The Haiku Review: Yes to Grapefruit Brightening Facial Wipes

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Bit drying for face.
But they smell great, mmm grapefruit!
Repurchase? Probs not.

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Remember, remember…

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Another day, another birthday bath product. As tonight is the 5th of November – a night of bonfires and fireworks in the UK – it seemed thematically appropriate to lob something in the bath that promised a spectacle, too. [Edit: tonight WAS the 5th of November. Scheduling fail!] So I chose Lush’s Northern Lights bath bomb, which my sister bought me for my birthday.

I struggled to put my finger on the scent. It’s got something floral or herbal there – I was reminded of liquorice – but there was also a charcoaly, ashy scent that felt very apt on bonfire night. According to the Lush website, it’s meant to smell like jasmine and ylang ylang, so I was sort of there with the floral thing!

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Once I’d lobbed it in the bath, the jasmine and ylang ylang really came through. I only used half the product, but my whole bathroom (and some of the hallway) smelled like a spa afterwards. The scent also stayed on my skin, which was nice, and it felt lovely and soft afterwards.

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The best thing about Northern Lights is definitely the light show. The purple outer soon starts fizzing when you throw it in the water, and after the water turns purple too, bright yellow swirls start to appear, and there are hints of bright blue in the centre of the bath bomb too. As with all Lush products, it’s impressive that Northern Lights has such bright colours as well as beautiful smells.

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Have you tried any of Lush’s limited edition products? What did you reckon? Remember remember to leave a comment!

Effie xx

Review: Lush Limited Edition Gold Fun

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My sister was kind enough to buy me the limited edition Gold Fun for my birthday, and I couldn’t wait to try it!

If you haven’t experienced Fun before, it’s a colourful putty-like product designed for use in the bath or shower. It lathers up nicely, contains skin and hair-helping things like bergamot oil and sweet wild orange oil, and of course it smells beautiful. Which is particularly rewarding when you sniff it for the first time, expecting to smell salty play dough. You don’t. It’s nice.

When I added some Fun to my bath, I discovered that a little bit goes a long way. I moulded a little star out of the gold putty, and it produced all these bubbles!

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I think it’s fair to say it lathered very well, but most of the bubbles disappeared when I got in the bath. It didn’t matter though, the water smelled fantastic and had a beautiful gold tint to it. Sometimes when Lush produces yellow or orange bath bombs, people say they give the water a bit of a…well, excuse my frankness, a pissy quality. But this felt very luxurious. If I looked closely, I could also see little flecks of glitter shimmering in the water, which was a nice effect.

That’s something worth noting, actually. Glitter. With a few of the Christmas bath bombs, people complain that they get out of the bath looking like a bauble themselves. We all know how glitter sticks to skin at the best of times, but when your skin is damp, it just won’t come off.

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I had no such problems with Gold Fun – even when I smoothed the stuff onto my skin, the shimmer left it instantly when I washed it off. Ideal!

Luckily, the scent of the stuff didn’t wash off – I’m still sniffing my arms now. To give you an idea, if you like ‘Honey I Washed The Kids’ and ‘It’s Raining Men’, you’ll love this too. It’s sweet but not sickly so, and has a certain toffee-ish richness to it, which I can’t get enough of. It’s also left my skin feeling nice and soft, which is great.

Oh, and did I mention you can make shapes out of it?

Thank you Maddie for such a tasty birthday treat! I can’t wait to use it again! Xx