Beauty, Beauty Bites

You’ll Be Smelling of Roses

 

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Ok, so I know it has been a while, and I always have some excuse, but this time I’d rather not go into the excuses and just crack on with my very first post of the new year. I wanted to go back to what I know best and that’s beauty products. This one is something special everyone. Introducing Rose Jam by Lush. Let’s just give you a quick little background story; My love for lush first started way back in the early 00’s when my Mum first took me into one. Us beauty junkies will always remember, the first time the smell of Lush hits your nostrils. Even though my love petered out a little, the purchase of a brand new home with my other half, with a lovely new shower and bath had me running back to check out what goodies I’d been missing out on.

This shower gel caught my eye immediately. It’s like Lush read my mind, in regards to what I love in a scent and came up with this.  I adore anything with a rose or floral scent, so this was a great start. But with a dash of lemon in there to balance the fragrance out perfectly so, that its not too sickly sweet and the name might suggest. Really I think they should just rename it ‘Bailey Jam’. It lathers to a nice foam and makes shaving a breeze. The other great side to this is that on me the scent lingers, so if I am having a rare day where I’m wanting to save my Jo Malone, its the perfect subtle substitute.

If you are a fan of floral or rose scented items, I urge you to pop into your local Lush and give this a whiff, I promise you, you wont be disappointed. I’m certainly going to be popping in to stock up on the big bottle of this. I also noticed they do a bath bomb and body lotion in the same scent. It’s like the rose garden heavens are calling to me to come and get them… Bye, Bye money.

Well that’s me for this very quick beauty bite.

Stay Cool,

Bailey xox

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Beauty, Makeup Monday

Goodie, Goodie Box

I know its been a million years since I wrote a post… well not a million but a week. This isn’t going to be an essay of a post, more of a short story (I hope).

Back when I lived in the UK, I was a keen subscriber to the monthly beauty boxes that are available over there, my favourite being Glossy Box. I was a little slow off the mark here in NZ and have only recently subscribed to The NZ version, Goodie Box. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of a beauty box, basically its a monthly subscription service. A bit like when you were little and if you were like me, managed to con your dad into paying for a monthly subscription of Dolly Magazine. So every month you receive a box of 5 beauty items, some sample and some full sized, all for $29+p&p. Which you can cancel at any time. This box was their birthday box, so I actually received 6 items.

To keep this short and sweet here’s what I got;

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IMG_3062 Dr Lewinn’s, Essentials Hand and Nail Cream, Full Size, RRP $19.99 NZD

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Jemma Kidd, Crushed Jewel Creme Duo, Full Size RRP $22.00 NZD

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In the shade; 02 Tourmaline

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Linden Leaves, Eye Rescue Serum, Full Size RRP $49.99 NZD

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Carmex, Moisturising Lip Balm, Full Size RRP $6.99 NZD

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Benefit, They’re Real! Push Up Gel Liner, Sample Size, RRP $45.00 NZD (Full Size)

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Schwarzkopf Professional, Bounce Repair Rescue Instant Repair Shot, Full Size RRP $8.00NZD

  Quick Thoughts;

I have to say that I was fairly impressed with this box. Being my first box, I was so happy it came with a bonus 6th product. I also love the quality of the packaging, the colour scheme and how promptly it arrived. The products are a little hit and miss. This is something, that is always bound to happen with a product like this. Not everything will be to your taste. My real stand out product has to be the Benefit, They’re Real Push Up Gel Liner (that’s a mouthful) it is amazing, so opaque, so easy to use, I’m going to purchase myself the full size when I head up to Auckland later in the week. The disappointing product for me, has to be the Carmex Lip Balm, purely because I can not stand the smell or taste. It’s a product that, over the years I’ve tried over and over again to get on with but we just can’t.

Just doing a very quick add up and with the amount of full sized products in the lot, you end up with $106 NZD worth of products for a mere $29+p&p. So to me that’s a pretty good deal. Am I impressed over all? I’d probably give the box a 6 out of 10. The ideas there, and I love the fact that you get great value for money, with the amount of full sized items. However, I don’t feel like it stands up to the UK versions. Although I’d probably feel differently if I’d never had the Glossy Box experience. I was also doing a little research and realised that some of the products I received were from last months box. I’m all about recycling but, that to me was a little disappointing. Let’s just say the jury is still out on this one and maybe I’ll give Good Box another chance to impress.

Thanks for reading

Bailey xox

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