4 February 2012

Haul: Marshmallow Blends

Recently I've been enjoying the wonder that is anti-globalization - or independent shops ;). And one site that I've had my eye on since its birth is Marshmallow Blends, that's run by a fellow beauty blogger, Nicoletta. All the goodies are handmade by her, which I still can't get my head around! She's incredibly talented, and the fact that she's a beauty blogger assures me that she's tried and tested and knows what's good and what's not.

So I treated myself to a pretty big haul after one of the worst weeks ever, and I was SO excited when it came. A cubic cardboard box was stuffed with hot pink tissue paper and these 5 gorgeous items and 2 lovely samples..


1. Blackberry and Vanilla Lotion Bar
2. Strawberry and Champagne Lip Butter (sample)
3. Chocolate Orange Mini Massage Bar (sample)
4. Brown Sugar & Fig Body Butter
5. Caramel Cupcake Body Scrub
6. Strawberry Cheesecake Sugar Scrub Cubes
7. Bakewell Tart Massage Bar

Look into my eyes, and tell me that isn't a bundle of joy.

I've given some of the goodies a go - the Bakewell Tart Massage Bar, is one I used to give myself a foot massage. It melts so easily, and it's not overly greasy or 'wet' and much less messy than massage oils. It surprisingly seeps into your skin well, and you're not feeling like you can't touch anything for ages afterwards. I also like how it's wrapped and shaped, cuz I literally just open the top and rub it on by holding where it's still wrapped, so I don't have to hold it directly and risk melting and misshaping it. And I can wrap it back up when I'm done! I really look forward to giving myself a proper pampering with it tonight!

I also used the Blackberry and Vanilla Lotion Bar. I found that it wasn't too different from the massage bar just a bit thicker in consistency, but a lot more moisturizing than your average liquid lotion. I used it on my elbows, heels, knees and cuticles rather than all over my body and was really surprised at how well it worked on my cuticles! My cuticles are so dry, flakey and disgusting, and these made them look normal and moisturized. The product was easily melted with my fingers, which was both a good and a bad thing - the plastic bag packaging made it a bit hard to get out without ruining the gorgeous shape, and the lack of a foil like the massage bar, means you have to use your bare hands to apply it which also misshaped it a bit. I'm also not quite sure where to store it. But the formula is divine - no question about it! :)

My favourite so far is undoubtedly the Caramel Cupcake Body Scrub. Oh, my, goodness - I have NEVER smelt anything SO gorgeous in my life. Prior to this, the LUSH Cupcake mask was, to me, the most delicious smelling beauty product, and this completely blew it out of the water. I could not help but, "PHWOARRR" "MMMM" and "NOM NOM NOM" in the shower, as I felt like I was bathing in Werther's Originals. The scrub itself is really dense and packed hard. I found that you need a lot of product, but that it gets the job done and my favourite part was that it doesn't leave anything greasy at all - which is my make or break point with body scrubs! This is a MASSIVE win and something I hope to repurchase over and over!

So how much did these cost me? The 5 goodies together cost me just under £24, plus shipping which is £3. I think you would struggle to beat that, even in the likes of Boots and Superdrug for something so yummy-licious, original and good quality. The next on my list is definitely the massage oil candles - I can't burn candles right now because of rules at my halls, but as soon as I move out, these are on my list! I've seen these sold by expensive brands for well over £20, and think it's amazing that Nicoletta's made it more affordable. I hear she is venturing into body soaps, and I'm hoping that one day she'll do masks too.. (totally trying to put thoughts in her head :P).

The personal touch of being handmade and hand-wrapped adds to the experience of buying from Marshmallow Blends - not to mention, that Nicoletta's an absolute babe! Like I said above, beauty bloggers are probably some of the most experienced and critical people when it comes to beauty products, so I'd trust a beauty blogger's products over a drugstore company's anyday! I really enjoyed hauling from Marshmallow Blends - the scents are so yum (her choices are unique and mouth-watering, and they deliver through in the actual product), the products really high quality, and all very affordable - would definitely repurchase myself, and recommend it for some pampering treats :)

<3yu

17 comments:

  1. Great post Yu, also love Nicoletta's talent. I really want to try her products, they all look so lovely.

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    1. Thanks Jayne! You should definitely try them out, my best friend also ordered from her and loved her goodies :)

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  2. These look amazing!
    http://www.allthingsbeautymake-upandshopping.blogspot.com

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  3. Ooo... pretty! Sorry to hear about your crappy week! Hope things are better! xx

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  4. That scrub sounds amazing...and is making me hungry. Hope you have a better week!

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    1. Oh it was gorgeous, beyond words! Thank you Tracy :)

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  5. I love homemade items. They sounds delish.
    http://happychinadoll.blogspot.com/

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  6. Thanks for such a brilliant and thorough review hun xx

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  7. These sound really nice :) I am thinking now of getting my friend some stuff for her birthday.

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    1. That would be a really good idea! :) I would definitely recommend the massage bars, the body scrub and the lip balm :)

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  8. Geez! Those are some amazing products and a bath of caramel delight? woo!

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    1. I know right?! I just read on her Twitter that she bought Creme Brule fragrance.. dangerous! ;P

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