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Lush Halloween Haul

I love Halloween. Carefully constructing the perfect outfit, decorating the house, carving pumpkins and, of course, the Lush Halloween range all make this season super-exciting for me. So when I found out that the Lush website and the Oxford Street store were getting their Halloween stock a little earlier than usual, I felt so happy at the prospect of kicking off the season with a splash.

General release for this range is October 6th but that said, I work just two tube stops away from Oxford Circus so of course I was going to pop in for some early treats! Not only did the Oxford Street store have the full Halloween range, but it was blessed with the Christmas range too. An exciting time for me but not so much my purse! I did grab stuff from both ranges (of course) but I shall save the Christmas haul for when I’m feeling a little more festive!

Here’s what I got…

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Lucky Dip Club – Un-boxing The August Combo Subscription

I love receiving treats in the post, who doesn’t? A quick peruse of the #HappyMail or #HappyPost hashtags on Instagram will bring up a whole world of contented snail mailers, internet bargain hunters and their treasures.

If you have been following my blog for awhile, you’ll know how much I enjoyed receiving my Lucky Dip Club subscription box in the post each and every month.

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A Very Fruity Lush Kitchen Haul

After a little dry spell of around four weeks, the Lush Kitchen suddenly became very exciting again. What with it being Summer and Wimbledon being on, the Kitchen decided to release lots of fruity/strawberry goodies. As you may or may not know, I’m allll about those sweet scents so these past couple of weeks have been amazing for me!

Here’s what I picked up.

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Primark Haul May 2017 | Summer Holiday Shop

I’m off on my holidays next week and as ever I pretty much left buying the essentials until the very last minute. Luckily for me Primark is full of wonderful bits and bobs at the moment and it’s all very reasonably priced. Here’s what I got:

Tropical Bikini Top: £8

Tropical High Waisted Bikini Bottoms: £5

I had managed to pick up a couple of cute bikinis/swimsuits a couple months ago but definitely didn’t have as many as I would have liked. This bikini set is super-cheap and cute with a bright tropical print. What I love most about it is that the top is under-wired and features straps (as opposed to strings) so it’s very supportive and flattering. The bottoms are high-waisted too so these are great if you’re a little self conscious about your stomach.

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Black Swimsuit £13

I knew I wanted a swimsuit for the beach, as it gives you a bit of extra coverage which I like. What I quite often find though is that one pieces look quite childish. However, this one combines both comfort and style. It’s a super-flattering piece with gold detailing for a sophisticated finish. And at just £13 it’s a total bargain.

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Flamingo Print Cover Up Dress £4

This dress features a relaxed fit and flared cut making it ideal for lounging on the beach (worn over the top of a bikini) or by the pool. I love the playful flamingo print which gives me serious tropical-vibes.

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Beach Wrap £3

This bright beach wrap can be worn in multiple ways but I think I will wear it tied around my waist. It features a tropical palm tree print and comes in one size. The fabric is super-lightweight and floaty making it ideal for covering up but allowing you to still stay cool.

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Embroidered Floral Tunic Dress £13

This lightweight tunic dress features a relaxed fit, pretty embroidery detailing on the chest and three-quarter length sleeves with frill detailing. I absolutely love the design of this dress and think the embroidery is just beautiful – but I have to admit to not being keen on the sleeves. I’m going to chop them off and hope for the best!

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Ice Cream T-Shirt £5

This tee is probably my favourite purchase. I love the mint colour and ice cream design. It’s a nice soft, knitted T-Shirt that I think is just perfect for Summer!

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Pom Pom Trim Shorts £8

Crafted from a lightweight crepe, these shorts feature a comfortable waistband, embroidery detailing and a fun pom pom trim at the hem. I love the length of these shorts as they are a little longer than most in Primark and are quite flattering.

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Bead Embellished Sandals £10

Crafted from real leather, these sandals feature a vibrant and playful beaded design that I think will be perfect for warm climes.

