UncommonGoods.Com – an unusual gift givers delight!

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My favourite item on the site so far – this set of four Agate Coasters – beautiful!

For those organised people who are already thinking about this year’s Christmas gifts – if you are stuck for ideas or fancy something really different this year then I have got a brilliant website for you!

I start my Christmas shopping really early, not just because I have so many people to buy for, but because I am not one of those people who leaves it until the last minute and then hits the stores with a massive list and basically grabs whatever is left on the shelves! I like to give each present I buy some significant thought to ensure I am buying something the person will love and either use regularly or treasure forever!

As the years go on it is becoming harder and harder to find such unusual gifts for people. Trends change really quickly and as soon as someone has introduces a great idea, it is not long afterwards that the market becomes flooded with copycat ideas and everyone ends up with one of these latest gifts or gadgets under the tree.

This is where Uncommon Goods comes in!

The website is an American website but they make it incredibly easy to shop online from the UK. All prices are quoted in Pounds sterling and all the duties and taxes are calculated at the checkout – so you know exactly how much something is going to cost and aren’t left with any outstanding fees surprises when the item is delivered! Uncommon Goods also keep the international shipping rates as low as possible so you aren’t stung on delivery costs which, on some websites I’ve used, end up costing more than the item itself!

I’ve spent lots of time searching through this brilliant website – there are hundreds and hundreds of amazing gifts to choose from, it was really hard to whittle it down to just a few but here are some of my favourites from the following Uncommon Goods collections:

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I love this necklace which reads “do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and make a trail” because I first came across this quote on a plaque in Las Vegas at the New York New York hotel in 2009 – I loved it then and I’m so pleased I came across this!

Travel Stub Diary – ideal for storing tickets, maps, postcodes and any other memorabilia you’ve collected from those special places you’ve visited.

I LOVE snow globes – how beautiful is this cherry blossom snow globe?! My sister adores cherry blossom so she might find one of these hiding under the Christmas tree this year!

Bath salts are always a firm favourite – I love these Chakra bath salts in these bright cheerful colours!

How elegant is this wine tasting flight? Ideal for a girls night in to give guests the opportunity to sample different wines!

I’m not normally a fan of mugs but how cute are these little owl mugs?? I hosted a Harry Potter themed party recently – these would have been ideal for it!

Check out this amazing Elwood unicorn mug! There’s also a matching bowl! You can’t go too far wrong with anything unicorn themed as a present at the moment!

This woven wine tote with glasses is a great idea for picnics or even when just sitting in the garden – no more knocked or kicked over wine glasses when they are put safely back in this woven tote!

These cocoa butter truffles bathtub soaks look good enough to eat but you will have to settle with using them in a nice hot bath instead! Ideal for relaxing with during those cold winter months!

I love this set of three loofah scrubbers! The embedded loofah is made of dried gourd which is a natural skin polisher.

Perfect Christmas gifts for him

Check out this whiskey wedge! Simply make the “ice slope” from the mould to keep drinks cold but with minimal dilution.

This bottle loft is brilliant and definitely something hubby will be adding to the Christmas list! It looks really impressive and saves space too!

My father in law loves guitars and has built up quite a collection over the years so these coin guitar picks and guitar themed socks will probably end up in his stocking this Christmas!

Carrying on with the music theme – these two are great for music lovers! Check out the record clock and record bowls! There’s also a matching doormat if you’d prefer…

If you want to avoid having ice in your drinks altogether then these nautical whiskey stones are brilliant! Simply freeze them and add them to your drinks to keep them cool and prevent watered down drinks.

How unusual is this stone drinks dispenser?? I’ve never seen anything like it before! Probably why it appears on the UncommonGoods website though!

If food is more of a perfect gift for the man in your life, how about this brilliant beer jelly? It comes in a set of four preserves which are infused with craft beers!

Or these boozy Jonboy caramels? A set of three in absinthe, whiskey and fleur de sel flavours!

Perfect Christmas gifts for Mum

I was really looking forward to rifling through this section of the website because I love choosing special presents for my Mum!

I really love these birthstone wishing balls – each one comes with 52 slips of paper for you to write down your wishes, memories or accomplishments every week of the year! Coil them up and put them in the tiny hole near the base and they become a permanent part of the display! Stunning!

Continuing with the birthstone theme (this features a lot in my choices I’ve noticed!) is the birthstone jewellery dish – ideal for Mum’s dressing table!

I also love this Nordic tea light trough – really cosy looking and relaxing!

I love this molten sculptural bowl – probably more for myself than for someone else! The base is the root of a gamal tree and it can be used as anything from a vase to an unusual wine decanter. Absolutely beautiful and utterly striking.

I thought these wine cork candles were a brilliant idea! Really effective, they come in a pack of 12 to keep you going for a while.

How unusual is this real sugar maple leaf night light?? It is preserved in 24 karat antique gold so it retains its delicate shape and veins, and is stunning as an ornament in the day and a night light in the evening.

Sorry… birthstone related gifts again! But believe it or not these are SOAPS! Aren’t they great? They are all handmade and look just like gemstones, I would like one of each in my stocking please Santa!

