Budget Brand Lovin – Anatomicals | thelittlescottishcorner

Anatomicals

I thought I would do a mini review on one of my favourite budget brands – Anatomicals. I only discovered Anatomicals last year and it was by chance really. I was browsing the beauty aisle in Asda and I never normally shop at Asda, when I chanced across the ‘Farewell Scarlett Pimpernell’ (reviewed here) face mask and at £1 it seemed a bargain. I really enjoyed using the face mask and being a sucker for the packaging decided to do a quick Google search on the brand. Turns out everyone’s favourite fashion/beauty online store -ASOS stock Anatomicals. At the time, they had a couple of gift sets reduced to clear as it was in January, so I snapped them up. In one gift set I got an inflatable bath pillow (which doesn’t stick properly) and features a quirky story, a candle (a little disappointing), some bath salts (reviewed here) and the above face mask. The face mask isn’t really my cup of tea as it is self heating and I find these a little uncomfortable and always panic that they will burn  my skin. The second gift set contained some funky rubber gloves (now my bog cleaning gloves cos nobody wants toilet germs on their hands), a hand cream (which is almost finished and in my desk drawer along with around 4 other almost empty tubes) and the above hand polish. I bought the body scrub separately for the bargain price of £3.50!

I’m not going to review the individual products as such, this is more of a brand review because I’ve really fallen in love with Anatomicals. The packaging is amazing isn’t it? Everything comes in brightly coloured plastic containers, with sturdy lids/pumps. Nothing worse than a cheap pump. The product names are genius – Cheese Release Me Foot Cream, Help the Paw Paw Hand Cream and No More White Bits Fake Tan to name but a few. You can’t help but chuckle inside. The product instructions are equally as quirky, which may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I love it! All of the products I’ve had from Anatomicals have been highly scented and good quality. The body scrub left my bathroom smelling of Grapefruit for a good half hour after showering and the consistency was perfect. Often I can find budget brands to be runny or thick, but I think Anatomicals have got it spot on. The products are also paraben free which is a bonus!

ASOS currently have a sale on Anatomicals, so I’m eyeing up a few bits. They are so budget friendly and with the sale it would be rude not to! You can also purchase Anatomicals from Cloud 10 Beauty, but I’ve only ever used ASOS because that way I can combine my order to get other bits and bobs I really need want. I thought I would add a little wishlist into this post because it seems like an age since I’ve done one. To make things more interesting, I’ve set myself a budget of £20 (enough to treat myself, but not enough to bankrupt myself). Here’s what I would purchase:

ANATOMICALS WISHLIST

1.We Never Forget a Face Memorably Good Moisturiser – £4.50 for 50ml (was £6)
2.Shower to the People Lime Shower Gel – £2 for 250ml (was £3)
3. Cheese Release Me Minty Foot Cream – £2 for 100ml (was £3)
4. Not Another Rough Day Please Neroli Body Lotion – £2.50 for 200ml (was £3.50)
5. Oi You Throbhead Headache Balm – £3 for 20g (was £4)
6. Anatomicals Face Mask Pack x3 – £2 (was £3)
7. Aint No Dope This Soap Watermelon and Cucumber Hand Soap – £2 for 300ml (was £3)
8. Help the Paw Vitamin Rich Hand Cream – £2 for 100ml (was £3)
TOTAL = £20

Yup. Fantastic. 8 products for £20. Even at full price all of this would only come to £28.50. Such fantastic value isn’t it? Now excuse me while I go and find my purse. It’s free delivery after all.

What do you think of Anatomicals? Would you be willing to try it?

Disclaimer – I was NOT sponsored by ASOS or Anatomicals to write this post – I just really like the brand. 

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International Box Swap with the Beauty Deputy | Part 2

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So if you read yesterdays post on my international box swap with the beauty deputy, you are probably pretty excited right now? I know I certainly am! I had to split this in two as there was just so much in the box to show you all. I’m excited to be trying everything out over the coming months. I won’t be giving too much away in this post – saving that for the review!

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I guess the images above give you a bit of an idea of what was in the box? And I am going to give a run-down of everything and my initial impressions, with reviews following at a later date. I had intended to try everything before doing this post, but there wasn’t enough days/I don’t have enough faces! I love the whole box, all the brands are new to me. So lets get started.

