Saturday 27 February 2021

Lush Easter 2021 Range First Impressions

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I thought that today, I would talk to you all about the Lush Easter range for 2021. 

Follow The White Rabbit Bath Bomb 

Let's see what happens when you follow the White Rabbit into the tub... This product is a brand new one just for Easter 2021. This product contains, Buchu, Sicilian Lemon and Bergamot Oils which create a very fresh citrus sort of scent which I absolutely adore. If you have tried Star Spell or anything under the Carrots or Snowman ranges at Lush then you will definitely love this product. I love how fresh it is as Easter is a time for all things sweet so it is nice to see that Lush have something to cut through all of that to bathe in. I've also seen what this bomb does in the tub and I can't wait to use it. 

A white rabbit shaped bath bomb with streaks of pink, yellow, blue and purple on it on a bright background

Eggy Wegg Bath Bomb 

Eggs are the definition of Easter. Again, this is a brand new product for 2021 and I was intrigued on this product, just from the design alone! This product contains, Sicilian Lemon and Spearmint Oil. When I smelt this when I got the order, it smelt like Pineapple with a splash of Mint to me. I know it has no Pineapple in at all, but it smelt just like Pineapple to me. It also reminded me of Summer and Cocktails. I also love the little fried egg sort of design on this bomb too as it makes it just that little bit whimsical and cute. 

A pink spherical bath bomb with white and yellow circular egg salt shapes on a bright background

Flamingo Egg Bath Bomb 

Legendary eggs! This product contains, Coarse Sea Salt, Sicilian Lemon and Vetivert Oils and Labdanum Resinoid. To me when I smelt this, I mainly got the Vetivert note with a tiny touch of Lemon, so I'm a bit unsure on how I feel about this product but it does look like such a pretty bath bomb. 

A light pink oval egg shaped bath bomb with white and pink parts in the middle on a bright background

Golden Egg Bath Bomb 

Lush heard your demands for Golden Geese and laid this Golden Egg into the world. This product has been at Lush for many years now and has become a favourite among customers. I adore this product and had to have one especially after the past year that we have all had. This product contains Brazilian Orange and Bergamot Oils to create a wonderful sort of honey-toffee scent which can be smelt for miles! This product also contains Cocoa Butter to ensure that you are nourished from the outside in. I absolutely love this but if you haven’t tried it before then I urge you to especially during lockdown as it will boost your spirits right up! 

A small golden sparkled egg shaped bath bomb on a bright background

The Owl & The Pussycat Bath Bomb 

This bath bomb looks adorable. I love the poem that this bath bomb is based off! This product contains, Gardenia and Synthetic Musk which weirdly creates a sort of candy floss and pear scent to me. If you’ve tried Creamy Candy Bubble Bar then imagine that but in a bath bomb, but it’s slightly too sickly for me. I like the scent every now and again so I think it will take me a while to use this. This product can also be used as three different products which makes it a perfect gift! 

A light blue green boat shaped bath bomb with a purple cat and a yellow owl attached on a bright background

Humpty Dumpty Bath Bomb Melt

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall into the tub! This product has been out in previous years at Lush, but, honestly the design of the old Humpty Dumpty, used to creep me out a fair bit, so I'm really glad that Humpty has had a glow up. This product shares the same scent as Golden Egg and Honey I Washed The Kids. The concept of this product is to get more than one  bath in total via cracking Humpty open! I think that this is an amazing gift for children to enjoy! 

A human shaped light yellow, white and bright blue bath bomb on a bright background

Singing Daffodils Bubble Blower 

Who doesn't love a Singing Daffodil? This product contains Everlasting Flower Absolute, Ylang Ylang and Tagetes Oils. This product is a new one for Easter 2021, but the concept has been out before at Lush. Not only can you use this as a bubble bar, but you can also use this to blow bubbles which I think is really cute. The scent to me was quite powdery and slightly floral when I smelt it so I think that I would use this more for when I want something to help me relax at night but is still fun to use. I also think that this would be amazing to buy for children or those who are forever a child within. 

A bright yellow circular bubble bar with light green leaves attached to it on a bright background

Walter Bunny Body Scrub 

Bunnies are meant for Easter! Lush are well known for their solid products, and especially, their solid scrubs, therefore, Lush have released a new cute scrub for Easter time this year! This product contains, The scrub part of this product comes from Cocoa Powder and Maizze Flour which gives a delicate scrub, which I love as sometimes I don't always want a full coarse salt scrub when I'm using natural based scrubs. This product also contains, Mimosa, Cocoa and Vanilla Absolutes. Honestly I mainly got a mix of the Cocoa and Vanilla when I smelt this and didn't really get much of the Mimosa. This also contains Shea and Murumuru Butters to give your skin a soft smooth feeling after you've scrubbed. I love anything that sorts my skin out like this, my only problem was the colour more than anything as I was a bit hesitant about spreading it all over my body to scrub and soften myself. 