My Mum loves her herb garden, and so these brass herb plant markers are a perfect present for her!

Or how about this slow brew iced tea maker?! A great idea if your Mum enjoys her iced teas whilst working in the garden!

 

If this hasn’t been enough to convince you, UncommonGoods also have a really admirable mission statement, and are working hard to make sustainability a key part of their business. They are constantly working to make UncommonGoods more environmentally friendly and more socially responsible.

Here are just some things UncommonGoods focus on as part of the everyday running of the business:

Handmade, Recycled and Organic Products –

“We’re committed to offering you a creative and exciting merchandise assortment and are working with our suppliers – from artists to small manufacturers – to make their products in a more socially and environmentally responsible manner. Since our founding, we’ve featured products that contain recycled components and have not sold products containing leather, feathers or fur – we’re committed to selling products that do no harm to people or animals.”

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

“We understand that by producing a catalog we use the earth’s resources. We try our best to minimize that impact by shifting more business online, limiting how many catalogs we mail, and printing our catalogs on either recycled paper (virtually all of which is from 30% post-consumer waste) or paper sourced from FSC certified forests (which are harvested in a sustainable manner).”

Better To Give

“Giving back is important to us and we want to share this passion with our customers. That’s why we created the Better to Give Program in 2001, which allows you to select a non-profit organization to receive a $1 donation from us at checkout. UncommonGoods has donated over $1,000,000 since we created this program.” Learn more about this here

B Corporation

“UncommonGoods is proud to be a founding member of B Corporation, an organization created to help customers understand the social and environmental impact of their purchases. The B seal means that a company has met the standards outlined in a comprehensive screening questionnaire, which evaluates a company on issues ranging from providing a living wage, to lessening their impact on the environment, to giving back to the community.”

So as  you can see, they are a wonderful company to purchase from!

Happy shopping – I’m sure you will find some truly amazing gifts for your loved ones from UncommonGoods! I would love to hear from you about your fantastic finds! Don’t forget to sign up to their website – secret sales are available to their email subscribers only!

Addicted to Lush Take Three!

Hello fellow Lush cosmetic fans!

The Lush cosmetics experiments and reviews continue! Here’s the latest batch of products I’ve been sampling over the last few weeks –

Sex Bomb Bath Bomb

This was the first bath bomb I ever tried from Lush – my friend bought me one for my birthday a few years back and I have been a fan of the Sex Bomb bath bomb ever since!

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This lovely bath bomb is a swirly combination of pink and purple, with a lovely pink rice paper rose in the top. It contains jasmine which helps ease stress and ylang ylang and clary sage. It also contains soya milk which has soothing and conditioning properties for the skin.

Not a very strong bath bomb, Sex Bomb is a slow and gentle dissolver which creates beautiful pink swirls and releases the rice paper flower which floats around the water. I love the smell of this bath bomb and would buy it again for the scent alone, although I don’t find it very moisturising when compared to some of the other bath bombs.

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A lovely relaxing and calming bath bomb – ideal for a cosy night in and one I would definitely buy again!

Avobath Bath Bomb

This lovely bomb has a very strong lemongrass-bergamot citrusy scent. It also contains rosewood oil, gardenia extract, real mashed up avocado and olive oil, meaning it’s fantastic for dry skin. If, like me, you hate covering yourself with oils and creams to moisturise, then this is the perfect bath bomb for you!

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The scent is lovely and uplifting and perfect for the summer months. The bath water changes to a pretty shade of green with tiny gold glitter flecks which shimmer on the surface. 
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This lovely little bomb leaves your skin feeling very refreshed and hydrated and I really loved the strong citrusy smell. Even better – it’s one of the best bath bombs you can get for moisturising!

Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub

The price of the Rub Rub Rub shower scrub (£8.95) did put me off buying it for a while, as it is only sold in 330 gram pots which I thought I would end up getting through in 2 showers!

It is a product which contains sea-salt (for exfoliating) and lemon juice (for cleansing). The fragrance is a combination of mimosa and orange flower absolute.

It leaves your skin feeling silky smooth and incredibly soft and has a surprising cooling effect on the skin. You can use it gently whilst in the shower or use it on dead or dry skin before you have a shower and then hop in the shower to wash it off.

Some people aren’t fans of the smell of Rub Rub Rub shower scrub and I do have to admit the smell is rather reminiscent of toilet cleaner, but isn’t off putting or horrible in any way! The smell certainly grows on you, and even if you aren’t a big fan, it is worth putting up with the unusual smell as it is a fantastic exfoliator! You can actually feel the lemon juice tingling on your skin (and sometimes stinging slightly if you leave it on for too long!) as you rub it in!

I was pleased to discover that the 330 gram pot lasts a surprisingly long time and I have so far slathered myself in the stuff for four or five uses and reckon I’ve still got another use left in the pot. I will definitely be buying more – one thing I will say is that I have found I have used it more when I’m in the bath rather than the shower – I like to apply it and leave it for a couple of minutes to work its magic before washing it off and it is far harder to do this whilst under running water in the shower as most of the product gets washed down the plughole!

French Kiss Bubble Bar

I really love lavender scented products so was really looking forward to using this!

