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LUSH Gossip: The 'Coming Soon' Glitch

On Saturday afternoon, my favourite LUSH Facebook group (Make LUSH, Not War) went wild. An image was posted, showing the product results when you search 'coming soon' on the LUSH website, and it was absolutely incredible.

2 LUSH Products I Actually Returned

Who knew it was possible for me to dislike not just one, but two LUSH products so much that I actually returned them. I didn't know I had it in me! The title is a tad bit misleading as I haven't actually returned one of the products yet (I lost my receipt) but I have every intention of getting rid of it.

If you've read more than two posts on this blog, you'll know that I'm a pretty big LUSH fan. Borderline obsessive to tell the truth, and so it's incredibly rare that a product ever gets a bad review from me. So where did these two go so horribly wrong?

Happy Happy Joy Joy Conditioning 'Hair Perfume'

Contrary to public belief, this product did not make me happy happy, nor did it fill me with joy joy, especially when I realised how much I'd spent on a conditioner that just did not work for me at all. I know LUSH products aren't cheap, but £19.95 for a small bottle of conditioner is daylight robbery and I can't believe I even bought it.

Price aside, there was two problems with this 'hair perfume' that led to me returning it. The first was the smell - OMG, it's vile. I expected something floral from the orange and rose notes in the description, but all it smelled of to me was parsley?! Which is super weird as I don't think HHJJ even contains any herb ingredients. It reminded me of the smell of fish in parsley sauce that my mum used to do me for tea when I was younger. Definitely not my favourite LUSH scent ever.

The second problem was how greasy this conditioner made my hair, which really surprised me. When applying it in the shower it felt incredibly light, like it wasn't conditioning my hair at all, but after only a day my hair felt lank and ready for another wash. Considering my hair only normally needs washing once every four days (and I hadn't changed my shampoo) I was pretty put-out about it. I returned the conditioner in store the next weekend, and I don't regret it one bit.

Cynthia Sylvia Stout Beer Shampoo

This is the product I am still yet to return or sell, so I may give it one last chance before it goes in the bin. I bought Cynthia Sylvia Stout at the Oxford Street store during my trip there, and prior to buying it I hadn't read any reviews or even really heard of it before. It was 100% an impulse buy that I 99.9% regret.

The first time I used this shampoo, my hair felt super sleek and looked really shiny and healthy, so I thought I was onto a definite winner. The smell of the shampoo itself wasn't too bad either as it reminded me more of Pint Pots gummy sweets from when I worked in a sweet shop than of actual beer. The problems started after my hair was dry, when the scent of vinegar in the shampoo came out a lot stronger than it does in the bottle and gave me a headache every time I caught a whiff of it.

Like HHJJ, this shampoo also seemed to make my hair really greasy only the next day due to the amount of oil it contains. My hair looking shiny was one thing, but feeling greasy definitely wasn't right. As previously mentioned, I will be giving this shampoo one last chance to step it's game up, then it's bye bye.

Have you ever returned a product that didn't work for you?

LUSH Gossip: Three New Perfume Exclusives

After asking my Twitter followers if they would be interested in a LUSH gossip column here on my blog, the answer was a resounding hell yes, so I decided to kick it off with some new products the LUSH Kitchen Instagram account has been teasing us with - three new perfumes that will be available in the 'exclusives' section of the UK website.

My Magical LUSH Oxford Street Experience

A couple of weeks ago I had the most amazing experience in my whole time as a LUSH fanatic - I visited the LUSH Oxford Street store properly for the first time and had an incredible two hour guided tour. I had such an amazing time that I can barely put into words just how much I enjoyed myself, so this post is going to struggle to get across all the magic of the Oxford Street store.

So, What Happened To The LUSH Kitchen?

Bye bye Miss American Pie - Who's knows when you'll be returning now the Kitchen has closed?
When it comes to Kitchen products, I tend to suffer from a serious case of FOMO if I don't get my hands on the most hyped exclusive that week. Why? Because something comes over me when I see the words 'limited edition' - I must have it all. So imagine my absolute horror when I heard the news that the LUSH Kitchen is closing it's doors as we know it. How will I manage to try everything on my forgotten products wishlist without The Kitchen?!

Guest Post: A Spooktacular LUSH Halloween Haul

For those who know me, they know that I have a major LUSH obsession… perhaps not as much as Alice… but still pretty high up there. I decided that I would do a Halloween LUSH haul and share with you the amazing products and what I thought about them.  My haul included both Halloween and ordinary products, I’ve reviewed the ordinary products on my blog and also given both the Halloween and ordinary products a rating out of 5 stars on that post, which can be found here.

