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.

 

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?

A Day Out in Southend-on-Sea (Plus a Competition!)

Please note, the following post has been sponsored by Essex Business School at the University of Essex. Please read through to the end to find out more about the fantastic competition they are running over on Instagram and for your chance to win £500 worth of Summer days out across Essex and London. All views and opinions expressed in this post are my own and Southend-on-Sea is my personal recommendation.

Southend-on-Sea holds many fond childhood memories for me. Long, sunshine-filled days spent on the beach, skipping stones in to the sea, burning my tongue on hot, salty chips and returning home on the train with hands sticky from candy floss and sand.

That’s why, when the Essex Business School at the University of Essex asked me to pick one of my favourite days out in Essex, I immediately thought of the seaside town.

A short drive from us, Gareth and I decided to spend an afternoon exploring Adventure Island and building some more recent memories.

Upon entering the park we were hit by the smell of smokey sausages and burgers wafting up from the food stalls, the bright lights and sounds of playful screams carrying on the wind. It rolled over me like a wave of nostalgia and I was instantly transported back to the summer I spent with a friend, gobbling up candy floss like it was going out of fashion before riding the Scorpion eight times, only stopping to empty the entire contents of my stomach, (like some terribly misguided afterthought.)

 

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Although it pains me to admit it, I’m not quite as brave as I was was back in those days. Looking at some of the newer (admittedly slightly more impressive and scary-looking) rides I wondered how I would fare. Gareth is of a similar disposition so at the very least I felt in safe company. We decided to start things off small. And when I say small, I really do mean small; we got on the Kiddie Coaster (yes, that’s the actual name of the ride!) Sizing up the miniature roller coaster I felt pretty confident. 1. There was a queue of young children waiting to get on the ride, and if a young child isn’t scared by it, than nor am I (just who was I kidding?) 2. The ride doesn’t have any loops. Any terrifying vertical drops. No stop/start element to make you feel as if your heart is going to explode. 3. It lasts all of two minutes. Max. 

It was fine, really it was. Maybe I spent the entire ride holding on to the metal bar until my knuckles were white, my stomach somersaulting as I listened to the girl sat behind me (of about four) laugh and exclaim happily as my life flashed before my eyes but… it was fine.

Anyway after that we didn’t go on any more roller coasters and the day was all the more fun for it. I was happy to discover that the Crooked House was still standing and just as crooked as ever as this was always a childhood favourite. Afterwards we stumbled in to the sunshine disorientated and slightly dizzy. I’m not sure if Gareth really got it but you can’t visit Adventure Island without paying the Crooked House a visit, it’s a must!

The Big Wheel was a gentle ride that we both greatly enjoyed, especially as it affords views across the whole park and the sea. The giant spinning turtle (Archelon) swings were another firm favourite, making us feel really rather relaxed considering we were in the middle of a theme park!

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There’s an indoor element to Adventure Island that wasn’t around when I was a kid. This space has soft play and rides for younger children. I think this is a fantastic idea as when the weather turns and it’s not so warm there’s still something to keep the kids occupied. I have to admit, I’m a big fan of carousels so I definitely eyed up the shiny, galloping horses and wondered if it was socially acceptable to have a go. As the ride was aimed at children though I thought probably not!

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The great thing about Adventure Island is that no matter what your age it will reduce you to the mindset of a small, excitable child. After a fun (albeit exhausting) morning of dashing between the rides we decided to head out and have some lunch on the beach. And when you’re by the seaside there really is no better option than hot chips, smothered in salt and vinegar. The lunch of a well-adjusted adult, I promise.

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After lunch we decided to check out the Pier which extends an impressive 1.34 miles in to the Thames Estuary making it the world’s longest pleasure pier. Naturally we opted for the train.

I have never taken the train down the pier before so I was pleasantly surprised by the experience and how much I enjoyed it. The retro-looking carriages rattled down the tracks at a slow enough pace that we were able to really take in the views.