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Ok so I have been trawling through Instagram far too much but what all the other “Lushie’s” do with bubble bars is cut them up and crumble them, store them in a small airtight container and then use them a little bit at a time. The bubble bars don’t look much when they are all crumbled up but you can easily get three or four bubble filled baths out of one bar! If you are feeling particularly indulgent, of course you can crumble the entire bubble bar under the running bath water!

The bath is very soon filled with mounds of lavender scented bubbles and the water becomes a lovely shade of purple.

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The bubble bar is made with lavender oil, a hint of rosemary, thyme, and coconut oil, however the smell is predominately lavender  – ideal for helping you to relax and get off to sleep after a long stressful day. A lovely bubble bar which I will be adding to my regular purchase list! Anything which helps me nod off after a hard day at work is very welcome at the moment!

Golden Egg Bath Bomb

This was part of Lush’s Easter range and I loved the look of it so I ordered a few online. Unfortunately when they arrived I unpacked the box of goodies and the glitter from these golden egg bath bombs was EVERYWHERE. I got them out of the box to put them away safely and again got glitter EVERYWHERE. After that I must admit I was put off using them as I had an image of the bath tub being absolutely covered in glitter and needing a good clean afterwards which I couldn’t be bothered to do!

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This bomb is unique in a way because it is part bath bomb, part bath melt. Underneath the top shell of thick golden glitter is another shell of cocoa butter with orange oil which melts away into a lovely yellow foam when it’s submerged in the bath water. Once the middle is exposed, a thick white foam is revealed which mixes with the yellow, resulting in golden yellow shimmery bath water.

Although not at all a fan of the over the top glitter this bath bomb contains – it does give off a lovely warming syrupy scent which is very long lasting. Lush do warn that because this is part bath melt, you may find your bath bomb sink to the bottom of the bath due to it’s weight, so don’t think you have a dud if yours does this!

I’m a big fan of the scent and how moisturising it is but not the design – the glitter really is just crazy! I was pleased however that the majority of the glitter did just disappear along with the bath water, with only a small amount of glitter left at the bottom of the bath tub which was easily washed away with just water – no hours of scrubbing the bath as I had expected after all!!

Experimenter Bath Bomb

The bomb I used for these pictures was actually an Easter special version of Experimenter, known as Eggsperimenter, and it is MASSIVE! Yay!

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It’s a lovely looking bath bomb – a bomb consisting of vivid blue, pink, purple, white and gold colours! One of its key ingredients is vetivert oil. Vetivert is a tall grass with long and thin leaves which is found growing in places such as India, Java and Tahiti. Vetivert oil is obtained from the dried, chopped roots and rootlets of the Vetiveria zizanoides plant and therefore provides a smoky earthy kind of scent in this bath bomb. To even out this strong scent, vanilla absolute and tonka also feature.

The Experimenter is a loud fizzer and provides an amazing visual display of colour – vivid blue, yellows, pinks and greens all swirl to form a beautiful blanket of colour in the bath water. There’s also popping candy thrown in for added effect!

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Once the bomb has dissolved, the bath water is left a slightly disappointing grey colour but, in hindsight, with such a variety of colours contained in the bomb – I can’t see what other colour the water could possibly end up! If you are after a fantastic firework display of a bath bomb then this is the one for you!!

Blue Fun Bar

Fun bars are a squidgy versatile product (like play-dough) which can be used as a bubble bar, shampoo, shower gel, soap and you can even shave with it!

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Fun Bars consists of several different colours and flavours – Blue (lavender scent), Pink (Vanilla and Sweets flavour), Purple (Blackcurrant/Blackberry smell), Green (Lemon and Lime flavour), Red (Mandarin and Orange flavour), Orange (Orange Flavour) and Yellow (Vanilla flavour).

It is recommended that you break a bit off the fun bar to use a bit at a time, and keep the remainder somewhere cool so it doesn’t “melt”. I must admit, I use mine just like a bubble bar – pull off a chunk and crumble it under running water and soon your bath is full of lovely bubbles, an amazing scent and beautifully coloured bath water.

The third Fun Bar I tried was the Blue one – I was very disappointed with the pink fun bar but really liked the scent of the purple one. This one, I am afraid to say, is akin to the pink one in that the scent of it is incredibly weak. It is supposed to smell of lavender but I really couldn’t detect this at all! Still, it filled the bath with lots of lovely fluffy bubbles so all was not completely lost! I’m afraid this is another fun bar I will be scrapping from the regular list….in fact, I am not overly fussed on any of the Fun Bars so far so don’t think I will be investing in any more. A good idea but just not my bag baby!

My next blog on Lush products will be at the end of the month where I will be reviewing the newly released “jelly” range! Looking forward to trying these out!

Popalicious Cake Pops!

Hello fellow Unicorn fans! Have I got the perfect blog for you!!

Check out these beautiful Unicorn Cake Pops from Popalicious Cake Pops – an incredible find which I came across on Instagram! I couldn’t believe the amazing detail on them, they looked such good quality!  I was even more over the moon when I visited their website and found I could order them online and have them delivered – one of the things I’ve found so disappointing with some online bakeries is that they advertise all their lovely products but then won’t deliver or will only deliver in the London area!!

