I’m sure most of you will have noticed the sudden appearance of Christmas items - especially now that we’ve entered October - however, I’m always extremely excited when Lush begins to introduce its festive products. This year, I was invited along to Lush Livingston’s VIP shopper event for an exclusive chance to celebrate my absolute favourite time of year! After recently reuniting with members of Paul’s family, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with his sister, Nicole - she also has a blog over at Coco Made Her Do It, and she was fantastic company for the evening. I couldn’t quite believe she’d never sampled any Lush products before, so I made sure she left knowing how amazing Snow Fairy is!
Nicole picked me up and we headed along to The Centre for our fun-filled Christmas evening. Upon arrival, cakes were laid out ready and glasses of some wonderfully fizzy, spiced beverage were passed around the guests. Nicole swore that it tasted exactly like apple pie, but I was on a fast day and had to decline. I did take a cake for later, but it had been sitting in close proximity to a lot of bath bombs all evening and the icing tasted suspiciously like Lush products - still amazing though!
We were split into groups and then sent off to different stations to learn all about the fantastic things Lush have to offer. The knot wrap station was first on our list and had a fantastic variety of products in its showcase. Lush have always been committed to being sustainable and one of the girls explained to us that the amount of wrapping paper we use each year is enough to cover the surface of our planet and is difficult to recycle. Hence, Lush have developed a system of knot wrapping, which we were able to attempt during our evening. I wrapped up a couple of bath bombs (almost) by myself, but fell in love with the individual bath bomb wraps, especially the cute little sprout!
|My attempt... with a little help from the staff ;)|
Next was the hand massage station. We had a choice of the candied snow fairy scent, or a rich lavender body lotion called ‘Sleepy’. Already familiar with ‘Snow Fairy’, I opted for the other alternative and was so impressed, I had to grab some at the end of the evening. The body lotion was massaged into my skin and I was then treated to a sprinkle of dusting powder. For those unfamiliar with this product, it is basically talc, but with glitter, which gives the skin added sparkle after application. Like the body lotion, we had a choice of the same two scents, so I continued with the lavender theme. The dusting powder with this scent was called ‘Mr Sandman’, so this was also a must for the basket!
The third station was the most exciting and totally made my evening - we were presented with two different bowls of damp powder, one red and one white, and given the chance to make a ‘Ruby Red Slipper’ bubble bar and a ‘Butterbear’ bath bomb. I was especially excited about the bath bomb because it’s one of my all-time favourite scents! Thankfully, the ingredients for both products were already pre-mixed, so all we had to do was pop them in a mould and leave them to set. The bubble bar is immediately removed from the mould and left to harden, but the bath bomb is left in the mould and only removed after waiting for 24 hours. Amazingly, both my products worked out perfectly, I can’t wait to jump in a bath and use them!
To tie up the evening, we were given the opportunity to play with some of the Christmas themed ‘Fun’ products. ‘Fun’ is one of Lush’s more interesting creations, and a huge hit with both my kids. It is essentially ‘bath Play-Doh’, and allows for endless hours of entertainment in creating colourful bath sculptures, which can then be popped in the bath like any of the other bath products! I am the least creative person I know, so I settled for a couple of presents as my creation. Nicole was a bit more inventive with her ‘Reverse Christmas Pudding’, but the Lush staff won, hands down, with their artistic flair!
After a quick description of the remaining seasonal products we’d yet to see, we were released on the shop to spend our pocket money! Compared with all my other Lush hauls, I definitely went a little over the top with this one, but it’s so difficult to restrain myself at Christmas! I did try and aim for a bit of variety and you can check out what I bagged below:
‘Sleepy’ body lotion - £7.95 per 95g
‘Snow Fairy’ shower gel - £7.95 per 250g
‘Mr Sandman’ dusting powder - £7.50 per 40g
‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ lip scrub - £5.75 per tub
‘Shooting Stars’ soap - £3.50 per 100g
‘Never Mind The Ballistics’ bath bomb - £4.25 per bomb
‘Shoot For The Stars’ bath bomb - £4.25 per bomb
‘So White’ bath bomb - £3.75 per bomb
This was a fantastic evening, and I’m glad I’d saved enough birthday money to pick up the things I wanted, but the best part was definitely getting the chance to spend time with Nicole again - she is great company and I hope we can get together again soon!