Valentine’s Day at Lush- Video!

Hello kittens!

Apologies for the silence following my 2015 planning post. I’ve been very ill with the flu, and it’s taken me a while to recover and get myself going. As promised, I’ve made a video! I’ll still be writing here, but one of my goals for this year was to give YouTube another go.

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This time, I’m looking at all of the great products Lush have given us for Valentine’s Day- two bath bombs, three bubble bars, a soap, a shower gel and two lip products. Look out for DeeDee chiming in part way through!

As per the video, I am living for the Unicorn Horn. I’m a huge unicorn fan in all walks of life, so the name and imagery is right up my street. What wins it for me, however, is the cosmic, magic potion-y herbal fragrance- it’s very relaxing for body and mind.

The Kiss lipgloss is a super addition to my lip care products. I’m not much of a gloss girl, but this one I can get behind- it’s smooth and subtle, not sticky or tacky. It looks really pretty over colour, or on nude lips, and is really kind to your skin.

Prince Charming, Prince Charming, ridicule is nothing to be scared of… not that I would EVER ridicule this guy. I LOVE this fragrance, LOVE the effect the combination of softening, soothing vanilla and enzymic fruit notes have on my skin, and love the sweet-tart fragrance on my skin. Yum!

All of the products in the video are being discontinued on saturday in the UK- Valentine’s Day itself. Therefore, if you love any of these, or want to try them, stock up as soon as you can!

That’s all for today- I’m going to go and rest up so I can bring you more content soon.

Later days!

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A Lush Evening: Lush Southampton Bloggers Event

Last friday, I was lucky enough to be invited to an exclusive bloggers event at the Southampton branch of Lush. If you’ve spent even half a minute on SWB, you’ll know I’m a pretty big Lush fan- any product that does its job is good by me, but when that’s combined with great ethics, fair trade ingredients and handmade, hands on goodness, the experience and enjoyment is multiplied.

Upon arrival I was served a glass of champagne (posh soft drinks were available) and offered nibbles in the form of vegan cupcakes, popcorn and fresh strawberries. Yum, right? I got talking to the other ladies (all the other invitees were female, which I can understand, but seriously lads, get in there! Lush isn’t just for girls!), and was happy to see Alice and Catherine again; I’d met them briefly at a previous Lush event (the Spring preview). One thing I noticed was that the event was well staffed. There were sixteen attendees, and four members of staff on, which meant if we had any queries or questions they were on hand almost instantly. I felt very spoilt, and that really continued throughout the evening.

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Photo courtesy of Jessica at Chique Unique Critique

For the first part of the evening, we engaged in a team building exercise. We were paired up randomly with another blogger (I got the adorable Katie– hey girl!) and were allowed to pick a random massage bar. We performed, let’s face it, a rather amateur arm massage on each other, and got chatting about ourselves- what we blogged about, how familiar we were Lush etcetera. It’s pretty hard to stay shy when you’re massaging someones hand. We went round the room introducing each other; some of us were beauty bloggers, some fashion, most lifestyle. I consider myself to be a food blogger, then a beauty blogger, then everything else, and said as such, but what do you guys think?

The first thing we got to do was experience fresh face masks being made. Pete and Milli, both sales assistants, explained to us the ingredients of both masks (the Catastrophe Cosmetic, and Cupcake). They passed round the essential oils and perfume absolutes that go into each product, and showed us the different dry powders and fresh fruits included in each. Using a premixed dry formula of those dry ingredients, and a premixed wet formula of the fresh fruit, melted butters, oils and absolutes, they hand mixed the masks for us, and prepared us a pot of each to take to home to try. It bears mentioning that these pots were larger than the retail sizes for the same product, which was just super. Friends of mind- expect a face mask party some time in the next few weeks as, alas, they do have a limited shelf life of 3-4 weeks due to all those fresh ingredients.

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After enjoying the mask demonstration, and having a wee nosey round the shop and a champers refill, my half of the group moved on to Emotional Brilliance. The general feeling about this section of the shop seemed to be we’d mostly seen it, but walked past it. I’ve tried E.B. before, but a long time ago, but this is the basic idea: you spin the colour wheel and close your eyes, clearing your mind. When the wheel stops you open your eyes and quickly pick the first three colours that leap out at you. Those three colours represent emotions or states of mind, and correspond with make up products- lip colours and cream eyeshadows and liners.

