A Little Lush Parcel in the mail….

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Hello Lovelies 🙂

I was lucky enough to receive a parcel from my friend in the UK this week. A nice little package of Lush goodies!! Some of which I haven’t seen in Australia and I don’t think are available here (as far as I know) so it was a bit exciting!! Can I just say how jealous I am of  the Lush Kitchen range that is available in the UK? When is Lush going to bring that to us Aussie? When Lush??

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So here is a rather unplanned mini UK Lush haul 🙂 I’m not going to put prices (sorry) since they are in pounds. Do take into consideration that they may not be looking their best due to the long haul flight.. I do like the look of the new range items and I am hoping that they release some of these out here. Maybe for Christmas??

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Granny Takes a Dip

Named after the Purple Gang song ” Granny Takes a Trip” which explains the rather psychedelic colours of this bath bomb. It is ginger, pepper and lemon scented. I am really looking forward to what colour the bath goes with this one. The scent is very “Lush” and not overly powerful. It definitely is a more masculine/clean scent and not flowery at all. I do like the name  too 🙂

 

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D-Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap

” De-Fluffed and delightful! We’ve whipped up our shaving soap with fresh strawberries, golden syrup, rosehip oil and cocoa butter to leave you silky smooth and smelling sweet”

Oooh. I have really liked the other shaving products that Lush have. I have mentioned in a previous post that I regularly borrow my husband’s Dirty Shaving Cream. It’s just so nice. I have no doubt that this will produce similar results and smell just a little more girly. It is quite thick, I would say a little thicker that Dirty. A bit marshmallow like. It does smell a lot like the Strawberry Feels Forever massage bar. I will give a proper review of this in the future.

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Strawberry Feels Forever ( RRP: AU$13.50)

I’m kind of surprised that this made it without melting. It does look like it has a little, but hey looks like it recovered! This one is available in Australia, but it will obviously go nicely with my D’Fluff Shaving Soap. I like the massage bars, so this is really nice. One I have always been curious about, but never actually purchased. That’s what presents are all about right?

 

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New Charity Pot Hand and Body Lotion

A reformulated Charity pot! This is a little 10g size pot. It has a much more floral scent than the normal Charity Pot, which has a much more chocolately in  smell. A little bit lighter in texture too. It does smell delish. I think that if you are not a fan of Charity Pot (as it is at the moment) you might like this one. Not quite as heavy and like a said more floral. Plus all the money (minus GST/VAT) goes to the Charity on the lid. So you can feel all sorts of good about it!

 

 

That’s all for today. I is really fun to be able to try out some of these before they become available here. I might even have to put a request in for the African Paradise Body Conditioner I think! Hope you are all having an amazing day. Let me know if you have tried any of these in the comments below. What did you think? Any you are looking forward to trying?

 

 

 

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Hauling Time!!!

Hello Lovelies,

Well it has been a little while, so I felt I was due for a little Lush/ Make up Haul! I think I mentioned that I changed my hair colour recently and what’s the point of having a new colour if you can’t use it as an excuse to buy new products to try? Exactly, no point! Also it was my birthday recently so I had a little extra moolah to burn.

So here is what I bought:

 

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Daddy – O Shampoo

RRP: $12.50/100g, $22.95/250g, $32.95/500g

Lush’s purple shampoo used to keep the brassiness out of Blonde or Grey hair. Using Violets and Lemons for shine. It smells a little heady and very sweet. It reminds me of lollies, but not in a bad way and I don’t find it too over powering. It is very purple and I am interested to see how it stands up to the salon purple shampoo I have. Or is my hairdresser can tell the difference….

 

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Blousey Shampoo

RRP:$25.95/240g.

I will admit that the first few times I tried this I didn’t like it. I mean I liked the smell. It smells amazing, but it didn’t win me over. I decided to give it another go since my hair is a little more fragile at the moment and so far I am actually really liking the results. It is made from bananas and is quite thick in consistency, but I find I don’t need to use much.

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Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie

RRP:$32.95/200g

Happy Birthday to Me! Yes this was a birthday present to myself as I have been wanting to purchase it for awhile. Beautiful Rose scent!!!

