25 Days of Christmas, Beauty, Haul, Lifestyle, My Life

Santa Came Early: A Lushie Surprise

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

I promised you a Lush haul and I promise to deliver! I bought a total of 12 things. Yes, twelve! Like the 12 days of Christmas, of course! When Dani, suggested that I buy from the UK Lush site, I never imagined that it would allow me to buy double of what I wanted to buy. The USD really goes a long way in England. Apparently it is worth double in Lush goodies, so instead of only being able to afford 6 of them, I got my fair pick of twelve. Are you ready to see what I got yet? I am super excited to be showing my stash to you. Bare with me though, because I still have that cold, so I may change my mind about certain scents later on. This is me trying to describe them to the best of my ability.

Snow Fairy Shower Gel

Snow Fairy Shower Gel

No Christmas Haul at Lush is complete with a bottle of Snow Fairy. How can you resist taking her home with you? It combines two of my most favorite things: Faeries and candy floss. This is really a sweet shop smell, but I do not find it overpowering whatsoever. It smells very strongly of sweet bubble gum, which I quite enjoy. I wish that the iridescence was evenly mixed throughout the bottle. It settled on the bottom a bit and totally missing from the first 1/3 of the product. The bottom 2/3rs of the bottle has a nice quantity of sparkle. This is not everyone’s cup of tea or coffee, but I can see myself repurchasing the huge bottle next year. That is how much I love the scent. You can gift it to me. wink,wink

So White Shower Gel

So White Shower Gel

I believe that this is a new addition to this year’s collection and I am hoping that they are going to be bringing it back next year. I absolutely love Victoria Secret’s Total Flirt, which is more of a sweet floral apple blossom scent that they came out with this pass summer. (On a side note, I hope they bring it back in 2015. I am currently using this scent in my shower and using the matching body butter. The scent was right for summer, but body butter is much too heavy for my skin in the summer. It became a winter scent for me.) So White smells more apple-y like fresh cut green Granny Smith apples. They are sweet but a bit sour, just like this scent. I love the slight shimmer to the green tinged white gel. It really resembles swirling snow, but it is also very thin and watery compared to the other thick gels. If they do bring it back, I would like to see it in the thicker formula of the other shower gels.

Hot Toddy Shower Gel

Hot Toddy Shower Gelgolden shimmer

I love this scent and will be buying this in the huge bottle as well. I wont have to buy shower gel anywhere else if I get those huge bottles. This smells just like cinnamon heart candies, except more powerful. I can definitely smell the cloves which is nice. The ginger gives it a bit of a sweet smell, but this is a far cry from Snow Fairy in terms of sweetness. Hot Toddy has beautiful gold shimmer in the bottle that settled heavily on the bottom of the bottle. The shimmer makes it look like the Ruby Red Slippers from The Wizard of Oz. Otherwise, the coloring looks like the glaze on a candy apple. I think that it would be better without the gold glitter, since it seemed to be a fail with all of it settling at the bottom and all.

Rose Jam Shower Gel

Rose Jam Shower GelRose jam

Honestly? This smells like old lady to me and not in a good way. I’m hoping that this will smell better in the shower, but if I cannot stand the smell. I will be gifting this to one of my friends who would appreciate it. It doesn’t expire until 2016, so I think that I will try it way before then and see what I think of it. I am not in a hurry to use it. I want to finish up a few things in my shower first before I bust out my Lush ones. I might just save them for bubble baths though. They work really well that way. I heard that you can also use them as shampoos. I bought a shampoo bar though and I feel strange using shower gel as shampoo. I think that I might use a tad of show fairy with my conditioner to make it smell nice, but not to cleanse it.

Baked Alaska Soap

Baked Alaska SoapBaked Alaska Soap

This soap looks super cool, first of all! I love the colors and the fruit slices. It seems like this soap would be very moisturizing as well, since it is very soft soap that melts in your hands a bit. I love the citrus scent and the fruitiness! This scent is not sweet at all. It is very much a strong citrus scent and very tart. I can almost taste the scent on my tongue…almost. It is a very bodied scent, which is a good thing in my book. I would chop up this soap into small pieces, so that it would not melt away in the shower. I believe that Lush’s harder soaps do not need to be cut up as much, because they would last a lot longer. I think they would only have to be cut into your hand size. It also has this soft white coating over half of the soap. I guess, that is where the “baked Alaska” comes into play.

