Sunday, 28 November 2010

Buffy Body Butter

On the eighth week of Christmas LUSH limited gave to me......
8 Buffy body butters,
7 Sonic Death Monkeys,
6 Bearded Ladies,
4 Ghost shower gels,
3 Hottie bars,
2 Halloween specials,
and a Snow Fairy lip and cheek tint!

Requested by and dedicated to Elodie Schneider
Price: £5/90g; £9/200g
Product category: Body Butter (exfoliating)
Contains: Cocoa Butter softens, nourishes and moisturises the skin, leaving it sooth and supple; Shea Butter softens and moisturises the skin and contains vitamin A, which helps maintain and youthful appearance and healthy skin; Ground Rice is a gentle exfoliant, which sloughs away dry skin cells which leaves the skin brightener and looking fresher; Ground Almonds exfoliate and smooth the skin; Ground Aduki Beans remove dead skin cells and absorb excess dirt and oils from the skin. They polish the skin, leaving it healthy and renewed; Lavender Oil for its antiseptic, antibacterial and soothing qualities; Lemon Oil is an excellent cleanser and a powerful antiseptic for the skin.
Other interesting facts:
·  During a trip to Brazil, product inventor Rowena was inspired by the beautiful women who rub a mixture of sand and suntan oil on their backsides to improve circulation and reduce cellulite. She came home, mixed together cocoa and shea butters (to soften and moisturize), ground rice, almonds and aduki beans (to exfoliate you to polished perfection) and hey presto, Buffy was born.
·  Shea butter is so gentle that it has been traditionally used for baby massage in Africa.
·  Lavender is often used to calm the mind, aid restful sleep and as a relaxing oil.
·  The word lemon is derived from the Arabic ‘laymun’ and Persian ‘limun’ (generic terms for all citrus fruit).
·  The name aduki comes from the Japanese, ‘azuki,’ meaning good health.
·  Buffy is a fantastic exfoliator. Exfoliating the skin has considerable benefits in increasing the renewal of cells and hence the youthfulness and health of surface skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite.
 How to use:
1. Wash your body with the soap/shower gel of your choice before using Buffy.
2. Grab hold of the bar and give yourself a good scrub down all over your body on damp skin.
NOTE: Buffy is quite a rough scrub so be gentle. You can scrub a harder on your thigh and bum area (your cellulite will thank you for it).
TOP TIP: Keep the bar out of the direct flow of water from the shower (step out from under shower). You'll find it will last much longer.
3.  To use in the bath, just stand up (out of the water) and give yourself a good scrub then dunk yourself back in when you're done.
4. Rinse your skin briefly, then step out of the bath or shower and dry yourself off.

Buffy the cellulite slayer (as I call it) “slays unsightly bumps” (LUSH) sums this product up perfectly! I could just leave it as that, but this exfoliating body butter does so much more.
Buffy is one of my favourite ‘all year round’ must have products. Whether you need to get your skin smooth and polished for the beach in summer, or you’re fighting the effects the cold has on your skin in the winter (when your skin needs some extra moisturisation and hydration), Buffy ticks all the boxes. If you’re anything like me in the winter, you’re skin will get covered up and neglected a little. Well I’ve changed my ways since I was introduced to Buffy and come rain or shine; my skin always looks in tip top condition. I really can’t recommend it highly enough.
Comforting shea and cocoa butters are the prominent scents with this product, with very subtle calming notes of lavender (which comes through a little more on the skin once you’ve dried off) and fresh notes of lemon. It’s not an overpowering scent so doesn’t interfere with perfume or other scents you’re using. It kind of reminds me of Ceridwyn’s Cauldron, a very gentle, light, comforting scent.  
Buffy is a fantastic product for all over the body. Use it gently until you get used to its scrubby texture, and alter the pressure you use for different parts of your body. Go gently on the arms and upper body and rougher on the thigh and bum area.  I can’t believe the genuine difference it’s made to my skin in general and even more impressively, to my lumpy bumpy cellulite on the backs of my thighs and bum. With regular use (3-4 times a week), I’m pretty much cellulite free.
As well as banishing my cellulite, it’s softened and smoothed the slightly rougher skin on the backs of my arms, and drier skin on my knees and elbows. Buffy leaves my skin looking really fresh, healthy, beautifully polished and smooth. It leaves a comforting layer of cocoa and shea butters on the skin which deeply moisturises, softens and conditions. You won’t need to moisturise when you’ve used Buffy, which makes this the perfect product for people who are ‘on the go’.
I was so impressed with the results I dared to bare and sent a pic of my polished backside to Big Harry @LUSH times and it was published in the Christmas edition of LUSH times :)

