Lush Halloween & Christmas 2017

Wow I can’t believe it. The Lush Creative Showcase has come and gone and I still regret not booking a ticket and going… Next time I will for sure!

It’s only September and Lush have not only announced what will be up for grabs this Halloween and Christmas, BUT they’ve released all the goodies online for us to buy NOW. Erm, what?!

I just want to get this out here that I am super pissed off about so many products that haven’t made a return. The main one being So White bath bomb, a bath bomb I have bought at least once every year since its release in 2009. FYI this was my favourite year for Lush Christmas as it had some of the best releases in my mind. Most of them are now shitty Lush Kitchen exclusives…

As well as that Lush hasn’t brought back Father Christmas bath bomb (Snow Fairy scented), Stardust bath bomb (was an amazing price and smelt amazing), Reindeer & Robin fun (cola scented), Santasaurus re-useable bubble bar (which I REALLY wanted to try last year and never got to!) and Peeping Santa bubble bar (strawberry scented). I’m sure there’s more I could think of as well! Either way I’m mostly disappointed that Yog Nog has COMPLETELY gone. What the fuck Lush?! :S Disappointed is not the word.

I also want to get this out there that I think Lush have REALLY put their prices up lately and it’s also very disappointing. Nearly £5.00 for a bath bomb?! For a few years now I’ve had a serious love/hate relationship with Lush and it’s usually due to their prices. I remember when I could walk into Lush and buy 2 bags of goodies for £30.00. Not those 2 bags would cost me near to £100.00. I seem to only really buy Lush when the Boxing Day sale hits, which is a shame. It really does say something about me… and I don’t care! If I can stock up on Lush products to last me the whole year then why the hell not?! I’ll be doing that again this year for sure.

ANYWAY! Instead of being gloomy about amazing Christmas exclusives that have come and gone, I wanted to share with you guys today about what I’m excited to pick up throughout the rest of the year from Lush!

Also! I will only be talking in depth about products that are new or ones that are coming back from the previous year(s) that I haven’t yet tried… So are technically still new to me! 😛

First I’ll start with Halloween products.

  • Monsters Ball bath bomb – £4.50 (link)

This little cutie is returning for a second year and due to not being able to try him last year, I’m really pleased for him to be back! He smells of lime Fruit Pastilles and come on, just look at him! He’s a little cutie, for a monster. I’ll definitely be buying a couple of him this year when I get back from holiday to try out. Lush seem to see lime scented things as their sort of Halloween signature fragrance, which to me isn’t very “spooky” but I’m not complaining! 😛

  • Bewitched bubble bar – £4.25 (link)

This is a newbie to the Halloween collection this year and one that I like the sound of! Alongside the lime scent, Lush always have something blackcurrant scented too. I’m not complaining! 😛 This bubble bar looks and sounds really nice so although it’s probably not one I’ll rush out and buy if I smell it and I like it, I might buy one. 😛 From the website it turns your bath water black and sparkly and I’m down for both of those!

  • Black Rose lipstick – £6.50 (link)

I’ve used Lush lipsticks and tints in the past and they’re pretty amazing to be honest! I’ve been using my Sugar Plum Fairy lip tint from last year and I forgot how great it is! Due to that I really want to pick this one up! It looks black in the tube but when applied to the lips is a vampy dark raspberry pink shade. Perfect for the colder months! I mostly love how these moisturise as you wear them, which is something I’m always after in a lipstick.

That’s sadly all the Halloween products I’m after this year, which I’m sure my bank balance appreciates!

Now onto the Christmas goodies I want… Bank balance is going to soon be hating me. 😉

  • Thundersnow bath bomb – £4.50 (link)

When I saw this being spoken about at the showcase I thought I recognised it, but it wasn’t out for Christmas last year so I did a little digging as to where I would have seen it before and discovered that it was actually a limited edition product at the Lush Summit at the start of the year! Crazy, huh? All that time and now it’s out for Christmas. It sounds amazing though. It has peppermint and cocoa butter in so it sounds like it’ll smell of After Eight chocolates. YUM! It also looks really cool, like a disco zebra. 😛

  • Snow Fairy jelly bomb – £4.96 (link)

As many Lush fans will know Lush recently brought out their jelly bombs and they look pretty cool to be honest! I’m not going to be trying it myself however until I need to buy more bath bombs and bubble bars. I still have some bath bombs to use up from last Christmas! I definitely want my first go at them to be Snow Fairy scented though. These are really expensive though at pretty much £5 and although I can get 2 baths out of it, I need to consider if I really want to pay that much for ONE bath bomb. I’ll probably wait until the Boxing Day sale to grab this…

  • Sherbet Dip bath bomb – £3.75 (link)

This is one that I think is REALLY random for Christmas and to me it just doesn’t scream Christmas at all. If anything it reminds me of the school holidays in the summer and going to the corner shop with your mates to buy sherbet dip and other crappy sweeties. This is from memory the cheapest Christmas bath bombs that Lush has brought out this year and I have wondered if that’s one of the reasons that people have bought it… Either way it sounds really nice and I’d like to give it a go, but I’m not fussed if I miss out on it. It sounds similar to Fizzbanger bath bomb.

  • Plum Snow bubble bar – £5.95 (link)

I have to get this off of my chest and say what a cheek I think it is to charge £6.00 for a bubble bar. I don’t care how big it is or how many baths you’ll get from it. That’s expensive. I can make my own bubble bars for less and get more… I think. 😛 Either way it’s a fucking shame to be honest because this bubble bar sounds amazing! By the name it obviously shares its scent with Plum Rain shower gel, which I still need to smell! It sounds delicious… Just a shame about the price. I’ll be waiting until Boxing Day to buy this.

  • Man In The Moon bubble bar – £5.95 (link)

This is another newbie for Christmas this year and like Sherbet Dip bubble bar, it just doesn’t scream Christmas to me… If anything it could remind me of stories you would have been told Christmas Eve… By the sounds of it it shares its scent with Monsters Ball due to the lime fragrance, which I like the sound of! It’s also funny how they both have one eye each. Can’t go wrong with that!

  • My Two Front Teeth bubble bar – £3.95 (link)

Again, what the hell Lush? This is such a random shape for a Christmas product and I don’t get why it’s here! Maybe it was a random toy that someone in the Lush creative team had when they were growing up. If this is the case then why didn’t Lush include a little moustache too??? This sounds lovely scent wise however and would be one I’d pick up if it was as good as it sounds. It contains vanilla and lavender so this would be a lovely bubble bar to use in the evenings, especially for children due to how fun the bubble bar looks too.

  • Christmas Cracker bubble bar – £5.95 (link)

This is one I’m unsure if I’ll like or not due to the scent, as it has that citrus lemon and lime smell going on, which Lush seem to be loving this Christmas. BUT they actually have a product out that is Christmassy! This looks like a pretty big bubble bar to be honest but again it’s so damn expensive! I have a feeling it has a bath melt on it as well, but it doesn’t state that. It does however contain popping candy so it’s a fun one for children to use around bonfire night.

  • The Snowman bubbleroon – £4.25 (link)

I love bubbleroons so much! I find they’re really soothing for the skin and especially great during the colder months when your skin is feeling dry and needs some serious TLC. I’ve not tried the snowman bubble bars or melts before, but I wouldn’t mind changing that this year. This contains orange to brighten your spirits and soya milk and shea butter to soften your dry skin. This again would be a cute one to give to children to use.

  • Star Light Star Bright bath melt – £4.25 (link)

This apparently shares its scent with Golden Wonder bath bomb (which is now my favourite Christmas bath bomb now that they’ve discontinued So White…). It contains lime oil as well as ginger, so I’m not sure what this would smell like. I’m pretty sure this is also a reoccurring product that was around for a few years before 2016. If that’s the case then I know a lot of Lushies will be happy to see this back!

