Addicted to Lush Take Four!

Well seeing as I got a bit excited about all the Lush Halloween and Christmas products and spent an absolute fortune, I’ve gone back to using the products I already had in my stash and I’m on a Lush purchase ban for the foreseeable future! It will be a challenge!

Anyway, heres my reviews on some of the lovely products I’ve used lately –

Cyanide Pill Bath Bomb

Seeing as cyanide is known for it’s bitter almond smell, I assumed correctly that almonds would be an ingredient in this very unusually named and even more unusually looking bath bomb!

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Pill-shaped and a bit smaller than the usual bath bomb, but don’t let this fool you, it is still a strong smelling bomb, with it’s key ingredients being lemon, cedarwood, rosewood and almond oil. The cedarwood is actually the dominant smell in this bath bomb which provides a lovely woody aroma.

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Once it is put in the water, Cyanide Pill begins dissolving really fast and quickly turns the bath water into a toxic coloured lime green/yellow.

Inside the bath bomb theres also a large amount of glitter which clumps together to form the “mercury” feature of the bath bomb, which floats across the surface of the water like a silver oil slick! Cyanide Pill also contains popping candy to add even more to your bathing experience! I sat in the bath for a while and wondered what the strange crackling sound was before I realised!

Although it feels almost uncomfortable bathing in water which is such a toxic colour, I found this bath bomb to be moisturising on the skin, plus the lovely aroma was vey relaxing after a particularly hard session at the gym!

When I tried Cyanide pill for the first time I wasn’t overly impressed and thought to myself that I wouldn’t buy anymore, however I had bought two with my original order and enjoyed it far more the second time round – it is definitely worth trying at least once, for the unusual bathing experience at least!

Metamorphosis Bath Bomb

This is a relatively new bath bomb – a steel grey coloured bomb with jagged indentations across it, it very much reminds me of one of the Dragon’s egg’s from Game of Thrones! I’m half expecting it to hatch sometime soon!

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This is a fast fizzing bath bomb, which streams out metallic grey colours until only a few seconds later, waves of pink, yellow and green begin to appear. These colours make beautiful rainbow patterns across the water – the only downside? You are left with a pretty murky looking shade of water!

Amazing ingredients in this one – black pepper, cinnamon and myrrh which produce a lovely warming, smoky smell. Although you aren’t left with a very pretty shade of bath water, I found the water was incredibly moisturising.

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I think I’ve just found myself another favourite to add to the list! The only thing which would put me off buying this bath bomb again is that it left a metallic stain around the bath tub which wasn’t very easy to shift – out came the Cillit Bang!

Comforter Bubble Bar

This is probably my favourite bubble bar! Again you should find this bubble bar provides you with up to four uses, so don’t feel that you need to use it all at once!

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Cut a bit off the bar and crumble it under running water or do as other lushies do and cut it up finely with a knife and store it in an airtight tub ready for use – it’s easier to see how much you are using this way I find.

The Comforter bubble bar turns the water a lovely pink colour and the scent is one of blackberries, raspberries and cherries. It is one of the nicest scents in the whole of the Lush range! The bar also contains bergamot oil, cypress oil and cassis absolute, so it works really well at making your skin lovely and soft – an absolute must try!

Rose Jam Bubbleroon

Named due to its “macaroon” style design, this is another one which is an absolute must try!

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This bubble bar contains lemon and rose but also has an unusual sweet smelling jammy style rose aroma. It also contains geranium oil, coconut oil and shea butter to make the skin soft and moisturised.

I used around half of my bubbleroon in one go  and found it will easily cover two baths. Again, crumble your bubble bar under running water, or (something new I learned from fellow lushies on Instagram) after cutting the bubble bar up, put however much you want to use in a sieve and then hold the sieve under the running tap to get lots of lovely fluffy bubbles!

Rose Bath Bomb

I have to admit, rose is one of my least favourite smells but this bath bomb has had rave reviews so I thought I would give it a try.

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It has a very potent flower smell, with a sweet rose fragrance coupled with geranium and a slight lemon aroma. In fact I would say it is one of the strongest smelling bath bombs I have come across.

This is a fast fizzer and immediately creates waves of bright pink foam before the turquoise centre begins to seep through, until you end up with pinky orange coloured water to bathe in.

When the bomb is almost dissolved the centre opens up and spills out a handful of yellow rose petals, which I thought was a really lovely touch. This bomb contains lots of oils which make it a very moisturising bath experience.

