New release reviews: Lush Parsley Porridge soap & D’Fluff Shaving Soap

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For the summer, Lush is releasing 6 new inventions. I’m reviewing the Parsley Porridge Soap and D’Fluff Shaving Soap below.

  1. African Paradise Body Conditioner – a blend of Fair Trade shea butter and Fair Trade Moringa oil to soften and nourish the skin, and Fair Trade aloe gel to soothe the skin.
  2. Zeste Hair Gel – a lemony zesty fruit-based hair gel that provides the hold without the grease.
  3. Mangnificent Soap – formulated with zingy Sicilian lemon oil, mandarin oil and neroli oil, as well as fresh mango puree and mango slices will help to wake you up on Monday mornings.
  4. Granny Takes a Dip Bath Bomb – this bath bomb infused with lemon oil will create a mesmerizing swirl of colour in your bath tub.
  5. Parsley Porridge Soap – made with fresh parsley, finely ground oatmeal, thyme, tea tree oil and aloe gel, this soap gently exfoliates, soothes, and freshens on a hot summer day.
  6. D’Fluff Shaving Soap – a shaving soap created with fresh strawberries, egg whites and golden syrup, blended with rosehip oil, coconut oil and maple sugar.

Parsley Porridge Soap

This is one of the more moisturizing Lush soaps I’ve tried. It smells quite herbally and when I have it in my bathroom, it makes my entire bathroom smell like herbs. It doesn’t sud up as well as some of the other Lush soaps, but I love that it is so moisturizing and not stripping. I enjoy using this in the summer because the tee tree oil acts as a pore de-clogger for those hot summer days or after exercising. The aloe gel also helps to soothe the skin. It’s not as refreshing as say, one of Lush’s more zesty soaps, but I do enjoy using this one a lot. If you’re looking to try something more natural that also helps to treat and soothe the skin, Parsley Porridge Soap will be your friend!

Ingredients: Tea Tree Infusion (Melaleuca alternifolia) , Rapeseed Oil , Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Cocos nucifera) ,Glycerine , Sorbitol , Fresh Aloe Gel (Aloe Secundiflora), Water , Fresh Parsley (Carum petroselinum) , Fine Ground Oatmeal (Avena sativa) , Thyme Oil (Thymus zygis) , Sandalwood Oil (Fusanus spicatus) , Grapefruit Oil (Citrus paradisi) , Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) , Titanium Dioxide , Sodium Chloride ,Chlorophyllin , *Limonene , *Geraniol , *Farnesol ,*Linalool , Fragrance , EDTA , Tetrasodium Editronate ,Sodium Hydroxide

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D’Fluff Shaving Soap

This shaving soap smells SO GOOD, just like strawberry jelly. It’s perfect for use at the end of a long day as its sweet and helps to calm my senses down, as well as helps me dream of strawberry desserts at night! It’s super fluffy, like the texture of marshmallows, and you only need a bit (quarter size) to spread out and shave over. I use this mainly on my underarms and it’s great for that sensitive area as it creates enough of a cushion to shave over. The egg whites, rosehip oil, and coconut oil also help to condition and moisturize the area. If there’s one thing you need to try from this new collection, it’s the D’Fluff Shaving Soap!

Ingredients: Water , Rapeseed Oil , Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera) ,Saccharide Hydrolysate , Glycerine , Organic Rose Hip Oil (Rosa canina) , Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao) , Fresh Strawberries (Fragaria vesca) , Fresh Organic Free Range Egg Whites ,Fragrance , Organic Maple Sugar (Acer saccharum) ,Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla Planifolia) , Sweet Wild Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis) , Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena) , Sodium Chloride , EDTA ,Tetrasodium Editronate , Sodium Hydroxide , Titanium Dioxide , *Eugenol , *Limonene , *Benzyl Alcohol ,Hexyl Cinnamal , Red 27 , Red 40

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Almay Summer launch event!

I was really fortunate to be able to attend the Almay launch of their new and upcoming summer products. We were also reintroduced to some of Almay’s most popular products. Jacquie, the national makeup artist for Revlon and Almay in Canada, was in attendance to show us some of the ways we can use the products.

Did you know Almay is the most popular brand of drugstore makeup remover in North America? Not surprising because they have several different makeup remover products aimed at different skin types and also for removing different things. Their Eye Makeup Remover Pads, one of their most well-known products, is available in oil free, which is a lighter non-greasy formula, and moisturizing, which is better for taking off heavier, more resistant eye makeup. Both are equally fantastic in removing daily eye makeup.

I am especially excited about these Oil Free Makeup Eraser Sticks that are super convenient for on the go or for keeping at the office for quick touch-ups. I keep mine at the office for touchups before meetings when sometimes mascara ends up on my under-eye area. These are very easy to use and I will do a formal review of them later.

Almay Smart Shade is also something that has become very hot in the last couple of years. Smart Shade is a technology that basically allows the product to adjust to your skin-tone to create a foundation shade that is perfect for you. The Perfect & Correct Primer consists of two coloured swirls, one in purple for correcting any sallowness, and one in green for correcting any redness. The primer is creamy and blends in very well. You also don’t need too much to cover your face.

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Swatches: MAC Semi-Precious Collection [link]

Yuki’s Lazy Channel has posted up swatches for the entire Semi-Precious collection to be released by MAC this summer. You can see swatches for eye products here and swatches for face and lip products here. You can find information on the collection at Temptalia here.

The swatches and photos are doing nothing for me as I’ve tried and failed with MAC mineralized products. I also need to curb my spending habits so I won’t be buying anything.

Has anything specific caught your eye?

Photo/Info: Collection Byzance de Chanel

The Collection Byzance de Chanel will be comprised of:

  • Le 4 Quadra Eyeshadow palette in Regard Signe de Chanel
  • Joues Contraste blush in Or and Rouge
  • Rouge Allure in Rouge Byzantine

In addition, there will also be a limited edition highlight palette that is available. It is extremely limited edition, with only 1500 that was made for the entire world, and can be purchased for $250 at select Chanel boutiques. You can see photos of this palette here on Cafe Makeup.

There is nothing interesting for me in this collection, although I’ve asked my Chanel SA to call me when they get it in so I can at least play with some of the stuff. This collection speaks “fall” to me, even though summer isn’t yet here… Whats on your list?

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Preview: Guerlain Rouge Automatique

Guerlain is coming out with a new lipstick!! Too bad I’m not too excited about it for a couple of reasons:

  1. Guerlain currently has, what… 4-5 different lipsicks? There’s the Rouge G, Rouge G le Brillant, Kiss Kiss, Kiss Kiss Strass. Lip glosses in stick form include Kiss Kiss Baby and Kiss Kiss Stick Gloss. Is it really necessary to have another one?
  2. Ugh, the packaging. Doesn’t it remind you of those Bonne Bell lipsticks we had when we were young, but just much more expensive?

These photos were posted by Teen Vogue’s beauty director, Eva Chen, on her Twitter. You can see her other photos here.

The lipstick will be available in a wide variety of skin-tone flattering shades.

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