LUSH Halloween 2017

Provided for review

LUSH Halloween 2017

This is Lushoween, this is Lushoween! What a month it's been, Halloween was last night and I can't believe how quickly it crept up on me. We didn't get to go out for it this year as my six-year-old had grommet surgery today and had to fast for that, while my three-year-old is still recovering from a nasty viral infection. And while I'm sure my eight-month-old would have loved to get her hands (and face and clothes and maybe some of it might actually end up in her mouth at some point) on some Halloween candy, I suspect it might not be the best idea ever.

We were still able to get into the Halloween spirit though, with these Lush goodies that are perfect for creating spooky fun at bath time! As is often the case with Lush's seasonal collections, there's a mixture of returning favourites and new faces in this year's range; Lush NZ was kind enough to send me a selection to show you.

LUSH Pumpkin Bath Bomb Review

Pumpkin Bath Bomb ($8.90) is one of my faves, I loved it last year and I'm so glad it's back this year. This grinning guy is beautiful in its simplicity, turning your bathwater a bright orange with a strong, sweet fragrance of pumpkin spice. It's also lustre-free if sparkle's not your bag. 

LUSH Pumpkin Bath Bomb Demo

Lush Pumpkin Bath Bomb in action

LUSH Bewitched Bubble Bar Review

Is this not the cutest little face you've ever seen? I was so excited when I pulled this out of our parcel! Bewitched Bubble Bar ($10.90) is scented with blackberry, bergamot and olibanum, with the blackberry note dominating the fragrance. It creates a spooky, inky black bath with sparkles, like bathing in the night sky. I hope this returns next year!

LUSH Ectoplasm Jelly Bomb review

Ectoplasm Jelly Bomb ($9.90) is a new product that I was excited for but it ended up falling a bit flat. In addition to the usual fizzy bath bomb goodness, Ectoplasm contains gooey jelly that is released as the bath bomb fizzes away. A very cool idea in theory but in the case of our one, the jelly clung to and hardened sections of the bomb, preventing them from fully dissolving. We had to crush up these chunks as best as we could but it was a lot of effort with inevitable wasted product as we found lots of undissolved bits at the bottom of the tub after the bath was over. I enjoyed the tangerine and grapefruit scent but not enough to try this one again. I would still consider trying one of the other new Jelly Bombs as the seaweed extract used to make the jelly feels lovely and hydrating on skin and I'm hopeful that Lush have further perfected this product. 

LUSH Ectoplasm Jelly Bomb demo

Ectoplasm Jelly Bomb in action

LUSH Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb review

Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb ($8.90) is always a staple of the Halloween collection, alongside the matching Shower Cream and has become one of our favourites over the years. They share a heady patchouli and black pepper fragrance with a hint of vanilla that won even my stubborn hubby over - so much so that he's been through three bottles of the Shower Cream over the last year! This year I'll be stocking up for sure as we only got a 100g bottle in last year's range and then grabbed additional bottles in the Buy & Sell Lush NZ Facebook group as they popped up. The bath bomb puts on a great show in the bath, sending out streams of green and magenta foam until the bath winter is tinted a rich wine hue. Just gorgeous. 

LUSH Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb demo

Lord of Misrule bath bomb in action

LUSH Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar review

Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar ($9.90) is another returning favourite. We missed it last year as it didn't seem to get a very wide release but purchased it the year before and it's just as good as we remember! Be prepared for gold sparkles to get on EVERYTHING though, Sparkly Pumpkin will well and truly give you the Midas touch. My kids love the sparkles and the lime and grapefruit scent. 

LUSH Pink Pumpkin bubble bar review

Accompanying Sparkly Pumpkin this year is the new Pink Pumpkin Bubble Bar ($9.90), a girly confection fragranced with jasmine, geranium and bergamot. Truth be told, this scent wasn't my cup of tea but the boys enjoyed it and even half a bar produced an impressive amount of bubbles. 

LUSH Magic Wand soap review

Magic Wand Soap ($8.50/100g) is another one that I enjoyed last year and it continues the citrus theme with its bright, cheery tangerine and orange scent. It lathers nicely and cleanses my skin well without leaving it feeling stripped. 

