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Ocean Salt from Lush!

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Ocean Salt from Lush!

So the quest for skin wonders continues. This week I have started to use two MORE products. Ocean Salt from Lush and the Neutrogena Wave.

Today I will talk about the Ocean Salt.

I have wanted Ocean Salt for a long time. It is a Lush product that I’ve heard mentioned so many times. Most people seem to love it. I get the impression that this little concoction is meant to be the exfoliator of exfoliators. Lush haven’t used this title though. Instead they label the product as ‘a facial scrub for a complexion that glows.’

Now, is it just me or does this look delicious?

It is made up with lime, grapefruit, coconut and sea salt and these are mixed together in a fruity, vodka based scrub. The sea salt is meant to scrub away the dead skin and all the horrors blocking the pores. The coconut hydrates and meanwhile the lime and alcohol have antibacterial effects. So it all sounds quite promising but then is there any skincare product that doesn’t sound promising?!

Despite being labelled as a facial scrub, I brought the Ocean Salt to use mainly as a body scrub. I have a few dry patches where I caught the sun a month or so ago and nothing seems to have brought these areas up to par yet. I’m hoping that the Ocean Salt will do the trick!

My first attempt was a tentative one as I know the few who do not like this exfoliator generally find it too harsh for their skin. I was expecting some stinging. In fact, I was a little bit scared as one of the Sanctuary scrubs really seems to sting me but no, I haven’t experienced any stinging at all with the Ocean Salt, even after shaving. The product actually looks and feels a lot creamier then I was expecting and even foams a little. Consequently I’m finding that I’m not using much product at all. I have used this on my body about three times now and have experienced no stinging or soreness. The dry areas that I wanted to work on feel smoother. My skin is certainly less bumpy near the top of my arms and may in fact also, be a tad softer.

With caution, I have used this product on my face maybe three times. Again I have had no stinging and it certainly does not seem to have irritated any blemishes or caused further breakout. Fingers crossed, my damaged skin seems to be healing. However, I don’t think that is due to this product. I have only used it a couple of times. Though I might be wrong as I am using so many things in my skincare at the moment that it is impossible to identify cause and effect. Currently I’m using everything a bit haphazardly as and when. However, I’m hoping that this product will prove itself a staple in my face routine and I can use it every other day once my skin returns to a more ‘normal’ state.

The only area where I may have had a slight reaction to this product is on the thinner skin around my decolletage where I noticed some scratch and prick-like marks after a relaxing bath. Now I’m not sure if this was the Ocean Salt but to be just sure, I have refrained from using it again in this area which luckily is quite smooth and clear anyway. The scratches and prick marks cleared within 36 hours.

I have encountered no further problems with Ocean Salt and am actually looking forward to using it. For me, it feels like more of a treatment for my skin then so many of the other exfoliators I’ve used out there including my own Coconut Oil concoctions.

I have only just started using this product but let me tell you now, I love the scent of this. For me, the scent is more remniscent of a moisturiser and body butter. It is lovely and lingers all day. I’m not sure how to describe it. You can certainly smell the lime and maybe even the ocean air . . ! When you add this gorgeous, yummy scent to the creamy soft texture then I’m so glad that this product got to the top of my wishlist and on to my skin.

250g of Ocean Salt currently costs £11.20 so fingers crossed that this does indeed go a long way!

Have you tried Ocean Salt? What do you think?

 

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August 1, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Lush and I: The Shampoo Wars!

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Lush and I: The Shampoo Wars!

Lovelies, just how important is your hair?! Mine is so important and I really feel as if it could define me which is why I try so hard (maybe too hard) to make the most of it.

My ideal hair is something like the locks adorned by Angelina Jolie and Jess on The Real Hustle. Both have healthy, glossy, shiny dark locks but neither of them have extreme volume or tight curls so why if I’m not using a shampoo called Big then I am using one called Curly Wurly?! Curly Wurly and Big are more hair nightmare then dream for me!

Therefore, it follows that Big shampoo and Curly Wurly shampoo from Lush have been the two major staples in my beauty routine over the last couple of months. Huh?!?!

