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Mini T&T's Haul

Good morning, dear readers! :D

Yesterday I was able to go to a (sort of) local asian grocery store, called T&T's.

This place is HUGE!

They not only have an amazing array of food from the other side of the world, but they also carry some skincare and cosmetics as well.

I was able to pick these items up during my visit:



Woohoo!



I've used the Shiseido Tsubaki Head Spa line before, and I love it.  I ran out years ago, and as it is pricey and harder for me to get (I only ever saw it in person at that one store), I didn't have any more for the longest time.  A couple months ago I came across a small travel bottle at my parents house that I had filled with it (yay!), and that renewed my love for Tsubaki.  On Christmas I got a bottle of the shampoo (it cost over $20 Can!), and I have been waiting for an opportunity to pick up the conditioner as well.

It smells soooo gooooood!!!  I just reached over and grabbed the bottle to smell it, as I haven't put it into my washroom yet.

Eeeee how cute are these rollers?



 I love Japanese packaging.  It tends to be so much more cute than North American packaging.


I've been on the face mask train lately, and these masks were pretty inexpensive, so I thought I would give them a try:




Last but certainly not least, the Hada Labo gokujyun light lotion:



This is made with several forms of hyaluronic acid in varying molecular sizes, allowing adequate penetration into the different layers of the epidermis and dermis.

I've heard some fantastic reviews for it, and have been really looking forward to trying it out.

I picked up the "light" version of the lotion by accident, but I'm glad I did, as it is aimed for people with more combination to oily skin (and I have combination skin, so that works for me!).

I meant to pick up some Kracie Naive make up remover as well, but I forgot.  T.T  Oh well, maybe next time!  (Seriously my favourite make up remover of all time.  Amazing stuff, and it is pretty inexpensive to boot.)

That's all for today, but I hope to keep on blogging more frequently in the future.

Until next time! :D

-Ash


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Updates


Howdy do!

I wanted to update my blog as I have been away so frequently from it.

This past year has had a lot of anxiety, depression, and all that crappy stuff in it, so keeping up with my hobbies and enjoying them has been a lot more difficult.  It's frustrating not being able to control your own brain all of the time.

Despite that, I really want to get back into blogging, as I found it to be cathartic.  So, time for an update!

About a week ago I was able to go out into town with my awesome sister, and we spent the day shopping! (WOOHOO!!!!).  I've had a couple of pretty lean months spending-wise, and was finally able to go on a bit of a splurge :D.  The day went really well, and I am so thankful for that, as my depression has been hard lately.  It's the kind of depression that isn't just feeling sad, but sometimes having trouble feeling much of anything at all.  Then it's sad, then I'm okay, then it flips down and up.  Sigh.

ANYWAY!  Back to the shopping part.  XD

First off, we went to a semi-local restaurant for breakfast with my Dad.  They make the BEST breakfast there, and their hash browns are unbelievable.

After that we went to the Rideau Centre in Ottawa, which has been undergoing renovations lately.  New stores are showing up, old stores are moving to different parts of the mall, the food court is different, and the bus stops are as confusing to navigate as always.

(Funny sign that was on a bus)

Nordstroms is setting up shop, and should be open in early March.  Michael Kors is also being added, and I look forward to checking these out next time I get down to that part of town (they should both be open by then, seeing as I travel that far very infrequently).  I am impressed by how Ottawa is starting to become more upscale with their shopping offerings.  Being a heavily government based city with barely a nightlife, it has never been much for a fashion capital.  Most designer brands end up selling in places like Toronto and Montreal, or somewhere in British Columbia.  So I was very surprised to hear about these changes.  I don't expect Ottawa to become the most fashionable place anytime soon, but it is a lovely city and we are slowly getting more variety in what is available to us.

The first store we went into was Victoria's Secret, and that was the first time I had ever set foot in one before.  Wow!!!  Talk about fancy bras! O_O;  I hate buying bras because they are expensive and finding one that fits is a pain in the patoot, but the sales associate was extremely helpful, and soon enough I had a handful of things to try on.

Being in desperate need of a good bra (I didn't have any that fit anymore, and the ones that sortof did the most recently were built into tank tops), I opted on a pretty light blue number with silvery lace, and said YEP!  If I am going to spend the money on it, I want to buy one that makes me feel fancy.  Because yes.

