The thirty- third week of #365BeautyTips has come to an end and as promised, I have put together a round-up post which puts all the beauty tips, shared this week, in one place. The idea is to share any extra information and answer the questions that you may have asked on my social media posts. Remember that if you want to stay up to date with my 365 days of beauty challenge, then follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
THIS WEEK’S THEME IS…
Guys, I have been so excited about this week’s theme since about a month ago, when I first thought of Leigh as the perfect guest. You see, a few of you might remember that last year, Leigh hosted her own 365-day challenge, where she shared a daily mani. I loved the idea so much, that I adapted it to create my own and thus, #365BeautyTips was born. Now, two-hundred and twenty-something days into it I finally get to share her ultimate LUSH must-haves!
So here’s what Leigh had to say:
“There’s not much you need to know about me other than the fact that I’m a unicorn and a die-hard LUSHie. I didn’t need any convincing when Megan asked me to share my favourite LUSH products with you and I hope that by the end of the week I would have converted you into a LUSHie as well.”
If you are unfamiliar with LUSH this is what you need to know:
– Everything is handmade from fresh, natural ingredients.
– They do not test their products on animals and they do not buy their ingredients from companies that test on animals.
– Most of their products are vegan-friendly.
– Most of their products are sold naked (without packaging) to reduce waste.
– Packaging for products that need to be housed in tubs (such as body cream) is made from recycled plastic.
Buying from LUSH is a win no matter which way you look at it, except for your bank account perhaps but I promise it’s worth every cent.
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The first thing that comes to mind when I think of a LUSH shop is rows and rows of beautifully colourful Bath Bombs stacked up in baskets. They all look so pretty and smell so amazing that they put me in a trance. Before I know it, I’ve bought them all.
I’ve tried having a favourite Bath Bomb but it’s just not possible. Each one is different and special in its own way. As soon as I think I’ve found ‘the one’ LUSH goes and makes a new one and I fall in love with it. I am, however, really enjoying Yoga Bath Bomb at the moment.
Don’t let this plain looking orange ball of bicarb fool you. It has more layers than an onion and it will keep you mesmerised for a solid fifteen minutes as it slowly dissolves and swirls around releasing different shades of orange, purple and green. Not only does it create stunning patterns in your bath water, the floral scent and sandalwood oil will deeply relax you. It’s the perfect recipe for an epic bath time.
R69.95 – Shop Yoga Bath Bomb
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Bubble baths are probably everybody’s favourite kind of bath. LUSH’s Bubble Bars beat any liquid bubble bath solution, hands down. I don’t know how they get them to make so many bubbles! It must be magic.
If you want to buy something from LUSH that will give you the most ‘bang for your buck’ and create the most epic bubbles you have ever seen, then I highly recommend picking up a Bubble Bar. They are not intended to be used all at once and I usually cut my bars into four pieces which works out to around R13 per bath.
A tiny piece of a Bubble Bar creates SO MANY bubbles that you start to worry about it overflowing. Nobody knows what would happen if you used a whole bubble bar because no one has ever lived to tell the tale. Legend has it that they are still trying to find their way out of the bubbles. Don’t say I never warned you.
My favourite bubble bars are Brightside, The Comforter, Big Bang and Rose Jam Bubbleroon.
R52 – R95 – Shop Bubble Bars
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Not many people (who are unfamiliar with LUSH) believe me when I tell them that I have soap that looks and wobbles like jelly. Those muggles, right? It usually ends up with me demonstrating how much fun it is to watch a Shower Jelly bounce around when you drop it from a height. (You should YouTube that.)
Shower Jellies are also a lot of slippery fun in the shower. Imagine trying to keep hold of a slime ball that has a life of its own, much like Flubber. It’s very entertaining.
If you don’t want the hassle of having to deal with a wobbly soap hell bent on going rogue, then you can chop it up into tiny pieces. You’d then take one of these little pieces and rub it into a loofah and shower like normal.
Shower Jellies take on different shapes during Easter, Halloween and Christmas. Sometimes it’s a bunny, a bat, a monster or even a snowman. Who doesn’t want jelly soap in the shape of a snowman? Perhaps I’m biased but I really like snowmen.