  • Snow Fairy FUN – £6.95 (link)

This isn’t a new product and actually came out last year, BUT again it’s a product I never got to try and wanted to. I’ll definitely pick one up this year though, I LOVE the Lush FUN. It’s a multipurpose product but I love mostly using it as a bubble bar, to wash with and surprisingly even to use as a shave gel for my legs. Hey! Why can’t I shave my legs and smell like a fairy at the same time? 😛 This is actually the only FUN Lush have brought out for Christmas this year, which I’m really disappointed about. Again I also sound like a misery BUT I remember when FUN was £5.00… Don’t you? :S

  • Salt And Peppermint Bark body scrub – £6.95 (link)

Again, another returning favourite has come back for a second, if not third year now! AND I AM STILL YET TO TRY IT! This has clearly done well each year for it to come back and would be an amazing partner to team up with Christingle and Thundersnow for a minty and fresh bath.

  • Snow Fairy cold pressed soap – £5.95 (link)

I’ve never used cold pressed soap before but as old and regular readers of mine will know, I HATE Lush soaps. I’ll use them if gifted or bought them, but I would never go out of my way to buy them. They often flare up my eczema and case sore and dry patches on my skin and always, ALWAYS dry up my hands and make them sore. I think the only time I’ve used Lush soaps is for shaving my legs and that’s usually the rare few I can use, one being Rock Star. I’m willing to give the cold pressed soaps a go though, they sound like they’re better for your skin and they look nice in their round little pill shape. ALSO IT’S SNOW FAIRY! I have to give it a go! I’d probably not use this for my hands, but instead get a nice soap dish for the bathroom and have it for washing hands.

  • Berry Berry Christmas shower gel – 250g – £11.95 and 500g – £17.95 (link)
  • Berry Berry Christmas naked shower gel – 240g – £11.75 (link)

This is one of the two new shower gels that Lush has brought out for Christmas this year and I’d like to say that that they have done an amazing fucking job! Last year they brought out Bubble shower gel which was my favourite new product of 2016 (you can read my review here). I don’t think this will be my favourite out of the two but you never know as I haven’t actually smelt them yet! This just sounds so fruity and delicious and I love scents like that as it contains cranberry and blueberry BOTH OF MY FAVOURITE FRUITS! This also contains loads of lustre as well, which looks amazing throughout the bottle from what I’ve seen on pictures. I can’t wait to give this a sniff!

  • Santa’s Christmas shower cream – 250g – £10.95 and 500g – £17.95 (link)
  • Santa’s Christmas naked shower cream – 240g – £10.75 (link)

THIS is what my favourite product of 2017 is looking to be. It shares its scent with Reindeer And Robin FUN and the Santa’s Baby lip tint and lip scrub which had a cola scent. Not exactly Christmassy but it’s really warming and reminds me of winter now thanks to Lush. I already know I want to pick up another Santa Baby lipstick BUT I definitely want to get the 500g bottle of Santa’s Christmas. Everyone is saying how gorgeous it smells and when used in the shower it leaves a long lasting scent on the skin. I was going to order one of these before I go on holiday, but I might as well wait until I get back. Lush have brought this out in a naked version which I very much doubt I’ll be getting. It just looks so fiddly to use!

  • Christingle body conditioner – 100g – £9.95 and 250g – £17.95 (link)
  • Christingle naked body conditioner – £9.75 (link)

I KNOW this has been around for about 2 years now BUT I am still to try it. I was gifted a Snow Fairy body conditioner last year and I haven’t used it yet. I intend to use it when I’m back from my holiday. This is going on the list as I still want to buy and use it, so it’s still technically new to me. It’s a minty body conditioner that you use in the shower after cleansing your skin. Like an in shower body lotion basically. I’ve used these in the past (the Nivea ones) and they work amazing! I haven’t yet used a Lush one, but I really want to. I’ll definitely be picking this up, I LOVE minty shower products. I’d definitely team it up with Intergalactic bath bomb. As you may have heard Lush have brought out some naked items this year including the body conditioners, body lotions and shower gels and creams. I don’t think I’d opt for the naked versions myself, they just sound and look too messy and fiddly.

  • Once Upon A Time body lotion – 100g – £7.95 and 225g – £13.95 and 500g (link)
  • Once Upon A Time naked body lotion – £7.95 (link)

So White looks to have been discontinued and in its place we have been gifted with Once Upon A Time body lotion AND a naked body lotion… I can’t complain, I have some sort of replacement BUT what if I didn’t want a body lotion? 😛 In all fairness I could do with moisturising my skin more, but I never feel like I have the time between working, blogging and being a lazy gaming moo. 😛 I wouldn’t mind giving this a go in store and seeing what I think. If anything I’d pick this up in the Boxing Day sale if it’s on offer.

  • Snow Fairy sparkle jar – £6.95 (link)

Snow Fairy is one of my favourite Christmas scents and I remember quite a while ago now that Lush brought out a massage bar in the classic Lush Christmas scent. I never bought it and I regret it so much. I knew a few people who purely got it to burn and use as a wax melt. I wouldn’t do that myself as it’d be an expensive wax melt! BUT I would love to pick up the new sparkle jar version of this to use when me and Dane give each other back massages. He loves the Snow Fairy scent just as much as I do so this one is right up our streets. The one thing I don’t like about this is the shimmer inside. I wouldn’t really use it in all fairness so this product seems like a waste of money to me.

  • Twilight sparkle jar – £6.95 (link)

This is exactly the same as the Snow Fairy sparkle jar, shimmer included! The only difference of course being the scent. This has the classic Twilight scent to it and although I’m swaying towards the Snow Fairy sparkle jar if I had to buy one, I also really like the sound of getting Twilight for back massages before bed. If I pick either of these up though it’ll be in the Boxing Day sales. 😛

FINALLY AFTER WRITING THIS POST FOR ABOUT 4 HOURS IT IS DONE! I’m not joking either. I’ve been faffing around from doing a live Instagram video, to messaging friends. It is finally done and here!

Overall what are my thoughts on Lush’s winter 2017 range? I’m pretty meh about it really. I know I have a decent list of products I want to smell and try but meh I don’t know what to think really. Apart from a couple of scents I don’t think majority of the products are actually anything to do with Christmas. When were citrus scents classed as Christmassy? Or a random pair of teeth and a man in the moon? I know a lot of people have said similar if not the same things as I have. I’ll buy some of the stuff but not as much as I will have bought in previous years, which to me is a shame.

When I get back from holiday I hope to go to Lush and check out ALL the new Christmas products and pick up a few bits. Hopefully anyway. 😛

What do you think of the Halloween and Christmas range this year? Make sure to let me know your thoughts in the comments down below.

Until next time all take car and I hope you’ve had an awesome weekend!

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May Favourites ’17

Well hello June! Both mine and Dane’s month of big things, including our 4 year anniversary and also our first year anniversary of buying our house.

May has been nothing but shit to be perfectly honest. The start of the month saw me really poorly and without going into detail work has been crap. This has sadly resulted in my mental health getting worse and me relapsing. I’ll have to go into more detail about this in another post though.

BUT June! I’m seeing it as a month for improvement! Getting myself a better job, saving up better for our holiday and getting myself better.

May was the month that I was able to start wearing my lipsticks again WHICH IS AMAZING NEWS! I’ve never been so happy as to wear my red MAC lipstick. 😛

Of course I have some other favourites so lets get to it!

  • Boots Extracts Marshmallow and Peppermint Body Scrub.

This is a body scrub I picked up in the sales in the marshmallow and peppermint gift set. I really wanted to get one of these so I was really pleased that I found one on New Years Eve on a trip to town with Dane! I’ve already used the shower gel and I use the hand cream at work, which is amazing. The body butter it equally as good. The body scrub isn’t the best in the world but it certainly does the job! I just wish it was rougher really as whilst I have sensitive skin I still like to feel that something it working and doing the job. Obviously this was limited edition for Christmas so it can’t be bought now (well, unless it’s on eBay) so yeah… 😛

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  • Palmolive Gourmet Mint Shake Body Butter Shower Cream.

I LOVE these shower creams so damn much, I can’t even put into words! Every time me and Dane see these on offer whilst out doing our food shop we pick a couple up. Whilst the chocolate one is my favourite this is a new one me and Dane picked up to try and og my… It was gorgeous! 😀 Sadly I don’t have the bottle anymore as we used it all up. We’re currently using the vanilla one, which is equally amazing! These are really thick shower creams and a little really does go a long way! This always leaves my skin feel soft and smooth and smelling amazing. The chocolate one is definitely the best but it doesn’t hurt to try the others! If you haven’t tried these yet PLEASE get some and give it a go. I doubt you’ll regret it. 😛

  • Victoria’s Secret Victoria EDP.