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At the end of the pier we were happy to spot Ruddy Turnstones (which we affectionately named ‘sea-quails’ because of their resemblance to one of our button quails.)  After a little research we discovered that the RSPB were protecting the Ruddy Turnstones at Southend-on-Sea so we felt quite lucky to see them!

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All in all we had a wonderful time at Southend-on-Sea. There really is just so much to do and see; truly there is something for everyone!

Competition time!

Now you have read about one of my favourite days out in Essex, how about sharing some of yours?

Would you like to win up to £500 worth of days out across Essex and London and have a fun-filled summer packed with adventure? The Essex Business School at the University of Essex are running a competition over on Instagram to find Essex’s Best Youth Tourist Attraction. (And trust me, the prize is a good one!)

This competition celebrates the launch of the new and highly anticipated BSc Tourism Management degree in Southend-on-Sea. If you want to see the world with an international career in travel and tourism, it’s not too late to apply for October 2017 entry.

How do I enter?

If you’re aged 16-25, you have until 18 May to snap a photo of your favourite place to visit in Essex and post it on your Instagram. Make sure to name your attraction in the caption, and let our friends at the Essex Business School know why you love it so much. It could be anything; from your local park to the bowling alley. Maybe like me you love to spend a day by the sea! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #essexyouthtourism and tag @essexebs so they can see your entry.

The most photographed attraction will be crowned Essex’s Best Youth Tourist Attraction 2017, but the most creative, inspirational or fun photo will win the summer prize package. Follow @essexebs on Instagram to keep up-to-date with the competition and find out the winner!

For full terms and conditions please read here!

What’s the prize?

The winner will receive:

  • A pair of two day adult London Pass tickets with Oyster Travelcard 
  • Two Adventure Island Blue Annual Passes for Southend-on-Sea’s beachfront theme park 
  • Escape Live in Southend-on-Sea entry for four people 
  • Two Rollerworld Roller Disco tickets

Pretty great huh? So if you’d like your summer sorted this year, get your camera at the ready for some Insta-worthy days out!

 

 

Birds of Prey Experience Day

I just want to preface this post with an explanation; I will not be including the name of this organisation/company because although the experience wasn’t wholly negative it also wasn’t the best ever either. And I really don’t want to spread any bad vibes or tread on anyones feet – this is just my personal experience.

Anyway we booked in for this particular Birds of Prey Experience Day when we saw it advertised on Groupon at just £15 per person. Most Birds of Prey handling days are over double that in price so it seemed like a really great deal – especially for a whole two hours.

Now, myself and my partner have been to many aviaries, bird centres and bird experience days so we did hold a certain level of expectation. We have both held and flown different types of owl and hawk and have always enjoyed the experience so we were really looking forward to this one.

When we arrived we were instantly disappointed to find that there was over 30 people in our group. That’s about 20 too many if you’re wondering. We knew from the offset that with so many participants we would not be doing a whole lot of flying/handling of the birds. Another thing to note was that there was just one person on hand to show us the birds.

After a 40 minute introductory talk we were finally allowed to handle our first bird which was a brown chested barn owl. Barn owls are lovely creatures so I was quite happy to hold one again. We had to line up and take it in turns to have the bird fly to us (just once.) Unfortunately this process took a matter of minutes to experience personally and then another 30 odd as we stood waiting for everyone else to have a go.

Nevertheless the barn owl was a pleasure to hold and to fly.

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After flying the barn owl we flew and held a Harris Hawk. I have handled these before on a couple of occasions so again, this was nothing new to me but Harris Hawks are very lively birds and I enjoyed holding this one. Actually, as the hawk was much perkier this process took much less time than the previous and we probably each held the hawk for mere seconds before it was taken from us and instructed to fly to the next person.

