2.27.2017

Pestle & Mortar: Erase and Renew The Double Cleansing System


If there is one certain aspect of my skincare routine that I am sure to do like clockwork, it would be double cleansing. I don't know what it is about taking off all the grime, wiping away the day's stress and impurities with two cleansing steps, but it's become a vital part of my ritual. As I've said before, I really don't like taking off my makeup, but I do like cleansing my face. If I'm wearing some light bb cream, sunscreen, and so on, it's not so much of a chore. If you don't know what double cleansing is, it's basically a two step process: first using an oil-based cleanser to remove makeup, sebum, and sunscreen (with a cleansing oil, cleansing water, balm, etc), and then a second cleanser to wash away sweat, other impurities, etc, overall clean your face (with a gel, foam, cream, etc). Korean skincare really promotes this system of double cleansing and nowadays it's becoming a lot more common knowledge with Kbeauty booming in popularity. 

Pestle & Mortar is an Irish brand I found through Instagram after seeing their Superstar Retinol Night Oil featured in people's routines. I decided to pick it up and have used it a couple of times so far (I don't have any real thoughts yet but I'll have a review up soon). Pestle & Mortar actually reached out to me after hearing me talk about how I was really looking forward to their new Erase & Renew Double Cleansing System to come out here in the States. They kindly sent me this to review and I've been using these two products for a couple weeks now, so I'm finally ready to share with you all my thoughts about them. 

If you're wanting to learn more about Pestle & Mortar, there is a wonderful introduction video (here) featuring the founder of the brand, Sonia Deasy. Pestle & Mortar is a family run business, and the name itself connects to Sonia's family background with natural healing. They believe that every single ingredient matters, with "Simplicity, Natural Solutions, and Less is More" being their philosophy. It's with this philosophy that they dedicate their time and effort to creating only the best natural products possible. 

Erase & Renew: The Double Cleansing System

$109.00 USD | (Buy set here) or (Buy Erase) (Buy Renew)


Erase & Renew: The Double Cleansing System* is made up of a makeup removing balm, Erase, and a gel cleanser, Renew. Also included in their three step system is a double-sided cleansing facial cloth. One side features an exfoliating muslin and the other cotton. Erase & Renew promotes an easy way to ease into double cleansing, especially since you only need to do it at night. You also can use Renew in the mornings, if you like. These two products won't strip away your skin's natural barrier and instead offer further nourishment and balance, helping to prep for your next skincare routine steps. Without fully cleansing your face, your next steps won't be as effective and the products also won't be able to work their best. Therefore your first steps are your most important ones when it comes to your routine and setting up for how your skin will be able to accept what products you will be applying.

These are both free from parabens, mineral oil, silicones, sulphates, propylene glycol, and synthetic fragrances. Both Erase and Renew have an expiration of 12 months after opening.


Erase is a makeup removing balm that breaks down into an oil once you massage it into your skin, with little sugar-y-like granules that softly exfoliate. Pestle & Mortar recommends putting a small amount in your hands and rubbing together before applying onto dry skin, but I've simply been applying it straight on so you can do either/or. I'm very careful what products I use around my eye area so I've actually never used it to remove eye makeup, but I've read reviews that have done so successfully. This really gets everything off and easily so, the granules are not at all abrasive and wonderfully exfoliate your skin. The oil thats broken down always feels very moisturizing on my skin and I never have to use a lot of it to get makeup or sunscreen off. The scent is a mixture of lavender and subtle rose, I really enjoy how soft it is. I have taken this balm off with and without the facial cloth, and I would say most times I prefer to take it off with the cloth.

The ingredients in this balm are a nourishing blend of botanicals: with grape seed oil, sunflower seed oil, meadowfoam seed oil, pumpkin seed oil, prickly pear seed oil, lavender oil, and rose geranium flower oil. Grape seed oil being the forefront ingredient provides a light, non-greasy base, along pumpkin seed oil and prickly pear seed oil's fatty acid content help to retain moisture. This lush blend does a wonderful job at not overpowering one another, rather being very cohesive and compatible for even oily skin like mine.