Late last year I travelled down to Chichester for work and after I’d finished any shifts I’d done there I was able to go and do whatever I wanted for the rest of the day. Not going to lie, most of the time I ventured to the shops as I was so bored in the hotel room otherwise! I went into the town centre on my last day and ended up going in TK Maxx to do a bit of retail therapy. Among some Korean beauty items I picked up this perfume. Whenever I venture into Victoria’s Secret I  have a smell of the perfumes in there to see what they’re like. They’re nothing special to be honest but they look great because of what they are. You know? This is a 50ml bottle and cost me about £25.99 from memory. It’s a great perfume but not as good as I remember… I use it for work really as a body spray more than anything. It’s like and not that heavy so it’s good if you work around food.

  • Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo Lipstick in shade Roman.

I’ve owned this for about a year now and I’ve probably only used it a  handful of times. It’s a very creamy and glossy lipstick and due to that I find it’s a bit too sticky and heavy to use during work. This is however the first lipstick I wore since my lips being bad and I actually didn’t realise how easy and nice this lipstick is to wear. To get rid of that glossy feeling I blotted it a little and it lasted AGES! It’s also a really nice lipstick to wear during warm and muggy weather. It’s one I’ll be wearing more this year for sure. I miss wearing lipsticks instead of wearing liquid lipsticks all the time. This one is pretty moisturising too.

  • The Body Shop Peppermint Reviving Pumice Foot Scrub.

I’ve loved this foot scrub for years and although I’ve had this new tub since January this year, I’ve hardly used it to be honest… I don’t know why… BUT I’ve recently started using it once a week to make sure my feet are lovely and soft! To date I haven’t found a foot scrub as good as this one. It doesn’t work miracles (for £7.50 you can’t expect that!) but it does help my feet be soft and smooth for a while! You can’t really go wrong and I recommend The Body Shop foot range to everyone. It’s definitely the best thing about The Body Shop.

So now my beauty favourites are done, time to talk about the miscellaneous favourites of the month!

Favourite TV Show – Daria.

Daria has been around for years and whilst I have always known about it, I’d never actually watched it until recently. At the start of May I was really poorly with a stomach bug and for nearly a week was bedridden due to it. So whilst I had to stay in bed I decided to binge watch all of season one and half of season two. I never realised how good it was to be honest as well as  how much I can relate to both Daria and Jane! I love them both so much, I want two besties just like them. 😛 Even though me and my best friend Gabriella are probably like them anyway! xD I really need to continue watching it really and when I have my week off in a few weeks time I think I’ll binge watch it from the start with Dane, as I discovered he likes the show too. 😀

Favourite Film – Popstar: Never Stop Stopping.

This film isn’t new, in fact it’s been out for a year now and it’s one me and Dane have watched a couple of times now. It’s hilarious to be honest! If you love The Lonely Island then you will love this film as it’s the same guys behind the band. It’s basically a piss take at Justin Bieber, as well as other pop bands and artists out there. The songs (as usual by The Lonely Island) are catchy and funny as fuck! There’s also loads of celebrity appearances including Justin Timberlake as a Japanese sushi chef, who is absolutely hilarious! If you haven’t watched this film yet then I recommend it.

Favourite Book – Bridget Jones’s About The Boy.

This is a book I bought back in 2015 after I returned from my holiday in Fuerteventura with my dad. I had read The Edge of Reason and fell in love with Bridget all over again. SO of course I had to pick up the third book! I haven’t read loads (I hardly get time to read books… Manga I appear to. :P) but oh my God it is lovely to read about Bridget again! I was inspired to pick it up after watching the third movie Bridget Jones’s Baby. Sorry ladies (and gents) of the world who love that film but I thought it was so tacky and just awful. It was so obvious all the way through who the dad would be and it just lacked anything that Bridget would do in my mind. Well most of the time anyway. She would complain constantly about how she’s going to be a crap mom, how she can’t smoke, how she can’t drink, how she’s gaining weight. I don’t recall any of that happening. I’ve also ordered the fourth book too, which is Helen Fielding’s take on it, which already sounds much better than the film!

Favourite Song – RuPaul “Jealous Of My Boogie” and “Glamazon”.

 I’m not going to lie, I’ve never been a massive fan of the songs from RuPaul… I especially don’t like how he uses the show to advertise his new single… Sorry but yeah. This being said there has always been two songs that stand out to me, which are Jealous Of My Boogie (which I’ve added above) and Glamazon. I just love how catchy and upbeat both songs are. I find myself playing them in the bathroom whilst cleaning! I love the one I’ve linked about the most. I need to download some music very soon and these two will definitely be downloaded straight away.

Favourite Game – Persona 5.

No word of a lie, I haven’t enjoyed a game this much since I discovered Pokemon and Animal Crossing, which are two of my favourite game series. OH and South Park of course! 😛 I haven’t been playing this nonstop due to being an adult, but if I could I totally would! I play it a couple of nights a week after work and I can’t wait until I play it next. I mean after I’ve typed up this blog post (and probably another) I might go downstairs and play it (although it’s 7.30pm now… I may be too late to go down and play. Sad face.) but we shall see!

I don’t know how to explain what the game is about and to be honest I want to review the game itself so I don’t want to go into too much detail! It’s like Pokemon to be honest but darker. 😛

Yeahhhh so those were my favourites for May! I can’t believe we are officially halfway through the year now. 2017 is going way too quickly and whilst I’m glad (kinda…) I’m also feeling like my life is flashing before my eyes and I’m not doing anything with it, which sucks. It’ll get better though…

What were your favourites from May? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time take care all!

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Lush Coventry Halloween & Christmas BBlogger Event (WARNING! Picture Heavy!)*

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Oh my God I have never been so excited to write a post for quite a long time. As regular readers will know I LOVE Lush and I especially love when they come out with their new Halloween and Christmas products every year.

SO when the Coventry store called out for bloggers to go to their store for an event last week I jumped at the chance! I have been to the Coventry store various times in the past and it’s a lovely little store.

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The event itself to date has been one of my favourites that I have attended and I really hope to attend more like it in the future. The staff were friendly and chatty and the fellow bloggers who were there were all lovely.

Apart from having a nose and sniff of all the new goodies the staff also talked us through all the new products which was great! When you visit Lush over Christmas it is constantly busy so you’re forever wanting to get shown how to use things but never being able to properly. So this was a great chance to see all the products properly and even try them ourselves.

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The first thing we were shown were the body and face products which I was excited to look at. Buche De Noel an old Christmas favourite was the first thing to be shown to us. I’ve never tried it before but it’s said to be a creamy and softening face cleanser. You can get it in the normal version and alcohol free. If you like this old favourite then this year they have a special gift called Festive Fresh which contains Buche De Noel and Let The Good Times Roll.

A face product that they didn’t have in store (nor show us due to that I imagine) was the Papa Noel face wash jelly. When you take it out of the packaging it’s in the shape of a white Father Christmas beard. It’s the first time Lush have made anything like this and it looks like fun to use. I hope I get chance to look at it in a store soon!

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The second item they showed us is a new one for Halloween this year which is Goth Fairy. This is part of the massage bar range but it contains shimmer so when it’s rubbed onto the skin it leaves behind a bit of shimmer. Well I say a bit, but it’s quite a generous amount! I stepped forward to have this demoed on me and it really does feel lovely. I was tempted to buy one of these to use on me and Dane as a massage bar for our backs, but due to the shimmer I left it. The scent of this reminded me The Comforter a little bit with its blackcurrant scent. This will be a great product to apply before a night out, especially over the Christmas period! As this is part of the Halloween range you need to make sure you pick one up before they fly away.

