Thursday, 28 July 2011

Reviews Galore!

Ok so, I've accquired a lot of products and haven't reviewed very many, (some samples I've yet to use) but I've nothing better to do so I might aswell get stuck in or I'll never get it done! This will be a review of just random products from Love Lula. So... I shall begin!

Lavera Intense Volumising Mascara

I have quite sensitive eyes which can react easily to mascara so I was happy to try a natural one that would be more gentle on my eyes. Firstly, I LOVE the brush, (it reminds me of Benefit's Bad Gal mascara,) the fact it has bristles and is not made of rubber/plastic as so many mascaras are these days is a bonus as I hate them!

As far as how the product actually works, it did make my eyelashes longer and more defined, and quite a bit thicker. The only downside to this product is that it isn't available in a waterproof version, which I would like as my eyes water if I even smile never mind crying while I laugh, (don't ask!) Overall I think it's just your average mascara.

bare lashes

lashes curled, one coat of mascara

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Alcohol*, Stearic Acid, Besswax (Cera Alba)*, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Algin, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Liquorice) Root Extract*, Silk (Serica), Shellac, Jojoba Esters , HippopHae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, TocopHerol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Vegetable Oil (Olus Oil), Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tilia Cordata Flower Extract*, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract *, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract*, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Citronellol**, Geraniol**, Limonene**, Linalool**, [+/- Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Ultramarines (Ci 77007)]  (* ingredients from certified organic agriculture)

Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Original Foundation SPF15
I was able to get a free "make under", as it is called in the world of bareMinerals, with a coupon from 30 Days of Fashion & Beauty last September, which I brought to my nearest bareMinerals counter and I fell in love! I've been looking this foundation ever since but as it is quite costly I kept putting it off. Love Lula had a £5 discount code which could be used in July, (as this month marks their 5th birthday!) So I decided to treat myself and I'm so glad I did! Although I'm still looking for the perfect brush, (the bareMinerals brushes are just as expensive as the foundation) the technique is easy with any face or powder brush and a little goes a long way. There are 11 shades available for all types of colourings with specific undertones; I chose the palest shade "Fair" which is for the lightest porcelain skin with cool neutral undertones, (my skin has more golden/yellow undertones but the next shade wasn't light enough in colour.) It worked wonders for evening out my skin tone, as any discolouration shows up quite easily because my skin is so light; it's just like having another layer of beautiful dewy, natural looking skin, and the best thing is... it doesn't look like you're wearing any makeup! (A key feature I think all foundation show achieve.) The added SPF of 15 is also an added bonus as my current moisturiser does not contain any SPF. My only critique is that the starter kits only have 4 shades available, which contain all you need to get introduced to the brand, leaving many people missing out on saving money if they want to buy all the products but have to do so separately. However, I'm looking forward to buying more mineral makeup, not just from this brand but from others that have caught my eye.

Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (CI 77947), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

Badger Unscented Healing Lip Balm

I managed to misplace my Badger Vanilla Madagascar Lip Balm while I was out, (either that or it's fallen down the side of my bed :/), so I bought a new one, this time the unscented version, and to be honest I'm not really sure why I did. To begin with I thought it was great, a lip balm that actually worked! But after repeated use I've found it's not working as well as I had originally hoped. This is the first Badger product that has disappointed me, which I'm quite sad about as I love the brands other products. (which you will see in a moment!) Again, like the other products in the brand, there's a herbal undertone although it is "unscented", but I think I shall have to return to my quest of finding the perfect lip balm for me.

Ingredients: *Extra Virgin Olive Oil, *Beeswax, *Castor Oil, *Rosemary. (* = Certified Organic Ingredient)

Badger Cuticle Care & Foot Balm Duo


Badger Balms have never failed to impress me, (apart from the lip balms.) This combo is a dream for hands and feet that need some TLC and are quickly outshining other lotions I have!

Badger Cuticle Care
As a piano/keyboard and guitar player, it's safe to say my nails get a lot of battering on a daily basis. They grow extremely fast but are very brittle so break and peel easily. I rub this into my cuticles, on the nail itself and the area around it on nights that I have removed polish so they are soothed and healthy after being in contact with acetone, (I'm soon to switch to a non acetone remover) and before being re-polished, giving them a chance to rest and repair. This balm is a lot thicker and most easily melted than the other balms. There are bubbles throughout the balm which are caused by the shea which gives it soothing and restorative properties. 

Ingredients: *Wild African Shea Butter, *Extra Virgin Olive Oil, *Castor Oil, *Golden Yellow Beeswax, *Seabuckthorn Berry Extract, and Essential Oils of *Geranium, *Ginger, *Cardamom, *Rosemary, *Litsea Cubeba, *Mandarin & *Lemongrass. (* = Certified Organic Ingredient)
Badger Foot Balm
I walk around in my bare feet more than I wear shoes or socks, it's just so natural for me. Unfortunately this means the bottom of my feet are more like a hobbit's than those from a sandal add :( (I don't know how people cared for there feet before shoes were invented?!) Before trying this balm I was using Boots Gorgeous Feet Cracked Heel Repair which was AMAZING! I was stunned at how soft the skin on my feet was over night, never mind "visible results in just 3 days", it is a miracle product. I thought to myself wouldn't it be great if I could get something that was as good as this but was natural... and voila! Badger Foot Balm just happens to exist. Firstly, the smell doesn't do it justice; it's not THAT off putting but it's not the nicest of smells, (I love the smell of the Boots moisturiser) however, it works just as well which is what I was hoping for. I put it on after getting out of the shower or bath, then put on some cuddly bed socks to lock in the effects and I wake up in the morning with lovely soft soles!

Ingredients: *Extra Virgin Olive Oil, *Castor Oil, *Jojoba Oil, *Golden Yellow Beeswax, and Essential Oils of *Rosemary, *Peppermint *Balsam Fir, *Eucalyptus, *Tea Tree & *Cardamom. (* = Certified Organic Ingredient)

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