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Lush Lovin’

3 May

GirlSeeksShoe here.

Well, I love summer, but there is one thing that gets me pouting every time I think of sunny days and rising temperatures… I can’t have hot baths! Technically I could, but I just can’t reconcile myself with wasting that much water on a hot day when I don’t even need to warm up. And it’s a shame because baths are just so comforting and warm and they smell so good. Oh yeah, didn’t I mention the Lush Bath Ballistics that make baths awesome?

Well I am now.

Lush is my favouritest-shop-ever-in-the-whole-wide-world* and everything they make is just super-mega-foxy-awesome-hot**.

Ever since I was little I have gone on an annual pilgrimage (of sorts) to Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street with my family every Christmas; first for Santa’s Grotto and then just because it became tradition. When I hit double-digits, I noticed this nice-smelling shop on Old Bond Street, and I walked in blindly oblivious to the fact that it would Change My Life.

For some reason, for several years I thought that my Lush was the only Lush in the world. It’s not. They’re everywhere, even in America. And that’s fine. It means that there is one closer to home (the Windsor shop), one by my university of choice (Cornwall), and even one next to my cousins abroad so they can send me sweet-smelling Lushious (see what I did there? Get it?) presents (Baltimore, USA). Yet, whenever I inhale the gorgeous smorgasbord of odours from Lush, I get that happy Christmas feeling.

And it feels really good.

So, not using Lush in the summer is a big ask for me. Thank BeingOfHigherPower I don’t have to then. Here are some Lush products that can even be used in the summer:

Obviously, showers are the stars of summer, and Lush has some fabulous shower products.

GrassOhmigoodness I have always wished for something that bottles my favourite smell… freshly cut grass. Eek! Here it is; in a lovely shower gel. Grass;  £4.55 – 100g

The Olive Branch You have to shake this one to mix in the lovely layers; but boy is it worth it. A very liquid shower gel that smells absolutely divine. I wasn’t expecting it to smell this good and make my skin super soft! The Olive Branch: £4.10 – 100g

(Also, give Happy Hippy Shower Gel a try for an energizing mood-lifter.)

Up You Gets These are like Bath Bombs but you put them in your shower and they actually WAKE you up! It’s fabulous; like coffee without the caffeine. Up You Gets Emotibomb: £1.99

SandstoneThis soap has sand in it! You know what that means right? It means it will exfoliate you ready for a skin-baring summer. Whoop! Sandstone: £2.89 – 100g

Lush Lime SmoothieMy favourite summer drink is an iced lime daiquiri, and limes always put me in that by-the-pool mood. This Lime Shower smoothie (you don’t drink it though) from the Retro range is perfect for capturing that in the run-up to the holidays. Lime Shower Smoothie £9.10

Rub Rub Rub I actually nicked this one from my brother’s stocking. Shhh! It was totally worth the bad karma, because it is the best exfoliator I have ever used. Ever. Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub: £7.35

Everything at Lush is 100% natural, so you’ll be doing your body and the environment a favour. This is actually why I have tron myself away from my trusty Vaseline and converted to Lush’s lip balms. They don’t disappoint. After trying about a gazillion, my fave is Honey Trap.

Honey Trap It tastes like honey. Basically. Although it does cost £4.99, I swear it lasts aeons (or at least a year). This is my current favourite, but I have just noticed some new lip scrubs I have to check out…

For anyone who isn’t as ideologically opposed to summer baths as I am, definitely pick up a Bath Ballistic.

The ComforterOr a Bubble Bar like The Comforter (£3.99).

And, to top it all off, the Charity Pot is moisturizer that works like no other on your dry spots at the same time as helping the world. Feel that good karma guys. I picked up a trial size one (as big as a lip balm) and it costs less than the big one without causing you to miss out on its magic properties. Seriously a little of that stuff goes a long way!

N.B. Just A Brit’s Beauty Blog also just started a fabulous series about Lush products. It’s like heaven everytime I read it. So check it out here. Or, click the link in my sidebar. Which is actually more effort, but each to their own.

In the words of Coco Chanel; “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous”. Lush is definitely both.

GirlSeeksShoe xoxo

*Ahem, tied with Liberty of London of course.

**Darren-points to anyone who got this AVPM reference. If you didn’t; GET THEE TO YOUTUBE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmwM_AKeMCk 

Extreme Procrastination

26 Apr

GirlSeeksShoe here.

Although I should currently be finishing (ok… starting) my coursework, I decided to blog about my ridiculous procrastination skills instead…

Basically, I’m really good at leaving work until the last-minute, and I never learn my lesson. This leads to a lot of complaining on my part, and a lot of earaches suffered by nearest and dearest. But no more. Well,  no,  I’m not organising my time better… But I am cutting down on my complaints *cue bright chirpy smile*.

I recently read about an initiative called A Complaint Free World: The 21 Day Challenge. Now, it is pretty old, but it’s never too late to break bad habits right? The gist of it is: you wear a wristband/bracelet/piece of string/whatever on your wrist and you don’t complain. About anything. For 21 days. This means no verbal negative outbursts, no bitching, nothing; unless you add a positive qualifier that will remedy the situation.

For example: “I’m cold” = bad, but “I’m cold so I will close that window”  = fine.

Every time you complain, you switch the thing-you-have-chosen-to-place-on-your-wrist to the other side and you start counting your complaint-free days again from one. Until you get to 21 days with that wrist-based-item staying on the same side. Now I chose a cute little bracelet I have had for years, but, seriously, you can go wild. 

This takes an incredible amount of self-awareness and, believe it or not, honesty. Apparently it takes 21 days for a habit to be conditioned into the average human’s brain, and if you stop talking negatively, your thoughts will be happier too.*sigh* Sounds good doesn’t it?

So here is the website, where you can buy wristbands if you want, and you can get a free widget (what? I love free stuff, okay; don’t judge me): http://www.acomplaintfreeworld.org/widget 

And here are some adorable bracelets I found (look, I’m not totally profound; I said stop judging me!):

Cinderella faith in your dreams black bangle 2012 Sweetie Bracelet - Blue Stone, Women Bracelets, Links of London Jewellery

From left: Disney Couture bangle £35.80 from House of Fraser; Forever 21 bracelet $6.80; Links of London Bracelet £130

Yeah, I’m on a bit of a self-motivation kick at the moment. I’m also loving the colour turquoise as you can see. So, let me know if you decide to try the 21 Day Challenge, or if you think it’s a load of psychobabble, and if you are in that turquoise zone,

GirlStillSeekingShoe xoxo