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Candyfloss Scrub Facemask £1 each

And last but not least I picked up two Candyfloss facemasks. These smell incredible (good enough to eat!) and will be ideal for getting my skin ready for the sun!

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What have you been loving in Primark recently?

 

 

 

Mini Lush Kitchen Haul (plus bonus bits)

I feel like it has been ages since I wrote my last Lush Kitchen Haul. In reality it was just a month ago! I have been so busy with my wonderful trip to Cornwall; time really flies!

Anyway, I haven’t actually been buying that much from the Kitchen lately. There just hasn’t been anything I’ve really fancied (sad times.) That said there were a couple of surprise releases that were particularly special that I felt were worth a mention.

Avowash Shower Gel

If you’ve read my Top Ten Lush post, you’ll know that Avobath bath bomb is one of my all time favourites. I just can’t get enough of that smell! When the Kitchen announced they would be making the shower gel version I knew I had to have it! I purchased two bottles and my boyfriend kindly bought me an extra one meaning I have three bottles of the good green stuff altogether. The scent is a gorgeous citrus, fairly true to the bath bomb. Although I can detect something else that smells a tiiiiiny bit like tea-tree to me. I took a bottle with me to Cornwall to use in the shower each morning and it definitely helped to wake me up, providing an invigorating wash that seemed to help with the muscle pains I was feeling. The next time this pops up I definitely recommend grabbing a bottle or two.

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Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly

Although I have been debating buying a shower jelly for the longest time, I have never gotten round to it. I just haven’t found a scent that I’ve been all that in to if I’m being honest. I’m a little embarrassed to admit this is the first shower jelly I’ve ever owned. At any rate, at least it’s a good place to start! I decided on the shower jelly because everyone said it smelled just like the Comforter. I am a huge fan of the Comforter. In my stash I currently have a big Comforter bubble bar, the shower cream and a solid perfume. I was definitely interested in owning the shower jelly too! When I opened the lid and took a sniff I could definitely recognise the blackberry element of the Comforter in there but somehow it smells even more fruity if possible. For me there is this gorgeous note of cherries that features quite strongly. I adore this scent! It actually smells edible and, what with the jelly-like design, reminds me quite strongly of a pudding! I haven’t used the jelly yet so I can’t say how I feel about it as a product, but it’s one I’m really excited to try.

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Space Girl Bath Bomb

Space Girl Bath Bomb wasn’t announced on the usual Friday menu so I had no idea it would be coming out at all. I had actually been requesting this bath bomb for weeks as prior to it being discontinued it was always a favourite. It’s funny though because even though I knew I loved it, where around three years had elapsed since I last tried it, I had forgotten what the scent was. Anyway, the night before it came in to the Kitchen there was a surprise announcement on Facebook. I couldn’t believe it! The next day I excitedly logged on and bought five. My boyfriend kindly topped that number up by buying another five as a surprise for me. When I found out he had done this I was incredibly grateful but also a little sceptical. Did I really need ten Space Girl bath bombs? When they arrived I opened the box to be greeted by the most magical smell of all. In that moment I knew; hell yes I needed ten! WOW. The smell of Space Girl is just like Palma Violets/sweets and is incredible. The design is also one of my favourites being a cute little planet with glitter. It turns the bath a pale lilac which is so lovely. This has to be my favourite Lush Kitchen purchase to date!

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The last two things I want to talk about are not from the Kitchen but they are exclusive bits that will only be around for a very short while. Plus I have wanted these for so long and am so incredibly excited there was no way I could leave them out!

Lush Botanical Tote Bag RRP £6.95

When I saw this announced on Instagram I lost it. I have been trying (and failing) to get this bag for months! It was originally showcased at the big Summit event which I was unable to attend due to work commitments. Then it popped up in the kitchen for a very limited time. I completely missed it. However I was so desperate for it because A. I use tote bags every single day. I don’t really like handbags and tote bags are such an easy way to carry everyday essentials. B. I love botanical prints. When Lush bought out the botanical designs it reminded me so much of all the lovely illustrations you get in vintage field guides. C. I love Lush! So why wouldn’t I want this amazing bag?! Long story short, they came out whilst I was away in Cornwall, but my lovely mother popped in to our local Lush and picked me up two! I will probably grab a couple more before these leave completely as it’s my favourite bag ever.

