I recently came into a stash of Aquafina skincare goodies and as mentioned in a previous post I’ll be doing a a few different reviews for each item over the next few days.
One of the first items I want to review for you is one of my Latest Obsessions and a total Beauty on a Budget score!
Meet Aquafina’s Advanced Hydrating Facial Spray:
This little bad boy will cost you $3.50 USD-$4 USD depending where you buy it. That’s freaking four bucks for an awesome hydrating spray! Can you say cheap and awesome?
The Muse likey cheap beauty finds that actually work!
Evian Facial Spray sells for $16 USD in a 16oz size where as Aquafina sells there version for $3.50 USD in a 6oz size. Which means even if you purchase 3 cans of Aquafina you’re still getting major bang for your buck!
Since it’s hot, humid and just generally yucky outside I absolutely adore this stuff to prep my face in the AM prior to moisturizing! I spray it all over my face for a healthy shot of cooling mineral water that softens my face and preps it for my facial moisturizer! It’s delightfully cool and refreshing plus I get the added benefit of the minerals in the water. It’s suggested for use with or without makeup on but I personally won’t attempt spraying water in my face when I have a full face of cosmetics on however in preparation for makeup it’s ideal.
The price is sincerely awesome and it’s definately an item you’ll want to stash away cans of! The price can’t be beat and it’s a really inexpensive find for replacing your normal toner in the Summer when it’s warmer (or Winter if you prefer).
This one gets a friendly Muse Approval for purchase! If you know anything about your Muse it’s extremely rare she runs across cheap and awesome in the same product. Cheap yes…awesome no…..rare occurrence!
But it just so happens that Aquafina Advanced Hydrating Facial Spray is cheap and awesome! A marriage most wonderful!
Wants some more of it!
Have you tried this yet?
Can’t live without it?
Want to try it?
Tell the Muse!
By the way….
Aquafina’s website is doing a sincerely wicked deal at the moment. 25% off your order of $25 USD or more!
Sweet! Click on over to start shopping!
Find more Beauty Budgets that the Muse adored by checking out some pasts reviews!
Small and Cheap: Bourjois Paris Minis Review
Sparkle and Shimmer For a Few Bucks: Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Sparkling and Lumnious Eye Shadow Review
Seriously pigmented for under $7 USD: Terra Eyeshadow Review
Loving: Essense of Beauty Crease Brush Review
Steals and Deals: Sue Devitt Naughty and Nice Palettes
Hyped about: Milani’s Wet/Dry Sparkling Eye Shadow Review
Read up on some Beauty on a Budget finds that went seriously wrong:
NYX Mosiac Powder Review
Prestige Skin Loving Minerals Review
I got my Lush Times in the mail yesterday and all the new stuff is inside! Over 20 New Items! This is the biggest release of products from Lush in a while! Yay! I’ve already placed an order from Lush UK for some of the products as they are already available! Dates for the US release still aren’t set but as soon as I know I’ll post! Lush has gone out of it’s way to release some great items and I’m VERY excited about them!
They released three new moisturizers which I’m the most hyper about. I normally use two different moisturizers from Lush. I use Gorgeous almost everyday but in the Winter my skin craves a bit more moisture so I end up using Skins Shangri La as a night cream and also during the day. I’ve been using a combination of both now for about 5 years or more however I am definately switching up with the newest releases! I can’t recall the last time Lush has released new moisturizers so I’m terribly excited about this!
The first one that caught my eye is Paradise Regained. This is the first anti-aging product I’ve seen from Lush. I’ve been searching for an anti-aging moisturizer for a while now but I had a hard time giving up my very beloved pot of Gorgeous to replace it with harsher ingredients so I’m very happy that Lush now has one! I placed an order for this so expect a review pretty soon!
If one wasn’t enough Lush went ahead and indulged us in a second anti-aging moisturizer entitled Skin Nanny. Since I had a hard time deciding between the two I also ordered Skin Nanny. Skin Nanny actually sounds really, really good and maybe even better than Paradise Regained. It promise sun protection, skin hydration, contains omega 6 oils, Vitamin C, and a ton of other fresh ingredients including apple juice (I bet it smells awesome!) to make our face happy, healthy, and wrinkle free! Yay!
And finally another intriguing moisturizer which I didn’t indulge in but was tempted by would be the new Vanishing Cream. This is for acne and oily skin! I was tempted to indulge in a pot for the Summer when my skin is feeling a bit oily but Summer is almost over so it wouldn’t be a good idea to indulge in a pot as these products are fresh and expire after one year. Maybe next Summer!
The moisturizers definately have me dancing around in excitement and I can barely wait until my order ships out! If you’re as excited as the Muse and can’t wait for the US releases hop on over to Lush UK to buy them! Shipping is reasonable and works out to about what you’d pay for products stateside due to high shipping from Canada (Lush NA is located in Canada) to the US plus if you’re a Lush addict you already know that Lush UK is a better quality product than what is offered within the US (of course that’s an expert’s opinion! Your Muse knows quality!).