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And in terms of flying/handling the birds that was it. I’m not going to lie; I was very surprised and quite disappointed that in two hours we were only able to hold two birds – eek! But as I mentioned earlier, the problem was that the event was oversold and there really was just too many people!

Next we were treated to some talks on different birds and shown a very beautiful Goshawk and Crowned Eagle. The remainder of the time was spent showing us these birds and educating us on how they are reared/handled and their numbers in the wild.

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The talks were very in-depth and informative and it was nice to see these wonderful birds up close. If I have one criticism though it’s that there was more talking involved than actual experience.

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All in all we had an enjoyable time holding, flying and getting up close and personal with the birds. However, I really don’t think I’d do this particular experience again as there are so many others out there that are much more hands on and personal. If you’re thinking of going on one of these experience days I recommend doing thorough research before booking anything!

Curious Calke Abbey

Firstly I just want to apologise for the weird publishing schedule lately; I have been incredibly busy and not putting out posts as frequently as I would like. Whilst there may be a few kinks for me to iron out, I’m going to endeavour to publish more content next month. That out of the way…

I am a big fan of impromptu trips and exploring places I haven’t seen before so, when we found ourselves at Calke Abbey on a sunshine-filled Wednesday morning I was very happy. Calke Abbey stands on the site of a medieval religious house and is a Grade I listed property that sits just outside Ashby-de-la-Zouch (AKA the home of Adrian Mole and KP.) The Baroque Mansion was passed in to the hands of the National Trust in 1985 and is affectionately described as ‘The Un-stately Home and Country Estate’.

As we were on a flying visit to Gareth’s hometown to partake in some early birthday celebrations with family members, we had the pleasure of visiting Calke Abbey with his parents which was lovely.

We started out with a walk through the grounds and up a winding hill to a wooded area, past an enclosure filled with beautiful fallow deer. As we walked we noticed fun sculptures of insects and animals which we guessed were part of a trail.

Gareth’s dad had mentioned that around this time of year the woods were filled with bluebells and, as I have always wanted to see the bluebells in Spring I was keen to take some photographs. We were in luck as the further in to the woods we walked the more we saw, the ground littered with a sea of flowers gently bobbing in the breeze.

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There are lots of different walks that you can take around Calke Abbey, and the one we took looped around in a circle that brought us up a hill then back down and around to the front of the mansion. I imagine I added quite a bit of extra time to that walk, stopping every so often to take photographs! Naturally I was particularly drawn to a tree filled with bird feeders and chirping. I was excited to spot a pair of chaffinches among lots of other garden favourites such as the little coal tit I managed to snap a photo of.

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After our walk we headed to the mansion. Entrance to Calke Abbey is £13.50 per adult. I think this is really reasonable and I would be more than happy to pay that for the whole experience, although on this occasion Gareth’s parents very kindly treated us to the day out.

I must admit, I didn’t know what to expect from Calke Abbey; I certainly didn’t expect it to be as intriguing as it was.

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Inside Calke Abbey we were immediately greeted with the site of dusty glass cabinets filled with curious taxidermy; stuffed otters with fish clamped permanently in their jaws, birds captured in mid-flight and impressive stag heads mounted to the walls. The first room was impossibly full with a wooden table at the centre set with tea things and a faux cake, a grey coat casually slung over the back of one chair. Something about this set-up left me feeling as if the room had only recently been left, as if the occupant would appear at any moment and resume tea. This left me deeply reminiscent of Dennis Sever’s house which is designed to leave you feeling as if you have stumbled upon one families abrupt exit from the property.

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On the first floor of the property the rooms are dark, lit only by lamps and flickering candles (fake of course.) There is a strange mix of opulence, disrepair and clutter. Each room seemed to be in competition with the last in terms of what it could contain. Threadbare armchairs and elaborate paintings in ornate frames sat side by side; it really was quite unique to see.