Some people find the residue Buffy leaves on the skin off putting, though I love spending a few minutes when I’ve dried off massaging the beautiful butters deeply into the skin, and the results are definitely worth it.  This leads me nicely onto the Buffy vs. Aqua Mirabilis debate. Personally Buffy wins hands down for me every time and here’s why;
·  Buffy lasts so much longer and provides you with many more uses than Aqua Mirabilis.
·  Aqua Mirabilis is much more difficult to dry out between uses, and can get a layer of mould like product on the surface (which needs scrapping off) in between uses.
·  I much prefer Buffy’s scent as opposed to the digestive/nutty biscuit scent of Aqua Mirabilis.
·  Buffy’s effects on cellulite, smoothing and polishing the skin and level of moistuisation are far greater than that of Aqua Mirabilis.
However some people prefer the milkier nature of Aqua Mirabilis to the oilier nature of Buffy. I guess it’s down to personal opinion and preference, but after giving them both a go over a period of time, I’ll always fight Buffy’s corner. Personally I cannot sing it’s praises loud enough. I’ve tried many expensive products in the past claiming to banish cellulite, smooth and hydrate the skin and Buffy is the only product that has actually made a noticeable difference.
Finally I’ll discuss value for money. Getting the larger bar (200g) is definitely worth while as you’ll save some money (to spend on other LUSHie delights), though you’ll need to chop it in half for it to fit into the body butter tin. Just place the palm of your hand on the top of the bar and slice carefully through the middle with a long sharp knife.  
Another great tip to make it last even longer, is to make sure you don’t use the bar directly under running water, or submerge it in the bath. I was quite surprised at how long a 90g bar lasts considering I use it 3-4 times a week. Buffy is the most long lasting of all the exfoliating body butters LUSH sell (You Snap the Whip, Aqua Mirabilis).
I’ll get back to you on how many uses/weeks it lasts, when I start a new bar, as I’ve never actually counted, though I think I get at least a month out of a 90g bar? Obviously this will vary upon how long you spend using the product each time, and what areas you cover.  I tend to focus using the product mainly on my problem areas (such as my bum and thighs), then quickly and gently apply to the rest of my body. Although you probably don’t need to use it quite as often as I do, I’d say twice a week would be fine, if you spend some time giving your skin a good buff.
In my opinion an absolute must have product to use all year round for noticeably smoother, glowing, polished and deeply nourished skin.
In conjunction with using Buffy here’s some simple top cellulite busting tips I follow (apart from the smoking, tut tut);
·  Eat plenty of fruit and leafy greens.
·  Avoid excess junk food (treats in moderation are acceptable, lol).
·  Avoid toxins like excessive alcohol and cigarettes.
·  Drink plenty of water to hydrate your body and flush out toxins. Eight to ten glasses a day are recommended *this is one of the best tips for cellulite busting and improving the skins appearance*
·  Dry brush your skin daily, preferably before bathing.
·  Finish your daily shower with a cold rinse to tone your skin *not the most pleasant tip and admittedly I don’t do this every day (especially in the winter), brrrrr*

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy- LUSH Christmas Bath Cocktail

Products used

In the bath:
Christmas Carol ballistic (xmas retro)
1/4 Two Timing Tart bubble bar (retro)
1/2 Marzibain bubble bar (retro)

To wash: Snowcake Soap (xmas ltd edition)
To scrub: Sugar Plum Fairy (xmas ltd edition)
To finish: Skin Sin (discontinued item) and Vanillary Perfume
You could also use: Vanilla Dee-Lite or Heavanilli

