beauty, Skincare

Lush Showcase – Skincare Favorites

It goes without saying that the Lush Showcase is magical, it’s filled with innovation and things to make you think.

After listening to lots of people talking about reducing consumption and packaging, I was beyond excited when I seen naked cleansers.  Some vintage ones like Baby Face and Sweet Japanese girl and lots of new ones including Tea Totaler and Sleepy Face.

As my bag was AWOL and I only had a sample of Ultrabland to use, I was very excited to give the Sleepy Face a go straight away.

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The perfect bedtime cleanser to help you get your skin ready to drift off to sleep.  Honestly, this stuff is like a massage bar and melts with body heat so easily.  It glided onto my face and after I massaged it in, I removed it with a warm face cloth.  There aren’t many things that have made my skin feel as soft and hydrated as this product did.

I adored the mild scent from it and there was zero tightness on my skin after using it.  I can imagine this cleanser will only last me a month or 2 if using morning and night every day as its a little on the small side so I am gutted I didn’t stash up and buy a few more.  Hopefully I will get the opportunity to grab it again in the not so distant future because I would love to see this range make its way into stores.

 

Next we have Sweet Japanese Girl and Baby Face.  These guys are retro favorites that work in a similar way to the Sleepy Face.  Melt onto the skin, massage in and remove with a warm damp cloth.  For a little bit more than a basic cleanse, Sweet Japanese girl contains ground almond and aduki beans to gently exfoliate the skin while cleansing. These exfoliators also give it a slightly nutty fragrance.

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Tea Totaler is the same mini size as Sleepy Face but this one is designed for anyone with congested skin or breakouts.  You can smell it’s antiseptic properties right away.  It contains tea tree and witch hazel to help kill bacteria and reduce any selling.  I gave this a go tonight as I have a few breakouts on my jaw line that desperately need the TLC this product will give to nip them in the bud.

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Were you at the Lush Showcase? What exclusives did you come home with? and if you weren’t there, are there any of the exclusives I bought that you wish you could try?  Because a little birdy told me these boyos will be on the Lush Labs on Saturday… I might have to take a look myself to grab a few more of these to keep me going.

Emmy x

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beauty, Day Trips

Lush Showcase | September 2018

It’s that time of year again when Lush have their showcase to launch Christmas and show off some new products.  I was fortunate enough to attend this year to see some of the goodies that will hopefully be on their way to stores soon!  I warn you now, this blog is picture heavy and that’s in spite of me trying to curb the content.

You might also want to check my blog on my Favorite Showcase Skincare purchases here

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The place was covered in bean bags and funky seating areas to relax in and the ever quirky fun activities to take part in.  The fun house had slides and bath bomb roller coasters which sent the bath bombs flying down into big perspex cubes of water.

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One of my favorite spaces was the Lush moods room.  Every hour this room would be themed on a different treatment to set your mood.  It also had a stage with rain falling down for people to walk under – nutters like me who just wanted their photo taken regardless of how wet you got!

There was a giant queue for the shop with some people queuing for up to 4 hours just to get in and then another hour or more to pay.  The shop did however have lots of things to see and do other than shop.

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Gifts dotted around everywhere – for people to buy but also to give staff ideas on how to merch them back in their shop.  I managed to get my hands on the largest of the Lush Christmas gifts – Wow and plonked myself on Santas chair for this photo.

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But what about the new stuff Emmy?  Well, Lush are opening a magical new bath bomb only shop in Paris later this year and these magical Fresh Bath Bombs will be in it!

You have indeed seen the price correctly.  These larger than average bath bombs are £18!  Designed to be used for 2 baths they have a hollow in the centre which the buyer can select fresh flowers and plants to fill it with.

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The sales assistant will cut the flowers fresh in front of you and then hand tie the bomb with some brown string.  It’s rather beautiful really.  I can imagine this would be an amazing gift for somebody to bring back from Paris for a loved one and I would LOVE these to be in the UK and Ireland stores for Valentines week 2019.  How magical would that be?

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My friend Darren in the photos actually bought this one for himself as a rather indulgent treat.  I fully expect him to be telling us about it after he has used it later in the week.

I loved that they were encouraging people to buy packaging free products and most of the products available were free of packaging.

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Lush always weave their ethics and values into their events and this event was no exception.  We were over the moon to be able to take part in gift wrapping while in the shop and this year the staff wrapped gifts will be donated to 6 different charities around Manchester.

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Apparently the gifts team wrap a gift in 10 seconds!  I’m not sure Darren and I were that fast but we did add our gifts to the pile and I hope whoever receives them enjoys them immensely.