Some other Lushie’s have said that this bath bomb left an oil rim around the bath tub but I didn’t find this at all – the two worst bath bombs for this so far are Lava Lamp and Metamorphosis in my opinion!

Not a favourite of mine but an absolute must if you are a fan of the rose scent, I sent the pictures straight to my sister because I know she will love this bath bomb! She’s a real flower girl!

Sacred Lotus Bath Bomb

I really love the design of this one! It is designed to look just as the name suggests – like a beautiful lotus flower!

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Neroli and jasmine are the main ingredients so this bomb is sweet and slightly florally smelling. This one is quite a fast fizzer, releasing white and purple foam on the surface of the water. Then, after a few minutes, the purple petals break away and make beautiful purple swirled patterns in the white foam.

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The scent is very delicate, and not very strong when it is in the bath, however I found that the scent was still noticeable on my skin, albeit very subtly. A very relaxing and calming bath bomb which left my skin feeling really moisturised.

This is definitely one I would try again and one I would probably buy as gifts for family and friends as well as it’s a beautiful design.

Cloak of Invisibility Bath oil

The name makes reminds me of Harry Potter and the bath melt itself reminds me of a little glittery pumpkin!

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I really like this bath oil, when it was first released and I got to smell its scent I ended up buying three and passed one on to the little Sister as I’m sure she will love it too! The main scents in this bath oil are Jasmine and Rosewood, and so it has a lovely sweet floral scent.

This melt is small but mighty and full of shea and cocoa butters and essential oils to moisturise and nourish the skin. Others have said it takes a while for the oil to melt, but I do have my baths very hot so it melted away quite quickly, leaving golden glitter floating about just below the surface and the water a light orange colour. I was worried about the bright orange colour leaving stains and marks in the bath after its use but it was absolutely fine and washed away no problems.

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I loved this melt as soon as I smelt it and love it even more now I have used it – I literally didn’t want to get out of the bath! It is really moisturising and really comforting – one for the favourites list definitely, and perfect for those cold winter months when your skin needs a little bit more TLC!

So that’s my latest round of Lush products – in December I’ve got four straight days of reviews of this years Lush Christmas range as part of my Blogmas attempt – the 2017 Christmas range is MASSIVE and I can’t wait to share my thoughts on these amazing products! Watch this space!

Lush Cosmetics – the jelly edition!

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Hello fellow Lushies!

I couldn’t wait to try the new jelly range from Lush and ordered all of the items as soon as they were released! The jelly masks are long-lasting and easy to store and transport because they don’t leak everywhere, and I couldn’t wait to try out this new found phenomenon known as the “jelly” bomb!

I actually used all the products a couple of months ago but had so many scheduled blogs, I’ve only just got round to publishing this one! Here’s what I thought of all the products in the new range –

Fomo Jelly Face Mask

Fomo was the first of the five new Lush jelly face masks I tried – no particular reason why I tried this one first, it was just the first one I grabbed out of my stash!

The main thing I love about these masks is that they are far more longer lasting than the other Lush face masks currently available – you soon find that the use by date on the fresh face masks comes around very quickly!

Fomo has been designed for all skin types and is ideal for those fans of the floral scented masks. The mask features calamine powder and rose absolute and a tiny bit of neroli to give it a little bit of sweetness. The calamine powder ingredient makes this mask ideal for people who have sensitive skin, as it acts as a calming ingredient. It is also ideal if your skin is suffering from a little bit too much time in the sun. The mask also contains kaolin clay, which is designed to absorb any excess oil.

To use the jelly masks, tear off a grape sized piece of the jelly (to be fair, I do use more than this as I like a nice thick mask) and work into a paste in the palm of your hands (with a tiny bit of water you wish) and then apply to your skin, leave on for 15 to 20 minutes and then wash away! Simple!

I found my skin was lovely and clean and smooth after using Fomo, and I am surprised at how many uses you can get out of a single 65g pot, I am estimating around 15! So very good value for money and of course, as they are long lasting masks, you don’t have to rush to use them up!

Dark Arts Jelly Bath Bomb

I couldn’t wait to try this! A new jelly style bath bomb named after Harry Potter! Brilliant! (Although after writing this blog, the name of this jelly bomb has now been renamed “Secret Arts” not “Dark Arts” – I assume there were issues copying the Dark Arts name!?)

These new jelly bath bombs feature an ingredient called sodium alginate, which is what causes the jelly like substance in your bath water. This ingredient is really rich in minerals and is known for its moisturising properties, so is an ideal ingredient to use in a bath bomb.