To note, I tend to use both of these shampoos twice. I never get a lather and hardly any bubbles or soapiness, especially with Big, the first time that I use it.

When I brought these products, Big cost £9.90 for 330g (and with my current once a week regime, this goes very far). Meanwhile Curly Wurly costs £8.60 for 220g. I would say one pot will last me about 4-6 weeks using the regime detailed below.

Now to the review. . .

I started using Big shampoo first. This was just after I had finished the pre-shampoo treatments which I could not afford to repurchase. I was intrigued by what I had heard about the Big Shampoo. Big contains Sea Salt; Lemon and Lime; Softening seaweed and Cocoa Butter. I had never heard of a shampoo with solid bits before. I read somewhere that this shampoo acted as an exfoliator for hair and to me, this made sense. It would break down and get rid of all the gooey and sticky chemicals that I constantly seem to dowse my hair in as well as all that rubbish that my hair just picks up in daily life eg. exhaust fumes, smoke, make up/beauty residues. The solid flakes would be able to loosen, release all this rubbish and scrub my hair squeaky clean. Clean hair, yay! However, I had concerns that such a routine was a bit harsh and too rough for my hair but soon forgot this when I read that there was Cocoa butter in the shampoo. I love Cocoa Body Butter so surely Cocoa Butter could make any product gentle?!

Lush claim that with Big, ‘shine, softness and optimal volume are at your fingertips’. When I started to use Big, my hair really did feel throughly cleansed and so soft. The flakes rinsed out easily enough. However, I was a little worried about the effect a “heavier, slightly more solid’ shampoo would have on my hair extensions. For a couple of hours after a hairwash, the rows would feel as if they were sitting in a slightly different place but after a couple of hours, this feeling either disappeared or I just did not notice it anymore. My hair was not flat after using Big but nor was it massive by any means. However, it still looked better, it was less puffy and less frizz made it more managable.

So far, so good!

However, it was only after I started using the Big shampoo that I began hearing negative reviews about the shampoo. In fact, suddenly everything I heard/read seemed to be negative. The main concern was that it could dry your hair out. Oh, not good. Especially for me. I already feel as if my hair is very dry and damaged. Personally, I don’t think my hair became drier just because I used this shampoo. However, the panic button had squealed and I started to look at ways, others were employing to counteract this. Some people were using Big about once a month or so as an intensive, clarifying shampoo. Others were using it more often but mixing it with an alternative moisturising shampoo. Note, there seems to be lots of reviews in Beauty blogs and on You Tube for these products. You should find some easily. I read and heard lots. I know there is a review from Bubblegarm and I’m sure Lollipop26 mentioned Big in a You Tube video.

I brought Curly Wurly and used it alone once or twice a week and then for my final hairwash each week, I would mix some Curly Wurly with Big for a deeper hair cleanse.

Curly Wurly was a Lush shampoo that I knew nothing about except that it was very moisturising (it is 15% coconut) and was reportedly suitable for any hair type, not just Curly Hair. When I brought the shampoo, the assistant made a point of making sure I knew how to use the shampoo. He said that it really needed to be worked in to the hair for a minute or so. I was very, very surprised when I opened the pot to see that this shampoo had solid bits in, like Big. I don’t know why, I just was not expecting it. This shampoo was sweeter then Big (a lovely peach colour) and very, very sticky. Now I understand why the assistant said the product needed to be worked in. Otherwise nothing would be loosened up and once applied, the gloop would just stick there where it had been applied. It needs to be worked in to clean the hair and for the good things to be dispersed.

Curly Wurly does give shine and again, makes the hair very soft. I would say it has pretty much the same effect on my hair as Big did. This one is allegedly less drying but I would say it is much more difficult to use. Primarily because it is so hard to rinse out. Obviously I might find it harder then some of you with the sticky flakes getting caught up in the rows of my extensions but I don’t think anybody would be able to rinse this out very quickly and I sometimes have to leave a few remnants in until I rinse out the conditioner. Otherwise I seriously could run out of hot water! Curly Wurly is made up of Coconut, Cocoa and Avocado.