As soon as I saw pictures of the amazing Unicorn Cake Pops I knew I had to try them! They sell a range of lovely treats so here’s what I have sampled from their delightful range so far:

Unicorns Rock Cake Pops

Look at the detail which goes into each and every one! The cake pops are beautifully designed, and absolutely flawless, it must take ages to decorate each of these! I wish I was this creative!

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Unicorn Cake Pops

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You’ll be pleased to hear that they taste just as good as they look!

Inside these two types of beautiful candy covered cake pops (if you can bring yourself to eat such a lovely creation!) is a lovely moist chocolate cake.

Rainbow Sprinkle Cake Pops

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I couldn’t wait to try these! Outside they look like a straightforward pastel coloured cake pop but inside is an amazing moist rainbow cake! I’m only slightly ashamed to say that I ate nearly all of these in one sitting – for research purposes obviously!

Other treats aside from cake pops are also available including –

Unicorn cakelets

The cakelets are also made up of moist chocolate cake covered in a candy coating, hand decorated and finished with a sprinkle of glitter – ideal to give as gifts, I bought a set of these for my sister as a present – I knew she would love them!

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Vanilla Rainbow Cakelets

Amazing moist rainbow cake surrounded by a candy coating with sparkle and sprinkles!

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Chocolate Sprinkle Cakelets

These have the same moist chocolate cake inside as the Unicorn Cakelets and are covered in a candy coating with sparkle and sprinkles on top!

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Some of these incredible goodies are even available in gluten free options. The range is ideal for childrens’ parties and although the online shop is only showing the unicorn range at the moment, if you check out their gallery you will see all of the other brilliant designs they have completed for their customers including My Little Pony, Mr Men, and my absolute favourite which I hope they bring back this Christmas – Elf On The Shelf cake pops!

All the items I ordered arrived quickly and safely packaged so they wouldn’t get damaged, I’ve ordered from some online bakeries and the “protective” packaging certainly leaves a lot to be desired!

You can follow Popalicious cake pops on Instagram (popaliciouscakepops) and on Twitter  (@popaliciouscake) and their cake pops are also available to purchase through Not On The High Street.I’m hoping this means they are inundated with orders – they certainly deserve to be!

I already can’t wait to put in my next order!

Rainbow Roses

I was never really a “flower person” until I came across these incredible roses!

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My husband stopped buying roses for me several years ago as the last time he did, it was a few months before we were about to move into our first home. He brought home a lovely bunch of white roses and I remember saying to him “thanks so much babe, they’ll look lovely when we move into our new home in a few months!” He looked at me in the strangest way, and then said he didn’t understand? The lovely bunch wouldn’t be alive in a few months time! I smiled at him and tapped the bunch of flowers on the dining room table and said “of course they will be babe, these flowers are plastic!” He then had no choice but to admit that he had grabbed them from a petrol station on his way home without even looking at them and like I say, I tend to have to buy my own flowers nowadays!

I know I say this a lot in all my blogs but again, these photos just do not do these flowers justice! They are known as “Rainbow Roses” or “Happy Roses” and each rose is completely individual. The roses are created in these spectacular colours by splitting the stem and dipping each part in different coloured water. The colours are then drawn into the petals resulting in a multicolored rose. The drawback to this? It means that Rainbow Roses don’t last as long as regular roses which is an incredible shame.

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Rainbow Roses were initially quite difficult to get hold of – I’ve always ordered mine from Flowers Delivery 4 U and they’ve always been beautiful when they arrive. I often get emails from them offering up to 40% off all of their bouquets which do include the Rainbow Roses so I can order them for nearly half price! Prices start at £39.99 for 6 Rainbow Roses all the way up to £219.99 for 48 so take advantage of any discount codes you can get your hands on! I have also seen at least two deals on Groupon for Rainbow Roses from Flowers Delivery 4 U as well so its worth checking there for a good deal too!

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Rainbow Roses are starting to become a bit more common now – Tesco’s were selling single Rainbow Roses for Valentines Day and even places like Lakeland (yes they sell flowers online!) are selling bouquets with Rainbow Roses in them!

I’ve bought a couple of Rainbow Rose bouquets for friends for their Birthday’s and they absolutely loved them – it’s a real surprise to open the delivery box and find such an unusual colourful display!

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More recently I have also come across Rainbow Lillies and Rainbow Chrysanthemum bouquets on a website called Blossoming Gifts! I will have to give them a try as well!

Addicted to Lush Take Two!

Ok, so I thought I had a Lush addiction when I wrote my first Lush blog but since then I have spent even more time scouring the internet and popping into my local Lush for more products to test out! And I have to admit, I’ve really enjoyed doing it! Here’s some of the latest Lush products I’ve tried and tested over the last few weeks –

Blackberry Bath Bomb

Apparently, the Blackberry bath bomb was the first ever Lush bath bomb, and is still one of their most popular today!

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The Blackberry bomb is a beautiful lilac bath bomb with the word BOMB printed on the side of it. The key ingredients of the Blackberry bomb are bergamot and frankincense, and obviously a Blackberry flavour. I did find the scent of this bomb to be more flowery than fruity, however.