A more adventurous LUSH Christmas cocktail from me this time. Inspired by the Sugar Plum Fairy scrub which is described as Fairy Jasmine with a fruity marzipan twist. The Christmas Carol brings the delicate and relaxing floral notes (jasmine and ylang ylang) while the Two Timing Tart, Marzibain, Snowcake and Skin Sin bring the fruity marzipan twist to the cocktail. Next time I might try using the Happy Blooming bath melt to replace the TTT. I absolutely loved this cocktail, the water was so silky soft and the blend of scents really worked well together. My skin was beautifully silky soft and delicately scented. I'll definitely be doing this one again. Please let me know if you try this cocktail :)

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Sonic Death Monkey Retro Shower Gel

On the seventh week of Christmas LUSH limited gave to me......
7 Sonic Death Monkeys
6 Bearded Ladies
4 Ghost shower gels
3 Hottie bars
2 Halloween specials
and a Snow Fairy lip and cheek tint

Sonic Death Monkey
Requested by and dedicated to Francesca Nguyen
Price: £4.95/100g; £17.50/500g
Product category: Shower gel
Contains: Ground coffee is deeply aromatic and is soothing on the skin; Cocoa and hibiscus infusion for its soothing, softening and moisturising properties; Water; Fresh organic lime juice for its cleansing action on the skin and refreshing invigorating fragrance; Organic hemp oil is calming on the skin and is said to balance the emotions; Tangerine oil improves the condition of the skin and has an uplifting aroma; Sweet orange oil for its antiseptic and toning qualities and mood lifting aroma; Vanilla absolute creates a barrier on the skin which prevents moisture loss and of course for its sweet, comforting and reassuring scent.

Other interesting facts:
·    The name of this product was inspired by the film High Fidelity, in which Jack Black’s character was the lead singer in a band called Sonic Death Monkey.  


·  Arabica coffee is considered to be the best quality coffee and is mostly grown in South America.
·  Sonic Death Monkey contains water, not that interesting right??? Wrong! LUSH use water in some of their products, as it is absorbed by the skin and travels to the deeper layers. By blending water with emollient ingredients, such as cocoa, softens the upper layers of the skin and stops water from escaping out again. This creates a softening cleansing action   on the skin, clever hey!
·  Hundreds of years ago sailors who had contracted scurvy (caused by severe vitamin c deficiency), discovered that drinking lime juice could cure this disease.
·  Hemp is well known to be illegally cultivated for marijuana. However it has many properties for the skin and hair and has been used since ancient times in India, China and Egypt for:
-          Balancing hormones
-          Digestive problems
-          Rheumatism
-          Promoting hair growth
-          And healing (in Chinese and Indian medicines)