Lush claim that Curly Wurly has a delicious scent. Both of these shampoos were scented. Big smells like a couple of exciting raw ingredients and Curly Wurly smells like the gorgeous pud or cream that the ingredients make. Both shampoos are pleasantly fragrant and much nicer then the overpowering scents of the Pre-shampoo treatments discussed in an earlier post. Interestingly you may also want to note, that I used a shampoo from the Boots 97% natural haircare range, Naked, for the first time recently and found the scent much falsier and manufactured then the Lush shampoos. In fact, it was slightly off-putting.

When it comes to ease of use, I prefer Big. Big is much easier to rinse out. The sharp salt(?) flakes are not trapped in a sticky gloop. However, I am put off by all the warnings about the drying effect that Big is supposed to have and consequently use this shampoo less then Curly Wurly. In fact, it is very rare that I use Big alone now without mixing it in with Curly Wurly.

I also do not like how unsettled my hair, in particular my extensions, feel after using Big. It really feels a bit windswept and out of place although it actually looks sleeker and acts more managable (but still feels wrong).

When it comes to overall results, there is little difference between Big and Curly Wurly. My hair may feel ever so slightly cleaner with Big but otherwise there is little in it. Both give shine, softness and managibility. I can only think of one drug store shampoo brand which could achieve so much and that would be, Aussie. The Lush shampoos do seem slightly cheaper then the ones I buy from my hair salon but I would say that the Lush ones are just as good.

I am going to put it out there and say I prefer Curly Wurly but to be honest, it is mainly only because I’m a scaredy cat and worried what effects Big could have on my hair in the long term especially since fingers crossed, the condition of my hair should be improving. Maybe the condition was so bad before, Big couldn’t make it any worse. It would be interesting but scary to see what effect Big could have on healthier more typical hair. Another concern I have, with Big, is that if it is a hair exfoliator, it may break down any hair dye quicker then a conventional shampoo. After all, aren’t exfoliating scrubs what we rely on to remove patchy tans?!

I do not like the sticky flakes that I find falling out of my hair after using Curly Wurly but I have no concerns about the long term effects that Curly Wurly could have on my hair. To the contrary, I would have some optimism in the continous use of Curly Wurly.

I would repurchase both of these shampoos again. In fact, I have already used two pots of Big. However before I buy them again, I am keen to gain more experience of natural haircare products. I’m very interested in the Phyto range as well as some of the Holland and Barrett ones and I’ve just brought a Naked shampoo and conditioning treatment from Boots.

Have you used any of the shampoos mentioned here? Any thoughts on these or on Lush haircare?

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March 9, 2010 at 10:00 am

Scent-sational soaps!

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Scent-sational soaps!

Hi Girlies, welcome to another post in my ‘Lush and I’ series!

As you know I was very disappointed with Lush when I tried the soap, Vanilla In The Mist. Well, I think consolation is required and I’m very tempted to pop in to Lush this weekend and get some. It may just be time to repurchase two of the most super-duper, amazingly gorgeous soaps in the whole wide world.

I guess you are all wondering which soaps have earnt such a great accolade.

I doubt that the first will be a big surprise. Tra la lah, it is ‘Honey I Washed The kids’. This soap has a huge following. It was my very, first Lush soap in five plus years. I was not very excited about it as I have never had a thing for soaps. I only brought this one because everybody else is so excited by it and I had some gift value left to spend and wowee, what a lucky random buy it turned out to be!

 

This soap looks lovely, it smells gorgeous and feels fabulous to wash with. This caramel gives off the most beautiful scent and is very moisturising especially as the soap breaks down and the soap almost starts to liquidfy and ooze. Meanwhile the outer crust is very useful for gentle exfoliation. I adore this soap and can assure you that I will be buying it again and again.

Now the second soap was not one I expected to fall for.

Firstly, it was not ‘Honey I Washed The Kids’ which I had already discovered and had just finished, leaving me feeling so, soo, soap abandoned (a wretched emotion that I had never experienced before).

Secondly, I’m not a big fan of currents, raisins and sultanas so why would I like a soap, that I had never even heard of, called ‘Sultana of Soap’?!

