My dive into the LUSH way of life.

I did it. I gave in to the hype. I went to LUSH 😛

I know this is going to be a really long post, and a very pointless one, so if you have better things to do I encourage you to go do that instead *haha* However, the name of the blog is “Hi, I’m random”, so… random it is!

So what did I get?
(Oh, just before I get into the products I’d like to mention that I’ll insert the product descriptions from the LUSH UK website. It’s not my beautiful wording, you’ll have to thank the people at LUSH for that 😛 )

”Jumping Juniper” solid shampoo bar.

Perfect for when hair needs a really deep clean. Juniperberry gets to work regulating sebum production, clearing the scalp. We’ve also used calming lavender and antibacterial rosemary essential oils to soothe and cleanse the scalp. Lemon and lime oils give shine, as they help the cuticles on your hair lie flat, enabling them to reflect more light.

I absolutely love the scent of this one – it’s really fresh and light. I mainly get lime/lemon, but there definitely is a clear lavender undertone. My bar didn’t have the lavender branch-thingy you can see in the picture, it’s just plain purple.
As I’m writing this I can’t really say much about whether or not it helps reduce greasiness as I have been very active and sweaty (read: showering at least once a day) ever since I got the shampoo. However, it really does leave my hair squeaky clean and shiny (not that I’ve ever had a problem with dull-looking hair, but still).

”Soak and Float” solid shampoo bar.

A no-nonsense shampoo bar. Cade oil is derived from juniper and has long been used to treat psoriasis, dandruff, and eczema. Rose and marigold petals calm things down and soothe redness. All good things to help soothe scalps.

The scent  of this one is just as nice as the one of ”Jumping Juniper”, but it’s entirely different. I feel it’s a much warmer, more cozy scent. Very different, but very nice 🙂

I’ve only used this bar once (mum has been using it more), so I really can’t say much… It didn’t leave my hair heavy, and my scalp wasn’t itchy.

I read some of the online reviews, and watched a bunch of videos on YouTube, and a lot of people said the scent of the shampoo bars doesn’t stay in their hair once washed out – I disagree! I can definitely smell them even the following day (and on my pillowcase 😛 ). Sure, the smell isn’t very strong, but I don’t see why it would need to be.

I am definitely sold on the solid shampoos – love, love, love! I really want to try “New” (cinnamon scented!), and “Braziliant” (orange/tangerine scented) as well.

”American Cream” conditioner.

A strawberry-loving, milkshake-scented cheerleader for silky Hollywood hair. Warning: has been known to bring boys to the yard. Indulge in this rich and divinely perfumed hair conditioner for shiny, addictively sweet locks you’ll want to swish all over town. Fresh strawberries gently cleanse the hair, while a splash of orange juice encourages the cuticles to lie flat and reflect more light for seriously gorgeous gloss.

Soothing clary sage and lavender ensure your scalp gets plenty of pampering too, calming the skin to get you feeling perfectly groomed from root to tip. A mouthwatering strawberries and cream perfume is the cherry on top of the cake. Damn right, it’s better than yours.

As it says this one should smell like a strawberry milkshake, but I’m not getting any of the strawberry. In my opinion it smells like a very creamy vanilla custard. I’ve also not put it on my scalp, but on the lengths of my hair, so I can’t say anything about the “scalp papering”. It leaves my hair soft and smooth, not at all weighed down!

I got a small/medium sized bottle of this to try at first, but I’m definitely going to buy a giant bottle next! Love, love, love!
Perhaps my favourite thing about American Cream is the fact it is free of silicone, meaning there is no “slick coating” on the hair when you apply it. Also, when I rinse it out there is no slick feeling on my back and shoulders! A little goes a long way, and it rinses out easily. 10/10 would recommend (as long as you don’t need a very thick conditioner, as this is more liquid-y).

”Mask of Magnaminty” face and body mask.

A minty, multi-purpose mask with a mixture of gentle yet effective ingredients, including honey and kaolin, to help you maintain your magnificent skin.

Easily smoothed over the skin, this mask is made with peppermint oil to stimulate, marigold oil and chlorophyllin to treat the skin; evening primrose seeds and aduki beans to gently exfoliate as you wash it away.

There’s mineral rich kaolin to nourish, honey for its antibacterial properties, and we used just the right amount of peppermint oil to stimulate blood cells under the surface of your skin and leave your skin looking bright and refreshed.

But why choose self preserving?

This marvellous mixture keeps itself clean without the help of synthetic preservatives. That’s because the hydrating antibacterial honey that keeps your skin clean and fresh, does the same to the formula and prevents it from growing microorganisms. Clever!

