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Lush Hot Toddy Shower Gel

Good morning lovelies!

Today I have a review of the decadent Lush Hot Toddy shower gel.


This has got to be one of my favourite shower gels of theirs that I have ever had the pleasure of using.

It is a gorgeous ruby red, with fine mica flakes suspended within, which shimmer golden in the light.


As with their other sparkle containing gels, the flakes mostly sink to the bottom, but I don't mind.

The scent is a warm and inviting spicy cola scent.  I didn't expect that, but I ended up quite enjoying it.  It has clove, orange, cinnamon, patchouli and ginger in the ingredients, and it really brings about a festive aroma.



I have a big bottle of Rose Jam shower gel left over from last year (and it is still perfect!), so I decided to mix a little in with the Hot Toddy to see how it turned out.

Oh.My.Gosh.

The scent is diviiiiiine!! I seriously love it.  So I will probably keep mixing the two together throughout the year in a smaller bottle I had left over, and that makes me a bit giddy as it means I will have about two large bottles (500ml) worth of Hot Toddy/Rose Jam goodness!

The scent really does stay on your skin for hours afterwards, and I catch myself sniffing my arms because I smell so gosh darn delicious!

I truly hope that they bring this back next Christmas so I can pick up another bottle or two.  I was very fortunate in that I received my current bottle as a gift from a dear friend, and I am excited to enjoy it all year long.



From the Lush.ca website:

All things spice and everything nice

Ruby red and cinnamon scented, our sparkling Hot Toddy shower gel will transport your senses to the warmest reaches of your mind. Come in from the cold and lather up with a fresh ginger infusion and cinnamon leaf oil mix that will keep you cozy on the chilliest days. It'll even leave a delectable, cinnamon-y scent on your skin that's not overpowering - unlike a certain cinnamon-y, heart-shaped candy...any guesses?

Features

  • That's a spicy showa gel: Cinnamon and ginger collide to make this sudser warm and spicy with a holiday scent.
  • Soft and soothing: We added aloe vera gel to this one to make it hydrating and soothing for dry, winter skin.
  • Shimmer, shimmer: A gold luster gives this shower gel a bit of sparkling power."
  • Ingredients:
Water (Aqua) , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Sodium Cocoamphoacetate , Fair Trade Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis) , Lauryl Betaine , Propylene Glycol ,Fresh Organic Lemon Infusion (Citrus limonum) , Fine Sea Salt , Clove Leaf Oil (Eugenia caryophyllus) ,Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin) , Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia) , Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax tonkinensis pierre) , Cinnamon Leaf Oil (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis) , Fragrance ,Fresh Ginger Root (Zingiber officinalis) , Carrageenan Extract (Chondrus crispus) , *Cinnamal , *Eugenol ,*Limonene , *Linalool , *Benzyl Benzoate , *Benzyl Cinnamate , Coumarin , Hexyl Cinnamal , Red 4 , Red 33 , Gold Glimmer Lustre (Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Iron Oxides, Silica) , Methylparaben


I hope you have a wonderful day!

-Ash
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Lush First Snow Dusting Powder

Good morning dear readers!

Today I have a review of Lush's First Snow dusting powder.

My sister got this for me for Christmas, as she knows I love Lush and snow.  :D



GAHHHH IT'S AWESOME!!

First off, it has "Snowflake Lustre" and "Geo Pearl Crystal Glittering Rainbow" in it, which are comprised of titanium dioxide, potassium aluminum silicate and synthetic fluorphlogopite), which creates a glistening shimmer.  When you rub in onto your skin, it glimmers with the light and adds a delicate sparkle.  It looks so beautiful!

(It's a bit hard to see here but the shimmer is there!)

Secondly: the scent.  Ohmygosh!  It smells sooo good!  It has the same fragrance as the Golden Wonder bath bomb, which is a light citrus deliciousness that would be perfect for New Years Eve.  Come to think of it, this product would be AMAZING for New Years Eve!  You could be all shimmery and smell reminiscent of a fruity champagne :D. (Okay so I may have written this post before New Years, but I still stand by what I said.)



Here is what Lush.ca has to say about First Snow:

Sparkling, citrusy dusting powder

Leave your skin sparkling and scented with our First Snow Sparkling Dusting Powder. Packed with an uplifting blend of merry-making essential oils like sweet orange, cognac and lime, it’s the perfect companion for every holiday party. It’s also filled with glittering sparkles to make your skin look like it’s been kissed by twinkling snowflakes. Pair it with our Celebrate Hand and Body Lotion for an intoxicating scent that will follow you from dusk ‘til dawn.