 

Well, for several reasons actually!

Firstly, it smells beautiful. While ‘Honey I Washed The Kids’ smells gorgeous and fabulous. ‘Sultana of Soap’ is more subtle but is just unmistakenly so, soo, pretttyyy and I felt gives out faint hints of springtime blossoms and sweet, sweet sweeties. It could be a classic!

Secondly, this princess of a bar glides effortlessly along the skin.

Thirdly, my svelte little tiny bar seems to be lasting for ages.

I don’t think this soap is very well-known but please Girls, next time you are in Lush, have a sniff and maybe get a small little sample. I’m pretty sure you won’t regret it!

And one more thing you might not regret is taking a peek at BeautyMarked19. Sophie is having the most amazing giveaway to celebrate reaching 500 followers. The prize includes perfume, MAC, Gosh and more. http://beautymarked19.blogspot.com/2010/03/500-followers-giveaway.html

Also, Legs Eleven7 is having a giveaway with some mighty fine little treats making up the winners stash. Such pretty colours. You can have a look at her very popular blog and enter here.http://legseleven7.blogspot.com/2010/03/giveaway-time.html

Right Treacles, I’m off sniff to some perfumes. I think I owe you a perfume review or two. I hope you are all ok and making some exxxxciting plans for the weekend. Don’t forget to keep commenting, subscribing, tweeting and feel free to spread/tweet the word. This mighty mission of mine can never have too many followers or too much advice.

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March 4, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Oh dear, Vanilla In The Mist!

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Oh dear, Vanilla In The Mist!

When I went to London last week, I decided to pop in to Lush. It was time for a new Lush soap. I was thinking maybe Rockstar as there is a lot of hype for this soap.

I picked Rockstar up and gave it a sniff. It smelt nice but quite fragrant, in a perfume way and I’ve already got a lot of perfumes.

Anyway I was just deciding if Rockstar should accompany me to the till when another soap caught my eye, Vanilla In The Mist. Before Christmas, I was very in to a Vanilla Body Butter from Boots. I found that the Vanilla scent is nice and clean. It also provides a good base if I wanted to apply other fragrances. So I had to pick up the Vanilla In The Mist soap bar and one sniff of the grogeous fresh vanilla scent and I was sold.

However, it only smells gorgeous and vanillary when it is dry. I was really disappointed with this product when I used it to bath. You can just about smell the vanilla underneath some horrible heavy smell. This second smell is not fresh at all. Instead of ice cream and sand, it makes me think of cigars and old moth bitten blazers. I found it did not really lather and instead with some work just left a bit of an oily, sticky yellow type residue which looked revolting on my pale skin. I know it should not really matter what the soap looks like while it is working after all, you are going to rinse it off but this for me, was the final straw. This soap does not make me feel pretty at all. In fact, I don’t even feel particularly clean after using it and have had to lather myself in body lotion.

For me, this is probably the most disappointing product since my mission officially began at the beginning of the year.

Have any of you tried this soap? What did you think? Could it possibly grow on me? What soaps from Lush do you like? I do have a couple of raves coming up.

On a happier note, check out The Make Up Goddess Guru. This blog is Sophie’s (BeautyMarked19) third Guest blogger and the eye make up in this blog is extraordinary and so inspiring. Joanna has already reached 100 followers and to celebrate is having a little giveaway. Here is the link for more information, http://themakeupgoddessguru.blogspot.com/2010/02/my-100-followers-giveaway

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February 19, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Happy Valentines Day!!!

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Happy Valentines Day!!!

I thought that to stay in the spirit of this beautiful day, I would share with you a few things that I have fallen in love with since my mission, to make more of myself, began.

* My head is spinning with love for skincare routines.

As most of you know, I have been Cliniquing twice a day and you know what, I am loving the fact that I have a skincare routine in place. The morning and night applications kind of mark the start and end of my day. What better way to start and end my day on my skin, something that is only mine. My skin, something that only I can (and do) wear. My skin may not always be one hundred percent perfect but I would say that it is a lot closer then it was six months ago and now as I’m looking at it so much more closely at least twice a day and I’m appreciating it and what it goes through each day so much more. I think, ‘Ooh, I was out in that snow for a couple of hours today and my nose itched.’ Then I have a look to see if there is any signs of the earlier distress and if necessary, take the steps to remedy it. Yep, it is official that I’m just a little too obsessed with my skin at the moment.