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As a fan of the Twilight scent and family I KNEW I would love the Sleepy body lotion, which is new this year. I hope Lush bring this out in the Lush Kitchen often to keep us lot happy! This isn’t a super thick body lotion and when you first open the pot it has some silver shimmer on the top which makes it look too good to use! I tried this on my hands during the event and it made them feel really nice and soft. As regular readers of my blog will know I suffer with eczema and so I’m always trying out different hand creams to try and help it. This one seems like a winner and one I’ll definitely be picking up before Christmas is over! It smells just like the shower gel too, but not as intense which I really liked. It’ll be a nice one to use before bed.

There was more products that the staff showed us, but sadly I didn’t get pictures. One being the Fairy Dust dusting powder, which is a returning favourite from last year. It smells just like Snow Fairy and I was given one last year by a friend. It smells gorgeous and due to it containing shimmer it’s lovely to use before nights out.

For Christmas Lush have also introduced a new dusting powder called Mr Sandman, which shares its scent with the Twilight family! It smells lovely, but not as good as the shower gel and body lotion in my opinion. If I had to choose one of the two new items that are out this year, the body lotion would be mine. This is a white dusting powder so it doesn’t leave behind any colour after use, just plenty of shimmer!

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After looking at those items we were moved onto shower and there are a couple of new pieces for Christmas. The first one we looked at was Salt And Peppermint Bark body scrub which Lush brought out last year. I’m so glad they’ve brought it back as I never got the chance to try it last year! This smells like peppermint chocolate bark, which is obviously where this gets its name from.

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Sadly this year there aren’t any new shower jellies, but Lush have brought back Santa’s Belly which was a new one last year. It is said to share its scent with So White bath bomb, but I don’t think so at all! So White is crisp apple smelling, whilst this one has a different scent in my eyes. It’s red with red stars inside of it. Nice to use in the mornings to wake you up! The Coventry store has a huge version of it on display, which I played with for a bit.

Lush have also brought back Snowman shower jelly which has been around for as long as I can remember! The store has a big version of this too like Santa’s Belly, but sadly my picture turned out blurry of it. 😦  It comes in the shape of a snowman, which looks really cute when you take it out of the tub. It smells of gentle citrus and like Santa’s Belly will be lovely to use in the morning before work to wake you up.

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Another product from last year that I was super excited about has come back again this year! YAY, and something that makes it better is that it is now available in two sizes instead of just the large size. This is Christingle body conditioner. It’s like a body lotion that you use in the shower. You apply this to the skin after using a shower gel and rinse it off to be left with beautiful smooth and yummy smelling skin. Due to the mint and menthol in this one it leaves your skin feeling tingly and cool. Probably not what you want in winter, but it smells amazing AND look at that gorgeous blue colour!

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Alongside Christingle Lush have brought another body conditioner out this year, however this one is new and one everyone has already fallen in love with. Of course it is Snow Fairy body conditioner and oh my God it smells beautiful! I know I already want to pick one of these up and hopefully quite a few in the Boxing Day sales. Like the shower gel the conditioner is pink, but when you open up your new tub it will have some shimmer on the top just like the Sleepy body lotion. Oh Lush why do you do this to my bank account?

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Of course it wouldn’t be a Lush Christmas without Snow Fairy! I’ve recently opened my 1kg bottle that Dane bought me for my birthday. There isn’t much I can say about this. It smells beautiful, it looks beautiful, so go buy it. 😛

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Rose Jam shower gel has been around for a couple of years now and I don’t actually remember it ever coming out. I do however remember everyone obsessing about it last year! I personally don’t see what all the fuss is about this shower gel, but that’s just me. It does have a floral yet sweet smell behind it. I was gifted the bubbleroon version of this last Christmas and I absolutely loved it! I’ve got a Rose Jam to use so I’ll make sure to review it soon! 😀

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This isn’t for Christmas and is actually for Halloween, however Lord Of Misrule shower cream is available all year in the Oxford Street store, so this is just a goody for anyone who can’t make it to that store. I still want to give this a go as I really do like the scent of it.

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The newest member of the Christmas shower gel family this year is Bubbly and oh boy this is probably my favourite new thing this year that Lush has brought out. I ended up buying one of these after the event as I loved it that much. It shares its scent with Golden Wonder bath bomb, so an uplifting and citrus scent thanks to ingredients such as grapefruit, lemon and grapes. I already know I’ll be buying a huge bottle of this as it’s just such a beautiful scent.

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The last shower item we were shown were Candy Cane and Yog Log shower roulade. Now I’m not a huuuuge fan of these as I find they’re quite expensive for what they do to my skin. However when I heard that Lush weren’t bringing back Yog Nog as either the soap or the bath bomb I was GUTTED! I did get to try this in store however and it felt really lovely when applied to the skin. So it is something I will be trying at some point! I doubt that I’ll fall in love with it mind. I mean come on Lush!? I want Yog Nog back! 😛 I was actually expecting them to bring out a shower cream to be honest, but alas it didn’t happen. I may have to make my own with the two Yog Nog bath bombs I have left.

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Next we moved onto the soaps. I’m not a huge fan of Lush soaps (apart from Yog Nog and Rock Star) as I’m allergic to quite a lot of them so I often more than not steer clear of them. At Christmas though I always give the new and existing ones a sniff and this year I discovered quite a few I liked the smell of.

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This is Igloo soap and it reminds me of a mixture of Turkish Delight and fruit pastilles. That being said this soap does infact smell of Turkish Delight which in turn reminded me of Angels Delight soap that Lush had out for various years until last year. I didn’t like that soap sadly due to it giving me an awful allergic reaction. The smell is lovely mind. This will make a lovely gift for someone to open on Christmas Day who loves fruit pastilles.

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This is one of my least favourite products this year and it isn’t due to the appearance or scent. I LOVED Reindeer Rock last year and the year before. Before the change it was purple, with silver reindeer on and it smelt just like The Comforter. I LOVED it! Now it is blue, looks like a pebble with a gold reindeer on and smells NOTHING LIKE IT DID BEFORE! WHAT?! It smells more floral now and whilst it doesn’t smell horrible, it just isn’t the same. I would have expected Lush to change the name of it to be honest. Either way it does look pretty, just a shame about the scent change…

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These two are definitely my favourite soaps this year and I can actually see me buying a chunk of them both to try.

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My favourite of the two and out of all the soaps is definitely Baked Alaska. It’s been around for a couple of years now from memory and I never really recall it smelling like this beforehand but it is gorgeous. It reminds me of Bubbly with its citrus scents, such as grapefruit. It is definitely one that would wake you up in the morning to use. Sadly due to the type of soap this is (gel look) I have a feeling I’ll be allergic to it. Sad times. 😦

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This was definitely an eye catching soap and one I really love the look of. If I got a decent chunk I would end up wanting to just have it for show over Christmas on a soap dish instead of using it! No I joke. This is Snowcastle soap and like Baked Alaska it has been around for a while from memory. This smells of creamy marzipan and is one for people with a sweet tooth! It isn’t too sweet scent wise though. This is a creamy soap and I have a feeling my skin will like this one, especially my hands.

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This is a new soap this year and one that I’ve seen quite a few people go crazy for. When I first saw and heard about Shooting Stars soap I immediately assumed it would smell the same as Shoot For The Stars bath bomb due to the appearance. Alas it is nothing like it and actually smells of lemon and lime which smells delicious! This soap is very pretty to look at but it’s also a little bit special. When put in the dark or at least a dark room the UV in the stars makes the stars glow. Magical or what?!

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I didn’t get a very good picture of this soap sadly, which I was pretty gutted about! But this is Santa’s Postbox soap and it is gorgeous to look at! It’s in an English red postbox shape and it just looks amazing. It also smells great too and shares its scent with Satsuma bath bomb due to the orange and satsuma scent. I got given  chunk of this from the store to take home but sadly due to the gel style consistency of this soap I’m worried that I may end up having an allergic reaction… We will have to see how I get on! I’ll be reviewing this for sure.

Alongside all those soaps there were two I sadly didn’t manage to get pictures of such as them being Halloween soaps and I was kinda too excited for the Christmas ones. I did smell these of course and they are really lovely. Fireside soap reminds me of bonfire night due to the smokey yet soothing scent of it. I would love to buy this but I don’t know if I would use it enough. It’s a very manly scent. There was also Magic Wand soap which is full of yummy fruity scents and one that will definitely wake you up on a cold autumn morning.