This bomb is a fast and quick fizzer! After only a few seconds the bath water turns a beautiful shade of lilac and a nice surprise can be found in the centre of the bomb!

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This is a really refreshing bomb and definitely one I would buy again. It makes your skin very soft but is not too oily like some of the other bath bombs available.

Sakura Bath Bomb

This is a Japanese themed bath bomb – Sakura translates as “cherry blossom”. The bomb has lemon oil, orange flower blossom, mimosa and jasmine. I really like the scent of this bath bomb, and it’s a pretty pink and purple colour.

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When put into the bath, the bomb doesn’t create any colour at all which I was quite disappointed about, but once the bomb dissolved, the scents of jasmine and mimosa become much more apparent. Unfortunately, the colour of the bath water isn’t much to talk about either – hardly any colour, just a bit of murkiness!

One of the strongest scented bath bombs I’ve used and very refreshing and uplifting, and leaves your skin beautifully smooth, just not much to look at I’m afraid! Ideal for those who are new to bath bombs and prefer the smell of a bath bomb rather than a colour show – for example I got my Mum and Mother in Law one of these each for Christmas to go in their Christmas Eve boxes.

Candy Floss Showder

Presented in a box reminiscent of the old-fashioned washing powders, this is the first Showder product I have tried.

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Candy Floss Showder contains calamine powder, clove bud oil and vanilla absolute, and the ylang ylang oil and vanilla gives the showder its sweet candy floss aroma. It includes granulated sugar to help exfoliate and polish the body, and the calamine to soothe the skin.

One thing which annoyed me straight away about this product was that it is a product which is designed to be used in the shower, yet it is packaged up in a cardboard box which is almost impossible not to get wet in between uses and will of course just disintegrate after getting wet a couple of times. I note a lot of Lushie’s on Instagram decant their showders into pots and bottles which are far more suitable for shower and bath use! I think I may have to look into this – especially due to the price of the product (£15.95 a box!).

I also found generous helpings of the product were required as it didn’t foam up at all, and if you weren’t quick enough, you’d find most of the product being washed away down the plug hole! I can’t see my box of Showder lasting as long as I had anticipated when I bought it!

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I do think it is a great gimmick, but I can’t see myself using this as an alternative to shower gel on a regular basis – due to both the price and practicality really! Overall I was a bit disappointed, I didn’t even find that the granulated sugar in the product was at all exfoliating. My top tip – use it in the bath rather than the shower – at least you have half a chance of mixing up a decent paste to use rather than it just being washed away down the plug hole! Afraid to say once I’ve used this up, I doubt I will be buying anymore….

Scrubee

How cute is he?? In case the name hadn’t given it away – he’s a bee!

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The dark striped areas are ground coconut shells and ground almonds, which give quite a harsh but natural exfoliation. The rest of this lovely little character is a solid body butter made of shea and cocoa butter which makes your skin feel beautifully soft and moisturised. It is a strange sensation when you first use it because it is really buttery and quite oily but works so well on keeping your skin soft so bear with it!

You may have already guessed the magic ingredient in Scrubee is honey! Scrubee smells delicious and the amazing scent stays on your skin long after using it.

This little guy has had rave reviews since its release – it has now been made a permanent Lush product after proving to be so popular. I missed out on getting one for a long time so I was so pleased when I finally got my hands on a couple! Just be careful when using in the shower – I stupidly balanced mine on the shower taps and as they got hot my poor little scrubee started melting and made the floor of the shower very slippery!

After a couple of uses the coconut shells and ground almonds start coming through and he starts to look more like this:

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A highly recommended product – grab one as soon as you can! I’m so pleased I bought a couple!

Fizzbanger Bath Bomb

A plain looking little guy, but don’t overlook it for this reason! Fizzbanger is another one of my favourites! This bath bomb is apparently known as the Big Friendly Ballistic and is based on the Road Dahl character “BFG”.

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Amazing blue and yellow coloured froth swirls around the bath along with the crackling of the popping candy which can be found inside this brilliant ballistic!

The Fizzbanger contains cinnamon leaf oil, Petitgrain oil, ylang ylang oil and gardenia, but the scent is almost lemony and is very refreshing, so it would be ideal for a morning bath to set you up for the day!

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Fizzbanger is a slow dissolver, beginning with yellow foam with an apple scent, which eventually became mounds of blue foam, resulting in a lovely green shade of bath water (think Slimer from Ghostbuster’s green!)

Once the middle of the bomb is cracked open, you will find a little piece of paper with the word “bang” written on it, which floats to the surface of the bath water. This bomb is a real character and demonstrates some amazing bath art once it gets fizzing!

Think Pink Bath Bomb

A lovely bright hot pink shimmery bath bomb! Apparently this version is the more updated version of the Think Pink bath bomb which only became available earlier in the year. After reading a few blogs of other fellow Lush fans I understand this came as a bit of a shock to them first of all, but after testing the updated version, everyone seemed happy with the tweaks which had been made!

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Think Pink is a fast fizzer and as soon as it hits the water it releases mounds of pink and white foam which soon turns the water a beautiful pink colour. When the core of the bomb is cracked, mounds of silvery lustre are released. This isn’t obvious at first, but more noticeable once the bomb has dissolved and the water has settled.