Ingredients: Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic /Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Esters, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Sorbitan Stearate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Opuntia Ficus Indica (Prickly Pear) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronellol.


Renew is a light, gel cleanser that is step two of The Double Cleansing System. This gel cleanser is supposed to leave your skin hydrated, glowing, and bright. I definitely do agree with that description of it. I've found that my skin feels very soft and fresh afterwards, especially. Pestle & Mortar recommends one pump applied to dry skin, and removing it with the cleansing cloth. I use it both with and without, and I don't really have one preferred way to remove this cleanser. I do enjoy feeling the cleanser under my fingers as it melts off the impurities and washes away, but I also enjoy the warmth of the cloth and taking it off that way too. It's really up to your own personal preference! This has a very distinct citrus-y scent but it's subtle enough to not bother me. I really enjoy using this as part of the double cleanse and have also used it in my morning routines, but it works beautifully in this two part system. The gel cleanser glides so easily and I really enjoy massaging it into my skin. It's such a lovely cleanser.

The ingredients from the balm mesh so wonderfully with the botanicals found in this product. The mango fruit extract and papaya fruit extract work effectively to help refine skin texture and brighten, while meadowfoam and jojoba work to nourish and provide moisture.

Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aqua, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Superoxide Dismutase, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Sucrose Palmitate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sucrose Stearate, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Linalool, Annatto (CI75120).


Pestle & Mortar is indeed a brand to keep your eyes on. I'll have my review of their Superstar Retinol Night Oil up once I'm done testing it, but so far so good. I'm excited to try the two other products from their line, Hydrate Moisturizer and Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Also, if you sign up to their newsletter on their website, you can get 10% off your first order.

Update: You can now buy these two products individually online here (Renew) and here (Erase)!

I'd love to hear from any of you if you've tried their products! 


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2.21.2017

Wander Beauty Wanderlust Powder Foundation


For those of us with oily skin, finding the perfect powder foundation and setting powder is almost like a never ending search. Factor in having specifications like oily but dry skin and having limited shade availability, and it becomes even more difficult.

Wander Beauty is a brand whose philosophy rests on the concept of "less is more" and simplifying your beauty routine. They recently came out with a compact powder foundation called Wanderlust Powder Foundation* that aims to be the answer for all of us who have been on the hunt for a good setting and powder foundation. It is a lightweight, ultra-fine powder that has buildable medium-full coverage without looking cakey. The consistency of the powder works to absorb excess oil and even minimize pores, especially being oil and talc free. You can wear this alone or use it as a setting powder over your liquid foundation. It also includes botanical extracts like aloe leaf, jojoba esters, honeysuckle, safflower, and hibiscus, all working to hydrate and condition the skin. This is made without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, and sulfates. Wander Beauty is also a cruelty free brand. Included is an anti-microbial rubicell applicator to apply the powder, or you can easily use it with their Pixel Perfect Retractable Brush.


Wanderlust Powder Foundation

0.310 oz | $40.00 | (Buy here) or (Buy here)


I have the color Fair and it is a bit on the warm-neutral side. It also might be a bit too dark for my face but matches well on the color of my arms, as pictured in my swatch below (taken in natural light, indoors w/no flash). Unfortunately there are only five colors available (Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, Deep), which is already a setback for being a new release. I do hope that they will expand their colors, especially deeper shades and possibly provide cool/warm tone choices.

For the actual wear of the product, I've tested it for about two weeks now and it lasts for about 4-6 hours before I might feel the need to touch up. If I'm doing anything like being outside or any strenuous activity, then I would say a base of about 4 hours is when I'll touch up. If you have normal-dry skin, then this might last you longer but having oily skin it's normal for me and not necessarily a negative if I have to touch up. If this made me touch up within the first 1-2 hours, then I would think differently. I'm actually quite impressed that it could go that long! My skin at the moment is on the combo side but it did a good job keeping the oils at bay.

