Bath/Shower

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Lush: Lover Lamp

Valentine’s Day is coming soon! You know, the celebration where we remember the cute, half-naked baby who flew around stabbing people with a bow and arrow, making them fall in love? Yeah, that’s the one! #Cupid

LUSH celebrates this occasion a lot less painfully though – by enabling you to soak in a bath filled with soothing natural ingredients that aim to let you forget Cupid’s puncture actions for one day/night at least. I mean, with Lover Lamp in your bath, you’ll even be sure to forget all of your past relationships!

However your V Day pans out, you can rely on this amorous organic cocoa butter embrace to melt your heart and soften your skin. As vanilla absolute and Brazilian orange oil sweet nothings are whispered into your bathwater, cocoa butter hearts unfurl to envelop you in a romantic rendezvous – cleansing climax guaranteed.

Although Lush’s Lover Lamp isn’t the brightest bath melt to come out of the franchise, it’s definitely one of the most fragrant. It smells like Vanilla, Orange and Cocoa Butter (if they ever were to meet, mate, and conceive/reproduce).

What I love most about this bath sphere is the melting red jelly love hearts that melt away from the powder-salts and are released into the water as it dissolves. Stunning stuff!

Apparently, if you catch some and rub them on your skin, they’ll emit a chocolate orange-type scent! Oh and these hearts are packed with cocoa butter so, if you want to get hydrated, rub them on your body like Ed Sheeran would while serenading you with ‘Shape of You’… #TUNE #HaventGotOverIt #WontHaveGottenOverItCome2018

Sadly, when the fizzy sphere is no more, nothing changes in the water (colour-wise), but I heard there are three EDIBLE hearts that come up to the surface and float, ready for you to eat them… Before you ask, I didn’t even try this because I am not one to eat Love Hearts soaked in my own bath water. What do you take me for?!

I don’t know if you know this, but just ’cause I take Snapchat selfies, that doesn’t make me an animal!

Lastly before lastly, Lover Lamp surprised me because the powdery, vanilla-y, cocoa buttery smell stayed all BATH LONG… ALL BATH! #ALittleBitOfLionelRichieNeverHurtNobody

Finally (until I publish another post which will probably be dropped in the next 30 mins), it’s a LOVE-ly bath sphere to use around the time of Valentine’s Day. See what I did there? Ha! Yeah, okay. Nothing to see here… Bye! #PunIntended

Love and light,

Miamii

xxx

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LUSH: Over & Over, I cannot confirm nor deny that these are all at my house… 😜

I’m a very citrussy person. I love anything citrussy, which probably explains why my last name is Mansour (pronounced “Man-soor” but spelt like ManSOUR).

When I realised Lush had a limited-edition citrus bath bomb called ‘Over & Over‘ (which features my second and third favourite colours: Orange and Yellow), I had to buy it!

Launch this one into your bath to fall head over heels with its vivid, swirling ways. This energizing bomb with a creamy cocoa butter coating rocks and rolls around the tub, leaving behind a vibrant trail of pink, orange and gold colored streams. Lime and fennel wake up your senses, making this the perfect beginning to a big night out (or in!).

I actually bought it around Christmas time and forgot to post about it because I’ve been busy. It’s just when I popped into Lush just now (on lunch at the time of writing this) and picked another up that I remembered that I meant to write a post about it.

I just thought I’d post it now because I’m away this weekend, which means I won’t be blogging… Also, I’ve got a major toothache and have had it for over three days! 😭 So, writing this will cheer me up…

I love the smell of it, the feel of it, the colours of it, the energy of it – everything (LUSH’s ‘Over & Over’ btw, NOT MY TOOTHACHE)! 😩

When it first starts fizzing in the bath, it melts orange and yellow but then deep inside it lays some hot pink salts. It’s absolutely stunning! 😍 I wasn’t expecting it. It just looks unreal!

Over and Over is made up of Fair Trade Cocoa Butter and Lemon Oil (with an infusion of lime and fennel). It’s very awakening to the senses but soothing to the skin. Not sure that makes sense, but just, don’t leave me… Please? 😂

It’s LUSH like its maker. Boom. Done. That’s all that you need to know until you try it.

