The ALL Purpose Ultrabalm

Lately I have been reaching for an old LUSH favorite of mine, Ultrabalm. This oily mixture hydrates and soothes any dry patch! Perfect for anyone who loves smooth skin.

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ALL PURPOSE: Ultrabalm can literally be used anywhere. I use it on my lips before I apply an Emotional Brilliance lip color. I lather it onto dry patches. I use it behind my ears. LUSH also suggests using it on your heels and hair!

SMELL: If you love natural aromas, this is for you! Ultrabalm is basically fragrance free. It does not have any added perfume or ingredient to alter its color or smell.

TEXTURE: Oily, oily, and more oily! That is the only downfall about Ultrabalm. I assume the oiler = the better the soothe. I wish it was a bit more textured like a lotion but, it is a BALM!

ALL NATURAL: Rose wax, candelilla wax, and organic jojoba oil are the three natural ingredients in Ultrabalm. Yes folks, that is just THREE ingredients. Simplicity at its finest. This product is also Vegan.


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My cousin visited the LUSH Spa in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I am dying to hit up this Spa location. The only problem… what LUSH-urious treatment to get?!

Retro Blindness – LUSH Hair Products

Do you know what the LUSH Retro Collection is? It is a range of retired products that debut for a short period of time online. They range from shower smoothies to soap. You cannot smell them before hand. You cannot feel them before hand. You order the product based on reviews, ingredients, and the obvious. You go in blind.


Ibiza Party Shampoo & Superbalm Scalp Treatment:

Ibiza is a scalp soothing shampoo for all hair types. I normally go for hair care that helps my scalp since it is quite dry. This shampoo is also gentle, moisturizing, and aids with color protection (especially for blondes). I liked Ibiza, except my thick hair hated it. I got more tangles than normal. I heard that Superbalm partners well with Ibiza because they soothe and tame the scalp. Superbalm is infused with rose wax, lavender oil, chamomile blue oil, and rose absolute. Wax and oil are the primary components, which makes a slimy, gooey, oily mixture that takes a miracle to wash out. I am NOT a Superbalm fan. In fact, I do not think I will ever be.

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Okra Conditioner:

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Okra reminds me of gumbo (cajun soup) and fried okra (heaven on earth). I enjoy the smell and the unique texture of this strange vegetable. Okra revives damaged hair by softening strands, creating shine, and toning the scalp. It is best for hair that is REALLY damaged either by color treatments or heat (mine gets a bit fried from coloring). Now to the review – Okra smells terrible. The smell is incredibly strong with a major hint of vinegar. It burns. Conditioning is the last task this product does. It leaves hair dry and tangly. I would only recommend this product for people who need a major boost!


P.S. – Who do you think will win tonight’s #WorldCup matches? Greece and Columbia are my bets! Eos sure has some favorites!

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“Our Values are in Our Products” – LUSH Campaign

This month LUSH is celebrating their company values with a beautiful digital campaign. You have probably seen it if you were on the LUSH USA website recently:

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I adore the image that highlights products and values. This is a very creative campaign that really strikes the core concepts and objectives of LUSH. I will be taking my favorite products, writing a mini review, and talking about how they fit into a certain value based off of this image:

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NAKED!: Ultimate Shine Solid Shampoo is the perfect NAKED product example since it does not have any packaging or waste attached to it. Once it is used up, it is GONE! No debris. I really enjoy Ultimate Shine because of its simple but elegant aroma. This bar is packed with ylang ylang oil, violet leaf absolute, and gardenia extract. Plus, it has a little shimmer!

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100% VEGETARIAN: Honey I Washed The Kids Soap is a LUSH trademark. It smells wonderful, lathers incredibly, and hydrates. The main ingredients are beeswax, sweet wild orange oil, aloe vera extract, and bergamot oil. All LUSH products are 100% vegetarian because they avoid anything that relies on animal manufacturing. LUSH is especially proud of the glycerin in their soaps since it is from American soy beans and NOT animal fat.

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FRESHEST COSMETICS: As you can tell by now, LUSH cares about using ethical and environmentally friendly ingredients. But they also care about fresh cosmetics. Most LUSH products have an expiration date because they are free of preservatives and other chemicals that help store products. The freshest LUSH products are the famous face masks. Love Lettuce is one I used recently that contains honey, almond oil, ground almond shells, ground almonds, and lavender oil (no lettuce surprisingly). Face masks are so fresh they need to be stored in a refrigerator!

