Autumn, Beauty

A very merry Lush-mas: Goddess

Technically speaking this is not a Christmas bath bomb so I am being a teeny tiny bit naughty sneaking it in here. HOWEVER it is new, it is fantastic and it is 100% worth you running out your front door to your local Lush store to pick one of these up. After you’ve finished reading this post obvs.

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I was blown away with the smell of this bath bomb which was a combination of sandalwood and jasmine, however and I could have sworn I could smell lavender in there as well when it first began to fizz after hitting the water.

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The creamy lilac colouring was truly magical as well as adding to the calming effect that the fragrance was already having on my mood. I have also seen that this bath bomb has a lot of silver lustre which I could imagine as the bath bomb itself before I placed it in the bath was sparkling on its own, however I went into the bath on a Friday afternoon with just the December light coming through my window and a few candles I had dotted about, so to me the water was this fantastic matt lavender colour.

So would I buy this again? Yes I would! It was everything I needed after a stressful six days working in the crazy christmas retail chaos.

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Autumn, Beauty

A Very Merry Lush-mas: Perle De Sel

This was the second bath bomb I used from this years Christmas line up from Lush and it was beautiful. The water that this product left was honestly beyond breathtaking! In a strange-sounding way it looked as if I was wrapped in beautiful expensive satin when I looked down into the water, like I say I know that sounds beyond mad but seriously you need to grab this bath bomb and experience it for yourself!

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Scent wise, Perle De Sel had a floral and slightly musky fragrance but not in a heavy or overpowering way. No in fact it was quite the opposite and it was just a nice smelling bath and reminded me greatly of the snow cake soap lush released last christmas but sadly did not re-release this season.

All in all this bath screamed luxury from the delicate fragrance to the way the fine glitter particles swirled around my body and the calming colour of the water. Would I buy again? Yes! I think I need to stock up on these to get me through the rough days of 2019!

Autumn, Beauty

A Very Merry Lush-mas: Shoot for the Stars

Hello and welcome to the first ever A Very Merry Lush-mas, which is basically just an excuse I have given myself to go out and buy six of this years festive bath bombs from Lush without feeling guilty for spending money on myself and not presents for other people. It’s wonderful how much guilt you can rid yourself of by just saying ‘ooohh I know, I’ll write a blog post about it’!

Over the next six days I will be posting about a different bath bomb from the Lush 2018 Christmas range and writing a tiny review. So to kick-start the week off I thought I would write about a bath bomb that always re-appears at this time of the year and it is one of my favourite products from Lush’s range, Shoot for the Stars.

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This bath bomb ticks all the boxes. You get spectacular bath art, vivid blue moisturising bath water and a scent that lasts on your skin and around the house for hours after you pull the plug. It is also from the Honey, I washed the kids scent family so you know that it is going to smell mouth-watering just from reading the ingredients list on Lush’s website.

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This is most certainly one of the only bath bombs I look forward to all year around and get excited about when I see it is back listed as being back in stock on Lush’s website. Would I buy again? Yes, Yes and Yes!!

 

Autumn, Beauty

Lush: Rudolph Jelly Face Mask

There is no denying that I don’t love a good face mask, and Lush do some of the best face masks on the market. I have previously reviewed both their Bunny Moon and The Birth of Venus masks and I found them both to be fantastic so I was quite excited when I discovered Lush had added a new jelly face mask to their festive range.

This new face mask is named Rudolph and contains orange and cocoa powder to both help tone and brighten your complexion. Also the combination of these ingredients mean that this mask smells exactly like a Terry’s chocolate orange but not in a overpowering sickly way.

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I found the texture of this mask is similar to the Bunny Moon mask as it has a very creamy consistency once it is worked into a paste. Due to its smooth texture I found that it glides onto my skin quickly and with minimum effort meaning you can apply this mask within seconds with no fuss whatsoever.  I have been leaving the Rudolph facemask on for around 20 minutes and I have been pleasantly surprised on both occasions with how the mask / my skin doesn’t have that horrible tight feeling that many masks cause after they have dried out. Nope, I am still able to move my facial features when wearing this facemask without feeling like my face is turning to stone.