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In one room the contents of drawers from the Breakfast Room were laid out and displayed on tables. As we poured over carefully preserved insects, shells and other curios I couldn’t help but wonder about the family that had lived there and collected all this stuff with such earnest. I think that this was one of the rare occasions where a walking tour of the building would have actually been not only useful but extremely interesting.

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One thing that became obvious with each room was the inhabitants love of taxidermy.  I honestly think there were enough stuffed birds and animals on display to rival that of the Natural History Museum.  I particularly enjoyed perusing the cabinet of pheasants, even if the colour had somewhat been bleached from their initially vibrant feathers.

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I particularly enjoyed a room that resembled a tea parlour. (But really, I have no idea what the rooms purpose was.) With lots of little round tables and chintzy chairs, this dark room felt cosy yet strangely claustrophobic. I’m not sure if all the stuff was placed for us to view or if it was very much a part of the Harpur’s everyday life. The latter would not surprise me if it were the case; the sheer volume of possessions in the house would inevitably lead to clutter on every surface.

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The library was another room of interest. With shelves lined with impressive leather bound books, we were reliably informed that unlike most estates, the books were all completely readable and not fake. I particularly enjoyed the story of the Ostrich egg which was given as a 21st birthday present.

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Unlike the lower floor, the upper floors were in state of disrepair with peeling paint walls and original wallpaper that had somewhat succumbed to the damp. One ceiling looked particularly precarious with a great big crack through the plaster. We were informed this was being held up and suspended from above. Some rooms seemed to be mostly for storage, with old rocking horses, dolls houses and small nursery chairs stashed away to gather dust, unloved but intriguing all the same.

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We walked a loop of the house and ended back down on the ground floor and by a cold stone passage that led to the kitchen. This was a large, open room; still cluttered but this time with useful kitchenalia.

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In the kitchen I came across a little door that led to another side room. This room really made me think of Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings and for me, was quite reminiscent of ‘The Room’. This is my favourite photograph from the day, it feels really characterful to me.

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We ended our tour with a walk through a cold, bricked tunnel and brew house, lit by an eery orange glow. As someone who enjoys exploring tunnels, caves and dark spaces I found this really interesting.

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Finally we stopped for tea and the most delicious scones I have ever tasted, complete with thick cream and sweet jam.

All in all Calke Abbey is a wonderful day out. Not restored but instead preserved, it is like stepping in to a time capsule and is deeply interesting. With its’ collection of strange and unique objects, I feel that Calke Abbey is the type of place you could visit time and again only to spot something different on each occasion. I really hope that I will have another opportunity to pay it another visit as this has been one of my favourite days out of 2017 so far.

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?

Top Ten Favourite Lush Products

Let me preface this post with a warning; I am a horrible, horrible liar. Try as I might I just wasn’t able to pick only ten products to rave about. That means this catchily-titled top ten is actually a top 11 (I just couldn’t bring myself to call it a top 11 because really, who does that?)

That off of my chest, I’d like to tell you about my all-time favourite Lush products. It’s kind of hard to pick when everything is so wonderful but there are definitely some things I hold above all others. Weirdly writing this list has shown me I have a preference for sparkly glittery things (I’m really a magpie) and seasonal goodies that are impossible to hunt down during the warmer months (cry!)

Anyway, here’s what makes my heart beat faster…

Shoot for the Stars Bath Bomb £4.25

Sharing the ‘Honey I Washed The Kids’ scent, this toffee/honey/pudding scented bath bomb is one of my all time favourites. Firstly; it smells amazing. Absolutely mouth-watering! (Which isn’t something you can say for every bath bomb.) Secondly, it looks incredible in the tub. The bomb itself contains cocoa stars which melt in the water leaving it super-soft and moisturising. It leaves the water a deep, inky blue colour which when combined with the mounds of gold glitter, leaves you feeling as if you’re bathing in a midnight sky. The whole experience is beautiful and very comforting. I wish Shoot for the Stars was a regular line but unfortunately it only comes out around Christmas time. I suppose in a way this makes it more special but I do always have the fear it may not come back! I have three of these horded away in a stash waiting for a very special occasion.

