Lush Haul

So I recently fell in love with Lush bath bombs when I was introduced to them. So when I was in town the other day I thought I’d have a little look at their christmas range. I got chatting to a sales assistants who took me through all their types of products and how they work. Being me I couldn’t resist and bought some bits to try – an early birthday treat! My bathroom now smells like a Lush shop, which I’m sure the other half loves…

Fizzbanger

Fizzbanger

“A Catherine wheel of a bath bomb. It changes colour as it fizzes, crackling with popping candy as it goes and releasing first a citrussy apple and then a cinnamon, apple pie like scent with a hint of ylang ylang. Petitgrain is used in aromatherapy to calm the breathing, slow the heartbeat and reduce feelings of anxiety. Ylang ylang produces a feeling of joy, and cinnamon leaf oil helps you let go.”

After explaining I love the citrus/lemon scent of my previous bath bombs I was recommended this. I haven’t tried it yet but it looks a lovely bright lemon colour with a blue/green centre (theres a chip in mine) and it smell – different. Not quite lemony but there is a citrus hint along with something else I can’t put my finger on. Hopefully it will become apparent when I use it! Also couldn’t resist when it’s Bonfire Night themed and I bought it on the 3rd of November! 

Tisty Tosty

Tisty Tosty

“He loves me, he loves me not – Tisty Tosty is based on a medieval love potion. Studded with seven real rosebuds, it is scented with a captivating combination of floral orris root powder, rose, and lemon. As this dissolves in the bath, you may fall in love with it as the scent of geranium, jasmine and rose create a spellbinding fragrance. Rose oil also gets to work soothing broken hearts – it’s used by aromatherapists to lift the spirits.”

I just love the look of this one, heart shaped and decorated with rose buds – what’s not to love! As I’ve said before I love anything rose scented and love that this decorates the bath with rose buds. However I am slightly concerned about cleaning them up afterwards! Also the rose smell is very faint out of the packet which is rather disappointing, so I am hoping that it will become stronger when dissolved as most of their products seem to be. Think I will use this as a birthday treat next Sunday!

Peeping Santa

Peeping Santa

“Santa’s always watching with his dairy free chocolate drop eyes, waiting for his batch of hand-churned shea butter from the Ojoba women’s cooperative in Ghana to be ready. When the festive season comes round, it’s blended with Fair Trade Organic Cocoa butter to make the filling between Santa’s sandwich of strawberry-sweet bergamot and geranium oils. Crumble under the running water for sack loads of fruity bubbles.”

How adorable is this little guy! I had seen this on the Lush website and I couldn’t resist. Part of the Christmas range this is my first bubble bar. I had to ask the customer assistant how to use this but the thought of breaking him up saddens me! It has a slight strawberry scent which I like (normally I find strawberry too sweet) and I’m saving this one as a treat for when I finish work for Christmas!

Rose Jam – Bubbleroon

Rose Jam

“Pep up your spirits in a bath filled with Rose Jam: lemon, rose and geranium oil will help perk you up, while Fair Trade cocoa and shea butter leave you feeling gorgeous. You’ll end up feeling as cheered as though you’d been been given a bunch of flowers. Rose oil and rose absolute give a double dose of rosiness, helping to clear the mind and boost your mood. “

This combines two of my favourite things: roses and macaroons. Part of the Rose Jam scent collection, this bubble bar has the turkish delight scent I am obsessed with. It is coated with a silver shimmer and looks a little like play-doh but smells lovely. I can’t wait to smell it in the bath!

Rose Jam – Shower Gel

Rose Jam Shower Gel

“Organic Turkish rose blends with sweet Fair Trade vanilla pod infusion from Western Uganda to lather skin in luscious, lingering scent. Nourishing argan oil treats the body to some well-deserved conditioning, while a touch of Sicilian lemon and goji berry juice cleanses and brightens. You’ve been kissed by a rose.”