Once I come to remove the Rudolph facemask I have noticed it tends to dry a little bit like liquid latex and I am able to peel parts of the facemask off my face. It is an oddly satisfying feeling and I don’t feel as if I am damaging my skin in doing so. However, if the idea of peeling a mask off your face is not appealing then don’t worry, I have also found that you can remove this mask with some warm water and a face cloth.

After removing Rudolph my skin does look brighter and feels both firmer and smoother. Also, I have noticed that the following day when applying my makeup my foundation glides on and stays in place better throughout the day.

Crunch time though, will I buy this face mask again? Yes, yes and another yes! I am actually slightly devastated that this face mask is going to be an exclusive product and not part of the main line as I feel this is the best Lush face mask I have used to date, and you know I have tried out quite a few! Fingers crossed it will freeze well as I feel come the end of 2018 I will have stockpiled enough tubs of this face mask to last a fair few years!

 

 

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Lush: Boom Toothy Tabs

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BOOM!

No, not BOOM! New post at last but BOOM! The toothy tabs sample I received within my last Lush order, which to be perfectly honest was quite a while ago now. These little solid toothpaste tabs are the strangest product I have tried out from Lush so far but one I was pleasantly surprised by in how effective they work.

Basically all you do is place one of these little pill like tabs into your mouth, give it a quick chew, pop your toothbrush into your mouth and wallah! the toothy tab begins to foam up like your toothpaste usually would as you clean your teeth.

There are a few variations and different flavour to choose from but it was Boom! I was kindly gifted in my last online order from the Lush website. Boom! contains powdered charcoal and gunpowder tea which help to whiten your teeth. It leaves a cola like taste in your mouth once you have finished cleaning your teeth which is a nice change to the usual menthol flavours of regular toothpaste.

So would I actually invest my money into this product? Do you know what? I actually think I would and I am highly considering tagging these into my next order if truth be told. My mouth felt incredibly clean after using these little tabs and they seem to have whiten my teeth slightly (I am not saying it worked miracles but there was definitely a visible improvement after a few days of cleaning my teeth with this product).

Lush also do a mouthwash version of these little tabs on their site, but I am yet to try those out as of yet but after being pleasantly surprised by the toothpaste version of these tabs I may give those a go also to ee what they are like. if you have any recommendations please let me know what ones to go for or how well they work!

Beauty, Spring

Lush April Haul

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Just like uploading a new post, it has also been quite a while since I last placed an order with Lush. In fact, I think it was when the Valentine’s day products launched way back in January! So I think it is safe for you to assume that I went a little mad, but not too over the top. I also tried to steer clear of the seasonal products, however I did pick up two Golden Egg bath bomb melts and a Cream Egg bubbleroon to try out.

In fact, Milky Bath bubble bar and Cream Egg bubbleroon were the only two bubble making products I purchased this time which was a little out of the usual as I have always preferred my bubble baths to my bath bombs if truth be told. Milky Bath bubble bar just smells so clean which I know may sound a little stupid seeing as it is bubble bath but it just hasn’t got that heavy sickly scent some bath products often have attached to them. Cream egg on the other hand has a heavy peppermint fragrance that is very uplifting and I recommend you pick one of these little bubbleroons up to try from your local Lush store before they disappear for good.

After falling in love with Butter Bear bath bomb at Christmas, I decided to grab a Butterball bath bomb which has the exact same scent and moisturising properties as its Christmas counterpart. This little bath bomb is quite the steal coming in at just under £3, and it pairs fantastically with the Milky Bath bubble bar mentioned above.

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Whilst scrolling through the bath bomb section of Lush’s webpage, I came to the conclusion that it would be a crime not to add these two adorable products to my basket. Not only do they both look and smell amazing, they have also both produced beautiful bath art when I have used them in the past. Although if truth be told I have a suspicion that Rocket Science  will be a dud as every time I pick this little guy up he is so soft and crumbly, however he smells fantastic! Like those blueberry sour laces you used to be able to get from your corner shop as a kid which also (fun fact) used to be my favorite sweets ever! Yellow Submarine on the other hand is more topical and fruity fragrance rather than overly sweet. Some people say the scent of this bath bomb reminds them of lemon sherbet sweets but personally this reminds me of Malibu and pineapple juice, which yes may just indicate that I have a bit of an alcohol problem.

