It’s that time of year again – the Lush Valentines Day 2019 range has dropped – and it’s full of cheeky surprises!
It’s that time of year again – the Lush Valentines Day 2019 range has dropped – and it’s full of cheeky surprises!
If you know me you’ll know I spend all year eagerly anticipating the one sale that Lush holds each and every Boxing day. It has become a tradition of sorts now for my family and I to get up super early, catch the bus to Lakeside and queue for about an hour or so just so I can get my hands on all the amazing reduced Lush. Maybe it sounds a bit sad, but when Lush only hold one sale a year it makes sense for me to be there for it and save some cash in the process. My brother and I even talked tactics over the cold tea on Christmas day this year – that’s how big of an event it is for me! This year I had a list of wants and, although I didn’t quite get everything on that list I think I did rather well! Today I thought I’d share my Boxing day scores as well as some of the Lush I was gifted this year!
I can hardly believe that Christmas has been and gone and the New Year is just around the corner! As always my family completely spoilt me and I enjoyed spending time with them, relaxing and eating (lots of) good food! The season wasn’t without sadness though and I did struggle quite a bit – that’s for another day though, today I want to share something positive and fun with you – my annual what I got for Christmas haul post!
Whilst most of us are still firmly in the Autumn mindset, planning for the spooky-season ahead and all the fun Halloween parties and events we’ll be attending, Lush is, as always, thinking ahead to Christmas. The full Christmas 2018 range dropped just a week or so after the Halloween range which I must admit does feel a little early!
The range this year is absolutely huge with loads of new and innovative products just crying out to be added to Christmas wish-lists. Despite all the newness I was really sad to see my old favourite, Magic of Christmas bubble bar wand knocked off the line-up. At this point in time I’ve tried quite a few of the new products but as the range is so extensive there’s still so many more baths to be had!
Here’s what I’ve picked up so far…
Every year as September rolls around I begin to eagerly anticipate the Lush Halloween range; the glittery pumpkin-shaped bubble bars and ghoulish bath bombs that appear in stores as the spooky season descends upon us.
This year I didn’t have long to wait, with the range dropping much earlier than previous years. Naturally I was in my local Lush, scooping up all the bath-time treats on the day of their release. And truth be told, what better way to kick start the season than with a big ole Lush haul?
When the Lush Kitchen closed its doors back in October I was a little bit heartbroken – better off financially yes, but heartbroken all the same.
You see, the Friday menu releases and the ensuing packages in the post that followed were oftentimes the highlights of my week, and without them my life has felt a teeny bit less exciting (and less gorgeously scented).
Lush Labs is in full swing now but I have to say, for me it has been a slow start; I haven’t yet purchased any of the exclusives simply because none of them have appealed to me in the way Lush Kitchen products did. That’s why, when the Lush Kitchen announced it would be releasing seven (one-off) exclusive shower gels I was probably more excited than is generally considered acceptable.
I was lucky enough to grab four of these exclusive shower gels so today I thought it would be fun (and a bit throw-back) to share my haul with you!
Christmas has been and gone, and what a Lush Christmas it was. Between all the wonderful giftsets I received and the Boxing day sales, I am well and truly stocked up on bath time treats for the foreseeable future!
Today I thought I’d share with you the biggest Lush haul I have ever had the pleasure to write!
I have been eagerly awaiting the release of the Lush Christmas line since last year. Not only are the products super fun and festive but they are among some of my all time favourites. During the December months I take the opportunity to stock up on (and stash away) as many of my faves as possible to see me through the remainder of the year.
Today I thought it would be fun to share with you my small(ish) Lush Christmas haul and talk you through some of the must-haves this year!
I adore the Lush Kitchen and everything about it; excitedly waiting for the menu to roll around each and every Friday at 3pm, anxiously waiting to snag a long-awaited exclusive when the Kitchen opens at 8am, all those magical parcels in the post that follow…
So it will come as no surprise that I was, to put it mildly, really upset when the Kitchen announced its closure quite suddenly a couple of weeks back.
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…
There’s always something a little magical about stepping in to your local Lush, isn’t there? It’s a combination of things I think. The slightly dark, moody spot-lighting, the incredible displays of potion-like skin treatments and wooden boxes stuffed with vivid bath bombs and bubble bars. And then there’s the smell. If you’re a Lush fan you’ll know what I mean. The hypnotic scent snakes its’ way down the street, luring you in from afar…
What could be more magical than that? Well, a Lush with exciting new goodies to discover, of course! So when Lush Lakeside asked me to pop down and have a look at some of the wonderful new products (and some underrated products too) I could hardly contain my excitement.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
What have you been buying in the Lush Kitchen lately?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
What have you been buying in the kitchen lately?
the Lush Valentines collection is here! I decided to make a vlog showing you everything I got as I know I’ve written quite a few Lush haul blogs lately – and I wanted to change it up a bit! Hope you enjoy.