For a while I have been looking for a rose shower gel and this one does not disappoint. In the shop I was excited but couldn’t really smell rose from the tester and was concerned it would be too subtle. After explaining this to the sales assistant (who was an absolute star the whole time) she took the lid off and squeezed the bottle a few times to “poof” air out of it – this time I definitely smelt rose! Although still fainter than I wanted I bit the bullet and bough the 500g bottle (go big or go home!). I have only used this once so far but OH MY. I only used a blob the size of a 50 pence piece at the most but it lathered up a storm! Not only was my body covered in a thick layer of bubbles TV commercials allow us to only dream about, after I washed it off it kept going for a second round! Now to the important bit – the smell. I shouldn’t have been concerned. The minute I started scrubbing my skin the smell of Turkish delight filled my bathroom! Those who don’t like such a powerful smell may not like this but if you use Lush you’re fairly used to them bringing that bang of scent! By the looks of it this will last me an age looking at the amount I need, which is ideal as this is limited edition to Christmas and not available through the rest of the year. I may need to stock up!

Turkish Delight Roulade 

Turkish Delight Roulade

“Everything’s coming up roses. At least, it will be after washing with this exquisite, decadent roulade. If your delight is bathing in roses (and who wouldn’t love that?) then this treat will put a smile on your face. Damask roses from Senir, Turkey, are picked before sunrise to ensure the very best are harvested as the distinctive scent starts to evaporate when the sun rises. Lather up and wash all over to breathe in the scent of freshly picked flowers.”

I can’t get enough of rose scented products, just incase you hadn’t gathered yet! This is supped to be used like a soap and just rubbed all over, however I think it’s fairly expensive compared to many of their other products, mine was just over 100g (although looks tiny) and cost £11.50. Compared to the 500g Rose Jam shower gel for £16.50 and the 130g Salt and Peppermint Bark, which could be used for the same purpose, at £5.95  – it’s pricey. Good job it smells so good!

Salt and Peppermint Bark

Salt and Peppermint Bark

“Bark! The herald angels sing, sea salt will give soft, scrubbed skin. In tempting bark you should confide. Peppermint oil is packed inside! This little American beauty is packed full of Fair Trade organic cocoa and cupuaçu butter to deliver star-spangled softening and scrubbing to your skin!”

After telling my lovely sales assistant that I can’t get enough of anything minty and particularly my Original Source mint shower gel as it tingles leaving me feeling refreshed, she showed me this. It ticks all the boxes I wanted – minty, refreshing and a body scrub. Unlike the type of body scrub I was initially looking for, a bumpy lotion to smooth over and exfoliate, I think this is better for my lifestyle. It’s one of those you don’t know it exists until somebody tells you and then you wish you knew years ago. As I travel fairly regularly with work and to visit my parents this is much more travel friendly – especially once I bought a Lush tin to carry it in. It feels rough to touch but when under water it becomes smoother whilst still exfoliating. So far I am unsure whether it exfoliates as much as a typical scrub or their other bars but it does the job without being too harsh to use daily in the shower. As for the smell – I love it, it reminds me of candy canes and mint humbugs. However this is also one of their Christmas items so won’t be available after the new year – best make the most now then!

Christingle

Christingle

“Who will top the Christmas tingles chart? With peppermint and menthol crystals to awaken and stimulate the body, this is the number one to turn to over the festive season. Cover wet skin with the feeling of fresh, crisp snow by smoothing on invigorating spearmint and grapefruit oils for a citrus and mint kick. Then, simply rinse off for clearer minds and softer bodies.”

This was given to me as a sample after explaining my love for all that tingles! I am still slightly confused by this in all honesty but I have only used it once. The sales assistant described it as being similar to hair conditioner and perfect for those without time to slap on body lotion after a shower. Before leaving the shower you slather this all over and then wash it off, once out of the shower you pat your skin dry (so you don’t rub the product off) and it leaves your skin silky smooth. Sounds amazing right?! However I found it didn’t really tingle or leave my skin too moisturised. Don’t get me wrong, I used it after shaving my legs and after only using a tiny bit of what is recommended (I did only have a sample after all!) my legs are silkier even 24 hours later. I think I was just more excited at the fresh minty tingle but I found the sample I had smelt more like toothpaste. May have to purchase it to actually use enough!

Pearl – Massage Bar

Pearl

“This sweet and floral bar is made with antioxidant argan oil, soothing rose oil and absolute, with sago bubbles to massage the skin and help boost circulation. Go on, give it a try.”

