Firstly a big thank you to Sophie from SopsBlog for tagging me. I really enjoyed reading her answers and I think she came up with some really fun questions that I have had a great time answering! Go and check out her answers linked above, they’re well worth a read.
Like for the Liebster Award I answer Sophie’s questions, write my own questions and tag other bloggers to answer my questions and so it continues!
I recently read a post about blogging awards on Paul McGinley’s Blog about Blogging awards. I think that they are more a fun tag sort of a thing than being an actual award and of course all exposure is great for anyone’s blog. I think awards like these help you to become part of the blogging community and shouldn’t be taken too seriously. His post was an interesting read and you can find it here.
1.What is your favourite treat?
I love fresh fruit, I can’t decide is strawberries or raspberries are my favourites. It’s mad because I can justify spending £3 on chocolate easily, but somehow it seems like a lot more money to be spending on fruit. Recently I’ve had to really work on not feeling bad for spending my money on fruit! But honestly I love it so much more than ‘naughtier’ treats, I love the taste and textures a lot more and not feeling unwell after, as I have quite a sensitive stomach and rich foods can really upset that.
I went shopping yesterday for a new Suit. Although I failed to find a suit, I did pick up a reasonable amount of toiletries, and a few other bits too. I went into Birmingham today to see my friend Sophie and I managed to find a suit there, thank goodness.
Now for the haul, I have separated this into the shops where I got things from.
I am so excited that by the time this post goes up I will be on my way to Berlin with my fabulous Boyfriend. This is our first couple’s holiday and I am genuinely over the moon, hopefully we will have an unforgettable week.
This is a quick summary of all the makeup that I am taking with me. I am flying hand luggage only, so I am trying to keep my makeup to a minimum as it all has to fit in a plastic bag for security. I have never had problems taking makeup through security before as long as I follow the airport guidelines carefully.
Let’s start with foundation and concealer. I am taking my E.L.F Foundation Serum in Light/Medium. This is a light coverage foundation with SPF 25, so perfect for a holiday where I aim to do a lot of walking outside all day. I am also taking my Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light Neutral. The concealer is very high coverage, so I can mix the two together for a fuller coverage foundation as well as using as a concealer.
Also for my face I will take my Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Achiote that my friend Sophie got from America for me over Christmas. I think this is a beautiful pretty pink shade that is very flattering on my skin tone.
Continuing with a pretty pink theme I will be taking my Urban Decay Naked 3 Pallette. I think the packaging is well suited to traveling and I trust that all of my eyeshadow will get there in one piece! As well as this it comes with a double ended brush inside that I really like for applying these shadows. I think that you can create a wide variety of looks using this palette, from soft and everyday to more intense looks, great for an evening out. Also for eyes I will take my E.L.F. Mineral Infused Mascara in Black as well as some eyelash curlers.
I am usually not one to do hauls, but since I have been living in the middle of nowhere over summer I have had little opportunity to shop and have found myself actually needing things! I have been visiting my friend Sophie from SopsBlog for the past few days, we went into Kingston and did some shopping.
These are all the things I have got from Superdrug.
Shower and Bath Soaks:
I have been working my way through my Lush shower gels and these caught my eye, especially as they were buy one get another half price and I love a bargain.
As I am getting further into my 20’s my skin is definitely changing. I used to have quite oily skin and now it is more towards combination, with my T-zone still a bit oily at times, but quite normal on the rest of my face.
The Yes To Tomatoes moisturiser is perfect for me. It feels light and soaks in quickly. On days when I am wearing makeup it creates a nice base for my makeup too. The smell is hard to identify, but inoffensive. I apply this to my face each time I wash my skin and so far I have really enjoyed the product. I think it lives up to the claims on the packaging. I have been using this for about 4 months already and I think that it will last me another 6 to 8 months, using almost daily.
I like that this comes in a pump, I think it is hygienic and means that I won’t struggle to get the last of the product out. However it is plastic and will need recycling, there is no way I can reuse the packaging.
This moisturiser does not contain an SPF. On days that I am going outside I will usually apply a SPF on top of, or instead of this moisturiser.
You can find Yes To at larger Boots or online for £7.99.
I am on a roll with finishing products, and have just about got to the end of my Super Greens facial scrub. I have been using this for about 9 months and have enjoyed every last scrap of it.
I use this to break up my skincare routine, as I usually use Lush Angels on Bare Skin. This is a more abrasive scrub and I prefer it after exercise or if I had makeup on that day as I feel it is more efficient at cleaning my skin. It does leave my skin a little dry, but this is manageable and I moisturise anyway. I will take the slight dryness for how well it cleans my skin, and I don’t use it everyday anyway.