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King of Skin  

RRP: $12.95/95g

Another one of Lush’s products I have been wanting to try for a little while. Since spring is now here, it’s a good time to get my skin into  top shape for summer! King of Skin is a solid Body Butter that you apply to wet skin.

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 Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask

RRP: $16.95/75g

Love Love Love this!! My face has been feeling a bit yuck so I picked this up to fix it. Works a treat. If you haven’t tried this, run don’t walk to your nearest Lush store!!

 

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SAMPLE : H’Suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment

RRP: $19.95/225g

Another product I have been wanting to try. I just used this today and I can honestly say that it feels AMAZING. I can’t say the scent is my favourite ever, but since you put this in first then shampoo your hair it doesn’t really matter. Come payday I will definitely be adding this to more hair care routine. Leaves the hair so lovely and soft. I wish I had longer hair just so I could enjoy the results more.

 

I also went  to Mecca Maxima to pick up some new products.

 

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Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream

RRP: $52

I am in need of a new BB/CC Cream and this was the one recommend to me by the girl at Mecca Maxima. I find it hard to match my skin tone as I am pale, but not pasty. I also can’t be bothered to mix foundations etc. This is a good match and looks dewy on the skin. I’ll see how I go and whether I will repurchase. So far so good though.

 

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NARS Larder than Life long-wear eyeliner in VIVA APPIA.

My first NARS purchase! Which I am a bit exited about. I haven’t had the chance to wear it yet, it is a nice bronzy rose gold colour. A little fancy for work. A nice colour all the same. Not too out there, but a bit more interesting than just brown or black.

 

That’s all from me today! Let me know if you have tried any of these product’s and what you thought or if there are any in particular you would like me to review. Have an amazing day!!

 

 

 

Xx.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lush Christmas in July Haul!!

 

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Hello Lovelies 🙂

Yes I managed to get my hands on some Lush Christmas in July goodies!!! Yay!!! (not yay for my husband). There was definitely a lot of “Just take my money!!!” going on! I am most excited to get my hands on Rose Jam Shower Gel. Have to say, these things sold fast! No surprise, but after hesitating with online, I’m glad I went into Lush before work and they had almost old out of Rose Jam and Snow Fairy! At 10:30AM!!! Crazy.

So here it is. My Lush Christmas in July Haul.

Shower Gels and Body Lotions.

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Rose Jam Shower Gel (RRP: $16.50/250g)

The one item I really wanted (and everybody else!). I actually got two of these, just to make sure it would last. I love rose scents, so this was a no brainer for me. I love using it with my Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner (which I still have, despite buying in March) as the scent is the same. Nice Rose scent with that Lemon cutting through it, so it’s more fresh than sweet. I just wish the larger size had been available. The Rose Bubbleron also carries this scent. So nice. Love.

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Snow Fairy Shower Gel (RRP: 16.50/250g)

This has a very fun sweet scent. Also another popular one, obviously, although I prefer the Rose Jam to this for everyday use. A fun scent with a little glitter to get your shimmer on.

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Celebrate Body Lotion (RRP $28.95/225g)

I love the smell of this! It’s a beautiful orange zesty, summer smell. It reminds me of a cocktail kind of thing. The lotion itself is nice and much like Charity Pot in consistency. It is quite a powerful scent, though not overbearing. It leaves my skin feeling really nice and smooth as well. My only real problem with it is that I can’t wear it with Rose Jam! You really need to decide one or the other. Having said that, it pairs perfectly with my Soap & Glory Sugar Rush Body Wash. I wish it was summer, because I feel this really is a summer product. Not that it being winter has stopped me using it!

 

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Angel’s Delight Soap (RRP: $5.90/100g)

Ok, my piece doesn’t look as pretty as on the website, but it does smell good. It reminds me of Lush’s Miranda soap. I’m yet to use this and I would have loved to get a bit more colour through it. Maybe next time.

Bath Ballistics and Bubble Bars.

