Sunday, April 27, 2014

More MTG Altered Art

Good morning, dear readers! :D

I am back today with more Magic altered art.  :)

First off, may I share something?

I'm across the pond!!  WOOHOO!!

A huge thank you to Stuart Waddicor for the awesome mention in this awesome article!!! :D

Second, here are a couple more alters I worked on:



I hope you have an awesome day, and I'll be back with more paintings!

-Ashesela :}

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Altering MTG Cards

Good afternoon, dear readers! :D

Lately I have been pretty busy doing alteration artwork on Magic the Gathering cards.

Omg, it is SO FUN!!! :D

There are different options, ranging from adding small touches to the original artwork, extending the original artwork, and painting something completely new and original on the card.

Not only does this help me practice with painting, but it is really fun to customize cards (and it is a great way to make a few extra dollars or get cards from trading).

Here are some examples:

The Isochron Sceptre was one of my first alters, and so there is more messiness around the edges.
I really liked the original artwork and wanted to keep in line with that, but I wanted to change the colour scheme and a few other things:


The original is on the left, and my version is on the right.

This Whispersilk Cloak is also one of my first alters, and while I am not very skilled at painting fabric, I wanted to have fun with this card. I added some gold leaf to it as well:


As you can see these are both full alternate alterations.

An example of extended art that I did is this Karametra:


Here is a bigger photo of my alteration:


This is fantastic practice for me!!  Not only do I get to work on a small scale (I looove painting small!), but it is challanging for several reasons, it forces me to experiment with colour, and I end up painting things I never thought I would. :D

So if anyone is looking for a very rewarding and fun artsy hobby, I suggest giving this a try! :D

Have an amazing day, and I'll be back with more alters!!

-Ashesela

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Lush Golden Egg Bath Bomb Melt Review (Lots of Photos!)

Good evening, dear readers!

I have another delicious Lush product up for review: the Golden Egg bath bomb melt!
(This was kindly sent to me for review :D).


(Yup, you read that right...it is a bath bomb and a bath melt all-in-one!)


Here is what Lush has to say about the Golden Egg:

"Creamy honey-toffee luxury

Your Easter egg hunt stops here! This spectacular new invention has combined a Bath Bomb and a Luxury Bath Melt to create (drumroll please…) the Bath Bomb Melt! The creamy, moisturizing cocoa butter exterior encases a fizzy Bath Bomb center, and the whole egg is dusted in a delicate golden luster. Even better? This new invention has the classic honey-toffee fragrance of our best-selling Honey I Washed The Kids soap. Wherever your Easter egg hunt begins, make sure it finishes with a Golden Egg bath!"

And here is the list of ingredients:
Sodium Bicarbonate , Citric Acid , Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao) , Laureth 4 , Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate) , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Fragrance , Sweet Wild Orange Oil (Citrus Dulcis) , Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia) ,Olive Oil (Olea europaea) , Cornflour (Zea mays) ,Lauryl Betaine , Amyl Cinnamal , Citronellol , Geraniol ,Lilial , *Linalool , *Limonene , Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides) , Yellow 5 Lake , Radiant Gold Lustre (Potassium Aluminum Silicate, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides) , Gold Glimmer Lustre Golden Glitter (Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Iron Oxides, Silica)


First off, look at how beautiful this is!! :D

The is soooo sparkly!  But the sparkles are made out of mica (both iron oxides and synthetic fluorphlogopite, which is a synthetic material based on fluorine, silicate and aluminium), instead of the traditional glitters that many products use.  This means that it is much better for our environment as it is made from magnesium aluminium silicate sheets stuck together with potassium ions, vs. plastic (which never breaks down).

As this is a bath bomb within a bath melt, the outside of the egg is more soft and will melt if handled (so be careful!!).

This has a lovely Honey I Washed the Kids scent, but it is not at all overpowering when used in the bath.  :)

Time to watch it work!

 Zoom!
 Leaving a trail of sparkly goodness!