A First Look At The 2017 LUSH Christmas Collection

With only nine weeks left to go, Christmas products are appearing in LUSH stores and online by the dozen. Overall there is an astounding sixty four products in the Christmas collection, a mix of both brand-new goodies and returning favourites including bath bombs, shower gels, body conditioners and soap. I couldn't resist picking up a handful of Christmas treats the last time I was in store, so here's a little look at and my first impressions of products from the LUSH Christmas release!

Review: LUSH Buck's Fizz Body Conditioner

This time of year, nobody looks forward to standing in a freezing bathroom after a shower for any longer than absolutely necessary. It's one of life's cruellest choices - either risk frostbite from trying to apply body lotion as fast as possible, or skip the entire ordeal and end up with dry, chapped skin as a result of the cold weather anyway. I'd always scorned LUSH's body conditioners until faced with this very dilemma, which is when I realised how absolutely genius they really are.

3 LUSH Products For Bleach-Damaged Blonde Hair

Despite being more-or-less a natural blonde, I still choose to bleach my hair to an almost white shade every couple of months. As I do it myself with box dyes, my hair can become very dry and brittle due to the bleach, although it hasn't actually snapped off just yet (fingers crossed.) I believe this is due to me taking good hair of my locks with various lotions and potions, and my absolute favourite brand for blonde hair care just has to be LUSH.

My LUSH 20th Birthday Mini-Haul

Last Saturday was my 20th birthday, so naturally I received some gorgeous LUSH goodies from my parents. I have never been more excited to rip open a LUSH delivery box and reveal the contents within, especially as I had already forgotten which products I'd chosen! I was really lucky with the timing of my birthday and the Halloween and Christmas goodies had just been released, so I had plenty of new products to pick from.

Review: LUSH Marilyn Hot Oil Hair Treatment

LUSH hair treatments are a range of products that I keep being constantly recommended. Whether it's Damaged for dry hair, New to stimulate growth or Yuge for volume, there seems to be treatment for everyone. I picked up Marilyn hot oil treatment for myself after noticing how brassy and yellow my blonde locks had become, and my lovely friend Becca chose Jasmine & Henna Fluff-Ease to try out on her dry, colour-damaged hair.

My LUSH Evening Skincare Routine

One of my favourite things about LUSH is that their skincare range is so versatile, it's really easy to build yourself a routine that works perfectly. I always try my hardest to properly remove my makeup and look after my skin in the evenings, so through a little trial-and-error of different products I came up with a routine that both suits my skin type and isn't a massive hassle to stick to.

Review: LUSH Celestial Facial Moisturiser

My skin is combination-oily, yet really dries out in Winter due to a mixture of the cold weather and the air conditioning at work. This time of year I need to start looking for a really creamy, rich moisturiser to repair my skin overnight, so I decided on a whim to pick up a pot of Celestial during my last visit to LUSH.

5 LUSH Products I Will Forever Repurchase

I love trying different LUSH products and discovering new ranges, but we all have those fail-safe products that we end up going back to time and time again. These are the products that I know work my for me, my skin and my hair, and I will always go running to in the event of an emergency. It's good to try new things, but when it comes to my favourite LUSH products it's forever a case of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Review: LUSH Sleepy Body Lotion

We're all used to reading the "omg it works sooo well" reviews when it comes to beauty and skincare products, but very rarely are we presented with HARD FACTS by beauty bloggers. When I first saw the hype surrounding the magical powers of LUSH's Sleepy body lotion, I knew I needed to properly test it to see if it really was a 'miracle cure' for insomnia. In this instance, slathering it on my skin and commenting on the scent just wouldn't be enough, so I instead pulled out my old GCSE textbooks and Bunsen burner (er, not really) to go about it in a much more scientific way.

Introducing #LUSHTOBER

As if I forgot that September has only 30 days. I thought I had a whole day to write the introduction to the most important series on my blog ever, but instead I'm typing this as fast as possible, whilst necking as much gin as I can physically get into my system (at least I'm keeping it classy.)

Review: LUSH H'Suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment

I’ve been bleaching my own hair with box dyes for the past 8 years, and so the health of my hair has always been something that I have a serious love/hate relationship with. It’ll finally get to the point where it’s almost healthy, then I’ll bleach the life out of it once again. It’s a constant vicious cycle that I just can’t seem to break, hence my fixation with hair treatments, conditioners and shampoos.

