A while ago I decided to do a little series of posts on what I’d buy if I had $800 to spend in certain places, ‘cos I’m shallow like that! Sadly, I don’t actually have $800 to randomly spend on unnecessary things, but I’m not going to let the facts get in the way of a good story! The first in the series was Pinup Girl Clothing and since then I’ve done Louis Vuitton (but I had to change it to $8,000 for them!) and Sephora.
Sooo … today’s lucky faux-shopping venue is Lush – fresh, handmade cosmetics (this is the NZ version – if you’re not an NZ reader, you’ll have your own local version!) I am a BIG fan of Lush; I love their values and philosophy, but even more, I love their products! I am fortunate enough to have received this fabulous little booklet (below) in my goodie bag from the recent Makeup Obsessives meetup in Auckland and I do feel it is destined to become rather dog-eared and “used” with little ticks and circles and folded-over edges, as I add to my wish list! As a marketing-type, the other thing I must admit to loving with Lush is their product names – “Dream Steam” (steam a little dream of me) anyone?!
So anyway … here we go with my picks:
This stuff is rumoured to be a miracle-worker – it simply melts into your skin and moisturises the hell out of it via the six organic oils and butters Lush have used. This lovely light product is definitely a summer treat – not cheap though, so remember to luxuriate in the feeling whenever you grace your face with it!
♥ Pick number two – Dream Cream (body) – $35 ($680 left)
This one’s recommended for “easily upset skin” – I don’t actually have easily upset skin really, but this cream comes highly recommended by Kirsty of Makeup Obsessives, and that’s enough for me. Chamomile, lavender and oat milk combine to calm irritation and reduce redness and blotchiness.
♥ Pick number three – Shimmy Shimmy Massage Bar/Body Tint – $15 each – x 5 = $75 ($605 left)
I tried this in-store a while ago and it’s GORGEOUS (and not the Gorgeous cream mentioned above!) It’s a beautiful, silky smooth texture that just slides onto your skin imparting a subtle golden glow. It leaves you with a slight pinky-gold sparkle and a scent of vanilla, laced with lavender – soooo perfect – in fact, so perfect that I’m buying five ‘cos I need to share this one with my friends.
♥ Pick number four – Toothy Tabs – $3.90 each x 3 = $12 ($593 left)
These Toothy Tabs created a massive buzz when they trended through the Makeup Obsessives Facebook group recently – Lush are probably still reeling from the floods of MUO’s swooping into the stores! Anyway, Toothy Tabs are a solid, waste-free, fluoride-free alternative to regular toothpaste. I’ve never tried them, but apparently you chew one tablet until it begins to foam, then you brush as usual. There are several different options – I’m going to try three different ones on this faux-shopping expedition; Breath of God (cleansing and refreshing,) Sparkle (vanilla and black pepper) and Ultrablast (containing antibacterial wasabi (!) for intense cleaning.)
♥ Pick number five – Lip Tints – $11.50 each x 10 = $115.00 ($478 left)
These are gorgeous and come in a perfect fit-in-your-handbag size. Because I can’t decide between which colours I’d like best, I’m going for both “It Started with a Kiss” (alluring, rosy red) and Latte (a creamy blend with a shot of vanilla for bronze-tinted lips.) They both look soooo pretty and come highly recommended by Melanie of The Sweet Painted Lady in her Summer Essentials tag (pssssstttt … you can read mine here.) Again, because I am feeling generous (probably because I’m not actually paying for any of this!) I would buy five sets; one for me and four to give to my friends!
♥ Pick number six – Ambrosia Shaving Cream – $25 ($453 left)
Because I’m not entirely selfish (!) I would get some of this shaving cream for the man in my life. Supposedly the oat milk, linseed, chamomile and honey water in Ambrosia will calm and soften his skin and transform his evenings (he shaves at night!)
♥ Pick number seven – Angels on Bare Skin cleanser ($19), Dark Angels scrub ($19) Ultrabland classic cream cleanser ($20) and 9 To 5 softening, cleansing milk ($20) – $78 ($375 left)
So I couldn’t decide, and you need different cleansers for your skin’s different moods right? So I’m giving all of these a go ‘cos I’ve heard good things about each of them.
I LOVE anything that makes me smell like vanilla so this is an easy sell for me! And because you run out of body lotion pretty fast in summer, I’m getting two of them!
♥ Pick number nine – Lovely Jubblies Breast Cream – $35 x 4 = $140 ($165 left)
We all need to take care of our breasts right? And do regular self-checks – and sometimes our partners are keen to help out with that! Well anyway … having this gorgeous Lovely Jubblies breast cream in your arsenal is going to make that task just a whole lot easier. It’s also supposed to tighten and firm, so I’m all for that. I’m buying one for my mum and my two sisters as well.
♥ Pick number ten – Melting Marshmallow Moment luxury bath melts $9.7- x 10 – $97 ($68 left)
I’ve tried these, I love these, I love the smell of these and I want LOTS of them! Hence I have put ten in my little faux-shopping cart!
♥ Pick number eleven – Honey I Washed the Kids Shower Gel – 500ml – $30 ($38 left)
I’ve tried this one and it smells divine – and I mean divine. Like toffee and honey divine – am I going on too much? Yeah? Nah?! Try it … seriously.
♥ Pick number eleven – Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub $18 ($20 left)
Who needs Frank to accompany you in the shower when you can have this stuff?! This stuff is sea salt with a hint of lemon juice and the scent of mimosa blossom. The extra-good thing about this stuff is that it dissolves, so won’t block up your shower or bath. So get rubbing!
OK … so I have $20 left … I would spend it on three bath bombs, which are between $6 and $7 each. Here goes:
Phoenix Rising – I thought Lush’s description of this was just too good not to directly quote here: “… He’ll release gentle shea butter, cocoa butter and jojoba oil to leave your skin feather soft, and exotic essential oils of fruit and spices, which take your mind on a flight of fancy to distant shores where you are lying on a beach drinking spiced rum.” All that from just a bath bomb – fabulous, no?!
Think Pink – gloriously indulgent and scented with tonka beans and vanilla – just YUM – and pretty – and cupcakey looking!
Honey Bee – gentle and soothing, Honey Bee smells like caramel and has special mud to deep-cleanse and soften that gorgeous skin of yours.
And that’s it … $800 dusted at Lush!!
What would you purchase at Lush if you had $800? Go check out their site here – like me, you’re likely to be on there for hours trying to decide how to spend your hard-earned!
NB: All images are taken from the Lush NZ website, and at times I have rounded the prices up just slightly so I didn’t have to be bothered too much with little things like cents! For accurate pricing, visit the website. This post is not endorsed in any way by Lush (sadly!) – it’s just for fun.