May Vs. June Birchbox

As I listen to the Top 50 Pop Songs on iTunes Radio, a song from the was-then-Disney star, Hillary Duff, blares… I know, I was as shocked as you are! It is called “Sparks” and kind of reminds me of the ‘sparks’ in my eyes once I saw the May Birchbox placed on my desk (I had to). I was packing for a 12 day Europe journey… praying for sample sized goodies.

The Harvey Prince Yogini perfume was my signature scent while shopping in London, hiking in Scotland, and partying in Denmark! Light, citrus notes with hints of mysterious jasmine make it the perfect day-to-night formula. I also enjoyed the Lollibalm with its almost poignant rose aroma and veil pink coverage – it is my current lip obsession! I am a sucker for packaging… so, TokyoMilk’s Shea Butter Lotion in Kabuki got my heart racing! The sweet scent of vanilla and fruity twists of lychee and grapefruit create a unique combo.

I was not nearly as excited for the CōTZ Flawless Complexion with SPF 50… kind of a thick formula with an oily finish. I am a HUGE fan of the Macadamia Professional Moisture Mask – it makes my hair feel like silk! Unfortunately, the Moisture Oil Treatment does not get my vote because it is a bit too harsh on my blonde locks.

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The June Birchbox was fitting for the vibrant, sunny (and suddenly hot) month that welcomes summer ! Mine was labeled “Next Stop: Adventure” with an array of cosmetics to help you beat the heat. I am SUPER excited to try the Paula’s Choice Moisturizer because my skin has been super dry… Plus, it is a generous amount of product! The Coola Sport Sunscreen is also eye catching from the Mango scent and Caribbean turquoise packaging. I plan on taking this sample with me to Bermuda in July. Do they have fresh mangos on that island??

The Dr.Jart+ Ceramidin Cream was not a surprise. I have tried this product before from Sephora… I guess it was okay, but not significant, since I lost all memory of its effects. The Number 4 Super Comb Prep + Protect was another repeat, but this time… I remembered how much I liked this after-shower necessity! The Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner was another dud. Instead of the dark, rich purple, I wish Birchbox offered a vibrant liner! I could totally go for an electric blue or jungle green.

The Pura Vida Lace Headband was a great addition to this box! In fact, I put it on seconds after opening for my evening treadmill run (it has Google Maps on it, which is pretty cool).

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How did you like the May and June Birchboxes? Did you find any favorites? Were you surprised with your sample choices?

Timely Social Media

There have been many holidays over the past few months from Easter to Earth Day! I wanted to post my favorite timely, newsworthy social media from various companies to showcase the factors of an intriguing holiday post. Discover now!

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Easter is a great holiday to incorporate branding with universal holiday themes. The #lily5x5 includes a vibrant Easter egg hunt in a watercolor medium. Lilly Pulitzer is known for their watercolor prints! Another example is Vineyard Vines since they attached Easter bunny ears to their logo and mascot, the pink whale! Vineyard Vines always makes their whale festive for various holidays! It is a unique and adorable branding idea. LUSH Cosmetics also posted a cute graphic featuring a product and an adorable pun (“Happy Easter from everybunny at LUSH”)!

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Earth Day was a great opportunity for companies to showcase their commitment and passion for our planet. The @nailitmag Instagram account featured an Earth Day Nail Polish Exchange from Zoya. One could switch out their old polishes (bottle and all) for new ones. This is a great technique from Zoya to encourage reusing glass and disposing of lacquer properly. Go #ZoyaEarthDay! Lilly Pulitzer created another #lilly5x5 that reveals their love for Earth! Making the turtle shell a replica of Earth was a phenomenal idea!

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For those in the United States and maybe even around the world, you probably heard about the bombings from last year during the Boston Marathon. The city of Boston replied positively and strongly from this event by creating the idea of #BostonStrong. Vineyard Vines (a Northeastern company) created a campaign that highlighted their love for Boston with Wicked Strong merchandise. This was a fantastic move since it involved community relations and probably increased brand loyalty.