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Now, would you believe me if I said I actually forgot to take photos of all the products that were new or returning exclusives?!  Because I totally got so wrapped up on doing story mode for Instagram doh!  But here are a few Ive pulled off Insta to show you!

Six exclusive bath bombs, each only available for one hour and limited to one per person (with the exception of Goddess which was also available in the shop though was still in the exclusive area).  They had timers next to them telling you when you could come and get them.

There were a range of new mouth care products available including these new Toothy Tabs – Sleepy and Tooth Fairy.

I can take or leave bath products but I think we all know my weak spot is skincare!  I came home with 4 new cleansers.  Well, I say new, Babyface and Sweet Japanese Girl are vintage Lush but I had never tried them and they are exclusives in that sense as you can’t pick them up very often.

These body masks smelt amazing!  Mud was just like chocolate and if I had endless money I think I would have bought these too.

The last thing I will show you today are these beautiful black pot style coffee cups.  For £6.95 they are very reasonably priced and if you ever damage it you can return it as part of the black pot scheme.  So cute, if I drank coffee I would have been all over this.

In fact, talking of coffee and drinks – Lush actually requested NOBODY bring plastic bottles or disposable drinks cups into the showcase.  They had real cups-a-plenty for everyone to get something to drink and loads of water stations to fill up our flasks.

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There were so many more things I could include – loads of talks, live music, the worlds smallest (silent) disco with Santa, hot air balloons and hair appointments etc but it is safe to say I had a magical time and I would hands down say if you get the chance to attend next year then grab that ticket with both hands and go!

Watch out for another blog or two on reviews of what I bought and a wonderful book I was gifted too.  If you went, I’d love to know how you found it and what your favorite bits were.

You can also check out how I found the 2017 Showcase here

Emmy x

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beauty, Uncategorized

Beauty | How to go cruelty free in 2018

Going cruelty free can be a challenge.  It’s tricky to know what products you can use and what you want to avoid when you first start out on your journey to change your beauty products over.  And if I am honest, companies don’t make it easy on us.  Lots of brands will happily tell you they are cruelty free when the reality is they are not.  Others will fob you off and tell you that they comply with EU guidelines and animal testing is illegal in Europe (Which it certainly is) but that doesn’t mean the products haven’t been tested.

So here is my advice on what are you looking out for when it comes to keeping your beauty routine cruelty free.

Check for the Leaping Bunny logo

You will see a lot of bunnies on your journey to cruelty free but not all are equal.  Some brands will pop a bunny on their packaging and state the product is cruelty free.  These bunnies are worthless.  You need to be looking out for the official Leaping Bunny image, this is the only logo to assure a product is 100% cruelty free.  You will still find cruelty free brands that do not pay for the Leaping Bunny (such as Lush) but it sure is a good start to help you on your journey.

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Vegan and Cruelty Free are not the same

If a product is listed as vegan, this does not mean it is cruelty free.  Companies such as Loreal have now started to offer “vegan” beauty products.  Sadly this no more makes them cruelty free than the moon is made of cheese.

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If a product is sold in China, then it is not cruelty free

It can be difficult to tell sometimes if a company sell in China, however if you can be sure they retail there, then you can be sure their products are tested on animals.  Sadly the Chinese government require products to be tested on animals by law before they can be sold in the country.  No matter how much care and attention a company has paid to its production of products, their efforts are undone the second they enter the Chinese market.

However do not confuse this for products made in China.  Products can be made in China and do not require any animal testing so long as they are not sold in the country.

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Google is your friend

We are blessed to be able to use our phones and laptops to check if products we wish to purchase are cruelty free.  There are so many wonderful resources out there to help you such as Logical Harmony, Ethical Elephant, Cruelty Free Kitty and Peta who all have their own lists for what brands are cruelty free.

Remember…

You are on a journey and not every choice you make will be correct but it is important to forgive yourself for any mistakes.  It isn’t your fault, if only it was easier for you to know which products fit in line with your ethics.  You have made a choice to commit to small changes to your beauty routine and that is wonderful.  My advice is if in doubt, double check and if you need a quick replacement for an old product but have no time to research then stick to safe brands that you know you can walk into a pick cruelty free products with ease from such as Lush, Marks and Spencer own brand, Superdrug own brand and Aldi own brand.

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This is actually my store where you will find me in most days of the week.  A 100% cruelty free business I am proud to work for.

 

 

beauty, Skincare

Beauty Review | July Lush Haul

I don’t tend to go nuts buying as much in Lush as others.  I loved the store before I worked there for it’s skincare range and I still tend to love skincare products the most and so only buy a few bath products a month for myself and the kids.

