Monday, 12 August 2013

Lip Therapy - Lush 'Popcorn' Lip Scrub and Carmex Lip Balm Combo

Hi lovelies! Hope you are doing well! Today I would like to share a little trick and tip of my mine that I discovered by coincidence the other day.

I had picked up the Lush Lip Scrub in the 'Popcorn' flavour a couple of weeks ago but never really had a chance to properly use it and almost savour the It was actually recommended to me by my best friend - who has the 'Bubble gum' flavour. These scrubs come in three different flavours, - popcorn, bubble gum and mint, all of which are priced at £5.25. I do think they are slightly pricy for lip scrubs but Lush generally have a high selling price because of the fresh ingredients they use. All of Lush's products are cruelty free, most of their products are also vegan and vegetarian approved and they are one of the big brands fighting against animal testing! I would definitely recommend trying out their products, they really do work, and they have a wide range of choices for all different skin types and skin problems.

I started using it to see if it would remove the lip stain colour from my Revlon balm stain (review of this in previous post!) - and it worked a treat! Not only did it completely remove the whole colour from my lips, but I also noticed that my lips felt so much smoother, looked and felt more plumper, and surprisingly seemed to removed some pigmentation/discolouration that I had on my lips too! I am by no means an expert on skin benefits but from just from going off the ingredients in this scrub; the coconut oil, which is very moisturising for the skin and lips, and the exfoliating properties of the rough could potentially aid in the removal of discoloured lips! Because it is such a coarse texture I wouldn't recommend using it every single day, but perhaps once a week as a treatment if you wanted to remove some discolouration, or just whenever you have dried chapped lips to remove the dead skin.


Simply take a small amount on your finger, apply to the lips in circular motions as if you were applying lip balm, and gently scrub the lips and then if you want to eat it go ahead (the instructions on the back actually say you can lick it off and eat it lol!) but I just removed it with water and patted the lips dry on a towel. After I had washed off the scrub, my lips felt very smooth, but quite tight so I went and grabbed my Carmex, which really helped to relieve and moisture the lips, making them extra soft and feeling luxurious!


Pros of Lush Lip Scrub:
*Leave your lips feeling so smooth
*Lovely smell and taste
*Small and compact size - good for travel
*Removes any stains from lipsticks completely
*Ingredient Properties - MAY with time aid in removing discolouration of the lips

Cons of Lush Lip Scrub:
*High selling price just for a scrub

Rating out of 10 - 9/10

You can purchase Lush products from any stand alone Lush store in the UK or from their website -

DISCLAIMER: All products are purchased with my own money. All opinions and comments are my own, none of which are being affiliated with any person or companies. Prices are correct from the time of purchase.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Review

Hi my lovelies, its been SO long! I can only apologize.. but I am back once again with another blog amazing post for you and this time it is a beauty related one. I realized I had done a couple of fashion related ones so it was only right for me to get a beauty one up too! Anyway...I was in Superdrug today, popped into to get ONE thing and like always I end up coming out with 20 billion other things! I had heard a lot of raves about the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains for a while... but today I saw them, and they were on offer 2 for £10 so that justifies it for me..haha! These balms are priced at £7.99 each, which for a drugstore product is not EXACTLY cheap but it reasonable considering that Revlon would be placed at the higher end of the drugstore market products. These lip products can be purchased from any drugstore in the UK such as Superdrug or Boots. They are also available worldwide so you shouldn't really have a problem getting hold of one! 
These balm stains come in 12 shades ranging from a beige-ish nude shade to a deep burgundy red. The colours I picked up were '020 Lovesick Passionnee' which is a beautiful deep fuchsia colour and '040 Rendezvous Rendez-vous' which is bright orange. These lip products as the name suggests are a creamy balm texture which stain the lips without drying them out. Considering they are meant to be more of a lip-balm type product the colour payoff is amazing and I would say comparable to a glossy lipstick! They are extremely pigmented and stain the lips with a 'just bitten' look - just like the product claims. Once it is on the lips, there is a slight glossy sheen which eventually wears off and leaves behind a matte stain. They are retractable crayon-esque pencils which saves the hassle of having to sharpen them. The only one thing I dislike about this product is the smell. It is a strong peppermint smell which I find to be slightly overpowering, for me personally. They feel smooth and glide on the lips easily and the colour can be built up to your preference.   
                                                   '040 Rendezvous Rendez - vous'
                                                      -'020 Lovesick Passionee'

Higher - end comparable Products -

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine - The look and finish of these balm stains remind me of the YSL Rouge Volupe Shine. They are glossy without being overly shimmery or tacky and leave a soft shine over the lips. Where the YSL lipsticks would cost you 3 times the price for one, these balm stains are giving you the same look without burning a whole in your pocket!

Clinique Chubby Sticks - Any one in the beauty world would compare these two products alike because of the similar packaging, some of the shades in the Revlon collection are also very much like what Clinique have for their Chubby Sticks. Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable would be the perfect dupe if you are wanting a product that does exactly what the higher end one does. My only personal critique of the Clinique Chubby Sticks are that they do not have as much colour pay off or pigmentation as Revlon. Also, it seems that the Chubby Sticks tend to wear off much quicker and require a few touch ups whereas the Just Bitten Kissable, because they are stains will require less hassle to keep reapplying throughout the day.

Overall -
Pros -
* Glossy
*Long - lasting/ great staying power
*Excellent colour pay off
*Delivers exactly what it claims
*Great dupe for higher end products like the Clinique Chubby Sticks - I would even say Revlon's are a lot better!
* Reasonably priced
* Easy to use packaging - retractable - no need to sharpen
Cons -
*Strong peppermint smell
Rating out of 10 - 9/10 - Definitely worth the purchase
I hope you have enjoyed this instalment on Fashion and Beauty Classics. Thank you as always for taking the time out to come by and read my posts. If you have any comments, thoughts, suggestions, ideas or requests, please leave them below this post. I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.
DISCLAIMER: All products featured are purchased with my own money. All comments and opinions are my own, none of which are influenced or affiliated with any other persons or companies. All pictures in this post are taken by me and I have the rights to these photos.
Much love,
B x