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Golden Wonder Bath Ballistic (RRP: $7.50)

The bath bomb I was most excited about. I really can’t wait to use this one. It is quite large in size compared to the others and I really like the scent. Another fresh orange, lime and cognac scent. There is gold dust is on the outside as well. Is it worth it? Review to come.

 

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Luxury Lush Pud Bath Ballistic (RRP: $6.75)

This definitely smells like Christmas, although it has the famous Twilight scent. Which is a warm comfy smell to me, though I have never used Twilight. Mine’s a little worse for wear, but it is still in one piece.

 

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Bombardino Bath Ballistic (RRP: $5.50)

How cute is this little guy? Huh? Pretty cute. Smells amazing. It is meant to have a lemon cheesecake kind of scent, but it reminds me more of Honey I washed the Kids. Either way I could just about eat it!!. It does have cocoa butter, to soften the skin, and vanilla as well as the lemon oil.

 

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Candy Mountain Bubble Bar (RRP:$6.50)

This reminds me of scenery in those old Christmas movies (with the stop motion puppets? Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer in particular.) although it reminds my husband of Wreck It Ralph. Either way, I’m guessing this is how those places smell. Sweet. This is the same scent as Snow Fairy. You can’t really see it in my photo, but it does have glitter all through it as well. Not a bad size and you could get a few uses out of it.

 

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Christmas Eve Bubble Bar (RRP: $6.50)

With jasmine and ylang ylang, this is meant to be a nice relaxing bubble bar. It is meant to be a crescent moon in the night sky. I like the look of it and the smell. Makes me wish it was Christmas Eve! Coz I would love to be sitting in a bath with a glass of wine and this bubble bar! Review to come.

 

I didn’t get either of the Shower Jellies or the Maple Lip Balm as neither of these really appealed to me. I have heard that some new Christmas items will be out this year, so I am excited to see what is new and different.

 

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Aqua Mirabilies Body Butter (RRP: $13.95)

Ok so not a Christmas item, but I tried this out in store and loved how smooth my skin felt. I bought one as a gift and one for myself.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

 

I hope you enjoyed this post and I will review items soon. Let me know if there is anything particular you want me to review or have tried yourself.

 

Xx.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lush Vanishing Cream Moisturiser Review

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Hello Lovelies 🙂

Today I am reviewing one of Lush’s many moisturizer’s Vanishing Cream ($39.95). To be honest I didn’t even know Lush even had a skin care range until the start of this year. This was one of my first purchases, along with Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser, from Lush.  I’m not even sure why I picked it out over every thing else, but am I glad I did!!

“A low-fat lavender moisturizer that disappears into the skin, leaving nothing behind except beautifully soft skin. Wonderful on oily skin or T-Zones, this is our best selling moisturiser.” – Lush

I bought this in late January (that’s summer for me!) and it was HOT. However this moisturiser is so lovely and light weight, it didn’t melt off my face the second I put it on. It also didn’t feel too heavy either. Nice and light. It has lavender and rose water in it and is based on an old medieval remedy. It has a faint lavender smell, but it is very subtle. Nothing grandma like here!

When I first bought this, I didn’t think it would last very long, as the package size is 45g. However a little goes a long way! I only finished this up last month and I used it everyday. Morning and night. It didn’t make my skin oily and it actually felt like it helped my skin out. Using this along side the Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser, my skin was practically glowing!  It just looked healthy and clear.  I still got small spots occasionally, but smaller and they cleared up quickly. This probably had more to do with the cleanser, but it’s nice to know that your moisturiser isn’t working against you.

I love this product. It’s one of my favourite Lush products and if you haven’t tried Lush before, it’s a pretty good place to start. The only thing I will say is that if you have very dry skin, this might not be heavy enough for you. It would suit combination to oily skin types.

Anyway that’s all from me today. Hope you enjoyed 🙂

 

Xx.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lush I Love Juicy Shampoo Review

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Hello Lovelies 🙂

I actually got this as a sample first and I was quite impressed with it. I have tried a few Lush Shampoos and the only other I liked was Cynthia Sylvia Stout. Not that the others were bad products, it was more that the scent was too over powering for me.

