Lush Haul

Untitled-41I’ve been wanting to write about lush for a while now because it would be really selfish and unfair for me not to share the amazing products I’ve found at this magical place of soaps. Surprisingly I have never been to LUSH in my life before few days ago, although we do have it in Doha but I guess I was never interested or I thought it’s no good. Lately, I’ve been a youtube maniac -as you know- and everyone on youtube bumbled and rumbled on how lush products were amazing so I thought I’d try them out. The first time I went to lush it was pretty overwhelming. I didn’t know how to shop or what to do, there were so many things, so many labels and so many colors. But now that I finally understand how every product works I look at lush as if it was disneyland for cosmetics. I thought I’d share with you how everything works, what I got and which one of each category was my favorite

Bath Ballistics:

How they work: through them in a tub filled with water they’ll give color and a divine smell. I usually combine them with bubble bars because they only give color, smell and moist but no bubbles.

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Think Pink: My favorite, a definite re-purchase, after you’re done with your bath it will leave your bathtub with little heart shaped prints.

Tisty-Tosty: Love, re-purchase, leaves the tub with little roses.

Space Girl: Smells great, loved it.

Butterball: Didn’t try it yet.

Bubble Bars:

How they work: Before you fill your tub with water you have to crumble the bubble bars and then add water with high pressure so you’d get the most bubbles out of your bar. Here it’s the other way around color does not last as much but the smell it will last forever *sigh*

levenderUntitled-62A French Kiss: My favorite, smells like lavender, repurchase.

Amandopondo: “A beautiful rose and lemon bath, for when life is being a bitch” describes it pretty well

Green Bubbleroon: Lovely if you’re in for a garden of delights, smells like fresh green grass.

Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds: Didn’t try it yet

The Comforter: Didn’t try it yet

Body conditioner

Untitled-32Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner: This is absolute magic. Because of the unbearable cold weather I have been living through in London my skin got so dry like it never did before! after one use of this my skin was so soft and smooth even better than it was before!! Smells fantastic – smooth – you don’t have to apply lotion afterwords.

Body butter:

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Buffy: Didn’t try it yet.

Shampoo Bar:

I liked the concept behind the shampoo bars. Lush is a friend of the environment therefore they came up with these shampoo bars so they’d produce less of the plastic containers. So I really respect lush for that, even if you return five containers of your finished-used products they’d give you a product for free just to encourage recycling.

New: LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Really helped my hair! my sister also got this and she loved it as well.
Seanik: It’s good, but I liked “new” better.

Shower Jellies:

Sweetie pie: To be honest I found it quite difficult to work with the shower jelly, it can be used for the body and scalp as well. I, however don’t believe that I would re-purchase it.

Fresh Face Masks:

maskThey also make fresh face masks that last for two weeks I thought I’d try some..

Love Lettuce: the first lush product that I did not like. the seller recommended this one to me because I have combination skin and she said this would restore the balance of my skin. It didn’t, I really didn’t see any difference. I think it works more as an exfoliater than a mask and my exfoliater is SO MUCH better so I didn’t like this one.

Ayesha: On the other hand, I LOVED this one so much, after 10 minutes I was left with glowy, healthy looking skin like i just had a facial at Bliss. Although, it looks and smells hm what’s the word? let’s go with “not very pleasant”

Soaps:

Willow: Didn’t try it yet. But the reason I got this one was not the smell (although it does smell good) it was the legend behind the pattern that gave me goosebumps. I never really knew what the pattern on fine china meant. Here’s the simplified story (I bet the seller tells it better).. There was a girl who fell in love with a man from a lower class than her, her dad did not approve of her love, so he had engaged her to a wealthy Duke, the man she fell in love with wouldn’t give up on her so they ran away together and lived happily and in harmony for some time but then the Duke found them and had them executed. Later on people sympathized their love so they had the two lovers symbolized as pair of doves.

back to the products..

Sultana: I started using the sultana and I really liked it.

Fun:

I loveeee fun!! You can create any shape you want, with the color and the scent of your preference! And you know me I love personalized products.