Price Comparsion Chart:
Skin Nanny $46.95 USD
Paradise Regained $46.95 USD
Vanishing Cream $35.95 USD
Skin Nanny £25.00
Paradise Regained £29.38
Vanishing Cream £15.00
Ok on with the show….
Lush also released several new bath bombs one of which I’ve already told you about entitled White Wedding! Get this Gaiman Fans….Lush has a new bath bomb entitled…Stardust!!!!!!!! How awesome is that? We know how Neil loves his Lush (the Muse thinks he should take Lush baths with her and maybe scrub her back a bit too…just a suggestion..). The Muse got a bit wonky and ordered five. Sometimes a girl needs a bit of Jasmine, Tonka, Ylang, and Stardust to unwind after a long stressful day!
Other new bombs released are English Countryside and Vanilla Fountain. English Countryside sounds similar to Chelsea Gardens bath bomb and Vanilla Fountain is truly something new. It’s supposedly a highly vanilla scented bomb! It’s rare Lush does anything foody or sweet as the line leans towards more floral, herbal, earthy, and green but occasionally they do something awesome and I believe Vanilla Fountain has awesome written all over it!
Price Comparison Chart:
English Countryside $5.95 USD
White Wedding $5.95 USD
Vanilla Foundation $5.95 USD
Stardust $5.95 USD
English Countryside £2.95
White Wedding £2.75
Vanilla Foundation £2.75
Two new shower gels have been released as well which the Muse already owns. I’ve been holding off reviewing these shower gels because there was no way you could order them and it felt unfair to review a product you’d never be able to find. The new shower gels are entitled Yummy Yummy Yummy and Rub Rub Rub. I’ve had both since the start of June when I ordered them at a UK Forum Party. The UK does forum parties occasionally that allow you to order forum exclusive goodies which is how I got mine. You can see my haul from that party by clicking here. Now that both are available for purchase I’ll be reviewing them for you today and tomorrow!
Price Comparison Chart:
Yummy Yummy Yummy $25.95 USD (Largest Size Available)
Rub Rub Rub $25.95 USD (Largest Size Available)
Yummy Yummy Yummy£9.95
Rub Rub Rub £9.95
For as far back as I can remember Lush addicts have always complained about one thing, the lack of bath bombs for the shower! People have ranted and raved how unjust and unfair it is that without a bath tub they couldn’t experience the joys of a bath bomb! Lush has heard the cries of fans everywhere and has released four new bath bombs for your shower! If you happen to live in a location that sports a shower only without a tub you’ll be overjoyed! These little fizzies are place on the floor of your shower and release a beautiful scent when the water from your shower head hits them! Fun right? These are tinier in size than your normal bath bomb and cheaper to by the way! And yes they do go right down the drain but who cares the novelty alone thrills the Muse…she did so indulge in grabbing a few for her very own!
The new bombs are entitled Emotibombs and are around £1.95 each. I’m unsure of prices within the US as of yet but I estimate about $2.50-$3.50 USD.
Ahhh soap! I love me some Lush soap! Four new soaps are available for your showering (or bathing) pleasure, one of which I’ve already told you about entitled The Godmother!
The others are B Electro Soap (this has been around a good month or so now), Porridge Soap, and Spice Curls. Spice Curls seems to be in a similar vein as Karma but don’t quote me on that! Porridge Soap is a scrub soap used for exfoliating those rough elbows and knees where as the other three soaps are just an indulgence of yummie fragrances for all!
I already own B Electro Soap and The Godmother and both are wonderful! I’m doubtful I’ll indulge in Porridge Soap or Spice Curls though.
Price Comparison Chart:
Prices are based on a 1/4 lb (100g) slice of soap if you ask for a larger slice you’ll be charged accordingly.
B Electro Soap $7.95 USD
The Godmother $6.75 USD
Spice Curls $6.95 USD
Porridge Soap $6.75 USD
B Electro Soap £3.50
The Godmother £2.50
Spice Curls £2.75
Porridge Soap £2.50
Finally the last release are Toner Tabs which I’m very excited about trying out! These are little fizzy bombs that you can drop in a pot of warm steaming water, place a towel over your head, and give yourself a little mini facial! Cool right? The tabs come in three formulas one of which is entitled Tea Tree Tab which is for toning troubled, traumatized skin! Yips! We all need a little of that love sometime right? The other too are vitamin enriched tabs for toning the face! I have these already but haven’t had a chance to try ‘em! Review to come soon! I’m expecting sincerely great things from them! After use it’s suggested that using the liquid after your steam by dipping in a wash cloth and smoothing on!