LUSH Goth Fairy Shimmer Bar review

Last but certainly not least is the fan favourite Goth Fairy Shimmer Bar ($12.90). It's petite but potent, leaving shimmer wherever it goes and a luscious scent described as 'almond, grapefruit and bergamot' - but mostly, it smells like lollies to me! Perfect for highlighting summer skin. 

Halloween may be over but all of these products and more are still available on the Lush NZ website. Have you tried any of them?

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Darling Girl Balm Gloss - Cake and Casket Girls Swatches & Review

Purchased with blogger discount

Darling Girl Balm Gloss - Cake and Casket Girls Swatches & Review

I love Darling Girl's Balm Glosses, they're one of my favourite lipgloss formulas out there - certainly unparalleled when it comes to non-stickiness and epic colour payoff. Late last year, Susan released some new colours and I was understandably excited, especially with the inclusion of Cake, a warm nude with red shimmer - just the kind of nude with a twist I like! I think there were eight new shades in all, but in the interest of not sending myself broke, I stuck to two: Cake and Casket Girls.

Darling Girl Balm Gloss - Cake and Casket Girls Swatches & Review

Formula overview:
The Balm Gloss formula is thin, smooth, non-sticky and lightweight. As you might expect from the name, it does indeed have a balmy feel and is hydrating to boot. The scent is lovely - a little fruity and lightly sweet without being cloying.

Darling Girl Balm Gloss - Cake and Casket Girls Swatches & Review

The Liquid Kiss Luxe Balm Glosses are packaged in a 3ml click pen with a pointed brush applicator. As is pretty standard with this type of gloss delivery system, you have to twist the base many times before the first bit of product appears, but the brush is quite nice for applying colour smoothly and precisely - I applied the lip swatches neat from the tube.

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Cake

Darling Girl Balm Gloss - Cake Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Balm Gloss - Cake Swatches & Review

Cake is described as a 'nude pinky beige with red pearl'. The pearl shimmer is on the crimson side of red, almost fuchsia, it's really pretty. I love the Balm Glosses and I love nude lippies so you can bet I'm all over this! The shimmer is just the cherry on top of a winning formula for me. I found Cake easy to apply evenly and the formula allows for it to be sheered out or built up without any goopiness or colour shifting. It lasted four hours on me.

Darling Girl Balm Gloss - Cake Swatches & Review

Casket Girls

Darling Girl Balm Gloss - Casket Girls Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Balm Gloss - Casket Girls Swatches & Review

Casket Girls is a 'berry red with strong green pearl'. It's a gorgeous colour any time of the year but I've been reaching for it even more often now that the weather is warming up! It's semi-opaque with fairly even coverage and it doesn't feather during wear. The green pearl is the star of the show here, I like how much interest it adds to the shade while still keeping it inherently wearable. Casket Girls lasted four hours on me.

Darling Girl Balm Gloss - Casket Girls Swatches & Review

PS. If you, too, were curious about the name 'Casket Girls', here's an interesting read that explains who and what the Casket Girls were!

What I liked:

  • Semi-opaque, even colour pay off
  • Hydrating
  • No feathering
  • Wallet friendly - retails for $6USD

What I didn't like:

  • Nothing

Where to buy:


What do you think of these two?

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L'Oreal Lip Paints Swatches & Review

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L'Oreal Lip Paints Swatches & Review

Thanks so much for all your feedback on my life update post the other week, guys. I'm still not certain what my blogging future holds but I'm emerging from my hibernation slowly, tentatively and resolved to work through some overdue reviews and start incorporating more family and craft stuff. Perhaps regular updates on my Christmas crafting and house reno projects too? We shall see. 
For today, though, I have a selection of Lip Paints from L'Oreal swatched and reviewed for you. These were released a few months back in a broad colour range which is divided into Lacquer and Matte finishes. The Lacquers are pretty self-explanatory but the Mattes are another example of a confusing trend in which 'matte' seems to mean 'not shimmery or patent leather shiny'. Definitely not matte. I wanted to love these from my first whiff; they smell exactly like this old Dior Diorific Plastic Shine liquid lipstick I had circa 2004. It was brick red and glossy with a full-bodied moody floral fragrance, I had no idea what I was doing with it and no doubt looked like a hot mess but I loved it to pieces! Once I got past the nostalgia of the scent, though, I found these to be quite a mixed bag. Keep on reading to see why. 