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FIGHTING ANIMAL TESTING: LUSH has many campaigns, awards, and activities for fighting against animal testing. Obviously, LUSH products are not animal tested nor do they use ingredients that harm animals. They use cell testing and 3D human skin models to determine if a product is safe. The Emotional Brilliance makeup line LUSH developed includes eye liner, lipsticks, mascara, eyeshadows, and skin tints that are 100% LUSH acceptable. Wise is a deep olive eyeliner from this collection.

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HANDMADE: All LUSH products are handmade with love by real people. They even put stickers on the back of products saying who it was made by and when. Each bath bomb, melt, and bubble bar are unique. Bathos is a bubble bar I used from the Retro Collection that contains violet leaf absolute, rose absolute, jasmine absolute, and ylang ylang oil. It makes a perfect bubble bath!

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ETHICAL BUYING: LUSH makes sure their suppliers have similar values such as no animal testing, protecting the environment, and creating a positive impact. They buy ingredients from small scale producers rather than mass producers. The Ro’s Argon Body Conditioner is the example LUSH used and the example I will use. This is a lovely product that smells of luxurious roses and conditions your body. The rose oil is from Turkey and the capuacu butter is from Brazil.

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LUSH Q&A

What does a LUSH Q&A from andrea elizabeth consist of? I will be adding on to social media posts that I have discovered from various LUSH Facebook pages by answering the questions or revealing my opinion. This will be a cool and interactive post! I would love to see more answers and thoughts in the comments. Do not be shy LUSHies!

“What three LUSH products would you take with you to a desert island?” – LUSH Australia 

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This is a tough question. A LUSH sales associate in Boston, MA actually asked me this before. I said Vanishing Cream, Daddy-O, and Sultana of Soap. My top three have changed a bit since then:

  1. Gorgeous – my face will need a good pick me up on a desert island! Gorgeous will do the trick. Plus, it smells absolutely amazing.
  2. Honey Trap – I am assuming this desert island will be quite sunny and windy, making my lips unbearably chapped. Honey Trap is a phenomenal lip balm that moisturizers and hydrates chapped or irritated lips.
  3. Godiva – This is one of my all time favorite LUSH products. I cannot get enough of the beautiful, delicate jasmine aroma. Godiva would be an excellent shampoo for a desert island because it lasts a while and is compact. Additionally, the shea butter in the bar acts as a conditioner. It is a 2 in 1 shampoo bar!

“What is your favorite LUSH bath cocktail” – LUSH Willowbrook Mall 

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I get asked this question A LOT. Surprisingly, I am not into the bath cocktail fad. I have tried a few such as the mermaid bath (Big Blue and Sunny Side) and the creamsicle  (Enchanter and Butterball). I want to enjoy each bath product individually and experience the magic of a LUSH bath.

LUSH Willowbrook is such a fun, quirky, friendly LUSH store in Houston, TX. The manager is a sweetheart and is always looking for different ways to showcase LUSH products. The two cocktails they feature in these posts are the mermaid with Wonder Woohoo and Big Blue. The second is a new bath cocktail creation called Maleficent with Big Blue, Fizzbanger, and Sunny Side. I adore the color of this bath because of the iridescent green loaded with glitter. This cocktail is also very timely and appropriate because the Maleficent movie just came out in theaters.


Employee Bios – LUSH Australia and LUSH Washington Square 

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Employee Bios are popular social media posts. I always enjoy reading them and applauding to all the wonderful LUSH employees in the world who help create and sell environmental friendly beauty. Even though I have never worked for LUSH (one day I will for sure), I wanted to take a go at some of the questions in these bios! You should to in the comments!

  • Name – Andrea
  • Birthday – August 4th
  • Sign – Leo
  • Favorite Color – Marigold & hot pink
  • Favorite Smell – Godiva and Sultana of Soap
  • Favorite Food – anything Asian
  • Favorite Holiday – Christmas
  • What is your dream job? To work for a large cosmetics company in the PR department in NYC.
  • What are your hobbies? Organizing, shopping, blogging, and watching Netflix
  • When and how did you first discover LUSH? Watching Youtube videos in 10th grade.
  • How long have you worked for LUSH? Have not worked for them. But have been blogging about LUSH for half a year.
  • What are your favorite LUSH products and why? Daddy-O because it helps to retain the color of my hair and brighten it ( I am a blondie). Godiva because I cannot get enough of the smell and feel. Vanishing Cream because it is the perfect moisturizer to vanish all your problem areas away.
  • My first LUSH product? Buffy because it was a good price and was a type of product I have never tried before.
  • My favorite LUSH moment? The first time @lushcosmetics replied to one of my tweets and my first experience in the LUSH Spa on Lexington Ave.