“Enough raw energy to power a small city” – Lush

I Love Juicy is a very cleansing shampoo. It has pineapple, mango, kiwi and papaya in it. I tend to have more oily hair so for me this was really good. I felt I could go longer between washes than I can with other shampoos. It smells kind of pineapple/tropically but it isn’t an overpowering scent to me. It is much cleaner than say Godiva or the 50% Honey one. However if your hair leans more towards being dry, then I would probably pass on this one.

It foams up nicely, like a normal shampoo, but I find if a add just a little water after I have added it to my hair it foams up much better as well. My hair definitely feels nice and clean after I use it without feeling dry.

Having said that I would probably still alternate with the Cynthia Sylvia Stout. Mostly because I just love the smell of Cynthia Sylvia Stout and I Love Juicy is, like I said, much more cleansing so I probably don’t need to use it every time I wash my hair.

This is a repurchase product for me. I really liked how my hair felt and how it stayed clean longer. I also like the fact that Lush’s products are handmade and natural. I feel that type of product is just better for me hair all round.

Hope you are having an amazing day 🙂

 

Xx.

 

 

 

 

Luxe VS Less : In Shower Body Conditoners.

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Hello Lovelies 🙂

I’m sorry I have been a bit less frequent in my posting lately. I’ve been settling in to my new job and haven’t been able to post as much as I would like. I am getting back on track though and I’ll be scheduling posts (as soon as I get the hang of it!) to keep them more frequent.

This post is the first in (hopefully) a new series of posts I want to do. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a huge beauty budget and I often wonder whether it is worth paying more for a product if a there is a cheaper alternative. So here I will be looking at similar products at different price points and seeing which has the most bang for your buck. Let me know if you like it and want me to keep doing them 🙂

I am going to start with th In Shower Body Conditioners. There does only seem to be two on the market (that I am aware of) Nivea’s In Shower Smooth Lotion and Lush’s Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner. 

I really like the idea of these in-shower products. I know that on work days I am always in a rush so moisturizing in the shower is a great time saver. I also like using them in winter with my body lotion as my skin gets quite dry. Not every day, but just when I feel my skin needs a bit of extra love.

LESS/Budget: 

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Last time I bought this I thought it was ok, but I didn’t repurchase it (not sure I even used up the whole thing…) and I couldn’t remember why. In the meantime I had purchased the Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner from Lush after hearing rave reviews about it on YouTube. So I thought it would be good to try it again and see how it compared to Lush’s product.

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Left: Ro’s Argan Body Condition.
Right Nivea In-Shower Skin Conditioner

It has a thicker consistency, than the Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner and has that typical “Nivea” scent to it. Which I like, it smells fresh and clean to me. Maybe because it is a cheaper product and I wasn’t so worried about wasting it, but I felt like I had to use a lot more product than with the Lush version. Nivea’s In-Shower Body Conditioner feels very much like a conditioner. Like I could just use my actual hair conditioner instead and it would feel much the same.

After I washed it off my skin did feel smooth. Although once I was out of the shower it felt a bit residue for a little. Not exactly nice. I felt like I had to wait for it to dry/soak in before I could get dress.

This isn’t a terrible product and if you’re on a tight budget it’s fine. For me it is just an ok product.

 

 LUXE:

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Ro’s Argan Body Condition by Lush (RRP: $32.50/225g)

I think you all know by now how much I like anything rose scented and this does smell AMAZING. It has the same scent as the Rose Jam products from Lush. If you don’t like rose products you won’t want to get near this as the smell fills your entire bathroom. Which I love. Use it with the Godiva Solid Shampoo or Flying Fox Shower Gel to really get your bathroom smelling like flowers!

The consistency is thinner than the Nivea and little goes a long way. I made the mistake of using it like the Nivea one the first time I used it and hated it! So only use a very little bit and it feels much more luxurious that way too. It doesn’t feel as nice as Nivea when you wash it off. It has a balm like feel while skin is still wet and you can see the water beading on it. I didn’t like this feeling and it nearly put me off the product completely! Why doesn’t my skin feel instantly smooth? I thought.