So off we went, shiny pink bag in my hand, and continued our shopping adventures.

Another change to the Rideau Centre is that a new LUSH Cosmetics store has opened up there.  While on one hand I am very (very!) glad about that as you can never have too many Lush stores, there was a Lush store about ten minutes (walking!) away from it.  So the placement surprised me.  I sincerely hope that they didn't close down the other location, as it was larger and had more stock.

I picked up some Blousey shampoo and my sister grabbed me a Buffy bar while we were there, and I got to check out some of the new shampoo bars (which smelled great!!).  I would have loved to stock up on all the Lush things, but needed to buy some other items so I held back.  Holding back in a Lush store is not an easy thing to do.  XD

We went to Sephora, and my sister picked up the Urban Decay Electric palette, and oh my, is that ever gorgeous!

Since her birthday was this month, my sister received a birthday gift from the store for being a Beauty Insider.  The current birthday gifts are two mini NARS lip pencils; one being the Velvet Matte pencil in Cruella (a delicious deep blue based red), and the other a Satin pencil in Rikugien (a peachy-pink shade).

As my sister rarely wears makeup on her lips, she gave the pencils to me. WOOHOO!! :D

After shopping, we went to go get her septum pierced at the same place I got my tattoo in my earlier 20's.

When she was done, she turned to me and asked if I wanted the nose piercing I had been talking about.  So, without further ado:


And here is super duper duckface, as I feel silly taking normal photographs:


We had an awesome day, and it was much needed.  Tomorrow we will be heading out again, and I'll be able to get some pants because I ripped holes in two pairs lately (there is a metal hook for the latch on the screen door outside of my apartment, and it catches on my butt when I go outside :( ).

OOOH!

A couple days ago my parents got the sweetest kitten, who is 14 weeks old:


They still have yet to pick the name for her, but I think it may end up being Mogwai. :D

She is such a sweetheart, and at night if she doesn't see anyone around, she can meow so sadly, so I'll go into the kitchen and then she falls asleep purring on my lap (when she isn't climbing all over me trying to eat my hair or the fluffs on my housecoat).

Her ear fluffs are the cutest! XD

Hopefully I'll be feeling up to writing more soon.  Have a super fantabulous day!

-Ash


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Lush Floating Flower Bath Bomb Review

Good afternoon, dear readers! :D

Today I have another Lush review for you!

I was sent the lovely Floating Flower for review, and I am so happy for that.  This was absolutely beautiful!!


This is a limited edition product, brought out for their Valentine's Day 2015 line.



Here is what Lush has to say about it:

tFlowers on the water

Relax, it’s nearly Valentine’s Day and this flower is sure to please! Gently place this multi-layered Bath Bomb in the water and watch as it floats and slowly fizzes away, releasing a sensual jasmine fragrance. Its vivid, colorful layers create a bouquet of pink, orange and green froth on the water, so get in and soak up all its goodness, and leave the tub feeling relaxed and smelling irresistible.

Features

  • A bomb bouquet: Pick up a few and create the ultimate bouquet for lovers of flowers.
  • Smell familiar? This bomb shares its sensual scent with our Flying Fox shower gel.
  • Limited edition: Made just for Valentine’s Day, this one won’t last long!is one won’t last long!
And here are the ingredients:
Sodium Bicarbonate , Citric Acid , Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate) , Sodium Laureth Sulfate ,Cypress Oil (Cupressus sempervirens) , Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum) , Palmarossa Oil (Cymbopogan martini) , Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata) , Lauryl Betaine , *Geraniol , *Limonene ,*Linalool , Benzyl Alcohol , Lilial , Fragrance , Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides) , Blue 1 , Orange 4 ,Red 33 , Red 4 , Red 27 , Tangerine Dusting Powders (Yellow 5, Yellow 6) , Yellow Lustre (Maltodextrin, Potassium Aluminium Silicate)

First off, the fragrance is wonderful!!!  To me, it smells exactly like the Godiva solid shampoo that Lush carries, which is a lovely jasmine scent.  It's not a cloying fake floral scent, but a layered glorious REAL flower scent.  Lush does florals right!  I used to not be huge on floral scents when I was growing up, but I am loving them now after Lush.  XD

Here is the Floating Flower in the bath:




 It really does look like a flower here! :D





 This water marbling effect is so beautiful!!