This makes your skin actually look like skin. As it promotes, there is no caking or looking like pile up. Since I tend to prefer a heavier coverage, adding on powder can easily look and feel very heavy. Whether I apply this on its own or use as a setting powder, it glides on very silky and lightweight. It truly makes the skin look healthy and vibrant. I prefer to use the applicator that comes with it when I use the powder on its own, and when I use it as a setting powder I like to use either my Wayne Goss 13 Powder Brush or Wayne Goss 11 Powder Brush. If you're wanting this to cover every single little spot, then it might not exactly do that. It lessened the redness on my face and in my problem areas, but wasn't able to fully cover some blemishes when I used it alone. Of course, you can layer and layer it to your heart's content, but that's not what I want out of this powder and I do think you will take away from its high quality if you do so.

I think what I enjoy the most about this is that it has oil absorbing properties but it's not drying. Mattifying powders tend to be drying and even for my oily skin they can end up making me look very unflattering, but this one deviates from the trend. Due to it being so soft and finely milled, it creates a very light layering effect. I'm definitely impressed with this and I think Wander Beauty has a winner here.


Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Silica, Boron Nitride, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Nylon-12, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, PDimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Water, Jojoba esters, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Flower Extract, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499)


This was my first time trying something from Wander Beauty and I'm looking forward to trying more from them! I've heard a lot about their lip products so those might be next on my list.

Have you tried anything from Wander Beauty? I would love to know what your favorite products are!




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2.18.2017

ExNatura: A Plant Based Makeup Remover


One of the least favorite parts of my day is when I have to take off my makeup. It's an absolute chore, in simple words. When will we get to the part of our technological advancement in society when makeup can take itself off? I definitely will be waiting for that day to come, but until then my skincare cabinet will continue to be a hoarding space of makeup removers, cleansing oils and balms, micellar waters, you name it.

ExNatura Makeup Remover* was introduced to me through Vanda, who has her own beauty blog (that I'm a big fan of!) called Miss Viggity Beauty. This product really peaked my interest after learning that it's purely made with a water base and only plant ingredients. As you know, I've really gotten into green beauty this past 2016 and I've incorporated a lot of 'clean' products into my routine. I don't solely stick to one specific type, be it Korean, French, green beauty, and so on. I like to mix because I do favor certain ingredients, consistencies, etc, and I've found wonderful skincare gems from all around. I've mostly been using cleansing balms and oils to take off my makeup, which can provide some moisturizing benefits as well. But before this, I had yet to use such a unique and special makeup remover like ExNatura.

ExNatura - "From Nature"

What exactly is ExNatura and what makes it so special from others? Let's start from the basics.

ExNatura Makeup Remover is formulated with plant extracts to create a blend that is gentle and effective for removing all kinds and types (waterproof, etc) of makeup on even the most sensitive skin. Its high quality is also seen in its ability to not leave any oily residue afterwards, only promoting fresh and clean skin. Since it's a green product, it has been carefully made to not include any parabens, toxins, carcinogens, or fragrances. They are 100% cruelty free and all of their ingredients are sourced in the USA.


I also had the chance to ask the creator of ExNatura, Scott Babey, a few short questions and I want to share some of his responses here with you!

ExNatura is a very unique product and does indeed remove makeup so efficiently and visibly without much trouble. Using plant ingredients doesn't always spell excellent results, there also is another factor with how the product itself is made and formulated. Could you possible explain a little more about what makes this product so special with your extraction/blend process?

S: "The process involved for formulation utilizes nano technology. When a product/substance uses this process, it penetrates at such a deep level that the substance just works better (nano particles will penetrate areas that normal physical substances or other products just cannot due to the law of quantum physics... you can fit 80,000 nanometers on the head of a pin/needle!). When you take this technology and couple it with natural ingredients (i.e. plants), then you have a 'win-win' situation. 
The majority of cosmetic products still utilize some, if not many, petroleum based ingredients. These products not only cannot work as well, but leave behind lots of harmful/toxic residue. Remember, our skin is like a sponge, and anything we put on it will be absorbed into our bodies and bloodstream. Another thing with these sorts of products is that no matter how well you 'think' you get your skin/face clean (whether washing with soap, using makeup remover, etc) there will always have a layer of petroleum left behind, no matter how minute. So, when you reapply makeup the next morning, you are just compounding more petroleum on top of petroleum."

I really love the name ExNatura and how you took it from Latin. Was there a certain inspiration for choosing it?