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Over and Over on the other hand actually reminds me of lemon sherbet’s as it has that sweet but almost sour citrus fragrance going on. The top orange layer is actually a coating of bath oil which made my skin feel lovely and soft when I last used this, and the bath art this product creates is mesmerizing as it rolls around spewing out vibrant yellow, orange and pink colours into the surrounding water. I know spewing isn’t the prettiest word to use here but trust me this bath bomb is amazing.

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Guardians of the Forest. What can I say about this? It has a wonderful complex woody, slightly spicy fragrance going on. The first time I purchased this product I was taking a bit of a gamble if truth be told as I had never used products like Tramp or Grass and I wasn’t 100% sure I would be keen on this product at all but I fell in love instantly. It is however, a really difficult product to describe so I will firstly say it slightly reminds me of lord of misrule but less peppery, which is strange as I don’t think they have any ingredients similar at all, and secondly I would suggest trying this product out for yourself as it is so different to all the other citrus and sweet-smelling products you can typically find in store.

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Lastly I decided to grab two products from the bath oil section. I have no idea what a bath oil is really, I imagine it’s something you pop into the bath and it will melt due to the heat of the water? I’m not sure… but at £2.50 a pop I thought why not find out? I picked up Furze which smells beautiful and very earthy. It also slightly reminds me of, and it sounds weird, when you walk into a garden centre greenhouse on a warm summers day. I also decided to purchase Cloak of Invisibility obviously because of the Harry Potter reference, however I am not so sure if I am keen on the fragrance of this if truth be told but I am still looking forward to trying it out.

And that is that. Would you like to see some posts about these products similar to the ones I uploaded back in October with a brief summary of how these products perform in the water? If so let me know in the comments section below! Also let me know what products you are currently using and loving from Lush this month.

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Beauty, Winter

Let The Good Times Roll Fresh Cleanser

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I think it is safe to assume that everybody has a draw full of products that they have received from various online orders that very rarely see the light of day. I know I have. In an attempt to use up the ridiculous amount of samples I have stashed away in my room, I have decided to write a small review for each one that will be uploaded on a Sunday. Sample Sundays! God aren’t I clever at this name game. Face mask Friday, Sample Sunday, whatever next? Anyway, hopefully this will get me into a routine to post more regularly as I know I am AWOL a lot of the time.

So first up!

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About two weeks back I received a small sample pot of ‘Let the good times Roll’ fresh cleanser from Lush. I won’t lie, this is a product I have never even looked at never mind contemplated buying, but I was quite excited about testing it out all the same. The first thing that hit me when I opened the little tester pot was the wonderful buttery caramel fragrance that smells good enough to eat. The second thing that I noticed was the colour and texture of the product both looked and felt a lot like raw cookie dough (I know, I refer to everything as food sorry).

So, what I have been doing is taking a small pea sized amount of this cleanser into the palm of my hand and adding a small amount of water to create a paste like consistency before applying the product to my face. This cleanser has a sort of gritty sand like texture that exfoliates any dead skin cells from my face as well as cleaning the dirt from my pores. Seeing as this is a little bit more harsh compared to the ultrabland cleanser I use daily, I have incorporated LTGTR into my nightly face time routine instead, and use this product roughly three times a week.

I have noticed that after using LTGTR my skin was feeling softer and looks brighter but not that horrible shiny clean sort of look a lot of exfoliators can cause. Also, the redness in my skin has calmed down since I have been using this product and my skin feels a lot smoother and less oily.

Due to the above results I have purchased the full-sized version of this product which costs £7.50 for an 100g pot, however considering the tester pot has lasted me two weeks I know that this pot will last me well over a month if not longer. Lush also state that this product is vegan meaning no animal products are used within it at all! Which is another bonus!

