I am literally in love! So on Saturday (today being thursday) I was blissfully looking for a new choker necklace when I stumbled on the company MW Necklaces. They had so many beautiful items and I was looking through them for about an hour! Finally I saw a velvet choker with a cute amethyst pendant on it. I was instantly in love because amethyst is one of my favourite stones (probably because it is purple). The necklace was so reasonably priced I didn't even think twice before I ordered it. Once I got my confirmation email I was told the delivery was going to be on the 7th of September. This brought my mood down a little only because I didn't want to have to wait that long because I was so excited for it! But it came this morning (4 days earlier than estimated!) and I was so excited and haven't taken it off since it arrived!
Not only am I in love with the necklace they sent me, in my parcel they also sent me a ring which was such a lovely surprise. It is a cute infinity style, gold coloured ring and although it's not something I would normally wear I actually really like! Thank you MW Necklaces!
So today was a very exciting day because I was invited to a product launch event at Lush in Lakeside. I was emailed to say there was going to be a product showcase for bloggers if I fancied coming along and of course I didn't even hesitate to reply, yes! As many of you know I am a huge fan of Lush products so to get the chance to be invited to a private viewing was literally the most exciting thing. To this moment now, even though the event is over I still am very grateful to have been invited.
The event started with me, my sister and about 10 other bloggers being invited into the store where we were given name badges and offered fruit teas and scones. Once everyone had a chance to meet each other we were invited to stand around a table and a huge metal bowl where the new products were going to be tested. Lush had split the viewing into categories based on the types of the products such as bath bombs and bubble bars to start with, then on to shower gels, body products and then on to soaps. Before each product was demonstrated it was passed around the circle we stood in so we could smell and feel the products. For me this was such a highlight of the viewing because it meant we were hands on with the products rather than the shop assistants handling them with us just standing there watching. Once we'd all had a good smell and feel of the products a volunteer was chosen to put the bath bomb or bar into a large metal bar where we all excitedly waited to see what would happen. One quick comment on the new range that Lush have brought out from the Oxford Street Store is that all of the bath bombs in particular are extremely fun and colourful! Literally every individual bath bomb did its own special thing and changed the water in a different way to the other one. My Personal favourites from this collection was the Intergalactic bath bomb because it smells like mint, makes the water look like a glitter nights sky and has popping candy in it! That and Guy, the wonderful shop assistant, told us it was based on the film Guardians of the Galaxy! My other favourite was the Yoga bath bomb. This is because it felt so calming watching the orange bath bomb slowly turn into other pastel like colours suggesting it gets its names through the relaxation state it causes. Lillian, the other assistant running the event, told the group it took about 15 minutes for the bath bomb to completely dissolve.
(Intergalactic bath bomb) (Yoga bath bomb)
My favourite product out of the bubble bars we were shown was the Milky bath bubble bar. I think it was the smell of it which won it for me! My sister claims it smells like Christmas but personally I can't brand it as a certain smell I would just say it has such a clean smell. I know this is a weak description but it just smells so clean like subtle soap. I think it is amazing! It made the water go so bubbly and even the bubbles made were super soft and glittery. The new range is extremely glittery and I love it! I also really liked the reusable bubble bar Pink Flamingo which we were told was based on a cocktail because it looks like an ornament you'd place into a drink. It turned the water a sweet pinky peach colour.
(Milky Bath bubble bar) (Pink Flamingo bubble bar)
After being shown all of the bath products we moved on to the new shower gels. First was The Comforter shower gel,my favourite, which smelt like blackcurrant and was a neon pink colour. I think I love this one so much because I love the bubble bar with the same smell so I can imagine if used together would just be the most heavenly thing. The next one we were shown was the Yuzu and Cocoa which I heard people describe as having a paint like texture and colour to it. The smell of this gel is supposed to resemble chocolate oranges but I could only really smell coconuts and more tropical scents. I could imagine that this product would be really nice in the summer time because the smell reminds me of being on the beach. The last shower gel we were shown was the Beautiful shower gel. I understand where this product gets its name because the gel itself was just packed full of gold glitter. It was shimmery and had a peachy kind of smell. Although I am not too keen on the shower jellies, we were shown a quite exciting looking one which looked like a jelly version of the Beautiful shower gel. However this one was called the Refresher shower Jelly and it had more of a lemony smell.