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Dark Arts has some of my favourite scents in it – cinnamon, orange oil and almond oil which create a really lovely warming scent. It’s a definite autumnal/Halloween style scent, and not a scent I would go for in the hot summer months!

As soon as it hits the water, Dark Arts begins to fizz away and thick black gloopy mounds begin to fill the bath. It didn’t take long to fully fizz away and before long the bath rather resembled an oil slick! Not joking!

As soon as you climb into the bath, the jelly like substance almost clings to your skin, but after you have been settled in the bath for a while, the jelly begins to dissolve. After around 15 minutes, all the jelly should be completely gone.

A word of warning – be careful when first stepping into the bath when using a jelly bomb as the base of the bath is VERY slippery!!

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Once I got out of the bath I was impressed at how soft and moisturised my skin was without it being greasy or oily! I have to admit I didn’t stay in the bath as long as I would have normally because I was worried about the black gloop staining our bath tub (we are moving out in a few weeks so I don’t think the new owners would have been best pleased!) I also didn’t feel comfortable washing my hair in the bath with a jelly bath bomb – I’m sure you understand why!

Due to its extremely dark colour, it did make a mess and leave marks in the bath tub which needed a good scrub, and you have to make sure it is all washed off your skin before wiping your skin with a towel – especially if you have white towels!

A very novel experience – it’s almost like a mud-bath style of relaxing – your skin feels really moisturised and hydrated afterwards but you don’t feel as clean and refreshed as you would do after a normal bath bomb experience in my opinion!!

Birth of Venus Jelly Face Mask

The Birth of Venus jelly mask sounds very exotic and contains fresh sea water, lavender, chamomile, frankincense and myrrh!

I found the lavender scent to be the most prominent in this mask, and the scent is one of my favourites so far. The mask left my skin soft and smooth and with a really lovely glow about it which I didn’t get with the other jelly masks. Some fellow Lushies have found this mask to make their skin quite oily, but as I have quite dry skin it seems to match my skin type perfectly. A couple of friends have used this mask and really loved it as well!

I came across a tip from a fellow Lushie which gave me some thought – she said to use a spoon to get the amount of face mask you need out of the pot (both jelly masks and normal masks) as this stops you adding bacteria to the pot and contaminating it! She said since she changed to using a spoon to get the product out of the pot she has found her Lush fresh face masks last a lot longer after their sell by date too – I’m definitely going to do this from now on!

The Big Sleep Jelly Bath Bomb

This was the second jelly bomb I tried and to be honest, after using the Dark Arts jelly bomb, I wasn’t too sure what to expect! The bath did take a lot of scrubbing after using that little rascal!

Anyway, although I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I am an insomniac, I do really struggle with sleepless nights and spending hours on end trying to wind down and relax and go off to sleep, so anything which helps me with this is a welcome addition!

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The Big Sleep jelly bath bomb is lovely smelling and contains scents of lavender, neroli, tonka and chamomile – its making me feel more relaxed just writing about those ingredients!

As you can see this jelly bomb is another fast fizzer, but didn’t seem to be as aggressive or “gloopy” as the Dark Arts jelly bomb had been – maybe it was because the colours are far more subtle? I did find, even after around 15 minutes, that not all of the bomb and the jelly had dissolved in the bath and they needed to be crumbled up to finish them off.

I did find that the jelly didn’t stick to me and need to be scrubbed off as much as it had with the Dark Arts jelly bomb, in fact it seemed there was less jelly in The Big Sleep. Again, maybe this is just due to the fact that the colours aren’t so obvious?

This jelly bomb is very moisturising and I did find the lovely scent of lavender and chamomile to be very relaxing. Did I have a better nights sleep that evening? Yes. Was it due to The Big Sleep jelly bomb? Not sure, but I would definitely buy it again regardless! I’ve already added a couple more to my Lush stash!

Bunny Moon Jelly Face Mask

Bunny Moon was the mask I was looking forward to using most, basically because it looks so pretty! An added dash of sparkle on top made it all the more appealing!

Bunny Moon contains honey which is antiseptic and moisturising at the same time. It also contains rose oil to help soothe and balance the skin and chamomile and marigold to calm. Throw in a dash of vanilla and I think I may have found my favourite smelling mask!!