* I’m blindly in love with soaps from Lush.

I have never been a big fan of solid soap. It has never really homed a strong enough scent for fragrance-mad me and then it has always been quite hard work, to lather and then my skin rarely feels softer or any benefit. That was . . . until Lush! I will probably elaborate on this in my ‘Lush and I’ series but I have only used a small number of soaps from Lush but two of them, I absolutely adore.

 Honey I Washed The Kids

Sultana of Soap

I’m sure you’ve heard it all before but these are divine. They make bathtime fun and then to top it off, apparently they are good for me. After trying these, I know that it doesn’t matter what I hear about all the other Lush soaps (and products), I still will not be satisfied until I have tried each and every one for myself even the dissed ones.

* I’m hopelessly in love with Barry M.

Okay, I admit I have been flirting with MAC a bit lately and there is no denying that MAC is one hottie of a brand but I also know that one day, the novelty of this mission is going to start wearing off and my money is going to start running out but guess what? This doesn’t scare me that much because there is always Barry M and all of their beautiful colours and gorgeous products at damn right yummy prices. Barry M means I never need to go make up hungry and for that, it remains a true love.

Here is a sneak peek at the Fabulous/Barry M free gift that I got last week.

Red Nail Paint (Very excited, there is so much hype about the Barry M nail paints and this colour is perfect for Valentines).

Fabulously Nude Super Shiny Gloss (how will this look with Hue?)

A black eye liner

A shimmery grey eyeshadow (my first Barry M eyeshadow)

And finally a very hot pink make up bag to keep it all in. All of this Barry M for free, there is not much I can say to that. In fact, I’m lost for words!

* I’m loving all the way to the moon and back, the Max Factor Lash Extension Effect Extreme Lengthening mascara.

This is a very new love. I only purchased it last weekend but it is gorgeous. As most of you know, one of my biggest sins is product overload and product overload can equal clumps but not with this mascara. I can heap the layers on and there is not a gloop in site. I have quite long lashes but what I love about this mascara is how seperating and defining it is. It is like a polish for my lashes, it simply creates a beautiful frame for my eyes.

It lets the rest of my make up speak for itself. It is very easy to apply and although it took a couple of goes to get used to the extra long wand, it is easy to get in and catch the small inner lashes. It is unusual for me to apply much mascara to my lower lash line as I think this can look too much and, with gloopy mascaras, quite messy but I think this one does just enough to only compliment the lower lashes. I’m not sure that this mascara will be loved by everyone, I don’t think you can build it up to shout out to the world but for me, it does more then enough and is my one of my newest loves.

* And finally, I’m head over heels in love with you, my readers, followers and inspiration.

If it wasn’t for you, I expect that my mission would have come to a sudden halt weeks ago. Your encouragment and support has been amazing and I can only thank you all, for the big gorgeous part you have played in my life, so far, this year.  I know this sounds OTT but this mission and blog is changing not only my look but also my life and at the end of the day, it all comes back to you. My readers, followers and all of you who also inspire me too. There are so many of you Darlings out there in Blogland, You Tube and at BeautyJudge.com who have helped me so much. The cyber beauty community is amazing and very much alive. I don’t know how I can thank you all for your support. I know that my little competition gives back only the smallest fraction of what all this has given me but I guess it is a start so if you want a chance to reap a reward for your good deeds in supporting my mission then check out my competition post very soon. The competition closes tonight.

Anyway as you can see I’m brimming over with love this year and I don’t want to really end this Valentines post but I must (before I bore you with Snob again), I hope you all have had a fantastic Valentine’s weekend. I know that Jemma (Bamboozle Beauty) and Laura (Emeraldgreen88) have both done the ‘Lipstick Valentine’ so check out their blogs (links in my sidebar) to find the hot lipsticks they are rocking. They have some beauties!