 

HUGE LUSH Haul – Summer 2014

As I promised at the end of my last post, I will show y’all what I got from the LUSH store in La Havre. I spotted all of the new products within seconds and decided to purchase the entire new LUSH Summer 2014 range. It has already debuted in parts of Europe and is on its way to North America! Most of the products had a pre-release in the LUSH Kitchen, so they might sound a bit familiar.

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  • LUSH Fizz Tank Bath Bomb Storage – I have been wanting this for a WHILE! I was so excited the store I went to had some of these. Surprisingly, they are not available in North America.
  • D’Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap – I am very excited to use this product because I have never used a “shaving soap” from LUSH. I have tried the Ambrosia shaving cream and loved it! Plus, who cannot pass up a lovely strawberry cream?
  • Zest Styling Gelly – This gel has a very strong citrus scent and is a yellow-marigold color. Like D’Fluff, I have never used a “styling belly” from LUSH. This will also be a new experience!
  • African Paradise Body Conditioner – The aroma of this conditioner is phenomenal because it is simple soothing, and relaxing. I look forward to trying out this unique product in a steamy shower!
  • Granny Takes a Dip Bath Bomb – I was very happy to see this bath bomb in the store! I have wanted to try this ever since I spotted it in the LUSH Kitchen. The aroma is even better than I thought. Granny Takes a Dip smells exactly like SweetTarts candy!
  • Ice Blue Soap – This has been a clean, fresh soap I have been dying to try!
  • Parsley Porridge Soap – When I saw this in the LUSH Kitchen, I was very curious on how this product would smell and the texture of it. I am accusing it is similar to the Porridge Soap (texture wise). The aroma is very fresh and organic.
  • Mangnificent Soap – This is a very fruity, sweet soap. It reminds me of other LUSH smells that contain citrus ingredients.
  • BIG Solid Conditioner – This was a repurchase. I feel in love with this product about a year ago and have been waiting for the day to use it again!
  • Whoosh Shower Jelly – This was actually a sample the generous sales lady gave me. I have never tried Whoosh and am excited to finally review it!
  • Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner – This was also another sample the sales lady surprised me with. I have had a few black pots of this body conditioner!
  • Trichomania Solid Shampoo – I have never tried this product and I have no idea why. The smell is phenomenal!
  • None of Your Beeswax Lip Balm – This is the only lip balm from LUSH I have not tried yet. I also wanted to pick this product up in France to try out the twist style tins! North America has a different product design.
  • New Charity Pot Hand & Body Lotion – I am very excited to try the new formula for Charity Pot. This formula contains less safe synthetics and more natural ingredients! There will be a new post about some of the reinvented LUSH favorites.

Wow… that is a lot of cool LUSH products! This was actually two hauls combined. One from LUSH Lexington Ave. in NYC and the other from La Havre in France. If you look closely, you can tell which are the French products by the labels.

After splurging in the French store, I discovered that the new LUSH product I got are in face the LUSH Summer 2014 collection! A Facebook post from LUSH Willowbrook Mall informed me!

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The new LUSH Summer 2014 Collection consists of:

  • Granny Takes a Dip Bath Bomb
  • Parsley Porridge Soap
  • Mangnificent Soap
  • New Charity Pot Lotion
  • African Paradise Body Conditioner
  • D’Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap
  • Zest Styling Gelly

What product are you most excited for?!

My First LUSH Experience Outside the U.S.

Blog posts have been lagging lately because of my busy first month of summer. I just traveled to FRANCE! This was my first time across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe and it was better than I could ever imagine.

PARIS: My mother and I spent the first four days of our trip exploring Paris. It was the first time for both of us. We rented a tiny condo in the middle of the East Bank and walked everywhere. If you have been to this city, you could probably guess what sites we visited…

The Eiffel Tower:

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Versailles:

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Sacre Coeur & other Basilicas:

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We also visited the Arc de Triomphe, the Seine River Love Locket Bridge, Notre Dame, the Louvre, the d’Orsay, Monet’s gardens, and much more! There is a ton of history in Paris! We also ate a lot of Parisian food that was surprisingly very delicious. My favorite was the Nutella Crepes with strawberries on top!