Then?  Well, then can tell ‘Mii! 💋

Miamii

xxx

P.S. For added effect, you can listen to Nelly’s Over & Over feat. Tim McGraw (while in the bath). Life’s too short for anything else… #YOLO!

I’ll see y’all on Monday. Have a great weekend, people. 😘❤

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LUSH Cosmetics don’t just sell bath bombes, you know… They also sell hair care, skincare, make-up, perfume, bubble and massage bars too…

During my lunch break, I headed to my nearest LUSH to try one their massage bars. I was greeted by a lovely Lushie who demoed the Each Peach massage bar on my hand. She rubbed the bar into my skin until it began to melt, explaining all about the ingredients that go into it… She then began massaging the essential oils into my skin – topping it off with a dusting powder.

Although I love the citrussy smell of it and enjoyed how soft it made my skin feel, I opted to purchase the Peace bar instead because I fell in love with the cause… I also knew that my mum would love it because ‘Peace’ is her middle name…

A culmination of the most peaceful ingredients we can find, Peace massage bar is the perfect recipe to settle your soul. We’ve used our new aeration technique to blend Fair Trade organic cocoa butter from the Peace Community in Colombia with Fair Trade olive oil, creating a light, smooth and luxurious massage on the skin. That lovely lavender-chamomile aroma? It’s a combination of four fragrances from our signature Synesthesia massage at our LUSH Spas: Acceptance, Forgiveness, Calm and Content; traits we could all benefit more from. Go on, give Peace a chance.

Okay, so the Peace Bar is a peaceful smelling massage bar that evokes relaxation within you as soon as it absorbs into the skin. Packed with only the best Fair Trade Columbian Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter and Fair Trade Olive Oil, this massage bar is sure to send you to sleep at first contact.

Apparently, the majority of the proceeds of Peace go to the Columbian Peace Community who continue to fight for peace in Columbia.

This supports the self-sustaining farmers who are peacefully protesting the civil unrest in their country.

So, once I finished work, I went home to test out the massage bar on my first client – my mum. I copied the Lushie’s every move to make sure my mum had the best hand and foot massage ever. Like I predicted, she loved the smell, the name, and what it stands for. She also fell asleep mid-massage.

Who knew I gave such good massages?!

Although I am more than happy with the LUSH collection that I already own, I can’t help but want more… It’s like I’m addicted to the brand and its products. Here are some of the stuff which LUSH sells but I need!

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Coalface

A gentle soap made with antiseptic rosewood, sandalwood, and absorbent charcoal that can be used on the face and body. Sandalwood oil gives this soap a distinctive earthy fragrance. Charcoal is known for its absorbency, while liquorice root softens the skin and rosewood oil has antiseptic properties. It’s gentle enough for your face, but you can use it all over your body. Simply use as a soap and wash the day off.

This soap is targeted at people who suffer from acne-related breakouts. It’s ideal for those who wish to change from using normal liquid cleansers as it comes in the form of a soap.

However, don’t be alarmed because this isn’t going to dry your skin out like normal soaps do… In fact, this is a hydrating, preservative-free facial cleanser that works to balance out the oils, making it perfect for combination to oily skin.

Powdered charcoal absorbs excess sebum and acts as a mild exfoliator, while rosewood and sandalwood oils reduce redness and clear up blemishes. Use Coalface daily for clear, balanced skin.

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Grease Lightning

Grease Lightning is a powerful combination of ingredients that will nip any breakouts in the bud without upsetting the skin around them. We use an infusion of antibacterial and antiseptic rosemary, thyme and tea tree, as well as antioxidant-rich grape juice and witch hazel, which is astringent and anti-inflammatory and is said to soothe redness. This product is ideally applied when you feel a spot is about to erupt – prevention is better than cure.

Grease is one of my favourite films of all time, and Grease Lightning is a title of one of the songs in the movie… So, imagine my delight when I heard that LUSH has a product called exactly that?! Okay, I understand that Grease Lightning isn’t the best name for a skincare product but LUSH are very creative with names!

To my surprise, Grease Lightning has nothing to do with oiliness. Instead, Grease Lightning is a spot treatment that acts as a prevention mechanism from breakouts.

Apparently, the best way to use this product is after cleansing and toning… Just dab a bit of this gel on-top of the spot and leave it to soak in. Once soaked in, you’ll notice that the redness will begin to fade. Many reviewers have praised this product for helping to get rid of the spots and not leaving marks where they used to be.