LUSH Mother’s Day Bubble Bars

Hello all! I am very sorry for not posting last week… it has been one crazy month! I finished school, struggled through finals, and my boyfriend visited from Houston. I am also packing for FRANCE! Yes, I am heading to France in three days to spend time in Paris and Normandy! I am an Europe virgin… so this will be an experience of a lifetime! I am not sure how blogging will be over in Europe. But, I plan to blog a couple of times before I leave. Now to the LUSH limited edition Bubble Bars:

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This is the Rose Bubble Bar from the LUSH Mother’s Day range. It is a beautiful rose scent and creates a light pink bubble bath! I really enjoyed this bath because it was simple. There was no debris, glitter, or overwhelming scent. It is a great starter bubble bar. Unfortunately, this Rose is not available online, but it could still be available at your local LUSH store! Check it out before it is too late!

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Wonder Woohoo is another bubble bar from the LUSH Mother’s Day range. I was very excited to try this one since it is covered in good glitter and is inspired by Wonder Woman! LUSH did a phenomenal job connecting an inspiring, female superhero to mothers all around the world with this product! Wonder Woohoo creates many bubbles and turns the bath water a liquid gold. The scent is a fresh citrus. Some of the natural ingredients include  cornflour and Brazilian orange oil. The other ingredients are natural synthetics. Unlike Rose, this product is still available online at LUSH USA. Wonder Woohoo might also be available in LUSH stores also for a limited time.

Secret Garden

Secret Garden is another bath bomb from the LUSH Mother’s Day range. I believe this product was created a few years back to celebrate spring time. I have never tried it before, so this is a first impression review!

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AROMA: The name gives it away, Secret Garden smells like a floral garden! The main smell is rose. There are three different types of rose ingredients in this product – red rose petals, rose absolute, and rosewood oil. A good floral bath is great once in a while!

COLORS: The outer layer of this bath bomb is so groovy! I love the green with the big pink flower. This layer also is very frothy and creates a layer of bubbles not he top of your tub. Yellow and an array of petals are hidden in the middle. This is the secret garden part! The bath water stays a light, foamy green.

DEBRIS: I love the idea of flower petals in a bath bomb, especially one called Secret Garden, but it does make your tub extra dirty! I always have to rinse out my bath tub after bath bombs with petals, glitter, confetti, etc. I love the baths! The cleaning just is a bit irritating.

INGREDIENTS: The ingredients in Secret Garden include rose absolute, sweet wild orange oil, marigold petals, red rose petals, rosewood oil, gardens extract, and blue mallow flowers. The rest of the ingredients are safe synthetics. This bath product is not vegan.

I would give this product 3 stars out of 5. I like the idea of Secret Garden but it really is just another LUSH floral bath bomb. There is nothing that special about it. Although, if you love to experiment with different LUSH baths, definitely check this one out! It is only available while supplies last after Mother’s Day. Check out this lovely quote from the Secret Garden posted by the Woodlands LUSH store on Facebook!

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Mumkin + The Mum = Bubble Bath Galore

Happy Mother’s Day! I hope all of the Moms out there are feeling the love today! I wanted to combine two LUSH product review into one post because they are quite similar and I used them together (I was in the mood for a major bubble soak). I mixed Mumkin bubble bar with The Mum reusable bubble bar! Check out the review now.

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This is the Mumkin. It is very similar to the LUSH Halloween goodie, the Pumkin. I decided to try this bubble bar since it made raspberry bubbles! I love the smell and tastes of raspberries… so it was worth the $6.

BUBBLES/AROMA/DEBRIS: I used the entire Mumkin for one bath and it produced a ton of bubbles that lasted a while and smelled phenomenal! The raspberry scent radiated off of the bubbles. I enjoyed smelling fruity fresh after this bath! One downfall about any of the Mumkin or Pumkin bubble bars are their chocolate chip eyes. The eyes are adorable but the chocolate sticks to your tub and it takes some effort to scrape off!