Unfortunately, I did not get the chance to visit a LUSH Cosmetics store in Paris. We tried… but were completely lost on the cobble stone streets without cell service or a map! I did make it to a French LUSH in the town of La Havre while I was visiting Honfleur in the Normandie coast.

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I know enough French to order food at a cafe, but I cannot talk fluently at ALL! It was difficult communicating to the LUSH sales associates because they did not understand any English. Furthermore, all of the labels of the products were in French! I tried to guess the products based on the names but gave up. Then, I named a majority of the products based on smell or apperance.

BUT… there was at least 3 products I could not identify. I assumed these were new or exclusive to Europe. The sales associate then attempted to say “new” in English! I grabbed these products faster than you can say new!

Stay tuned to see what “new” products I purchased in my FRANCE HAUL. Comment below guessing what they could be. I will give y’all a hint: Summer 2014!

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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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A LUSH Necessity – The Olive Branch

These next few weeks are going to be CRAZY for me! I will try to blog as much as I can. I have finals, internship work, guests coming to visit, and I am going to FRANCE! I am so excited to go to Europe since I have never been! Anyways, I just finished up a bottle of the LUSH shower gel, The Olive Branch and fell in love all over again.

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AROMA: Olive Branch is one of my favorite LUSH smells. I enjoy the mandarin base with an olive twist! LUSH claims the smell embodies the Mediterranean ocean since it also has a pinch of sea salt in it. I have to agree! This is the perfect shower gel to try if you are in love with citrus infused, natural scents and longing for the beach breeze.

DRY SKIN: This product does well on my dry skin. It does not irritate it or make it drier (which some LUSH soaps can do). I just squirt some on my loofa and enjoy my steamy shower!

SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE: The only downfall about Olive Branch is the consistency. It is pretty runny. The olive oil and the soap get separated. Therefore, it is a good idea to shake up the bottle before use. The picture above is shaken up! Normally, one can see a definite line between the ingredients.

INGREDIENTS: This shower gel has quite a bit of natural ingredients. Some of them are vine leaf infusion, fresh mandarin juice, Fair for Life olive oil, lemon oil, mandarin oil, fine sea salt, and much more! This product is also vegan and is available in three sizes (mine is the 8.4 fl. oz.).

Overall, this is one of my favorite LUSH shower gels! I never get tired of the fabulous smell. I never stop using it when i have a bottle in my shower. I never will stop loving it! I highly recommend this LUSH product.

P.S. – have you heard about the LUSH Kitchen?! You can vote for retired products for them to make on their Facebook page. Check it out here! The only downfall – it is not available in North America. Oh and they also had an Olive Branch Body Lotion! Wish I heard about it in time before they were sold out!

 

Rose Explosion + Bath Friends

Rose bath products are always very popular. LUSH makes quite a few. They have Rose Jam and Rose Queen! These bath products are loaded with rose petals, rose oils, and rose absolute! I will be reviewing the Rose Queen bath bomb for this post!

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AROMA: Once Rose Queen has dissolved, the bath water is very floral and rose-y. The smell is similar to having over a dozen roses blooming throughout your house. It is STRONG! If you are not a rose or floral fan, do not get this bath bomb. I am a fan of rose, so I love this bath bomb! My mom is also a floral freak and adores this bath.

SIZE: Rose Queen is a small bath bomb compared to most of the other ones LUSH creates. This probably has to do with the strong, overwhelming rose smell. There is not enough product to turn your bath water any significant color besides a very light pink.

DEBRIS: As you can see in the picture on the bottom right, this bath bomb has a collection of flowers in the middle of it! I enjoy little surprises like this in my bath. But a surprise, means lots of debris. Rose Queen especially had a lot of petals and flower parts floating around.

INGREDIENTS: Rose Queen is composed of rose absolute, golden needle lily petals (picture), amaranth flowers, apple blossom, blue mallow flowers, and larkspur flowers. The ingredients show how floral this bath bomb is in the tub! SUPER FLORAL! This product also has a few safe synthetics and it is vegan.

Overall, I suggest Rose Queen for only the LUSHies or bath lovers who have a desire to soak in petals and breath in roses! It does make for a nice Summer and Spring bath.

I am not a huge rubber duck fan, but I do have two little ducks that I put in my tub sometimes. I am a HUGE cat fan. So these ducks are perfect 😉 !

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