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The Sacred Truth

Revive your complexion with ginseng and ginkgo leaf to boost blood circulation, whilst honey, yoghurt and free range eggs leave skin soft and moisturised. Wheatgrass is full of nutrients to feed your skin, whilst the enzymes in fresh papaya will strip away dead skin, helping to give you a gorgeous glow. Smoothe a generous layer of this mask onto your face and leave for 10 to 15 minutes and let the ingredients get to work before washing off gently with warm water.

I’m going to be straight with you and say that most face masks don’t work on me… I’ve tried many that seem to do nothing but break me out even more! In fact, I’d even go as far as to that I 100% believe that I developed acne through the use of a face-mask. Having said that, I trust LUSH to break the curse and prove to me that not all masks are bad for my skin.

The Sacred Truth is one that I’ve heard a lot about… Apparently, it’s an anti-aging face mask that helps to soothe, hydrate, and enhance the complexion as well as brighten skin restoring its youthfulness.

Ingredients: HoneyGlycerineKaolinTalcFresh PapayaSoya yoghurtBentonite GelOrganic Evening Primrose OilLanolinFair Trade Shea ButterExtra Virgin Coconut OilFresh Organic Free Range EggsYlang Ylang OilRose AbsoluteLavender OilRosewood OilFresh WheatgrassOrganic Ginseng Root Powder, Green Tea Powder, Ginkgo Leaf Powder, Bee Pollen*Benzyl Benzoate*Citronellol*Farnesol*Geraniol*Limonene*Linalool and Perfume.

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Cosmetic Warrior 

A gentle and balancing fresh face mask with antibacterial tea tree and fresh garlic working together to cleanse. Fresh green grapes clean and cool the skin, whilst free range eggs tighten its texture and antimicrobial honey leaves it soft and moisturised. Smooth a generous layer of this mask onto your face and leave for 10 to 15 minutes.

If you’ve got acne-prone and/or sensitive skin you should definitely consider buying this product.

Cosmetic Warrior is the only mask which promises to “combat troublesome spots, cleanses and cools the skin” but delivers [as fas as all the reviews which I’ve read are concerned].

Apparently, it clears out your pores and draws everything to the surface. So, don’t use it on the night before a special occasion incase you wake up to find breakouts that’d been trapped under your skin.

However, be prepared to stink while wearing it because it’s packed with garlic and free-range eggs. Other ingredients include: KaolinFresh Green GrapesHoneyCornstarchGlycerineTea Tree Oil*Limonene and Perfume.

If you do go ahead and purchase this, make sure you use it in 3 weeks because that’s when the ingredients will go ‘off’…

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Fresh Farmacy

Every ingredient is carefully selected for its gentleness on the skin, with chamomile, elderflower, calamine and lavender; this is nature at its kindest. In order to make this soap gentle enough to use on your face as well as your body, we took out some of the soap base and replaced it with beautiful essential oils: chamomile blue oil is soothing on the skin; lavender oil calms the mind; tea tree oil is a mild antiseptic and rose absolute is good for restoring balance to the skin.

Here’s another facial-soap that I’m eyeing up… This one is the one you should turn to when Coal Face has done its job… Once all your spots have gone, it’s a good idea to give Fresh Farmacy a go!

Fresh Farmacy is a calming soap-cleanser that cleans, refreshes and calms your skin down preventing further breakouts. It’s creamy on the skin, produces a nice lather, but not overwhelming.

This cleanser features Calamine PowderPropylene GlycolChamomile DecoctionElderflower DecoctionRapeseed Oil and Coconut OilGlycerineSorbitolSodium Lauryl SulfateSodium StearateWater (Aqua)Lavender OilChamomile Blue OilTea Tree OilRose AbsoluteSodium ChlorideEDTATetrasodium EtidronateSodium Hydroxide*Limonene*Linalool and Perfume.

It’s not just skincare stuff that I’ve got my eye on… Oh, no! I’ve also got my eye on almost all of their bath and lip products. But, it’ll take me forever to write them down. Here are a few from my selection:

Yes, these are all exclusive to LUSH as part of their Valentine’s Day collection, so get yours while you still can!