Look at all the pretty samples

Look at all the pretty samples

First up, Brittany really surprised me and made me really excited because she included an Ipsy bag! Yup, I got an actual Ipsy bag and she had packed it full of samples for me. I was really happy to receive some generous samples of BH eyeshadows and some sigma shadow samples too. Thanks Brittany! I also got some Stila foundation and BB cream, which will be perfect for travel. I can mix the darker shades with moisturiser to lighten them up and mix the lighter ones with bronzer. Win win. I think the icing on the cake in this bag of swag was the Too Faced Chocolate bronzer. I knew that I was getting this one as she had mentioned it before, but I didn’t realise just how GENEROUS the sample was. Its pretty large and will last a while. Happy happy. The next time I go on holiday I will probably take many of these samples, so will review them then, but look out for the mascara, bronzer and eyeshadow reviews coming soon. I haven’t tried the mascara yet, but the bronzer is amazing and the eyeshadow really pigmented.

Brittany really pulled it out the bag with this box swap. It is almost like she read my mind or something! How amazing are all of these goodies? The colours she choose are spot on too.

Pacifica, Bath and Bodyworks, Zumbar and Fortune Cookie

Pacifica, Bath and Bodyworks, Zumbar and Fortune Cookie

Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Body Butter

I love oranges and the whole box smelled of oranges as the corner of the tube had come undone in transit. I’ve since glued it back down and used this on my legs yesterday and my hands on Monday. It’s very thick and smells delicious. Big thumbs up.

Bath and Body Works Be Enchanted

This is really girly isn’t it? Smells girly anyway. Brittany mentioned she couldn’t do a box swap without including something from Bath and Body works and I am glad she did. I find it funny after being used to the metric system where everything comes in 10ml, 50ml, 100ml etc that this is a random volume. Its in fluid ounces, but it made me look twice!

Zumbar in Almond

Brittany mentioned that this contains goats milk, which is good for your skin because of it’s ph. You learn something new huh? This smells nice, I think I will put it in my shower as my soap is almost finished. I think this will be great for me as it is very moisturising.

Fortune Cookie Soap

In her note, Brittany mentioned that this is mint choc chip ice cream and it definitely reminds me of that. I was so jealous of all the US folk getting these boxes every few months and now I can experience a bit of it too! This is going in my bathroom once the soap is finished in there (should be the end of the week), so I will be able to read my fortune then. Pretty cute that it is shaped like a fortune cookie – no?

Is it leopard print? Or cheetah? What would you call that?

Is it leopard print? Or cheetah? What would you call that?

Maurices Head Band

I had only heard of Maurices from Brittany’s Instagram and blog, so it was a total shock to recieve something in the box. I never thought about putting something from a clothes/accessory shop in. As long as I can remember I don’t think I have owned a hair band like this! I know, I know. I think this will be great for keeping my hair out of my face in the summer, especially when it is hot. Thank you Brittany 🙂

Maybelline, NYX, Physicians Formula, NYX again and Flower.

Maybelline, NYX, Physicians Formula, NYX again and Flower.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Shimmering Sea

Wow, this is the strangest colour I have ever seen. It’s so mesmerising. We get some shades in the UK, but not this one. I love this so much, so thank you for including this. These are really long lasting and work well as a base. Brittany suggested trying it under a nude colour and it does look pretty special. I will definitely review this at a later date , along with my Taupe one (can’t believe I never reviewed that yet).

NYX Love in Paris Palette in Mon Cherie

This bag just got better and better! An NYX palette! Of course the box swap wouldn’t be a box swap if Brittany hadn’t included a palette, she is the queen of palettes after all. She’s managed to convince me to buy the Urban Decay Vice 2 and I’m swithering over the Too Faced Chocolate bar now. Anyway, I’m going off track. I thought this palette was pretty fitting as I’ve just been to Paris! The colours are very versatile and from sticking my finger in there, these feel smooth. Brittany said she had a hard time picking this for me, but good choice! I think this would be a great palette for a day to evening look. Neutral in the day and jazz it up with the green and blue sparkle in the evening.

Physicians Formula Glow and Mood Boosting Blush

When I saw this, I was squealing like a baby pig. Literally. I mean look at it. Even if this turns out to be the worst blusher in history (which it wont, going by the reviews I had seen previously), how can you not just sit and admire those cute hearts? Brittany asked if there was any brands I would like to try and this one was in the list as I had seen SO many reviews on it. Apparently this has natural plant extracts that mimic endorphines and pick up your mood. Brittany just bought it for the packaging. I can’t bring myself to use this quite yet, give me two weeks and I will be ready. In the mean time lets just appreciate how beautiful it is shall we?

NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

Great minds think alike. I ended up getting Brittany a similar pencil in a vanilla colour from collection thinking it would make a great base. She got me this for that reason too. Apparently the white makes eyeshadows pop, so this will be great for those more adventurous shades in my collection. I like that this glides on really smoothly and doesn’t tug. I am going to try this in the corners of my eyes, but not sure my application is precise enough!

Flower Zoom In Mascara

The first thing I thought when I saw this was ‘how does the brush work?’. Being an engineer, I had to immediately open the mascara and twist the brush several times to see how it worked. It’s a very simple concept and I am surprised other brands haven’t copied this. The packaging feels very high end for a drugstore brand and the formula is pretty decent. My main issue is not really knowing how to apply this. Are you meant to use each stage of the three stage brush to lengthen, curl and add volume at once? Or is it a case of use whichever setting you fancy that day? Help! Brittany seems to have a similar lash problem to me – no curl, so I have high hopes for this mascara once I work out the best way to apply.

The Jamberry nail wraps

The Jamberry nail wraps

Jamberry Nail Wraps

I knew Brittany was sending me these as she had mentioned it before. I was really lucky to be sent 3 designs! Apparently one nail was missing from a sheet and Jamberry sent her a new sheet, so I scored. I can’t wait to try these out. I need to grow my nails first as I had a few breakages and chewed them a little from stress. My bad. The designs I got are all very varied – Midnight Celebration, Cup of Tea and Flutterfly. Cup of Tea are perfect for summer. Brittany was even kind enough to include instructions for me. How thoughtful.

Okay, so the next bag I was really excited about – it was all about lips! The first thing I noticed was this Gorgeous Lip Smoochie from Covergirl.

NYX, Pacifica, Covergirl, Flower, Miranda's

NYX, Pacifica, Covergirl, Flower, Miranda’s

CoverGirl Lip Smoochie in C U L8R

This was another brand I was keen to try, but Brittany had never tried so I was curious as to what she would buy me. I know Covergirl and Revlon have some sort of link and the packaging is very similar, but I knew I wanted to try something from Covergirl. I’ve seen these on some of the American and Canadian blogs I read, so can’t believe I finally got one. Mega thank you Brittany! And the colour is perfect.

Pacifica Orange Lip Tint in Blood Orange

I know that Brittany loves these, so I was so excited to try this one out. I was surprised by how big these are and I love the fact that it is orange. I love oranges. I’m not revealing the colour yet, I’m saving that for the review post :p

Flower Lipgloss in Shine On

How cool is it that Drew Barrymore has her own makeup line? I loved Drew in Charlies Angels. This is the only product I haven’t yet had a chance to try out, but I know I will love it. The colour is so wearable and very me. I am also impressed with how luxurious and sleek the packaging looks.

NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel

Aaaaah I actually squealed a little when I opened this! How Perfect is that colour? This baby barely left my lips all weekend. It applies like a dream and it is just truly awesome in formulation. It doesn’t drag, nor does it feel sticky. I think I may have just found a new favourite lipgloss.

Miranda’s Tangerine Lip Balm in Lime

Brittany included a super sweet story with this about how it is a friend of hers that makes these that she met when she was really young and moved schools. I liked the sweet and personal touch, very thoughtful. This smells really fresh and I’ve only tried it once, but feels very nice on the lips.

Oooh pretty. Wet n Wild and EOS

Oooh pretty. Wet n Wild and EOS

EOS Lip Balm in Passion Fruit and Strawberry Sorbet

Mirya, Brittany’s naughty puppy likes to chew these. I can see why. Strange as they look, they are like little eggs of heaven. The smell awesome and are so moisturising on the lips. I’ve got the passionfruit one at my desk with me right now. The egg shape reminds me of kinder egg insides. I had a wrestle to get this out the packet, but it was worth it. I think I need to buy more of these. Oh and Mirya, stop chewing up your mummies lip balms!

Wet N Wild Comfort Zone Coloricon Eyeshadow

Woop woop. Another palette. This time, wet n wild. I really wanted to try wet and wild, so was very happy to see this. Most of my eyeshadow is brown, neutral or purple toned, so I was ecstatic to see some green. I like that each of the shadows are marked define, crease etc. Yes Brittany, I like the green and blue too. These are really soft and fairly pigmented. I need to experiment more with looks.

Wet N Wild Blusher

Brittany said this was really pigmented for the price, she wasn’t joking. The little brush is dead handy and I liked the detail in the blusher itself. This wore really well on me, I like it a lot. Maybe even more than Sleek. Oh no you didn’t. Oh yes I did.