I found Bunny Moon was easier to apply than a couple of the other masks (I found Just To Clarify quite grainy and difficult to work into a paste for example) and found it to be just the right amount of cleansing and moisturising. My skin felt amazing straight after removing the mask but this seemed to wear off after a couple of hours. Definitely one I would use again though – probably on a daily basis I think.

Green Coconut Jelly Bath Bomb

I’m not actually a big fan of coconut scented things but I was pleasantly surprised when the Green Coconut jelly bomb when it arrived. Coconut is the overall smell but it is much more subtle and is not over powering and gives off an almost musty smell. The bomb also contains cinnamon leaf oil and lemongrass, however it does not have any kind of a citrusy aroma about it.

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This jelly bomb fizzes immediately but in my opinion slightly more slowly than the Dark Arts jelly bomb. It is not long until thick green blobs of jelly are floating across the surface of the water. I found that Green Coconut didn’t give off as much jelly as the other two, and I also found that Green Coconut and The Big Sleep take a lot longer to dissolve, and the last remaining chunk needs to be crushed up to dissolve it all.

I cannot state this enough – please be careful stepping into the bath – the bottom of the bath is SO slippery! I guarantee it won’t be long until someone has a bad slip on this stuff, and it catches me off guard every single time, even after using the third jelly bomb!

As with the other jelly bombs, when you step into the bath the jelly sticks to your skin and you can feel how moisturising it is. After around 15 to 20 minutes, all of the jelly has completely dissolved and you are left with a lovely green “slimer” coloured water which feels incredibly moisturising and is not at all oily! Plus this jelly bomb didn’t leave any mess in the bath, unlike the Dark Arts bomb. This one is a very close second favourite after The Big Sleep jelly bomb!

1000 Millihelens Jelly Face Mask

Another lovely jelly face mask but I am not a fan of the smell of this one as it contains witch hazel which I am not keen on! Each to their own though – my sister loved the smell of this mask!

I was looking forward to trying this one as although I am not keen on the witch hazel smell, it is well known for soothing irritated skin. As an added bonus it also contains kaolin clay to remove grease and green tea to detox the skin. To top it all off it contains lemon oil to brighten the skin – a brilliant all rounder really!

After using it I found my skin to be smooth and soft and a little dry to start off with, but after around an hour my skin felt even better than it had when I had first washed the mask off. This is definitely a mask I would use again but probably not on a regular basis purely because I dislike the smell! I wouldn’t find it relaxing wearing a facemark which I don’t like the smell of!

Marmalade Jelly Bath Bomb

I had to wait a long time to get my hands on this one as it wasn’t released at the same time as the other jelly bombs – I had heard this was due to Lush having problems obtaining one of the ingredients they required to make the bombs but how true this is and what ingredient it was they couldn’t get hold of I really don’t know.

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This was the one I was most looking forward to trying because it has grapefruit and orange oils in it and I really love citrusy smells, but I can’t explain how disappointed I was when it arrived and this was before I had even got it out of the box!

The smell is really hard to explain and, in all honesty, is not very nice. I could smell it before I even opened my Lush delivery! It isn’t citrusy at all although you can detect the scent of orange flower, however it is very bitter and far too potent for my liking. So much so in fact that I wasn’t looking forward to bathing in it at all!

It was a shame I didn’t like the smell because I think it was actually the best performing bath bomb of all of them – it was a fast fizzer which left lots and lots of lovely moisturising jelly. It did however leave quite a few hard chunks which I couldn’t even crumble up and had to be thrown away which did seem a bit of a waste.

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Despite the weird smell, Marmalade was very moisturising and left my skin feeling lovely and soft. Would this be enough to persuade me to buy another one and to try and ignore the smell? No, I am afraid not. Always the way – the one you look forward to the most ends up being the most disappointing!! The worst smelling Lush product I have come across I am afraid!!

Just to Clarify Jelly Face Mask

Forget the smell of all the others – this scent is my absolute favourite! This one is a lovely citrusy mask containing Enzymic papaya juice to brighten, Bamboo stem to exfoliate, Grapefruit and bergamot oils to lift your mood and finally Fresh orange juice to perk you up!

When rubbing this one into a paste I did find this one to be far more gritty than the others I had tried – I didn’t find anything wrong with this, it was merely an observation, and to be honest the texture being slightly grainy only made me think what a great exfoliant it would be.

Absolute favourite mask out of the five new jelly masks – my skin felt cleansed and refreshed and revitalised after using it – I love citrusy scents, this would be an ideal mask for first thing in the morning to perk you up and get you ready for the day!