Once again, I would just like to thank you for your support! It really does mean the world.

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Lush and I (2)

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Lush and I (2)

Hey, another instalment for ‘Lush and I’ but today, I’ve decided to mix it up a bit and take a break from the hair products (I will return). Instead, let’s have a look at a product that is bit less ‘care’ and maybe a bit more ‘fun’. Frankly, one that is a gorgeous little bargain!

However, I did not have to even pay for it because this gorgeous little treat came as part of a Very Berry Gift Set that the other precious sister gave me for my birthday a couple of weeks ago.

As you can see, I have been making good use of the items and have plenty to report back to you. Thanks Sis!

The Star product that I’d like to talk about today though is . . . The Comforter Body Bar!

Isn’t it cute? The bright colours really adds a little sparkle to my bathroom. I love this bar! It smells gorgeous. Very uplifting and sweet. The delicious fragrance is very strong and breezes throughout the house and lingers in the bathroom for ages. I can imagine using this bar to celebrate my happiness when I’m in a good mood and to cheer me up when I’m down. However, I can imagine very occasionally, like yet another fat slice of very sugary cake or a very, very loud friend then it could just be a little much. I think the fragrance of the bar is too overpowering to use every single day but then maybe that gives me an excuse to buy a couple of different flavored ones to use in rotation (hee hee, where there is a will. . .).

First of all, I wasn’t sure what I was meant to do with it and used it directly as a soap on my skin. It did not really lather but I smelt gorgeous. I do like a lather though so I found some directions and realised it was for bubbles in the bath so I held it under the warm tap for maybe 25 seconds when I was running my bath and ta dah, one frothy bath pour moi. What is more, a frothy bath with bubbles that lasted instead of quickly disappearing as they often do more or less as soon as I dip my big toe in!

I had to use very little of the bar to get these long-lasting bubbles. The bar is lasting well. I have a 200g bar which I have used 3 times and still have about 4/5- 2/3 of the bar left and it is still solid and not flaking like some of these bars do with use.

I would say this product is maybe more of a luxury and of more benefit to the mind then the body. However, some bubble bath solutions seem to dry my skin but this doesn’t seem to.

I would be very chuffed to recieve this as a gift again and I would happily give it as a gift as well as buying it as an occasional treat for myself. As far as I’m concerned, this bar is one of Lush’s Must-Trys!! I believe that at least one size of this bar (is there more?) retails for under £5.

Any more opinions on Lush or experiences, yay or eurgh, of their products? Don’t forget Girlies, please feel free to comment, subscribe and enter the competition (see my Competition post)!

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February 4, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Lush and I

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Lush and I, The story so far!

Now I am sure many of you have been addicts for a long time but I am a relatively new convert when it comes to Lush.

I remember years ago, maybe 2003/4, first going in to Lush. I was intrigued by the smells and the notion of natural products but I was also with somebody who I didn’t get on with that well and they chose to give me a soap. Now I’m not sure if it was the actual soap or if it was the person that gave it to me but I had a strong dislike for this soap. I felt under obligation to use it but it seemed to last forever. I felt the scent was overwhelming and suffocating. I still shudder to think of it now but I was having a bad time and the soap giver triggers bad memories so everything is probably all mixed up but needless to say as it was, I didn’t like this soap very much and for years just ignored Lush and the increasingly happy impression it seemed to be casting on all those around me.

Feigning ignorance was easy until I started watching You Tube and there I would be looking for reviews of things to buy and literally it seemed as if every other product rave or haul was for Lush. Oh! Could I have been a little bit hasty? Surely I couldn’t have the wrong impression. I tried denial. All That Glitters was wrong not me. However, it wasn’t just her. So many people were raving about these products and then there were people such as Dazzledust25 talking about how natural products (not necessarily Lush) had changed their bodies. Oh and then to make it worse, the smell of Lush was always described in such tantilising vivid terms. Different ones for every product but always delicious. Fruity sometimes chocolately. Oh, this wasn’t how I remembered my soap smelling but I love gorgeous scents and I couldn’t bear the thought that maybe I was missing out on something after all. Suddenly I was on a mission to find my nearest Lush and discover what I’d been missing out on.