This smells herbal and rich. The scrub bits are made up from bamboo and jojoba beads so is free of plastic microbeads. It is also a cruelty free product.
I think I am going to try another product before I return to this one. I will keep you updated on whatever I try, but I am open for recommendations.
Are there any cruelty free facial scrubs that you recommend?
Having only got into Lush last August I feel like my Lush collection, or hoard, has just happened, without me totally aware of it. I went to the Boxing day sale this year, and that is where it got really out of hand. It’s fair to day that I won’t be buying anymore for a fair while. But here is a look at what I have at the moment to get working through.
Soaps and Shower Gels
Lush are well known for their soaps. I remember the first thing I ever bought from Lush was the Honey I washed the kids soap when I was about 13. For years this was all that I’d ever buy from Lush. Last year for my Birthday my Flatmates got me a bottle of Flying Fox shower gel and I fell in love. I was only just getting into Lush when they said that they were discontinuing it. I think when I have worked through all of the soaps and shower gels I will try and get some off Lush Kitchen.
I got a small amount Yog Nog before boxing day because I love the nutmeg scent and found it generally quite moisturising. I got some more in the 50% off Boxing day sale. I don’t know how much I will use the scent during the rest of the year because it is quite festive. But I really enjoyed it over Christmas.
This soap is another of the Christmas collection, it smells like berries and shares it’s scent with the comforter bubble bar. I’m glad I got a big block as I can see myself using this throughout the year.
Snow fairy? No. It’s all about Rose Jam as far as I am concerned. It leaves you smelling like turkish delight, all rosey and sweet. The rose scent from Lush is beautiful, it’s rose like without smelling like a cheap rose perfume that you’d consider getting for your Grandma.
It’s Raining Men
This Shower gel shares its scent with Honey I washed the kids. I went into my Lush after I discovered that Flying Fox was being discontinued to see if they still had any stock. They didn’t, but the shop assistant pointed me towards It’s Raining Men instead, it is sweet like Flying Fox, but doesn’t have the subtle floral smells that Flying fox had. Luckily I like how Honey I washed the kids smells and find it quite nostalgic. But nothing compares to Flying Fox!
Dirty Deal Showder
Incase you haven’t come across this yet a showder is a shower powder, so powdered soap. This was a limited edition product, but I think you can still get it, to raise money for War on Want which is a charity fighting the TTIP trade deal.
Showder is great to travel with, because it’s not a liquid. But I wasn’t so taken with it at home and I think it’s a bit of a faff to have to decant it into something smaller to take in the shower with you and if you get it the tiniest bit wet it will all start to change colour and froth up. But used carefully this is a really fun product and it does have it’s uses.
Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner
This is one of the more pricey Lush products, however I got this as a gift from my Grandma. If you haven’t tried a body conditioner then go into Lush and get a sample. This has the same scent as Rose Jam so I was in love from the very beginning. The oils sit nicely on your skin without feeling greasy and it does a really good job of moisturising and it soaks into the skin well.
I also have 2 massage bars. I am currently working my way through Tender is the night, which I love, but I also have a backup of Shades of earl grey that I again picked up on Boxing day.
They are wonderful to use on your own or with someone else as a special treat. The oils warm up when you rub the bar against skin or warm it up in your hands. A few rubs up and down is enough oil to then rub in with your hands. I like to use these after a shower or bath before I go to bed, so they can soak in really well overnight and I will wake up feeling fantastically moisturised and smelling divine too.
Haircare is one of the things that I think Lush do really well, and more people need to get on board with. The products are on a par with more luxury conventional brands, but the results are better, at least for me.
I travel a fair amount and the naked products Lush have were what drew me to trying the hair care. It all started with Jason and the Aron Oil solid shampoo bar which I have since used up which is a real achievement as they last forever. This was also where I fell in love with the Rose Jam scent.
This is another solid shampoo, but comes in a deli style slice rather than a round disc. Trichomania is rich and coconutty, but I still use a conditioner with this. The OGX coconut milk conditioner adds to the coconut smell and is a great cruelty free conditioner. Trichomania really brings out the scent of American Cream too, when I wash my hair with both I can really smell the vanilla and strawberries in American Cream.
I wanted to try Trichomania for some time, and it was in the 50% off sale at the Lush I visited on boxing day, so I got myself and my Mum a chunk. I love it and am considering getting more when I run out, however my Mum really didn’t get on with it. So maybe ask for a sample to check if this will work for your hair type.
Lullaby Shampoo Bar
This product is now an online exclusive, but I got mine, again, in the boxing day sale. I loved Jason and the Argon Oil and thought I’d give a different scent a try. These are great for travelling, but you have to be careful to dry them out or else they can become bonded to the tins.