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These are just two of the many new Christmas products I was excited to see at the event and I ended up buying the Sugar Plum Fairy lip tint after the event finished. YAY! I haven’t yet used it though but I intend to after today and review it as soon as possible.

As well as the Sugar Plum Fairy range Lush have brought back the red cola smelling lip products Santa Baby lip scrub and lip tint. I tried the new lip tint in the tube (I’ve only ever owned the one in the tin) and it really does tint, if not stains your lips! I would love to pick one of these up before Christmas is over. I’ve owned both in the past and they really are lovely lip products so I was excited to try the new ones which have a yummy blackcurrant taste and scent, just like The Comforter… Which in turn is one of my favourite scents by Lush.

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I’m surprised I didn’t pick up the Sugar Plum Fairy lip scrub after the event as it smelt delicious, just like Ribena so I can only imagine it would taste just as amazing as well! I love the Lush lip scrubs as they’re great value for money and really are good to use before applying liquid lipsticks. However I always forget to use them and they end up being a waste of money… If someone gifts me this this Christmas I won’t complain but due to the above fact I can’t see me buying it myself. 😦

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This is the Sugar Plum Fairy lip tint. LOOK HOW DAMN PIGMENTED THAT IS! Oh and the colour is gorgeous too of course! I didn’t expect it to be as bright as it came out. It looks like a dark purple in the tube but comes out as a raspberry pink with some pink and purple shimmer, which is only slight. This reminds me of Rebel lipstick by MAC. I honestly cannot wait to wear this to work and review it.

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Onto the part of this post that I’m sure everyone is excited for, the bath bombs and bubble bars! I have loads to talk about here, both old and new products.

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Candy Mountain bubble bar is an oldie that has changed shape over the years, but a few years back it finally found it’s form and is the beautiful mini mountain we all know and love today. It smells exactly the same as Creamy Candy bubble bar and Rock Star soap. If you like Snow Fairy you’ll love these as it smells like a sweet creamy vanilla scent.

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These are the two new reuseable bubble bar by Lush and they’re both amazing!

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The first one is Jester, a cute little guy who will appeal to children a lot. It is a citrus scented bubble bar which will be lovely to use after a long day when you need to be perked up a little bit. I know I’ll be picking one of these cuties up! I love how colourful it is and I bet it makes the bath water a lovely orange colour to match its scent. This teamed up with Bubble shower gel will work perfectly.

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This is another one of my favourite bubble bars this year! It’s Santasaurus and it smells just like Honey I Washed The Kids soap, so of yummy toffee and sweet treats. Plus look how cute it is?! It’s a little dinosaur with a Christmas hat on! Yes you wouldn’t expect to see it at Christmas but this is why Lush are so great when it comes to Christmas. They come out with different things and not always traditional, which I love. I bet this turns the bath water a beautiful turquoise shade. I’m so excited to try it.

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Magic Wand is a returning favourite to Lush and I still have a couple of these left in my Lush box. These share their scent with Snow Fairy and create some amazing bubbles when put under a running tap.

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This is a returning reuseable bubble bar from last year and is one that whilst I’m not a fan of the scent, it’s definitely one of the best looking of the four! It’s The Magic Of Christmas and is a gold star bubble bar on a cinnamon stick. It smells warm and delicious of cinnamon and clove. If you love scents like this then you will love this one!

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Peeping Santa bubble bar is another returner from last year and one I’m excited to see again! I got one of these for Christmas and I didn’t think I would like it, but I loved using it in one of the first baths I had in our house. It’s a soft strawberry scent and is very conditioning for the skin. I want to pick up quite a few of these in the Boxing Day sales!

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I am so damn happy to see this little cutie back, The Christmas Penguin! Lush didn’t bring him back last Christmas and myself and lots of other Lushies were really sad about it. Finally he has returned and I can’t wait to pick one up. He has a lovely soft scent which reminds me of Johnson’s baby bath. If I remember right this is a bubble bar aimed at children but sod it, adults love this cutie just as much.

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This bubble bar is called Snowie and is clearly inspired by David Bowie. The legend died at the start of this year, which was a terrible shame. 😦 So from what I can gather, Lush decided to show their love for him in this way. This bubble bar reminds me of something that I can’t quite put my finger on. It’s said to have grapefruit in but I can’t really smelly it to be honest. It reminds me a little of Tramp shower gel and Supertramp bubble bar, but a softer smelling version. I’ll definitely be buying one.

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Finally we have Ruby Red Slippers bubble bar this year which is a returner after seven years. Yes you read that correctly 7 YEARS! This is also the bubble bar we got the chance to make ourselves, which was so much fun! This smells heavily of cinnamon and is a very warming bubble bar. It’s bright red and have red glitter all over it too. I’m not a massive fan of the scent as it gives me a bit of a headache. It is clearly inspired by the shoes that Dorothy wears in The Wizard of Oz and a lot of people probably wouldn’t relate the film to Christmas, but I sure do. From the age of 5 I remember year after year attempting to watch this movie before bed on Christmas Eve and always falling to sleep around the time she meets the Scarecrow. When I was 9 my dad bought it for me for Christmas so I could finally watch it without worrying about falling to sleep. I was so happy!

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Now it’s time to talk about bath bombs! There are quite a few new ones out which is awesome. My favourite things to buy from Lush are always the bubble bars, bath bombs and shower gels/creams. 😀

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This is one of the new bath bombs for this year which is called Mistletoe and I really don’t like it! Which is a shame as it looks so damn pretty. It’s a very strong floral scented bath bomb and I’m not a fan of that at all sadly. If you love ylang ylang then you will love this bath bomb!

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This cutie is a new version of Shoot For The Stars and I don’t know if I prefer it or not, I think I do however. It’s blue with gold star melts inside. It shares its scent with Honey I Washed The Kids which has a yummy toffee scent. I was given one of these in my goody bag after the event and it smells just like the previous versions. This is one of my favourite bath bombs so I can’t wait to see what it’ll be like with its new design.

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This is another new bath bomb this year which everyone has gone crazy over due to Roller bath bomb. Never Mind The Ballistics is a yellow bath bomb with a pink bath melt on the top. It’s said to smell really citrusy due to the orange and lime oils but personally I couldn’t smell anything at the time of giving it a sniff. Maybe it was due to smelling so many products. I was really excited to smell this too, so when I did I was left disappointed. It looks very pretty though and I know the colours are inspired after the Sex Pistols album cover, but it doesn’t really remind me of Christmas sadly.

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This is by far my favourite bath bomb and especially my favourite for Christmas. I remember when So White first came out back when I was either 19 or 20 and it was a tiny little bath bomb. Well it has come a long way since then! It’s become a larger bath bomb, has had bubble bar added inside and has had colours added inside. Now it has been transformed again and has a green leaf on the top and from what I’ve heard is now green inside instead of red. I cannot wait to get my hands on one this year!

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Another returner from last year and one that Lush has updated for the better this year. I know I found myself dealing with broken Star Dust bath bombs in the post and it really pissed me off. Now Lush have created a stronger bath bomb so that this same issue doesn’t happen again. It’s exactly the same as last year though and is so damn pretty! I can’t wait to pick some up again as I miss their creamy vanilla scent.

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An old favourite among children and adults alike, it’s Butterbear bath bomb which shares its scent with Butterball bath bomb. It smells of chocolate and contains chunks of cocoa butter. Great for moisturising the skin after a long day.

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This is one of my favourite Christmas bath bombs and is called Golden Wonder. It’s been around for as long as I can remember! I still have one from last year in my Lush box that I still need to use. It smells of citrus so lemon, lime and oranges. It shares its scent with Bubbly shower gel so I can’t wait to team the two up together!

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Father Christmas is a bath bomb that Snow Fairy lovers need in their lives. Due to sharing its scent with the best Fairy around and when it fizzes away in the bath the red outside reveals a bright green center.

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This is an oldie bath bomb from a couple of years ago and is called Luxury Lush Pud. It doesn’t just share its scent with Twilight bath bomb, but it also looks beautiful! Christmas pudding doesn’t usually look like this which is what I like the most about this bath bomb. As it dissolves in the bath the coloured circles move from around it to form beautiful colours in the bath, as you can see from the picture above.