 The outer shell melting into the water.
 A pile of gorgeous golden/copper bliss!


 A few minutes in, and the bomb was still this big!! :O

 I love how there is a thin layer of foam over top.
 Lovely golden colour:

Wowee!!  This is a real beauty! :D

I asked my sister if she would like to try the Golden Egg out for me, and here are her thoughts:

Scent: Very lovely and not too strong; the classic sweet honey-toffee fragrance of Honey I Washed the Kids soap.

Water: Smooth (softened) and very sparkly.  While it shows some of the sparkles in the photos above, apparently there were so many more in the water, and they looked really beautiful! :D

Skin: Soft and moisturized, and not left with any greasy film.  Very slight HIWTK scent.

Other thoughts: when she came out of the bath, her skin had a lot of lovely mica scattered over it, and when she was telling me about her review in the kitchen, I could see the sparkles catching the light.

It looks really pretty, but do note that you will have a lot of mica on you, so if you are not a big fan of having a shimmer on your skin, you may want to give yourself an extra rinse or two with plain water before leaving the bath.

The time it took for the egg to vanish was around 10 minutes!!! :O  This is by far the longest I have ever seen a bath bomb/melt take to dissolve, so that is pretty awesome! :D

There was a lot of mica left in the bath after the water drained out, as our bath is very flat on the bottom and doesn't have a tilt to help facilitate drainage.  So, while the mica is easily washed away from the sides with water, it takes a bit for it to actually make it down the drain.  XD

She gives this two thumbs up (or a 10/10), and would definitely use it again!! :D

What are your thoughts on Lush's Easter collection this year?  I think that they have done a fantastic job, and I am really glad that I was able to try these awesome products out!! :D  I always look forward to their holiday collections, and seeing what they think up next.

Have a wonderful night!!

-Ashesela

Friday, April 04, 2014

Lush Bunny Bubble Bar Review

Good morning, lovelies!! :D

I have another Lush review (yay!!) for you today, this time of the Bunny bubble bar!
(This was kindly sent to me for review. :D)



SO cute!! XD

Here is what Lush has to say about the Bunny bubble bar:

"Jump in the tub with this sweetie

Hop in the tub with this adorable bubbly bunny for silky, sweet waters and lots of fluffy foam! We’ve added loads of coconut oil and shea butter to soften and moisturize the skin, and the sweet, comforting fragrance of Fairtrade vanilla absolute to calm the mind. Tiny blue cornflower petals are at the center of this Bunny’s tummy and will swirl about in the tub for the ultimate springtime bathing experience. This little love is big enough for two baths, so hop to it!"

Here is the list of ingredients:
Sodium Bicarbonate , Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate) , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Lauryl Betaine ,Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera) , Cornflour (Zea mays) , Fragrance , Fair Trade Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii) , Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla Planifolia) , Blue Cornflower Petals (Centaurea cyanus) , Titanium Dioxide , Sodium Sesquicarbonate ,Methyl Ionone , D&C Red No. 33 , D&C Red No. 28 ,FD&C Red No. 4 , Blue Candy (Dextrose, Maltodextrin, Corn Syrup, Calcium Stearate, Manihot esculenta Dextrin, FD&C Blue 1, Titanium Dioxide, Mica) , Yellow Candy (Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Kernel Flour, Sucrose, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Maltodextrin, Glucose, Flavour, FD&C Yellow 5)

It even has a cute bunny tail:
 It is a perfect size for two baths:
 You can see the pink inside and the flowers when you look underneath:
 I used approx. half of the Bunny bar in my bath (the little bits in the tub are crumbs of it and flowers):
 SPLOOSH!
This bubble bar is very soft.
 You can see the white and pink mixing and the flower petals starting to emerge:

 Piiiinnk!
 Omnomnom!

 Lots of frothy bubbles!
 The water ended up a very pale milky pink-ish:

My bathroom was scented like candy when I used this, and I used some Snow Fairy shower gel to go with it (which is perfect for Easter since it smells like marshmallow eggs!).

