LUSH for Holiday 2010

LUSH Holiday 2010

LUSH for Holiday 2010

LUSH always puts out a TON of holiday items and gift sets, so check out this rather exhaustive list… Everything is available online at LUSH!  Anything catch your fancy?  Personally, this is one of my favorite brands for finding great, affordable gifts to give or use as stocking stuffers.

Stocking Stuffers

  • Snowcake ($6.95 for 3.5 oz.) (Vegan) Marzipan-scented soap cake
  • Angel’s Delight ($5.95 for 3.5 oz.) (Vegan) The reason angels come down to earth at Christmas
  • Candy Candy ($5.95 for 3.5 oz.) (Vegan) A sweet bubbly treat for the bath
  • Snow Fairy Shower Gel ($24.95 for 16.9 fl. oz.) (Vegan) Fruity pink shower gel for snow fairies everywhere
  • Li’l LUSH Pud ($3.95 for 3.1 oz.) Just like the traditional English pudding! Without the fire part, that is.
  • Cinders ($3.95 for 3.1 oz.) A soothing soaker for seasonal chills
  • Satsumo Santa ($4.95) (Vegan) Bursting with citrus oils for a jolly good bath
  • So White ($3.95 for 3.1 oz.) (Vegan) Soak in apple-scented froth for a happy ending
  • Christmas Eve ($6.25 for 3.5 oz.) (Vegan) Too excited to sleep? Have a soak with one of these!
  • Sugar Plum Fairy ($4.95 for 3.5 oz.) (Vegan) And sugar plum fairies danced on their skin
  • Winter Bath ($3.95 for 3.5 oz.) Finished frolicking in the snow? Hop in a winter bath.
  • The Boog ($6.95 for 4.6 oz.) A Swedish snowman tradition with a twist
  • Gingerbread House ($6.25 for 3.5 oz.) (Vegan) Christmas is a confectioner’s dream, especially with our Gingerbread House bubble bar
  • Bearded Lady ($5.95 for 3.5 oz.) We dare you not to make a bubble beard
  • Glogg ($24.95 for 16.9 fl. oz.) (Vegan) A Swedish tradition to get you in a lather
  • Bon Bon ($8.95 for 0.9 oz.) (Vegan) Scrumptious cranberry scrub for sugary, sweet lips
  • Snow Fairy ($5.95 for 0.4 oz.) (Vegan) Bubblegum flavoured lip tint
  • Maple Taffy ($4.95 for 0.4 oz.) (Vegan) This Christmas, kiss like a Canadian
  • Once a Year ($8.95 for 2.1 oz.) Mark your calendars for a festive treat
  • Buche de Noel ($9.95 for 3.5 oz.) (Vegan) Boozy cleanser for soft, winter skin
  • Iced Wine ($10.95 for 8.8 oz.) A specialty treat made just once a year
  • Mandarin’s Tea Party ($6.95 for 3.5 oz.) Mandarin orange soap fit for an emperor
  • Snow Globe ($5.95 for 3.5 oz.) Citrus invigoration for winter mornings
  • Matrioshka ($19.95) S Rozhdestvom! Celebrate the season with our bath time babushka
  • Silent White ($6.00 for 6.3 oz.) Peaceful floral fizzer for winding down the day
  • Hot Toddy ($6.95 for 3.5 oz.) (Vegan) Fancy a Hot Toddy or two?
  • Christmas Kisses ($6.95 for 3.5 oz.) (Vegan) Spicy cinnamon bubbles for big, warming cuddles
  • Ruby Red Slippers ($6.95 for 3.5 oz.) (Vegan) There’s no place like your tub
  • Gold, Frankincense, and Beer ($6.95 for 3.5 oz.) (Vegan) Golden boozy jelly for a pre-party in your shower
  • A Gold Star ($6.95 for 3.5 oz.) (Vegan) A golden star of frankincense to lead you back home

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Sara Happ Almond Creme Lip Scrub Review, Photos

Sara Happ Almond Creme Lip Scrub

Sara Happ Almond Creme Lip Scrub ($24.00 for 1.0 oz.) is an excellent way to keep lips soft and supple for those of us who like a little convenience in our lives.   This particular one has a nutty vanilla scent, sweet like dessert, but not cloying nor does it linger, since you don’t keep it on your lips.  Sara Happ’s scrub is very basic but effective; the granules are large enough to do the job but not too coarse that they feel rough against the lips.  The oils and petroleum base make it solid enough that it keeps the scrub on your lips and not all over your face (or sink).  If you wipe away with a tissue, then some of the oils and petroleum are left over and lock in moisture.