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Lush Botanical Knot Wrap RRP £4.50

And last but not least is this amazing knot wrap with the same botanical design! I hadn’t seen these before and didn’t know they would be bringing them out but I love them. I have already been putting mine to good use as a lovely little backdrop for all my Lush photographs! Not sure if I will use for my hair or just as a prop. Either way I’m sure I will get a lot of use out of it.

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What have you been buying in the Lush Kitchen lately?

 

 

April Lust List

April has been yet another busy month for me. It has been a month filled with fun events and personal projects- and I have enjoyed every minute of it. Now that it’s May (I can’t believe how quickly this year is going!) it’s time to look back at what I have loved.

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The Woman in Cabin 10 book by Ruth Ware £7.99 from Waterstones.

I haven’t had a great deal of time to read this month so I’m ashamed to say I got through just two, maybe three books, squeezing in reading on my commutes to and from work. One book that I read and found absolutely gripping though was The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. The premise of the book wasn’t immediately catching to me, but my mum kept suggesting and recommending it so I thought I’d give it a go. I’m happy to report that I’m glad I did! The Woman in Cabin 10 is in essence, a sophisticated Whodunnit? set on a luxury cruise ship. Lo Blacklock, travel journalist is our protagonist and we follow her through her chance to make it big covering the maiden voyage of a boutique cruise ship. Things don’t exactly go to plan on board though, and one night Lo is awoken by the sounds of someone being thrown overboard. Lo desperately tries to find out who has been murdered but becomes increasingly frustrated and paranoid as cruise staff are stubborn and unhelpful. The book is a really fast-paced, tense read and it’s easy to consume it in just a couple of sittings. I really enjoyed the character development and the unsettling atmosphere that Ware creates. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of thriller.

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Magic Mushroom Bubble Bar from the Lush Kitchen

When the Magic Mushroom bubble bars were announced in the kitchen I was pretty excited. For one thing they look absolutely adorable (who doesn’t love a good Fly Algaric?!) and for another they are scented like delicious strawberries. Sharing the Yummy Mummy/Roller scent I knew I would adore these. I bought four (and as always wished I had bought more) and immediately fell in love. They are the most effective bubble bar I have ever used, creating huge swathes of bubbles that are super-soft and highly scented. You could easily use just half a bubble bar to create a wonderful bath however, I like the decadence of a whole bar.

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Montagne Jeunesse Manuka Honey Hair Rescue Hair Mask £1 from Primark

I have been a big fan of the Montagne Jeunesse face masks for years. In particular I love the honey face mask as nothing is quite as effective as that is at clearing my face up from a particularly bad breakout. Plus it smells amazing. Anyway, as I was browsing in Primark the other day I came across some new hair rescue masks by the same brand. Perfect timing really as my hair has been feeling super dry and damaged. I noticed they had a Manuka Honey mask so figured I would give it a go. All I can say is wow! These masks smell exactly the same as the face masks (absolutely delicious) and they really work. After using one my hair was left feeling so soft and nourished. I immediately went back and stocked up. I haven’t seen these in any other shops yet so if you want to give them a try I would definitely pop in to Primark. These have to be my beauty buy of the month.

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Lush Bee Tote Bag £4.50 from Lush

I popped in to Lush the other day to pick up some goodies and whilst I was there I noticed an adorable tote bag printed with bees. The sales assistant explained to me that it was made out of a recycled knot wrap and it had a little pocket in the front with in which it could fold itself. A big fan of bees and tote bags I knew I just had to it have it. This bag is a lot thinner than a usual tote bag so I don’t think I could use it for everyday wear however, I think I will take it along with me on trips to Lush and the supermarket. At £4.50 it’s great value for money and a cute little thing to have. I haven’t seen these online so you may have to pop in to store if you want to get your hands on one.