I did agitate the water for these photos.

I found that using half of the bar, while definitely producing bubbles, didn't make quite as many as I am used to with other Lush bubble bars, and the water wasn't quite as softened.

However, it made for a very lovely bath, and it smelled like delicious candy!! :D

The petals were fun in the water (but if you don't like bits of flowers I would suggest sticking the Bunny into a nylon sock, and holding it under the running water to catch any bits as you fill up the tub), and it was a very pleasant experience.  :)

By the time I got out of my bath the bubbles were long gone, but I didn't mind so much, and it allowed me to see the flower petals more.

I think this is a seriously cute product, and one that many people would really enjoy.  I wouldn't get this again for myself as I prefer more citrus/flower-scented baths, but I think this is perfect for those who love sweet, cotton-candy and vanilla scents.  :D

I think I have been spoiled by the Brightside bubble bar ;).

Have a wonderful day!! :D

-Ashesela :}

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Lush Brightside Bubble Bar Review

Good afternoon, dear readers! :D

Today I have a lovely product from Lush, that was sent to me for review: the Brightside bubble bar!!


At Easter time last year, I saw the Brightside in store and I really wanted to give it a try.  However, I had other purchases in mind, and never ended up getting one (sad face!).

But!  They have brought it back around for this Easter, and I am so happy to have the opportunity to try it :D.  Not only that, but it is going to enter their permanent range after the holiday!! :D  WOOHOO!


It seriously looks and smells amaaaazing!

Here is what Lush has to say about it:

Dip into uplifting orange waters

Everything about this Bubble Bar will leave you feeling cheerful and looking on the bright side of life! When you crumble this one under the tap, your tub will turn into a vivid, hypnotizing red-orange sunset with frothy white clouds of bubbles. Sink in and inhale the uplifting citrus blend of Sicilian mandarin, tangerine and bergamot oils, and imagine yourself in a sun-drenched locale. You’ll emerge from the tub feeling energized and smelling like a dream!

And here are the ingredients:
Sodium Bicarbonate , Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate) , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Lauryl Betaine ,Sicilian Mandarin Oil (Citrus Nobilis) , Tangerine Oil (Citrus reticulata) , Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia) , Fragrance , *Limonene , Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides) , *Linalool , FD&C Red No. 4 ,D&C Orange No. 4
On the Lush website they suggest either breaking this into two pieces, or using the whole thing for a delicious bathing experience.  However, from personal experience using the Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds bubble bar (which is the same size), I can break mine up and use it for 5-6 baths! :D The water may not be as rich a hue this way, but there are still a decent amount of bubbles and a noticeable fragrance.  :)  These big bubble bars are a favourite of mine because you really do get a great bang for your buck!

Here is the size compared to my hand (and I don't have tiny hands):



For this review I wanted to use 1/4 of the bar:

 It is so bright and cheerful! :D
 This is when I began filling it up:
 And this was about 1/4 of the bath, so you can see the colour (if you were to use more of the bar than I did):

So many bubbles!!
 Yay!! :D

Oh.my.word.

This bubble bar is AMAZING!!! :D

I had mounds of thick bubbles, and there were still bubbles left over when I got out of the tub 25 or so minutes later (at least!). The water was soooo smooth, and my skin right now is almost buttery.

The scent is like that of a giant, melted, orange Popsicle.  The lovely orange hue the water takes on reminds me of an orange Popsicle, too!

I think this may now officially be my new favourite Lush bath product.  Seriously!!  Lush, PLEASE keep this for a long time!!!  O_O;  I have (HAVE) to get more.  I can't get over how delicious this is, and you have my gratitude for bringing this beauty back to the shop!

10/10 for this!!!

Have you tried the Brightside yet?  If you like orange goodness and luxurious bubble baths, I would suggest this rather heartily!

Have a fantastic evening! :}

-Ashesela

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