(Yuzu and Cocoa shower gel) (Refresher shower jelly) (Beautiful shower gel)
Next we moved onto the body based products many of which were new to me so it was very exciting to test them out. We passed body scrubs such as the Rub Rub Rub which had such a pleasant jasmine smell to it, a few different foot products as well as some hand scrubs and creams all with their own amazing smell. One of my favourite things from this range was the Life's a Beach body scrub powder which resembled sand so it felt very beachy. The smell of this scrub reminded me of the Vanillary perfume from Lush which I wear daily so I would definetly treat myself to this product although it was rather pricey. My all time favourite product from this range was a product I had not seen before which was called Golden Handshake. This product was a glittery little creamy hand which once added to boiling water turns into a thick milkshake like hand mask for extremely dry hands. As someone who has tried near enough every hand cream to try and tackle dry, sore hands this was the product for me because it was so hydrating and nourishing for the skin so I simply had to get it. After testing it out and falling in love with it I decided to pick one up when the lovely assistant Lillian approached me and gave me a sample of a new hand cream called Love and Light to accompany the hand mask to get that "full hand nourishing routine". I was so grateful as I am open to trying any hand cream to find the perfect one for my dry skin so this was such a lovely thing to be offered. That and it also has such a lovely smell, the same as the Frozen bath bomb which smells quite like oranges to me.
(Golden Handshake hand mask) (Love and Light hand cream)
The last of the products which we were shown was the soaps. Personally I am not really a bar of soap fan but as I've only ever tried one lush soap, Honey I washed the Kids, and actually liked it I thought I'd give it a go. I was pleasantly surprised once I got to hold and smell the soaps because many of them smelt so clean and fresh it started to change my mind about bars of soap. Some of the soaps such as the Layer Cake and Apandapand were pleasantly fruity whereas some of them had more earthy smells to them such as the Devil's Nightcap which we were shown. Although the fruity smells are normally my favourite I personally preferred the more herbal smelling soaps as my absolute favourites were Outback Mate which smelt like peppermint and Serendipity which has a lovely lavender scent.
Once the showcase of all of the new products had finished, the manager of the store paired each of us bloggers with a member of staff within the store for a one to one consultation. This was so exciting because we got to tell the staff member which kind of scents and smells we liked and they chose us a Bath bomb, a Bubble Bar and a bar of soap which we got to take home with us! I was paired with Guy whom I told I preferred more sweet and herbal smells. The products he chose were the intergalactic bath bomb, the Pink Flamingo bubble bar and the Outback Mate soap all of which were perfect for me! I love the minty smell of the intergalactic bomb and the Outback Mate soap and the sweet fruity smell of the Pink Flamingo is just wonderful! I couldn't have picked the products better myself!
(Intergalactic bath bomb) (Pink Flamingo bubble bar) (Outback Mate soap)
After the consolation we were given free reign of the store where we could pick up some of the other products to purchase. I couldn't stop myself from getting the frozen bath bomb because seeing it bubble to a glittery blue lagoon in the demo, made it a must have. It was nice to see what products some of the other bloggers chose although there was a group agreement of wishing we could each buy everything! After prising myself away from all the amazing products we were given one last demonstration of the limited edition Sky Dancer bath bomb which is a special product where all profits go towards raising money to get tags for England's limited number of Hen Harriers. This was such a magical bath bomb because the underneath part melted away much quicker than the larger blue bird on the top of the bomb so it looked as if the bird was flying around the water on its own.
(Sky Dancer bath bomb) (Frozen bath bomb)
Once we'd left the store and was excitedly going through the products we had chosen, my sister and I noticed we had been treated to samples of all three shower gels we had been shown as well as a sample of the Cup O' Coffee face and body mask! We are truly grateful for this because it means we get to try the products out properly at home to get a real feel for them.
Overall the day was such an amazing event because not only did I get to test out so many new Lush products, I also got to meet so many new amazing bloggers. This was my first ever blogger event so I was rather nervous beforehand because I am quite shy but once I had met everyone I soon felt so comfortable and relaxed! Everyone got along so well and it was such a lovely environment. I would like to thank Lush Lakeside very much for the invitation to come to the event as well as all the goodies you gave us! I love Lush so much and today has strengthened this love even further. A final thank you to Guy and Lillian who carried out the event which turned out to be a great success. You were both so kind and friendly as well as very informative about all of the products! What an amazing day this has turned out to be!
Okay so I have a weird hobby and it is collecting mugs. I am a sucker for buying a mug because basically I love them! I own about 15 different mugs and all of them have a special meaning to me. I know that sounds so lame but I honestly have memories created around mugs! Weird right! What made me think of this topic was me stumbling across a new mug I recently purchased in Urban Outfitters which is in the shape of an elephant. It is so cute and is the newest member of my collection. I should maybe find some more storage space before I buy any more!