A golden slightly brown bunny laid down shaped body scrub on a bright background

Muddy Carrots Soap 

I mean who doesn't need a soap that will sort out those green fingers? This soap contains, Fresh Carrot Infusion, Rhassoul Mud, Sandalwood, Grapefruit and Geranium Oils. I love the sort of carrot buried in mud design that this soap is evoking. From the scent alone, I get the Grapefruit and Geranium the most which creates a sort of tart yet slightly floral scent which I quite like. 

A slanted square dark brown to black piece of soap with a triangular orange shape in the middle on a bright background

Avo Good Easter Soap 

Who doesn't love a nice big Avocado... This soap was out in 2020 before the world became what it has. Not only does this soap look like a fresh Avocado with it's stone included, but smells as fresh as an Avocado too. This product contains, Bergamot, Litsea Cubeba, and, Olibanum Oils which creates a fresh citrusy scent to me but also Avocado Oil which keeps your hands nourished.  

Two green oval pieces of soap with a gold spherical stone shape in the middle on a bright background

Funfetti Cake Lip Scrub 

Let yourself eat Cake! Even though, the world now centralises itself around face coverings, you still need to make sure that your lips are in tip top shape underneath those masks and a lip scrub is a good way to do that. This scrub contains Caster Sugar, Fine Sea Salt and Sprinkles to give your lips a good scrubbing, and, Sicilian Lemon Oil and Vanilla Absolute to give a cake like scent. When I smelt this I kind of got a mix of sort of Candy Floss with a touch of Citrus and Cake Batter intertwined together. It also contains Jojoba Oil to ensure that your lips stay super soft. If you like sweet things then I think you will enjoy it but its a bit too sweet for me personally. 

A circular pot of light pink and white pieces of sprinkles and sugars on a bright background

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know down below! 

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Thanks for reading!

Jamie x

Lush Mothers Day Range 2021 First Impressions

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I thought that today, I would talk to you all about the Mothers Day range from Lush for 2021. 

Violet Cream Bubble Bar 

Don't be scared to use this Bubble Bar! You won't turn into Violet Beauregarde. This product contains Violet Leaf and Pakistani Rose Absolutes and Cananga and Bergamot Oils. This concoction creates a vibrant layered Violet scent which I absolutely love! I didn’t use to like Violet much and I think that I am still picky with the scent, as I'm not the biggest fan of the powdery sort of Violet scents. This is anything but powdery. It's sharp and vibrant and I can't wait to use it! 

A petal shaped purple bubble bar with silvery-blue-green lustre on it with a yellow circular middle on a bright background

Atom Heart Mother Bath Bomb 

Everyone's Heart is made up of Atoms! This bath bomb not only looks amazing but smells amazing too! This product contains Brazilian Orange and Neroli Oils, Rose and Orange Flower Absolutes which creates a scent which reminds me of biting into a big, round, juicy Apple... If you've tried Once Upon A Time, or, So White from Lush before, then it's the same scent! This product also reminds me of Toy Story for some reason which makes me love it that little bit more. 

A spherical blue-green bath bomb with white clouds on the side of the bomb on a bright background

Rose Gold Bath Bomb 

Who doesn't love something that is Rose Gold? Rose Gold items have dominated the world the past couple of years. This product contains a mixture of Ylang Ylang and Bergamot Oils, Benzoin Resinoid, and Orris Root Powder. This mixture creates a sort of creamy floral scent to me. I think that this scent is an amazing one to bathe in when you need something to soothe you from the world that we are living in. If you have smelt, or, tried Winter Garden, then you will love this product! I also absolutely adore the design of this bath bomb! 

A orange-gold coloured spherical ridged bath bomb coated in gold lustre on a bright background

Mother Of Pearl Bath Bomb 

Opulence, you own everything! This bath bomb is an aquatic beauty! This product contains a concoction of, Ylang Ylang, Borage, Hibiscus Seed, and Organic Rose Hip Oils, Vanilla Absolute and Benzoin Resinoid which create a sort of floral yet rich and creamy scent to it. My first impression of this to me, was a weird mix of floral and sort of Custard (I think mainly from the Vanilla Absolute), which made me feel a bit unsure on my opinion of this product. I did love the nourishing factors of this bomb, as to me it looked like it was dipped in skin softening butters which I always love as I have quite dry skin. I'd definitely suggest this as a gift just from the aesthetic of the product. 