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The wheel was filled with atmospheric dry ice (you can see a video here, courtesy of Mandy at One Slice of Lemon), so it spewed Potter-eque smoke as the lovely Cristine spun the wheel. My reading was Charm, Believe and In charge. Charm (and of COURSE I’m charming!) is a lovely baby pink lip and cheek colour, which I already own and use for blush. It blends well with my skin tone and natural red to give a perfect english rosy blush with just a dab of product, or a bold pink flush with a dab more. I think she’s a little too pale for my lips, unless I’m wearing super bold eye makeup to balance out my face. Believe wants to be coral. She’s crushed raspberry pink, but she’s certainly dreaming of creamsicle orange. I would love to wear this colour on my lips. In terms of the feeling, well, I need to believe in myself more, and have more confidence, and have faith that everything will work out, so maybe that’s why she’s in there. In Charge is what I need to be, and what I like to be! In Charge is a true blue eyeliner. It’s certainly one I’d try, and it’s a lovely colour, but I’m not sold just yet.

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The final treat of the evening was a slice of a huge Creamy Candy cake- each slice being approximately 1-2 bubble bars worth of product to my untrained eye. Though it’s slightly different, if you liked Snow Fairy (a Lush Christmas exclusive), you’ll love Creamy Candy. This was added to a personalised goody bag full of full sized products for us to take home and try, in addition to those face masks, and a gift for our followers. Yes kittens, that giveaway I mentioned not so long ago is coming soon, and will feature Lush goodies!

In my goody bag I received three items. First, a Tiny Hands solid hand cream, which I surely need as I do get very dry skin on my hands, particularly when I’m doing a lot of cleaning, or cooking, and in the winter time. Secondly, a Bubblegum Lip Scrub. I love wearing bright lip colours, so a lip scrub is perfect for me- exfoliated, smooth lips will hold their colour better and longer. It’s also baby pink (very me!) and smells and tastes yummy, like sugar and pear drops and candy floss. Finally, African Paradise, a body conditioner. This product you use as you would a hair conditioner for your hair. Use it last in the shower or bath all over your body, then rinse it off and pat dry. I literally gasped when I pulled this product out of my goody bag, as I have been dying to try this. I have really dry skin, so any opportunity to get some moisture in is gratefully received. Plus, this smells so tasty and light and exotic and feminine. It’s also huge- 225g of skin-loving goodness. As I said, all these products were full sized, plus the Creamy Candy cake slice (about 1-2 bars worth!), PLUS the two giant pots of face mask… I feel very lucky indeed!

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As soon as I’m done with this post, I’m hopping in a Creamy Candy Bath with a Catastrophe Cosmetic Mask, finished off with African Paradise. And I will feel like a GODDESS; utterly spoilt by Lush’s generosity. It was an absolutely lovely evening, which left me feeling pampered and confident, thrilled to have met so many lovely like-minded folks, and head-over-heels for the, well, lush cosmetic products Lush have to offer. I can’t wait to attend a similar event again. Thanks have to go to the great team at Lush Southampton for their time, expertise and great attitude in teaching us all about what they have to offer, and spoiling us absolutely rotten.

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Photo courtesy of Jessica at Chique Unique Critique

If you’d like at attend a similar event, keep your eyes peeled for Lush preview nights, or why not book a party? Contact your local Lush store for more details.

Later days, lovely people.

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Gert Lush!

Lush products are excellent last minute stocking fillers at this time of year, and I have to admit, I’m a complete convert. You’ve got to love a company that’s a) local (Lush’s flagship store is hardly an hour’s drive from me, and it’s a British company) and b) full of heart.

Lush’s mission is to create great beauty products that are as eco friendly as possible, without losing any of their sparkle. This is perfectly shown by their recent transfer to all natural glitters in all their products, and their campaign against animal testing in the cosmetics industry. Personally, I feel good shopping with a brand that creates products full of natural goodness, without cruelty to animals and as far as possible the environment. That and their shops smell incredible.

I’m not going to spend all post waxing lyrical about palm oil and the rain forests, but I think it’s great that I can get on with being pampered without guilt about where my goods are from. And the fact that so many of their products are without packaging or in recyclable containers is the icing on the cake.

When I went away earlier this year I took a bunch of Lush goodies with me to make my holiday really special, from shower to seashore. Here are 10 of my Lush product must-haves that you should try, or treat your loved ones with this season.

1. Dream Cream

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I’m going to start pretty simple and work my way up to some of the more colourful products I love, but Dream Cream is just so lovely it deserves a highlight. Cooling and calming with Lavender and super skin kind with oat milk and olive oil, this cream is great for sensitive and sore skin. I often use this on any hard skin I have, or if I have an eczema flare up. This is one of Lush’s best sellers, and it isn’t hard to see why. For me, it’s a lovely cooling cream with pretty much all of the benefits of something over the counter, but I don’t end up smelling like I rolled around a chemist’s. Really, I ought to use this more than I do (I’m famously awful at moisturising), and in the past when I have, my skin has been, well, Lush.