Fairy Ring Soap

Fairy Ring Soap

I like the earthy scent of this one and the fact that it was made from mushrooms. It is not a bad earthy dirt scent either. It is a nice patchouli scent and a citrus quality to it as well. I am unsure if the citrus is from the Baked Alaska or not, since they were shipped together. Once I use the soap (Once I am done with my HUGE bar of Fresh Grapefruit Soap, which could take me a few months since each shower/bath that I take I rotate from soap/shower gel/body scrub/Lush Shower Jelly.), I will be able  to unveil it’s true scent, at least to my nose. It is a heavy soap and I enjoy the coloring on it as well.

Holly Golightly Bubble Bar

Holly Golightly Bubble Bar

I was super disappointed that the silver luster coating got on EVERYTHING and that there was very little remaining on the actual bar. After I got through that disappointment, the scent is absolutely amazing and I hope that they bring this back again next year. It smells like fresh pine and spruce mixed with some warming cinnamon notes. I also smell a hint of cloves, which makes sense really, because cinnamon and cloves are great scents that really go great together, especially in pumpkin pie. This is supposed to turn your bath water bright green and produce mounds of white bubbles. I hope my bubbles are green though. That would be interesting.

The Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar

The Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar

When Dani mentioned that she bought this little guy, I had to buy him as well. He is so cute! How could I have resisted him? He smells very calming and fresh. I am sensing that it smells like orange flowers, which gives it that sweet fresh floral scent and a bit citrus-y as well. This is not as overwhelming as the Baked Alaska Soap for those you with sensitive snouts. I like the smell of this one and I would use it when I’m in a bubbly want to relax type of mood. I think this would go great with a book and a glass of Peniot.

Christmas Eve Bubble Bar

Christmas Eve Bubble Bar

This produces a light green tint to the water with plenty of bubbles from what I see from others pictures of it. I like the smell of this one. It has Jasmine in it, which I love to death. I have so many goodies that I cannot wait to try! It is just so exciting! We are getting done to the last bits now. With my stuffed nose, it is hard to smell anything else but the calming jasmine scent. I will be using this for a soak on Christmas Eve for sure. I’ll probably use half of the bar to treat myself. I plan on using the other half after a hard day at work.

Cinders Bath Bomb

Cinders Bath BombCinders Bath Bomb

I love the pop rock candy on the top of the bath bomb. I used the bottom half, so I have yet to hear the famous crackle of the fire.This is very spicy and warming to the senses, but also very nutty as well. I gravitated towards similar scents this year: all sweet smells and then all spicy scents. There is just something about this time of year that makes these unlikely scents go together. Probably the scents of sweets by the fire where the Christmas tree stands or something similar to that anyway.  This is a large bath bomb. I would guestimate it to be as large as Butterball.

Northern Lights Bath Bomb

Northern Lights Bath BombNorthern Lights

I am sad that this bath bomb broke in half, but I broke it further into a fourth. This swirled and traveled through my tub leaving behind shea butter stars that melt once it hits your skin. This was a very moisturizing bath bomb, but also very fun to watch. It turned my bath a bright, deep pink. I will be up loading a quick post after this of my Lush Bath in Pictures. I love the clean cut smell of Jasmine. What can I say?

Jason & The Argan Oil Solid Shampoo Bar

Shampoo Bar

The scent is just like Rose Jam, so I am not really into it. I look forward to using it  and seeing if it really does make my hair shinier and fuller. It is made for thin hair that just hangs limb like mine usually does. It can do 80 shampoos per bar, so I know that I will be getting roughly 6 months worth of shampoo since I only was it 3 times a week at most, usually I wash it twice. My hair gets oily at the roots, but I learned the curve. Now, I can style my hair the day after I wash it and the second day. For the third day, a pony tail looks fresh or a braid and a bun is a must for the fourth. I hope that with this bar, it might make my hair last longer between washes with maybe a third day of style-able hair. I will report back. I want to point out the fact that I do bathe everyday, though I mostly do baths to keep fresh. I want to try rinsing my hair at the end of the second day to see if that will freshen up my hair without adding shampoo, maybe some conditioner on the ends though. I might do a post on it.

Well, that is everything that I bought at Lush and my last Lush haul for the year. What do you guys think? Have you tried any of these? Let me know in the comments section below. What should I try out of my stash next? Oh! And also be on the lookout for a small giveaway in the coming days/weeks. I’m working on organizing it. I cannot give away really expensive things, but I have collected a few bits and bobs that I can give away to my followers. Since I hit over 200 followers, I thought that I would reward you guys with a giveaway. I have decided to do giveaways for follower milestones. So, for ever 100 that I get, I will do a give away. The milestones of 500 and 1,000 will see an expensive giveaway to show just how grateful I am for all of you. So, if you want to see more giveaways in the future, urge others to hit the follow button. I will be doing another giveaway in January or February since I have 200, so that means 2 giveaways in the near future! YAY!

With Love,

Selena Hannah xoxoxo

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