Verdict: Was anyone else hoping Sexy Boy massage bar (Christmas range 2009) would make a return this year??? Not to worry you can enjoy a chocolate, lime scented experience all year round with LUSH’s retro shower gel Sonic Death Monkey :)
I have to say this is my favourite shower product that LUSH do, so I was very happy to review this product requested by the lovely Francesca (genius idea hun).
LUSH describe Sonic Death Monkey as their ‘choco-mocha and lime flavoured shower gel to get your day off to a lip smacking start’. I doubt I could describe this any better than that to be honest but I’ll have a go. In the bottle the deep earthy scent of hemp plays quite a large role, but you can still detects the citrus juice/oils, chocolate and subtle coffee aromas. However when you use this product in the bath/shower the scent really comes alive. It reminds me of a combination of those chocolate lime sweets, orange chocolate and mocha coffees. It’s seriously delicious. You won’t detect any artificial chocolate scents like in some ‘chocolate scented’ products on the market, it’s a real, deep, high quality coco scent. The zingy citrus scents also really come alive and seriously uplift and refresh you and you get a perky shot of coffee to start the day off well. If you can bear to share this (personally mine gets hidden), Sonic Death Monkey if most definitely a unisex scent. So great for dads, brothers, boyfriends, husbands etc too.
Onto the consistency, I seem to remember this being much thicker when it was in LUSH’s regular range and sold in the shops. However now it has gone Retro, it is one of LUSH’s runnier shower gels, so little word of warning DON’T SQUEEZE THE BOTTLE TOO HARD! Otherwise you’ll end up waving goodbye to half of it down the plug hole. Despite its thinner consistency a little definitely goes a long way. Also while we’re talking about consistency, make sure you give the bottle a good shake before use as it can separate slightly in the bottle. Sonic Death Monkey is creamy deep brown (sort of like gravy or melted chocolate) in colour. OK so not the nicest of colours but in keeping with the coco-mocha theme.
Sonic Death Monkey lathers really well on the skin and even better if you use with a shower poof or sponge.  It’s a lovely rich lather that combined with the scent makes using this product a luxurious experience. The combination of wonderful ingredients leaves the skin beautifully soft, moisturised and supple. The scent isn’t particularly strong on the skin once you’ve dried off, but rather a subtly sweet comforting scent remains. I have to mention, that as well as being a gorgeous shower gel, Sonic Death Monkey is also fabulous for the hair. It contains hemp which is known to help promote healthy hair growth and soothes the scalp and lime juice to refresh the scalp, cleanse the hair and add shine. I’ve used this a few times as a shampoo and it leaves the hair seriously soft and smooth not to mention smelling great all day!
There’s only one slight negative regarding this product. It’s only available in 100g and 500g bottles which makes the price range a huge leap. It’s also LUSH’s most expensive shower gel since going to Retro setting you back nearly £5 for 100g and £17.50 for 500g. Personally I can’t justify spending nearly £20 on a bottle of shower gel, so I go for the 100g bottle and use as a treat. I wish LUSH would release this little lovely in 250g bottles so I could afford to get more, but I think I appreciate its loveliness even more because I only use it now and then.
I have to say that Sonic Death Monkey is my ultimate favourite in shower experience. It’s both invigorating and comforting and a great way to start the day. Yes LUSH I dig you’re crazy gravy!!!

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Sunday, 7 November 2010

Bearded Lady Bubble Bar

On the sixth week of Christmas LUSH limited gave to me......
6 Bearded Ladies
4 Ghost shower gels
3 Hottie bars
2 Halloween specials
and a Snow Fairy lip and cheek tint

Requested by Loise McCan

Bearded Lady (vegan product)
Price: £2.50/100g
Product category: Bubble Bar
Contains: Cocoa and Shea butters melt over the skin leaving it moisturised, soft and supple; Oat milk calms and soothes the skin; Extra virgin coconut oil gives a natural balance to the skin while softening and moisturising; Organic jojoba oil softens and moisturises the skin; Almond oil is nutritious for the skin with its high vitamin E content and leaves the skin silky smooth and soft; Fresh organic bananas are highly moisturising and leave the skin soft and supple; Fresh organic avocado is rich in vitamins A, B, C and E, which help to maintain healthy skin and rehydrates, soothes and softens the skin; Sandalwood oil cools, rehydrates, soothes, softens and moisturises the skin; Tangerine oil improves the condition of the skin and uplifts; Rosewood oil has antiseptic properties which leaves the skin fresh and clean; Lavender oil has antiseptic and soothing properties for the skin while calming and relaxing the mind.
How to use: Crumble bar (or ½ a bar) into bath while water is running (crumble under the running water), give the water a really good swish, enjoy the mountains of bubbles.
Other interesting facts:
·  Cocoa butter and Oat milk relieve dry, itching, and irritated skin.
·  Jojoba oil has a natural resemblance with our skins sebum, which makes it easily absorbed and tolerated by our skin.  
·  Avocado oil is thought to be beneficial in reducing the appearance of scars and age spots and also for treating wrinkles and fine lines.
·  Aroma therapists use Tangerine oil to treat insomnia, and as an anti depressant.
Despite its humorous name Bearded Lady just reminds me of Santa in its design. It’s absolutely adorable with its white, beard, Santa hat and chocolate drop eyes.  It’s a reasonable sized bubble bar that could do two baths if you wished, though I use a full one if it’s the only product I’m using. As for the scent, I feel it comes alive in the tub. It’s not a strong scented product but I can definitely pick out the tangerine, subtle banana, calming notes of the oat milk, cocoa and shea butters. It reminds me of chocolate orange meets banana smoothie, reminiscent of King of Skin (as it actually contains grated pieces of KOS) and Ceridwyn’s Cauldron with a tangerine twist. I personally find the scent very comforting and soothing.  
In the water Bearded Lady doesn’t disappoint. She creates heaps of soft bubbles and turns the water milky and pale peachy pink in colour. The water is unbelievably silky soft and the scent stays with you throughout your bathing experience. All the beautifully moisturising, softening and nourishing ingredients really get to work on your skin. The result, kissably soft, silky and supple skin that’s delicately scented. Imaging Butterball’s results from a bubble bar and you’re not far off. This product is simply amazing for caring for your skin and locking in some much needed moisture during these colder months. I’ll definitely be stocking up!
If you want a truly indulgent bath try cocktailing ½ Bearded Lady with a Butterball ballistic or Ceridwyn’s Cauldron.  
If you like this why not try: King of Skin body butter; Oatfix fresh face mask; Floating Island bath melt; Butterball ballistic; Ceridwyn’s Cauldron; Porridge soap.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Christmas Driftaway Cocktail