S: "The name 'ExNatura' came about out of necessity. The original name of the product was supposed to be 'Naturely Clean.' When I went to the trademark attorney and a search was done, he told me that there was a product with a very similar name and that there would be a lawsuit for sure. At that point, I decided to think outside the box. I had studied Italian for a few years, and also looked into a Spanish translation. I really wanted the 'nature' aspect to be prevalent in the name, and I love the way the Latin phrase translated."

Do you currently ship international or have thought about shipping international?

S: "I'm glad you asked about international shipping. I'm trying to work out some type of offer that will make it beneficial to cover shipping costs. I'm very interested in doing business in England with some retail locations. I can work a better pricing schedule shipping a dozen unites at a time."

It's great to hear about the global shipping for all of you who are international! Scott also mentioned about some exciting releases he's been planning for this year and onwards, including a face wash, shaving cream, and makeup remover wipes! All of it sounds so exciting and I can't wait to see how ExNatura will flourish.


A spray bottle of ExNatura holds 2 oz and retails online for $8.99, and one should last you about 30-45 days (per their FAQ). I've had mine for a few months now and I'm about more than half way done with it. You definitely can use it longer than 30 days without going through it but it really depends if you're only using this by itself, and also how many sprays you're needing.

If you're sensitive to fragrances then you'll be glad to know that this practically doesn't have any scent to it. ExNatura states on their website that they want to keep their product as clean as possible. Since some people tend to have irritants with essential oils, they have opted to forgo that route as well.

I mostly enjoy using this makeup remover to take off my BB cream, sunscreen, and any light makeup. I do think it does an excellent job as well to take off my heavier blusher, bronzer, and so on, but it really does well for lighter makeup! I have used it on my eye makeup, too, and it really breaks down the eyeshadow pigments and gets it off well. I sometimes need to go in a little extra more, especially if I've layered eyeshadow and used more sturdy liners, but it's not at all a problem. Mascara and waterproof mascara have always been a part of the makeup removing process that I have come to detest. It was very easy with spraying ExNatura on a cotton pad, holding it on my lash line, and applying pressure, to remove it all. I think that's what makes ExNatura really so easy to use in my routine, it makes taking off makeup seem so easy and that's all I ever want.
Ingredients: Non-Chlorinated Water, Processed Plant Extracts (Coconut, Corn, Grains, Sugarcane, Tree Sap).


I want to provide some example to how this works and the efficiency of the product. I decided to test out the remover on liquid lipstick, waterproof gel liner, foundation, and a drier matte eyeshadow.

ExNatura is not geared for taking off lip products, but I found it did a really good job at removing them! I went over this liquid lipstick about 2-3 times (after it's been dried!) and the right picture shows the aftermath. It got it off pretty well and I didn't even scrub at my skin, all I did was use a cotton pad and lightly push to take it off. The same goes for the waterproof gel liner (this dries pretty matte!), this was after 2 times going over it. I was really impressed considering it's one of the blackest and toughest to get off once its fully set. I didn't fully wipe it off because I wanted to show you what it looked like after 2 times going over it.

Scott had kindly given me advice that I can hold the cotton pad down for a few extra seconds when I'm taking off heavier makeup, just so that it picks up everything and works more efficiently. Whether you hold the cotton pad down or swipe over, I think either way it can work but holding it down might do well for concentrated areas. So you definitely can use this for heavier makeup, it just takes a few seconds more to get the makeup off.



I'm really impressed with this ExNatura makeup remover. I'm really looking forward to the remover wipes that will be coming out. This is such a unique product and I'm really glad to have been given the opportunity to review it for you all!


Do you have any favorite makeup removers? What's your holy grail product?


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2.16.2017

The Beauty Crop Girl Gang #GRLPWR Liquid Lipstick Set + GIVEAWAY



Am I the only one who hoards lipsticks like she's an old cat lady? I haven't gotten to the point of naming them yet, at least! But all you fellow makeup lovers can understand, I'm sure. I was recently approached by The Beauty Crop with one of their newest releases, their Girl Gang Liquid Lipstick Set*, and thought I would finally review it all for you today (along with an opportunity for you to win one for yourself!). I couldn't wait to share this with you all. 