2. New

A product that is really great for your hair is New. Packaging free, this solid shampoo bar really works. It smells wonderful- of cinnamon and cloves, and leaves my hair feeling so clean and shiny, and perfumed like christmas baking. Yum. Some people I asked said it makes their hair flyaway and frizzy. I reckon that’s because this shampoo cleases like nothing I’ve ever tried. Since my hair is a puffball at the best of times, I didn’t notice any positive or negative effect on that, but I loved the result none the less. However, without packaging, you should store this in a reusable tupperware or tin to keep it safe and from getting it everywhere when it is drying.

3. Rub Rub Rub

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My favourite exfoliator in the world is Rub Rub Rub. It’s one of the few products that I’ve tried that leaves my skin super smooth but also really moisturised, instead of tight and angry. Like a lot of scrubs, the exfoliator is sea salt. it also includes cleansing lemon, and the delicious scents of orange blossom and jasmine. The super fun blue colour goes a long way to making me love cleansing with this too. I have tried this on my face, and whilst it is too rough for me to use there regularly, it didn’t upset my skin. Apparently, it’s really good for your hair, too.

4. Rose Jam

This product is a limited edition, and you have to get it. It’s marketed as a shower gel, but Rose Jam is packed full of Argan oil, and it super for your hair as well as your skin. My hair is really dry, so I still need to condition after using Rose Jam on it, but’ll leave you smelling like a bed of roses. I’m not kidding, this stuff is potently rosey. It has a chocolatey quality too and really lasts on the skin, which it makes soft and lovely. I adore it, and even though the fragrance is shared by other products, I really hope Lush brings back this product after this run.

5. Chou Chou, I Love You

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I do so love a silly product name (it’s half the reason I like OPI nail polishes so much), and Chou Chou I Love You has that aspect down. This is one of Lush’s innovative toothy tabs; a solid toothpaste formula that reduces packaging down to a recyclable card box. I love rose, which is the primary scent/flavour in this product, which is why I decided to try this one, and i wasn’t disappointed. It left my teeth really clean, and freshened my breath, and the rose/lemon taste lasted longer than I thought it would, particularly compared with flavoured toothpastes. I’m not sure I’m ready to convert entirely to Toothy Tabs, but they’re lovely to try, and who doesn’t want a rose-scented kiss from time to time? And as the cheapest item on this list, why not slip them in to a loved one’s stocking this Christmas?

 

6. Lord of Misrule

 

Lush is pretty famous for its bath bombs. They make excellent stocking fillers, and they are kind of the first thing I’m drawn to when I enter the shop.

 

Lord of Misrule came out in time for Hallowe’en this year, and the name and green colour should give you all the Loki feels that you can take. This product, and its crown shape, are actually inspired by Pagan beliefs rather than norse, but you should buy this product for its scent, not its history. Vanilla, black pepper and patchouli give it a festive, sweet almost mulled quality I love, not to mention it turns the bath water Sangria purple. Yep- green bomb, purple bath. Fun times for all. Buy it now or lose out!

7. Santa’s Lip Scrub

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Lush do a range of sugar scrubs for your lips, but I love the flavour and obnoxious red colour of the festive addition to the range. It tastes like cola cubes, and conditions your now exfoliated lips with coconut oil. It’s a real treat, and makes me smile every time I get it out of my handbag. Like all lip scrubs, it will give you a smoother surface for applying lip colour, but this stuff tastes amazing. If you want a lip colour to match this scrub, Lush Provide with Santa Baby, a lovely lip tint that smells just like this scrummy scrub, and doesn’t budge easily.

8. Passionate

Lush have a wide range of cosmetics along side their bath and skincare products. I love my ‘Healthy’ green eyeliner, but I want to recommend one of their lovely liquid lipsticks instead. They’re long lasting and highly pigmented, and gentle enough that you could, with the right brushes, use them on your eyes and cheeks for tint too. I adore the purple-fuschia audacity of Passionate on my lips- bold as brass and lushly purple.

9. Soft Coeur

When it comes to skin care, you can’t go wrong with that old favourite, cocoa butter. Soft Coeur, a heart shaped massage bar features this highly, and has cocoa and honey hidden inside to be revealed as it melts in your hand. The high content of natural oils mean it will easily melt with your body heat. Sure, it’s sensual to use with your partner, but I love rubbing this all over my own hands and arms at night after a day out in the biting cold to soothe, and leave me dreaming of delicious chocolatey treats.

10. Secret Santa

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The best thing about Lush products is walking into their shops and basking in the delicious aroma of essential oils. This Christmas, Lush have released an ENORMOUS bath bomb (that you could easily break into two or three before using) that features the ‘trademark’ scent of Lush, as previously captured in their 29 perfume. This bomb is so big, it has a bomb inside it- a Secret Santa! Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Lime… trust me, it smells incredible, and you deserve it.

 

So there we are- 10 products I thank Lush for putting together for me and you to enjoy. I hope they spice up your life, for Christmas and beyond.

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