Tuesday, 27 October 2015

HAVE A LUSH HALLOWEEN

It's been ages since I went on a real Lush splurge and, my god, I feel like I deserve it. Believe me, two huge shoe boxes of gifted bath bombs and bubble bars take a good while for me to get through, especially when I much prefer a shower during the warmer months. But now that Autumn is absolutely positively here I just know I'll be craving a nice hot bubble bath most evenings and I have been really tempted by a whole host of new products.

I bought a load of things - some brand new, some repurchases (So White!) - and as you can probably see from the second photograph, I just had to get my hands on some Karma... But that's for another day. Today I wanted to talk to you guys about a couple of the goodies I got from this year's Halloween collection. I have to admit it, I come round to the idea of Halloween more and more each year. I just wish I had the skills to carve an epic pumpkin!

This is not the kind of thing I would usually go for, scent-wise, but the ghoulish green colour grabbed my attention straight off the bat (lol geddit?) It's available in four different sizes: 100g, 250g, 500g and 1kg if you really fancy it. I opted for the 250g bottle and it's lasted very well so far. The amount of bubbles you can get out of this shower gel is actually quite impressive, and I love having a Lush product I can use in either the bath or the shower. The scent is really inviting - it's a lovely mix of herbal delights and a hint of sweetness, with patchouli and peppercorn being the main notes and fair trade vanilla joining in soon after. Organic wheatgerm oil provides a nourishing dose of Vitamin E, which provides your skin with a natural antioxidant that protects and repairs. This stuff is pretty much perfect for Hallow's Eve, especially if you're feeling the witch vibe, the green lathers and lasts!

Price - £4.95/100g, £9.75/250g, £16.50/500g, £27.95/1kg
Verdict - 4 out of 5 spooky ghouls

The shower gel counterpart, I regard the Lord of Misrule as the mothership of Halloween bath bombs. The scent is pretty much the same as you'd expect, but the fizziness reveals more than that pigmented green exorcist puke coloured outer shell. As it's dropped into a hot bath, the vibrant green makes way for a pretty pink middle and turns your water into the most delightful witches brew with popping candy-like crystals crackling away too. And is it weird to say that the water felt almost silky? It made my bathing experience all the more relaxing.

Price - £3.95 per bomb
Verdict - 4.5 out of 5 spooky ghouls

Last but certainly not least is the Halloween bubble bar of dreams. Everything is pumpkin related at this time of year, so why not have a pumpkin bubble bath? If you're looking for warmth during the cold October nights then look no further than this vibrant orange and gold beauty. Concocted using juniperberry, lime and grapefruit oils, this bubble bar has a bright and zesty aroma. The only gripe I have with this one is that it's a little tricky to crumble into the bath and, once you do, may leave fake tan hands in their wake! There are so many sparkly bubbles though! I can get two uses out of this if I want a really bubbly bath, and around four if I'm combining it with other products as well. Just remember to wash out your bath afterwards - mine looked like a family of fairies exploded in the tub with all the gold glitter!

Price - £3.65 per bar
Verdict - 4.5 out of 5 spooky ghouls

What do you think of Lush's Halloween range? What's your favourite product?
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Monday, 19 October 2015

FIVE FOR FALL

As soon as late September/October rolls around I know that I can kiss Summer goodbye and start talking with great anticipation about Autumn. It's definitely my favourite season of them all. Everything about it just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, I really love it. So while most people are still mourning the loss of the hot sunshine (lol, in what country?), I'm revelling in the fact that we have all of this to look forward to in the coming months:

CRISP SUNNY DAYS
The perfect balance of weather: when it's a clear sunny day but there's that distinctive chill in the air. That, to me, is something only Autumn can deliver right. I always count those as my best days. I love to go on dog walks even more during these months because the countryside is constantly changing and endlessly beautiful. All those gorgeous reds, oranges, and golds to appreciate; I think it's the time where I'm at my most snap-happy. And then, of course, how could I forget that satisfying crunch from the all fallen leaves? Seriously, give me a leaf pile and I turn into the biggest kid.

LAYERS
I can't wait to start wearing more layers. It's at the point right now where I've just needed a sweatshirt to go out but as it gets chillier you can bet that I'll be the first one to don the fur khaki parka and winter boots. Scarves, bobble knitted hats, cosy mittens, big coats, wellington boots, chunky knits, comfy leggings... The list goes on and on. Safe to say, I much prefer covering up to wearing the bare-minimum to beat the heat in the Summer. Layers all the way!

HOT DRINKS AND COSY BLANKETS
Duvet days are my usual Sunday thing but there's something about watching other people out in the rain when you're indoors that makes me feel all warm and cosy. Lots of blankets, your favourite mug filled to the brim with hot chocolate and lots of marshmallows, sat all snuggled up by a roaring fire... I live for this stuff! I find that I read a lot more in the Autumn/Winter months too. It's so relaxing just curling up with a good book and listening to the rain gently pattering against the window, ahhhh.

THE BERRY LIP
Yes, I say goodbye to the vibrant bright lipsticks I've been rocking all Summer long and a very warm welcome back to the dark side. MAC Diva will definitely be my most-worn shade this season, but I always love a ton of different berry shades too. If anyone has any recommendations as to what they'll be wearing this Autumn then please let me know! I also feel like I can embrace my natural paleness a lot more at this time of the year - ghost faces rejoice!

SEASONAL PRODUCE
We tend to make a lot more visits to our favourite farmer's market during the Autumn. Their seasonal fruit and vegetables are so delicious and flavoursome, much better than the packaged bruised crap you get at the supermarkets. Greens, berries, plums, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, leeks, pumpkins... I could go on! And their cheese and butcher counters are always fabulous and great value for money. There's nothing I love more than coming home from work to a slow-cooked beef stew, complete with fluffy dumplings, roasted vegetables, mashed potato and lots of meaty gravy. Ooh, I'm salivating just thinking about it... Runcton, I'm coming for you!
What do you love about Autumn?
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