So to sum up my jelly products experience, out of the jelly bombs my favourite is the Big Sleep (which I have already bought several times), followed by Green Coconut, Dark Arts and Marmalade. I would probably buy all of them again at some point, apart from Marmalade!!

Out of the jelly masks, my favourite is Just to Clarify, followed closely by Birth of Venus, Bunny Moon, Fomo and 1000 Millhelens.

I really enjoyed using all the jelly products despite my concerns that they would just be a gimmick and not as good quality as the existing Lush range, but although there aren’t any jelly products which are my absolute favourites over the existing Lush products, there are several from this range which I would definitely buy again! Give them a try and let me know what you think!

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….

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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Painswick Rococo Garden

We live literally down the road from this beautiful place but have only this weekend got round to visiting it! I visited here around 13 years ago when member of my husbands family got married but didn’t have the opportunity to explore it properly.

We thought about visiting after a a report was shown on the news that it was the time of the year where their famous snowdrops make an appearance. They tell you when they are all in bloom to keep a look out for the particularly tall Galanthus Atkinsii which was discovered in the 1800’s by an estate worker.

So what is Rococo? A style of art and architecture originating in France and and Italy in the early 1700’s, rococo was a development of the baroque.

The Garden’s restoration was led by Lord and Lady Dickinson and started in 1984, at which point it was a wilderness of trees and brambles. The Garden became a charitable trust in 2012.

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We visited on a Saturday and arrived at around midday. It was already rather busy by this time but we didn’t have to wait long to get tickets. Tickets are £6.20 per adult but if you choose gift aid entry tickets they are £7 each and Painswick Rococo Garden can claim much more tax back from the government if you choose this option.

They provide you with a map when you buy your tickets but to be honest you don’t need it. You follow the walk paths around the gardens and along the way you come across the following:

Eagle House

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Beech Walk and Gothic Alcove

Snowdrop Grove

Fish Pond

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Bowling Green

Plunge pool

Kitchen Garden

Maze

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and finally; the Red House which is where wedding ceremony’s are hosted.

I’ve seen mixed reviews about the on site cafe at Rococo Garden – we were willing to give it a try but it was jam-packed from the time we arrived until the time we left (which must be a good thing I suppose!) so we didn’t get the chance to try it on this occasion.

Overall a very nice day out which gets you out in the open air and gives you the opportunity to take some lovely photos. We all said when we were there that its the type of place which you could visit several times a year and it would be completely different dependant on the season.

Another thing I thought was brilliant was they hold events such as an Easter Trail and Shakespeare performances of As You Like It (30th June 2017 and 1st July 2017) and A Midsummer Nights Dream (21st July 2017). I really think my sister and I will come back for the Midsummer Night’s dream performance!

Find out more information about visiting Painswick Rococo Garden and the events they have on here.

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Sugar Bear Hair Vitamins – worth the investment?

 

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One thing many people know about me is the fact that I really hate my hair – I’m never satisfied with its length or colour, it’s ridiculously thin and poker straight and I am completely useless at styling it. The most I can really manage is tying it into a ponytail for the gym so for the vast majority of the time I basically wear it down, and straight. How boring! Throw in several years of dye, bleach and incredibly hot GHD straighteners and the result is damaged, thin, dead hair which breaks off or falls out in clumps!

I considered having hair extensions, not necessarily for the added length but more for volume and thickness. Thing is I know I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the expense or the upkeep and I would be worried about the long term damage hair extensions would cause to my already thin and delicate hair!

I’ve tried my best to restore my hair and to try and reverse some of the years of damage by using expensive shampoo, conditioner, hair masks, leave in treatments and oils.. you name it, I’ve tried it!! All except hair vitamins…

I first came across Sugar Bear hair tablets on Instagram after seeing them advertised by Kylie Jenner. I regularly come across a wide variety of products along the same lines – products with bright, colourful adverts which make a multitude of promises about what the product can do, and urging you to purchase them as soon as possible! Some of these companies even make you sign up to regular subscriptions, and the majority of these companies often end up with very bad reviews – with examples of money being taken from bank accounts without authorisation, refunds being un-actioned and money back guarantees not being worth the paper they are written on.

I’m not usually taken in by most of the latest fads – unfortunately I’m one of those people who has invested in products in the past only to be disappointed to find they are a complete waste of money, but after seeing repeated adverts for Sugar Bear Hair tablets, one of the first things I noticed was how responsive their customer services representatives were to Facebook and Instagram comments and questions. Unlike some products I have looked into before, there were no negative comments appearing about either the product or the customer service that customers had received, which was definitely a good start!