My Grandma got me some American Cream as part of a present. I love the scent, but as a conditioner I find it remarkably so-so, especially considering the price. I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing this.
R&B is a hair conditioner, so you can put it through your damp hair, or dry hair to add some extra moisture and shine. It also smells fantastic. So far this is lasting me really well, and I only got the small pot.
Henna and Jasmine Frizz ease
I don’t know because I haven’t tried this yet. But it smells amazing.
Angels on Bare skin was the product that undoubtedly started my fascination with Lush all over again. Lush skincare can be pretty hit or miss for me, so I’d recommend getting samples before you commit to the full product to save you money. The people at Lush are all lovely and will advise you on what might suit you and will happily send you away with a few samples to try.
Angels On Bare Skin
This is a face and body cleanser. To use it you take a small amount and mash it up with some water on your hand to make a paste and then apply to your face. There are lavender flowers as well as small pieces of almond that exfoliate your skin gently. Angels leaves my skin baby soft. Since using this to wash my face my skin has improved so much, I feel more balanced and I rarely get spots anymore.
This style of cleanser can be a bit messy to use, I always wash my face in the shower, so I don’t have to deal with bits of face wash gettting all over my sink. But for how it leaves your skin feeling and looking I’m happy to put up with the messiness.
One of the Lush fresh face masks, this also smells like roses. The scent is pretty strong though, so be prepared for when you put it on your face. You keep these in the fridge and they usually last around 2-3 weeks.
This is a lip scrub, so sugar, salt and some oils to moisturise your lips and add some flavour. I like the popcorn flavour as it isn’t too sweet. You run this all over your lips and then you can either wipe it off with a tissue, or lick it off. Exfoliating your lips is a good idea if you like to wear more matte lipsticks.
Ok, so I’ve saved the biggest until last. Most people’s first experience of Lush is either Soap or Bath bombs and they are really well known for them. I usually split my bath bobs into 2 or 3 uses, because I get the same effect, but at a third of the price. These are easy to buy and hard to use up. because how many baths do you really have? Probably about 3 a month maximum in my case. So it is easy to build up a hoard of bath bombs, even if you are trying to be careful.
Plenty of Seasonal bath bombs and bubble bars.
Three lots of Yog Nog bath bomb.
Shoot for the stars bath Bomb.
Half of Rose Bomb Shell bath bomb.
Butter Bear and his tin
This is the last of the halloween collection I have left. I cut this bubble bar in half and found that it worked really well, giving me plenty of bubbles. I could have even cut it into three.
Peeping Santa bubble bar
This bubble bar has a rich oil filled center. I can’t wait to use him as it smells fruity and sweet. Not to mention how cute he is!
Santa bath bomb
This smells like strawberries, I will probably split this in half or quarters before I use it.
A pretty simple bath bomb, I have used this one before. This is one of the few bath bombs that I will use whole, as it is quite small.
I love most things apple scented. When I was younger my favourite perfume was the DNKY be delicious green apple one . Snow white reminds me of this and is a beautiful smell. I have used this bath bomb before and split it in half. I will split this one before I use it too.
Luxury pud bath bomb
This is by far the most crumbly bath bomb I have ever purchased from Lush. The dots of colour keep wanting to fall out. I would like to split this bath bomb, but I am scared of the mess this might make. I’ll probably end up using this whole. Again, this is a sweet smell.
I have ended up with 3 of these, as I got one as a gift for Christmas after I had already got myself 2 from the Boxing day sale. They smell just like the soap, and have chunks of bath oil in them, for an extra moisturising bath. I have to be in the mood for the nutmeg smell now that it isn’t christmas anymore. But I am still looking forward to using these when the mood takes me.
Butterbear and his Tin
When I went to the boxing day sales I knew that I’d need something else to store my Lush stuff in because I was intending on stocking up. I think the butter bear tin is really adorable and a good size. I have a total of 6 Butterbears, the others are hiding inside, they are lovely and simple bath bombs with loads of chunks of cocoa butter that will melt in a hot bath. Butterbears are the perfect size to be used in one go.
Shoot for the stars
This smells like Honey I washed the kids, so of course I love it. The effect that this bath bomb gives in the water is spectacular, whether you cut it or not. During the rest of the year you can get hold of the Honey Bee bath bomb which has the same scent, but is a lot more plain. This is part of the Christmas Collection.
Part of the Mother’s Day collection this has the same smell as Rose Jam. Inside there are Yellow rose petals. I am not a huge fan of petals in the bath, but I’ll happily overlook that because it smells so good. If I didn’t have all of the Lush I do at the moment I would go back and get some more, before they disappear.
I’d love to hear more about your Lush collections. Please let me know if you’d like a more in depth review of any of the products I have mentioned in this post. Thanks for reading!