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Scrubee body butter £6.95

Another honey-scented and seasonal product that I adore is Scrubee. This body butter is shaped like an adorable bee, is packed with ground almond and coconut shells and smells yummy. This is a product that can be used in the shower or bath and leaves your skin feeling so soft that there really is no need for additional moisturiser or body oil once you’re dry. I am so sad that this is not going to be kept on as a permanent all year round product because it does wonders for my skin and I really feel there is a gap in the market for it. For now I have been stocking up on as many as possible and hoarding them away as I don’t know how I’ll cope without this little guy.

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Golden Egg Bath Bomb Melt £3.95

So by now you’re probably catching on to the theme; I really like honey scented products. This isn’t even the last honey-scented product on the list (sorry!) Anyway, Golden Egg is so fun and I always look forward to Easter every year because I know it’s going to be released. This toffee/honey smelling egg is super sparkly with lots of golden glitter that swirls around in your bath. It’s a combination of a bath bomb and a melt so it’s pretty unique and leaves your water really soft and moisturising. It’s also a measly £3.95 so amazing value for money. Another product I stock up on.

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Honey Bee Bath Bomb discontinued

As much as it pains me to say it, one of my all time favourite bath bombs from the regular range is something that has been discontinued (sobbing.) However I recently discovered that it is still being sold in the Blooming Beautiful gift set (alongside Rose Jam.) So if you’re willing to splash out £10 every now and then for this beautiful bath bomb then you’re all good. It also appears in the Kitchen from time-to-time but I haven’t been lucky enough to catch it. Anyway, this bath bomb smells incredible. It smells of honey but it’s quite fresh and very sweet- it doesn’t share the same scent as the items above. It contains rhassoul mud also so it does great things for your skin. This was always my go-to treat or bath bomb whenever I visited Lush. Now my go-to bath bomb is…

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Avobath Bath Bomb £3.50

I always feel that Avobath is such an underrated bath bomb. Rarely do I hear people rave about it and I suppose that’s because it’s kind of ‘no thrills’. And by that I mean, it doesn’t spew out a rainbow whilst popping candy crackles and a little note floats out from the centre (but believe me, if that’s what you’re looking for Lush has a bath bomb for you.) No, Avobath is just a nice simple bath bomb that leaves your water soft and green with a tiiiiiny bit of lustre. What I really love about it is the smell; it smells wonderful. It contains avocado, lemongrass oil, bergamot oil etc but the overwhelming scent for me is citrus. It’s a really fresh, fruity and moreish type of smell that I love. Avobath is great for when your skin is feeling dry or dull or in the morning when you need to wake up. I think these types of bath bombs are overlooked because of how simple they are but, Avobath is a true staple for me and it’s one I will always pop in my basket.

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Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar £3.65

I don’t want to go around making bold statements that aren’t true but…I really think this might be my all time favourite Lush product. There, I’ve said it. And it still feels right. Another seasonal product (sigh) Sparkly Pumpkin does what it says on the tin. It’s shaped like an adorable little pumpkin – and it’s covered in glitter.  It makes the most amazing mound of soft bubbles, turns the water a vibrant and a glittering orange and it smells like…well, I’m not quite sure. It contains lime and grapefruit oils but I wouldn’t say it smelt overly fruity. To me it’s sweeter – actually very similar to a bag of sweets. The scent is probably my favourite part of this bubble bar but really it’s a fantastic all-rounder. It’s a part of the Halloween range which I always highly anticipate and shares its’ scent with Mr Punch soap. I find that frustrating because this small scent family means I’m literally never able to bathe in the glorious smell until Halloween rolls around. I only have one left in my stash which is pretty heart-breaking, and it’s definitely not looking in its’ prime. I think I will hang on to it until a very special occasion arises (like perhaps Halloween next year.)