Second of my LUSH Christmas Cocktail videos. This one is so relaxing and unwinding. Very floral and pretty! It was a surprisingly softening cocktail that left my skin beautifully and delicately scented with jasmine and ylang. The Christmas Eve was the dominant scent and the Christmas Carol just enhanced its beauty. I opted for the Figs and Leaves to wash with (to enhance the ylang) and Ghost for the hair. Didn't use Fever in the end (didn't want to lose the unique scent on my skin), just a little dab of Cocktail which went beautifully!
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Monday, 1 November 2010

Christmas Eve Bubble Bar

On the fifth week of Christmas LUSH limited gave to me......
4 Ghost shower gels
3 Hottie bars
2 Halloween specials
and a Snow Fairy lip and cheek tint

Christmas Eve
Price: £2.60/100g
Product category: Bubble Bar
Contains: Irish moss powder to soften and soothe the skin; Jasmine absolute for its sensual fragrance and benefits for sensitive skin; Ylang ylang oil for its heavy sweet aroma and stress relieving and mood lifting properties; Gardenia extract for its exotic scent and stress and tension relieving properties; Iridescent glitter for subtle, light reflecting, shimmery bubbles.
How to use: Crumble bar (or ½ a bar) into bath while water is running (crumble under the running water), give the water a really good swish, enjoy the mountains of bubbles.
Other interesting facts:
·  Jasmine and ylang ylang are great for looking after sensitive skin
·  Jasmine is known for its antidepressant and stress reliving properties as well as relieving muscular complaints.
·  Irish moss forms a gel like solution when its added to water which is very soothing and softening on the skin
Verdict: I’m so happy that Christmas Eve has made a return this year, as it’s one of my favourite LUSH scents. It’s so uniquely beautiful and not like any other product scent LUSH do. You’d think it would be similar to Fairy Jasmine or Christmas Carol as they all contain jasmine and ylang ylang. Though Christmas Eve’s scent really stands alone. It has a beautifully intense yet gentle floral scent that is relaxing, soothing and unwinding. The jasmine isn’t heady like Lust or Flying Fox, it’s much softer as a result of being blended with the sweet floral ylang ylang and exotic gardinia.
The bubble bar itself is a beautiful shade of blue in colour with a yellow moon design on it. It also contains iridescent glitter which make the bubbles sparkle beautifully in the tub, but doesn’t overly stick to the skin (a plus for me). It turns the water a relaxing pale shade of blue and creates lots of beautiful bubbles from just ½ the bar. Christmas Eve leaves the beautifully soft and supple to touch and delicately scented.

It’s definitely a product to use to de stress and unwind after a busy/ stressful day and will sweep you away to a tranquil and peaceful place with its beautiful scent. I’ll be stocking up on this gorgeous product so I can enjoy it all year round.

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