Monthly Archives: September 2015

Lush : Dragon’s Egg Bath Bomb [ REVIEW ]

One of my *unofficial* goals for 2015 is to relax more. As the great Leonardo da Vinci once said, ‘Every now and then go away and have a little relaxation. To remain constantly at work will diminish your judgement.” What is more relaxing close to home than a luxurious bath?  This year I will review products from my fav shop that makes fresh and handmade beauty goods, Lush! So draw up a bath, get a good book and a glass of wine, and let’s relax!

The Dragon’s Egg Bath Bomb from Lush is overall pretty good! It smells great- like sherbet with the scents of lemon and bergamont. After placing it in the bath it is supposed to ‘fizzle, crackle, curl, and end with a glitter explosion.’ While it does fizzle and curl, I didn’t witness any ‘crackling’ but more importantly there was no glitter explosion! It is possible my bath bomb skipped the glitter process, but it was a disappointment as I love Lush’s non plastic glitter. It always adds such a nice shimmer to the skin. The floating circles of rice paper were nice, but what would be even cooler is a plastic dinosaur that pops out with the glitter explosion, yes? Just me?

The bath water turns a pleasant yellow color, and the scent lingers. This is a fun one to watch dissolve as well. I would get this bath bomb again, if just to see if another one gives me a glitter explosion!

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Mother’s Day Lush Products I’ve tested:

Rose Bubble Bar, Secret Garden Bath Bomb, Mother Superior Bubble Bar

Easter Lush Products I’ve tested:

Immaculate Eggception, Golden Egg, Fluffy Egg, Bunch of Carrots, Bubblegrub

Other Lush Products I’ve tested:

Blackberry Bath BombTwilight Bath Bomb, Sakura Bath Bomb, Phoenix Rising, Honey Bee Bath Bomb, Space Girl Bath Bomb, Big Blue Bath Bomb, Granny Takes a Dip Bath Bomb, Rose Queen Bath Bomb, Ickle Baby Bot, Sex Bomb Bath Bomb, Titsy Totsy Bath Bomb,

*This post is not sponsored

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Click here to see my goals for 2015

You can also see my goals for 2014, 2013, 2012 and my bucket list!

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Lush : Titsy Totsy Bath Bomb [ REVIEW ]

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One of my *unofficial* goals for 2015 is to relax more. As the great Leonardo da Vinci once said, ‘Every now and then go away and have a little relaxation. To remain constantly at work will diminish your judgement.” What is more relaxing close to home than a luxurious bath?  This year I will review products from my fav shop that makes fresh and handmade beauty goods, Lush! So draw up a bath, get a good book and a glass of wine, and let’s relax!

The Titsy Totsy Bath Bomb from Lush is pretty forgetful for me. Before it goes in the bath it smells fabulous, the scents of rose and orris root combining to to create an intoxicating combination. The problems start when the bath bomb starts to dissolve  in the bath. It disappears completely leaving no change of color and the scent fades as well.

This bath bomb has real rose buds that float in the (clear, normal smelling) bath water which are easy to clean up. I would not purchase this bath bomb again, however it might be improved by adding a scented and colored bubble bar.

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Mother’s Day Lush Products I’ve tested:

Rose Bubble Bar, Secret Garden Bath Bomb, Mother Superior Bubble Bar

Easter Lush Products I’ve tested:

Immaculate Eggception, Golden Egg, Fluffy Egg, Bunch of Carrots, Bubblegrub

Other Lush Products I’ve tested:

Blackberry Bath BombTwilight Bath Bomb, Sakura Bath Bomb, Phoenix Rising, Honey Bee Bath Bomb, Space Girl Bath Bomb, Big Blue Bath Bomb, Granny Takes a Dip Bath Bomb, Rose Queen Bath Bomb, Ickle Baby Bot, Sex Bomb Bath Bomb,

*This post is not sponsored

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Click here to see my goals for 2015

You can also see my goals for 2014, 2013, 2012 and my bucket list!

Lush : Sex Bomb Bath Bomb [ REVIEW ]

One of my *unofficial* goals for 2015 is to relax more. As the great Leonardo da Vinci once said, ‘Every now and then go away and have a little relaxation. To remain constantly at work will diminish your judgement.” What is more relaxing close to home than a luxurious bath?  This year I will review products from my fav shop that makes fresh and handmade beauty goods, Lush! So draw up a bath, get a good book and a glass of wine, and let’s relax!

