Stephanie and I both have a huge love for soap, especially Lush soap. So when I found out they were introducing five new ones, I was pretty excited. They recently discontinued a couple of my favourites (I’m not over it yet), so I was hoping to find a new favourite. I got the inside scoop when I recently had a chance to go on a tour of the Lush factory a month ago but now that they’re available online, I get to talk all about them.
Every colour in this soap is made from a different juice (grape, orange, blueberry, pineapple and raspberry), hence the layer part of the name. Obviously this is a really fruity soap that’s colourful and fun for everyone.
Respect Your Elders
Respect Your Elders has a really gorgeous elderflower and elderberry scent that’s light and fruity. It smells close enough to my discontinued Godmother soap, that this might make my new favourite list.
I honestly would’ve never thought to combine peppermint oil and maple syrup in anything but the combination is surprisingly delicious. The mint balances out the maple sweetness, while the maple stops the peppermint from being too strong.
I overloaded on lavender scented everything a few years ago and can’t really tolerate the smell of it most of the time. For some reason though, I love Serendipity. Maybe it’s because they use real lavender or maybe because it’s mixed in with chamomile, either way, this is the most calming soap I’ve tried in a long time.
If you’re missing Demon In The Dark (who isn’t?), Outback Mate might fill at least part of the void. Made with eucalyptus, lemongrass and peppermint, this will leave you both refreshed and smell amazing. I had a chance to help make one of these and I took some pictures so you can see all the hard work that goes into it.
If you don’t have a favourite Lush soap yet or are looking for a new one, you now have five more options to try.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that your brushes and makeup tools are just as important as the actual makeup you buy. This season, I did a little spring cleaning and updated my brush collection with some new winners.
Sephora Tough As Nails – This is the most bad ass nail set I have ever seen. The second I saw it, I knew I wanted it. The square case had a faux leather, black patent finish and industrial zipper that makes it look so cool to hold. I wish this was a clutch. The tools inside are just as tough. There are 7 tools inside that can transform even the roughest and toughest nails. They aren’t going to crack under pressure. When you hold them in your hands, you can feel that these are heavy duty. Since my boyfriend often steals my nail clippers, I appreciate that now I have a pair strong enough for a man too.
Tweezerman Mini Face Contour Brush Set – Since contouring is no longer just for makeup artists and beauty pros, it’s time we all fully understood the proper brushes to use. This set has so many functions. Since I am heading out on a trip soon, all I can think is that it’s ideal for travel. The mini-size and bonus beauty blender are perfect for taking on-the-go. It’s also great for giving you options for face brushes, so that you can test out a few varieties. The flat and pointed brushes, plus the blender, help someone not as familiar with brushes understand the different types. If it was the holidays I would even call this a perfect stocking stuffer. Hopefully, these little sets stay around for a while.
Wacoal 30 Years Of Beauty Brush Set – This little set is so luxurious feeling, no one will believe that it came from a lingerie store. The brushes are so soft and fluffy. All I wanted to do the second I got them was brush light powder all over my face. They are also a nice weight, not too light or heavy. The black container is perfect for giving the brushes that luxe feel. You will love the ritual of unwrapping them and putting them away.
Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush – Calling a brush perfect is daring, but when you have foundation like Shiseido does, you don’t need much to make it feel perfect. Shiseido’s little foundation brush is different from a lot of other brushes that I have used. It makes me feel like I am moving up to the next level of makeup brushes. The short bristles are soft, but not too flexible making it easier to spread cream foundations. I am usually not partial to mini-brushes at home, but in this case I feel like I have more control with this brush.
My New Year’s resolution is to take better care of my skin and a big part of that is using a lot more skin care products than I do right now. So we’ve teamed up with Canadian Beauty Bloggers and Cetaphil for their Think Zinc campaign. We’re giving away a set of Cetaphil’s DermaControl Oil Control Foam Face Wash and Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30.
Both these products are aimed at combination, oily or blemish-prone skin and have a Zinc Complex that absorbs oil and shine while still leaving your skin hydrated. I fall under the combination category but my skin is a lot more dry than oily in the winter so I was a little scared to try something made for much oilier skin.
Luckily, I really didn’t have to worry. The Foam Face Wash isn’t too thick a foam and it’s really gentle. I didn’t have any redness and it even got some pretty stubborn makeup off. My skin did feel a tiny bit tight after washing my face but not nearly as much as I expected. The Oil Control Moisturizer is really light and you don’t need a lot. It left my skin feeling amazingly soft and all the tightness from washing my face was gone instantly. This moisturizer also leaves a matte look to your skin so you don’t have that greasy moisturizer look.
I can’t wait to use this set in the summer when my skin is much oilier and harder to control.
You can find more information on Cetaphil’s DermaControl here.
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Everyone’s seen the pad commercials with the blue liquid test. Every company uses them but I’m pretty sure once the commercial’s over you don’t think about it much. When Stayfree offered the chance to do the test ourselves my curiosity won out.
They provided everything. A package of Stayfree pads, two competitor pads, vials of the famous blue liquid, blotting sheets and three five pound weights.
The test was easy enough. Put the pads on the placement sheet.
Add the blue liquid and wait 30 seconds.
Add the blotting paper with the weights over them.Wait 5 seconds and voila! Results!
I don’t know what the pad in the middle is and I kind of wish I did because that’s pretty gross in comparison. The Stayfree and Competitor #2 who is almost definitely Always were basically neck and neck for spots. The main difference was that Stayfree kept them in the middle and Competitor #2 had them a lot more spread out.
It was pretty cool playing scientist for the day and the results were pretty surprising. Stayfree is also trying to get rid of granny panties and bring back the cute ones. Their Panty Party website is running a contest and you can also follow them on Twitter. The cutest part of the whole thing is this little video.
Let us know if you’re on your way to retiring your granny panties and what you think of the results of our test!