Sunday, 7 April 2013

Lush Rub Rub Rub | Review

Lush Rub Rub Rub - £7.95 (Link here)

Hey dolls! Yep, I've only gone and bought more Lush goodies. I've well and truly caught the Lush bug recently, and I can't seem to stop buying bath bombs and skincare goodies. There's just something about it that gets me weak at the knees and I'm definitely like a kid in a sweet shop when it comes to choosing what to buy. I could happily spend all day in there having a play with all the samples and chatting with the lovely staff about all of the products! Up until now, I've seen Soap & Glory's 'Flake Away' as my go to body exfoliator but that's all changed now as I picked up 'Rub Rub Rub' - everything you could ask for when it comes to body scrubs. After the lovely staff scrubbed this stuff on the back of my hand it just had to be mine.

 It's definitely on the pricey side for such a small pot with a use by date, but I always find that if I spend a few extra pounds on an exfoliator it has good if not better results. What caught my eye was the electric blue colour it carries and the smell described as mimosa and orange flower blossom is to die for. The scent lingers on my skin throughout the entire day which of course is a huge bonus. Although it's quite a gritty body scrub it looks alot more watery at first glance, and there's no doubt always going to be some water residue lying ontop of the product inside the pot. Don't be put off - once it makes contact with the skin it gets to work really well, not to menti0n the salt in it's formula means it can be doubled up to use as a shampoo and shower gel too. How versatile!

I only wanted Rub Rub Rub to use as a body scrub, so the shop assistant gave me some good advice before I went ahead and bought the tub. She told me to apply it to clean but dry skin, as the salt in the ingredients would dissolve alot quicker and therefore you wouldn't be getting the best result. Don't get me wrong, it feels slightly uncomfortable to scrub and exfoliate on dry skin and your skin will be tomato red afterwards, but what it does to skin is just ah-mazing. I can honestly say I've never in my life tried a body scrub that has better results than this. It leaves my skin feeling ultra fresh and smooth, and there's no oil residue to help strengthen the feeling of smoothness. It's a lifesaver if you have stubborn dry skin around the knees or elbows as I have no flakey skin left over once I'm done.

So would I repurchase this? Yes, I definitely would. It's like heaven in a jar and I've happily replaced my trusty Soap & Glory Flake Away with this little beaut. Once again Lush have made a product which hasn't failed to disappoint me in the slightest, and I'll be slightly gutted once I come to the end of my tub.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Instagram Diary #1 | Life Update & Chit Chat

Nandos date with my girls - Swedish House Mafia play their last ever show in Miami - A trip to Muji to buy some new storage - Another new piercing - A quick pose before the gym - Lucky Charms for breakfast - Perks of the job being able to watch football matches - Easter Sunday dessert - Marc Jacobs coke bottles

Hey dolls! I hope you're having a great week. I figured that I rarely do any 'lifestyle' posts so to speak - considering my blog is lifestyle and beauty based, it's good to mix it up once in a while rather than write review after review. I've decided to do an 'Instagram Diary' post every month and update you all with what I've been getting up to. If you're a keen Instagrammer, then I'd love if you took the time to follow me - my username is misskendalwestonx 

I've been really busy lately. With work and my media course coming to an end I've barely had time to think. I finish my course in June and I'm starting university in September ... I'm a little nervous to say the least, but I can't wait for a fresh start with fresh faces. For that reason I'm desperately trying to finish off work so I can enjoy my Summer. Although my Summer will be full with work, I'm excited for some time to myself. If you didn't know, I work at Wembley Stadium part time, so Summer is our busiest time - especially this Summer as we have Robbie Williams for 5 nights and a ton of football on. A job in event management is tiring and means the food you eat is always unhealthy. If you follow me on Twitter (@MissEssex), then you may know I've been documenting my weight loss for the last year or so. I've lost close to two stone in the last year thanks to Weight Watchers and some hardcore gym time, but have made it my mission to get toned up before I go back to Marbella in the Summer and Australia in December. I love Weight Watchers - you can still allow yourself treats (hence the chocolate cake above) in moderation and still loose weight which works so well for me. I was awarded slimmer of the year from my borough in 2012 and since getting to goal I've also been asked to do training to become a representative. The whole concept is a bit scary to me, and I can be really shy so I definitely need to give it a bit more thought. 