For me, if I have to DIY something, I just know that I won’t make it part of my routine, because I’m too lazy busy and can’t be bothered.  It’s one of those things that I remember to do when I see the tub of Lip Scrub in my drawer, and I go, “OH! Should do that…”  If left to my own devices to concoct it myself, I don’t see myself doing it often, if ever.  That’s just me.  Some of us are born to be product developers, others of us are born to be product testers.  I am the latter! 🙂

I actually still have my original pot of Lip Scrub, which I’ll be tossing (I think that sucker is three or four years old), and I never even got halfway through it.   I love the little brown box and white ribbon it comes in, but the tub itself is pretty basic–could be a little more luxe for the price tag.  The fact that it’ll be difficult to get through a tub of this quickly saves the value grade, though.

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Win Bobbi Brown’s Beauty Rules Book & Palette!

Win Bobbi Brown’s Beauty Rules Book & Palette!

One (1) lucky winner will receive a signed Beauty Rules Book & Beauty Rules Palette from Bobbi Brown! (Retail value $69.95!)

Congratulations to Rana R.!

RULES: All entries must be submitted by October 10th, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to U.S. readers only as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated with the winner once the winner confirms.

Two Ways to Win

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1.) Leave a comment on this blog post tell me what beauty “rule” you love to break!

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MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer ($16.50 for 0.30 fl. oz.) has been a product I’ve felt compelled to test for the past two weeks straight. I don’t like to review a product until I have a good handle on how I feel about it, and I’m not big on reviewing anything that I’m waffling over.

Admittedly, I’ve been sleeping a lot less and not nearly as well as I usually do, which is good news for concealer-testing purposes, given that my under eye circles are more prevalent this week than they normally are! Often when I’m running on low sleep, I suffer from a phenomenon I’ve named TIREDFACE. The primary symptom is tightness around the eye area (at least for me). So, one of the things I’ve had going on has been this feeling of tightness when I’ve been wearing this concealer, and I wasn’t sure whether it was due to the concealer itself or more to the exhaustion. For about three days, I wore concealer under one eye and none under the other. The concealer does contribute to some of the feeling of tightness.

The concealer does last a miraculous twelve hours, though, without creasing or budging. It is a very dry product, and if you have a lot of dryness around the areas you’re trying to conceal, I think this may emphasize those areas rather than hide them. I felt like it pulled a little underneath my eyes (which is where I used it most of the time), which is why I felt that tightness despite no discernible dryness in the area.  It conceals good, though for the heaviest of dark circles, it may not be enough, and it’s difficult to layer this product for additional coverage due to its fast drying time.

It has a creamy feel when dispensed, and it’s not too thick–there’s a good consistency to it, but it dries quickly, so you’ll have to work just as quickly. I actually recommend doing one eye at a time, because if you don’t move fast enough, it can be difficult to blend out! I also liked using a flat concealer brush like the 195 for application; the 217 seemed to sheer it out too much. I have noticed that it will settle a little into fine lines if you don’t blend out the area first. Once you’ve blended it out, though, it won’t creep back in.

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MAC Plumful Lipstick

MAC Plumful Lipstick
MAC Plumful Lipstick

Maybe Not Sultry, But Still Pretty

MAC Plumful Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted medium pink with a touch of plum, which gives it a slightly darker overall appearance. It has a lustre finish, but it delivers a surprising amount of color pay off (semi-opaque). I originally bought this to use in the Sultry Season, but it’s just not vampy and dark and sultry enough for that purpose! However, it is a gorgeous shade of pink without being milky, candy, or bright. I think it’s very wearable for both cooler and warmer skin tones, though it leans slightly cool. I don’t know how I went this long without Plumful in my stash!

Lustre finishes are supposed to be more moisturizing but can be somewhat drying (but Plumful wasn’t), but they’re often on the sheerer side; I’m happy that Plumful isn’t, just because some of the lustre shades barely show up at all. All MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste. I typically get four hours of wear out of MAC lipsticks, with some of the darker shades going as long as five.

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