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This is a bath bomb I thought Lush has discontinue for good after it not making a return last year. I loved the smell of this one and so did Dane but it wasn’t meant to be as we never bought one two years ago and couldn’t last year. However the bath bomb has now been changed and is better than ever! When placed into the water is is probably one of the prettiest bath bombs Lush has brought out. I am of course talking about Northern Lights. It’s a floral bath bomb which I find is really light smelling in comparison to a lot of Lush’s floral bath bombs and products. When placed into water it doesn’t just show it’s purple colours, but also yellow and blue. It’s so pretty and really does look like the northern lights.

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Alongside Lush’s bubble bars and bath bombs we also have the bath melts and FUN bars to pick up too. Snow Angel is the only bath melt out this Christmas which is a shame as I love them! I’ve got one of these in my Lush box from last year and I’ve never used Snow Angel before. I hear it smells of marzipan which sounds delicious. I can’t wait to use this one cold evening to warm me up a little inside.

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Of course since Lush creating FUN they always bring some out every Christmas. Lush have done the unthinkable and brought out a Snow Fairy FUN! I’m so damn excited for this and can’t wait to pick it up soon! They also have Reindeer And Robin which smells of cola and alongside Snow Fairy I’m really excited for it. Elf On The Shelf smells of refreshing grapefruit and Santa smells floral. FUN is amazing as you can use it for various things! To wash your body in the shower, run under the bath to create some yummy bubbles, make little people out of it and also used on your hair as shampoo.

I left the Halloween bath products until last to talk about!

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Boo bath melt is new this year for Halloween and one I really wanted to love due to how adorable it looks, but sadly it isn’t for me. It smells of ginger and ick that really isn’t a scent for me. Why couldn’t it smell of marshmallow? It would have smelt amazing!

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I’ve never really smelt this bath bomb until now and it smells really yummy and fresh with lime and grapefruit. It’s Sparkly Pumpkin I wouldn’t mind giving it a go to be honest but the gold glitter puts me off… We shall see for sure.

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Pumpkin bath bomb is new this year and one I knew I wouldn’t like. I’m not a fan of pumpkin both in taste and scent and this just reminds me of the scent of a pumpkin pie. ICK! It does look beautiful though and it is perfect for Halloween, especially over the pond in America.

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This is by far one of my favourite items that Lush has brought out for Halloween! It smells of lime and reminds me of lime sweeties. Monsters Ball reminds me of something from Monsters Inc and I love it so damn much! I’ll be picking up a couple before Halloween is over.

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Autumn Leaf is a new bath bomb for Halloween this year and of course it’s for the autumn season. I was sad that I didn’t like the scent of this one mind as it was very grass and floral heavy. It looks beautiful though!

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So that is all the products! I know this post is really damn long as it is but I have a little bit more to write about and then I will be done! FINALLY! After going around the store we got the chance to make our own Red Ruby Slippers bubble bar, which was so much fun to make! I got the chance to mix the colouring and flavours into the mix which was harder than it looked at the time.

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Finally it was time to buy any goodies we wanted, grab a goodie bag and head home but not before a picture of us all, which I have popped here of course, alongside a picture I nabbed from the Lush Coventry Instagram page.

Overall I loved the event that the Lush Coventry store put on for us beauty bloggers and I felt so happy being there! I was shattered after work and just wanted to have some fun at the event and meet some fellow bloggers, which is exactly what I did. I had an amazing time and from what I said at the start of the post it’s so far the best event I have been to to date!

I want to thank the store for letting me come to the event and I hope that I can attend more in the future.

What do you guys think of the Lush Halloween and Christmas range this year? Make sure to let me know what you think in the comments down below.

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having a lovely week.

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Big Beauty Haul

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Why do I always do this? Say I’ll save money and then spend it as soon as payday comes. Oh dear.

Saturday me and Dane popped out to buy some stuff for the house and as we always do when we have to make a shopping trip like that we pop to Homesense, because Homesense is amazing!

I ended up spending quite a lot of money in the beauty section there as well as at Boots.

So I decided to show you all what I bought as there are some real gems in this haul. Enjoy!

As well as Homesense I also popped into Boots as well as The Body Shop for some freebies.

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I picked up so many sheet masks when I was in Homesense… I could have easily picked up more but I had to watch my money. I picked up three Tony Moly masks, two avocado and one red wine. I’ve got a couple of these masks already (tea tree, lemon and aloe vera). These cost £1.99 each… Which wasn’t cheap in my eyes as I’ve bought these before for a £1 each. I’ve never heard of this brand before but I also picked up some by a brand called Forever Young. These are in the green tea pore control version but they had quite a few different types. I settled on these as Dane has big pores, I love green tea and these will help to calm down my oily t-zone. You get five of these in a packet and they cost £4.99 so these seem more reasonable than the price of the Tony Moly ones.

Another Koren beauty item I picked up is the Etude House lip gel patch. I have heard about these time and time again over the past couple of years and have always wanted to try it out for myself. So when I saw two of these up for grabs I knew I had to pick them both up. As I’m writing this blog post I currently have one on my lips. It feels like jelly and surprisingly sticks onto the lips fairly easy. It smells of sweet cherries and you can really feel it working. I left it on for 20 minutes and it left my lips feeling lovely and soft! These cost me £1.99 each which isn’t cheap. I’ll look on eBay for these in future!

The next two things I picked up are by a brand called Caim & Able who are an Australian beauty brand. I picked up one of their bath salts and body scrubs. They had a couple of different ones in stock but I had my eyes on these two. The bath salts are coconut and lime which sounds right up my street! I love things like this so I’m really excited to use this soon! It’ll be lovely to use before going out in the daytime on my days off work. The body scrub is clementine and coffee and I LOVE coffee body scrubs! They’re great for cellulite which is what I’ll be using this for. These cost £7.99 each, I don’t think you can pick them up in the UK. If I love these I’ll be making sure to review them.

The final thing I picked up from Homesense was something for Dane. It’s some ingrown eliminating pads by Bliss. He’s always having problems with ingrown hairs on his face so I picked these up for him to try. If they’re any good I may have to steal a couple myself to try. These are meant to cost £28.00 but I picked them up for £5.99.

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My next stop (as I mentioned) was Boots as well as The Body Shop for my freebie face mask samples. I got two which are British Rose and Ethiopian Honey. These will be exciting to try soon.

In Boots I picked up a couple of things I needed, as well as a couple of treats too. I needed some new hand wash for the bathroom and I really love the Baylis and Harding ones as they keep my hands looking and feeling soft and smooth. This is in the scent eton mess and although I am not a fan of the dessert I love the smell of this! It’s making me feel all Christmassy as well which is always good! This was just over £2.00.

I repurchased another bottle of my favourite shampoo which is the botanical shine shampoo by Liz Earle. It’s sulfate free and only costs £10! You get 200ml which isn’t loads but it lasts me a good couple of months which suits me fine. I love this stuff and as it’s for all hair types anyone can use it.

I got a couple of make up items too, including a clear mascara which by Collection which I used on my eyebrows to keep them in place. This is cheap as anything at £1.99 and it lasts months! As well as that I also picked up two Maybelline items as they were on buy one get one half price. I picked up the new baby lips shade in chai tea latte. I’m not a fan of the Starbucks drink but these smells delicious! Really warm and comforting, perfect for autumn which is looming. It’s a dark red shade like burgundy but when applied to the lips it looks a dark pink almost raspberry shade. I know I’ll be wearing this loads for the rest of the year. My final purchase was one my mom told me about and encouraged me to buy, which is one of Maybelline’s new lip products called colour drama intense lip paint. I picked up the shade vamped up which is an intense dark purple. I applied a little bit to my lips and it looks and feels amazing! This is definitely a product you can work with as with the more you apply the more intense the colour pay off gets! I can’t wait to wear this throughout autumn and winter.

So that was what I picked up over the weekend! I’m meant to be saving money, which I will be doing now.

What have you been buying recently? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you all had a lovely weekend.