This lovely bomb contains tonka, vanilla absolute, lavender absolute and neroli oil, so its scent is both sweet and fruity and the lavender scent was very, very subtle in my opinion. Although not the best bath bomb for skin softness I’ve tried, it’s definitely not the worst either.

A beautiful bath display however I was rather disappointed with the scent – I didn’t find it anywhere near strong enough, but to be honest this wouldn’t put me off buying Think Pink again, and think this bomb would be great to give as a gift to friends.

Purple Fun Bar

Fun bars are a squidgy versatile product (like play-dough) which can be used as a bubble bar, shampoo, shower gel, soap and you can even shave with it!

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Fun Bars consists of several different colours and flavours – Blue (lavender scent), Pink (Vanilla and Sweets flavour), Purple (Blackcurrant/Blackberry smell), Green (Lemon and Lime flavour), Red (Mandarin and Orange flavour), Orange (Orange Flavour) and Yellow (Vanilla flavour).

It is recommended that you break a bit off the fun bar to use a bit at a time, and keep the remainder somewhere cool so it doesn’t “melt”. I must admit, I use mine just like a bubble bar – pull off a chunk and crumble it under running water and soon your bath is full of lovely bubbles!

The second Fun Bar I tried was the Purple one (blackcurrant/blackberry), and to be honest I was so disappointed with the pink fun bar I used last time I wasn’t particularly bothered about using this next one, but the purple fun bar smell is much stronger than the pink one, and this time I was happy because I got some pretty coloured bath water out of it too! Definitely won’t bother with the pink one after this – will keep trying all the others to see which I like best.  Although I’m not overly fussed with the fun bar product, they do make nice bubbly baths which leave your skin feeling lovely and soft.

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I hope you enjoyed my second Lush blog – after having a stressful few weeks I’m getting through the products far faster than I thought (especially the relaxing bath bombs!!) so I get the feeling another Lush blog will follow shortly……

FYI – I hate to be the bearer of bad news but this week Lush made an announcement that a load of their products would be discontinued. The items discontinued shockingly included two bath bombs in this blog – the Fizzbanger and Blackberry bath bombs which I am most disappointed about. To make matters worse, another of my favourites which I blogged about in my last Addicted to Lush blog is also being discontinued – this bath bomb is Lava Lamp! The fourth bath bomb I am upset about being discontinued is the Frozen bath bomb, which I am going to blog about as part of my Christmas Lush blog in December. Seriously, grab as many of these amazing products as soon as you can!

For a full list of products which are being discontinued, visit the Lush website.

The good news is that they are replacing these products with a whole new range of “jelly” based products – I have already ordered some and hope to review these within the next month so fingers crossed they have got rid of some of our all time favourites to make way for some even better products….

Winky Lux Lip Balms

A few months ago I came across these amazing lip balms on Instagram and I knew as soon as I saw them that I had to have them in every colour!

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Check out these Flower Balm Jelly Lip Stains by Winky Lux!

This balm stain applies on clear then reacts with your skin’s pH levels, uniquely creating the perfect shade of pink lips!

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Each Flower Balm contains a real chrysanthemum in the colour of your choice. Plus these amazing balms are coconut scented!

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So far I have found the balms with Green, Yellow and Pink flowers, but there are also Blue and Purple versions available. I’ve bought several for friends for their Birthday’s and they absolutely loved them!

You can order your Winky Lux Flower balms from Beauty Bay (£13.00 each) or I recently came across this set from ASOS where you get the Pink, Yellow and Green balms for £25.00 with a lovely free gold makeup bag – this set sells out very quickly because you save 35% on the total cost of the three balms so grab it while you can!

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Addicted to Lush!

If you haven’t heard of Lush yet then where have you been hiding!? I use their products so much I can’t believe that I haven’t already taken the time to write about them!

So many fantastic products are available and every day more and more products are released including limited editions! Here’s a review of some of the Lush items I’ve tried recently:

Lava Lamp Bath Bomb

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A lovely bright orange bath bomb with three big purple dots on the side, this bomb contains orange flower absolute (one of the most popular essential oils used in perfumery), tangerine and mandarin oils.

This sounds a silly thing to say in view of its name, but it really does make your bath water look like a Lava Lamp!! This is down to the extra virgin olive oil contained in the bomb which provides that “lava lamp” effect across the top of the water.

This bath bomb is a very noisy, fizzy bomb which leaves an amazing orange scent on your skin (and in the bathroom!) for hours after use. It’s a very nourishing bath bomb – ideal for dry skin or for days where skin has been exposed to the sun for too long. Some users have found this bath bomb to be too oily, but I’ve not found this to be the case.

The only downside to this lovely citrus bomb is the mess that is left behind in the bath tub! The olive oil results in the purple “lava” sticking to the side of the bath and does take some elbow grease to get off again! Not the thing you look forward to doing after having a nice relaxing bath!

Other than the cleaning session of the bathroom you have to undertake after using Lava Lamp, it is one of my favourites. The strong citrus scent is really relaxing and the colours and noisy fizz make it one of the most exciting bath bombs!