DSC_0737.JPGLast week the new Paint Brushes launched and I knew my kids would love them.  These bad boys are reuseable wands to do around 5 bubble baths BUT and it’s a big but for a reason, you can PAINT the bubbles with them!  Come on now, what kid wouldn’t love to be able to paint pictures in their own bubble bath?  I picked up the pink and blue ones which smell of Snow Fairy (bubblegum) and mint.

Butterball is such an under appreciated product.  It smells beautiful, like baby powder and it leaves your skin silky soft.  I always love bubbles with a Butterball so I grabbed one to pop in my bath along with a Creamy Candy I have at home already.

Next on my pamper list was Catastrophe Cosmetic.  This is one of the Fresh Masks from Lush and it is hands down my favorite.  It absorbs excess oil with the calamine powder, softens with the Irish moss seaweed and those blueberries are packed with anti-oxidants to help fight the signs of ageing.

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We had an in-store product making session going on too where customers could make their own jasmine scented Sex Bomb.  I made a cheeky bath bomb too as there was some kit left over at the end of the session.  Those compounders in the Lush factory do a far superior job to my effort but it’s always fun to make products in store (in fact, did you know Lush do birthday parties too and you can arrange to make your own products during the party?).

I had also purchased a Gorgeous moisturiser which I forgot to photograph before gifting to my mum as a thank you for taking the kids overnight.  Gorgeous is a bit of an ouch price for a lot of people but it’s my mums favorite so I daren’t deviate and always get her it when she needs it.

Super pleased with all the bits I got today and I know they will all be used and loved.

Do you have any favorite Lush products?  Which ones do you use the most often?

Emmy x

Seasonal Beauty

Lush Fathers Day Products 2018 Review

It’s that time of year again when the sun starts to peep out and we all get our thinking caps on for what to buy our dad or partners for Fathers Day.

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Lush have a whole range of products coming out on Friday 11th May and if I’m honest I really do love a lot of this years choices.  It’s also worth noting the whole range is naked and so great choices for the environmentally conscious dad looking to avoid excess packaging.

If you have a fan of the Dirty fragrance in your house then you are in such good luck because not only do they have the naked shower gel in but also Dirty scented soap!

I was fortunate enough to get my hands on the Dirty naked shower gel at the September showcase in 2017.  I make no secret of the fact I love the naked shower gels!  To give you an idea of how long they last,I’m still using a Twilight one I bought on November 1st last year!  Okay it’s rather small now but I for sure will get another month out of it and I shower every other day.  I love the fact it saves plastic from landfill.

The soap can be used to make a face but only if you buy 3 bits.  While I know the smell is loved in my house I will not be buying 3 bits just for the sake of letting the kids make a face for 5 minutes.

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The Superdad bath bomb makes a return, sharing a beautiful sandalwood fragrance with anyone who comes into contact with it.  I love sandalwood, it’s a really comforting happy smell for me so I also love the smell of this little guy.

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The Modfather is also back.  I’m not a lover of citrus smells and don’t find the fragrance of this one great so it won’t be on my “to buy” list but worth a sniff if you enjoy a citrus fragrance.

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Fun For All The Family is the final offering for the Fathers day bath range.  Shaped like a Sheriff badge, this reusable bubble spinner will offer enough baths for all the family if dad will share.

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The solid beard oil “No Trouble” also smells amazing.  It’s made with softening jojoba oil and has a lovely woody fragrance that brings joy to my heart.  Good to keep beards in a soft and healthy condition while making them smell amazing.

You can of course still get your dad his favouites from the Lush all year round range as the store is 100% cruelty free and all products are clearly marked for what is vegan and vegetarian, sharing that cruelty free love 💕

beauty, Christmas

The best cruelty free advent calendars for 2017

I get it, it’s only October and you don’t want to think about Christmas yet BUT if you want one of the really good beauty advent calendars you generally need to get in there early to avoid disappointment because some of them are already selling out!

I have been browsing my favorite brands and here are my top suggestions for Cruelty Free Beauty advent calendars for 2017.

The Body Shop, £45-£99 (Vegetarian)

These guys have not one, not two but three options ranging from £45 – £99 depending on the budget you want to stick to.  The great thing with these ones is you get more product value than you pay for the calendar.  There are however none suitable for vegans which is a real shame when they had 3 boxes to play with.


 

Lush, £67.50 (Vegan)

Lush gift boxes are always beautiful at Christmas and this year is no exception.  The 2017 range again includes the 12 days of Christmas which is as aesthetically pleasing as always and vegan friendly.  At £67.50 it does work out more than buying the products individually but if like me you love the boxes and reuse them then it’s a winner!

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Sleek, £35 (Vegetarian)

This one looks like it has already sold out Boots.com but may still be available in your store if you are lucky.  It is also part of their popular Christmas 3 for 2 mix and match. Packed with loads of beautiful cosmetics it’s a sure fire winner for anyone who loves makeup treats and also contains some exclusive items!

