Lush Christmas Edition | Order & Collect Made Easy

Well, I think everyone can pretty much feel (with the very little feeling left in the frozen fingers and toes) that it has been getting cold pretty darn quickly this last week or so.
It’s getting to the point now where having the heating on full blast isn’t quite cutting it, and my sofa is nowhere to be seen after being covered by a huge mound of fluffy blankets and throws.
I can’t say I’m complaining too much though as it’s now time for those boiling hot, deliciously bubbly, sweet smelling bubble baths to be run, to help thaw this little block of ice that is me.

Lush Guildford kindly offered me the chance to receive some of their products* using their amazing Order & Collect service. It really was just the easiest process – all I had to do was use their handy order form which has all of their products organised into categories, making it really simple to find and pick my favourite goodies! Not only that, but I could then pick a time slot that worked for me to pop to their store and pick up my products.

On arrival, all staff were wearing face masks but were as bubbly and cheery as ever which was really comforting and welcoming. There was someone on hand at the front to coat my hands in this gorgeous smelling hand santizer, and all I had to do was go up to the counter to collect my order which was all ready and packed, waiting for me!

Now on to what I chose…it’s safe to say that I couldn’t say no to any of the Christmas items:

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas Bath Bomb
As if the name wasn’t cute enough already, look at this little guy! It has a lovely, sweet but delicate raspberry scent, and it’s decorated with some sparkly gold popping candy.

Snow Fairy Bath Bomb
Everyone who’s shopped at Lush during the festive period, knows that this is the one you can’t leave the shop without! Bubblegum and glitter – what’s not to love!?

Winter Garden Bath Bomb
I’m so happy that there’s a more mellow and calming bath bomb in Lush’s Christmas collection. With the softer floral notes, it’s the perfect contrast to the other noticeably “sweeter” bath products in the range, and probably one I’m going to save for the post-Christmas wind down.

Candy Cane Lip Scrub
This cold weather has left my lips in dire need of some deep exfoliation. I love the Lush lip scrubs because you just have to rub it all over your lips, and lick off the excess – so obviously this tastes delicious.
Need a little something for under the mistletoe? This leaves your lips feeling smooth and refreshed, and can doubly act as a little breath freshener. It’s a win from me.

The Comforter Bubble Bar
Not from the Christmas collection, but this is a personal favourite of mine. This bubble bar has been a long time favourite of mine, and I usually get a good few uses out of it as a little goes a really long way! It’s like bathing in a big creamy bath of Ribena.

What are some of your favourite Lush products?

There’ll be more from me soon…
Mel x

*All products kindly gifted by Lush Guildford

Product Review | L’Occitane Immortelle Oil Make-up Remover

Right, we’ve all been there. Coming out of the bathroom with tears in your eyes, skin bright red, raw and irritated. There’s only one reason for it – scrubbing hard to remove that makeup that just will not budge.

I got the L’Occitane Immortelle Oil makeup remover for Christmas after it was high on my wish list, and it has been my absolute saving grace. My main two everyday makeup items are eyeliner and mascara, and we all know that it can be an absolute pain to remove sometimes.
All I need though is one little pump from this, and it all comes off so easily!

It is so gentle on the skin, and feels really silky to apply. I love that I can just rub it in with my hands and wash it off, rather than having to apply it on a cotton pad. It makes the whole process of removing makeup a whole load more relaxing, rather than a daunting chore.

I guess the only downside would be the price. I’m not usually one to really splurge on my makeup removers, I’ve previously relied on something from Boots, or the Body Shop which is a bit more budget friendly.
This costs £22 for a 200ml bottle, but although the price sounds a little more than what you may usually buy from the drugstore, a little really goes a long way, and with such effective results.

Overall, it is definitely something I can see myself buying again. It’s made my skin feel so much less irritated, and dare I say, I actually look forward to taking my makeup off at the end of the day.

Have you tried the Immortelle Oil Make-up Remover? What were your thoughts?

There’ll be more from me soon…
Mel x

5 Ways to Relax After a Long Week

So it’s the first week of January, and already I find myself feeling worn out and daydreaming about the weekend! If you’re like me, and have had a tough first week at work, or you’re stressed out with university and exams, or even if you just feel like chilling out this weekend (because who doesn’t love a chill day!?) – then I’ve got a few things that you could do to ease that heavy weight off your shoulders!


Film fest and a tonne of snacks:

If you know me, then you’ll know that I love to watch films. Because with films comes snacks, and I love a snack or two…or three, or four. I spend most of my weekends watching film after film, and diving into my snack cupboard (yes, I have a cupboard just for snacks) mulling over whether today’s the day for the unboxing of the fancy chocolates, or how many packets of popcorn should I pop.

So grab a few cushions, fluffy blankets, pop on your comfiest pyjamas and cosiest socks – and veg out on the sofa for a couple of hours!

Binge on a TV Series:

If films aren’t your thing and you prefer to watch something shorter like an episode, then why not start up on a new TV drama? I’ve seen quite a few (and re-watched a lot), and sometimes escaping into the world of Beverley Hills, or the Upper East Side is just what you need! Here are a few of my favourites that I’d highly recommend!

One Tree Hill – 9 seasons, 187 episodes
Breaking Bad – 5 seasons, 62 episodes
90210 – 5 seasons, 114 episodes
Gossip Girl – 6 seasons, 121 episodes
Pretty Little Liars – 7 seasons, 150 episodes

Colouring:

Do you have quite a busy lifestyle and find that you don’t have much time to do anything? Colouring books are perfect for using some of that stress and tension towards something creative. What I love about these books is that you don’t have to be this professional artist to do them. I personally used to love drawing when I was younger but I didn’t have a creative bone in my body. I was good at drawing from observation but when it came to things as simple as doodling – I sucked.
For these, all you need is some colouring pencils, and then just let the pencils flow! I tend to just randomly pick a colour for random sections and 9 times out of 10, they somehow just work! It’s oddly very relaxing.


Give yourself a mini spa treatment:


Remember those chick flick films, where all the girls get together and go to this amazing spa to relax, and that always involved lounging on a bench with a mud mask on and eating the cucumber on their eyes? Well, sadly I don’t have the time, money, or even friends *plays violin*, so I’ve brought the spa to me!
Here are my steps to pamper heaven:
  1. Hop into a nice hot shower, or relaxing bath if you have more time.
  2. Scrub away all the stress with your favourite exfoliator – I am loving The Body Shop’s Moringa Exfoliating Cream Body Scrub!
  3. Remember to rub some of that love back into your skin with a good body cream – I recommend Soap & Glory’s The Righteous Butter 100%.
  4. Wash away the long day with a fresh facial cleanser – I’m using my favourite one at the moment, The Body Shop’s Seaweed Deep Cleansing Gel Wash.
  5. Apply a more than generous amount of your favourite clay mask – You HAVE to try The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask. My skin has never felt better!
  6. Sit back and RELAX.

Curl up with a book:

Nothing says relax like cosy-ing up with a cup of tea, and a good book in your lap. I just love to end my day with the calming smells of my candles, tea or hot chocolate in hand, and immersing myself in a fictional world. I am loving Sophie Kinsella books at the moment! They’re girly, hilarious and light – so all around perfect!

What do you like to do to relax? I’d love to hear about it, so please do comment and tell me!
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