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Twilight Bath Bomb

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This is one of Lush’s most popular bath bombs so I put it to the top of my testing list! I have to admit the name does put me off (makes me think of vampires!) and I don’t think the name really suits the colour and scent of this bomb….. maybe it’s just me.

Twilight is a lovely soft pink coloured bomb and it’s main scent is lavender. This bath bomb dissolves far more slowly (and much less violently than Lava Lamp!) and creates a lovely thick pink and blue froth. Once the bomb is fully dissolved, it leaves the water a lovely violet colour filled with tiny pieces of silver glitter.

As well as lavender, this bath bomb also contains ylang ylang oils and vanilla essence to stop the lavender scent from being over-powering. This bath bomb is absolutely perfect for using in the evenings if you are struggling to sleep.

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Cup O Coffee Face Mask

As a self-confessed coffee addict, it’s like this product was made especially for me! An exfoliating mask designed for both the face and body, this amazing mask features a blend of coffee and cocoa extract. The coffee smell is dominating but you can also smell a lovely underlying chocolate aroma too, and the algarve nectar and vanilla absolute give it a bit of sweetness.

As a coffee lover I found the smell absolutely amazing! Other’s have said they aren’t too keen but I think it’s lovely! You add a generous amount of the mask to your face or body, massage it for a few minutes, leave it for 10-15 minutes and then rinse it away. The coffee grains in the mask will remove all the dead/dry skin and leave your skin feeling really clean and refreshed.

I’m not a big fan of face masks generally, but this is most certainly the best I have tried. A definite addition to the favourites list!

Bubblegum Lip Scrub

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This is the only Lush lip scrub I have bought so far but it is by far my favourite going by the smells of the scrubs alone! I loved this product so much I bought several for my family and friends for Birthday presents and demanded my sister bought one for herself when she visited the Lush shop in Cheltenham with me!!

The smell is amazing and this lip scrub works so well! The scrubs clear dead skin and flakiness from lips and make them feel so soft and smooth! The scrubs are mostly made from castor sugar and jojoba oil – to exfoliate and moisturise.

The smell is amazing – strawberry bubblegum flavour – and the colour is a bright hot pink. To use you just need a small scoop on your finger, and then rub it all over your lips in a circular motion, and then just add your favourite lip balm afterwards to moisturise.

Don’t be put off by the seemingly expensive price (£5.50 for this little tub), as you don’t need much for each use and you will find this small pot will last you for at least six months (unless you start eating it out of the pot!) I’m looking forward to trying some of the other flavours now – honey or popcorn are next on my list!

Dragons Egg Bath Bomb

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Ooh another one of my favourites!!! I love the name too!

This bath bomb begins with a white outer layer of Dragon’s Egg foam, which then releases “Dragon scales” in the form of rice paper confetti and popping candy!!

This bath bomb contains bergamot and citrus flavours and is quite a zesty bomb. It’s very refreshing and is recommended for use in the mornings or during the winter months.

It is a slow release bomb, creating more foam and froth than bubbles and fizz, but once the centre is cracked, it begins throwing out a beautiful golden, yellow, glittery flow. Due to the golden inner core your bath water ends up a beautiful amber colour with golden glitter floating in it!

Don’t be fooled by Dragon’s Egg’s relatively plain exterior! Dragon’s Egg is an absolute must try!

Big Blue Bath Bomb

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One of the key ingredients in this bath bomb is seaweed! Arame seaweed to be precise, as it is rich in vitamins and minerals. Big Blue also contains lavender, lemon and sea salt.

Big Blue turns the bath water a lovely vivid blue colour, as the seaweed swirls around the bath before sinking to the bottom.

A lovely invigorating and refreshing bath bomb, I did find this bomb to be more de-toxifying than moisturising but it is definitely one I would use again – despite having to clean up the remnants of seaweed from the bottom of the bath afterwards!

Pink Fun Bar

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Fun bars are a squidgy versatile product (like play-dough) which can be used as a bubble bar, shampoo, shower gel, soap and you can even shave with it!

Fun Bars consists of several different colours and flavours – Blue (lavender scent), Pink (Vanilla and Sweets flavour), Purple (Blackcurrant/Blackberry smell), Green (Lemon and Lime flavour), Red (Mandarin and Orange flavour), Orange (Orange Flavour) and Yellow (Vanilla flavour).

It is recommended that you break a bit off the fun bar to use a bit at a time, and keep the remainder somewhere cool so it doesn’t “melt”. The first time I used the fun bar, I used it like a bubble bar – I pulled off a chunk and held it under the running tap water and soon the bath was full of lovely bubbles.

The first Fun Bar I tried was the Pink one (although it looks a bit multicoloured as I accidentally mixed some blue and purple in with this one!). I must admit overall I was a little bit disappointed with the product. Yes the bath was full of lovely bubbles but I found that I could hardly smell the scent of the pink one, and I was disappointed that it didn’t turn the bath water a lovely pink colour either, plus the bubbles soon disappeared.

I found that using the fun bar as a soap made the scent much more prominent, but still no where near as strong as if you are using a bath bomb. On the plus side I pulled off a big chunk of the bar to use but didn’t even use a third of this – so it’s much more long lasting than I originally thought.

