As someone who four years ago had a black bob .. I’m pretty tough on my hair regime now. Having really long and thick hair is a total blessing and though I get a weekly urge to either cut it all off or bleach it again, I keep myself in check and remember that I’m lucky to have great quality hair, and also have a really lovely natural colour. The one thing I do need to do is keep my hair moisturized, particularly the ends which are still the remnants of my bleach/bleach/colour strip/bleach/box dye cycle (eek, eek). I have a lot of broken hair (baby hair) and so I have found myself blow drying and straightening my hair more often than usual, and that really adversely effects the quality of my hair, even if I’m using protector sprays.
I went into my favourite little Lush (in Waterloo Station, it’s the smallest Lush in the country!) and was looking to branch out in my Lush products anyway, so asked the lovely girl (Amy, we now follow each other on Instagram haha, oops!) for some recommendations. I came away with Damaged, a hot oil treatment priced at £6.50, and a little tester pot of R&B (which by the way, I really did enjoy and actually preferred to Damaged – found there was a more immediate difference and I preferred the scent). Anyway! Here’s a bit of a photo journal of the steps it takes to use the product, and then a little before and after.
Yeeeessss back on the bblogger train! I miss you guys. Going home for Christmas means a couple things, including: SEPHORA HAUL. Except I was so restrained, my god! I only picked up one product (!!), and just two in duty free (!!!!!) Though I did also try and swatch a couple out and am currently keeping my eyes on three new foundations (..not excessive at all): Estee Lauder’s double wear with the cushion applicator, Clinique’s blemish corrector, and Armani’s latest silk finish. My goodness, too lovely. But, foundations aside, I’m back to priming properly, and this Korean, Sephora-exclusive got me just so excited. My skin’s been really clear recently – cue me vigorously touching wood – and so I’ve been enjoying wearing thin foundations for minimal coverage and just light colour correction. So, to keep things a little more exciting, I picked up this baby: 3CE’s Back to Baby Glow Beam in #White, and oh man it is an utter delight. Just look at that shine!
A look at the packaging. Minimalist box (with instructions for use in English on the back), product in a tube reminiscent of watercolour paint (everything on the back in Korean), and then a twist cap. You only need a tiny amount of product, and as its brand new you really don’t even have to give it a squeeze to get any out:
Two of my main things in life: I have to smell good, and I have to have soft skin. As I harp on about, I am so proud of my super soft skin! Keeping it soft isn’t something I necessarily need to work at, but it’s something I really enjoy working at. After a 9-5 I was very ready for this.
Some plant life had to be involved (of course). Candles because I’m a sucker for a good candle. And wine, because .. because wine. Always wine.
The Lush products on show today: The Comforter (one of the quintessential Lush bubble bars, also comes as a shower gel), You’ve Been Mangoed (a bath oil, and definitely smells like mango!), and the Yoga bathbomb.
I’ve wanted to try one out for a while, in part because obviously I want to try out every Lush product ever but also because I heard how many washes you can get out of a single bar. 84! Incredible.
But why Seanik? Well. I was drawn to the colour, first of all. But mostly it was the wonderful smell and the promises of beachy salt hair. Having just come back from a week at the ocean, I was seriously missing the feeling of beach hair. The smell is truly of the ocean, and very reminiscent of one of my #1s, Rub Rub Rub. In fact, a quick comparison of the ingredients list (Seanik on the left, Rub on the right), shows that there’s a fair amount of overlap:
Definitely makes sense as to why I was so drawn to the product. Rub also advertises the fact that you can put it in your hair, if you’re looking for extra volume, but I can’t say I’ve tried that out.
I was both skeptical and curious about how a shampoo bar actually works, so to see the really quite incredible lather that the little bar worked up seemed like nothing short of magic. You can build up a lather in your own hands, then get your hands into your hair; or you can begin to build a lather up and then actually rub the bar itself on your hair a little bit too!
What happens to the seaweed bits?
They dissolve! I was glad of this, as I had images of me having bits of seaweed glued into my hair.
Does the colour stain?
Nope! I was a little bemused by the colour that initially comes out of the bar, but that had no effect on my own hair colour. Makes sense, especially when I think about some of the more extreme colours that come out of bathbombs – and they’ve never stained me!
