties. You can even add a good amount of tea tree oil if you want the nail oil for your toenails or acne prone skin. Again, this is optional.

Lastly, put the lid on your bottle, hopefully you’ve not over-filled it! Roll it around to help combine the oils.

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That’s it! Easy peasy. I didn’t even really need to give that much instruction, but I wanted to make sure it was clear. You can use this oil as often as you like. It’s super nourishing and softening.

If you have any hang nails, gently clip them off as closely as you can – don’t rip them off, you’ll damage your skin! Massage in oil as liberally as you like, especially in to the nail bed and cuticles and it should help stave off any future hang nails. I also use this stuff on my face to fight the punishing cold wind as part of my skin care routine (apply prior to moisturising). I put a small amount on my nails and rub it right in to the base of my nails, soaking the cuticles and after, I rub the excess in to my hands. They’re so soft – I haven’t had a hang nail or any nail splitting or peeling in weeks.

I hope this is useful to you! Feel free to share it with anyone whose hands could use some TLC. You could even make some nice labels and whip some up for a gift this festive season!

Beauty · self-care · skincare · Uncategorized

Manuka Honey Masque by Vitamasques

Hurrah, my first ever review on my new blog. And you’re readi- wait, no, don’t leave, what are you doing?

Still here? Cool. Now let me talk to you about my favourite sheet masque in existence.

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I discovered this face mask thanks to Glossybox and I fell in love with it. Initially, I wasn’t overly excited by it as I’d never heard of the brand before and sheet masks usually are a terrible fit on my face. The holes in all the wrong places, y’know? I tried it, loved it. I’m a cheap git, so almost had a coronary when I saw they’re £3.99 per masque; but then a discount code from Glossybox turned up in my inbox and all was right in the world. Alright, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but I was pleased none the less and ordered myself a packet as well as one of their other masques to try.

So what is it? The Manuka Honey Masque by Vitamasques is a Korean sheet mask with triple layer technology to enhance the moisture content in the mask and help the skin absorb the goodies it holds inside. At the risk of being captain obvious, that would be extracts of Manuka Honey.

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The instructions say to apply the mask after having cleansed your face and to leave it on for 20 minutes. If you got the Glossybox this was featured in, the products all went together pretty nicely, in the case of my skin anyway. However, now I opt for a good buffing using Lush’s Ocean Salt scrub and my Magnitone brush before applying this mask.

Unlike every other sheet mask I’ve tried, this one was actually a decent shape and fit for my face – the holes were in the right places and everything, which is rare in my experience and masks usually require repeated re-jigging as they slide around as the time passes. After the 20 minutes were up, I wiped my face with the masques limp corpse before doing the suggested “patting” of the face afterwards. I hate the feel about ten minutes after though, so I tend to proceed to wipe my face off and apply my usual moisturiser. I found improvement to the texture of my skin and a more plump appearance thanks to the more intensive hydration than the level that my standard skincare regime provides. A much needed boost after good ol’ winter dryness!

The Manuka Honey Masques retail for £3.99 or you can buy a four pack.

Have you tried this facemask before? Had you heard of the brand prior to it being featured in a Glossybox?