L'Oreal Lip Paints Lacquer Swatches & Review

All of the Lip Paints I tried were vibrant and well pigmented with most applying evenly and without much fuss. The Lacquers were the easiest to apply as the viscosity was consistent: thick but no trouble to spread out, with very little tackiness. I would recommend using a lip liner to outline your lips first for the sake of ease; it is possible to get a neat outline with the applicator included but between the high pigmentation and fluidity of the formula, I found it to be an f-bomb dropping experience!

L'Oreal Lip Paints Matte Swatches & Review

Now the matte formula, besides not being matte, feels rather bizarre. The pigments are, to varying degrees, clumpy in the tube, yet the lipstick base is oily, so you find yourself trying to smooth out the pigments with the applicator while feeling you have entirely too much product on your lips. Eventually, it settles down but all the fussing can leave the colour prone to streaking and the whole process is a bloody nuisance. That being said, the oiliness makes them incredibly comfortable on the lips. 

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Gone With The Nude

L'Oreal Lip Paint Lacquer - Gone With The Nude Swatches & Review

L'Oreal Lip Paint Lacquer - Gone With The Nude Swatches & Review

L'Oreal Lip Paint Lacquer - Gone With The Nude Swatches & Review

Gone With The Nude is a warm terracotta nude and is by far and away, my favourite of the Lip Paints I have. It's pretty easy to work with, has that divine aforementioned Dior lipstick scent and it was hydrating during the four hours it lasted on me. Big tick from me!

L'Oreal Lip Paint Lacquer - Gone With The Nude Swatches & Review

Darling Pink

L'Oreal Lip Paint Lacquer - Darling Pink Swatches & Review

L'Oreal Lip Paint Lacquer - Darling Pink Swatches & Review

Darling Pink is a medium warm pink with a touch of coral in the mix. It came a close second to Gone With The Nude for my favourite pick and it performed similarly, lasting four hours and wearing away evenly. It was comfortable on the lips but not as hydrating as Gone With The Nude. 

L'Oreal Lip Paint Lacquer - Darling Pink Swatches & Review

Fuchsia Wars

L'Oreal Lip Paint Lacquer - Fuchsia Wars Swatches & Review

L'Oreal Lip Paint Lacquer - Fuchsia Wars Swatches & Review

Fuchsia Wars is a vibrant Barbie shade of fuchsia-pink. I love the colour but the vibrancy coupled with the glossy finish heralded the end of my success with this formula. Fuchsia Wars feathered very quickly on me and the colour wore away just as fast, lasting three and a half hours.

L'Oreal Lip Paint Lacquer - Fuchsia Wars Swatches & Review

Red Fiction

L'Oreal Lip Paint Lacquer - Red Fiction Swatches & Review

L'Oreal Lip Paint Lacquer - Red Fiction Swatches & Review

Red Fiction is a bright red with warm undertones. As with Fuchsia Wars, it feathered incredibly quickly which left me pretty bummed out. It's such a gorgeous shade of red! Alas, glossy reds and I rarely get along. Red Fiction lasted four hours in total, leaving some light staining behind.

L'Oreal Lip Paint Lacquer - Red Fiction Swatches & Review

Dark River

L'Oreal Lip Paint Lacquer - Dark River Swatches & Review

L'Oreal Lip Paint Lacquer - Dark River Swatches & Review

Dark River is a blackened grape purple. Gorgeously vampy from a distance but definitely in need of a lip liner up close! It clung on unenthusiastically for three hours, feathering and shifting around throughout that time.

L'Oreal Lip Paint Lacquer - Dark River Swatches & Review

King Pink

L'Oreal Lip Paint Matte - King Pink Swatches & Review

L'Oreal Lip Paint Matte - King Pink Swatches & Review

King Pink is a bright candy pink. It felt AWFUL going on, startling my husband with my horrified exclamations during swatching and I was genuinely surprised at how pretty it looked once I'd evened out the pigment clumps. I love the end result but it's not worth the trouble. It lasted four hours, wasn't drying and left faint pink staining.

L'Oreal Lip Paint Matte - King Pink Swatches & Review

Apocalypse Red

L'Oreal Lip Paint Matte - Apocalypse Red Swatches & Review

L'Oreal Lip Paint Matte - Apocalypse Red Swatches & Review

Apocalypse Red is a classic blue-based red, a few shades darker than Red Fiction. I love the colour but the clumpy pigments were again an issue (you can see some traces that I didn't fully smooth out around the center of my lower lip) and it began feathering within minutes of application. After five hours, I looked distinctly clownish.