A white spherical bath bomb coated half in pearlescent silver lustre on a bright background

Jasmine Cream Bubble Bar 

This product seems to be part of a new concept that Lush have brought out for Mothers Day, which seems to based off these floral chocolate creams that are well known in the UK. This product contains, Jasmine Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Benzoin Resinoid and Bergamot Oil. This mix gives off a slightly powdery floral note which is lovely and has a nice nourishing surprise in the middle of it. Again, I think just from aesthetics, this and Violet Cream would be perfect to give as gifts to people this year! 

A four piece white petal shaped bubble bar coated in light silver lustre on a bright background

Mamma Mia Body Scrub 

Here we go again! Mamma Mia Body Scrub has been out for a couple of years now and I've tried it a couple of times, so I guess this one isn't as much of a first impression compared to the plethora of products that are mentioned above. However, this scrub contains, Bergamot and Rosewood Oils and Vanilla Absolute which to me create a deep sort of sweet Vanilla scent. On top of that, this product contains, Pink Grapefruit Puree, and, Pink Grapefruit Peel Decoction which create a citrus note which cuts through all of that sweetness. Furthermore, for the scrubbing component of this product, it contains, Fine Sea Salt, Himalayan Salt and Rose Clay which give you a deep scrub. I enjoy this product but it reminds me of kind of Grapefruit flavoured Custard which means I have to be in the mood to use this which is normally when I want a scrub that evokes the sort of beach vibe for me. 

A oval shaped pink blob of body scrub on a bright background

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know down below! 

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Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

Saturday 20 February 2021

McDonalds Homestyle Crispy Chicken Burger Review

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I treated myself to one of the new McDonalds Burgers recently and I thought that I would talk to you all about it. 

'A thick succulent chicken breast fillet in a crispy coating, a hot and spicy mayo and caramelised onion compote, seasonal lettuce, bacon, red onions, a slice of cheddar cheese and a glazed poppy and sesame seed bun.' - McDonalds UK. 

A photo of a white square box that contains a burger which says homestyle and burger in small orange font with crispy in large cursive orange font on a bright background

The texture of this product was amazing when I was eating it. The texture journey started off with the soft. soft bun which then surprised me with the slight popping of seeds on my tongue. I'm glad that it was a small amount, as sometimes too much seeds and you feel a bit like a bird trying to hectically get through the food. After this contrasting bun, comes the jammy Onion Compote which creates a good sort of texture appetiser for the start of the show which is the Crispy Chicken. I was pleasantly surprised by the texture of the Burger, as when you say Crispy from a fast food chain, you don't really expect it to be that crispy. However, this burger provided a good crispy which against the Onion Compote just made for the best mouth feel ever. After the crispines bounced on my tongue, the succulent Chicken meat were such a treat. I loved this burger just from its texture as a lot of fast food burgers claim to have a lot of texture going on but then once they are cooked, they end up losing their texture quite quickly, especially those that brands decide to wrap in paper/tin foil... 

As I have mentioned, this whole product was a big surprise to me. Not only did the texture create an experience in my mouth, but so did, the taste. The flavour journey started off with the tastiness from the seeds and bread jumping onto my tastebuds like there's no tomorrow. Once the nuttiness had dissipated, the deep umami bomb from the Onion Compote blasted all over my tongue. After a while, the kick of savouriness from the meat flooded my mouth like a river which then was cut by the sharpness of the onions. After this sharp kick, the finale of the taste experience was the Spicy Mayo that created a concoction of sweet, creamy, and warmth that left me wanting more. I was so surprised as some of the burgers that I have had from places have stated to be an experience and amazing, and they have just been really bland where this burger actually delivers. 

Would I buy this again? I'm really picky with Chicken Burgers/Sandwiches, but, yes I would definitely get this again. It has everything. Texture, umami, sweetness, sharpness. I thought that it was a good blend of flavours and textures. 

Have you tried this limited edition Burger? What's your favourite fast food product? Let me know down below! 

Check out McDonalds as their promotions change quite often. (This isn't a sponsor). 