Before getting into the review itself, I want to talk about the brand. The Beauty Crop is an company that values healthy living and using natural ingredients for their beauty products. They have a philosophy of not using harmful or complex formulas, instead opting to create colorful, nutrition-rich cosmetics with plant-extracts, shea butter, and natural oils. They approach beauty through simplicity, authenticity, and performance, which is easily seen with their products. They also say they do not test on animals, which makes it even better using their products. They do not use parabens or phthalates, however they do use preservatives like phenoxyethanol.


They recently sent over their Girl Gang #GRLPWR Liquid Lipstick Set* and it really made me appreciate all of the inspiring and motivational women that I know, both online and around me in my life. Through Instagram I've 'met' some really inspiring people, their individual personalities and creativity shines so bright. I want to always support and be there for them to help their success. There are of course times when I do feel jealousy rear its ugly head, but it's really all a relation to how negatively I feel about myself. It's a reminder for how I should not only focus on my own journey and work towards my own success, but also learn to love myself and treat myself better. 

Girl power is not only about helping to uplift each other but also helping to nurture, respect, teach, and love. We help nurture through our successes and our failures, respect each other through disagreements and appreciation, teach each other when we're wrong and with tolerance, and love each other when we truly need it the most. Girl power is during the easy times and also during the difficult times. It's obvious that right now the state of our world is very shaky but we need to be diligent to remember to support one another, not just white women helping white women, straight women helping straight women, or any other variant that has always been the acceptable mainstream normalization. All of us, with our girl power, need to help and accept one another in all of our diversity and differences. I think for me, this is truly what girl power means and represents. 


There are five colors in this limited edition set:

For mere aesthetics, I really love the frosted packaging. I think it makes the liquid lipsticks very unique amongst the many that are already out there, and with the rose gold etched on top it adds a very chic feel to it.  Speaking of rose gold, I love that they opted for this color because I'm obsessed with anything having it.

These have a bubble gum-esque scent to them but it's not at all very strong. They also are very light weight in your hand, easily thrown into your purse or makeup bag. There is 4ml per liquid lipstick and costs $14.95 each. These have doe foot applicators that pick up a good amount of product when you first take it out. I like to use that amount as a single layer and then gauge if I need to dip back to apply a second. These are pretty opaque with a single layer so I rarely felt the need to do a second. These do tend to dry quickly and I would compare them to KVD consistency. I've been using Aromatherapy Associates Hydrating Moisturizing Lip Balm since it has a base of cocoa butter and is very moisturizing, and that has done the trick to keep my naturally dry lips from becoming chapped. They are really comfortable to wear as long as you have a good base underneath, and even if you don't they aren't super drying due to the shea butter included in this.

The wear time of these I would say is around 4-ish hours before I feel the need to touch up or possibly fully re-apply the color itself. If you're someone who works long shifts then these might not be the best to wear but maybe a night out or shopping date would be the most preferable. I definitely think that Greige Expectations is my favorite.

If you haven't seen yet, also check out Jenn's post here about these liquid lipsticks. She has some great thoughts about them and her photos are stunning.
Ingredients (they list the same for every single lipstick on their packaging): Isododecane, Silica & Methicone, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Butylene Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol [+/- (may contain) Red Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Yellow Iron Oxide (CI77492), D&C Red No.6 (CI15850), Red 27 Lake (CI 45410)]


I have a surprise along with this post! The Beauty Crop was kind enough to offer all of you a chance to win this limited edition set! All you need to do is fill out the form below and do all the mandatory steps. This is open for U.S. residents. Good luck!

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2.01.2017

Lush Valentine's Day Collection


Long time no blog! I'm back after a somewhat short hiatus from blogging. I hope you all had a wonderful New Year's and CNY!

I'm breaking into 2017 with a new post all about Lush's Valentine's Day Collection. I was kindly sent some pieces from their new collection for reviewing purposes and I've been loving every single thing. This Valentine's Day Collection has some AMAZING limited edition items, some new and some re-promotes. Either way, you definitely will be needing to run to your nearest Lush to grab at least one or two things before this collection phases out.