So Autumn 2009, I headed to the Bath branch of Lush. A few things struck me straight away, the staff were ready to help as soon as I walked in the door. Normally I would find this intimidating but they were friendly and as happy to let me browse as they were to answer my questions. Secondly, there were the prices!! Now I’m really a drug store girl and especially at this time, the prices seemed quite high. A pre-shampoo treatment and the pot was about £11. Ouch especially when the product instructions suggested using at least half of that pot for one treatment. I tried to distract myself from how much this shop was going to cost me by focusing on all the beautiful bright blues, yellows and purples in the products around the shop and then of course, there was always the scent which I found at least bearable and different to any of the tens of perfumes I have tried.

Now surprisingly on this first visit, I did not purchase any of the nice smelling things such as soap and what-like. Mainly because I was in the height of my Soap and Glory phase and had some of their products to scent and moisturise my body (as well as my stand-by perfume collection) and also because, I’ve never really been a solid soap kind of girl. I find to lather is hard work and I fear that the bars will dry my skin. I can not deny that I was curious about the Lush soap products but as I had limited spending, I looked with curiosity and then went on to buy the necessities.

Yes, that’s right! I went back to the expensive pre-shampoo treatments.

Hair care has always been my main priority ever since I was a little girl and  to be honest, I don’t think that naturally I have the hair I deserve (ok, there is my straightening and extension addiction) but I have put hours, years in to my hair and have spent a small fortune pampering it. However, I still do it every time. In every store, I head straight for haircare to see what wonder product is there and my visit to Lush was no exception and here is what I found.

I brought the H’Suan Wen Hua Hair Moisturiser and the Jasmin and Henna fluff ease treatment. Now as I said they were expensive. H’Suan is currently retailing for £7.60 for 250g and Fluff Ease is £10.35 for 225g. They also had a use by date of about 6-8 weeks.

H’Suan Wen is presented as a dinner in a pot for hair. Ingredients include organic bananas, avocados and fresh watercress which all nourish and moisturise the hair. It also meant to promote hair growth.

Fluff-Ease contains oils, jasmine and red henna to destress, detangle and tame.

Both of these products did seem to help my hair but to get the full effect, I did have to use 1/4 of the pot (I do have 16 inch extensions) meaning that at the most ,the pots would last me four washes which is ok. I tended to concentrate the product around my natural hair ends and applied sparingly everywhere else. About £2-3 a hair treatment.

However, there are problems. You could use it as an occasional treatment but the products do have an expiry date and also, the results are very addictive. I wanted to use it every time I washed and so in a little over 2 weeks, I had spent nearly £20 just on the pre-shampoo treatment and don’t forget, I still needed other products to follow. For me, there was not a lot of difference between the results these two products gave. Both made my hair a lot more manageable and a lot less puffy. This is my biggest hair concern. I have a lot of very fine hair naturally and whenever I wash it, it puffs out big time for about a day or so. Of course, this just makes the difference between my hair and the extensions that little too obvious. Normally this means even more naughty straightening or pulling back my hair (which automatically makes me think I’m going to work!). 

These products solved this problem and also allowed my, now, shiny hair to feign a great impression of health. These products were easy to apply in the sense that you do not wash your hair first but they were quite thick, gloopy and messy. There was also a very strong smell with both products that did not even wash out very well after the normal shampoo and condition. I think it was with H’Suan that this was a particular problem as it had a very heavy, incense type fragrance which was not very me but as with all scents, it did grow on me a little. I did not notice any long term benfits from using these hair products. As soon as I stopped using them, my hair seemed to return to its normal puffy state! :-(

I haven’t brought these products again just because it is an expensive regime to keep up but it really did work and despite the scent, if I had the money then I would use them before every hair wash. Instead I moved on to some other Lush hair products and I’ve dabbled with some bath, soap and skin products so visit again or follow to see part two of the epic ‘Lush and I’ this week!

What do you think of your Lush? What is your story? And remember girls, comments and following could equal a prize. See my Competition post for more information!

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Written by essjay23x

February 2, 2010 at 7:18 pm