I hope you enjoyed this overview post and gradually over the next few months I will be reviewing everything. I like to test things for a few weeks before reviewing, but will get reviews up soon. I would love to know if anyone else has ever done a box swap?

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Lush Red Fun|Review – is it Really that Fun?

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Lush Red Fun

I’ve beentoying with reviewing this one for a while – on the one hand it is a lovely product and smelled divine and on the other would people appreciate a review of a product essentially meant for children? After two months of deliberating I have decided to show you Lush Fun. After all I was a big enough child to buy it, so maybe some of you will be too?

What Lush Say…

‘Ideal for children (of all ages), Red Fun can be whatever you want it to be. A 4-in-1 product, this gentle product can be used as a solid shampoo, bubble bar, soap, or even to play with. One of five colours in the range, this is perfect for brightening up your day. First, enjoy making models and shapes out of it, and then either break off a small piece and use as a soap or shampoo, or crumble under running water for bubble bath. It contains orange oil and mandarin oil to add sunshine to your mood.’ – Lush

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Lush Red Fun

What I Say…

I got this as part of a Christmas gift set and immediately the smell hit me. A gorgeous and powerful smell, packing a punch with tonnes of citrus. The packaging is a nice touch, it is a bio degradable plastic wrap. My biggest issue with this was that it contains sodium laureth sulfate which can be drying on the skin. I loved the vivid colour of this and think it would make a great bathtime treat for kids. I can imagine having something like this would make it a bit easier to get kids into the bath! It’s also great that Lush don’t test on animals and that this is Vegan.

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Chunk of Red Fun

How it Performed

I decided to give this a whirl all the suggested ways. As a bubble bath, this worked well but not as well as one of Lush’s bubble bars. I found it difficult to crumble this under the water as the texture is quite rubbery and as such I ended up with big chunks. These chunks then took a while to dissolve. The plus side was that I did get quite a lot of bubbles and the room ended up smelling like oranges. This does dye the water a pinkish colour, so if you are thinking of getting this for a boy I would maybe say go for green or blue instead (I know my brother wouldn’t have appreciated pink water as a kid!). The bubbles didn’t last very long and all disappeared within 5 or 10 minutes which was a little disappointing.

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Bubbles from the red fun

As a solid shampoo, this really didn’t work for me. The problem I had was that the heat/steam in the bathroom meant that the fun started to melt away and the texture went even more like rubber. This might work better on people with short hair, but it just seemed to leave my hair in a sticky, matted mess. Once I rinsed it out, my hair did feel clean, but not as clean and soft as with my normal shampoo. I wouldn’t recommend this for adult/long hair. I think it would be fun for kids to model something in the bath and then use it to wash their hair though.

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Stained hand

Soap was a bit of a mixed bag. It really did leave my skin feeling soft and clean, but on the other hand it left a red residue all over me. I had to spend a bit of time with my sponge working to get the red colour off, as even when I showered it stayed put. I guess this would be fun for kids as they could draw on the walls/themselves and it would wash away with a little scrubbing.  I don’t think I would personally use this as soap again due to the staining and slightly slimey texture.

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My attempt at a sausage dog

Finally, the really fun bit! Modelling! I tried to make a sausage dog, but failed. My fun had become far too soft and melty to manage to roll/shape into anything. Maybe for best results this should be stored in the fridge or played with immediately? Again a lot of colour came from this and stained my hands, so I would be wary of light coloured linens.

Final Thoughts and Where to Buy

Overall I definitely think this is more of a kids product, but I did really enjoy the smell. I was a little bit disappointed at how easily the Fun melted, but maybe I should have played with it immediately. I managed to use my whole mini fun in one bath, so it could get expensive if you were using this often. I’m not sure how much product you get in a full size, but it is available from Lush for £5.I think this would make a bathtime treat for kids or even big kids.

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Lush Bunny Bubble Bar – Review | theLittleScottishCorner

Lush Bubble Bunny

Lush Bubble Bunny

How cute is this little fella? I wasn’t sure whether to review this or not. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it. I sat and thought to myself ‘you can’t not put this cutie on your blog!’ So here we are, the cute little easter bunny is on the blog. I have a thing for Lush and a thing for animal shaped products. It has been a while since I reviewed anything from Lush and that’s really just because I haven’t been blown away by the things I have been using recently. I’m getting more organised with blogging, get back into the swing of things and planning posts etc. Soo much easier, so I may well review my other Lush items yet!

