Lush Autumn release and New Exeter store opening…

I was lucky enough to be invited to the new bigger and better Lush store opening in Exeter last week as well as a chance to preview the Autumn/ Winter product launches, In fact we were the first in the whole country to get a sneak peak!

Lush is a brand that I feel I jumped onto the band waggon late, the hype around products such as Snow fairy and Rose Jam were talked about way before I stepped foot into a sweet smelling store.

On a quest for a bath bomb a few years ago, I popped into the previous smaller Exeter store, greeted by passionate sale assistants eager to help with any questions and ready to point me in the right direction, it was all a bit overwhelming and I ended up grabbing the closest product, paying and fighting my way back through the gaggle of teenagers. Gradually over time I’d step in and delve a little deeper but I’d say I was no Lush expert….Until now!

With a customer friendly layout the new interactive Exeter store organises the space into product sections, meaning even the short-of-time shopper can head to the area with ease. The additional space also means you can sample the products and demo them in true ‘Lush style’ without feeling like you are in each others way.

Additional space obviously means additional products, my mind was blown with how much Lush actually has to offer, cleansers, hand treatments and even fragrance sitting next to perfectly wrapped gift boxes…I mean who wouldn’t be happy with a Lush Christmas??

My favourite findings of the night had to include the recycled cloth made from old plastic bottles used to wrap products, style or even wear; The new ‘naked’ ethos of no packaging and protecting the environment and my discovery that Lush has spas around the UK, you can buy actual Spa packages with the promise of tailored true indulgence!

I must also mention the perfectly put together displays, the use of natural ingredients to embellish the shelves and of course the knowledgeable, friendly staff on hand wanting to help!

100% naturally sourced ingredients and to suit every skin type, requirements or taste this new store really allows you to explore whats on offer so if its help such as aiding sleep, sorting out limp hair or calming irritated skin, the world of Lush is much more than the odd colourful bath bomb!

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Mask it….My fav Facemasks at the mo

I would love to be that girl who indulges in a face mask once a month, a girl who really takes the time out to do the ol’ cucumber on the eyes, slathering that detoxing putty on but I’m not, I am a open the draw ‘oh there’s a facemask, lets do this’ kind of person!

Recently I have been trying to add a mask into my skincare routine, just every so often but its something I am consciously doing to make sure I give my skin a really good cleanse and remove any toxins that maybe bubbling under the surface. I have been using 3 very different products all with the same goal or creating blemish free glowing skin but very different method of achieving it!

Elemis Active Fruit Peel

I have always been a big fan of Elemis and got given this mask a while back, its clear fruit formula smells amazing and goes onto the face really easily. Instructions say to leave it on 5-10 minutes and then wash off with warm water. There’s a tingly sensation and I do feel an instant brightness once its off but as far as working deep within the skin, I’m not so sure?!

Aztec Indian Healing Clay

This is not for the faint hearted and clearly states that you will feel your face pulsate once applied….yep you really do! There is a lot of ancient method behind this clay product such as not using anything metallic when mixing the formula,  the metal then wont interfere with the reaction the powder and water has. Once the paste is created, apply to the face and the challenge is to keep it on for 5-10 mins, by 5 your face will be feeling all sorts of weird but that the magic happening!     Once removed (its quite tricky to do that) you are left with quite red skin but that lovely feeling of a deep cleanse!

I think this mask is fab for a once a month maintenance to keep the blackheads at bay but be warned to really hydrate your skin after use and not to leave the product on more then 10 minutes.

Sukin Anti Pollution Facial Masque

A friend introduced me to Sukin and their amazing natural/ protecting the earth ethos, so I desperately wanted to love their product and enjoy a guilt free pamper which Sukin 100% provided! This paraben free product packed with bamboo charcoal, willowherb and rooibos tea draws out impurities whilst a whole host of natural ingredients work to balance the complexion. The texture of the mask is perfect, not too drying and not too runny, easy to apply and hardens within a few minutes plus super easy to wash off. I kept the mask on for 10 mins plus and it didn’t irritate which is a bonus! I would recommend this one for an easy maintenance mask.

Its hard to see which masks really do have a lasting effect, you need to be super consistent! Let me know if you have tried any masks that I need to get my hands on!

Love Harriet x

 

 

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The Ordinary Skincare Review….

There hasn’t been a brand discussed in the beauty industry with as much curiosity for a long time then  ‘The Ordinary’.  Appearing in blogs, vlogs and beauty pages, these little glass bottles of formula are creating ripples through the multi million pound market.

I, of course jumped on the band wagon and needed to see what the hype was all about! The Ordinary ordered through the site DECIEM is a brand that focuses on the clinical formulations of products rather than the ‘insensible pricing strategies’ many companies chose to adopt, hence why the price tag is so reasonable! I’m talking £8 for the Advance Retinoid 30 mls of anti ageing, anti pollution serum that revivals (and as some top beauty bloggers say is better than…) Sunday Riley’s Luna priced at £85.

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Liz Earle…The steps to skincare dreams…

I know, I know… I am really late to the party with this one, an award winning brand, an obvious choice for skincare therefore, I have been asking myself over and over  why I haven’t got on board with this before but finally I can say.. I have joined the ‘cleansing revolution’ and purchased the Cleanse and Polish along with a whole host of botanical bottles of magic!

I love taking my make up off almost as much (if not the same) as putting make up on. I love cleaning my skin and even the simplest cleansing routine makes me feel like I have given myself a little bit of a pamper. You can imagine my excitement when at Christmas I received a lovely scented box containing a whole routine of products plus also a dreamy scented spa candle..cue immediate need for a bath hmmmm…

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ESPA Replenishing Collection….

The summer has definitely left a drying impression on my skin and I feel like I need to inject some glow back into my face asap! I was speaking to the lovely therapists at work and they recommended trying some ESPA products and perhaps starting with the Replenishing Collection.

ESPA is a luxury skincare spa brand and is only featured in specially selected spas across the world, luckily where I work is one of them, meaning I have access to our highly qualified therapists to pick their brains when I have a skin SOS. I also get to see the wide variety of products first hand, smell the scent and feel the formula which is always a bonus when purchasing something new.

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