INGREDIENTS: The ingredients in this bubble bar are mainly composed of safe synthetics. Although, there are a few natural ingredients which include violet leaf absolute, sicilian lemon oil, bergamot oil, cornflower, and gardenia extract. I am a little unsure where the raspberry smell comes from… it must be a safe synthetic. This product is also vegan and only available for a limited time during Mother’s Day!

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The Mum reusable bubble bar is pictured in the top left. This is a great product because it lasts for a while and is totally worth the $9. LUSH came out with two other reusable bubble bars (pictured in the Facebook post). These are Madame Butterfly and Mum Tulip. I ordered the Madame Butterfly for my mom since it has the aroma of Rose Jam. I also had the Mum Tulip last year and loved the Sex Bomb smell!

BUBBLES/AROMA: The Mum is a calming honey-toffee smell that is very similar to Honey I Washed the Kids scent. It adds a touch of sweetness to any bath. The bubbles are quite nice, but it does take a bit of an effort to sway the stick under the faucet. My reusable bubble bars last a few months!

INGREDIENTS: The ingredients in The Mum are composed of safe synthetics and natural ingredients. Some of the natural ingredients include marshmallow root powder, cornflour, sweet wild orange oil, gardenia extract, and bergamot oil. The Mum is also a vegan product and is limited edition.

TAGS: One awesome feature of the Mother’s Day reusable bubble bars are the product tags. These tags contain seeds in them that grow when planted. You soak the tags in water and then plant them! I just planted both of these tags and hopefully, I see some sprouts soon!

What did you get your mom for Mother’s Day and how do you celebrate Mother’s Day?!

New Favorite Bath – Inhale Exhale Bath Bomb

This was the product I HAD to try from the Mother’s Day LUSH range. Anything that creates relaxation is a key product! Inhale Exhale did not disappoint! If you are looking for a interesting, relaxing, and beautifully smelling bath bomb, continue reading!

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AROMA: Inhale Exhale has the aroma of the famous LUSH perfume, Breath of God. It is intriuging, earthy, and quite unique! Breath of God is in the list of the “Top 100 Greatest Perfumes of all Time.” The Inhale (red side) has a fruity scent and fizzes quickly. The Exhale (blue side) has a earthy, amber scent and takes a while to fizz. Together, they make the Breath of God Gorilla perfume!

COLORS: I loved the in this colors bath! The water was first a light red and then turned into a deep violet (hence, red and blue make purple). I also enjoyed how the red immediately fizzed and how the blue took at least 10 mins. to fizz out. It was very beautiful!

SURPRISE: I was shocked to see the note in the middle! I had no idea there would be such a positive message inside. A few other bath bombs from LUSH (Blackberry and Fizzbanger) have paper notes inside of them. This message says “Inhale, lay back under the water, listen to our heartbeat, Exhale and relax.” My mother used Inhale Exhale the other night and raved about how relaxing the entire bath experience was.

LIMITED EDITION: This is a new, limited edition LUSH invention. It is only available during Mother’s Day. Although, I am sure they will sell after May 11 (this Sunday) until they run out! Make sure to pick up an Inhale Exhale if you are in need of a deep relaxation!

INGREDIENTS: The ingredients in this bath bomb are ylang ylang oil, neroli oil, black pepper oil, lemon oil, cedarwood oil, grapefruit oil, vetivert oil, and much more! Inhale Exhale is packed with all types of oils, which creates a very hydrating bath. This product is also vegan.

Overall, I suggest Inhale Exhale because it is a unique product from LUSH that is limited edition! I wish it was available all year round… I need to pick up a bunch before the holiday is over! Social Media was also RAVING about Inhale Exhale. I have seen many LUSH locations posting about the aroma and special effects. Check it out:

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Even I “Instagramed” a picture of this beautiful bath!

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LUSH Mother’s Day Haul

The time has come for my Mother’s Day LUSH collection haul! Just like Easter, I have been waiting to post reviews until I have tried all of the Mother’s Day products! LUSH introduced nine special products to celebrate with Mom that range from shower gels to bath bombs. Here are the products I picked:

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That is everything! I did not purchase all of the Mother’s Day products. The other products in the collection include Mum Tulip, Madame Butterfly (I got my mom this one for Mother’s Day), and B Never to Busy to be Beautiful shower gel. This shower gel is a LUSH returnee, which makes it Retro. It is only available online and not with all of the other Mother’s Day products that are in store.

