Is it as good as I remember? Lush Edition

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This is a series where I review products that I once loved to find out if the product still delivers. The rules are simple: It must be at least a minimum of three years since the last time I used the product. This is just a response to the idea that personal taste changes and that what you once loved might no longer be to your preference.

 

Lush is a cosmetics brand that does not need any introduction. I have loved this brand since I went to a school trip in middle school many years ago and over these years I have tried out a wide range of their offerings.

But in this post I’ll be covering two products that I have loved and I finally managed to snatch them up some time ago.

 

Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar

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This was the first product I ever tried from Lush and it is a product that is difficult to get your hand on from the net store, it usually is always sold out and the shipping cost is high.

But I did manage to snatch it up some time ago and let me tell you, I forgot how much I loved this product.

I know that not everyone will like the scent this has. It is a very strong mix of cinnamon and menthol that is reminiscent of tiger balm but with a sweeter undertone. Personally I absolutely love it and if I had the skills I’d try to recreate it as a perfume oil.

It is a lovely massage bar for the days when I have muscle pains. First it feels very cooling but it then starts to warm up a bit and helps relaxing the muscles.

I love the consistency of this massage bar, it is soft but it does not disappear immediately on skin but it is also not what I would call greasy either. It does a nice job at moisturizing the skin.

Personally I love to use it after a nice bath/shower then lather this in my hands before applying it. This is of course before going to bed with multiple layers of blankets on top.

But is it me or has this massage bar become more expensive and smaller over the years?

Well this is a rediscovered love and I’ll see if I manage to snatch it up again someday.

 

New Shampoo Bar

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Offciial pic from Lush.

As some of you might have guessed, I am a sucker for anything cinnamon.

This is a solid shampoo bar that is supposed to keep dandruff away, ensure good scalp health and keep hair from becoming oily.

Among the ingredients are peppermint oil, nettle extract, cinnamon leaf oil, rosemary oil, bay oil and clove bud oil. All of these oils and extracts are good for scalp and oily hair to my knowledge.

The last time I had this I had extremely oily hair and my scalp was riddled with psoriasis, which meant that for me a lot of the shampoos created to combat oily hair were very harsh to my scalp and I would sometimes get sores caused by the irritation.

This shampoo bar managed to keep my scalp free from psoriasis, got rid of the oils and my hair became more balanced. This shampoo bar worked miracles for my hair and its effect has lasted through the years.

That’s why I did not rebuy it again as I managed to be capable of using other shampoos since my hair and scalp got balanced.

But I rebought this some time ago to see what I thought of it now.

This shampoo is still great but I find myself using this only when I’m trying to remove styling products from my hair as it is a shampoo that is effective at removing such products. But I’m not capable of using it as an everyday shampoo as I feel it is a bit harsh for my taste.

This might have more to do with me bleaching my hair and let me be honest, no matter how healthy you hair is or how careful you are with bleaching your hair, you are still damaging you hair and weakening it and it will have a tendency to become more brittle.

But I still find myself loving this shampoo as it is super effective and my scalp absolutely adores it.

 

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Is it as good as I remember? Depend Nail Polishes

 

This is a series where I review products that I once loved to find out if the product still delivers. The rules are simple: It must be at least a minimum of three years since the last time I used the product. This is just a response to the idea that personal taste changes and that what you once loved might no longer be to your preference.

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This is an old classic for me.

I remember my mom buying Depend nail polishes all the way back in the 90s and she would sometimes paint my nails, these small polishes are very likely the first beauty product I ever tried out in my life.

When I got older and started to earn my own money as a teenager, these were some of my favourite items to stock up on since they come in a great selection of colours and finishes, combine that with them being cheap and often on a buy 3 for the price of 2 sale and you have a product that is extremely affordable.

Although I never saw them as the perfect nail polishes I really did enjoy them since they were cheap, small and had an amazing selection of shades.

But the important question is what do I feel about them now?

 

Packaging

The packaging of these have changed over the years but currently they come housed in a tall but small glass bottle. They contain 5 ml of product.

One thing to note is that on the label at the front has a symbol that signifies whether the coverage is sheer or opaque.

Whenever I bought any of these I always make sure I write down the number of the shade, since the back label have a tendency to fade easily.

 

Shades

In this post I have done my best to try to showcase the variation of their line.

None of the shades in this line has any proper name just a number.

 

# 419

 

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This is a lovely dark purple with both purple and small amounts of blue shimmers in it.

This shade needs to be shaken, which is just simply to turn the bottle down and up, in order for the pigments to blend before applying. The first time I used this it came out sheer on the first coat and in the second coat the polish became really thick and the end result was a little bit textured.