Included in this Valentine's Day Collection is a variety of the usual gift sets, bath bombs, bubble bars, special lip scrub and accompanying lip gloss, soap, and also a bath melt. Lush isn't stopping short of creating the perfect atmosphere for those celebrating and wanting to pamper themselves and their loved ones. Of course, whether or not you celebrate Valentine's Day (or Galentine's Day!), these products are wonderful for some self care time.

What really has impressed me with this collection is the attention put towards creating high quality themed products, from Cupid Bath Bomb being shaped as a bow-and-arrow heart to Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb having raised rose imagery on top and the most luscious rose fragrance. Every product is given a lot of thought. I especially love the variation with the gift sets, Lots of Love, Happy Valentine's Day, and Love and Kisses are top notch. It's hard to praise this collection without talking about the selection of fragrances and mixtures, and they themselves are wonderfully put together. I thought that the Holiday 2016 selection smelled amazing but this takes the cake and more. Even as I sit writing this the scents from these products are taking me to heaven.


If you read my Lush Holiday 2016 post, then you would know that I just recently tried out their flavored Lip Sugar Scrubs. I fell in love with Sugar Plum Fairy and was so excited to see another one included with my package to review.

The Kiss Lip Scrub* ($9.95) is a hot pink, bubble gum scented scrub that is super sweet to the taste buds. It is limited edition and a debut to this collection, featuring ingredients such as Sicilian Mandarin oil,  Organic Cocoa Butter, and Safflower Oil. This really gets the job done for being a Lip Scrub and makes my lips super smooth afterwards. Whether I apply a lip balm or lip oil afterwards, they both easily glide right on and any lip product I use has no issues. What makes this Lip Scrub so unique is not only the sweet scent (that I'm addicted to!) but also the inclusion of the little hearts! They can be a little abrasive so you'll need to be careful but I love that addition to the product. I wasn't joking when I said that there is a lot of attention put to detail with the products in this collection! This also tends to tint your lips a lovely darker pink color, which works really well if you decide to purchase the accompanying lip gloss too since it's also a similar shade from what I can tell.

If I had to choose between Sugar Plum Fairy and The Kiss, I actually think I might choose The Kiss! I'm a sucker for super sweet scents and I'm really loving the cute hearts. While they are really only on the top of the container, it's still a nice touch to the product. Plus, anything pink instantly has my attention.

Ingredients: Castor Sugar, Safflower Oil (Carthamus tinctorius), Fine Sea Salt, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao), Red Hearts (Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Glycerine, Gum Arabic, Sodium Carboxy Methyl Cellulose, Red 40), Flavor, Sicilian Mandarin Oil (Citrus Nobilis), Almond Essential Oil (Prunus Amygdalus amara), Corn Starch (Zea Mays), Geraniol, Limonene, Red 7 Lake, Red 30, Soft Pink Lustre (Mica, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Titanium Dioxide, Red 28, Tin Oxide). *Occurs naturally in essential oils

One product I was super excited about to try was Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar* ($7.95), as I've heard a lot about it previously and never got my hands on it myself. It has the prettiest design! A shimmery glitter sheen amidst a swirl of pastel rainbow coloring, this alone really makes it such a unique product and one that stands out. I really like that Unicorn Horn was redesigned last year. The colors look more polished and the shimmer more defined. Besides its pleasant looks, the scent of Unicorn Horn is a lovely mixture of lavender, ylang ylang, and neroli. It is very light and soft, a wonderful uplifting scent that is so relaxing and perfect to relax tension. This is easily broken down into soft pieces and creates lots of big bubbles! I really loved that it also turned the water a darker pink and made my skin feel super moisturized. I've broken it into pieces so I still have a bit left for another night of self care that I plan to do, it's honestly the perfect product to use. I definitely will be stocking up on this before this collection is gone and I recommend you do too! There is a really cool video on Lush's youtube page where they show you how they make the Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar, you can check it out here if you're interested.

