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Pre-holiday Lush Haul

img_6732img_6779img_6734 img_6740img_6772Pre-holiday season is almost here, which only means one thing: a bunch of new Lush goodies for Halloween and Christmas! I was thinking about dropping by the Lush store for days and when I was passing by last week and the whole street was smelling exactly like Lush, I just had to go inside and take a look. They have so many new items, from naked shower gels and lotions, brand new face masks, lip balms and fragrances to limited Halloween and Christmas bath bombs.

As I am running out of my Bubblegum lip scrub, my first choice was their new Sugar Plum Fairy lip scrub. When one of their employees showed it to me and I saw its cute violet color and I realized it smells fantastic, I was sold! I love finely ground sugar lip scrubs and the fact that it smells like the tastiest cotton candy mixed with sweet wild orange oil makes it even better to use. The second item is the Santa’s Belly, a shower jelly that smells like apples, star anise, red grape juice, bergamot oil and rose absolute. A real winter treat that leaves a lovely scent on my skin. You can either take a small piece and lather it in your hands or the whole jelly and you just put it back in the jar after use. Last but not least, I couldn’t leave the shop without a limited edition bath bomb! I went for the Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar. I mean, who wouldn’t want to dip themselves into a sparkly bath for the yummiest aroma therapy sesh ever with junipberry, lime and grapefruit oil? However, it is true that I don’t mind having glitter all over me the next day. All in all, this haul has really gotten me into the holiday spirit and I cannot wait for all the festivities to begin!

Protecting my skin

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Although I love strolling around during the day in the summer, I know how dangerous it is to expose your skin to the sun. And since there is so much controversy when it comes to some of the ingredients in sunscreens, I figured why not try a more natural alternative for protecting my skin. Lush is always my first choice when I’m looking for such products and I was very excited when I bought Powdered Sunshine and The Sunblock in early spring. This means I’ve had plenty opportunities in the past few months to test these two items out.

Powdered Sunshine is a loose powder with SPF 15 and I was really skeptical about how it would turn out. As I’d been using sunscreen creams since I can remember, I could never imagine that a simple powder would protect me against UV-rays, but my worries were completely unfounded! It contains a bunch of good ingredients, such as sesame oil and cocoa butter to nourish your skin, and lemon, lime and patchouli oil for a nice summery and oriental scent. The powder is really easy to use and I mostly apply it in the morning or in the evening when the sun is not that strong. However, I don’t feel like using it during the day or when I’m at the beach, so this is when The Sunblock with SPF 30 steps in. Although the instructions say that it is best to use in the shower, I usually use it as any other Lush massage bar. As most of the product consists of cocoa butter, it easily melts to the touch and creates a relatively thick layer that has a very calming scent of chamomile, rose, eucalyptus and limonene. And not to mention both products really work great, I have a beautiful tan and did not get sunburnt at all, mission accomplished!

If you’re interested to know what real experts think about sunscreens, you should definitely visit http://www.reviews.com/sunscreen/. There you will find the most recent findings about the efficiency of sunscreens, which ingredients to avoid and which formulas will work the best as some are apparently more tricky to use than the others. They also analyzed 135 products and chose top five to help you out. All in all an interesting research worth reading!

Take care! 

Vanilla & Jasmine

img_3090 img_3092… and it’s finally mine, one of the best vanilla and jasmine fragrances in the world! Last week I celebrated my birthday and my sister surprised me with Vanillary, a fragrance by Lush that has been on my wish list for quite a while. Sweet notes of vanilla blend with tonka absoulte and jasmine to create one of the most warm perfumes out there. Although Vanillary is a completely vegan product, I can assure you its longevity will take you by surprise. Just a few sprays on my neck and hair are enough for the whole day and I keep noticing the scent on my hair up until the evening, I love it! Because of its warm, sweet notes it’s absolutely wonderful to use in the autumn and winter, but I’m still using it on the summer days that aren’t too hot. Oh and I almost forgot to mention, if you generally don’t like vanilla scents you get in drugstores, you should give this one a go because it’s definitely something special!

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