Apart from loosing weight, I've also been channelling my energy into researching my DJ training course. I'm a huge house/electronic music fan and if you follow me on Twitter you may know of my heartbreak that my favourite music group broke up last week. I mentioned a while back I'd followed Swedish House Mafia around Europe during Summer 2010, and have seen them in the UK twice so to have something full of memories come to an end was a horrible feeling. I stayed up to watch the live stream of their last ever show streamed on YouTube from Miami and it was really emotional to say the least. Anyway, going slightly off topic now I have a few basic disk jokey skills but I'm really interested in taking it a bit further and learning some new techniques. I do it as a hobby and never really take it seriously, and it's something I rarely mention to people. Only my friends and family really know I do it, but a dream of mine is to spend a season in Ibiza and play clubs - one can dream hey! So I've been looking into getting my skills up to scratch for a reasonable price and once I finish for Summer and have some time off work I'll be there doing just that. 

I could sit and type for alot longer, but I don't want you girls to get bored to your teeth of my ramblings! I'll definitely be back in a month or so with another life update and I'll definitely be scheduling more lifestyle posts on my blog!

March Favourites

Hello dolls! I hope you all had an amazing Easter - I definitely ate and drunk my body weight in food and wine over the weekend so I'm straight back into the gym this week. I find it slightly odd to be writing up my March favourites at the moment; this year is going by so quickly and were already into the fourth month of the year. It feels like only yesterday I was writing my February favourites, but I've been loving a few products this month that I felt I just had to share them with you all. 

I used to use the Liz Earle 'Cleanse & Polish' religiously, but the steep price tag meant it wasn't easy on my bank balance when it came to repurchasing it. I've since rediscovered this little gem, and I would definitely pin it down as a holy grail cleanser. It's the creamiest formula imaginable, and softens/cleans my skin beyond belief. I've also been taking full advantage of the Boots 3 for 2 offer and although I'm besotted with the infamous Lasting Perfection concealer by Collection 2000, I thought it was time to dip my toes into the world of concealer and try something new. I picked up the Maybelline Dream Lumi, a highlighting concealer which is a godsend when it comes to contour and highlighting. It's a lovely texture and I don't find it to be cakey or crease throughout the day either. I've also been using fake tan alot more often recently as I picked up loads at the Professional Beauty exhibition last month. I'm definitely more a mousse person when it comes to tanning, and I'm not exaggerating when I say this dries almost instantly - no more waiting around awkwardly waiting to dry! It's not orange at all and it's streak free meaning you'll look like you've been in the Bahamas and not the Sugar Hut. 

Probably my favourite product throughout the entire month or even the year so far is the YSL Rogue Volupte lipstick. I finally got one after being put off by the £25 price tag, and I'm so glad I did. It takes luxury to a new level and is the best formula of lipstick I've ever tried. Unfortunately I've pushed all my trusty MACs to one side to make room for this, but for the product quality and beautiful packaging there's no turning back for me! Along with using fake tan alot more often I also needed to invest in a heavy duty body scrub. I discovered Lush's Rub Rub Rub at the beginning of the month and have been obsessed ever since. I don't want to say too much about it as I have a full review planned in the next few days, but until then you must know that you need it in your life. I've also been absolutely loving Sleek's Face Contour kit. A double panned contour and highlight duo which compliments most peoples skin tone without looking too 'done'. Both powders are silky soft to the touch and hollow out my cheekbones nicely without looking un-natural. You can tailor exactly how you wish your contour to look, it's buildable and the mocha/vanilla colour combination is to die for.

What products have you been loving over the past month?