Second time I used this it was a little bit more even but it still requires two coats to be opaque. Something weird happened in my swatch photos here, they come off as a bit sheer but in irl these are opaque.

One thing I really like about this polish is that It can last for 4-6 days without chipping, which is very good.

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#494

 

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I believe this is an effect nail polish. It contains opaque white glitters with some larger silver glitters in a clear base.

I love this polish best alone since I found it weird as a top coat.

Alone this is stunning because it does look like you have snow on your nails, you need to shake it and put on two coats for this to reveal it’s beauty. It is a nail polish that manages to stand out but still be “neutral” enough that you can wear it on any occasion.

It is beautiful and extremely long-lasting. I don’t know how long this can be worn without cracking. I wore this for almost two full weeks before removing it, it almost looked like it did when I first applied it only that the clear base had started to get a little bit”yellowish” as clear nail polishes can become after a while.

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Verdict

I can’t argue against the price, it is ridiculously low even for the amount you get.

The quality is not the best but it is far from bad, I would call it an average formula and to be fair I have bought more expensive nail polishes which still cracked after two days.

These tend to be a bit more stubborn in my experience and they can be difficult to remove.

I believe I will buy more of these in the future.

 

Thank you for reading!

 

 

 

Is it as good as I remember? : Flowing by Puma

This is a series where I review products that I once loved to find out if the product still delivers. The rules are simple: It must be at least a minimum of three years since the last time I used the product. This is just a response to the idea that personal taste changes and that what you once loved might no longer be to your preference.

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This for me is a very special perfume, namely because it was the first perfume I ever owned. It was brought to me by my grandmother when I was still in elementary and I loved this scent as I felt at that time that it was not a stereotypical girly girl smell, unlike those scents my classmates would use that were either candy scents or perfumes that I felt was too “old” for someone our age.

I loved spraying this on my diary and notebooks. Funny thing is that when I read my old diaries or notebooks from those years ago the smell is still there. For me it just makes those memories more vivid.

Half a year ago I bought this at a local department store. They have changed the bottle from all those years ago to a more round glass bottle, which frankly I feel look cheaper but that’s just my opinion, but again this is a very inexpensive fragrance that is easily found.

But is it as good as I remember?

 

Facts

This fragrance was released in 2003 by Puma and is defined as an oriental floral.

It comes in two sizes: 20 ml and 40 ml.

Top notes: Mandarin Orange, Freesia, Raspberry and Cassis.

Middle notes: Iris, Violet, Mimosa and Ylang-Ylang.

Base notes: Sandalwood, Amber, Vanilla and Musk.

 

Packaging

The packaging has not changed that much but the current bottle is round instead of square as it was when it was initially released.

But it still does carry that early 2000s nostalgia.

Especially the cardboard box it comes with, it has those stripes in analogous colours that was quite common at that time.

But the most important part is that the new glass bottle feel much sturdier than the old one.

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How I feel about it now:

I’m surprised by how long wearing and warm this is. I can definitely smell the base notes from the get go and some of the middle notes, the top notes are there initially but they disappear in a minute on me.

I want to compare this to a warm blanket. It does have a powdery feeling about it but it’s far from an “old” scent it is in fact too young for my taste and I know that it’s not because it’s reminding me of my old self but because you have a very “pink” note in it that I’m not capable of pin pointing. It might be the mixture of freesia and musk combined.

But I understand why I loved this so much when I was younger.

It is quite sophisticated for being so cheap and sophisticated was what I wanted to be at that time. But that is the brilliance of Flowing, it is a sweet and an inoffensive scent that is suitable for young girls but it becomes too soapy and conventual for someone my age.

Puma as a perfumer has never been the most original out there but they know how to make fragrances that are comfortable everyday scents that anyone can wear.

And Flowing follows that line faithfully. I have to comment that I think that the name suits the scent very well. When you wear this you will notice how it fluctuates between the notes and believe me this perfumes drydown is beautiful.

I especially have to note that this is one of the very few perfumes with a vanilla note that I can actually stand, it is because it is not too sweet or sugary but it helps in combination with the amber to keep this fragrance grounded. It gives it more weight than if the base notes only existed of sandalwood and musk.

A lot of the notes in this scent is what I would define as “airy” notes so it is great that there are grounding notes in it aswell. The iris note also gives it an edge that keeps this from being too powdery and/or boring.

Therefore I will say that if you are between the ages 10-17 then you should try this out. You can make this work if you are older too but I believe only if you are a woman who loves lighter oriental scents and who truly is young at heart.

 

Will I buy it again?

No.

But it does not mean that this fragrance is bad or not worth its price.

It is enjoyable but I feel that it does not suit me anymore.