L'Oreal Lip Paint Matte - Apocalypse Red Swatches & Review

Wuthering Purple

L'Oreal Lip Paint Matte - Wuthering Purple Swatches & Review

L'Oreal Lip Paint Matte - Wuthering Purple Swatches & Review

Wuthering Purple is a vibrant fuchsia purple, the shade we were all calling 'radiant orchid' a few years ago. It's a colour that I enjoy but Wuthering Purple isn't the best example of it, suffering from the unevenness that plagues many purple lip colours. It looks fine from a normal viewing distance but this close, it bugs the hell out of me! Wuthering Purple also felt thicker and chunkier than the other Mattes, the fussing needed to smooth out the clumps didn't help the unevenness. It lasted five hours and stained my lips hot pink. Hot.

L'Oreal Lip Paint Matte - Wuthering Purple Swatches & Review

What I liked:
  • Well pigmented
  • Most shades were hydrating, none of them were drying
  • Gone With The Nude, King Pink, Darling Pink, Dark River and Wuthering Purple didn't feather
What I didn't like:
  • The mattes were chunky and fussy to even out
  • Wuthering Purple and Dark River had uneven colour payoff
  • Fuchsia Wars, Red Fiction and Apocalypse Red feathered
  • Short wear time - three to five hours max.
Where to buy:
  • Selected pharmacies and department stores nationwide (NZ)
  • Amazon
  • Ebay

Have you tried any of these?

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Life Update

Life Update - Ombre drawers DIY

Motherhood is bloody hard work. Most days, I feel pulled a million different directions. The hardest moments are when more than one of my children are in distress and I can't comfort them all at the same time. I need more limbs... and more hours in the day would be nice, too, instead of trying to cram more in after everyone else has gone to bed. Lately I wonder if I'm falling a bit out of love with blogging. In New Zealand it's gotten increasingly competitive - I can't imagine how horrendous it would be in bigger markets. While I've worked hard to constantly improve my blog, my photography and my 'voice' over the last five years, I've watched others employ shady tactics like the contentious follow/unfollow to leapfrog ahead. They get the attention, products and - this really stings - paid posts, off the back of falsely inflated statistics. We're told PR companies and brands are becoming wise to this ploy and recognising those that use these tactics, but honestly, I'm not seeing any evidence of that. I don't think of myself as an inherently jealous or competitive person, despite the above passage appearing to contradict that belief, so I try to tune it out as much as possible and just 'do me'. It's not always easy, though. And I can't really blame PR companies for increasingly ignoring me either when I feel so inconsistent.

Life Update - Doctor Who Cross stitch

Christmas is coming and I'm handmaking about 60% of the gifts on our 30 people + gift list this year. It's time-consuming and it pulls me further away from blogging, but I'm really enjoying it. I like doing things with my hands, the process of a project coming together. The side of guilt with every stitching session that I'm not working on the blog weighs on me though. The other big time suck at the moment (excluding the usual day to day business) is home renovation. We've started out small, we did Alexandra's room right before she was born at the beginning of the year and we've not long finished painting Noel and Patrick's shared room. Painting a room from start to finish with a baby on your hip or hurrying between naps is no mean feat, let me tell you! It took a lot longer than I anticipated and I'm still taking my time moving the boys' belongings back in (culling toys as I go because I am mean). We've got the wardrobe shelves to reinforce, paint and reinstall and I'm also restoring Patrick's drawers, which were a badly painted second hand find before Noel (age 6) was born - they've been on my to-do list that long! I stripped off the majority of the paint to uncover the wood, which looks like rimu, I'm no expert - but a beautiful wood, anyway. The nooks and crannies are proving difficult as you can see in the picture below but I love how the ombre drawers turned out, especially with the silver handles I added after taking this picture. It makes me so happy standing in the kids' rooms now, feeling we have started making this house our own. 

Life Update - Ombre drawers DIY

Where to from here? My fifth blogging anniversary is coming up and I feel busier and more indecisive than ever. I don't think I want to give up. I still love all things beauty. But the late nights, and guilt (whether I'm doing enough blogging, whether it's taking away from my kids) and depressing state of the blogging industry wear me down.

I don't know. What do you think?

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