The Sex Bomb Bath Bomb from Lush is one of their best selling, and no wonder- it smells gorgeous with the jasmine, clary sage and ylang ylang. This bath bomb leaves your skin feeling soothed and so soft because of the soya milk, and your brain ready for bedtime. The water turns a gorgeous deep pink, and the little rice paper flower floats around the tub as you relax.

It was a nice bath bomb, and worth the purchase but I wouldn’t list it among my favorites. Still, give it a try!

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Mother’s Day Lush Products I’ve tested:

Rose Bubble Bar, Secret Garden Bath Bomb, Mother Superior Bubble Bar

Easter Lush Products I’ve tested:

Immaculate Eggception, Golden Egg, Fluffy Egg, Bunch of Carrots, Bubblegrub

Other Lush Products I’ve tested:

Blackberry Bath BombTwilight Bath Bomb, Sakura Bath Bomb, Phoenix Rising, Honey Bee Bath Bomb, Space Girl Bath Bomb, Big Blue Bath Bomb, Granny Takes a Dip Bath Bomb, Rose Queen Bath Bomb, Ickle Baby Bot,

*This post is not sponsored

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Click here to see my goals for 2015

You can also see my goals for 2014, 2013, 2012 and my bucket list!

Harry Potter Inspired Terrarium

One of my goals on my list for 2015 was to create an original terrarium based off of one of my favorite book series, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling.

When brainstorming what aspect of the Harry Potter world my terrarium would be – (and there were SO many amazing possibilities!), I decided to focus on the Hogwarts Express. For me this train embodies Harry’s journey back into the magical world each school year. Once I had the image in my head I went to the books and the movies to expand my vision.  I heavily relied on J.K. Rowling’s description of the journey in the first two Harry Potter novels. Book one, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone called the landscape as ‘wild’, and as having ‘woods, twisting rivers and dark green hills’. In book two, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the landscape was described as having ‘wide purplish moors, a great city alive with cars like multicolored ants, villages with tiny toy churches.”

19The process of building the terrarium was very fluid- one piece fitting into the next. Doing even more research I found the Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland was was used for filming in four of the Harry Potter films. You can even travel on this line on the Jacobite steam train. (This experience is now on my bucket list!) Even though in the films and in real life this viaduct spans only above the wild greenery, I knew I wanted to build a waterfall and lake- so the design formed around that as the focus.  The idea was to create a moment in the movement of the train- one glimpse of the scenery- but if you’re on the train snoozing or practicing spells you would completely miss it.

I divided my terrarium into two spaces with an unused glass frame. This would enable me to create two levels so that the waterfall could be built. On the back (higher) side I prepped the area with dirt and left the front empty for the time being. For a refresher on building a terrarium, check out my blog post here. That’s when I used Sculpty clay to create the rock/land base for the river, the back of the cliff wall and the lake which would later hold the fake water. After baking it in the oven I used superglue to shore up any holes and weak areas in the Sculpty so the fake water wouldn’t seep through. I painted the feature to replicate rock, and used blues and greens where the water would be as well as brown to imitate a depth in the lake. After following the instructions for the fake water (about $8 for a kit that filled up this small area at Walmart), I had my lake done. I added rocks and fake greenery from Hobby Lobby to complete the effect. The rest of the built up rock is made similarly. I painted the glass to hide it and added bits of painted Sculpty to give it the look of a rugged cliff.

The waterfall itself is created from a liquid nail product. I applied it to wax paper in long strips that once dry, could be formed together to create an effect of falling water. On several of the strips I ran a toothpick with a dab of white acrylic paint on the end to create the effect of rushing water. This was a good time to add my plants also.

Sculpty clay has to be baked and so you have to move it after modeling it. For this reason I used a recipe found online to mix my own air dry ‘modeling clay’ (mostly glue and cornstarch) to make the bridge and the train. The bridge was tricky to keep up even as it was with the span of empty air below. Using the modeling clay that dried in place made the process easier. For the bridge I purchased a train track from Hobby Lobby. With a little care and pressure the rail would snap off of the track.

Adding the final touches made the terrarium come to life. This included the Sculpty village homes and church, and the fake greenery from Hobby Lobby to fill in where the real plants couldn’t.

Stay tuned for my Lord of the Rings Terrarium!