Going with the rose theme I was shown this as an alternative to a body moisturiser as I suffer from dry skin, particularly on some of my scars. This has a faint rose/floral scent and can either be rubbed onto the skin to release oils or you hold it between your hands and your body temperature releases the oils which you then rub onto your skin. I haven’t had chance to use it properly yet but from testing it on one arm this afternoon it still feels softer than the other but I imagine this bar wouldn’t last long if I used it properly which is disappointing given the price. Originally I liked the idea of the beads to both massage and exfoliate, however feeling some they are sharp rather than just rough and when rubbed into the skin left pink marks. Yes this rubbed in and wasn’t too noticeable but after just showering I don’t really want to be colouring my skin again! I think i would use the other side or hold it between my hands to get the oil in future but it seems such a waste and something Lush didn’t properly think through. 

Mask of Magnaminty

Mask of Magnaminty

“A multi-purpose mask with a mixture of gentle yet effective ingredients to clean, calm and clear the skin. Easily smoothed over the skin, this mask is made with peppermint oil to stimulate, marigold oil and chlorophyllin to treat the skin; evening primrose seeds and aduki beans to gently exfoliate as you remove it. You can use this mask anywhere.”

One thing I actually needed (rather than fell in love with and had to have) was a face mask. My skin hasn’t been great recently with weather, hormones and skin products that didn’t agree with me, leaving me with acne scars worse than normal and some breakouts on my chin and forehead. I have a Chanel GOMMAGE MICROPERLÉ ÉCLAT Maximum Radiance Exfoliating Gel I use once or twice a week and a Chanel HYDRA BEAUTY MASK for when I feel my skin really needs some moisture. Neither has caused me to breakout nor has it had a spectacular effect on my face. So they have remained in my bathroom cabinet for when my skin needs a little pick me up. After discussing this with the sales assistant, she went through the Lush options. Originally I was debating the Rosy Cheeks face mask and the Ocean Salt face and body scrub but I was shown this hybrid based on my love of mint. The dark green colour reminded me of a green shake and just screamed natural and healthy to me, which my skin needed. I bought the large tub based on the idea that my skin needs a lot of TLC at the minute so it will get used before the use by date, as hopefully with it being natural my skin can cope compared to being limited to once or twice a week with my Chanel.

I used this yesterday in my Lush pamper day, I don’t think I put quite enough on as it is thick and lumpy, to allow it to exfoliate when you wash it off. This made it a bit harder to scrub, I found I had to pat/push the mixture into my face and flatten it into the area rather than spread like most mask/scrubs do. Not that this is a bad thing as I prefer it and the thick feeling felt like it was actually going to nourish my skin. The pack said leave for 10-15 minutes and almost immediately it felt cooling and refreshing – just what I needed! It wasn’t until my husband walked in that I realised the mask had really set and I struggled to talk – something I haven’t had with previous masks. I think I left it on for maybe 20-25 minutes, it didn’t have any adverse reaction simply gave it longer to set and therefore when I scrubbed it off it really exfoliated my skin. This is the first scrub to actually remove dry skin patches I get when a spot is almost totally healed, which make up slings to and looks horrible. My face was quite flushed after (but I was having to properly scrub at it to get it off!) but it felt so smooth, no rough patches at all! Finally! Although yes my spots were still there – it’s not a miracle worker, my skin had a fresh glow to it and even 24 hours later the acne scars look better, the smaller spots have faded and the newer ones have started to dry up. Will definitely be trying this with a few bumps I have on the back of my arms!

Eau Roma Water

Eau Roma Water

“This is an elegant formula that’s suitable for even the most sensitive skins. Rose water will help to calm and reduce redness, whilst lavender water will balance and soften the skin. This was created as a way to hydrate and soothe the skin both gently and effectively. Use it for a quick, refreshing spritz or to remove any traces of makeup or cleanser.”

This was recommended to me as it has a faint rose smell from rose water and the lavender would help those stressed-sleep-avoiding nights that keep me up until 5am. Additionally it removes traces of anything – even when you think your skin is clean this removes everything. In a bid to clean my skin up I thought I’d give it a try and bought the 100g bottle so I could use it for travelling. This is my biggest surprise I think, perhaps because I never intended to buy it or got over excited by it. It does it’s job and well. I have used it several times and it just leaves my skin feeling lovely and clean and combined with my Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water really gets rid of every last bit of make up, that my Chanel cleanser and toner just can’t do alone. I still like my 6-step plan but for travelling this does it all and is perfect for a really clean feeling and destressing.