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Plush Ladybird Bubble Bar £11 from Plushies by Squishie.

Another Lush-themed item on the list is this incredible plush ladybird bubble bar by Plushies by Squishie. So, I have been following this maker over on Instagram for awhile now, admiring her fantastic creations from afar. However, when she announced she would be opening up an Etsy shop I knew I had to get involved and snap up one of her pieces! Plushies by Squishie creates plush versions of popular Lush products. The reason this is so great is that Lush comes up with the most adorable products and at times you can feel guilty using them, so instead end up stashing them away. With a plush version of your Lush, you can forever keep that little guy which enables you to use up the real goodies guilt free! I love the ladybird bubble bar because it looks great and smells wonderful, so the plush version was a no brainer for me! Such great care and attention to detail has gone in to this little guy. I will definitely try to buy some more when she brings them out again! I believe they sold out in a matter of hours so if you want one you’ll have to stay tuned for updates and be prepared to do a lot of refreshing!

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The Return of The Lucky Dip Club

Okay okay. So it’s not quite back in my life…yet. But Leona has just announced the return of our beloved subscription box and the new format sounds incredible! To test out the new postage options Leona sent out some Pinyatay goodies. More specifically, this cute little guy! I loved receiving this piece of happy mail and it has definitely made me feel excited for the May launch of ‘My Rainbow Life’.

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Pin Swapping and This Amazing Zebra Finch Brooch

This month I have been swapping enamel pins like nobodies business. It’s great to swap with other creatives and build up a cool collection of pins in the process! Anyway, when Lucky Dip Club held a swap shop over on their Facebook page I definitely thought I’d get involved! One of the swaps I made was with a woman who had this incredible vintage tin zebra finch brooch up for grabs. I was so excited to see this up in the swap shop as I adore zebra finches and keep many of my own. I even have a zebra finch tattoo! This was without doubt my favourite swap this month and I’m so in love with it. I haven’t worn it yet, and I’m not sure if I will as I’m very clumsy and don’t want to damage it. But for now it looks lovely sitting pretty on my chest of drawers!

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What have you been loving this month?

 

Lush Kitchen Haul

For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, the Lush Kitchen is probably one of the greatest inventions to man. The Kitchen releases a special menu for the week ahead each Friday (at around 3 o’clock.) On each day there are different products for sale, and these are very limited, exclusive goodies which can sell out in a matter of minutes.  Some of the products are discontinued whilst others are seasonal. I only discovered the Kitchen a matter of months ago but have been absolutely hooked since.

The past few weeks have been particularly good and I have found myself splurging a little more than I should! I’m not going to detail prices as most of this stuff is completely sold out now but, here’s what I’ve been buying:

Rose Jam Body Spray

It was only fairly recently that I discovered the Rose Jam scent. As I’ve mentioned before, I have never really been a fan of floral scents. But this scent is absolutely divine and very sweet. When I saw that it was being released as a body spray there was no question in my mind I had to have it. The body spray is absolutely wonderful; very strong and of a good quality. I think it smells like an expensive perfume, and it is very long-wearing also. Now all I need is for Lush to release a Honey I Washed The Kids body spray and I can die a happy (and incredible smelling) woman.

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Twilight Shower Gel

Twilight is another one of those scents that I have only recently started to really enjoy.  Sleepy body lotion smells absolutely beautiful to me. The Lavender combined with the tonka is very sweet and dusky. Twilight and Sleepy share the same scent so, when the Twilight shower gel became available in the Kitchen I knew instantly it would become a favourite. This particular shower gel is very coveted among Lush fans and sold out in a matter of five minutes, crashing the site in the process! I was lucky enough to get my hands on two 250g bottles.

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Candy Fluff Dusting Powder

I have never tried a dusting powder from Lush before but when I read that Candy Fluff shares the same scent as my beloved Snow Fairy I definitely couldn’t pass it up! This powder smells absolutely edible and I can’t wait to try it out! The bottle is quite small at 50g so I’m not sure how long it will last. I wish they had made bigger bottles as I can already tell I’m going to love this product.