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Lush Christmas 2016

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Woohoo it’s part two of my post(s) about the Lush Halloween and Christmas collections that recently leaked. This post is by far going to be my favourite of the two as I love Christmas time at Lush. They bring out my favourite Lush items and whenever I visit a store I always just feel so Christmassy and reminiscent of the Christmases before.

I am super excited for the collection this year, even though I am extremely sad and disappointed to say goodbye to Yog Nog bath bomb and Yog Nog soap. As a “sorry” for this I expected a shower cream to be announced but as of yet there is no news of this. There is a replacement for Yog Nog of course, which I will talk about at some point in the post.

I am going to talk about the new products that I am excited about this year, as well as any updated and new changes to some old favourites. By the way these aren’t in any sort of order.

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Two of my favourite Christmas bath bombs are on this page, those being Shoot For The Stars bath bomb and of course So White bath bomb. They’ve revamped them this year and I really like the look of them both. The gold stars in Shoot For The Stars are meant to be bath melts, which will be lovely!

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Some old favourites again, including a new favourite last year that being Stardust bath bomb. Lush listened to its customers and their constant complains of Stardust’s breaking easily in transit and instead made the bath bomb sturdier. I just hope it doesn’t cost more money now as it was a good price before. I’m unsure of what I think about Never Mind The Ballistics bath bomb right now… It doesn’t really ring to a Christmas vibe to me. We shall see.

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I never got to give Northern Lights bath bomb a go when it came out a couple of years back but it’s come back this year and I know a lot of Lushies who are really happy about this! I wouldn’t mind giving Satsuma bath bomb a go to be honest but I’m not overly fussed if I don’t get the chance to. I’ve still got two Father Christmas bath bombs to use, as well as a Snow Angel luxury bath melt.

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I love Snowie bubble bar so damn much and I think it’s easy to see why. It’s of course a bubble bar that is in tribute to the late David Bowie and it’s such a little cutie. I wish they would keep him all year around.

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I am so bloody happy that The Christmas Penguin bubble bar is back! I wanted to buy him last year and I couldn’t find him anywhere. Well I’m sure he wasn’t around last year anyway! Of course a firm favourite Candy Mountain bubble bar is back as well which I’m pleased about too. I still have one of my Peeping Santa bubble bars from last year. I’ll be using that soon.

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I don’t think anything has made me so happy on this list as the Santasaurus reusable bubble bar has. I was worried it would be something horrible smelling (well to me anyway) but I was delighted when I read that it smells of toffee! I wonder if this is to replace Yog Nog somehow? Jester reusable bubble bar also sounds really nice with its citrus scented bubbles.

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I was so damn excited when I saw that Snow Fairy got a FUN this year! For £5.00 I will be stocking up on these bad boys to use in the bath! Reindeer And Robin FUN sounds delicious too as it is said to smell of cola. NOM!

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Urgh Lush soap… I’m not a massive fan of the stuff as it either dries my skin out and causes my eczema to flare, or it gives me allergic reactions. ICK! The only two soaps I have been able to use and enjoy from the Christmas limited edition is Reindeer Rock soap and Yog Nog soap. Sadly they have discontinued the latter, but have kept Reindeer Rock on and changed it a little. I’ll be excited to pick up a newer version of it. It smells and reminds me of The Comforter.

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I am so damn excited for the roulades this year! I am sad that the Yog Nog bath bomb and soap have gone, but Lush haven’t upset me completely as they’ve brought it out in a roulade form. They’ve also done the same with Candy Cane which was also a soap for a while. I’ll definitely be trying both. I’ve never tried a roulade before so it’ll be exciting to give them both a go.

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Snow Fairy! That is all I have to say!

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I’m not a massive fan of the shower jelly that Lush have brought out for Christmas for quite a while now. I do rather like the sound of the Papa Noel face jelly mind. I don’t get how it works though other than breaking off a piece and applying it to the skin. These are soon going to become a regular thing to Lush if you ask me as I have already seen leaked images of a bunny shaped one for Easter…

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I am so pleased that Lush brought back the Salt And Peppermint Bark body scrub as I wanted to try it so badly last year and I never got the chance to. Now I can! YAY!

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Oh my I am excited for everything on this page! Most of all the Snow Fairy body conditioner. I love Snow Fairy as it’s just one of my favourite scents and reminds me to when I was a child. I wanted to pick up Christingle body conditioner last year but I never got a chance to. I’ll definitely be picking up both this year. It also looks like they’ve made two sizes instead of just he one this year which is great for trying before committing to a  larger pot!

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Fairy Dust dusting powder came out last year and I was given a bottle by my friend Sophie that her sister no longer wanted. I haven’t used it much to be perfectly honest but it smells amazing and I’ll be using it quite a bit throughout the colder months. I love the sound of Mr. Sandman dusting powder as it’s obviously Twilight scented and would make a lovely edition to my evening routine.

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I love the lip products Lush bring out at Christmas as they’re always really pretty and taste amazing! The Santa Baby lip tint and scrub both taste and smell of cola which is good of course. NOW Lush are bringing out a blackcurrant offering called Sugar Plum Fairy. OMG YES YES YES! I will probably buy both of them, especially the lip tint. Come on it’s purple. 😛

So those were my briefs thoughts on the new Christmas products leaked for 2016. It’s a shame they have leaked so early but Lush needn’t worry to be honest as it will just show them what products we’re all loving or not loving as much… I am once again sad about Yog Nog. I really hope it comes back!

What products do you like the look of for Christmas? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time take care all and I hope you’re having a lovely bank holiday weekend.

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Christmas Eve Shopping!

As many of you will know (or might not if you are hiding under a tinsel covered rock) Christmas sales start early now, instead of starting Boxing day they now start Christmas Eve. Soon they will start in October! It’s my day off work, so whilst lying in bed watching a movie I decided to order myself a few goodies from the sales. I tell a teeny lie there as I have one item here that wasn’t sale, but I saved £26.00 on it. I’ll go into more detail on that.

As well as what I have managed to pick up so far (which isn’t much but my bank account is crying) I’ll also be sharing some things I hope to pick up in the next couple of days.

The top row is items I have bought, and the bottom items I hope to pick up. Enjoy!

Boxing Day Sales

  • Topshop Two-in-One Cord Playsuit – £60.00 (link)

I’ve been after this playsuit since my holiday, as I saw it being advertised in a magazine. I just fell in love with it, and knew I had to have it. When I got back to the UK I searched for it online and had zero luck, it sold out pretty quickly due to it being worn by a singer (can’t remember her name, nor the band she sings in) as well as by a model (again don’t know her name). So when I was out doing some last Christmas shopping last weekend I asked in Topshop if they had any in stock, to which I was told no, and there wasn’t any left in Birmingham either. Gutted! I was just browsing this morning online and I found it! In my size! Sadly this isn’t in the sale, but I do have my student discount which saved me £6.00, as well as a £20.00 gift voucher from a customer at my old job gave me as a leaving present, so I snapped this beauty up for just £34.00! I’m so glad I have managed to pick this up! This being said, there are a lot of negative reviews about this, mostly to do with the zip being faulty… I’m hoping I’ll be lucky and be sent a decent one. If not this will either need to go back, or I’ll have to fix it myself. Either way a very pissed off Nat will be down to Topshop! I really want 2016 to be the start of me dressing up again, as lately I haven’t given much of a damn, just throwing on a pair of baggy jeans, a baggy t-shirt, baggy hoodie, and my Vans. Which isn’t necessarily a bad look, and I feel lovely wearing this… But I always gain loads of compliments when I dress nice. So why the hell not? I hope to have my first 2016 lookbook featuring this dress, for my birthday.

  • Boots Yankee Candle Large Jar in Christmas Eve – £10.99 down from £21.99 (link) (Yankee Candle link)

I’m just going to quickly vent some mild frustrations at this purchase… Yankee Candle’s UK website actually have this down at £8.80 in the sale… It isn’t much money no, but still it is annoying. However, this isn’t annoying if you want to pick up this deal, as Boots have sold out! Yankee Candle still have some of these left which is good. It was a choice between Christmas Eve, Christmas Cookie, or Snowflake Cookie. I know I have one of the last two for Christmas as I got my boyfriend to choose which one I was going to buy. I cannot wait to burn this now, I’ve been after it for years!