However, when you step out of the shower and towel off skin feels lovely and smooth. No residue either which was much nicer than the Nivea Body Conditioner. Leaves your skin smelling amazing as well. I also noticed that after using it a few days in a row, I felt my skin really improved overall.

It does feel like a treat to use this product. The feel of it is really nice and it just smells wonderful.

 

To be honest, I really thought that the Nivea In- Shower Skin Conditioner would be the winner of the two products. Now after comparing it to Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner, I remember why I didn’t repurchase it the first time round. Like a cheap conditioner, it feels nice while you are in the shower, but it just doesn’t stay that way when you get out.

In this case, I would save up my money and buy the Luxe product : Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner.  I could really tell the difference in the quality of Lush’s Body Conditioner compared to Nivea’s version. I felt overall the Lush version  did much more for my skin. As well as the amazing scent. I would definitely repurchase this product.

 

Well there you are. My first Luxe VS Less post. I hope you enjoyed it 🙂 Let me know what you thought or any products that you would like to see me compare in the comments box below. Have an amazing day!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Disclaimer* Although I am a big Lush fan, I am not paid to promote their products in any way. All products were purchased with my own money. This is my honest review of these products and all my own opinion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Relaxing Facial At Home

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Hello Lovelies!

I don’t know about you, but I love a good pamper session. My skin feels so nice and doing facials regularly keeps my skin in great condition. So today I thought I would share with you my at home facial routine.

First step is to take off any make up etc. I use Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, because it is really gentle, but I don’t feel like I have cleansed my skin too much. If that makes sense. You could use a cleansing oil or whatever you prefer instead.  If my skin is feeling really yuck, I will exfoliate with the Ocean Salt Scrub ($34.95/250g) from Lush.

Next I use a Toner Tab from Lush.

Top Left: Dream Stem Tab  Bottom Left: Tea Tree Toner Tab.

Top Left: Dream Steam Tab
Bottom Left: Tea Tree Toner Tab.

I love using these as it makes my facial feel just that bit more indulgent. I usually boil the kettle, let it sit a minute and then pour into a bowl. Add the steamer tab and place your face over the bowl and cover you head with a towel. Relax and let the steam do it’s work! Doing this first is a really good way to open up your pours which allows more of the good stuff to soak in.

The Dream Steam Tab ($2.50ea) is my favourite. It contains tea tree oil which acts as an anti-bacterial for your skin  as well as lavender, chamomile and rose absolute to calm redness. The Tea Tree Tab ($2.50ea) is for oilier skin types. You can also use the left over water as a toner. Keep it in the fridge and it should last a week or so.

Full of Grace.

Full of Grace.

I like to use a facial serum underneath my mask for just a little extra something. My serum of choice is Full of Grace (14.95/20g)  from Lush. Feel free to use your favourite though. I like to give my face a little massage too after I have applied it. So nice.

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Then I apply a good quality face mask. I love Lush’s Fresh Face Masks ($16.95/75g). My favourites so far are the Cosmetic Warrior and Catastrophe Cosmetic. Both are fantastic for when my skin is breaking out, generally feeling yuck and needs a lift. I also like The Body Shop Honey & Oat 3-in-1 Scrub ($27.95) which gently exfoliates the skin as you scrub it off.

Then I veg out for the 5-10mins it takes for my mask to do it’s magic. A good mag or book to read and if I’m feeling super indulgent a glass of bubbly.

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After washing off the mask follow with your favourite toner and moisturizer. Mine are both from Lush I’ll admit! I like the Eau Roma Water Toner ($19.95/250g, $9.95/100g) and Vanishing Cream Moisturizer ($39.99/45g). I also really like Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel ($29.00/50ml) which is lovely and light in texture. 

 

The beauty of doing it at home is that you can make the whole thing as quick or as long and indulgent as you like. If I don’t have heaps of time and my skin just needs a pick me up then I will of course skip a few steps. The products can also be as budget or luxe as you like as well.

Nothing beats a little bit of “me” time! How about you? Any tips or tricks that you use for some at home pampering?

Hope you are all having an amazing day 🙂

Xx.