Features

  • Celebrate good times: First Snow shares its scent with our Celebrate Hand and Body Lotion.
  • Sparkle on: The sparkles are completely PET (plastic) free, making them totally eco-friendly.
  • Limited edition: Don’t wait! Get this dusting powder for the holidays before it’s gone.

Cornflour (Zea mays) , Snowflake Lustre (Potassium Aluminium Silicate, Titanium Dioxide) , Magnesium Carbonate , Talc , Fragrance , Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis) , Cognac Oil (Vitis Vinifera) , Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia) , *Citral , *Limonene , Citronellol ,Linalool , Geo Pearl Crystal Glittering Rainbow (Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide)

I sincerely hope that they bring this back next year.  It is a delightful product, and I want moooooore. :D

Have a splendid day!

-Ash
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Lush Yog Nog Soap

Good morning lovelies! :D

Today I have a review of Lush's holiday Yog Nog soap.


I apologize that I don't have any photos of a full slice, as I didn't have my light box set up and I wanted to use it right away.  I also gave half away to my sister, so I don't have much left to photograph. XD


This creamy soap has a gorgeous sponge toffee fragrance (although I think they were aiming for more egg nog).  Seriously, I reaaally get sponge toffee when I smell it.



I love that the soap looks like egg nog, with the yellow cream colouring and the dusting of cocoa on the top.  Although it's hard to see here, the soap is patterned with raised Christmas-y patterns (think angels and stars and the like), and is quite lovely.

I find that it can take a wee bit of work to lather it up in your hands, but I imagine that with a loofah or wash cloth it would bubble up quite fast.  Also the texture of the soap is rather soft and slightly melty, so you will get some on your fingers if you slice it like I did and try to take the slices apart.

I've only used it on my hands, but Yog Nog is lightly moisturizing and the scent lingers on your skin.

It also scents up the bathroom, which is delightful! :D


Here is what Lush.ca has to say about it:

"Indulgent and spicy

Did you know Egg Nog is the most popular Christmas drink in North America? It’s true! To honor this shared love of all things boozy and creamy, we re-imagined this drink as a vegan soap. Made with soy yogurt and a dash of festive spice, Yog Nog has that unmistakable creamy texture with a fudgy, spicy blend of clove bud and ylang ylang essential oils to leave skin super soft. We even gave it a generous dusting of aromatic cocoa and nutmeg powder. Just try not to eat it. Because after all, it's still soap.

Features

  • We go vegan: Made with soy yogurt, everyone can enjoy this vegan sweet treat!
  • Born free: This spicy little number is made with a 100% palm-free soap base and is petrochemical free.
  • Warm and spicy: Yog Nog’s spicy blend will leave you feeling cozy and nostalgic.
And there are the ingredients:
Water (Aqua) , Glycerine , Rapeseed Oil; Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Cocos nucifera) , Sorbitol , Soya Yoghurt (Glycine soja) , Fragrance , Clove Bud Oil (Eugenia caryophyllus) , Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata) , Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides) ,Titanium Dioxide , Sodium Chloride , EDTA ,Tetrasodium Editronate , Sodium Hydroxide , *Eugenol, *Linalool , Cocoa Powder (Theobroma cacao) ,Nutmeg Powder (Myristica Fragrans)
My sister also quite enjoyed this soap, and if they bring it back next year I can see us picking up another slice or two.
I hope you have a wonderful day! :D
-Ash

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Happy New Year

Good super early morning, dear readers!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Here's hoping that this year is a shitload better than the last! :D

Have you made any resolutions for 2015?

-Ash
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Oona Queen of the Fae Alter


Good morning, dear readers!  

I just need to set up my light box and then I'll start taking photos with it again.  It's been all packed up since I moved at the end of August, and I haven't gotten around to putting it together. :O I think I'll do that this morning.

In the meantime, here is an alter I finished yesterday:


She was really fun to paint! :D  There are several things that I want to change, but I had to say enough was enough, lest I work on it for a loooooong time.

Have a great day and hopefully I'll be back soon with better photos! :D

Toodleooooooo

-Ash
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More MTG Alters

Good evening dear readers!

I'll have some more Lush reviews up soon but first I have to take some photos.  In the meantime, here are a few more alters I did on magic cards :D




Be back soon!

-Ash
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Merry Christmas

Hello dear readers,

I hope that everyone has a safe, and happy Christmas! :D

The weather is really warm here right now (4 degrees Celsius and I live in Ottawa, Ontario), and we were having a thunderstorm! :O  So bizarre!  First thunderstorm I've ever experienced on Christmas Day.

