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Lush Ayesha Fresh Face Mask Review

Good morning dear readers! :D

Today I am going to review Lush's Ayesha fresh face mask.




This mask retails for $6.95 Can. for 60 grams.

"Spellbinding ingredients to smooth wrinkles
Ayesha is a blend of tightening and toning ingredients to refresh tired-looking skin. We use vitamin C-rich kiwi to brighten dull spots, asparagus to nourish and absorb excess oils and honey for hydrating and soothing red areas. This fresh mask is named after the fictional priestess who discovered the secret to immortality - ten minutes with it on and you’ll see why! Dull, tired and mature skin transforms for a bright, youthful glow." - Lush.ca
Ingredients: Fullers Earth Honey (Mel) Elderflower (Sambucus Nigra) & Lime Tree Flower (Tilia Europaea) Decoction Glycerine ,Fresh Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) Fresh Organic Kiwi Fruit (Actinidia chinensis) Kaolin Witch Hazel Extract (Hamamelis virginiana) Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena) ,Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis) Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin) Elderflower Vinegar Bentone Gel *Geraniol *Limonene *Linalool Fragrance . 
*Occurs naturally in essential oils



While I can't quite make out the fragrance all of the ingredients add up to, it is refreshing and pleasant.

(I feel so silly in photos!)

The mask is supposed to be applied and then left on the face, for 5-10 minutes.  I left mine on for a wee bit longer than that, but as the mask dried rather quickly (with the amount I put on), I don't know if anything happened during that extra time.


While it did feel soothed at the same time, my skin was tingling when I had Ayesha on, and upon removing the mask I found that my skin was irritated and on the dry side.  My skin flakes easily, and I found that Ayesha exacerbated the problem.

My skin felt much softer afterwards, but sadly the youthful glow I received was red blotches XD.



Please don't let my review deter you, as everyone has different skin, and what doesn't work for some can work for others.  I have notoriously sensitive skin, and if something doesn't freak it out, then that is very, very rare for me.  I also left it on a bit longer than you are supposed to, so that may have made my reaction worse.

I can't say much for its effect on wrinkles as I don't have many, and the ones I do have are very small and mostly in places where I did not put the mask.  I *think* the fine ones on my forehead were less noticeable, but it could be that I'm just being very hopeful.  In the areas where my skin pulls when making expressions (like around my nose), the skin was dry, and it actually made more lines from being tight. XD  Ah well, you can't win them all.

I won't be purchasing Ayesha again, but that's okay.  I have a bunch of other lovely Lush items to keep me happy! :D

Have a wonderful day!

-Ash


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Lush Wiccy Magic Muscles Review

Good morning, dear readers! :D

Today I have a review of Lush's Wiccy Magic Muscles massage bar.  This retails at $10.95 Can. for 70 grams.



My bar looks a bit odd because it is about two or so years old XD.  For whatever reason, I didn't decide to review it until now.  So here is the photo from Lush.ca's website:


"Spicy bar for sore muscles
Wiccy Magic Muscles is our spicy massage bar for aching muscles. The first time you use one of these, it you’ll notice the sensation of peppermint and cinnamon spice oils which make the skin feel warm and tingly. The red pieces on the top are aduki beans, which work into the muscles like firm fingertips for a relaxing massage. We’re using our new aeration technique on our Wiccy’s to make them melt into the skin easier, making for a soft, smooth massage. When you’ve worked yourself into a pretzel in yoga class, or had a long day on the slopes, head home and convince someone to rub this one in. Ahh, that’s better." - lush.ca

Ingredients: Fair Trade Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao) Aduki Beans (Phaseolus Angularis) Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii) ,Cold Pressed Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis) ,Cinnamon Leaf Oil (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita) Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera) *Cinnamyl Alcohol *Cinnamal *Coumarin ,*Eugenol *Isoeugenol *Benzyl Benzoate *Limonene ,*Linalool Fragrance . *Occurs naturally in essential oils
First off, I have to say that this massage bar smells very Christmas-y to me.  I believe it is the cinnamon leaf oil.   When I picked it up in store, I had to get it for that factor alone.  Eyes wide, waving my hands around, I exclaimed: "this smells like Christmas!".  I would have guessed that it also contained some cloves along with the cinnamon, but I would be wrong on that front.