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NYX, £50 (Vegetarian)

Lip lovers rejoice, this advent calendar by NYX is for you.  24 lipsticks to see you through the Christmas season and more with a variety of colours and textures to suit everyone.

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Soap and Glory, £40 (not vegetarian or vegan)

Also taking part in the Boots 3 for 2 offer is the Soap and Glory “it’s a calendar, girls” which is filled with sweet smelling delights.  All items are minis and perfect for anyone who likes to try smaller sizes of new products or for putting into your travel bag.

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Revolution, £50 – currently on offer for £30 in Superdrug (Unsure)

Perfect selection of makeup for a beauty enthusiast with this calendar containing a range of products for the face, eyes and lips.  If you love your hilighters then I also feel this will be a winner for you.

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Revolution, £120 currently on offer for £70 in Superdrug (Unsure)

Say what now? Revolution again? Well, yes.  They also have this fabulous Christmas Tree advent calendar available with a great range of makeup and brushes hidden in its boxes.

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Charlotte Tilbury, £150 (would be vegan if it weren’t for the lip colours)

Another 12 day option with beautiful high end products.  Note that they sometimes use carmine (yuck!) And i believe they use it in the lip colours.  Fine if you just want cruelty free, not so much for veggies and vegans.

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Superdrug Bloom, £24 but currently on offer for £12 (vegan)

12 days of new fragrances with this cute little offering from Superdrug.  Perfect if you aren’t looking any new makeup but enjoy trying new scents.

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Superdrug Studio London festive as beauty, £16 currently on offer for £8 (vegetarian)

If you don’t want to commit to a big spend on a cosmetics advent calendar then this is a great option with lots of fun cosmetics to try out.  It contains everything from eyeshadow quads to mascara and lip gloss.  I’d say It would also be perfect for a teenager starting to experiment with make-up.

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Bare Minerals box of wonders, £75 (shockingly neither vegetarian nor vegan!)

Amazing value for money as it contains £238 worth of product.  A 24 day calendar and a must for any Bare Minerals devotee.  It’s such a shame it includes Carmine or I think this would have been my first choice of advent calendar for 2017!

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Lush Creative Showcase 2017

To check out the 2018 Showcase review click here

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I’ve spent the last 2 days in London at the Lush Creative Showcase and it was even more magical than I had expected!

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The queue to get in was pretty massive at 9:05 when we arrived but the wait was worth it.

The usual Lush smell was there and everywhere you looked there were contraptions, bright colours and a giant slide?!  I mean who doesnt want to go down a slide to change floors!

To our right surrounded in a rainbow of beanbags was the stage we would later see Brian May and Jeremy Corbyn speak on.  To our left we could see skincare and product making and bath bombs… and did I mention the slide? (Yes, I am a big fan of the slide idea).

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There were some pretty special products including giant Golden Wonder bath bombs.  These are 6 times the size of a normal Golden Wonder and boy can you feel the weight when you lift them up.

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Naked products and reduction of packaging were a big part of this years showcase.  I will be forever amazed at the ways Lush reduce their packaging year after year, it’s a big part of why I love them.

This year’s inventions included the Naked shower gels, solid skin conditioners, solid body lotions, solid lip scrubs and solid lip balms.  Having tried the solid shower gel I have to say I am a convert, they don’t dry the skin out like soap sometimes can but you can drop them and the lid wont break like on a shower gel bottle and that’s a winner for me.  The shower conditioners and body lotions felt rather amazing too.  The jury is out on the lip scrubs and lip tints until I get to try them properly but they do seem to do what they say on the tin so to speak.

 

We got to spend some time exploring new inventions and stumbled upon them working on 3d printed soap and bath melts.  They had a stand showing a new programme I can’t wait for you all to try called Lush Concierge, a bit like Siri but for all things Lush.  We also got to see what it’s like to work in the factory by packing our own gifts which then went to Oxford Street to be sold on the Christmas Launch day.

 

So much information and I haven’t even mentioned the sparkle jars! This year we will have Twilight and Snow Fairy dusting powder in a solid massage bar styled like a trinket box.  Even Santa and his elves were enjoying the look of them.

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Upstairs we had a swag shop, a Christmas shop to buy the new products and bikes you could peddle to charge your phone – clever!

 

I could go on and include so much more that they had on show and activities people could take part in, I wont but what I will say is that you should for sure visit the Creative Showcase in 2018 if you can to experience the magic yourself and that Christmas 2017 is the best range I’ve seen yet.

I will close the post with photos of some of my favourite products coming into local stores on October 6th!  But for now you can shop for Christmas in Oxford Street and online at lush.co.uk