  • The Body Shop Africa Ximenia & Salt Scrub – £7.50 down from £15.00 (link)

I quickly went past this whilst browsing what The Body Shop had on offer in their half price sale. I need a new body scrub so I thought I’d have a look over it. I recently bought a peach and lemon body scrub from The Body Shop and it is safe to say, they were rubbish! The lemon one somehow got into my hair and ruined it for about a week! Leaving it feeling like it was constantly full of hair gel. Not impressed! So I checked out the reviews for this one, and they were all positive, so I added it to my basket! It comes in a really lovely resealable jar too, which I’ll be using to make my own coffee body scrub in future.

  • The Body Shop Frosted Plum Shower Gel – £2.00 down from £4.00 (link)

I really like The Body Shop shower gels, they’re a real treat for me so whenever they have their shower gels on sale I always pick one up. Frosted Plum is a scent that has appeared back for Christmas after a long time of being M.I.A. and I cannot wait to try it. I don’t think I’ve given it a sniff in store either, which is a surprise to me, especially seeing as I’ve been into The Body Shop loads recently. This will be nice to use for winter before work.

These are some of the things I’m hoping to pick up when they go into the sale, or what I’m still contemplating picking up.

  • Lush Sweet Christmas Gift Set – £35.50 – not yet in the sale (link)

This was on my Christmas wish list so I’m keeping fingers crossed that I’ll get it, but even if I do I’m hoping I’ll manage to grab one (or maybe two) in the Christmas sales at Lush, alongside some other bits and pieces. I pretty much want everything in this box. It contains: Magic Wand Reuseable Bubble Bar, Rose Jam Bubble Bar, Yog Nog Bath Bomb, Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb, Tooth Fairy Tooth Powder, The Comforter Shower Cream, and Snow Fairy Shower Gel. Alas if I don’t pick this up, I’ll be buying some other goodies instead: Snow Fairy Shower Gel (the BIGGEST bottle!), Salt and Peppermint Bark Shower Scrub, Yog Nog Bath Bomb (at least 5!), Star Dust Bath Bomb, Bar Humbug Bubble Bar, Christingle Body Conditioner, So White Bath Bomb (at least 5 again!), and Father Christmas (again, at least 5!). Realistically I don’t want to be buying THAT much, or spending that much either really. I’ll be picking up what I can, and whatever I think will last me until next year.

  • eBay Baggy Cargo Pants – £29.99 (link)

When I was a teenager and starting to really come out of my shell and discover who I was, my fashion tastes developed quickly too, and I always wanted a pair of baggy cargo jeans. The rocker and alternative girls at school wore them, and I wanted to as well. My parents reused to buy me such jeans, but my brother bought me a pair, Levi’s too! I wore them for years, but as I got older I lost a lot of weight and they didn’t fit me anymore. Not just that they were battered from wearing them so much. I would love to own another pair for lazy days to pair with a tight fitted t-shirt. The next two I’ll be talking about would go perfect with this pair of pants. Also, I know these aren’t a sale item, but meh… It’s my blog! 😛

  • New Look White Stripe Contrast Trim T-Shirt – £5.00 down from £9.99 (link)

This t-shirt reminds me of something from the nineties. It also reminds me of Ernie from Sesame Street, and I don’t know why! This would look great dressed up and down! For £5.00 I can see me picking it up, as I could do with some new t-shirts. I find myself gravitating to the same ones and I wish to change that.

  • New Look Black Ribbed Cold Shoulder Long Sleeve Top – £8.99 (link)

I have been after a t-shirt like this for YEARS! Only now have I managed to find one exactly how I pictured it in my mind. The only problem I have with cold shoulder tops is if you don’t have an awesome top arm tattoo to show off it renders it pointless… But alas I still want one and even though it isn’t sale, I can see me buying this too. £8.99 is a pretty good price for what it is to be fair.

So that was my choices and purchases for the Christmas sales! I also cannot believe it’s Christmas Eve. This Christmas has passed us by really quickly and soon enough it’ll be the New Year!

Have you picked anything up in the sales? Make sure to let me know in the comments.

Until next time, take care all and have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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October Favourites 2015

I can’t believe it is now November! It only feels like yesterday when I started my masters, and that was well over a year ago now. I graduate the end of this month, and I have another holiday to look forward to with my dad. I have now began to notice it’s feeling colder now, and it’s time to wrap up in my winter coat. I cannot wait to team it up with my Dr Martens.

But for now, I am talking about my favourite from October. It was really hard finding five products to talk about this month to be honest, but after much thought I finally found them, and here they are.

  • The Body Shop Sweet Lemon Sugar Body Scrub.

After using up both of my most recent Lush body scrubs (Rub Rub Rub review and Ocean Salt review) I decided it was time to pick something new up. Whilst having a look around The Body Shop at their sale (as well as some present ideas for my boyfriend) I noticed that some of their previous summer range was in the sale, both Sweet Lemon and Vineyard Peach. So I picked up both of the scrubs, out of the two mind this one is proving to be the better of the two. After using it my skin feels silky soft and smelling delicious! I really wish this was a permanent product though! I’ll be making sure to try their other sugar body scrubs out in the future.

  • Philosophy Sugar Plum Fairy Shampoo, Shower Gel, and Bubble Bath.

I’ve owned this stuff since Christmas 2012 but I’ve only just opened it as I wanted to save it for Christmas, or even for summertime. It’s a gorgeous scented multi-purpose product from Philosophy which is a real treat. I’ve been using it mostly as a bubble bath for evenings when I really want a nice hot bath, but I don’t wish to use my Lush products. It leaves a nice gentle scent on the skin and a little bit of shimmer. It’s perfect for Christmas, and was a limited edition for Christmas too. I don’t actually think you can buy this anymore, which is a shame as I love it so damn much! If you can get your hands on this, I recommend it! You can check out my review from back when my blog first came to be!

  • Reese’s Lip Balm.

I didn’t think I would love this lip balm as much as I actually do. It was an impulse buy when me and my boyfriend popped into Primark about a month ago. I don’t even remember what we bought when we went there but alas, we were there. I spotted this on the till and for £1.50 my boyfriend picked one up for me. We love anything peanut butter flavoured, and as I LOVE Reese’s Pieces, he thought I would like this. It’s a petroleum jelly style lip balm that doesn’t just smell of the famous peanut butter cups, but even tastes of it! It’s not the most moisturising balm in the world, but it does the trick if I want to quickly apply something whilst on the go, before work, or even whilst I’m at home. I’m going to be buying some of these for people for Christmas, they’re just so amazing!

  • Philosophy Amazing Grace EDP.

Ooo two Philosophy products mentioned this month! This is one I got halfway through the month, and it’s one of my favourites out of the five this month. My mom picked this up on a special offer from QVC in a massive gift set, and kindly gave this perfume to me. Years ago I owned the Amazing Grace shower gel, and the body lotion. I used to use them both every day, and whenever I saw my gran she would always comment how lovely I smelt. So the scent always reminds me of her, so to finally own a perfume version of it is just a dream come true! I wore it loads the first week I got it, and as it’s a huge 125ml bottle, it will definitely last me ages! I recommend the Philosophy perfumes if you fancy trying something new, especially as the grace scents are really gentle and soft. Perfect for daytime wear.

  • Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Masochist.

This is by far my favourite product this month, so I’ve made sure to save the best until last. I am due to review this at some point this week, if not next week! But I have worn this quite a lot throughout October and without giving too much away, it is by far one of the best lipsticks I have ever bought. MAC is my favourite for lipsticks, don’t get me wrong they won’t ever be replaced but Jeffree is a really close second. They last ages, the shades are out of the world (especially the new Christmas ones due for release on Friday!), and they are just amazing. I cannot wait to own more, I really can’t. I don’t want to say too much on here as my review will explain it all.

So, those were my favourites from October. To think there is only one more monthly favourites post left, and then I’ll have my 2015 favourites up on my blog. It’s been such a fast paced year and before we know it, it’ll be 2016 and I’ll be turning 26. OH WOE!

What have been your favourites for October? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care all and hope you had a great weekend.

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