Have you tested out ‘Let The Good Times Roll’ face and body cleanser? If so what did you think of it? Let me know in the comments section below.

Beauty, Winter

Lush Christmas Exclusives

Hello! Sorry I’ve been AWOL these past few months. Unfortunately a combination of both a busy work and personal life has left me with very little time to sit down and think of content ideas, never mind being able to actually get around to create, edit and eventually upload the ideas I originally had which kind of sucks. So I do apologise about this little bit of post-Christmas spam that will more than likely be a recurring theme throughout January.

I have decided to kick off my first post of 2018 by featuring the contents of my Lush Christmas exclusives order I received just over three weeks ago. A lot of this order was sent off to Santa for Little Legs Christmas box which also included a Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly and Plum Snow Bubble Bar.

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I will admit, I did end up caving (despite being skint and on a ‘ban’) and grabbed myself two products that I just could not miss out on.  One of which was the iconic Yog Nog soap! When my order arrived at work, I pretty much spent 10 minutes walking around with this wonderful product under my nose as it has such a distinctive smell which I find overwhelmingly comforting. I can only assume it is due to the nutmeg found within the ingredients list which gives this soap a warming yet sweet scent which reminds me slightly of cinder toffee.

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I will admit that Hot Toddy shower gel was a little bit of a disappointment at first as I was expecting a strong cinnamon scent similar to 93,000 miles, yet I was greeted by a more spicy sweet fragrance which I can only describe as a crossover between cola cube sweets and mulled wine. Once I got home though and used this in the shower I was instantly won over by the strong scent of cloves as well as the wonderful rich vibrant red colour of this product. I slightly regret only ordering one bottle of this uplifting shower gel and can only pray it makes a return in the not so distant future.

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I will also admit that the only reason I picked up The Christmas Penguin bubble bar as pretty much because he looked a little bit cute and fit the Christmas theme. However, I wasn’t blown away with the ‘Bergamot and Sicilian lemon oils’ description as citrus seems to be such a recurring theme now with Lush and I was expecting a citrus punch to the face when this little guy arrived. However, to my surprise this little penguin seems to share a very similar scent to The Olive Branch shower gel but with a little bit more of a subtle sweetness to it. I also found that a small amount of this product creates a decent amount of bubbles which left my skin feeling incredibly moisturized after leaving the bath, which only Milky Bath and The Bearded Lady bubble bar have been able to do in the past.

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Speaking of the Bearded Lady Bubble bar, Peeping Santa reminds me so much of that much missed product visually, yet scent wise this little guy couldn’t be anymore different if he tried. If you’re a fan of products such as Snow Fairy then I’m sure you will also be head over heels for this adorable little Santa who is from the same Yummy Mummy scent family that is usually popular around the spring time (or the D’Fluff shaving soap that is available all year around). I’m yet to find out how moisturizing or how many bubbles this little guy creates, but I can only assume that with the addition of both shea butter and cocoa butter included in the ingredients list, he won’t disappoint.

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Last but not least, I also picked up these adorable Bombardino bath bombs. These little guys are quite small compared to your regular line bath bombs, however at £2.95 I decided to grab three and prayed they would smell wonderful. As always Lush didn’t disappoint and this slow fizzing bath bomb has a sweet vanilla fragrance, but not overpoweringly so like you find with Peeping Santa or as sickly sweet as Snow Fairy.

And that is that. I can’t believe that is the end of the Lush Christmas products for another year, but will admit that I have already placed an order online today for some of the upcoming Valentines Day range that I am very excited to receive and review. What items are on your wish list? or even better let me know what items you caved in and purchased from either the Christmas range or the Valentines Day range in the comments section below or on my Instagram.

 

Autumn, Beauty

A Lush Halloween: Hubble Bubble Toil and Trouble

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Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb

This wonderful little bath bomb may be my favourite product from the Halloween range which I admit has shocked me. With all the hype that surrounds Lord of Misrule and how much people harp on about it, I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did as I assumed it would be like the Halloween version of Snow Fairy.