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The Magic of Christmas Bubble Wand £5.95

I purchased the Magic of Christmas bubble bar online based on looks alone.  The design is incredibly festive with a  star-shaped bubble bar studded with dried anise and cloves, brushed with silver lustre and attached to a chunky stick of cinnamon. Oh, and there’s a ribbon and bow thrown in for good measure. I happen to love bubble bars and this one is reusable so even without smelling it it ticked all the right boxes. I was so surprised by just how much I loved it when it came through the door though. The scent completely encapsulates Christmas for me. Orange, cinnamon and benzoin mix together to create a yummy cake-like scent. Last year was the first year that I tried Magic of Christmas and I only purchased one (d’oh!) but I’m so hopeful that it will be back this year because it’s so lovely and perfect for cold winter nights.

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The Comforter Bubble Bar £4.95

Another bubble bar on the list, the Comforter is my regular line go-to. This bubble bar is hefty in size and I find I can get around four very decent bubble baths from it. The scent is also very strong and leaves your skin smelling positively edible (but that would be cannibalism so let’s not, please.) With a fruity aroma of blackcurrants, this bubble bar is a firm favourite among many seasoned Lushies.

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Sleepy Body Lotion £7.95 for 95g

Sleepy was the biggest surprise for me. I have never liked that floral scent that lavender gives off.  Well not the kind that appears in lots of bath products anyway (fresh lavender is another thing altogether.) So I didn’t expect to like the lavender-heavy Sleepy. I got a small tub of it in a Christmas gift box from my boyfriend so it was kind of thrust upon me. I am so glad. Sleepy is packed full of tonka and oatmeal and it is a very sweet smelling lotion. (Think Twilight.) The idea is that you smother it on your skin after a bath and before bed to send you off to the land of nod. I really do think it works and the scent- wow. I don’t know if this will come back but I hope it does because it’s a fantastic product and I only have one 215g tub of the stuff left!

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Snow Fairy Shower Gel £3.75 for 100g (but you’ll want the 1kg bottle)

Snow Fairy is one of my all-time favourite scents from Lush and to me a whiff of the stuff brings back happy memories of Christmases past. Some people think that spotting the Coke lorry is the herald of Christmas but for me it’s when this amazing pink shower gel appears in the Lush shop windows. Luckily for me and the many other Snow Fairy shower gel fans, this scent comes in many different formats and flits in and out of the shop throughout the year. Of course, nothing quite matches up to the shower gel so it’s always good to stock up during the boxing day sales.

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Yummy Mummy Shower Cream £4.95 for 100g

I only recently got turned on to Yummy Mummy shower cream during a bloggers event at my local Lush. Prior to that event I hadn’t smelt Yummy Mummy and I wasn’t overly bothered about it (despite the fact the brilliant purple is very appealing.) But when I got to rub the stuff over my hands during a demo I realised that it truly is the work of the Gods. And once again, this is a seasonal product that only comes out for Mothers Day. Sometimes I really could sit down with Lush and have a stern word! Anyway, Yummy Mummy smells like strawberries and cream so as you can imagine; delicious. There are lots of other products with a similar scent (all of which I have stocked up on) but the shower cream really is the best.

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Now you’ve read my list, what are your favourite Lush goodies?

 

 

 

 

 

New Colour Variant for Pretty Little Finch

Hi guys, I just wanted to share a suuuuper quick post with you today to let you know a new pin has landed in my Etsy shop! The pin is a colour variant of the original pastel blue tit pin and has an adorable pink belly instead of the standard purple. When I drew this design it did actually have a pink belly so this new pin is a lot closer to my original vision. I’m really happy with how this little guy turned out! If you would like to purchase this or the purple pin please feel free to pay my shop a visit. It can be found here!

Just as a side note, I’m open to pin swaps if you’re a maker with a cute design. I support small biz now and forever!

Thanks for checking this post out.

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