24 October 2014

Lush Rose Jam Shower Gel

Lush Rose Jam Shower Gel

Having recently seen lots of bloggers featuring Lush's new Christmas range I just had to pay a visit and pick up a few bits. The Rose Jam shower gel was what I was really interested in. Usually at this time of year I'd pick up Snow Fairy straight away but thought I'd go for something different this time around.

Rose Jam is a gorgeous, deep red colour, which really makes it stand out on the shelf. It not only looks warming and comforting, but the scents included in it make it a real treat for your skin. It contains nourishing argan oil, organic rose absolute and rose oil together with a Fair Trade vanilla pod infusion. It smells amazing. Usually I go for sweet/floral/fruity scents and this one is a lot stronger and sharper, yet I really love it.

The product itself is a lot thicker than some of the other shower gels, almost jam like, funnily enough, and it really lasts a long while on the skin after you've got out of the shower. This is when you know it's a good shower gel as you can still smell it on your skin a couple of hours after. It also leaves the skin feeling lovely and soft thanks to the different oils within it.

For £4.75 for 100ml this is quite a little bargain. It will last for ages as well as you only really need to apply a little bit of product as it lathers up nicely. It's absolutely perfect for this time of year too thanks not only to the colour but the comforting scent too.

Have you tried Rose Jam? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
Cherry xo

23 October 2014

Barry M Super Chic Shadow & Primer Palette

Barry M Super Chic Shadow & Primer Palette
Barry M Super Chic Shadow & Primer Palette - £6.49

Barry M Super Chic Shadow & Primer Palette
Barry M Super Chic Shadow & Primer Palette
Barry M Super Chic Shadow & Primer Palette
Barry M Super Chic Shadow & Primer Palette

If you read this week's review of the Barry M Starry Eyed palette you would know that I was a bit disappointed with the application/blendability of the shadows, so I was a bit hesitant to try out the Super Chic Shadow & Primer Palette, however I really like it.

It's mostly made up of shimmer eyeshadows with a little eye primer on the end. The shadows themselves are really pigmented and apply really nicely, despite there being quite a bit of fall out. I really love the sparkly copper/red colour - it's great for a smokey eye and I actually added some of the gold sparkle shade, which looked great.

The green shade, as pictured above, is also really vibrant. Probably not something I'd wear on a daily basis but it would be great for a special occasion.

Overall I really like this palette. It's kind of autumnal but isn't completely full of nude/brown shades, which is nice. All of the shades are really wearable and last absolutely ages too. There is a teeny tiny downside and that is that the fall out of the eyeshadow goes all over the primer, making it unusable, which is a shame.

I would recommend this palette if like me you want to wear shades that are a bit different from your usual ones.

Have you tried the Super Chic Shadow & Primer Palette? Let me know your thoughts.
Cherry xo

22 October 2014

Bioderma Hydrabio Moisturising Mask and Scrub

Bioderma Hydrabio Moisturising Mask and Scrub
Bioderma Hydrabio Moisturising Mask - £9.66*
Bioderma Hydrabio Moisturising Scrub - £7*

Bioderma Hydrabio Moisturising Scrub
Bioderma Hydrabio Moisturising Mask

I must apologise as I'm a bit late on reviewing these products, I've had them for quite a while now and have been trialling them quite regularly. I have to say I'm very impressed.

All skin conditions suffer from dehydration thanks to climate, stress and pollution among other things, so the new Hydrabio range is aiming to combat this by retraining the skin to boost its natural hydration process and rebuild its defences. It's all very complicated, but all I know is that it seems to be doing what it says on the tin.

Both products contain Aquagenium®, which is a biological complex that stimulates the skin’s ability to fully generate moisture, while locking in the essential moisture level on the skin’s surface. I'm always very wary of using scrubs on my face as my skin is very sensitive but the Gentle Moisturising Scrub is really kind. Using it's magical powers it raises your skin's tolerance threshold while respecting the skin's sensitivity. It's also hypoallergenic, which is great for me and my skin is left feeling super soft and not harsh/stripped like many other scrubs leave it feeling.