I hope you enjoyed my first Lush blog – if not then I am afraid I have two boxes full of Lush products I am hoping to blog about in the near future!

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Peonies and Petals

Just before Christmas I came across the most amazing website called Peonies and Petals. The ideas and flower designs they were showing on their website are nothing like I have ever seen before!

Peonies and Petals specialise in “one year roses” – real roses which last a year or even longer and are delivered in beautiful Parisian style keepsake boxes.

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The flowers are hand delivered to you, but at the moment delivery is limited to the Gloucestershire area. When the flowers are delivered, they are brought to the delivery address in a lovely black car with an incredibly smartly dressed driver who carefully brings them to your door for you (it was raining at the time mine was delivered so he arrived holding an umbrella over my rose to keep it dry!)

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The colours they use in their designs are spectacular – the “Tiffany Blue” colour is proving to be especially popular but they also have rainbow, gold and rose gold coloured roses.

As soon as I found them online I knew I had to have some! I trawled through the website for days trying to make my mind up which design and colour to go for when I learned about their new product – the Enchanted Rose. I fell in love with it then and there and contacted them straight away to place an order for a gold enchanted rose – and luckily for me it was the last one they had in stock at the time!

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The pictures really do not do it justice. Everyone who has seen the rose at my house has commented on how beautiful it is and enquired about where I got it. The Enchanted Rose collection comes in several colours – red, white, pink, gold and the new rose gold colour and they have also recently added a special edition “Beauty and The Beast” Enchanted Rose to their collection.

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After ordering my Enchanted Rose which was delivered a few days before Christmas, I had another amazing surprise in that my family had bought me another gold rose in a hat box from Peonies and Petals to say thank you for making such an effort for the family at Christmas! It really was a lovely surprise and shows how much I must have been bending their ears about the amazing Peonies and Petals website I had found!

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A beautiful selection of roses and absolutely fantastic customer service – I would highly recommend using them! In their gallery on their website it shows many people have used the flowers as part of their marriage proposals which is such a lovely idea!

Check out their Instagram and Facebook accounts to see the beautiful selection they have!

Merangz by Flower and White

I first came across these amazing meringues by Flower and White at the same time I came across their amazing Tweener cakes at the Gloucester Quays Victorian Market.

Merangz are Meringues with a crisp shell and an amazing flavour! They are made to a Swiss recipe and can be eaten as it comes or crushed with cream and fruit. Even better, Merangz are gluten free, low fat and selected flavours are suitable for vegetarians!

I’ve bought both the giant Merangz and Merangz Bites and both are show-stopping and extremely tasty! We ordered 60 Merangz bites for my Mum’s 60th Birthday party and they went down a treat!

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Merangz come in the following flavours:

  • Lemon
  • Pistachio
  • Chocolate
  • White Chocolate and Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • Vanilla

and two new flavours (which I unfortunately haven’t had the chance to try yet!) – Mocha and Caramel and they are always adding limited edition flavours (at the moment they are chocolate strawberry and white chocolate and passionfruit).

Over Christmas they were also doing limited edition glitter giant Merangz so I bought several packs to give to family on Christmas Day.

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As well as the giant Merangz and Merangz bites, they have recently launched a new product called Merangz Pavs – little pavlovas which can be bought in single portions or in medium size. I haven’t had the chance to try these yet but will definitely add some to my next order!

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The great news is they are all available to order online. You can order the giant Merangz in packs of two (the same flavour) and the Merangz Bites come in packs of five or twelve (all different flavours including black cherry, strawberry, lime, lemon, passionfruit and chocolate orange). Giant Merangz are £3.95 per pack of two and the Merangz bites are £3.95 for a pack of five or £8.95 for the twelve pack.

Postage and packing is £3.75 irrespective of how much you order which is brilliant – also a great excuse to stock up when you place an order!

***UPDATE 10th September***

Have you tried the two new meringue products from Flower and White?? I have! Here’s the details –

Meringue Drops

Flower and White have also brought out their lovely meringues in a new “meringue drops” variety!

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They come in boxes of chocolate flavour, white chocolate and raspberry flavour and rainbow fruit flavour which consists of strawberry, lemon, passion fruit and black cherry.

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The meringue drops are colourful and full of flavour – use them with fruit and double cream, as cake toppers or just on their own with double cream like I do!

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All meringue drops are fat free and suitable for vegetarians! Delicious!

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Meringue Truffles

I was so excited to get an email from Flower and White about the release of these! I couldn’t wait to try them! What a brilliant idea – Swiss baked meringues filled with a chocolate truffle!

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Meringue Truffles come in boxes of 9 and in the following flavours – white chocolate and strawberry, white chocolate and vanilla, chocolate, hazelnut praline, Irish coffee, mint chocolate, rum raisin, mocha and chocolate orange. Delicious and a great alternative to a boring box of chocolates!

The website says they are limited edition but I hope they prove so popular they make them a permanent edition to the collection!

I noticed on a recent shopping trip in Birmingham that they stock Flower and White products in Selfridges now as well as online through Not On the High Street! Just goes to show how good they taste!