 Blooooop!



 I used the bath bomb with half the tub full, then filled up the tub the rest of the way.  Now I'm not sure if the bubbles are from the ingredients in the Floating Flower, or because I was lazy and didn't rinse out the tub after the Unicorn Horn bubble bar.  D:


After all was said and done, the water turned a clear, lovely rose colour.  To dissolve completely, the bath bomb took over ten minutes!!! O_O  That is really impressive!

The water was very soft on my skin, and it was a luxurious bath.  The scent of jasmine in the air was very relaxing, and it lightly fragranced my skin afterwards.

I highly recommend this one!  Not only does it smell wonderful and make the water lovely, but the show it gives lasts a long time, and is well worth the cost.

Remember that the Floating Flower is only around until Valentine's Day, so scoop them up while you can!

Have a great day! :D

-Ash





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Lush Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar Review

Good afternoon, dear readers!

Today I have another Lush Valentine's Day 2015 product to review!

I was very kindly sent the Unicorn Horn bubble bar for review, and I am so happy for that.

Isn't it gorgeous??


And it is a great size too:


Pink, purple, blue and yellow with silver lustre and tiny stars studding the outside = OMG SO CUTE!!! :'D  Some of the stars had popped off, but that's okay.  They leave little star imprints, and eehehehe so cuuuuuute!!  I want to get a bundle of these! XD

I felt almost guilty using this, as it's one of those Lush products that you want to keep on your shelf so you can look at its cuteness.

Here is what Lush has to say about it:

Sweet dreams are made of these

Sink into a magical bath filled with beautiful essential oils, colorful candy stars, sparkling glitter, rainbows and dreams. Gorgeous pastel colors and a shimmering luster create enchanting pink waters with silvery trails sparkling through it – just like the dazzling pools in magical forests that unicorns can be found bathing in. Lavender, ylang ylang and neroli create a unique and uplifting fragrance as you surround yourself with mounds of bubbles that will leave you feeling perfectly serene.

Features

  • No two are alike: Each Unicorn Horn is lovingly handmade, so every one is unique!
  • Sweet dreams: The dreamy blend of lavender and neroli essential oils will leave you feeling relaxed and elated.
  • From Japan, with love: This one launched in Japan last year, and is now available for the whole LUSH world to enjoy.
And here are the ingredients:

Sodium Bicarbonate , Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate) , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Lauryl Betaine ,Cornflour (Zea mays) , Fragrance , Lavender Oil (Lavandula augustifolia) , Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) , Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara) , *Citral ,*Limonene , *Linalool , Yellow 8 , Red 27 , Yellow 10 ,Yellow 5 , Potassium aluminium silicate , Blue 1 ,Titanium Dioxide , Maltodextrin , Mica , Multicoloured Candy Stars (Sugar, Corn Starch, Rice Flour, Soybean Oil, Cottonseed Oil, Gum Arabic, Xanthan Gum, Flavour, Monoglycerides, Diglycerides, Polysorbate 60, Blue 1, Red 40, Yellow 5, Yellow 6)

Usually there are very distinct ingredients that I can pick up when I use a Lush product.  But with this, the scents blended into a sweet mixture that I can't pick out individual notes in.  But trust me when I say it has a very lovely fragrance! :D

I like sharing Lush goodies with my sister, so I asked if she would like to do a review for me, and here is what she had to say along with my observations when drawing the bath:

(I used about half the bar for the bath, a little more than shown here:)



It produces massive amounts of bubbles, and the water turns a light lavender with silver shimmer.

The scent is much stronger in the bar itself, versus when you crumble it up and mix it into the tub.  It is not cloying in any way, and while it does scent the skin after you step out of the bath, it is a very light fragrance, and very nice. :D

While not moisturizing, it is not drying at all (and my sister and I can get reeeally dry skin, so that is great!).

At the midway point, lots of bubbles.