My favourite Shower Jellies are Whoosh (part of the permanent collection), Snowman and Santa’s Belly (both part of the Christmas range).
R95 – Shop Whoosh
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The Rough with the Smooth Body Scrub
I love a good body scrub. There’s nothing quite like buffing away dead skin cells that haven’t caught the hint that they’re not welcome anymore, to make you feel extra clean.
The Rough with the Smooth is a relatively new addition to LUSH’s permanent range and I am SO glad that it exists.
I find it’s one of their more ‘hard core’ scrubs (in terms of the way it buffs my skin) and it doesn’t disintegrate as easily as other sugar scrubs from LUSH. Just remember to keep it dry after you use it or else it will be a sugary pulp the next day.
The best part about The Rough with the Smooth is that it smells like Lord of Misrule. LUSHies will know this iconic sent. It has its own cult following and in my opinion, it’s the best scent LUSH has ever made. The Lord of Misrule scent is a mix of patchouli, black pepper and vanilla. It’s earthy, deep and unisex. It is incredible! The Rough with the Smooth’s scent is slightly sweeter though, but that’s because it’s made of sugar.
R125 – Shop The Rough with the Smooth
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Pumice Power Foot Soap + Softy Foot Lotion
I’m definitely one of those people who forgets to pay attention to their feet but come summer time you’d never know that was the case thanks to these two bad boys.
Pumice Power exfoliates, cleans, conditions and freshens up feet in one go. You just scrub and rinse for silky soft feet. It’s that simple! After my feet are shiny and new, I rub in some Softy Foot Lotion.
I think Softy is likely the most underrated lotion ever. It smells so fancy with its soft chamomile and lavender notes. You wouldn’t think that a lotion which is so runny could be so moisturising but it’s incredible. It also doesn’t leave any oily residue behind and as if it couldn’t possibly get any better, it doesn’t feel heavy on your skin. It’s just perfection. I love it so much that I don’t just use it on my feet but on my whole body too.
R70 – Shop Pumice Power
R275 – Shop Softy Foot Lotion
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I have two words for you. Playdough soap. Is there ANYTHING more awesome than soap that you can shape into, well, absolutely anything? Say, a Pokémon? Imagine the possibilities!
If, for some reason ‘playdough soap’ is not enough to sell you on FUN then perhaps you’d like to know that it’s not just soap. It’s a solid shampoo and a bubble bar too. If you need even MORE convincing than that; a percentage of each FUN sold is added to the FunD which was set up to help children affected by the Japan earthquakes, tsunami and nuclear disaster. The FunD gets divided up into grants for projects that provide fun and recreational activities for the children living in these challenging environments.
R105 – R135 – Shop FUN
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Now that we’ve had our fun thanks to LUSH, it’s time to give back.
Charity Pot hand and body cream is a gift that keeps on giving. Its rich formula is packed with Fair Trade cocoa butter, glycerine and aloe vera, making it extremely nourishing, leaving your skin silky soft. It also has a strong citrus and floral scent that lasts all day so there’s no need for perfume.
By buying a Charity Pot you are not only doing your skin a favour but you are helping hundreds of other organisations save the world. 100% of the price of Charity Pot (minus VAT) goes into a fund that is given out in grants to small, grass root organisations that need a helping hand. The grants go to human rights groups, animal welfare groups and environmental protection groups. LUSH have started printing the names and goals of the organisations onto the lids of Charity Pots so that you can see all the causes you’ll be supporting. I love digging through the basket of pots to find one that hits home.
If you know of an organisation that meet the requirements (outlined on LUSH’s website) why not get them to apply?
Charity Pot is also housed in one of LUSH’s famous ‘black pots’. These pots are made from 100% recycled plastic. If you return five clean black pots to LUSH, you will be given a free Fresh Facemask of your choice. The clear tubs that Shower Jellies come in also count. Make sure you read the labels of your LUSH products to see if they are eligible for a facemask return.
R245 – Shop Charity Pot
And that is a wrap on the last 7 days. Whoop-Whoop! Remember that I love any feedback – what have you enjoyed seeing, what would you like to see more of and perhaps if you have any suggestions, questions or products you would like me to chat more about. I really enjoyed the themed days – what themes would you like to see next?