Thanks for reading! 
Jamie x

Thursday 11 February 2021

The MicroOil by NeuroSkinFeeds Review

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I was kindly sent The MicroOil a fair while ago, and I thought today, I would talk to you all about my thoughts on it. 

I was sent this product a fair while ago and there are several reasons as to why I have left it so late on discussing this product. I like to use a beauty product for a long while before I talk about it as beauty products take a while to show any form of effect, especially face products. When I was sent this product, a lockdown was happening and not only was I juggling it with University and starting a Masters Degree but also my mental health which has led to me leaving it quite a while between creating content on here. 

A clear cylindrical glass bottle filled with light orange fluid with a white label with the microbial in black font with a black pipette bottle above it on a bright background

List Of Ingredients: 

dicaprylyl carbonate; caprylic/capric triglyceride; octocrylene; homosalate; ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate; plukentia volubilis seed oil; camelina sativa seed oil; prunus amygdalus dulcis oil; diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate; butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane; ethylhexyl triazone, ethylhexyl salicylate; trocopheral (mixed); beta-sitosterol; squalene; ascorbyl palmitate; lecithin; propylene glycol; hydrogenated vegetable glycerides citrate; helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil; Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract

This product suggests that it can help with a multitude of things which include adding moisture and soothing the skin. As my skin can be irritated and dry quite often, I knew that this product would be for me. I used this for a long while and I noticed that my skin felt a lot more soft, which was great especially within the Winter months and for when the dryness of my skin flared up. My skin was irritated for a while due to wearing masks and honestly eating a lot of lactose which makes my skin flare up and break out sometimes. I used it for a fair few months and couldn't believe how soothed and not irritated my skin was. I couldn't believe it and knew that this was something I would need in my life for the long run. 

My only problem with this product was the smell. It reminded me of a mixture of oats and biscuits and even though, I love both of these things, I wasn't fully sure on how I felt of having those scents on my face for the long run of the day. 

Would I buy it again? Maybe, I loved what it did to my skin, but the price is slightly steep for me so I would have to look at it as an investment into having great skin for the long run and the scent lingering on my face for the full day was a bit off putting for me but if I put this oil under other products then I'm sure the smell would disappear. 

Have you tried this product? Let me know down below! 

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Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

This product was in return of a blog post. All ramblings, reviews and opinions are my own. 

Wednesday 10 February 2021

Violife Epic Mature Cheddar Flavour Block Review

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! Today, I thought I would talk to you about an amazing product that I found in Aldi during January when I was trying to be a little bit more Vegan and Lacto free friendly to myself. 

A square dark blue packet containing a square block of yellow and white cheese with epic mature in light blue font with violin in white cursive bold font on a bright background

If you have followed me for a while, then you will probably know that I have suffered with being lactose intolerant for a fair while now. It has even gotten to the point that my friends will joke about me carrying so many lactase tablets around with me no matter what the occasion is. I had heard that Aldi had released a Vegan Cheese that tasted exactly like Cheddar and I knew that I had to try it and tell you all what I thought about it. 

So with most of my other food reviews, I will start off by discussing the texture of this product. I had to spend some time trying this Cheese and decide on my opinion of the texture, as my experience of Vegan products having the correct texture for me has been disappointing within the past. I was very surprised by this product as it was firm just like Cheese. Even though it was firm on the outside, it was slightly too creamy for me as I remember Cheddar being more firm than creamy on the interior, However, I can forgive the creaminess of the interior as this product was made with Coconut Oil and I thought that the interior was this particular texture due to this particular ingredient being included within the promising product. When it came to melting, the creaminess actually helped as it helped it melt easier. The best way that I can describe the texture post melted, is that, it was melted but thick, just like a béchamel sauce. I instantly thought, that due to this post melted texture, this Cheese would be great for Nachos! 

The taste of this product was impeccable. I've tried other Vegan products in the past, and honestly, they tasted of smoky Cardboard sometimes so getting a Vegan product that didn't taste like that was great to me. The creaminess of this Cheese flooded my mouth like a Vegan lake of goodness. This product tasted of what Cheddar normally tastes like. Creamy excellence with a kiss of tartness. I honestly would replace the dairy Cheddar that I have used within the past for several meals that I make for this!

Would I buy this again? As mentioned above, I definitely would. If Aldi was a little bit more closer to me then I would definitely incorporate this into my normal shopping routine. This product cost around £2 I believe but with the amount of meals I was incorporating this into whilst reviewing it, it is definitely worth the price. 

Have you tried it? What are your favourite Vegan or Lactose free products? Let me know down below! 

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Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x