Anyhoo, have a merry Christmas and I'll hopefully be back for more posts soon :D!

-Ash
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Lush Northern Lights Bath Bomb Review

Good afternoon, lovelies!! :D

As the Christmas season is upon us and that glorious day is speeding towards ever closer, Lush has a plethora of wintertime goodies out to enjoy!

I think this year is a huge hit for them.  Not only do they have returning goodies like Rose Jam shower Gel and the ever classic Snow Fairy (in more than one incarnation!), but they have some new and wonderful innovations, like So White and Hot Toddy shower gels (the latter I will be reviewing soon!).

I hadn't had a chance to get to Lush in the longest time, but on Saturday I went on a trip to the not-so-local store to grab some gifts for some friends (one of whom is my best friend, my sister!).

It was a hectic day, as this Lush location is in a giant mall, and there were soooo many people all over the place.  I'm not the best in crowds, and I haven't been very well lately, but we soldered on and managed to snag some delightful finds.

My sister picked some things up for me as well, and the Northern Lights bath bomb was one of them.


This is such a lovely bath bomb!  The scent is a gorgeous floral aroma (jasmine and ylang-ylang), and the outside of the bath bomb is a lovely purple, studded with white stars.



Because we have a tendency to not want to wait until Christmas to give each other gifts, I got to use this now :D.  

Once in the water, it propels itself gently around the tub while spouting streams of gorgeous hues (purple, blue, yellow) and a few stars end up sprinkling the surface of the water.


I wish the camera on my phone let me take better photos.  This was more bright in person.


It looks like a face crab here from Half-Life! :D


Although my photos don't do it justice, the water turned a gorgeous purple.  It was softening on the skin, and although the bath bomb itself has a strong fragrance, it blended into the water and didn't become overpowering in the bathroom.

This made for a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing bath!  I would highly recommend this either as a treat for yourself, or as a gift to a loved one this season.

Take care and I'll be back with more Lush Christmas reviews soon!

-Ash
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Doubling Season Alter

Good morning, lovelies!

A short while ago I worked on a Doubling Season for a friend, and here is how it turned out:


This was really fun to work on!  :D

My Doubling Season was in my Rhys edh deck, but then I decided to go mono-white token after the new commander sets came out, so it's now in my Sidisi zombie deck.  Muahahahah!

I hope you have a fantabulous day!

-Ash
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The Busy Month of August, and then September, October, November...


Greetings, dear readers!

Sorry I've been gone so long; there have been a lot of things on my plate lately.

I planned on finishing this post back in August, but that didn't end up happening (and so the strange title of this post was created).

On the 5th of August I had my 29th birthday, and it was a seriously awesome day filled with serious awesomeness (seriously!). :D  A huge thank you to my family and friends!!!

I spent most of the afternoon at the game store I love to go to (a second home to me now), and I brought some rainbow cupcakes I made!

 (My hand looks REALLY red there for some reason :/)

However, these pale in comparison to the awesomeness of the cake I decorated for my Mom's birthday last month:


(Oh yeah!  Check out those awesome swirly-do's! XD)

On the 29th, I will be moving! :O  Dun dun duuuuuuuun!

My new place will be in town (right now I live in a very small community that basically has a corner store, a restaraunt, and a teeny-tiny library that is open only sometimes).  I'll be able to access everythinggggggg!!  I cannot drive, so this is a big draw for me.  I'll also be able to see my doctor more regularly, so that makes me happy! :D  I'll be quitting smoking and walking more, and generally trying to take better care of myself.  Huzzoo!!!

This week will include a lot of packing and organizing, which I am actually looking forward to!

I've also been working on more magic alters, but that has taken a back-seat more often than not due to health issues.

What else... OH!!!  I am FINALLY learning how to play D&D! :D

Check it!:


WOOHOOOOOO!!

I've been wanting to play D&D for a long time now.  I really like how they did version 5!

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Well sadly my bard never got far.  After moving, my stress levels have been all over the place, and I've been trying to cope with a lot of disassociation, paranoia, etc etc..  So I dropped out of my D&D group, but I hope to continue when I get better.  :)

I've been trying to keep up my altering projects, but that's gotten a lot more tough, especially when you are freaking out 98% of the time.

I've started some new meds and hopefully they will help out.  

I hope to post on here now often again, since it has been too long between posts!!

Take care and toodleooo!