I also wanted to include a bunch of LUSH Mother’s Day social media posts (like always). Check out some of my favorites from various LUSH stores:

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SO many Mother’s Day LUSH posts! The top three pictures are from the @lushcosmetics and @lushspain Instagram accounts. I love the LUSH bags in Spain! North America needs to take on that bag trend! The pictures in the middle are both from various LUSH store Facebook accounts. The one on the left features the Mother’s Day set up from the Mohegan Sun Casino (I will be going to see Lady GaGa there on Saturday)! The picture to the right advertises some of the limited edition Mother’s Day gift sets! Both of these LUSH stores are phenomenal! The bottom post is my LUSH Lib called Confessions to Mum! This is such a fun activity that is still going on! Make yours now here. Also, do not forget to tweet or Instagram a #thatswhatmumsaid to enter the LUSH Mother’s Day competition!

Have you tried any of these products from the collection?

Spring Is In The Air!

Like this post if you have discovered any Spring campaigns? These campaigns could be on social media, websites, flyers, catalogs, and so on. This post will highlight my favorite Spring campaigns/social media posts from three different companies.

FACE Stockholm:

FACE Stockholm is a Scandinavian company that originated from Sweden. It was founded by Gun Nowak and her daughter, Martina Arfwidson. FACE produces beauty products that are the highest quality with a variety of colors. The FACE brand represents, “naturally based, trend forward, simple, clean, gorgeous, and fun beauty.” They value the interaction between woman, confidence, and woman empowerment. Here are a few graphics from their website representing the Pastel Story – May 2014 campaign:

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I adore the top graphic. I love FACE polishes. They have a large variety of shades. If you are looking for a color, FACE has it! Check out all of their polish swatches here. Incorporating products with Spring decor is a wonderful idea.

I also enjoy the bottom graphic since it highlights the key components of the Pastel Story. These are pastel FACE products, FACE swatches, pastel art, pastel flowers, and a pastel make-up look. Inspiration or idea boards always make for a unique, cool, brand worthy graphic.

Lilly Pulitzer:

I discussed the Lilly Pulitzer brand in many of my older posts. In short, Lilly Pulitzer is a colorful brand that focuses on event wear, beach wear, and vacation wear. Although, I am sure you can find something from Lilly for any occasion! I wear Lilly sweater and jeans in the winter and fall. Here are my recent social media favorites which scream Spring:

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Lilly Pulitzer created an excellent digital PR campaign called #lilly5x5. These posts are from different social media outlets and highlight the #lilly5x5’s that were created. The only post that does not reference to the #lilly5x5 is the center picture in the top row. “Ring the Bellboy” is the name of that print. Overall, Lilly Pulitzer does a phenomenal job representing their brand throughout social media platforms. This posts scream Spring, Summer, and color!!

LUSH Cosmetics:

LUSH also is celebrating spring and Mother’s Day with digital posts. I have a picture of the LUSH bar on the bottom of their homepage. The bar has references to the Mother’s Day social media campaign, LUSH blog posts about Spring, and Charity Pot information:

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They also come out with a range of Mother’s Day products that are perfect for rainy and sunny Spring Days. You can check them out here.

What is your favorite Spring digital campaign?

LUSH Social Media: Blogs & Competitions

I have posted a few LUSH social media posts in the past month. I wanted to continue that trend with another post! How many of y’all follow LUSH Cosmetics on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest? LUSH is active on all four outlets. I wanted to share favorite posts of mine that are unique, timely, and brand worthy:

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LUSH has phenomenal community relations. They support communities by buying local products. This Facebook post links to a company they support, Mapleton’s Organic Dairy. The post also links to a LUSH blog article about local, community relations. PR practitioners need to keep in mind that a strong, positive community relationship will increase their company loyalty. This is important for companies in the new business era.