Today's adventure is to do a henna strand test. I know that doesn't sound that exciting but I kind of am! So I have been dying my hair for about 2 years now and I am sick of the damage it has caused. So I thought what better way to colour hair then to henna dye it! So me being me I went to ask for some advice in Lush where I was told all about the pro's and con's of henna dye. For me the positives were much more persuasive so the kind lady working gave me a sample of Coca rouge to try on my hair to see if I like the colour/ to test for allergies before I apply it all over. So today I am going to test the colour so wish me luck!
Okay I think it is about time to talk about one of my other loves. Lush cosmetics is literally my favourite shop in the whole world and if you follow my instagram, you know that I am constantly trying out new baths bombs and bubble bars. I literally have nothing bad to say about Lush as all of their products are unique and exciting and to be honest I haven't found one which I dislike!! Some of my favourite products which I constantly use are the Space Girl bath bomb (which I am devastated they are discontinuing!!) the Creamy Candy bubble bar which reminds me of being a kid because my mum used to always buy this bar and the Honey I washed the kids soap which smells like honey. The reason why I love Lush so much is because every time I visit a store the staff are so friendly and always recommend amazing products which I end up falling in love with. I was recently encouraged to purchase the Comforter bubble bar which I have now added to my favourite list. The smell reminds me of Ribena as it has a blackcurrant smell. The Lush store in Oxford street is also amazing although I have only been there once. I picked up a few of the exclusive products such as the experimenter bath bomb but I have not yet tested this one out because it I'm saving it for a special occasion because it looks too good to use! I am dying to go back to pick up some more exclusive products because they all looked so good!
Not only are the bath products amazing, I have also ventured out into trying new products which do not involve being dropped into the bath. For example I recently tried the Dream Steam tab which made my face feel amazing and soft. The subtle smell of roses made this tab a sweet enjoyment. I have also ventured into hair products which saw me purchase the Big shampoo which has left my hair feeling super soft and smelling amazing! I still use this shampoo every time I wash my hair and I still haven't used up half the pot despite me using it for about a month. A little does go a long way and it is great value for money!
Lush also appeals to me as because I am a vegetarian, I strongly support the fact that Lush's products are against animal cruelty as none of the products are tested on animals and the company strongly fight for animal rights. Personally this is an amazing thing which makes me love Lush even more.
Thank you Lush for being such an amazing company providing such exciting products. I wish I had the money to try ever single product because I know I would not be disappointed as it would be money well spent!
Feel free to leave a comment of the Lush products you love because I would love to see what everyone else's favourites are and it may encourage me to try some new ones!
These are just a few of the products which I have used and loved!
I forgot to say on the 9th of June I went to Paris with my Mum and Sister!! It was amazing we travelled by train and visited Paris itself before travelling to the hotel in Disneyland Paris. It was such an amazing trip. I was so excited prior to going as I had never seen the Eiffel Tower or been into Paris itself so I knew this was the trip for me. Although the train journey felt like it took forever to arrive into Paris, we were soon out of London and in a more romantic capital city. After walking around the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe we headed back to the station to travel to Disneyland. The train was so strange! It looked sort of like a double decker bus and had so many seats; maybe the London underground could invest in these spacious trains! Our hotel in Disney was amazing! We stayed in a suit with two rooms joined by a huge bathroom filled with L'occitane products. It was beautiful. My sister and myself shared a room where as my mum, who's birthday present it was, got a room and a double bed all to herself. We spent two and a half days in the two parks before sadly travelling back home on the 12th. Although over a month later I am still so sad and am desperate to go back! It was such an amazing trip and has strengthened my love for Disney even further!!
So recently I have heard lots of reviews about a past time which is great for dealing with anxiety and this past time is…colouring. Colouring is meant to be a great way to calm down as it is a great form of art therapy so I thought I'd give it a go. Personally I found this actually more relaxing than I first believed it would because I thought that my urge to have everything in place would ruining this activity as I would get angry if I coloured outside the lines for instance. However I would rate this therapy as highly useful in trying to calm down and useful for tackling things such as anxiety.
Konbanwa! This is my first blog post and I am so excited! I thought I'd use this insert to say a little bit more about myself. Firstly maybe given away by the title, I am a huge fan of the Japanese culture and I am currently trying to teach myself Japanese. Lets just say that this is kinda hard to do! I can say a few phrases like "where is the train station?" but I'm still kind of hopeless at it. One day I wish I could live in Japan because to me it is the most beautiful country full of wonderful treasures waiting to be explored. Secondly I am currently studying psychology at university because psychology has always been a subject which I love! Lastly I am a bit of a nerd. I like books, video games and spending half of my life in a bubble bath listening to relaxing music. Baths with cups of tea is literally my idea of a dream and I probably spent way too much time then I should under running water. Oh well at least I smell nice!
That's it from me for today, I hope you now know a little bit more about me.
My name is Holly, I'm 19 and longing for an adventure.