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Ma Bar Bubble Bars

Another new to me product, the Ma Bar shares its’ scent with my all-time favourites. Honey I Washed The Kids is a honey/toffee/pudding scent that is truly mouth-watering. I love the cute design of the Ma Bar and have read many good things about it. I love bubble bars anyway so I know I’m going to love this one. I purchased three but I’m already regretting that decision and wishing I’d bought a couple more to stash away!

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Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb

And last but not least – one of my all time favourite Easter products, Fluffy Egg! You may have read in a previous post that I was quite disappointed to find that Fluffy Egg had been left out of the seasonal line-up this year. I have been buying Fluffy Egg religiously every time Spring rolls around for a good few years now. This cute little egg is Snow Fairy scented and creates an absolutely beautiful bath. I only purchased one as I had been seriously splurging in the kitchen! But again I’m already regretting this decision!

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What have you been buying in the kitchen lately?

February Lust List

We made it through January, hurrah! The romantic month of February was cold, damp and a little miserable but March is finally here and I’m super excited for Spring. Anyway, here’s a few things that set my heart racing this month.

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Mini Lush Kitchen Haul

I was bitterly disappointed to miss the Lush boxing day sales this year as I had hoped to snatch up lots of lovely bargains. To cheer myself up I thought I’d pick up a few exclusive goodies from the Lush Kitchen instead. I purchased all online and have not used any of these before.

When the box was delivered I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed as I favour fruity and sweet smells and this box was emanating a heavy floral scent. Kind of silly of me as almost everything I picked up has floral elements to it. Anyway, I’m still excited to give everything a go and broaden my Lush horizons.

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Christmas Lush Haul

Some people may have a problem with my using the ‘C’ word so soon in to October. We haven’t reached Halloween yet so it seems a little early to even be contemplating Christmas. But in the world of Lush (and retail in general) Christmas is pretty much already here. Soz Grinches!  Anyway, Lush released there Christmas goodies just a week after the Halloween stuff. Whilst this was very exciting for me, it did also leave a dent in my bank balance! I wasn’t able to get one of everything from this range but I did pick up a few pieces that I’m very happy with. (And I’m sure I’ll be back for the rest at some point.)

Before I launch in to what I got, I’d like to quickly apologise for the slightly dramatic lighting -it’s a really grey and rainy Sunday and I didn’t manage to catch the weak morning sunlight as I was busy knitting a winter scarf and catching up on Catfish.

The Magic of Christmas  Bubble Bar Wand £5.95

This is a new to me product and, whilst I haven’t actually tried it yet (I wanted to take photographs first) the smell is absolutely amazing and definitely my new favourite. It’s actually quite similar to Sparkly Pumpkin but with a punch cinnamon and almond scent.It smells beautiful – just like Christmas. Already I know I’m going to have to stock up on these!

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Peeping Santa Bubble Bar £3.95

The next thing I got was the Peeping Santa Bubble bar. I’d seen this around previously but I’ve never tried it. I hadn’t smelt it before either and when I bought it online, I wasn’t sure if I’d like the scent but I did know it was super-cute and Christmassy. I’m happy to report that it’s quite nice. I find it very subtle and less ‘perfumey’ than the other goodies. It has organic cocoa and shea butter in so I’m sure it will leave my skin feeling soft. My peeping Santa has slightly strange eyes – they look more like moustaches to me!

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The Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar £3.95

Yet another bubble bar in my order, I couldn’t resist the cute Christmas Penguin. This is a citrusy smelling bubble bar with Sicilian lemon and mandarin oils.  Not quite sure what that little yellow splodge is !

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Never Mind The Ballistics Bath Bomb £4.25

Also new to me is the Never Mind The Ballistics Bath Bomb. This bomb smells absolutely AMAZING. It features lime and orange scents – but it smells like pineapple and very much edible. The sweet scent is really strong and I can’t wait to try it out in the bath. The pink side of the bomb feels different in texture – really waxy. The bomb contains fair trade cocoa butter so I’m sure it will leave the skin super soft.