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Nothing is better than seeing two of your favorite companies interact over social media. This Facebook post links to a Lululemon blog that highlights the LUSH No Drought dry shampoo. Lululemon and LUSH are excellent partners because they both started in Vancouver, both reduce their environmental foot print, and both support a healthy work environment.

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LUSH loves Twitter. They host many “Twitter parties.” One could enter the party with the hashtag #LUSHbeautyschool and then chat with other LUSHies and a LUSH beauty expert. A Twitter party is a cool idea. I have never participated in one but look forward to it in the future.

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Who hunted for the Golden Egg this Easter?! I sure did. LUSH hosted a virtual egg hunt over a week. Each day, LUSH would post hints on their social media  about where to look for the egg! I loved this idea because the consumers were very involved, it was timely, and it included all digital platforms. At the end of the competition, LUSH picked out 10 random winners.

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My LUSH Mother’s Day product reviews are going to be posted soon! If you did not get a chance to participate in the last LUSH competition, here is your chance! Tweet or Instagram #thatswhatmumsaid along with advice your Mom gave you.

Like this post if you’re ready for Mother’s Day product reviews. Comment to let me know what product you would like reviewed first!

My New Favorite LUSH Store: Lexington Ave.

Good morning LUSHies! It is surprisingly a very cold spring day here in NY! There is even frost on the ground… in April! I wanted to finish off my Easter posts and reviews with a haul from the LUSH Lexington Ave. store and Spa location in NYC! This has to be my new go-to LUSH store because I love the atmosphere, the Spa, and all of the lovely sales associates! Every time I am in the city I go to this LUSH and then get a gluten free cupcake from Sprinkles (they are so so so delicious)!

Last time I went to this LUSH store, I went with my friend Meghan and we got our Emotional Brilliance color readings done! They were literally spot on! The close up of the color reading was mine. So to get a color reading, you close your eyes and they spin the wheel. Then, you pick out the first three colors that catch your eyes. I got Dynamic (I already own eyeliner!), Control and Feeling Secure! These characteristics really describe me! Meghan also picked three characteristics that described her! The LUSHie sales associate who did our color readings was phenomenal! She really knew what she was talking about.

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LUSH Lexington Haul: So after about a half our hanging out in the store, I finally purchased my goodies I picked out! I did not want to go to over board (my bath room is currently exploding with LUSH)! But I wanted to pick up a few products that I have not yet tried. I also got some bath goodies for my mom that are not included in this haul. I got her four Lord of Misrule (her favorite), Brightside Bubble Bar, and the Golden Egg.

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  • Fresh Farmacy Cleanser 
  • Control Eyeliner – I could not pass this up because it is a perfect adjective that describes my personality. It is also a lovely dark blue liner.
  • Seanik Solid Shampoo Bar
  • Psychedelic Summer Knot Wrap – this is the most COLORFUL knot wrap I have seen! This is actually my first knot wrap purchase. I have it hanging in my room!
  • Carrot Soap 
    • AROMA: The smell of this soap is phenomenal. It smells great! To me, it reminds me of freshly peeled carrots and V8 juice (very weird, I know). I have enjoyed using this soap in the tub because it is preparing me for spring with a fresh aroma!
    • TEXTURE: I also really like this soap because it lathers fairly well. In fact, this is one of the best lathering soaps that I have gotten from LUSH in a while! I also think it has helped my dry skin a bit.
    • INGREDIENTS: The natural ingredients in this Limited Edition LUSH Easter product are carrot oil, rapeseed oil, bergamot oil, fair trade cocoa butter, and much more! This product is also vegan.
    • FLIMSY: This soap is not very sturdy. I noticed that the slices of it on display in the store were cracked at the top. When I unwrapped mine, it was also cracked above the bunny. I like to have my soap in one cohesive chunk… at least I had a tiny chunk to use at first!

This new LUSH store location in NYC is also receiving a lot of press! Here is just one Facebook post linking to an article about the British, LUSH Spa invasion! Check it out!

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Have you been to this LUSH store in NYC? What is your favorite LUSH store location?