I was drawn in by Lord of Misrule whilst looking at the ingredients list online, as it was described as a ‘mischievous bomb that features a spicy herbal blend of patchouli and black pepper oil.’ With one of my favourite Lush scents Karma also including Patchouli in its ingredients list I decided to give this bath bomb the benefit of the doubt and added one to my online order.

I wont lie, when it first arrived I was a little disappointed by how Lord of Misrule looked. Just this moss-green coloured bath bomb with a few speckles of pink dotted about. However, knowing not to judge a book by its cover, I popped this bath bomb into the tub one night and was bowled over by its spectacular bath art and the show it puts on.

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As soon as it touched the water it started slowly frothing away its green outer layer, before rolling around in the bath. After a few moments pink tones start to appear and at this point I could smell both the patchouli and black pepper fragrance escaping into the air. It was after this that the bath bomb becomes truly iconic in my opinion and I will admit nothing prepared me for the beautiful magenta pink colour Lord of Misrule spews out or the sound of popping candy crackling away in the background, like a witches cauldron bubbling over creating the best bath art I have ever seen from a bath product to date.

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The water ended up going a wonderful crimson red colour with a faint silver lustre. Also, the spicy, warm scent hung around for a long time, and clung to my skin for quite a while after leaving the bath.

Now the important part. Would I buy this bath bomb again. Hell Yes. After my experience with it I can now say that I 100% understand why this bath bomb is a cult favourite due to both the way it performs in the water and for how wonderful the fragrance is. This is going to be one of the few bath bombs I will be stocking up on this season and allowing myself to stash away to use throughout the year.

 

Autumn, Beauty

A Lush Halloween: ‘Who You Gonna Call?’

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Ectoplasm Jelly Bomb

Ectoplasm was first seen at the Lush summit at the beginning of the year and was the first jelly bomb to be shown to the public with a small amount being available to purchase as a limited edition product on the day. Fast forward a couple of months and Lush released four new jelly bombs, but ectoplasm was nowhere to be seen. It turned out we had to wait a month or two until the official launch of the Halloween range for this Ghostbusters inspired product to be released.

I picked up two of these jelly bombs on the day they were launched online back at the beginning of September, and after little legs used his I was a little apprehensive about using my own. Jelly bombs were never something that appealed to me as I didn’t want to sit in a bath full of slime regardless of how soft it would leave my skin feeling. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the smell of this bath bomb, it smelt rather bitter to me like how the white pith from an orange tastes.

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When it came to eventually using Ectoplasm I decided to pair it with Man on the Moon bubble bar which is part of the Christmas range. Man on the Moon is part of the popular Calacas scent family and to me it smells strongly of limes, it also turns your water a glorious bright crisp green colour. The ingredients in this bubble bar combined with the grapefruit and tangerine oil found in Ecoplasm jelly bomb created a wonderful uplifting scent and cut through the bitterness of the tangerine oil that I originally found off putting.

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As Ectoplasm dissolved it left a magnificent thick purple jelly that sat on the top of the lime green water creating a stunning contrasting colour combination that I have never seen from a bath product before. As the jelly oozed out from this bath bomb, it left a trail of coloured frothy bubbles in its wake and was mesmerising to watch. I will admit once the jelly settled it didn’t look as visually pleasing and looked a little like when mold grows in a pantry dish in a lab.  However, this disappeared after running my hand through the jelly which was incredibly fun to do, and brought out my inner child / nerd watching the thick slime collect in my hand and slowly drip back into the water below, which did remind me of when the ghost Slimmer slimmed Peter Venkman in the original Ghostbusters movie.

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It also didn’t feel as disgusting as I had first anticipated, and not slimy at all. Instead it left the water feeling soft and my skin felt moisturised.

Would I buy this again? I’ll admit I’m not 100% sure. Yes it was fun but I’m still not convinced jelly bombs are for me. However, I can say that I would buy this product to gift to my friends and family. It seems to be one of those products that are really gross but really interesting at the same time as well as being incredibly fun to watch with the bath art it creates.

Let me know how you feel about Ecoplasm and if jelly bombs something that appeals to you or something you would rather steer clear of.

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