The bar starts melting the moment it touches skin, and after rubbing it on, it leaves a nice layer of scented oils.

I don't do much intense physical activity that I need a deep rub down for my muscles, so sadly I cannot review how good it works for that.  But, I can say that this works perfectly for a lighter massage, giving good slip for hand movements, and the essential oils are very therapeutic and relaxing.  The bar is very moisturizing, and I bet it would be lovely to use right after a warm bath.



I don't feel it warms the skin right away, but I find it does warm up and hold heat in for a bit after some massaging.  Then to me it feels a bit cool on the skin, which I think is from the peppermint.

There are azuki beans on one side to help with massaging, but I don't really use that side so I can't say to how well they work.  I have heard that they can be a bit of a pain in the butt when the bar starts melting after several uses and they start to fall out, but I'm not really worried about that.


Overall I think it is a great product, and one I can see myself buying again after I finish using it.  I tend to be really stingy with my products when I use them, so they can last a very long time (like this one! XD).  But I know that when I do run out, I'll want another.  I read on Makeupalley someone comment on one of Lush's massage bars that they used it 2-3 times a week for two months and still had some left, so you should be able to get a decent amount of uses from one bar, provided that you don't use more than what is needed.

I keep mine in a tin, so that it doesn't rub off on anything else.  It starts to melt the moment anything warm touches it, so I keep it in that tin for safekeeping.  If you do have any of Lush's massage bars, be sure to keep them in a cooler environment, and out of sunlight.

Have you tried any of Lush's massage bars?  If so, what are your favourites?

Take care, and have a lovely day!

-Ash



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The Face Shop Mini Haul

Good morning, dear readers! :D

Last week I had to go to a mall to return an item I bought that didn't work well with my skin.  While there, I ended up stopping in a few stores and picked up a few things. :)

Most of what I got was from The Face Shop (a Korean beauty brand that has just opened stores recently in Ottawa).

Here's what I picked up:

The green box was on sale for $10, and I'm glad the sales associate told me about it, because I regretted not getting one earlier in the year (these sets were for Christmas) and they still had some!

It comes with The Face Shop's Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam, a mini Rice Water Bright Lip and Eye Makeup Remover, and three of the Real Nature Rice Masks.


I also got some of the Modeling Gel Patchs, which are for the lips (as I'm sure you can tell XD).


To go with the foaming facial wash, I picked up a Creamy Bubble Maker (which I can tell you that I am a huge fan of now that I've tried it!):


They got a shipment of products in that they had been sold of of for a while, and one of the items was konjac sponges! :D  So I had to pick one up!


I have reviewed several konjac sponges before (you can see them here and here), but one thing I've never personally encountered until now is a pre-moistened konjac sponge.  I'm not really sure why The Face Shop does that; maybe because they look bigger and feel softer when moistened than they do in their dry state?  Either way it seems like it would shorten the shelf life, even if they are sealed.  Who knows?

The main reason why I went into the store was to pick up more of their glorious face masks.  I bought ten (not including the three rice ones that came in the green boxed set), and because they were having a buy one get one half off sale, I got 5 free! :D

I stuffed them into a basket of masks that my sister and I share:



Because I spent over a certain amount ($30 or something like that), I got some free nail polish! :D
The packaging is soooo cuuuuuute!



I've never used any nail polish from this brand before, so it will be interesting seeing how they hold up.

So far I've tried a few of the things I got and I quite like them. :D  I plan on doing some reviews soon, and I look forward to sharing my thoughts :).

(I also ran into Bath and Body Works and grabbed this, which smells reaaaaally nice!):


I hope you have a wonderful day!! :D

Toodleooooooooo!

-Ash





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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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I have a serious love for books, gaming, and general sci-fi and fantasy things.

I also love music and art, and hope to become a better musician and artist as time goes on.

I just started playing Magic: The Gathering again after a looooong break (11 years!?!), and it is awesome.  I hope to become a better Magic player too, because I'm not that great at it heheheh.

I was introduced to edh last (I think?) month, and it has quickly become a favourite format.

OH!  I also do MTG altered art, which I recently started and it is seriously fun and rewarding.  Magic + art practice?  Aw yeah!! :D

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