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The Sugar Bear Hair tablets promise to “give you everything you need to grow the healthiest, longest hair possible”, they do this by:

-Growing longer and stronger hair

-Nourishing your hair from within

-Improving overall health

-Increasing hair strength

-Improving hair elasticity

-Stopping hair breakage

They also improve the strength and shine of your nails. The vitamins are gluten free, gelatine free, soy free and are suitable for vegetarians. They contain Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin B-6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B-12, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Iodine, Zinc, Choline, Inositol, as the active vitamins and minerals. The gummies are made with real berries, coconut oil, and a dash of sugar. A full list of ingredients and why they are used in the vitamins can be found here.

The gummies are shipped Worldwide, are suitable for both genders and all hair types and have no side effects.

In the Sugar Bear Hair store they have three sets of products available;

-One months supply of vitamins (60 tablets) for $29.99

-Three months supply of vitamins (180 tablets) for $82.99 (normally $89.97). The three month supply also comes with a free Sugar Bear Hair bamboo hairbrush.

-Six months supply of vitamins (360 tablets) for $161.99 (normally $179.94). The six month supply also comes with a free Sugar Bear Hair bamboo hairbrush and a Sugar Bear Hair makeup bag.

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International shipping from the US to the UK starts at $10 for standard delivery and increases to $20 for DHL delivery. Remember that the prices and shipping are all quoted in dollars, so make sure you calculate what the costs will be in your own currency  before you order if you are ordering outside of the U.S.

They do offer a repeat subscription service which you can opt out of if you just want the one off order, but otherwise they will send you a new bottle of vitamins every 30 days.

I began by ordering a months worth to try them – they do say you should start noticing the difference to your hair after this time. The suggested amount of vitamins is two per day so I followed this dosage for a month.

After just the first month I already started to notice a difference. My hair began to get thicker and I had far less breakage when I was brushing it. I also noticed that I had a lot less hair fall than usual and I noticed a difference in how quickly my eyelashes, eyebrows and nails were growing too! Some customers have said they don’t experience the improvement in eyebrows and eyelash growth whereas others have so it must vary from person to person, as I am sure most products do.

Before even finishing my first months supply I had decided that I wanted to continue to use the vitamins, however I was concerned about the price of them going forward, as a bottle a month would work out to be quite expensive.

I decided to order a six months supply (with which I did receive a free makeup bag and hairbrush) but instead of taking the recommended dose of two vitamins a day I decided I would halve this and take one vitamin a day. This meant that each bottle would last me two months instead of one and the six month supply I had ordered would actually last me a whole year.

I have been taking the vitamins for over three months now – one month with two tablets a day and the remaining months at half the recommended dose of one tablet a day. After three months my hair is stronger and shinier and is growing quicker and thicker than it ever has before. My hair always needed a trim when I visited the hairdressers every eight weeks but in the first three months I took the tablets my hair grew a total of six inches! That’s at least three times quicker than my hair was growing before!

The extra proof to me was one morning when I tried to tie my hair up ready for a morning’s gym session – I hate wearing my hair up so hardly ever do it, but normally when I do, a standard hair bobble will tie round my hair four times until it is tight enough so that it wont come loose. On this occasion, and since then, I have only been able to tie my same hair bobbles around my hair three times, which shows the difference in thickness that the tablets have made to my hair!

I also found my hair to be far shinier than normal, and have actually stopped using conditioner altogether because the tablets seem to give my hair enough shine. I haven’t noticed a huge difference to the overall condition of my hair other than the shine, but then I can’t expect miracles if I am using an incredibly hot pair of straighteners every single day!

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Overall, I highly recommend Sugar Bear Hair tablets and would class them as a very good quality product. I would suggest doing as I have done and ordering just a months supply to start with to see how you get on. If you have friends who want to try them at the same time you might want to order the three or six month packs to get the individual bottles and the shipping slightly cheaper than you would if you were ordering just one pack for yourself.

Any further questions about the product or shipping etc, Sugar Bear Hair customer services can be contacted by email on hello@sugarbearhair.com.

Follow Sugar Bear Hair on Instagram here.

P.S when I visited their site today and added my email address to be sent the Sugar Bear Hair newsletter they allowed me to download this really useful guide on how to grow longer and stronger hair! Find the guide here. There’s some brilliant hints and tips, great hairstyles and even hair mask recipes in this guide – check it out!

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