The extra honey in this formula gives the mask a more luxurious, thicker texture than its preserved counterpart – meaning it does not dry on your skin in the same way as the preserved version. When it comes to choosing between the two, it all comes down to preference.

(…sorry for the long description)
I got the self-preserving kind since both the classic and the self preserving one were the exact same price. You can certainly smell and feel the honey in the mask, and I think the honey is what makes the mask feel very hydrating (as mentioned in the prodcut description) despite being targeted towards oily/combination skin.

”Outback mate” bar soap.

Get clean down under with this zingy blend of eucalyptus, lemongrass and peppermint. Wake up with a smile on your face, or put one there with tingly peppermint, and lemongrass to uplift. Eucalyptus clears and cheers in this refreshing soap that’s perfect to wash away the blues.

I’ve not used this one yet, but the scent is so fresh! Really minty and just ah 😛 Also, it’s so pretty! I love the different shades of blue swirls ^^

”Bohemian” bar soap.

One of your favourites (and ours), this is a solid soap with a light citrus scent. A simple but powerful blend of lemon oil and glycerine, with a palm-free soap base. Bohemian is gently cleansing, perfect for adding a little lift to your day. We put lemon oil in here to act as a pick-me-up, refreshing your mind and mood.

I’ll admit it’s not much to look at, but in its simplicity I think it’s quite a beautiful soap. I cut a super thin slice off of this one just to try it (#impatient) and it leaves behind the most natural lemon-y smell! Ah, lovely!

I cut each of the soap bars into 4 pieces and even so they’re on the big side, so I’ll probably cut them in half before using them. Right now they’re wrapped in cling film to keep them from sticking to everything and anything they touch.

The store was also handing out small tubs of their ”Volcano” foot mask.

When you’re on your feet all day, this is the perfect pick-me-up. The cooling and invigorating mask contains powerful deodorising ingredients and brightening papaya, while the pumice means it also doubles up as a foot scrub. Ideal for warming wintry feet, or for getting summer sandals-ready.

Certainly a nice surprise! I have tried it once, and I have to admit it was quite a hassle… I didn’t wrap my feel in cling film (as they recommended), but instead wet my hands and rubbed my feet to keep the mask from instantly drying. There is some tomato in the mask, and to me it smells like ketchup … slight ew. However, it did nicely exfoliate my tired little feet… Nothing too exciting though.

As far as my shopping experience went I have to give the customer service a full 10 out of 10. Everyone was really happy, helpful and seemed to really care about the products (can’t wait to pop by for another visit 😉 )

❤ //jz

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New blogging equipment and so much more

YAY!! My new laptop arrived today 🙂 HP Spectre x360 is what we’re working with from now on. Tomorrow I’ll try to move my documents etc. to my external hard drive and then it’s bye bye VAIO. It shall become mom’s at home laptop, with which she can pay bills 😛

At first I was a bit hesitant to buy this, as it’s currently running Windows 8.1 (the reason I’m saying currently is because “Windows 10 is preparing for installation” – YAY for free updates :), but so far it’s been alright 🙂
Only problem I’ve encountered so far has to do with a slightly smaller keyboard (my VAIO was 14.4″, this is 13.3, and the ‘-key and enter-key are getting mixed up – I’m trying to press ‘ and end up pressing enter instead. Not that big a deal, really. I’m sure I’ll get used to this keyboard soon!

About the touch pad, it’s rather big (to say the least). In almost all the reviews I read/watched people were saying how right-clicking is hard and so on, but you can activate a two-finger tap to stand for right clicking (that’s what I’ve done – great!)

All in all I’m pleased with the computer so far 🙂 (only heating up now because I’m running the windows update-thing, Skype and browsing away on chrome AND the fan isn’t too loud!! Ah, the little joys of life ^^ 3

I’ve also fixed my student loans, guaranteed a spot at one of the university’s dormitories (Torn, “tower”), started my vaccinations, booked tickets to Estonia, bought a bike, a printer, school supplies, dormitory needs (lol 😛 ), and a whole lot more!

I can’t wait to start school! Two weeks and 2 days until departure!! Can’t wait to meet everyone, learn everything, explore everything, experience everything, do everything, and be everything I want to be! ❤ 😀

//jz

On & Off

really like this song (not just for the eye-candy involved 😉 )!
Krista never fails to amaze me – awesome, amazing and wonderfully fabulous! Can’t wait for more new songs from this bundle of energy!! 😀

//jz

Up In the Air

A song Spotify suggested for me 😀 I’ve always liked 30 Seconds To Mars and this song is a great explanation to why 😀 SO AWESOME!! Way to go guys!

//jz
(haha I also realized the title of the song goes excellent with my current theme :P)