Cupid Bath Bomb* ($5.25) was a love at first sight. When I took it out of the packaging, I honestly was so in love with it before I even knew anything about it! This is a bow-and-arrow heart shaped bath bomb that is softly raspberry scented, with an ingredient mixture of bergamot oil, rose petal powder, fresh raspberry juice, violet leaf absolute, and Persian lime oil. This is one of the best releases that Lush has come out with for their Valentine's Day Collection. Not only for the imagery of the Bath Bomb but the scent, too. The fragrance is soft, sensual, and fruity, almost like a cocktail of romance. Lush also mentions that it shares the same scent with their Razzle Dazzle Luxury Bath Oil. When this is put into the water, it instantly starts to fizz for seconds from either sides until it slowly winds down for the next minutes. I loved the fizzing, I think that was a great aspect about the bath bomb and allowed the product to disperse quickly at first (along with starting to color the water). It looked so beautiful to see the pink and white expand out from each side. The water doesn't fully turn pink in color, rather it is tinted/translucent. The Bath Bomb itself also doesn't fully dissipate either, so you might have a bit of it floating at the surface (which is not a big deal to me, personally!). The best part of it is the scent, which you can really smell once you're in the water and once you get out. I really think this Bath Bomb would be great to use after a date night out when you want to wind down, or even spending a nice time with your SO. It's such a romantic one, I would save it for a special time! Even if you don't have an SO, it's still such a great one to pick up (I know I probably will be!).

Ingredients (Unicorn Horn): Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Corn Starch (Zea Mays), Fragrance, Lavender Oil (Lavandula augustifolia), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara), *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool, Yellow 8, Red 27, Yellow 10, Yellow 5, Mica, Blue 1 Lake, Titanium Dioxide, Maltodextrin, Copper Powder. *Occurs naturally in essential oils 
Ingredients (Cupid): Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Persian Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia), Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), Violet Leaf Absolute (Viola odorata), Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate), Rose Petal Powder (Rosa damascena), Fresh Raspberry Juice (Rubus Idaeus), Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, *Limonene, *Linalool, *Eugenol, Fragrance, Red 4, Red 33, Red 27. *Occurs naturally in essential oils


While Lovestruck Bubble Bar* ($8.65) may look a bit Joker-ish at first, don't bypass this one completely just yet! This Bubble Bar may not look beautiful to you but it's what's on the inside that counts, right? Well, that's how I've approached this review. Lovestruck is a smiley emoji Bubble Bar that's scented with Sicilian lemon oil, geranium oil, and petitgrain oil. It's basically a big 'ol fragrance mixture of floral-y, citrus goodness. I really applaud Lush for bringing some humor to their collection, I think this product is a great addition to the rest of their themed pieces. This was really easy to break down under running water and created a lot of fluffy, big bubbles. It turns the tub water a golden yellow color, kind of reminiscent of beer. It is moisturizing but I don't think it's something that I'll pinpoint over others in this collection. I do think this won't be a product everybody will like due to the unique scent, so it might be best if you first go in person and smell it yourself before buying. It's also a bit pricey for a Bubble Bar but considering the size of it, I don't think it's too much of a stretch.

Love Spell Massage Bar* ($8.95) is one of the cutest debut products of the collection along with Cupid. The raised hearts on the bar makes it so charming and very in tune with the Valentine's Day theme. The scent of this actually brings a lot of personal memories to me, as it reminds me of my Nonna's old home bathroom soaps. It has the softest mixture of sweet floral and citrus, with organic lemon myrtle oil, neroli oil, rose petal, carnation absolute, and rose hip syrup. The floral adds such a warm uplifting mood while the citrus is very refreshing in contrast. This scent is perfect for this collection, it's quite a muted fragrance that pulls more towards romantic softness. I love being able to apply this straight onto my skin, both raised hearts and flat-side, and allow myself to let the butters and oils do their work. This is one product that can be used multiple amount of times without fuss, as I pleasantly found out that it doesn't easily break down like some bar body products do. Whether you apply this on yourself or your SO, you won't need to worry about going through one of these quickly. It also does a brilliant job at moisturizing your skin and keeping the scent on afterwards. Your skin will feel supple, soft, and very refreshed afterwards. Even for how subtle the scent of the bar is, the fact that it still held on hours afterwards really impressed me.