A Love Letter To The Comforter

I've had love affairs with LUSH soaps, jellies, gels and scrubs, but none have been as passionate or tragically short-lived as my romance with The Comforter. Upon hearing of it's discontinuation, I decided to pick up my first-ever bottle last week. In the most twisted turn of events, The Comforter has turned out to be my mysterious Mr. Right I have been waiting my whole life to meet... and I'll never be able to own a bottle of it again. It's now out of stock everywhere, forever, never to be seen again.

Alone again... Naturally.

Review: LUSH Bunny Moon Jelly Face Mask

LUSH Bunny Moon Jelly Face Mask
If you were one of the people mouthing "what the fu..." under your breath when you saw LUSH had released jelly (???) face masks, then this review is for you. I for one was pretty excited when I saw the selection of jelly products pop up on the LUSH website as my face masks usually go out of date before I've used them all up, so to have something a little different and longer-lasting intrigued me.

Review: LUSH Honey Gift Box

Living by the "treat yo'self" mentality, I always make sure to order myself lots of goodies each time payday comes around. This month's spoils were in the form of a lovely LUSH haul, which included the newly-released Honey gift box.

Strangely enough, I actually hate honey. I can vaguely remember my grandpa giving me a spoonful of honey when I was younger to cure a cold, and immediately being sick. I haven't had it since, but after playing with the Scrubee body butter at the Mother's Day launch event and adoring the sweet scent of it, I added the Honey gift box to my basket when I spotted it online this payday.

DIY American Cream Pink Conditioner

If you're brave enough to follow me on Twitter, you'll know that this past weekend I dyed all of my hair candyfloss pink, something I've wanted to do since my 2012 'Scene' days. I've had bits of pink in my hair before, but it's always rinsed out after one wash, so this time I'm taking extra measures to keep the pretty pink as long as possible, starting with my own DIY pink conditioner.

My LUSH Hair Product Collection

In my eyes, LUSH can do no wrong. Whatever beauty product they turn their hand to, whether it be body lotions, bath bombs or shaving cream, the result is always something spectacular. I do however hold a special place in my heart for LUSH hair products and have built up a decent stash of goodies that due to their extended shelf life, I can alternate depending on what my hair needs that day, leaving me with a LUSH solution for every hair-care problem!

Review: LUSH Don't Look At Me Fresh Face Mask

Just look at that dreamy blue! LUSH fresh face masks are something I've always been interested in trying, but have never actually done so until I had a trial of Don't Look At Me in the Lincoln store. The little pamper session left me desperate to try Don't Look At Me properly, so I picked up a £7.25 tub for myself the same day.

Review: LUSH Chocolate Lip Scrub

Last Sunday I was incredibly lucky enough to go along to the LUSH Spring & Easter event at LUSH Meadowhall. I had a great time meeting up with other bloggers, such as the lovely Debra-Bow (you can watch her LUSH vlog here!) and playing with the new products from the Easter and Mother's Day ranges.

One of LUSH's newest products is the Chocolate Lip Scrub, which I was totally ecstatic to receive in my goodie bag from the event, almost a full week ahead of the official release date.

A Blush Pink & Nude Missguided Wish List

With Spring beginning to peek round the corner, I think it may be time to treat myself to a shopping spree of the season's must-have hues of blush pink and nude. As Missguided is fast becoming one of my favourite fashion retailers thanks to the quality, style and pricing of their clothes, I decided to compile a wish list of my favourite on-trend pieces (and start pleading for payday to come as soon as possible...)

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A Magical Little LUSH Haul

When I first stepped into the LUSH shop after being paid last week, my initial plan was to stock up on the newly-released Valentine's Day collection. However as usual, the course of true love never does run smooth and I ended up leaving with a bag full of the regular LUSH products which had never before captured my eye, along with a little bit of magic (of course.)

4 Simple SEO Hacks For Newbie Bloggers

If you want to bring lots of natural, organic traffic to your blog, it's important to get to grips with the basics of search engine optimisation (or SEO for short.) 

Quite often it can make or break a blog's views as without good SEO your little blog will go unseen in the vast sea of the internet. Luckily for you, newbie blogger, your SEO can be improved in a matter of minutes with these four simple hacks.

6 Tips For Beautiful Blog Photos

Something I'm hugely passionate about is making sure my blog is filled with lots of lovely photographs. I am definitely not an expert photographer, but I've learnt so much in the last year and have received so many compliments on my blog photos, I thought it would be worth sharing these 6 tips for beautiful blog photos.