I usually use the Moisturising Mask after the scrub and leave it on for about 10 minutes or so. It's a very thin mask that sinks in to the skin really well, leaving it feeling moisturised and hydrated. Used together these products can really help in the fight against dehydrated skin and I've seen real results in my own face. My skin feels much healthier and more glowing if that's possible. Most importantly it's feeling more hydrated so I'd really recommend picking these up if you can as they're definitely worth your hard-earned cash.

Have you tried the Bioderma Hydrabio Moisturising Mask and Scrub yet? Let me know what you thought of them in the comments.


*These items were gifted to me by the brand and I have given an honest review.
Cherry xo

21 October 2014

Barry M Starry Eyed Shadow & Blush Palette

Barry M Starry Eyed Shadow & Blush Palette
Barry M Limited Edition Starry Eyed Shadow & Blush Palette - £6.49

Barry M Starry Eyed Shadow & Blush Palette
Barry M Starry Eyed Shadow & Blush Palette
Barry M Starry Eyed Shadow & Blush Palette
Barry M Starry Eyed Shadow & Blush Palette

I recently bought the three new Barry M palettes and this is the first of three posts about them. I absolutely adored the original Natural Glow & Blush Palette and the more recent Summer Love Palette so I was really excited when I heard there were some new launches.

I recently gave the Limited Edition Starry Eyed Shadow & Blush Palette a try, which is full of gorgeous autumnal colours in mattes and shimmers.

While the shadows are gorgeous to look at, especially the shimmering ones, I found them a tad disappointing to apply. The first look above is made up of the rich red/gold and brown but I found they didn't blend together very well. You can't really see the gold shimmer in this look. I even added the shimmering red/brown shade at the end of the palette and I don't think this really worked either, which is a shame. The brown has really dominated the look, which isn't a problem if, like me, this is your usual go-to colour but it would be nice to see that spakle coming through. I think the shimmers work much better on their own or you could try adding a drop of water to create a more vibrant colour. I've actually seen them swatched on people's arms on other blogs and they look great individually.

I used the shimmering blue colour on its own in the second look above and this looks really great and vibrant, however this wouldn't really be a colour I'd wear on a regular basis. There was quite a bit of fall out on application with these shadows as well, which is a tad annoying.

Overall I think the palette is really pretty, with some great shades and a fab blusher to boot but it didn't really give the results I was looking for. It's fine if I want a brown/autumnal look but the blendability of the shadows left me feeling disappointed. There's no doubt I'll use it every now and then though.

Have you tried the Limited Edition Starry Eyed Shadow & Blush Palette yet? What did you think?
Cherry xo

19 October 2014

The Sunday Catch Up #40



I can't believe my week off has come to an end. It's not gone too quickly thank goodness and I've definitely made use of the free afternoon nap time. On Monday it was my birthday and Vince got me a lovely bunch of roses, a new perfume (reviewed here) and vouchers for Topshop. He also took me shopping Bristol during the afternoon and out for a meal in the evening, which was lovely!

I also got a bunch of flowers from my nan and grandad, which are really lovely, and vouchers/money from friends/family. I've still got some vouchers left as I couldn't find anything when I was in Bristol so need to have a browse online. All in all I had a really nice day but I can't believe I'm 26 now, old lady!

On Wednesday I went to Bristol again with a friend I haven't seen for a while. We went for a bit of a look around and some lunch. I bought a few odd things but STILL have vouchers left, haha. It was a really nice day, despite the rain, and good to catch up too as it's been absolutely ages.

I also got quite a bit of blogging/photography done during the week too. Not as much as I planned so I'm going to have to get some done tomorrow as well, but I am planning a week's worth of Halloween-themed posts from the week commencing October 27 so keep an eye out for those. If you're a fan of the Cherry Pie Facebook page you might have already spotted some sneaky peeks.

From Wednesday onwards the week went a bit quicker than I liked. Yesterday I popped round to my nan's in the morning as she's just got a new puppy. He is a Yorkshire Terrier (I think), called Barney and he's so, so cute. He's so tiny as well, smaller than my cat! It really made me want a dog, although I know really that it's not a good idea at all, he was just so sweet and friendly.

Before I go I just wanted to thank all of you who have followed me on Bloglovin' as there's now more than 1,400 of you! I can't believe it! If you're not already following, why don't you?

And before you go, why not catch up on this wek's posts:
  • Lush Christmas 2014
  • Marc Jacobs Limited Edition Pink Honey
  • Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo
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