How to use it:”There are so many ways to wash with Fun. For body and hair, just pinch off a small bit, hop in the shower or bath and lather from head to toe. Use as a bubble bath or to hand wash your clothes by crumbling a small chunk under the hot running tap. When you’ve finished having Fun, please store your bar back in its cellophane.” *website description*

How I use it: I use it to add more bubbles to my bath, I love bubbles and fun creates waaay more bubbles than the bubble bars and it also smells great! I got it in Red and Blue.

Hope this would help xxo

In London Corners

Never pass by a street without looking at the corner because corners locate the uniquest shops. I don’t know if it’s just me or I share my passion of drilling for bizarre places that carry the cutest items..

The first thing I’ve ever bought from a corner shop in Piccadilly was the “Keep Calm and Carry on Shopping” mug. I got it when I had the addiction phase of “Keep Calm and Carry on ” especially when I learned the reason behind it from a dear friend -Shaha- saying that this was a way to calm people down through war and this is how I fell in love with the idea. From this collection I got a couple of notebooks, an eraser and a “good advice for hard times” which is a tiny book containing quotes about failure, work, life, crises. it keeps you calm and it keeps you going.

My favorite quotes from the book:

1- “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”-Mark Twain

2- “How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not for more than 60 years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten” – Logan pearsall smith

3- “He who has a WHY to live can bear almost any HOW” – Friedrich Nietzsche

4-“Always laugh when you can. it is cheap medicine”- Lord Byron

Who here loves Fifi Lapin, or I’m sorry who here doesn’t love the quaint artist Fifi! You can’t not have respect for people who make themselves out of a drawing, out of a hobby. She has done amazing collaborations through the glob. wrote books, designed cases, clothes and jewellery. I still regret the day I’ve passed by Juicy couture at new bond street and saw the collection created by fifi lapin for juicy and didn’t get anything because I was “not in the mood” those mood swings they make you do things that are just not acceptable!

Through my last visit to London I saw these cards created by fifi as well and I didn’t want to redo my mistake so I got them immediately.

Walk into covent garden, take the stairs and head down immediately, where all the fun stuff are generated in a little shop called Sass & Belle. You’ll find cushions, toys, boxes, home accessories and everything that you could possibly think of. I got myself those super cute bandages, UK flag box, Paris stamps and tiny London box for my tiny jewellery. I’ve wanted to take everything with me!! ..And if you get tired from looking at the pretty stuff there’s a candy shop right next to it “Candy Cakes” where you can look at more pretty things, but luckily those ones you can actually eat. Another place you shouldn’t miss is Octopus where you can get all the girly girl products that you need in a cute-girly-girl appearance!

another place I’m sure all of you heard about is Liberty where you can get exquisite designer clothes, beautiful vintage collection of Chanel, Hermes and Dior,  the finest fabric and your own customized perfume. And no that is not it, there’s more. To be honest I don’t like shopping at liberty so much for fashion but I do love it for fun. Starting from the chocolate corner to the stationery & diaries side.

I couldn’t resist getting tons of notebooks and diaries. My two favorites are “In my humble opinion” where you can state everything you hate about people and complain freely not for the purpose of hurting anyone but just for the sake of getting it out of your system! it’s definitely my favorite therapy. On every page there’s also a quote, which is the thing I love most about it. One of them is “I personally think we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain” -Lily Tomlin.

And the other journal is “Winners I’ve met and liked” even if those people are not winners in books, they are winners of life. Whoever name I inked on my journal has made something worth remembering and has won the battle of life.

And yes I know what you are thinking it’s pretty contradictional to have those two journals it can’t be all complain and it can’t be all love, but there can be a balance..

Last but no least these are more detailed images of my favorite things that I got from London corners through the years from different places. It’s all United Kingdom but can you blame me? UK is pretty photogenic and there can never be too much London!  ..and to prevent confusion some of the linked pictures are not taken by me.

Enjoy sweethearts & if you got a place of your own that you love please do share xo