When I was done filling the tub, LOTS of bubbles.  And I could have made more if I agitated the water more.

BUBBBLEEEESSSSS!

I so, so, so recommend this!  Not only does it smell great and produce many bubbles, but it leaves sparkle in the water and the product itself is more adorable than I can say.  I feel kind of light Rainbow Brite holding it. XD

Have a wonderful day, and don't forget that the Unicorn Horn is a limited edition product, so if you are hoping to pick one (or several!) up, that they will only be around for Valentine's Day.

-Ash
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Lush Lonely Heart Bubble Bar Review

Good morning, lovelies!

Today I have a review of Lush's Lonely Heart bubble bar, which is a Valentine's Day 2015 limited edition release.


This gorgeous bar was very kindly sent to me for review.

(Isn't it adorable?!!?)

Here is what Lush.ca has to say about it:

"A heart full of Love

Crumble this heart under running water and it may just make your heart race a little. Its golden shimmer and vibrant red center will turn your bath water into a lascivious haven of soft bubbles. It features the same scent as our bygone Love perfume – a lemongrass, bergamot, jasmine and ylang ylang blend that will leave your soft skin smelling oh-so-irresistible.

Features

  • Shim shimmer: The gold glimmer luster is safe for the environment.
  • Oh, you so corny! We added a touch of corn flour to this one to keep skin soft in and out of the tub.
  • Love at first smell: This bar’s scent will fill your heart (and your nose) with Love…literally."
And here are the ingredients:

Sodium Bicarbonate , Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate) , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Cornflour (Zea mays) , Lauryl Betaine , Fragrance , Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogon citratus) , Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia) , Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum) , Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena) ,Ylang Ylang Absolute (Cananga Odorata) , Oak Moss Extract (Evernia Prunastri) , *Cinnamal , *Citral ,*Geraniol , *Benzyl Benzoate , *Limonene , *Linalool ,*Farnesol , Coumarin , Red 4 , Snowflake Lustre (Titanium Dioxide, Potassium Aluminium Silicate) , Gold Glimmer Lustre Golden Glitter (Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Iron Oxides, Silica)



It has a delightful fragrance!!  I didn't realise that it is a fragrance that they had before, called Love.  It's hard for me to place it, but I do get a citrus-fruity-floral scent when I smell it.  With the bergamot and lemongrass mixed with the rose, ylang ylang, and jasmine, you get a unique but really pleasant mix.  I think it is very interesting that there is oak moss extract in there as well.

I used half a bar for my bath, as I like making at least two baths out of Lush products when I can.


The water was a clear reddish pink hue, with fine gold shimmer flecks floating around, that disappeared and reappeared when they caught the light.


There weren't as many bubbles as with some other bubble bars I've tried, but again I used only half of the bar and the bar itself is smaller than bubble bars like Blue Skies and the Comforter.



I took photos at the half-way point to show how intense the colour would be at full strength.


My skin smelled absolutely lovely afterwards.  Sadly I had to take a rather short bath, but it was luxurious and very relaxing, and I highly recommend this as a treat for yourself or someone you care about.
Also it is so cuuuute, being a sparkly heart, and all. XD

Another hit from Lush! :D

I will be back soon with more reviews of the Valentine's Day line! :D
Until then, take care and have a wonderful day!

-Ash











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Lush Valentine's Day 2015

Good evening, dear readers! :D

It's coming up to that time of the year again, where hearts, chocolate, and flowers pop up all over the place.

While many of you will be celebrating with your significant other, I'll be at home doing my own thing.  I'm single but I still like the idea of Valentine's Day, and with Lush's Valentine's Day line up for 2015, I can pamper myself regardless of my single status. :D

Here are the goods!!










I will have some reviews up shortly for a few of the new products! :D

Last year I tried Prince Charming shower gel, Neon Love soap (Cupid's Love), and the Love Locket bath bomb.   Actually, quite a few of those, as they are some of my favourite bath bombs ever. You can click on the hyperlinks to see those reviews, or click on the Lush section near the top of my web page, where it will bring you to a list of Lush reviews I have done so far.

Gaaah, Lush holiday collections are brilliant!  I want to scoop them all up!





Have a wonderful evening! :)

-Ash

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