Price Comparison Chart:
T Tree $1.95 USD
Vitamin E $1.95 USD
Vitamin C $1.95
T Tree £0.75
Vitamin E £0.75
Vitamin C £0.75
Phew that was a long post wasn’t it? The Muse can’t help it she loves Lush!
All in all a really, really exciting release from Lush Fresh Cosmetics. As I mentioned I already have a few of these items and I’ll be bringing you reviews soon! And when I get my UK order I’ll be reviewing the moisturizers, bath bombs, etc…that I ordered!
Have you tried any of the new Lush?
Wanting any of the new items for yourself?
Simply Love Lush?
Tell the Muse!
Visit Lush UK by clicking here and visit Lush NA by clicking here! Not in either location? Click here for your country portal (Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Nederlands, Etc…)
All releases are currently available for your purchasing pleasure from Lush UK which ships worldwide. Lush NA has released a few of the items and will add more soon I imagine! I’ll keep you posted! Other countries I’m unsure! Check with your local Lush store or local Lush website in order to find out when these are items are released or if they are already available!
Finally I got my hands on some Aquafina Skincare after hearing SO much about it!
I’ll be reviewing an item a day from the collection starting tomorrow so stay tuned on whether the Muse thinks you should be stashing or trashing the new Aquafina Skincare Collection!
Tried it already?
Learn the best (and worst) options for taking good care of your skin with some past posts from the Muse!
Clarisonic Skin Care Brush Review
Artistry Essentials Moisture Plus Review
MAC Prep and Prime Review
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Rejuvenator Review
Keihl’s Skincare Review
It’s your dear, old Muse here to tell you that cheaper is NOT always better.
This little bottle has a rating of 4.1 on MUA obviously the people who reviewed this are on crack. 4.1? What the hell.
Your Muse decided that cheap was somehow better. This bright idea stems from the fact that I was thinking that $10 USD for a bottle of eye makeup remover was a bit steep and I needed new options in my fight against the obvious recession! By cutting down $4 USD on makeup remover I was making one big step for mankind. I think I was, I’m not sure..maybe…sorta I was.
Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover promises to effectively remove all traces of eye makeup even waterproof mascara without oily residue. True that. No oily residue here. However, it not only fails to leave behind oily residue it also happens to excel at leaving behind mascara.
Removes waterproof mascara? Come on who you trying to kid. Stop! Go on now, stop it already.
This doesn’t remove waterproof mascara. After swiping my lid for the better part of 5 minutes I was still sporting clumps of mascara on my lashes. Um…hello what happened to the promise of removing my mascara!
I did see some sense on the MUA reviews where someone wrote about how it takes ALOT of this to get off regular mascara never mind waterproof mascara! Some people lost all sense when they mentioned that this was a dupe of Bi-Facil…I told you it’s that crack again! I was considering just tipping my head back and pouring the bottle onto my closed eye lid to see if that would effectively get my mascara off but somehow common sense kicked in and I just settled for rubbing at my eye for the better part of an hour trying to get this to work.
In all seriousness I did try to like this and I can honestly say it doesn’t work too well at removing waterproof anything. It does a mediocre job at best of removing eye makeup and mascara. For $5.99 USD yes indeed it is cheap but just go ahead and splurge a few dollars more to get yourself something that does work.
This one is a miss!
The Muse no likey Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover. Big waste of $6!
When the forces of Yay or Nay are in effect the Muse gives this one a big:
Dish out the $4 bucks more and grab some Sephora Eye Makeup Remover or just go nuts and buy a bottle of Lancome Bi-Facil! Your mascara will thank you for it at the end of a long night!
Try some removers that contain a healthy dose of Yay by clicking through my past reviews!
Balms Away Eye Make-Up Break Up Review
Too Faced Lash Injection Antitdote
Lush Cosmetics has a special knack for discontinuing some of my very favorite products. Lush normally runs through items that aren’t selling well at year’s end and they end up axing them and putting out a fresh new line in the place of some old favorites.
Most Lush addicts fail to understand they mystery of the dreaded discontinue list as many of the items seem to be selling great so why stop making them? No items are immune when it comes time to chop the line up and do away with the old and bring in the new! Bad news for Lush lovers everywhere when that happens!
But I do have good news! Phew!
Lush UK has been running something called Retro Lush for the past few months now which brings back old favorites. This first began as a series of races and those items ordered enough from the site would be made up and brought back for purchase. Soon after these “races” they decided to just bring back all the old favorites and sell them as regular items! Yay! The Muse did indulge in ordering from Lush UK and stashing away large quantities of bath bombs, shampoo, and other yummie items!
But the good news is if you fear the scary airmail prices from UK to US you can now get Retro Lush from the Lush US site! Wahoo!
Do click on over to begin the shopping frenzy!
If you need help making your selections from Retro Lush or you’d just like further information my comment box is open!
I lurve me some Lush and have tried everything in the store!
Check out my Latest Lush UK Haul
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Check out the Retro Lush Hatbox I got from Lush UK!
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