How do you store a shampoo bar?
Lush sells little round tins that you can store them in, but bizarrely this shampoo bar doesn’t fit in it – or at least, my particular shampoo bar doesn’t fit. I’m thinking that after a couple more uses it’ll be okay though! For now it sits where a soap bar would normally sit, and my boyfriend has strict instructions to not get it wet when he has his shower!
Does the smell last in your hair?
Initially, yes. I was pretty impressed actually by this – I used a non-Lush conditioner that reeks of shea but even after drying my hair I could still smell the Seanik. In fact, just gave my hair a good smell and can confirm that after 13 hours I can still smell it, even though I used a different scented conditioner afterwards!
Does it really effect volume?
Honestly, it’s hard to tell because I do use a conditioning product afterwards, and my hair is naturally pretty big and wavy. Sorry I can’t give a better answer!
Any detrimental effects?
Sadly yes, I find. So I have to take pretty decent care of my hair after putting it through actual hell with bleaching and dyeing and stripping and bleaching and dyeing etc., and even though my hair is now 100% my natural colour, it can still be pretty delicate. I have a lot of broken hair and my ends are super dry – I found that this shampoo bar was pretty drying, and perhaps because of the stickiness of the salt, my hair also got pretty matted afterwards. I’ve rectified that now by making sure that after its dry I get a good brush and braid in, and I use a good restorative conditioner to lock that moisture in. A bummer, really! I think once this one has run out I’ll look at getting something a little more hydrating, rather than stripping.
Anyway! That’s all folks. It’s good to be back. Have a good week ❤️
More Lush-related posts from me, and nope, not even sorry!
This post is, believe it or not, not about a bathbomb or bubble bar – it’s about Rub Rub Rub, a fabulous pot of sea salty goodness.
I got this shower scrub in a gift box, which was part of my Christmas present from my boyfriend. I’d never branched out before, and had always kind of thought of Lush’s non-colourful, not-bathbomb stuff as being typically plant smelling and inexplicably gritty. Funnily enough, my favourite bathbomb and bubble bars are both ‘plant smelling’ and this product certainly has some of the gritty factor! I just have to face the fact that I’m totally Lush obsessed! Continue reading →
Hi all! I had my first ever eyebrow threading experience, and wanted to share. I typically let me eyebrows do what the want, and I’ve had them waxed once before at Sephora (two Christmasses ago), and have waxed them twice myself using a little home kit. For the most part, it’s me tweezing the odd hair – usually in between my eyebrows, as it seems to grow pretty quick! I’m very fair and my eyebrows are very blonde, so I’m quite lucky in that I don’t reaaaally have that much to worry about with stray hairs being too visible.
I had them threaded at the Superdrug beauty counter on the Strand here in London. It was just £7 and took literally two minutes. You go up to the usual tills, say which treatment you want and pay there (and I used my beauty card + NUS card to get 10% off my total receipt – I was buying some conditioning stuff too for my hair!) Continue reading →
Hi all! Happy Monday! Today I had a shopping session at my local Lush (the tiniest Lush in the UK, it’s in Waterloo station!) ~ I had the loveliest chat with the lady working there and I ended up with two hair products, a soap, and this bathbomb (which was the only thing I had actually intended to buy haha)!
The hair products were definitely not my usual thing, I tend to only buy bathbombs and the odd bubble bar. However, my hair has been so brittle recently and one of my favourite Instagrammers (who happens to work at Lush) has recommend a fab conditioning treatment so I went in to ask about their hair-saving products. When I try them out, I promise to blog about them! Today I used the Superdad bathbomb and am saving the hair products for another day.
I started the bath with some remnants of a Brightside bubble bar, and I have to say the two scents work really well together!
Brightside is heavy on the orange, and Superdad is all about wood-y scents – sandalwood, guaiac wood and olibanum oil. It’s all calming and chill, and would be perfect for a candlelit evening.
The first drop:
I’ve never used two products at once, and I don’t know if it was for this reason or if it was just the bathbomb itself, but it was a slow burner! It went on for a long time, and there were still bits going half an hour into the bath. Continue reading →