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Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb £4.25

This is an absolutely beautiful bath bomb with a vibrant blue shade interspersed with glittering gold stars. It’s almost too beautiful to want to use. I say almost because the scent is so lovely. Again this is a new favourite for me. The scent is orange and bergamot but it smells more sweet than fruity. If you like sweet perfume type scents I think you will really appreciate this special bath bomb.

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Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb £4.25

Last but not least I picked up the Luxury Lush Pud. I love the design of this one as it’s just so fun and playful! This bomb is very sweet smelling and contains tonka (although I’m not really sure what this is!) and lavender. You can’t really smell the lavender so much though – it’s more of a cake kind of smell. This would be a great bath bomb for the evening though, just before bed and when you want to relax.

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So that’s what I picked up. My boyfriend also bought me a stash of Sparkly Pumpkins because I love them so much. But my Lush Lust List is as follows:

Snow Fairy Shower gel

Fairy Dust Dusting Powder

Candy Mountain Bubble Bar

Golden Wonder Bath Bomb

What is your favourite bath time treat from this range?

 

Lush Autumn/Halloween Haul

Halloween is a very special time of year for me – not least because it means that Lush will release all their special goodies! On the Saturday I headed for the Lakeside store to pick up all the new bits! Unfortunately they didn’t have everything I wanted -but the selection was still good and I managed to get the majority of what I was looking for. Here’s what I got:

Autumn Leaf Bath Bomb £3.75

The first thing I picked up was the Autumn Leaf bath bomb. A beautiful smelling, leaf shaped bomb in autumnal colours. I haven’t seen this before so I think it might be brand new for 2016 (correct me if I’m wrong!) The scent is quite sweet with citrus, bergamot and sandalwood.

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Monster’s Ball Bath Bomb £3.95

The Monster’s Ball bath bomb is, as you can see, a very fun addition to the line up! With its one eye and little horns I just couldn’t resist. It also smells just like sweets! It’s hard to put my thumb on the exact scent – and the website just says ‘perfume’ but it is very sweet smelling. This bomb contains Fair Trade Organic cocoa butter – so although I haven’t tried it yet I can imagine it will leave the skin feeling very soft.

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Lord Of Misrule Bath Bomb £3.95

This bath bomb has a faint glitter running through it (which doesn’t pick up in the photo.) It is described on the website as having a “spicy herbal blend of patchouli and black pepper oil” and a deep wine coloured centre. Out of all the scents this is probably my least favourite but it’s still pleasant and I’m looking forward to giving it a go!

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Pumpkin Bath Bomb £3.95

The Pumpkin bath bomb has to be one of my favourites in terms of design/appearance as I absolutely love the carved pumpkin face! This bath bomb smells very sweet with vanilla and cinnamon recreating the scent of home baking. It also turns your water a very satisfying orange!

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Boo Bath Melt £3.50

This spooky little bath melt has a very subtle smell with hints of ginger and cocoa butter to smooth your skin. Like most of the goodies in this post I haven’t had the chance to try it out yet so I don’t know if it will become a favourite but I couldn’t resist that little face!

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Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar £3.95

Last but not least I picked up the Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble bar. This is my all time favourite Lush product and last year I stocked up on as many of these as I could before the season ended. This time I picked up just two – but I know I will be back for more! The scent is my most favourite of all. It is incredibly sweet – it contains cinnamon, juniper berry, citrus and ‘perfume’. I think it’s the perfume that gives this one its scent but I honestly can’t describe what that is. It’s kind of fruity. Like a bag full of crushed sweets. This bubble bar creates a lot of lovely bubbles and turns the water (as you may have guessed) a bright orange. It has a lot of glitter too which swirls about in the water and sticks to your skin leaving you with a lovely shiny glow!

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All in all I was very happy with my haul and can’t wait to go back and pick up some bits and bobs! What are you loving in Lush right now?