-Ash

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Elesh Norn Alter

Good morning! :D

I hope that everyone is doing well.

Yesterday I was able to spend a few hours playing edh and tiny leaders with some friends, and while there I had the chance to take a few photos of an alter I did a couple of months ago:



YAY I finally have shots of it when it was finished!!  Woot!

In other awesome news, a friend of mine asked me if I had any plans for having more edh decks, and I replied that I was planning on making a Saffi Eriksdotter one (another friend altered a Saffi for me :D!!).  Well, for about ten minutes he was going through some cards, then handed me a stack of them.  I gave him the "questioning look" for a while, and then he mumbled "something about birthdays."  XD  EEEE! :'D  (My birthday is on tuesday, so he pretty much gave me most of an edh deck.)  I was doing the almost silent squeeing scream for a few minutes.  Gahhhh soooo much awesome!!

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I also wanted to mention some information about the Tiny Leaders format, for those of you who haven't heard of it yet.

It is very similar to edh, but with a few differences:

-generally played one on one.

-your general (aka. 'tiny leader', and all other cards cannot have a converted mana cost over 3.  However, cards with X in their cost, like Entreat the Angels, will count X as 0.  Bwahahah!)

-50 card decks instead of 100

-25 life instead of 40

The rest of the rules are pretty much the same as edh.

Here is the official tiny leaders facebook group, and the tiny leaders blog.  Also, here is the tiny leaders subreddit.

It is a really fun format, and I really enjoy the challenge of building a solid deck with nothing costing over 3 mana.  I'm certainly no expert deck builder, but I do really enjoy it! :D

I really hope that this format sees more growth!!

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I hope you have an awesome day! :D

Toodleooooooooo

-Ash



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Prime Speaker Zegana and M15 Pre-Release

Good morning!!

So!  This Friday I was able to attend my first MTG pre-release, and it was loads of fun.  I chose the white pack, and the promo card in it is Resolute Archangel:


The alternate art on this is gooooorgeous, and the word "snow" is in the flavour text, so I was all AHHH.  Not only that, but her effect is reeeallly nice.  That actually saved me in a round, because I allowed my opponent to smack my life total hard, and then I brought her out and reset it back to 20.  MUAHAHAHHA!!!

I didn't pull anything super amazing, but I do like the cards I got.  (One dude got 3(!!!) of the Souls...omg).

Unfortunately I am not that great of a magic player (YET!!  I have goals!), so I promptly lost after that (heheh).  But I still had a wonderful time with wonderful people, and my anxiety didn't act up too much, so that was fantastic.  I also wasn't trapped in a terrifying psychosis the whole night, so that was fantastic too.  Darn you mental illness ruining my fun!

I got home in the morning about 3 minutes to 10, so I finally fell asleep around half-past.  Ugh, I felt like I had a hangover for the rest of the day.  I am not as spry as I once was.  (It is amazing how the body changes in 10 short years!)

Today I have a commission to show that I did last week for someone, and it was really fun to do :D.



The client wanted Zegana to resemble to god cards that I paint, so I made her more space-y!!

Unfortunately my eyes (particularly the left one) have been having some issues lately, so I won't be painting as much as before until I get a chance to see my optometrist.  I also need new glasses.  *grumpy face*

I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Toodleooooooo

-Ash

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Heyo!  I am the writer behind Art Evolve, a blog about things and stuff, that I update sometimes.  >:D

I have a serious love for books, gaming, and general sci-fi and fantasy things.

I also love music and art, and hope to become a better musician and artist as time goes on.

I just started playing Magic: The Gathering again after a looooong break (11 years!?!), and it is awesome.  I hope to become a better Magic player too, because I'm not that great at it heheheh.

I was introduced to edh last (I think?) month, and it has quickly become a favourite format.

OH!  I also do MTG altered art, which I recently started and it is seriously fun and rewarding.  Magic + art practice?  Aw yeah!! :D

What else, what else...  I like video games, and play on both PC and console (PS!!).  I love rpg's and some good shooters, and killing zombies is a plus.

I love chocolate, tea and coffee.  I smoke cigarettes, which is stupid, so don't ever smoke cigarettes because it is stupid.

I also really like food.  Too much so.  Especially crunchy things!  I seriously need to get some bubble tea because it has been way too long.

I love to study but my ADHD makes it a bit difficult (a lot difficult, because remembering things can be kinda rediculous).  I also have obsessive compulsive disorder which sucks.  And anxiety disorders, which suck.

Favourite subjects include: astronomy, nihongo, art, geology, stuff like that.

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