Ingredients (Love Struck): Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Fragrance, Corn Starch (Zea Mays), Sicilian Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Geranium Oil (Pelargonium graveolens), Petitgrain Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara), Titanium Dioxide, *Limonene, *Linalool, *Citral, *Citronellol, *Geraniol, Red 4, Red 27, Red 33, Yellow 10. *Occurs naturally in essential oils
Ingredients (Love Spell): Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao), Fair Trade Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Fragrance, Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Rose Hip Syrup (Water (Aqua), Sugar, Rosa Canina Fruit, Citric Acid), Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis), Carnation Absolute (Dianthus caryophyllus), Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara), Organic Lemon Myrtle Oil (Backhousia citriodora), Fresh Rose Petal (Rosa centifolia), *Benzyl Salicylate, *Cinnamyl Alcohol, *Citral, *Farnesol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin, Eugenol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Pink Lustre (Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Red 7, Red 27). *Occurs naturally in essential oils


My favorite of the whole collection has got to be Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb* ($7.95). No surprise there! Not only is it a beauty to look at but the scent is sweetly intoxicating.  This Bath Bomb has a fragrance cocktail of Sicilian lemon oil, geranium oil, rose absolute, rose oil, and actual rose petals inside of it. This has a strong powdery rose fragrance as well, which makes it extra sweet and uplifting. I love how much this fizzles in the tub, it creates such nice bubbles and turns the water a romantic rose color. There also tends to be white patches swirling at the top of the water throughout the tub, which looked to be a combination of the oils. I also think it's brilliant to have rose petals added into the Bath Bomb, it really creates such a lovely atmosphere and experience with the product. This Bath Bomb was one of the most skin nourishing and moisturizing products out of the whole collection, my skin felt amazing afterwards and the scent still held on for a while. One of the best aspects was that I didn't have to clean up anything afterwards, just another positive about this product. Rose Bombshell will only be around for this collection so I definitely recommend picking up a few!
Ingredients (Rose Bombshell): Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fine Sea Salt, Yellow Rose Petals (Rosa Centifolia), Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Sicilian Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Geranium Oil (Pelargonium graveolens), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Rose Oil (Rosa damascena), Titanium Dioxide, *Limonene, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Fragrance, Frosty Holly Lustre (Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Yellow 5, Blue 1), Red 4, Red 33, Red 27. *Occurs naturally in essential oils
When these two are placed together, they look like a heart. (promo image)

Two Hearts Beating As One* ($10.95) is a very unique inclusion in this collection. It boasts a handful of lush oils, such as apricot kernel oil, argan oil, bergamot oil, geranium oil, jasmine absolute, rose absolute, and ylang ylang oil. This mixture exudes a luscious, sweet floral scent that beckons your senses to stop in its tracks and pay it all of your attention. It is both sensual and flirty, with the floral scent being the showstopper. The jasmine and rose mixture is absolutely breathtaking. You can break them apart to be used at separate times but I really think the best experience you'll have is by using them at the same time. They create the most beautiful mixture of bright red/orange coloring in the bath water and really do look like a heart is beating as they slowly spin in the water. Overall this will take a good 10+ minutes to dissolve, so your best bet would be to actually be in the tub as its happening. You will need to brush your hand through the water a bit to get coloring distributed but it's not much of a hassle. I previously have not been really acquainted with bath melts beyond a few times, but I've found them to be pretty oily for me and I usually don't put my hair in the water when I use them. However, I found that this wasn't that oily and the scent of the bath melt stayed on pretty well afterwards. I think this is a lovely debut product and wonderful to at least try out, but for the price I'm unsure if it's really a need.
Ingredients (Two Hearts Beating As One): Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao), Laureth-4, Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Fragrance, Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus armeniaca), Argan Oil (Argania spinosa), Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), Geranium Oil (Pelargonium graveolens), Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Water (Aqua), Titanium Dioxide, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Citronellol, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Red 4, Red 27, Red 28, Yellow 5, Orange 4. *Occurs naturally in essential oils

Overall another amazing collection from Lush! I'm seriously so in love with every product from this Valentine's Day Collection. You can't go wrong with any of these!


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