Skin Drink

Skin Drink

“Quench thirsty skin with this cream packed with nourishing oils and butters, avocados, aloe vera and a light rose and orange neroli fragrance. Forming a light barrier against the elements, this is ideal for all weathers and is especially good for soothing the skin and helping it feel more supple.”

This was another sample the lovely lady gave me. My skin is more combination with a slightly oily T-Zone and drier cheeks so I haven’t ever really looked at heavy creams because they made my skin greasy. So I was unsure about this after reading the description. However I have been pleasantly surprised! I don’t know how but this mattifies  my oily bits and moisturises my dry spots, leaving my skin soft, supple, smooth and matte. So far so good! Slightly annoyed I recently bought a Benefit Total Moisture moisturiser, which does smooth and mattify but not for as long as this! You only need a pea sized amount of Skin Drink so it would last forever! I’ve recently been using the Creme De La Mer Soft Moisturiser which works in similar way but this is as good as, if not better and a tenth of the price! Definitely my next moisturiser I think! The only off putting thing is the colour which I can get past, and the smell. I think it’s the sesame oil but it’s really off-putting. Thankfully the lavender from the Eau de Roma overpowers it when used together!

Mint Julips – Lip Scrub

Mint Julips

“A gentle lip scrub with more than a hint of mint humbug about it. Turn chapped lips into mint-choc chip lips: warming peppermint and sweet vanilla combine with real sugar crystals give your lips (and tastebuds) a service, leaving them primed for smooth lipstick application. As soon as you gently rub Mint Julips on your lips, you’ll feel its invigorating peppermint oil tingling away while the sugar crystals buff away any flaky skin.”

For years I have struggled with dry lips. Not so much chapped, other than occasionally in the winter from licking them in an attempt to give them some moisture (I know I should know better!!). It’s more they peel, I have a feeling it’s because I don’t drink enough as when I haven’t drunk anything all day they get a white film too (TMI I know!) – either way it makes wearing lipstick/lipgloss a nightmare. So I saw they had a collection of lip scrubs and thought I’d test some of them. The Popcorn is quite salty and not what I wanted, neither was Santa Baby which instead strangely tasted like Coke! I was between Bubblegum – a lovely sweet taste I could just eat all day; or Mint Julips – a gorgeous minty scrub. I decided on this to stick with my mint theme, also thinking after brushing my teeth I wouldn’t want a sweet sugary taste and I couldn’t taste the mint choc chip their website claims (which I prefer). This is honestly a game changer, it’s safe to eat (an issue I was concerned about with other lip scrubs as it’s an accident bound to happen) and does what it says on the tin. My lips were silky smooth and ready for lipstick and remained that way for most of the day when followed with Rose Lollipop.

 Rose Lollipop

Rose Lollipop

“Forget diamonds, now roses are forever thanks to this sleek and glossy blend with a light, floral fragrance. Soothing Turkish rose oil with softening candelilla and orange peel waxes make this a rose lemonade treat for the lips and tastebuds. Slip this delectable floral bouquet balm over your lips for instant rosiness.”

The hunt for the perfect lip balm is over! For years I have played with numerous lip balms, from Vaseline (the petroleum dries my lips out after half an hour) to Burts Bees (fine but didn’t last long) and the closest I came was with a Nivea Hydration lip balm I got as part of a gift set one Christmas. However this was an impulse buy when looking at all their Rose products. At first this has a really strange feeling, it doesn’t melt onto your finger when you rub your finger across the surface as it is really quite solid. This led me to think i had to repeat this motion for ages until it began to melt and then put it on but in doing this I found that I had too much product on. Seems the secret is less is more, even though your fingers doesn’t feel like it has much on it, repeating this once each for your top and bottom lip will leave your lips with the perfect amount and keep them soft for hours. I found it worked even better after using Lush’s lip scrub as it seemed to penetrate the skin better.

I’m still playing with these products so will do better in-depth reviews for many once they have been used or after a few weeks times! What do you think about these products?

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