What Lush Say about Bunny

‘Follow this white rabbit to the bathroom for sweetly scented, skin softening bubbles. With the comforting smell of Fair Trade vanilla absolute, and filled with blue cornflowers to float through the water and surround you in the bath.’ – Lush

Bubble Bunny

Bubble Bunny

Ingredients & Scent

Apparently the tail and the eyes are candy. I wouldn’t advise eating them though. This contains coconut oil, known for it’s skin smoothing properties (more on that later). This also contains the dreaded sodium laureth sulfate to help it bubble up. SLS is known for it’s skin drying out properties. Boo to having SLS Bunny!

At first this smelt a little bit like snow fairy to me. I was disappointed when I broke bunny in half and put him in the bath, only to discover that it did in fact smell of vanilla and not snow fairy. Maybe I should have read Lush’s description.

Look into my Eyes

Look into my Eyes

Candy Tail

Candy Tail

Results

I used half of the bunny in my bath because I have a small tub. It was sufficient enough for the size of my bath. I loved the smell and look of Bunny, but was left feeling a little disappointed with the results. No bubbles, lots of flowers and dry skin. The water turned a lovely pale pink colour and the whole bathroom smelled gorgeous. But this little fella made no bubbles. I thought that was the point of  a bubble bar? Still I got in the tub only to be attacked by all the little blue cornflowers floating around my tub . After about 15 minutes these turned yellow/brown and looked as if someone had sprinkled dried grass in my bath. The water felt very soft and was nice to lie in, but after getting out the bath and drying myself off I felt more dry than normal. Maybe this little guy sucked all the moisture out of my skin. Who knows. He is darn cute though.

Bunny broken in half

Bunny broken in half

Bunny crumbled in the water

Bunny crumbled in the water

Floating flowers seconds after crumbling

Floating flowers seconds after crumbling

Price Point & Where to Buy

You can find the Bunny Bubble Bar in store and online from Lush for £3.25

Final Thoughts

I can’t help but be a bit disappointed by this. I expected oodles of bubbles. I don’t think I will buy this again, I have my eye on the Easter carrots so lets hope they fare better.

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Lush The Melting Snowman Luxury Bath Melt – Review

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How cute is this little guy? I’ve been meaning to review him for a while now and just went on the Lush website and noticed they have a sale and he is in it, so now is definitely the time! Lush offers amazing handmade products that are not tested on animals and are vegan friendly, which is great news. I picked this little guy up a while back and was saving him for a nice relaxing bath.

‘Our little snowman is about to shuffle off this mortal coil – but not before you get one last bath from him as he disappears for another year.

It is a short but glorious life that our Melting Snowman lives. He may not have long to go, but boy is he going to make a grand exit.


Exquisitely fragranced with Hot Toddy, a favourite blend from Christmas past containing cinnamon, clove, patchouli, benzoin, lime and sweet wild orange oils. But if it isn’t enough to smell of one of our most popular Christmas fragrance – he’s also got a body made of water softening bicarb of soda, cocoa butter and shea butter. All these wonderful butters melt into your bath water, leaving you soft and moisturised. His legacy is your great skin, which means he lives on in the memory of all who knew him.’ – Lush

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Okay, I won’t lie all I could smell was a spicey snowman and I imagine that was the cinnamon. The smell was very warming and definitely what you want for a hot bath on a cold winters day. For some weird reason this contains icing sugar? But then again, the eyes are real chocolate drops, which to my surprise melted in the bathtub, see the later picture for the choccie drops. He also contains almond oil and shea butter to leave skin feeling gorgeous and soft. Several other oils such as lime, cinnamon and patchouli are also included and I imagine these are to give the gorgeous scent, rather than condition the skin. This does contain sodium laureth sulfate, which can be pretty drying on the skin but I guess the shea butter cancels this out?

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I decapitated my snowman in order to get two baths from him, as my bath is very shallow.

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My poor little snowman head fizzed away in the bathtub and dissolved into nothing. If you are looking for a spectacular fizz, this will not give you it. If you want coloured water, this does nothing but make it cloudy. What it does do is make the water very soft, which in turn made my skin soft. Not my favourite lush product of all time, but its a pretty decent price and its pretty cute too.

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I promise you, these were the chocolate drops which were left floating in the tub after the snowman head dissolved.

Available from Lush for £1.12 in the sale (previously £2.25)

Have you tried this little cutey? Do you plan on picking anything up in the Lush sale?