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Once Upon A Bathtime: Bomb Cosmetics’ First Love Bath Mallow
February 13, 2013, 12:51 pm
Filed under: Bath and body | Tags: , ,

There’s no doubt about it – it is FREEZING! All I can think about to keep me warm is a relaxing hot soak in the tub, so there was no better time than monday night to try out Bomb Cosmetics’ First Love Bath Mallow – one of the gorgeous bath and body goodies from my recent Bomb Cosmetics Haul (see post here).

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Ready to be let loose!

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I kind of didn’t want to touch it in case I broke it!

This sweet, soft bath mallow is the cutest thing in the world. Made in the design of a cupcake, it looks good enough to eat and feels as soft as buttercream. By looking at it and feeling its texture, I got the feeling it would be a rich, slow-melting product, which is exactly what it has been described as. It gets 10/10 in terms of product aesthetics!

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Just before the big bath drop…

The product packaging advises you to run a warm bath and drop this in while the tub is filling up, so I did exactly that and took a quick pic before the big drop (above).

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Within seconds of the drop…

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Half way through the melting process…

Admittedly, at first, I was a bit disappointed – I expected to see a bath full of candy pink and sky blue waves, but it was white instead. Unfortunately, the visual effect of the mallow hitting the water was not quite what I was expecting, but I think this sort of product is more about the moisturising effects it has on the skin, and it looked pretty dreamy to me. Maybe the problem is that I am so used to ‘ballistics’ and so was looking for a bigger bang, if you see what I mean?

Although I was confused initially, once I actually got into the bath it was so creamy and gorgeous. It slowly melted away for a long time, which I liked, and its scent was subtle and relaxing.

So, overall, for a bath product of this size, I was impressed with the results and would like to try the bath mallows again. It wouldn’t be a ‘must have’ repurchase, but I think it’s great for a special treat after a long, cold day with dehydrated skin!

Would you try this product? What’s your favourite bath treat? xxx

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Bomb Cosmetics Haul (#obsessed)
February 6, 2013, 11:29 pm
Filed under: Bath and body, Candles | Tags: , ,

If i’m honest, I only thought Lush could offer creative bath and body products, but I was wrong. Very wrong. At last year’s Vitality Show, I stumbled upon what can only be described as a ‘sea’ of bath bombs and ballistics. I officially met a match for my bathtime brand favourite, and her name was Bomb Cosmetics.

I did what any excited beauty addict would do, and went on a MASSIVE haul. It would be wrong not to share my new prized possessions with you, so here they are in all their fun and fragrant glory.

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As you can see, I got a range of products, including the Raspberry Rainbow Scoopable Shower Gel (365ml), Blackcurrant Body Polish (365ml), Emerald Ocean Painted Love Candle, First Love Bath Mallow, Lavender Musk Blaster (160g), Harajuku Girl Bath Creamer (30g) and Lavender Musk Blaster (160g).

Seeing them all in a line makes me happy!

I’ll start with the Raspberry Rainbow Scoopable Gel, which costs £7.99.

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The packaging is so cute and fun, although I must admit it wasn’t the first thing that attracted me to it – that was the raspberry. I have a real love for the smell and taste of raspberry so knew I had to give this one a go. I don’t think the tub is 100% waterproof, as would be expected, but it does hold up pretty well if it gets wet.

The gel is infused with ‘moisturising palmarosa and bergamot oils’. Bergamot is a popular ingredient for bath and body products at the moment, but you can only smell raspberry so you would never know it was there.

Here’s the ingredients and directions for use:

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Here’s what it looks like inside and on the skin

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It looks, smells and feels like strawberry jelly, but note the product warning not to give it to children under 3. It’s a thick consistency but represents the ‘scoopable’ part well. It smells gorgeous and makes me feel like a kid in a sweet shop! One thing was I had to use quite a lot as it dissolved quickly on the skin, so not as moisturising as I would have liked but all in all I love this product.

Next is the Blackcurrant Body Polish, which also costs £7.99.

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I have to say even though I love the body scrub, I think I do prefer the shower gel. The scrub smells like purple fruit polos, which I love, but I can’t deny I was disappointed when the product wasn’t purple inside, but white instead. Still it smells gorgeous and there’s a lot there for your money.

Here’s the ingredients and directions for use

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Here’s what it looks like inside and on the skin

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One thing I will say with this product is that it does need a bit of warming up in the hands first before rubbing onto the skin, as it is quite coarse and thick. Once it’s warmed up, it’s good to go, but it is a down point.

The third thing on my list is the Emerald Ocean Painted Love Candle, which costs £7.99 (a running theme it seems!).

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In terms of design and packaging, it isn’t particularly original, but I am in a real candle phase at the moment and love anything ocean-related. The candle is made with revitalising pure clary sage and lemongrass and has a burn time of up to 50 hours, which is pretty good for a candle of this size. I am definitely excited to use this!

Next is the first bath product I bought – First Love Bath Mallow (£2.09). The way this has been created is so delicate and prettyi want to eat it, which I think is a good thing. One thing I will say that it is small – so I hope it will be powerful when I use it in the tub. Very soft texture and I’m really looking forward to bathing in the shea and cocoa butters that the product will release.

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Then there’s the Lavender Musk Blaster, which costs £2.29. I think in general this sort of bath bomb is more up my street – smells divine and it’s a lot bigger than the melts and creamers. Having said that, this will dissolve a lot quicker than the creamer, so they will probably balance each other out. I love the relaxing effect lavender has after a long day at work, so can’t wait to watch this one fizz like mad.

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Finally we have the two bath creamers – Big in Japan (£2.09) and Harajuku Girl (£2.09). Both a LOT smaller than I expected, especially Harajuku Girl; however, what was lacking in size was made up in colour and fragrance. I was really disappointed with the koi carp creamer – it looked so vivid online and rather dull in the flesh. The design is very cute and am intrigued to see how it will work. Same goes for Harajuku Girl.

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So that was my crazy haul! Look out for my next Once Upon A Bathtime review.

Do you like any of these products? Have you tried any other ones? x